November 28, 2020

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BART police are investigating a carjacking at gunpoint in a San Leandro Station parking lot as BART and other transit agencies are struggling to get passengers to return after a huge drop in ridership during shelter-in-place orders.



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The BART Board of Directors learned of the crime Thursday during a board meeting when a friend of the victim insisted the transit agency do more to protect its riders.

“It’s appalling. It’s very upsetting,” said the friend, whose name could not be clearly heard during the online meeting. “I just want BART to do something better to ensure the safety of riders. This should not happen. … It makes me not want to ride BART at all, ever.”

The victim, 58, an essential worker on her way to work, parked her car at the BART station around 5:30 a.m. when someone stuck a gun in her face and demanded that she surrender her car, her friend said. She was not injured, he said.

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez said parking control officers had not yet started work at the time of the incident, but that a police officer in a patrol car drove through the lot around that time.

He said the victim’s car was found about two hours later in Oakland after it was involved in a traffic collision and the driver fled. BART police took the car and are following up on leads.

On Thursday, directors called on BART to provide better lighting and security at stations. Director Liz Ames said the Union City and Fremont stations are “really creepy” at 5 a.m. with one in five lights out and few people around.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call BART police investigators at at 510-464-7040 or the anonymous tip line at 510-464-7011.

Mallory Moench and Michael Cabanatuan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @mallorymoench, @ctuan

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The Marine Corps has identified the Marine killed in an Oct. 30 car accident in San Diego.

Lance Cpl. Tristin Rzekonski was a 22-year-old aviation mechanic with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165, according to the Marine Corps.

Rzekonski was pulling out his apartment complex in a 2014 Chevy Malibu with his wife in the passenger seat when a woman driving a 2020 Tesla Model Y collided with him, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The Marine’s wife, Samantha, received only mild injuries from the accident, according to San Diego police. The Marine was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to an accident report from the Naval Safety Center.

“With a sad and heavy heart, I regret to inform you all that on Friday evening we lost Lance Corporal Tristin Rzekonski,” Lt. Col. Joshua Bringhurst, the commanding officer of Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165, said in an early November Facebook post from the unit.

“This tragic event has been difficult for all of us to comprehend,” he added.

Rzekonski graduated from boot camp in February 2019 alongside his brother, Corey, according to his obituary. He married his wife in July 2019.

“He had a huge impact on the people around him and was there for anyone who need him,” his obituary states.

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San Antonians may have the lowest per capita incomes among America’s 10 most populous cities, but its citizens have demonstrated they are among the wisest stewards of taxpayer money.

This week, election officials certified the passage of three ballot measures that will help the nation’s seventh largest city provide cutting-edge job training, public transportation to their new jobs and quality pre-kindergarten programs for their kids.

City and Bexar County leaders pitched the bond package as a COVID-19 relief package, but that’s not quite right. The Greater San Antonio area desperately needed these investments in the future long before the coronavirus struck and will benefit long after the disease lives on only in history books.

If only every city in Texas city would make such investments in its people.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg campaigned hard for the first bond, which will use $154 million to provide job training or college degrees to 40,000 people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The investment cannot come quick enough for those laid off from tourism-related jobs that might not come back for two years or more.

The community has no time to lose. San Antonio’s per capita income was $25,091 in 2018, compared to $31,576 in Houston or $40,391 in Austin.

San Antonio’s public transportation authority, VIA, will receive 1/8 of a cent from existing sales tax revenues. The new revenue stream will help VIA match federal funds to upgrades routes, technology and equipment to help decrease reliance on personal automobiles.

Lastly, San Antonio also voted to continue leading the nation with its innovative early childhood education known as Pre-K 4 SA. Over eight years, the program has proven it can boost test scores, increase teacher training and improve student health.

San Antonians understand that investing in their people and infrastructure is the wisest way to boost the economy. San Antonio’s economy and home prices have all increased as dozens of companies decide to locate in Bexar county.

Moody’s, which rates the creditworthiness of cities, states and counties, approved of the job training program, saying: “Increased employment and higher salaries will boost residents’ purchasing power and ultimately lift sales tax revenue, one of the city’s largest revenue sources.”

