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Peninsula readers' letters: November 14

Mercury New - Peninsula - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:53
Letters from Daily News readers.

POLICE BEAT: Counterfeit bill passed in Palo Alto

Mercury New - Peninsula - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 00:42
Items selected are from the daily police logs of the cities listed below. Times shown are when the incidents were reported to the police.

CCS girls tennis: M-A relies on freshmen, depth to advance

Mercury New - Peninsula - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:36
Don't be fooled by the score of Wednesday's girls tennis match at Menlo-Atherton in the second round of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Was this high school football player flagged for praying?

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:23

Celebrations after scoring a touchdown are nothing new in the game of football, but league officials on every level warn: just don't get excessive with it. 

And it's the definition of what makes for an "excessive celebration" that has people upset in southern Florida. (Video via Fort Myers News-Press

As you saw, that celebration lasted just a few seconds, but it earned Fort Myers senior tight end Sam Turner a penalty.

And Turner isn't happy about the 15-yard penalty. He says he was praying. 

SAM TURNER VIA WINK: "Eventually the ref came up and talked to me. He said I was trying to bring attention to myself. And I was trying to explain to him I wasn't trying to bring attention to myself, I was just trying to thank God." 

Turner also says he was honoring his former teammate Jo Jo Brunson, who was killed in a drive-by shooting last year.

The Florida High School Athletic Association and the South Gulf Football Officials Association are standing by the referee's call, though. 

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations and highlighted by the Fort Myers News-Press, "any delayed, excessive or prolonged act by which a player attempts to focus attention upon himself" will result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. A spokesperson for FHSAA called the ref's flag a "judgement call."

Even Turner's coach said he could see both sides and supported both his player and the refs. According to WJXX, he said: "It comes down to a ref's discretion. To them, they try to follow the letter of the rules. You accept both sides." 

In the NFL, a similar situation occurred earlier this year when Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah ran back an interception for a touchdown and then dropped to one knee in prayer. Abdullah was flagged for that play, although after the game, the NFL said the official shouldn't have penalized him

Although Turner says he was unhappy about the penalty at the time, he's at least understanding about it and credits his teammates for picking him back up. That was Turner's first touchdown of the season. 

Couple selling home for $1, you just have to move it

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:18

We've heard of getting a good deal on a home, but this is a one-of-a-kind deal! 

JULIE HENRY VIA WFTS: "One dollar."

BOB HENRY: "One dollar, yeah. And, honestly, that's negotiable." 

Did we mention you'll have to spend an estimated $130,000 to move it, though? 

So the Henrys bought the Sarasota, Florida, home and lot for $605,000 months ago without seeing it first. When they finally did see it, they decided the home just wasn't for them. 

BOB HENRY VIA WFTS: "It's got a lot of history to it, and we thought, well, why don't we see if we can't find somebody that would like to salvage this home and move it?"

They still like the lot and don't want to see the house demolished. They want someone to literally move the house. And that won't be easy. 

AOL writes the house is "too tall and too wide to roll down local streets. So the new owner must take off the roof, saw it in half or in thirds, and move it at 3 a.m. so local police can hold up traffic lights and power lines as the house rolls to its new home."

All of that, according to the real estate agent representing the home, will cost about $130,000.

Located at 1215 Pomelo Ave., the house resides in one of the area's more historic locations and sits within walking distance of the Sarasota Bay. 

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune explains the home used to belong to the Silvertooth family. Lynn N. Silvertooth was a prominent judge in the area, and the Sarasota County Judicial Center is named for him. 

The Henrys say they want the house to be moved by the end of the year so they can start on their new home in February. If a buyer doesn't move it, they say, it will have to be demolished. So who can give them a lift?

 

Minor killed by BART train in San Leandro

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:20

A minor died Thursday after being struck by a BART train at the commuter line’s San Leandro station, officials said.

According to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost, the incident was reported at about 9:30 a.m. involving a Daly City-bound train and caused major delays in the East Bay.

Emergency crews rushed to the station but could not save the minor whose body was trapped under a train.

A bus bridge was being set up for passengers at station.

No other information was immediately available.

Review: 'Interstellar'

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:46

A knockout one minute, a punch-drunk crazy film the next, "Interstellar" is a highly stimulating mess. Emotionally it's also a mess, and that's what makes it worth its 165 minutes — minutes made possible by co-writer and director Christopher Nolan's prior global success with his brooding, increasingly nasty "Batman" films, and with the commercially viable head-trip that was "Inception."

