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Stockton Tunnel closed following fatal vehicle collision

One person was killed in a vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Stockton Tunnel in downtown San Francisco Saturday morning, according to police.

At about 10 a.m., police received a report of a fatal vehicle collision near the intersection of Stockton and Sacramento streets, police said.

The Stockton Tunnel and the impacted intersection remains blocked, according to police.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:12:55 -0700

Highway 37 shut down for weekend construction project

A major highway closure this weekend will affect tens of thousands of North Bay drivers as Caltrans shuts down State Route 37 between Friday night and early Monday morning.

The frequently busy stretch of highway will be closed both directions between Vallejo and Novato.

"I have already asked to leave early tonight so I can make the cutoff," Emily Smiley told KTVU Friday night as she busily served diners at Boca Tavern in Novato.

Smiley will get to and from her weekend shifts by detouring along Highway 101 to Interstate 580, then over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and up Interstate 80 to Vallejo.

It will take at least twice as long as her usual 30 minute drive on Highway 37. 

"Oh my gosh, I have to get up earlier, deal with more traffic. It's just rearranging my entire schedule," Smiley exclaimed. 

And she'll have to do it again next weekend as well when Caltrans closes the freeway again on September 27-28.

"We're doing what we call dig-outs," Caltrans spokesman Vince Jacala told KTVU. "Inspecting the pavement for potholes and divots and filling them."

Those repairs will occupy this weekend while repaving will dominate the work next weekend. If even more time is needed to finish, Highway 37 will be closed overnights the week of September 29 as well.   

The six-mile east-west artery carries about 40,000 cars every day and routinely backs up at peak times. Now all those cars must be diverted. 

"We have to do the whole closure for safety, for motorists and for Caltrans workers," said Jacala.

A concrete median and the lack of space on both shoulders due to wetlands means the work can't just move traffic to the side.

The suggested detour takes drivers along Highway 29 toward Napa and over Highway 121 through rolling hills by the Sonoma Raceway.

But some commuters said they won't take that route.

Novato resident Rooney Cain said her sister has never taken that ride before and didn't want to do it at night when she gets off at Target at 9 p.m.

"She was worried about where she was going to stay, would she have to get a hotel room," said Cain. "I finally convinced her to stay with the parent; stay at the folks' house."

Drivers may recall Caltrans did this same thing last May and might be asking why there is more work to do so soon. For that project, the repaving was on the Sonoma County side of 37. This time it's the Solano County stretch that is in worse shape, requiring more time.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:53:55 -0700

"Shrimp Boy" Chow lawsuit claims Mayor Lee targeted by FBI Investigation

An attorney for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has filed a civil lawsuit against San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, accusing him of accepting up to $20,000 in campaign donations from an undercover FBI agent.

In the latest twist in the legal drama surrounding the FBI corruption investigation involving former State Senator Leland Yee and Chow.

The civil lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court is seeking access to all of Mayor Lee's 2011 re-election campaign records. The suit claiming the mayor could also have been a target in the FBI investigation.

The civil lawsuit was filed Thursday by attorney Cory Briggs, the brother of Chow's criminal defense attorney Curtis Briggs.

"According to the lawsuit that Cory filed, Michael King is undercover agent 4773," Curtis Briggs told KTVU Friday. "Undercover agent 4773 is the one that allegedly bribed Senator Yee."

Chow's attorneys say after they made a public information request on June 30, 2014, Mayor Lee's staff told them the campaign had no record of any donors with the surname "King." 

Cory Briggs told KTVU that a subsequent search revealed records showing that a Michael A. King had made a $500 donation to Ed Lee's campaign.

Chow's attorneys believe Ed Lee might be the unnamed elected official in court documents who allegedly received up to $20,000 from an undercover agent.

The lawsuit does not cite any hard evidence.

The mayor's office sent KTVU a statement from Ed Lee's campaign team. It read in part: "This is a baseless and frivolous lawsuit with absurd allegations. We take these assertions seriously, and if and when the Mayor's campaign receives any specific information, we will take appropriate actions."

The mayor's spokeswoman tells KTVU that the FBI has not interviewed Ed Lee about this issue. She also provided KTVU with a copy of a letter Lee's campaign sent to the I.S. Attorney's office, asking whether undercover FBI agents made donations to Lee's campaign.

So far, there has been no answer.

UC Hastings law professor David Levine says the civil lawsuit is one way Chow's criminal team can get information to help in his defense.

"The defendants are reaching out to see if they can find exculpatory evidence to help them in the defense of the case," Levine said.

He noted the lawsuit does not provide any evidence of wrongdoing on Mayor Lee's part.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:53:47 -0700

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