Houstonians should take note.

The Legislature passed a law requiring all districts to offer universal access to full-day pre-K by 2023. But lawmakers made state funding for pre-K discretionary, which means they can cut it next year to meet budget goals.

More than 10,000 students still do not have access to pre-K in the Houston Independent School District, and programs remain short of qualified teachers. San Antonio’s dedicated funding sets it apart.

HISD also failed again to put any bond measure on the ballot. The district has not asked voters for infrastructure or technology improvements in eight years. Instead, the HISD school board has spent its time in petty political squabbles or answering federal agents’ questions about corruption.

Earlier this year,

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SAN ANTONIO – It seems there isn’t much folks can agree on in 2020, but a deep hatred of traffic is universal.

While our journalists can’t wave a magic wand to fix congestion on your daily drive, we want to do everything we can to make it a little easier and safer.

Of course, we have live traffic maps with the latest delays and closures on the KSAT traffic page, but we want to go deeper. To do that, we need your help.

What questions do you have about transportation issues around San Antonio and South Texas?

Maybe you’re curious about that seemingly empty park-and-ride in Stone Oak?

What would you like our journalists to dig into, from strange traffic laws to tips and tricks on the road?

How can we make your morning or afternoon commute a little more manageable? Let us know in the prompt below or in the comment section of this story.

Over the next few weeks, KSAT staff will be crawling over your responses to identify and report out issues facing our community, from traffic hacks to major road projects.

These stories will follow the two recent KSAT Explains episodes about San Antonio’s troubled mass transit past and what the future holds for transportation in our city.

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November 13, 2020

Now is a great time to buy electric! Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is offering rebates for first-time electric vehicle (EV) buyers in San Mateo County to purchase a new electric car. PCE rebate is $1,000 towards the cost of a new all-battery EV or $700 towards a new plug-in hybrid. Now through December 31, 2020. Learn more at PenCleanEnergy.com/NewEV.

Combined with a $7,500 tax credit from the IRS, up to $2,000 from the state, and $800 from PG&E, buyers can save up to $11,300 off the price of a new EV. PCE is also offering up to $4,000 off a used electric vehicle for income-qualified drivers. PenCleanEnergy.com/DriveForwardElectric

Why make the switch? Electric vehicles generally cost about half as much to run, have lower maintenance costs, and emit 25x less emissions than gasoline-powered cars!

Are you still not sure? Peninsula Clean Energy is also providing residents the opportunity to experience driving an EV with a $200 rebate toward the rental of an EV and assistance in setting up at-home or at-dealership test drives. PenCleanEnergy.com/EVTestDrive

PCE has also launched their EV Ready Program, which offers $24 million in project incentives for workplaces, multi-family dwellings, and other public locations to install EV charging ports in San Mateo County. Learn more at PenCleanEnergy.com/EV-Ready/.


This press release was produced by the City of Millbrae. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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Vehicle theft rates in San Antonio are among the highest in the nation, according to a study from AutoinsuranceEZ.com.

The insurance referral service ranked the Alamo City as the 13th worst in its study released last month. The report compared metro areas with more than a million residents and analyzed each area’s change in the number of thefts and change in the percentage of thefts from 2017 to 2019.

During that time frame, 25,082 cars were stolen in Bexar County and vehicle theft in San Antonio increased by 10 percent, according to the study.

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The city had an annual rate of 333 vehicles stolen per 100,000 residents between 2017 and 2019, the study reports. AutoinsuranceEZ.com noted the theft typically happens around interstates after 9 p.m. The biggest break-in day is Sunday, in the hours after midnight.

Portland, Oregon is ranked as the worst city for vehicle theft rate, averaging 487 stolen cars per 100,000 residents annually between 2017 and 2019. The number of thefts for Portland, however, dropped 14 percent from 2017 to 2019.

San Antonio was the only Texas city on the list. However, researchers for the study only included cities that had data available during the report’s timeframe. For example, Denver, which had the highest theft rate overall of that group, was eliminated because there was only one year of data available. Houston and Dallas also had data missing, but both had more than 22,000 vehicle thefts in 2018, according to the study’s chart.