 You can call "Interstellar" corny or reiterative or just plain daunting, and you'd be right. It is those things. It is hobbled by astronomy and physics seminars disguised as dialogue. But even with its vividly realized imaginings of journeys through a worm hole, or its depiction of the largest tidal wave in the history of water, what I remembered first the following morning was this: Matthew McConaughey's character crying his eyes out as he watches years and years of backlogged video messages left by his son back on Earth. Simple, elemental human feeling. More directors should try it sometime.

Co-written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher's brother, the film is caked with the dust of death and bereavement, yet it posits that love is stronger than gravity, relativity, and even ordinary blockbuster imperatives. "2001: A Space Odyssey" may be the director's touchstone, but Nolan's own galaxy quest is as warm and fuzzy as Stanley Kubrick's vision was stoically indifferent to the plight of humankind.

The starting point is conventional enough. We're on a farm somewhere in America (played by locations in Alberta — apparently the Canadian tax breaks never end). The only crop is corn, and the so-called "blight" has ravaged the global food supply. The planet's time is nearly up. McConaughey plays Cooper, a frustrated farmer trained as a test pilot who lives with daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy), son Tom (Timothee Chalamet) and father-in-law Donald (John Lithgow, whose stage-trained diction makes the naturalistic McConaughey drawl all the more pronounced). One of the upstairs bedrooms, lined with bookshelves, appears to be haunted by benign, book-tossing ghosts. Surely there's an explanation.

One night, somewhere near their homestead, Cooper and Murph stumble onto the secret underground location of what's left of NASA, where a project headed up by the eminent Prof. Brand (Michael Caine, Nolan's go-to purveyor of mellow wisdom) intends to find a home for Earth's inhabitants before the clock runs out. Cooper qualifies as the right flyboy for this crucial space exploration mission. Destination: a wormhole near Saturn. On the other end of the wormhole, what? A new home? A new set of troubles?

The first really good scene in "Interstellar" reminds us that Nolan can pull off dramatically flamboyant tricks in style. Cooper will be lost in space for years, maybe forever. His kids, especially Murph, don't want him to go. He does, though, to try to save the planet. The farewell on the farm is an anguished one, and cleverly pushing the time-acceleration idea, Nolan intercuts it with the countdown and liftoff of the spaceship helmed by Cooper. His fellow adventurers include Brand's daughter, Amelia (Anne Hathaway), the tremulous astrophysicist Romilly (David Gyasi), the snappish scientist Doyle (Wes Bentley) and two geometric widget-y robots voiced by Bill Irwin and Josh Stewart.

The film takes the time and the narrative space to explore several worlds. One is wet, dominated by inhospitably crushing mountain-sized ocean waves; another is pure ice, where even the clouds above are snow chunks. In one of the script's more usefully provocative notions, time on the water-logged planet proceeds at seven years per human hour. I love this bit; it's instantly graspable, and frightening, cutting to the heart of Nolan's obsession with time lost, time spent and misspent. This goes back to "Memento," a fleet-footed brain-scrambler from the other end of the wormhole of this filmmaker's career.

Every temporal aspect of existence bends and twists in "Interstellar." There's not much room for the usual conflict and resolution, and for a daring portion of the film Nolan manages to make a sincere science-fiction epic without an antagonist, only a tangle of conflicting intentions. As adults, Cooper's children are played by Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck, and as they age back on Earth, Cooper wonders if he did the right thing leaving them (not really a moral dilemma — the fate of the planet's hanging in the balance), or if he'll ever see them again.

How these questions are answered in the film's final 45 minutes will likely toss half of any given audience right off the bus. I sympathize. Yet I found myself hanging on, through the film's several endings, and even the endings beyond those endings. This is a movie unabashedly earnest in its intention to awe. It's certainly the first science-fiction film to combine relativity theory with a line about burying grandpa "out in the back 40." The Nolan brothers' screenplay asks only that we, the awed, or the partly awed and partly confused, embrace family and our time on Earth, or wherever we end up. It's the same plea made by writers as diverse as Charles Dickens and Thornton Wilder. While I devoutly wish Nolan had sent composer Hans Zimmer and his droning, thundering score into deep space, I'm glad we live in a world where a fabulously successful director can retain his ambition, even at the expense of clarity.

