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Injury Accident Causes Severe Traffic on Northbound 280 in SF

Injury Accident Causes Severe Traffic on Northbound 280 in SF

A collision involving an overturned vehicle and multiple injuries has shut down all northbound lanes of 280 near the 101 split in San Francisco Friday morning.

The collision happened around 8 a.m. as KPIX reports via the CHP. The severe traffic alert went out as of 8:40 a.m. and there's no estimate for when lanes may reopen.

Drivers are being told to find alternate route and avoid the area if possible.

There is no word yet on how many vehicles were involved or how many injuries occurred.

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Get Ready For a Solid Week of Rain

Get Ready For a Solid Week of Rain

The forecast is calling for rain, rain, and more rain, now and forever.

"We needed it!" That's what everyone is saying. And of course, yes. Let's put an end to this fire nonsense for another 10 months. But after today's reprieve, we all need to settle in for a long week of rain every day starting on Saturday.

Open your Weather app (if you have an iPhone) and see for yourself.

As the Bay Area's bureau of the National Weather Service tells us, strong winds and heavy rains are due by Saturday afternoon with one of those "atmospheric rivers" header our way. It's the first in a series of storms that will cover most of the week, with a break only possible on Wednesday, as the Chronicle reports. Another storm hits Thursday and will keep dumping on us through next Saturday.

An atmospheric river is on the way and expected to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the region beginning midday tomorrow.
Take a look at our forecast peak wind gusts and storm total rain (one from our local office and one from the national @NWSWPC ).#cawx pic.twitter.com/92wKuk0fLm

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) November 29, 2019

Drew Peterson, a NWS meteorologist, tells the Chronicle that "For the average person, it's going to seem like it's raining all the time."

San Francisco and Oakland are expected to see two inches of rain over the next seven days. And there's a flood watch in effect for fire-scorched parts of Sonoma County starting at 1 a.m. Saturday, with three to four inches of rain expected up there.

Up in Tahoe, where some spots have gotten up to three feet of fresh snow in recent days, another foot or two is likely to fall.

So, while a few weeks ago people were nervous that fire season would extend into December, the wetness has finally arrived.

Here's hoping it continues, at least through February, but not like El Nino style and with plenty of sunny breaks in between.

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PG&E Admits to More Than 200 Damage Incidents That Could Have Started More Wildfires

PG&E Admits to More Than 200 Damage Incidents That Could Have Started More Wildfires

Post-blackout inspections showed 218 cases of busted equipment that could have made this autumn’s wildfires a lot worse.

Thanksgiving week is generally a rather slow news week, but not for the bankrupt and beleaguered PG&E. On Wednesday, a bankruptcy judge shot down PG&E’s request to lop billions of dollars off its liabilities in 2017 and 2018 wildfires, and the company’s stock continued to plummet. But there are separate court proceedings underway about the utility’s forced blackouts in both early October and late October. On that front, the Chronicle reports that in a Friday court filing, PG&E admitted they’d found 218 cases of damaged equipment that all could have caused additional sparks and wildfire risk.

This is particularly significant in light of the revelation that a PG&E tower “malfunctioned” at the very time and spot that the Kincade fire started. The cause of that fire is still under investigation, and the report of these 218 busted parts comes from an inventory of equipment that PG&E performed before turning shut-off power lines back on.

In a statement to KTLA, PG&E said that “In 2019, there have been no fatalities and no structures destroyed in any wildfire that may have been caused by PG&E distribution lines.” That’s very artful wording — for one, it ignores PG&E’s delayed maintenance that appears to have caused the 2018 Camp Fire. On top of that, it gives PG&E the benefit of the doubt that all of the fires whose causes are still under investigation were definitely not caused by the utility.

This case goes all the way back to the 2010 San Bruno explosion, for which we know that a PG&E pipeline was responsible, and the company is still on probation for it. These hearings are probationary updates now required of PG&E. (The bankruptcy case is a separate legal proceeding.)

In a sense, you might say the system worked here; PG&E shut off the power lines, there was indeed faulty equipment, and post-shutoff investigations identified future possible risks. But the faulty equipment problem has been an ongoing thing with this company, as has been delaying maintenance while lavishly indulging its executives. And in all likelihood, if the company were not on probation right now, we probably would never would have been informed that the company has hundreds of busted parts and jumpers currently in use all over the state.

