- Occupy Oakland shuts streets, defy eviction order (SF Chronicle)
Hundreds of activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement marched Saturday from Oakland City Hall, snaking their way through downtown and around Lake Merritt while they flouted an eviction order. They closed thoroughfares and freeway ramps, invaded one bank and temporarily shut down another as they spread their message against economic inequality.
- Occupy San Jose protester scales wall near City Hall, won't come down (SJ Mercury News)
An Occupy San Jose protester has taken his protest to a wall in the flag pole area of San Jose City Hall this morning, and police are hoping he'll come down peacefully. Shaun O'Kelly, 27, climbed on the wall at about 3:20 a.m. Monday, when police arrested four other protesters and cited one for camping on city property.
- Man wielding weapon shot by San Jose police at hotel (SJ Mercury News)
Japanese businessman Aki Furta was awakened by two bursts early Sunday in his fourth-floor room at the Extended Stay Deluxe hotel in San Jose. The first was "a man yelling very loud, making a big voice," said Furta. "It lasted for maybe two minutes, yelling and yelling." And then, he said, "I heard what sounded like seven or eight gunshots, very fast, like a machine-gun. It was very scary." What Furta, 51, heard was the city's seventh officer-involved shooting of 2011.
Seven San Francisco mayoral candidates sent a letter on Sunday urging the U.S. Department of Justice and California's Secretary of State to send federal observers and state election monitors immediately to watch over the city's mayoral election, which is now underway.
When Santa Clara County supervisors decided last week to buck the U.S. government by reducing the county's role in deporting criminals, immigration authorities warned local officials that they were endangering the public. But it's not only the feds who are concerned with the 3-1 vote by the board of supervisors. So are some of the county's top law enforcement officials, including District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Sheriff Laurie Smith. They say supervisors are playing a potentially dangerous game of chicken with U.S. immigration officials.
...30 years after San Jose hired its first female firefighter, there are few women on the job -- just 35 of 631 uniformed firefighters and paramedics.
Russ Allen drove to San Leandro on Saturday to attend a rally protesting the recent passage of Assembly Bill 144, the state's ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public...Allen joined about 30 others at the rally, which was organized by the gun rights advocacy group Responsible Citizens of California.
The Santa Rosa High School auditorium Sunday had the feel of part victorious political rally, part community party and part tent revival as Sonoma County's two largest law enforcement agencies announced they would begin accepting Mexican consular cards as a valid identification. The cards will reduce the number of people booked into jail for lacking identification or for traffic offenses. And that will lead to fewer deportations from the jail.