Sixty-six minutes of "Interstellar" were filmed with 70 millimeter Imax cameras; all of it was filmed on celluloid, as opposed to digitally, and the visual results carry a rougher, grainier quality than you typically see in space epics. The same is true of the movie's most nakedly expressive scenes, which have nothing to do with how special the effects are (and they're pretty special). When McConaughey breaks down watching years-old messages from his son, he weeps. And even Zimmer's music backs down, allowing the scene to breathe, play out and — like the best of this crazy, mixed-up, heartfelt endeavor — matter.

New malware targets iOS devices, hits third-party app users

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:40

Security company Palo Alto Networks reports a piece of malware is targeting Apple devices in China.

The virus is called WireLurker, and in six months, it infected more than 400 OS X applications. Palo Alto Networks says those infected apps have racked up more than 350,000 downloads through a third-party app store in China.

"The viruses can then get transferred from infected Macs onto iPhones through USB connector cables. Palo Alto Networks thinks the attackers were Chinese and says most of the users were hit in China thus far." (Video via CNBC)

WireLurker is also notable because it doesn't require jailbroken targets. It's the first iOS malware known to use enterprise provisioning, which lets companies distribute software and apps without app store approval.

Once it's installed, WireLurker has full access to user data stored on the phone, but, as far as Palo Alto Networks knows, it so far hasn't done anything with that access. Palo Alto Networks researcher Ryan Olson told PCWorld:

"We think we sort of caught someone developing the attack, and they haven't gotten to the point of launching the full attack. From our perspective, it still looks like an information gathering operation," Olson said.

There's no such thing as perfect security from this or any other sort of malware, but the refrain from across the Web is a familiar one:

MacRUMORS: "Users should not download and run Mac apps or games from third-party app stores, download sites, or other untrusted sources and jailbreaking should be avoided."

In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple said it was aware of the malware problem, "and we've blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching." It, too, recommended sticking to trusted sources for app downloads.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

KTVU Digital launches new website and apps

KTVU's Top Stories - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:51

In our quest to bring you the latest breaking news from your hometown, the entire Bay Area and from around the country and world and KTVU News live via a 24-hour livestream, KTVU Digital is unveiling a new look and feel to our website and mobile apps on Thursday afternoon.

But we need your help. While the site and apps are well built, we want to take a page from the past and host a traditional barn-raising. We want your input as to what you would like to see in the final bricks and planks.

Please send us your comments to -- User comments. All your comments will be gathered and we will attempt to improve the look and feel of the website and apps over the coming months using your suggestions.

Over the next 24 hours, you will receive a notification from Google and Apple that an app update for your mobile phones and iPad are available. Simply click on the link and the new apps will be downloaded to your device.

Our old apps will remain live for about a week, but they will not be updated. For the latest news, you will need to update to the new apps.

If for some reason you don’t get a notification, below are the links to the Apple and Google stores when the new app can be downloaded for free.

DOWNLOAD the new KTVU News app on your mobile Android device.

DOWNLOAD the new KTVU News app on your iPad.

DOWNLOAD the new KTVU News app on your iPhone.

SFPD responds to possible quadruple shooting in Mission District

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:52

San Francisco police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that may have injured four people.

Officials say SFPD responded to the 1100 block of Alabama around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in response to a possible quadruple shooting.

Residents in the area say the scene is swarming with cops.

Pedestrian seriously injured in North Beach

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:40

A pedestrian was seriously injured Wednesday night in a vehicle collision in North Beach, according to San Francisco police.

The collision at Columbus and Green streets was reported at 9:20 p.m., according to police.

The pedestrian was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver remained at the scene and the collision's cause remains under investigation, police said.

Gas station owner warns others of PG&E scam

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:48

A Hayward gas station owner says he was nearly scammed by a person claiming to be a PG&E employee.  

Bodh Kunwar says he received a call Wednesday morning from someone claiming to work for PG&E, demanding he pay his PG&E bill within the new few hours or else his power would be shut off.

"I was very nervous. I was looking to log on and my hand was trembling," said Kunwar.

The man says he checked his paperwork after the caller demanded he submit a payment of $1366.09, the exact amount he had paid two weeks before online using his bank account information.

"When they were talking, it was the exact amount. That's why I came to believe maybe it is from PG&E," said Kunwar.

The caller who referred to himself as Bobby Johnson, told Kunwar that PG&E had not received his payment and repeatedly said power at the gas station would be shutdown unless Kunwar paid using a Greendot prepaid cash card. The cards are widely available at drugstores and have been used in various scams similar to this one.

“Johnson” told Kunwar to call him back after he bought the cash cards so he could provide the account numbers on the back.

