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Bay Area Blues Festival
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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,...

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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Big Jangle at Sunset by the Lake
The Big Jangle is the next Sunset by the Lake concert in the series. Head to Pleasant Hill City Hall Lawn on August 31 . Concert is from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This is a family friendly and popular concert...
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With the Labor Day holiday weekend just ahead, many in Napa Valley want people to know they're open for business.

In fact, approximately three-quarters of businesses in the city of Napa, including all of the Riverfront and Oxbow market businesses, were open by Tuesday, according to the Downtown Napa Association.

"It means you can still come up here and enjoy the full Napa experience," said Craig Smith, Executive Director of the Downtown Napa Association. "You obviously can't go to all the restaurants, but seventy percent of those are open right now, and again more will be coming on line this week."

Many business owners said the community came together after the quake, helping others get back on their feet.

At Cadet, a new wine and beer bar in Napa, owners said customers, friends and community members all pitched in to help mop up spilled wine and sweep up broken glassware over the past two days, helping them re-open Tuesday evening.

"The end goal was just to get open as soon as possible and just to let everyone know we're open," said Aubrey Bailey, Co-Owner, Cadet Wine & Beer Bar. "So (we were) putting Facebook posts up, putting the Instagram posts up."

Bailey estimated about a third of their wine inventory and half of the glassware were destroyed in the earthquake.

At Oenotri restaurant across the street, the kitchen was back to full steam, pushing out pizzas and serving up red wine despite the major cleanup needed after Sunday's 6.0 earthquake.

"We had pretty much all of our alcohol and all of our beer selections completely decimated," said Tyler Rodde, Chef-Owner, Oenotri Restaurant. "And we had between 30-50 percent of our wine inventory was just obliterated, which in Napa Valley that's kind of our deal."

Tuesday evening, a hostess was set up outside, letting customers know the restaurant was open. There were also signs in the windows saying the restaurant was open, and explaining that the "red tags" on the building only applied to the patio dining area.

Oenotri re-opened Monday, serving only a partial menu because gas service was not restored until late Monday night. The staff used cast iron pans to cook food in the wood fired oven, squeezing sea bass and sausages in the oven usually reserved for pizzas and roasted vegetables.

"You have to look at it as an opportunity to be creative rather than a burden upon yourself," said Rodde.

Many patrons walking in downtown Napa took photos of damaged buildings surrounded by yellow tape, then sat down for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

"We're glad we're here supporting local community," said David Zanze, who lives in Orange County, California.

According to the Downtown Napa Association, several hotels in the city of Napa are currently closed due to damage, including Andaz, the Napa Marriott and the Westin. Smith said that's about 650 of the city's 3000 rooms, but added that but other hotels are helping out and honoring previously quoted prices to accommodate as many visitors as possible.

2014-08-26 23:00:05 -0700

As aftershocks continue to rattle the Napa after Sunday's earthquake, homeowners are becoming increasingly nervous as damaged chimneys are a common casualty.

The parents of 2-year-old Taylor Fleming usually allow him to play in the side yard of the family home.

But damage to their chimney which is located above their yard is making the couple nervous and concerned that the chimney may come tumbling down.

"Scary especially with him playing around beneath it, could be ugly," said Logan Fleming as he watched the toddler play.

The Flemings are scared for good reason; their chimney now shifts easily to the touch.

"One finger, if you push it, you can move it a good four inches," said Fleming.

The couple hired a chimney repair service for an inspection.

Kirk Hart, owner of Captain Kirk's Chimney Service, conducted a visual inspection on the roof and inside the home with a digital camera and monitor.

He recommends both types of inspections.

"With a closed circuit TV camera, I can get really close and look at the mortar joints," said Hart also added that he's looking for cracked flute tiles and missing mortar joints.

Hart says a camera place inside a chimney can more accurately gauge the damage, “Peace of mind, that's a big thing. Safety and peace of mind."

The Flemings were told the damage to their chimney is such that they'll have to replace it or get rid of it completely.

Whatever they decide, they'll need to take down their chimney as soon as possible.

"Just still taking it all in. Didn't expect it to happen. Now it's kind of juggle to get

everything put back together," said Logan Fleming.

Because chimney service companies are an unregulated industry, many companies KTVU spoke to caution customers to check with the Better Business Bureau and the Chimney Safety Institute of America before hiring a business.

2014-08-26 22:52:43 -0700

A water main break in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood had people without water for seven hours Tuesday.

“It was gushing it was pouring down that whole side," says Alan Rosenzweig of San Francisco. 

From 3:30 p.m., until after 9 Tuesday night, crews from San Francisco Water Department worked efficiently to find out what caused the break that flooded 28th Street between Castro and Diamond. 

“At a time like this it's kind of unfortunate to have all of this water being wasted. So I actually grabbed some buckets and tried to capture as much as I could of it,” says Rosenzweig. 

“We are very conscious of how much water is in the system and we are in a drought. So our guys are very fast they come in and turn it off,” says Alison Kastana spokeswoman for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  

For hours crews pounded the street, digging up the asphalt which neighbors say is less than a year old.  

“They were trying to find out where was the water coming from. They saw it gushing out but they didn't know what was broken or where,” says Catherine Scosseria of San Francisco. 

Finally the crews found the cause, a four inch split in the bottom of a pipe that was installed in 1927. The break also caused a part of the street to buckle and water continued to flow.

“The pipes are under pressure so when they break they do cause some push. Sometimes that's a little up well in the pavement,” says Kastana.

The PUC said there are 12,000 miles of pipes running underneath San Francisco, some that date back to 1903.  Each year crews replace 15 miles of pipe, but with an aging infrastructure breaks aren't that uncommon.

“Right now there are still old pipes in the system and this is what happens. They last a long time but sooner or later they do actual fail due to age," says Kastana.  

The PUC says the pipe might have ruptured as a result of Sunday's earthquake. 

2014-08-26 21:55:36 -0700

The driver of a Honda Civic was killed in a crash with a big-rig that has closed two lanes of southbound Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland Tuesday night, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The accident involving a big-rig and red Honda on southbound Highway 880 north of 16th Avenue was reported shortly after 9 p.m., CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.

The female driver of the Honda was killed in the collision and a male passenger was transported to a hospital for major injuries, Wilkenfeld said.

The driver of the big-rig stopped at the scene and was cooperative with officers, according to Wilkenfeld.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision, he said.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau has been called to the scene.

A Sig-alert was issued at 9:22 p.m. and the lanes are estimated to reopen around 10:30 p.m., Wilkenfeld said.

2014-08-26 21:40:59 -0700

San Francisco police are investigating a shooting Tuesday night near the

Powell BART station that left one person with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Market Street around 7:50 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

A preliminary investigation showed that two groups of people exchanged gunfire, Shyy said.

One person was hit by gunfire and transported to a hospital for treatment, according to Shyy.

Police have detained multiple people in the area in connection with the shooting, he said.

2014-08-26 21:14:18 -0700
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