The data came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report and the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

The study also noted Hondas and pickup trucks are among the top vehicles stolen in the U.S. For more information on the report, visit autoinsuranceez.com.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre

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Recently Balboa Park’s San Diego Automotive Museum had a fascinating exhibit called “Lowriders: The Art of Low ‘n Slow, A Global Phenomenon.”

Lowriders are amazing, celebratory pieces of automotive art. Often they are heavily customized, emphasizing style and attitude as they ride seemingly impossibly low to the ground.

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The museum tells us that lowriding emerged from the Mexican-American barrios (communities in cities and towns), but they have since spread around the world to places including Thailand, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Brazil and Spain.

Lowriders in the museum’s exhibit included a 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS named “Pura Sangre” (Pure Blood) — vibrant red, inside and out. On loan from Fermin Contreras of The Crowd car club of San Diego, Fermin chose this car because 1963 was the year of his birth. It took him 13 years to find one with the features that he wanted: a Super Sport convertible with sport performance and special trim. Totally restored in Tijuana, Mexico, it was completely redesigned, with pointed front and rear corner panels, and bright trim that adds additional punch to the car’s lines.

Red 1963 Impala SS lowrider
Red 1963 Impala SS lowrider

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Erica Clark’s stunning purple 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo lowrider is named “La Muerte” (The Dead). She is a member of the Rollerz Only Car Club in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up on the Gila Indian Reservation. That is where she developed her love for cars, drag racing and lowriders. Over the course of six years, she and her boyfriend applied the candy paint patterns and customized the interior with purple crushed velvet.
Now she shares her love of lowriders, lowrider bikes and community with native teenagers, teaching them how to work on the vehicles, and setting an inspiring example to them for how to live their lives.

Lilac 1965 Buick Riviera Sport Coupe lowrider

Lilac 1965 Buick Riviera Sport Coupe lowrider

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The Buick Riviera, introduced in 1963, was described by legendary automotive designer Sergio Pininfarina as “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built,” but Lalo and Maria Casillas of City Car Club in Jamul, California have elevated their 1965 Buick Riviera Sport Coupe lowrider to another level entirely. After a search that lasted four years, one of Lalo’s brothers finally found one here in San Diego, where it had been its entire life. It still had its original white paint, forest green interior and even its original sales sheet. Airbags were added to it and it was driven that way for several years, until a frame-up restoration was done. Lalo did the mechanical, hydraulics and body work himself, eight hours a day for a year. Lalo’s wife named the car “Spill The Wine,” for the light lilac color of its Chateau Mauve Firemist paint.

Blue 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III lowrider

Blue 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III lowrider

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You may have heard of the outstanding Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” written in 1947. That play inspired the name “Desire” given to the 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III by its owner John Metcalf of San Diego, in recognition of

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A San Antonio couple and their 2-month-old son are on the “long road to recovery” after suffering severe injuries when a man being pursued by police struck their vehicle.

Tom and Priscilla Garcia, both 32, and their 2-month-old son Maximiliano were hospitalized after the head-on collision.

Tom, who had a fractured spine and broken clavicle, was released Tuesday, according to a GoFundMe launched by a family member. Priscilla and Max remain in intensive care.

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The pursuit began on Friday evening when the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a red Ford F-250 had been stolen from from a convenience store along Interstate 10 near FM 775, News4SA reported.

Deputies spotted the truck in Marion and gave chase when the driver refused to stop. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to assist in the chase when the pursuit crossed the county line.

The driver of the stolen truck, later identified as David Sauceda, crashed into several vehicles near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604, according to reports.

Sauceda, a 48-year-old Seguin resident, was booked at the Guadalupe County jail on several charges, including evading arrest and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His combined bail was set at $162,000.

The family’s GoFundMe notes that “it is nothing short of a miracle” the parents and child survived the crash.

“Their vehicle was struck head on at full impact and was ripped to pieces according to the detective that’s been assigned to the case,” a post reads.

The fundraiser had reached over $34,000 toward its $100,000 goal on Wednesday. Donations will be used to ease the financial burden of future medical costs and therapies.

An update posted Tuesday concluded, “Please continue to share and keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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