"But before I do that, something came to my mind. I said, ‘How can they do that? Let me call PG&E again,’" said Kunwar.

And it's a good thing he did.

"There have been scams like this for PG&E, actually for utilities nationwide," said Tamar Sarkissian, a PG&E spokeswoman.

PG&E officials went on to say these types of scam are ongoing and come in various forms. The utility company assures customers it would never demand payment using prepaid cash cards, and power would not be shut off unless there had been several written warnings sent already.

"If you hear something like that, alarm bells should go off that this is not normal. This is not something that's right. They should hang up and call PG&E," said Sarkissian.

"I'm glad I'm talking to you and you let the people know that hey, this kind of scam is going on," said Kunwar.

He says the bill he paid two weeks ago was the first one he had received online, before that he had always received his bill by mail. He suspects there could have been a security breach somewhere after he paid online.

PG&E officials say they work with law enforcement authorities to investigate any reports of scams.

EBMUD considers rate-hike to prepare for another dry year

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:21

It is impossible to know if California is heading into another drought year, but the EBMUD board is planning for that possibility.

"Based on our historic use patterns, we think there's a 36-percent chance that next year could be a shortage," said EBMUD Board President Andy Katz.

To address water supply concerns earlier this year, EBMUD purchased 5 million gallons of water drawn from pumps on the Sacramento River.

EBMUD says without significant rain in November and December, it will have buy more water this winter and the cost will be passed onto customers.

"To draw water from the Sacramento River requires a 14-percent rate increase," said Katz.

EBMUD is also considering special drought surcharges that would bump that 14-percent increase to 20 or 25-percent and an excessive use penalty of $2 a unit for customers that use over 60 units a month or roughly 44,000 gallons per month.

The rates would be determined by stages relative to drought conditions and EBMUD's water supply.

Currently, EBMUD customers are exceeding conservation goals of 10% by saving 11.8 percent on water use.

The 14 percent rate hike has been approved and will take effect if water is taken from the Sacramento River.  The additional rate increases and penalties remain proposals that potentially could be approved early next year.

Bay Area biotech company looks to create Ebola vaccine

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:20

A South San Francisco biotech company is hoping a congressional ally will help them develop an oral Ebola vaccine.

Vaxart says it made promising steps toward an oral vaccine, but shelved the project in 2012 because of a lack of interest, and specifically a lack of funding. Wednesday Rep. Jackie Speier (d) San Mateo, toured the facility, asking what they would need to get their vaccine into production.

Vaxart CEO Wouter Latour says funding was a major obstacle to getting the vaccine to the human testing phase. The growing Ebola crisis in West Africa and cases of the disease here in the US have prompted renewed interest.

"We believe strongly that vaccines are a phenomenal piece of the puzzle against these kinds of newly emerging threats. So we think it's a very wise investment," said Latour.

The oral vaccine Vaxart is working on does not contain Ebola itself, in fact there is no Ebola in the laboratory at all. Instead, the scientists take the genetic information that tells the deadly virus how to make some of the proteins on or in the virus, and put those genes into a harmless virus. The result is then treated, and put into a tablet form.

Vaxart has had success with oral vaccines to prevent flu and are hoping the same technique can be adapted to Ebola. One of the benefits says Latour is the oral vaccine would be stable enough to send overseas without refrigeration, and would not need syringes.

"We have no needles, which really removes an important piece of the puzzle, handling needles, needle injuries, those kinds of things and our tablets can can be held at room temperature," said Latour.

During the tour Speier said although the current outbreak is in West Africa, everyone should be concerned.

"Because this planet is shrinking, what goes on in Africa is as important to us as what goes on across the street," said Speier.

The company said that it hopes to start human trials for the oral vaccine in early 2015, and if everything goes well, could have a vaccine ready for distribution as early the end of next year.

 

Men injured in hash-oil lab explosion remain in critical condition

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:12

Two men who were injured in a hash oil explosion that destroyed a Walnut Creek apartment on Halloween remain hospitalized in critical condition, a fire official said Wednesday.

Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said that while the men are still listed in critical condition, medical providers are now "a little more optimistic about their survival."

The two were injured in an explosion at an apartment within a complex in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue around 10 a.m. Friday, according to fire officials.

Both victims were airlifted to the University of California at Davis's Burn Center in Sacramento.

A neighbor was also treated for minor injuries suffered in the blast.

Fire officials said the explosion and fire left the six-unit apartment complex uninhabitable, displacing an undisclosed number of residents.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter on Friday for the displaced residents.

