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San Francisco police address violence
in Western Addition

Increased presence is working to deter turf wars

By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service

March 1, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - An increased police presence in San Francisco's Western Addition has cooled down a heated turf war that has left many residents afraid, San Francisco Police Captain John Ehrlich told a handful of community members last night.

At the meeting -- called following a spike in violence that claimed two lives and injured several more, including a 13-year-old girl -- tempers sometimes flared.

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Proposed adjustment to timeline
of San Francisco Health Access Plan

Adjustments in response to small business owner concerns

Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Mayor Gavin Newsom
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service

March 2, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - With the backing of Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to adjust the phasing in of the city's universal Health Access Plan.

The program, passed last year, will to provide healthcare for the city's estimated 82,000 uninsured residents.

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New survey confirms Bay Area traffic
as biggest regional gripe

By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service

March 1, 2007

A new poll released today by the Bay Area Council, a regional business advocacy group, confirms that traffic remains the top concern of Bay Area residents.

A third of the region's residents listed traffic as their top concern in the new poll and traffic came in as the greatest concern in each of the nine Bay Area counties surveyed. Residents in the North Bay and South Bay were especially concerned about traffic, with 41 percent of North Bay residents and 39 percent of Santa Clara County residents listing it as their top concern.

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Salvation Army aids landslide victims

By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service

March 2, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Salvation Army spokeswoman Joye Storey said Thrusday the landslide in San Francisco's affluent North Beach area proves that anyone can be impacted by natural disaster.

"I think it is just human nature to think it would ever happen to you, and when you are not faced with having to deal with inefficiencies on a daily basis, you never think that it might happen, or that if it does, you will have the financial resources to deal with it. Then you have something like this that is so bizarre, and it happens, and it puts it all in perspective that we are all alike," Storey said.

The Salvation Army has been providing lunch and dinner since Wednesday for victims at their main dining hall in the South of Market District, as well as at the Chinatown Community Center. About 120 residents were displaced by the slide.

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Former McAfee lawyer pleads innocent
in backdating case

Screen shot courtesy McAfee, Inc.

By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service

March 1, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The former general counsel of McAfee Inc. pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to seven criminal charges related to the backdating of stock options for the Santa Clara-based computer security company.

U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero allowed Kent Roberts, 50, of Dallas, to remain free on a $1 million unsecured bond based on property Roberts owns in Texas.

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And in other news...

- NEW! FCJ news briefs

- Salvation Army aids landslide victims

- Oakland: School administrator closes 4 schools

FCJ Quote of the Day

"We are prepared to give the troops everything they need. The goal is to redeploy the troops and bring as many home as soon as possible."

- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spokesman Jim Manley, 3/1/7

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