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On Saturday, September 13 from 10am-3pm, head to the Pleasant Hill Library's book sale. Find great deals on books of all kinds and support your library at this quarterly book sale. Sales are held i...

Bay Area Blues Festival
The 4th Annual Bay Area Blues Festival is Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM in Historic Downtown Martinez. The event will feature amazing Blues music on two stages,...
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Pops in the Plaza
California Symphony performs in Todos Santos Plaza on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy family friendly music from movies, Broadway tunes, swing and jazz. Now in its 15th year, this free ...
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PHMS Family Night Out at Off the Grid
On Wednesday, August 27 , from 5-9pm on Trelany Road behind City Hall  (across from PH Park), come out for a night of fun! There will be a variety of food trucks arranged through OFF THE GRID, alon...
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Sunday's 6.0 earthquake did more than rattle nerves, it disrupted lives.

But the disaster has also given the Napa community a chance to show its resilience.

During the final concert of the Napa City Nights series on Friday, hundreds of friends and neighbors gathered at Veteran's Memorial Park to listen to music and share stories.

The gathering held special meaning for many who lived through the quake just five days ago.

"I just want normal again, and Napa City Nights is normal," said Wendy Jacque, whose chimney crumbled to the ground during the earthquake. "It's what we do every Friday night and I just want it to feel like it’s back to normal."

The Jacque family brought lawn chairs out to the amphitheater in a concerted effort to move past the trauma of the past few days.

"I really think what people need is a fresh start emotionally, because when the ground moves underneath you it unsettles you," said Jacque.

Earthquake trauma is still fresh for many.

"It's sad. It's the first time I've come down to actually see it. It's pretty sad to see how our town's affected," said Virginia McLean, of Napa.

"When you go to bed at night, you're thinking of that night the earthquake came," said Linda Champagne, another Napa resident. "So I know a lot of us haven't been sleeping very well."

But there is also a commitment to help each other regroup and rebuild.

"We're not going down without a fight. We're Napa strong. That's our hashtag, Napa strong," said Jacque.

2014-08-29 22:46:33 -0700

Football fans spoke out to Friday on the news that 49er Aldon Smith would be suspended for nine games.

While the fans agreed something needed to be done, many questioned whether the punishment was too harsh.

At Santa Clara High School, parents attending a scrimmage say they are teaching their sons who are on the varsity team, to learn from the mistakes of professional athletes such as Smith.

"I show him. Look, you see what's happening. You can't play. There's no tolerance," said Donyell Johnson who was watching his son scrimmage. "That's what's going to happen to you if you follow in those footsteps."

A series of missteps off the field will now keep Smith on the sidelines for more than half the season.

The NFL announced Friday that it was suspending the defensive linebacker for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies

"Nine games is too much for anybody, but he's been in trouble so many times, they got to do something," said Johnson.

In a span of less than three years since January 2012, Smith has been arrested for DUI, drugs and weapons charges, along with being belligerent and uncooperative with TSA at Los Angeles Airport.

The 49ers said in a statement, “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him."

"NFL players are portrayed, because the women, the baby mama drama, their ex-wives, the domestic violence, I don't think it's always a positive spotlight," said Fawn Moore.

Her 16-year-old son Shawndre Smith plays wide receiver for Santa Clara High. She is also the sister of Baltimore Ravens defensive end, Kapron Lewis Moore.

The single mother says she's taught her son that being in the spotlight, means actions have repercussions.

"Everything that you do, that goes for Facebook, Instagram, anything that you do, never disappears. It's always going to come back and haunt you if you don't do what's right," said Moore.

As for Smith, he already missed five games last season to get treatment for substance abuse problems.

Some fans say because he took that step, they thought his punishment would not be so severe.

2014-08-29 22:39:34 -0700

California lawmakers worked through dozens of bills on Friday in the last minute rush that typically comes with the end of session.

Several notable bills are now headed to the Governor’s desk, including what some call a historic package of bills to regulate groundwater in California.

“Why are we doing that?  Because we have a water crisis and a drought in California and groundwater, for far too long, has been both a major resource but a resource that’s been unaccounted for,” said Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

But, Republicans said the landmark legislation did not receive enough debate given its importance.

“It’s obviously rushed legislation,” said Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar),”We haven’t had policy hearings on this stuff and yet we could have far reaching policy that reverses 150 years of water policy.”

Lawmakers also tackled other bills that have peaked public interest including a ban on plastic shopping bags, banning the use of drones by law enforcement without a warrant, and an increase in the film tax credit aimed at keeping more productions in California.

2014-08-29 22:10:37 -0700

San Jose police arrested a high school track coach Friday on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

Francisco Vincente Lopez, a 33-year-old track coach and campus assistant at San Jose High School, was arrested at 11 a.m. today on suspicion of three felony sexual offenses with a minor and sending harmful matter to a minor, according to police.

He has been booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at (408) 537-1381.

2014-08-29 21:19:25 -0700

A motorcyclist approaching the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza may have survived an initial crash Thursday night only to be run over by another vehicle according to California Highway Patrol investigators.

The fatal collision or multiple collisions happened just a couple hundred feet from the toll plaza, which is covered in cameras. Detectives are now reviewing the footage as they attempt to identify the vehicle involved. They also have a license plate number that they are pursuing as a lead.

Investigators say for some reason 34-year-old Suna Bayram crashed her motorcycle while approaching the toll plaza.

“It does appear that she either fell on her own or maybe collided with one of those dividers,” said Ofc. Sean Wilkenfield, CHP.

It happened around 10:45 last night when Bayram and another motorcyclist traveled from northbound Interestate-880 and merged onto westbound Interstate-80. The man riding with Bayram was ahead of her. He’s helping investigators, but didn’t witness the collision.

Ofc. Wilkenfield says Bayram may have survived laying her motorcycle over only to be struck and killed by an oncoming driver.

“This person hit in essence a pedestrian that was lying in the roadway and didn’t stop to render aide or even see if they were ok,” said Ofc. Wilkenfield.

The Alameda County Coroner’s bureau says Bayram died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries.

“We are taking the possibility that it could be more than one vehicle that struck her as well,” said Wilkenfield.

Bayram worked as a guest services representative at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis where KTVU was told friends of hers had gone home upset after learning of her death.

The CHP says there’s a small possibility the driver didn't know he or she struck the fallen motorcyclist at the time, but that her helmet likely caused front end damage. 

“If that was you, you need to call us because one way or the other we need to get to the bottom of this,” said Wilkenfield. 

2014-08-29 20:43:46 -0700
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