Police and fire investigators continue to investigate the explosion, which resulted from a marijuana and hash oil drug extraction manufacturing process, according to police.

Anyone with information about the explosion and fire is asked to call Walnut Creek police at (925) 943-5844 or Detective Bill Jeha at (925) 256-3518.

Woman dies while in custody at county jail

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:55

A 65-year-old woman died while in custody in county jail in Santa Cruz early Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was found unresponsive in a cell at the county jail at 259 Water St. during a safety check around 4:55 a.m., according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Kelly Kent.

A correctional officer and medical staff performed CPR on the woman until an ambulance arrived.

She was pronounced dead at 5:24 a.m., sheriff's officials said.

Coroner's investigators responded and determined that the woman died "due to probable natural causes," according to a sheriff's office statement.

Sheriff's officials said no criminal activity or suspicious circumstances are suspected in connection with the death.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of the woman's death.

The inmate was booked into the jail on Monday for a warrant arrest.

Election Day yields record low turnout

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:07

Tuesday’s voter turnout was a new record low not only for California, but for the nation. Many major political races were decided by razor thin margins.

Stanford Political Science Professor and Scholar Simon Jackman says, voter apathy has many roots.

"A lack of interest in the subject matter, a feeling that their vote doesn't count or being unable or unwilling to express a preference between the parties," says Jackman.

For example, the City of Alameda has a population of 75,000 with 44,000 of those residents being registered voters. Of those registered only 13,000, turned out to vote Tuesday, settling the mayoral race there with less than 300 votes.

Alameda resident, Sean Manzano, says he was more interested in finding a job.

"Whatever happens, there's this, you know, belief that whatever policy or whoever is elected, they're really not gonna make much of an impact," says Manzano.

"I think that the reason we're seeing the voting patterns that we are is that people are entirely disenfranchised," says Susannah Israel a Laney College instructor. "Why don't more people vote? Because they do not understand the issues? They're watching Dancing With The Stars," says Playthell Benjamin, a writer from New York.

Voters KTVU spoke to say people don’t vote because they’re self-absorbed, uninformed or cynical or hope springs eternal.

"It's like acts of kindness.  One act of kindness may not change the general tenure of society, but overall, acts of kindness from everybody does and it's the same with voting," says Sean McVey of Oakland.

Dan Begonia of Alameda agrees, "Absolutely.  When you think about what happened when George Bush first got elected, it was only a matter of a couple of hundred votes.  I man that should have been a lesson learned by everybody.in the country."

"Aristotle said, ‘Politics, unless you are God or beast, your life will be determined by the politics under which you live,’" Benjamin said.

 

Mother of man killed in horrific I-5 accident pleads for answers

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:06

A grief-stricken mother who sat inches away from her son when he died last week in a horrible freak accident on I-5 on Wednesday told KTVU she needs answers.

"The worst kind of sadness that ever was. And confused. Because what happened to him shouldn't have happened." said Gina Brown.

Brown and her 20 year-old son Cody were driving back home to Livermore October 27th after visiting sick relatives in Las Vegas.

Cody was at the wheel of their Mitsubishi convertible while Gina was reclining in the passenger seat. They were on Interstate 5 near Patterson when, in an instant, everything changed.

"I heard 'Bam!' Loud. I sat up and said What was that? I looked over and his face was gone," Brown said.

But the terror continued. Their car was on cruise control still moving at 70 miles an hour.

"I grabbed the emergency brake and pulled with everything I had," she said.

The California Highway Patrol said Cody Brown died because a tractor trailer travelling in the opposite direction broke an axle, sending a metal wheel rim bouncing across the freeway. The rim first struck another big rig before ricocheting through the canvas roof of the Brown's convertible.

The truck driver never stopped.

The California Highway Patrol investigators have been looking for the driver with no luck. They are asking anyone who may have seen what happened to please call them.

Investigators said they don't know whether the driver knew what happened. KTVU asked a veteran big-rig operator if that could have happened.

"It is possible. But you would hope the driver would know that," said Brian Jones.

Brown was a graduate of Del Valle High School in Livermore and had enrolled in Las Positas Community College with plans of working with troubled young people.

"I really wish, as I was growing up, I was as good to my parents as he was to us," said Cody's stepfather Rod Robison.

But all that potential, all that joy, was lost in a freak accident that could have happened to anyone.

"It doesn't matter how good your child is, how cautious your child is," said Gina Brown. "They could be gone from you in a second."

