Bay Area News

Yiannopoulos visits Sproul for 15 minutes; UC Berkeley spends $800,000
Ultraconservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos prayed, signed autographs and took selfies for about 15 minutes on the steps of Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley on Sunday, an appearance that cost the university an estimated $800,000, university officials said. Hoping to prevent the kind of violence that shut down a scheduled speech by Yiannopoulos on Feb. 1, UC officials brought in an “unprecedented” number of police officers — they declined to reveal how many — from about 10 jurisdictions, including the little Kern County city of Taft, as well as police from other University of California and California State University campuses.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Kinky sex has its day at SF’s Folsom Street Fair
A line of men and women decked out in leather, leashes and lingerie waited to be flogged and spanked in an enclosed stage as hundreds of spectators watched and snapped photos Sunday. It was just another day at the Folsom Street Fair, a celebration of all things kink and an annual San Francisco event since 1984. Tens of thousands of fans of bondage, discipline and sadomasochism — along with the merely curious — filled the South of Market street. “It gives people the opportunity to experience something they might not otherwise feel safe doing,” said Beatrice Stone, who was coordinating the spanking and flogging to raise money for local charities.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
No common ground as two sides confront each other again in Berkeley

Sam Goody, a regular at political protests, stood behind a folding table loaded with T-shirts and buttons for sale Sunday as hundreds gathered at UC Berkeley for what would turn out to be a much-hyped but brief appearance by right-wing showman Milo Yiannopoulos. One of Goody’s screen-printed tops read “Black Lives Matter,” the letters formed out of the names of men and women who were killed in police-involved shootings. Another shirt decried President Trump in unprintable messages. Goody, a Bay Area resident, makes it a point to counter Trump supporters every time they show up in Berkeley to rally, something they have done several times this year.

01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos’ brief visit was ‘most expensive photo op’ in Cal history

Latest updates from UC Berkeley on an appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and protests against him. 1:50 p.m. Expensive selfies: Yiannopoulos’ 15-minute appearance on the steps of Sproul Hall cost UC Berkeley an estimated $800,000 in security and related expenses, campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said. He called it “the most expensive photo op in the university’s history.” 1:30 p.m. Yiannopoulos complains: Yiannopoulos complained about the crowd size to The Chronicle after his brief appearance at Sproul Plaza. In a text message he said, “I hope you’re reporting that the police kept HUNDREDS (400-500) of supporters outside to make the crowd look tiny.

01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Trump: White House invitation to Warriors is ‘withdrawn’
The question hung over the Golden State Warriors from the moment they won the NBA championship: Would they celebrate with President Trump at the White House? The issue exploded Saturday when Trump, facing the prospect of being shunned, told the team members — and Stephen Curry specifically — that they weren’t invited. “Not surprised,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.” The incident sparked quick reaction from local players. Bruce Maxwell, a rookie catcher for the Oakland A’s, took a knee during the National Anthem before the game in Oakland Saturday, making him the first Major League Baseball player to do so.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Yiannopoulos pledges to speak on UC Berkeley campus Sunday, welcome or not
A far-right campus event called off by student organizers and UC Berkeley officials may turn into an unsponsored rally after promoter Milo Yiannopoulos insisted Saturday he would show up at the school to speak, regardless. During a Facebook Live conference, Yiannopoulos, an ultraconservative political provocateur and former Breitbart News columnist, placed blame on UC Berkeley officials for the disintegration of Free Speech Week. “We are going to be hosting an event come hell or high water” Sunday, Yiannopoulos said Saturday on video from a California hotel room.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Bay Area political events: Catharine Baker town hall, Free Speech Week
Political events in the Bay Area Monday Town hall: Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, holds a town hall meeting at the Orinda Library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tuesday Voter registration: Volunteers will help new U.S. citizens register to vote after swearing-in ceremony. Sponsored by Democracy Action, which works to advance Democratic candidates. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday outside the Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. https://demaction.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Fire near Vacaville destroys two homes, outbuildings and RVs
Two homes were destroyed and another was badly damaged Saturday after a wildfire ripped through a section of unincorporated Solano County about seven miles north of Vacaville, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry. The blaze was reported around 11 a.m. Saturday and grew to around 55 acres in size, fueled by winds that reached up to 30 miles per hour, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff. “That was a challenge for the fire fighters, how quickly it spread,” Tolmachoff said. The fire was about 90 percent contained as of Saturday evening, and investigators were still looking into what sparked it.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
One man killed, another wounded in drug-related Forestville shooting
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday released the identity of a Santa Rosa man killed in a double shooting in Forestville Friday night that investigators suspect was drug-related. Theros Frank Fountaine, age 46, was one of two men police found in a field near River Road at Trenton-Healdsburg Road in Forestville at around 6:40 p.m. Friday while investigating a shooting call. Fountaine was dead at the scene, sheriff’s department officials said, but another man, also in his 40s, was still alive. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition. His name has not yet been released.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Trump: White House invitation to Warriors is ‘withdrawn’
President Trump tweeted Saturday that an invitation to a reluctant Golden State Warriors to visit the White House to celebrate their NBA championship had been “withdrawn.” “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted shortly before 6 a.m. PDT. The White House was not known to have formally invited the Warriors, and the team has said its players were considering what to do if an invitation were forthcoming. On Friday, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said, “It deserves a proper forum” and “some honest discourse.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Police end standoff after shooting in East Oakland

A man is under arrest after allegedly shooting a gun in East Oakland in the early morning hours of Saturday, hiding in a nearby home and refusing to come out, Oakland police said today.

01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Bay Area political events: Free Speech Week, Indivisible meeting
Political events in the Bay Area Sunday Indivisible Marin: Mill Valley Mayor Jessica Jackson Sloan, also a human rights attorney, discusses criminal justice reform in California and nationally. Indivisible Marin’s meeting is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. http://bit.ly/2gZc9Ue Monday Town hall: Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, holds a town hall meeting at the Orinda Library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Solano County fire sends smoke into air over Vacaville

A 20-acre fire was spreading quickly in unincorporated Solano County Saturday, sending smoke into the air over Vacaville, local fire departments and agencies reported.

01/01/1970 12:00 AM
Cal student group waffles on Free Speech Week; Milo says it’s still on
UC Berkeley officials said they are prepared to spend more than $1 million to provide security for a controversial far-right event on campus even as plans for the program were thrown into doubt Friday when some student organizers and several speakers backed out. Campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said that he knew of no cancellations, and that the university was preparing extraordinary security with hundreds of police officers from around the Bay Area to provide protection during Free Speech Week, an event promoted by the flamboyant, far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM
‘Comfort Women’ statue unveiled in SF Chinatown
Four bronze women took up their positions in a Chinatown plaza Friday to bear silent witness to the wartime atrocity inflicted on hundreds of thousands of their sisters. It was the unveiling of the long-awaited “Comfort Women” sculpture in San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Square to honor the Asian women who were forced to become sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II. “We all share the same humanity,” Yong-soo Lee, 89, a surviving comfort woman, told a crowd of about 500 that turned out for the unveiling. “This is an issue for everyone. This is about a sincere apology from the government of Japan.
01/01/1970 12:00 AM