Related: PG&E Shutoffs Hit Grocery Stores and Restaurants Hard [SFist]

Image: Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG via Flickr

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Saturday Links: Winter Is Here

  • It's getting record-breakingly cold outside … if you haven't noticed. Turkey Day's winter spell tied a century's old record, with freezing temperatures and even icy conditions described in the Bay Area; the Novato Airport reported a chilly 27-degree low late Thursday night and early into the morning Friday. [SFGate]
  • An Oakland cleaning crew found an antiquated grenade inside a home they were cleaning, prompting residents and the crew themselves to evacuate. A bomb squad safely removed the unit and took it to their discharge range in Dublin. [Mercury News]
  • 27 mentally ill residents of a 21-room board-and-care facility housed in a large Victorian home on South Van Ness Avenue closes today. While around a dozen inhabitants found housing via help from the city, 14 still are without a permanent roof over their heads; the 129-year-old home is slated to become a hotel. [Mission Local]
  • There's a shortage of Christmas trees this year – so expect to pay more for your festive evergreen this holiday season. [KPIX]
  • A hyacinth macaw, one of the rarest parrots in the world, flew away when a worker at Andy's Pet Shop in San Jose took him outside to have his nails and wings clips; there's still an on-going search for the bird. [NBC Bay Area]
  • Fremont authorities are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run that killed a woman and her dog. [KRON 4]
  • If you just so happen to have, near as much, a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, now's the time to prance on some SF property. [SFGate]
  • Speaking of real estate, Robin William's multi-million dollar Bay Area home has hit the market. [Robb Report]
  • These are the best cookbooks to pull inspiration from as we approach Christmas Eve's feast. [Chronicle]

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Crissy Field Environmental Project To Start Next Week, Prompting Street Closure And Traffic Delays

Crissy Field Environmental Project To Start Next Week, Prompting Street Closure And Traffic Delays

As part of a large-scale restoration effort for the San Francisco marshland, an 850-foot long section of a natural stream – which has been buried for some time, blanketed by concrete – will be resurrected, helping to add another seven acres of saltwater glade to Crissy Field.

As reported on by the SF Examiner, the Presidio Trust will start working on the Crissy Field's Quartermaster Reach Marsh Project starting next week, an undertaking that's expected to take a half-year to complete. (But, let's be honest: What're the odds that any construction plan in SF will keep to time? Not good … at all.)

Part of this overdue environmental righting, too, will involve various traffic headaches, including the closing of a slice of Mason Street, between Halleck and Javowitz Streets, come Monday morning.

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Working in tandem with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Services, the Presidio Trust-spearheaded endeavour will bring new life to the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. A keystone environment in San Francisco, the health of Crissy Field is crucial to safeguarding populations of native salamanders, frogs – including the California red-legged frog, a dietary staple of the endangered San Francisco garter snake – chromatic fence lizards, and other flora and fauna. The project will also reintroduce the Olympia oyster to the wetland.

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Meet the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) whose most distinguishing characteristic is its bright blue belly (although this coloring is faint or absent in females and juvenile lizards). . Currently this species of lizard is only found on the western side of the Presidio even though suitable habitat exists (woodland, brush land, dunes) on the central/eastern side of the park as well. So last month, our Natural Resources team began a translocation project in order to spread our current population of western fence lizards throughout the Presidio. This move is a great ecological benefit – as western fence lizards begin to thrive on the central/eastern side of the park near the El Polin area, they will help to balance out the area's food web. This lizard feeds on insects while acting as a food source for predators, such as the garter snake. . During the translocation process, lizards are only captured briefly to be relocated to suitable habitat where they will thrive! While on Presidio adventures, please stay on trail and do not try to touch or catch any wildlife. . . . #lizard #reptile #lizardsofinstagram #reptilesofinstagram #lizards #outdoors #trees #forest #wildlife #mountain #hiking #hike #camping #wilderness #yosemite #nps100 #nps #findyourpark #nationalparks #nationalpark #goparks #sanfrancisco #sf #bayarea #nationalparkservice

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Migratory birds, especially, use the area as a stop along the Pacific Ocean leg of the North American Flyway to rest and refeed; more residential birds, like great egrets and "Killdeers," use the marsh as nesting and rearing ground, per the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

The restoration is expected to include new vantage points at Quartermaster Reach for birdwatching, an elevated bridge where visitors can gawk at other wildlife and the expansive landscape in front of them, as well as giving hikers the option to traverse along the entire Tennessee Hollow Trail, a 1.2 mile journey from the bay at Crissy Field through the Presidio and up to the natural springs near Presidio Gate.

To boot, a landfill will be removed to allow the installation of water tunnels beneath Mason Street. Come spring, volunteers will plant native seedlings in the newly cultivated areas.

While we can't wait to see this natural treasure come to fruition, it's clear San Franciscans are going to experience some traffic issues until it's complete. The Presidio Trust says to plan for "a few extra minutes" to get to the following locations in the area:

  1. Sports Basement
  2. Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center
  3. Greater Farallones Visitor Center
  4. University of San Francisco
  5. Planet Granite
  6. House of Air
  7. Roaring Mouse Cycles
  8. La Petite Baleen / Batter's Box SF
  9. Warming Hut

*Detours are routed along Halleck Street and McDowell Avenue

Also, The PresidiGo Crissy Field Route is going to be re-routed up Halleck Street, and stops at the Crissy Field Center, Girard Road, and the Presidio Community YMCA aren't going to be operating; new stops are to be added on Halleck Street and Mason​.

Crissy Field, itself, and other destinations along the north-facing waterfront are to remain open throughout the process.

Related: Crissy Field Due For $2.5 Million Facelift This Fall [2016]

Image: Flickr via Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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