Neighbors defend Alameda man accused in 'mercy killing' of his wife

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:32

Neighbors on Wednesday spoke in defense of an Alameda man accused in a so-called "mercy killing" of his wife, who suffered from dementia.

72-year-old Jerry Canfield faces one count of murder with the use of a firearm for the Oct. 26 shooting death of his wife, Joann.

"Whenever I'd see them, it restored my faith in married people," said next-door neighbor Bridget Milet. "They just loved each other."

Milet recalled the way the couple always greeted one another with an enthusiastic hello and smile when one of them would walk through the door of their apartment.

Milet said Joann Canfield suffered from dementia. When the disease took a turn for the worse a few months ago, she went to a nursing home – then came back.

"She had been at the nursing home for a little over a month. The day she came back, I saw her at the bottom of the stairs," Milet told KTVU. She said Joann appeared distressed and disoriented.

"She didn’t know who I was, and she'd known me for quite a long time," she explained.

The day after that, on Oct 26, Alameda police said Jerry Canfield walked into the Alameda police station around 6 p.m. and told the sargeant on duty he wanted to confess to a crime.

"He said that he had shot his wife in the head," Alameda Sgt. Rick Bradley said. "He said he shot her to end her suffering."

When investigators entered the Canfields' apartment, they found Joann Canfield dead with a dozen red roses at her bedside.

Police interviewed her husband for several hours at the station. They said he was emotional as he explained what he did and why.

Bradley said it was an unusually difficult case for investiagtors, but that, ultimately, the law is cut and dry about ending someone's life, no matter the circumstances.

"In California, if you take the life of another, it's considered a homicide. That's how we investigate it and that's what the facts showed," Bradley said.

Canfield's neighbor can't help but feel differently.

"If there is such a thing as a mercy killing, this is definitely it. Because he was a very nice man and he loved his wife very, very much," Milet said.

Canfield is still in jail. His next hearing is scheduled for November 14 when he's expected to enter a plea to the murder charge he faces. His attorney, Drew Steckler, said because of the unique circumstances of this case, he will argue for Canfield to be released without bail and sent home while he awaits trial.

San Francisco voters approve minimum wage hike

KTVU's Top Stories - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:08

It is one of the most expensive cities in America. And last night, San Francisco overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, one of the highest in the nation.

Figures released Wednesday afternoon show the Proposition J minimum wage measure passed by 76 percent, a sign voters want to put more money in workers' pockets.

The new law came just in time for Darren Fiorello. He moved to the city recently from New York and is working a Union Square hot dog stand to make ends meet.

"Well, it's going to make it a lot easier for me to make my rent every month basically," Fiorello said of Prop J.  "It's definitely going to help me out. I'll probably be able to go out more, have so more dates maybe. Maybe get a car- we'll see."

The city's minimum wage is set to gradually rise from $10.74 an hour now to $15 an hour by July, 2018. A July report by the San Francisco Office of the Controller said the average food service worker could see an additional $125 in pay each week. Those working in manufacturing could see nearly $200 more each week.

"For a lot of folks, what this is gonna mean is they can quit that second job, they can spend more time with their family," said SEIU Vice President of Politics Alysabeth Alexander. The SEIU was instrumental in putting Prop. J and a similar, successful Oakland minimum wage measure before voters this fall.

With its passage, he Controller's office report said some consumer spending may raise but that the Prop. J wage hike may discourage new hiring and lead to reduced employment. The owner of San Francisco's popular HiDive bar and restaurant told KTVU he'll have to cut some workers' hours and expects longtime employees will be jockeying for pay raises.

"The minimum wage is scary," said HiDive owner John Caine. ""They're going to now see the dishwasher making what they're making and so they're not gonna like that so it's gonna have a push up effect. And they're going to say, 'Well, I need to go up to.'"

Henry Karnilowicz- the president of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations- said merchants will pass their increased costs onto customers and that competition for certain entry level jobs may get tougher.

"You're going to have people who are living in like San Leandro or Oakland or Daly City or whatever, they're going to be coming in because they're going to be getting the $15 here," said Karnilowicz. "You're not going to be training someone as much, if you're in a restaurant. You're going to get someone who's worked at a restaurant somewhere else, that's got the experience and references to be able to do that work."

In June Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Alexander said she expects to see more jobs created by such wage hikes.

"I think that this is the model that folks all throughout the country should take, in either gathering signatures to put it on the ballot or pressure your city councils to raise the minimum wage directly."