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Union City is a city located in Alameda County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,869 but the current population is about 70,300. It was incorporated in 1959, combining two smaller communities, Alvarado and Decoto. Alvarado was the original county seat of... (More Info and Source) Union City Real Estate

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CHP teen driving class delivers graphic images to save lives

On Thursday, the CHP office in Oakland opened its doors to teenage drivers and their parents for a program called “Start Smart”.

The aim is bring home the reality of traffic collisions to young drivers.

“The number one killer of teens is driving collisions and that’s what we’re trying to prevent with this,” said CHP officer Sean Wilkefeld, “and that state by itself should be scary to parents.”

Wilkefeld spoke before a class of about 20 parents and students including new driver Madeline Wood.

“I’m 16-years-old and I just got my permit and I’m about to get my license,” said Wood.

Her father Saul accompanied her to the Start Smart program which intended to give parents information they can share with their teens.

“All the help she can get.  More education is better.”

The class includes driving tips and graphic videos of fatal traffic collisions in California.

“That way these teenagers can see the consequences of driving because a lot of them don’t see what happens at the end of a collision,” Officer Wilkefeld said.

The Oakland CHP holds the Start Smart program once a month, anyone interested can contact the office to sign up.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:55:57 -0700

School district says accused bully did not injure himself

A Santa Rosa mom physically touched an elementary school student on the neck hard enough to leave four imprints when she confronted him in May about bullying her daughter at school, the Piner-Olivet Union School District said in a news release Thursday.

The Sonoma County school district west of Santa Rosa released the results of a third-party investigation by private investigator Chris Reynolds.

Reynolds said the incident between Delia Garcia-Bratcher and the 11-year-old alleged bully was not witnessed by adult staff, but district staff photographed the imprints on the boy's neck within minutes of the confrontation.

Garcia-Bratcher, 30, and her attorney Ben Adams deny there was a physical confrontation on May 16 at the Olivet Elementary School on Willowside Road west of Santa Rosa.

Adams has called his client a "folk hero" who defended her child from a school bully.

Garcia-Bratcher was arrested and booked in the Sonoma County jail for inflicting injury on a child. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office has not yet filed charges against Garcia-Bratcher, stating the investigation by the county sheriff's office is still under way.

Garcia-Bratcher is scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court Aug. 28 to see if charges will be filed.

"This is ruining my life," she said on July 17 after the most recent scheduled hearing for the filing of charges was postponed on July 17.

"Nothing has changed. There are no adult witnesses and my client says it didn't happen," Adams said Thursday afternoon.

Adams said his investigation determined the accused bully made up the story about being assaulted and self-inflicted the marks on his neck after Delia-Bratcher verbally confronted him about bulling her 10-year-old daughter at school.

Reynolds concluded there is no credible evidence to conclude the injured elementary school student fabricated the assault, the school district said.

"The investigation disclosed that the student who alleged that the victim self-inflicted his injuries was not supported by the physical evidence," the school district said in the news release.

Reynolds also concluded the student who claimed the alleged bully self-inflicted his injuries is the best friend of Garcia-Bratcher's son, according to the school district.

"The same student alleged he saw the self-infliction from over 150 feet away, across a crowded playground, while another version said it happened in a bathroom," the district said.

"There were no findings of ongoing, pervasive bullying at the site," the district said.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:33:49 -0700

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.

"The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning.

He called Ebola "a tragic, dreadful and merciless virus."

The purpose of the travel warning is to not only protect U.S. travelers, but limit their use of overburdened clinics and hospitals for injuries or other illnesses, he said.

Also Thursday, the White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia. It would be the first time the disease was brought into the country.

For more than a month, CDC has advised travelers to simply take precautions when in the outbreak region. Thursday's alert is the highest-level. The World Health Organization, however, has not issued a similar travel warning for the West Africa region. The last time the CDC issued a high-level warning was in 2003 because of a SARS outbreak in Asia.

The current outbreak is the largest since the disease first emerged in Africa nearly 40 years ago. The virus is contagious and is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a sick person. Ebola can't be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing in the same air.

Experts estimate that in this outbreak, about 60 percent of the people who have gotten sick with Ebola have died — a frightening fatality rate that is among the highest of any disease. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment for it.

The two American aid workers in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola are Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who work for North Carolina-based groups. Writebol was getting an experimental treatment, the mission groups said Thursday.

"I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease," Brantly's wife, Amber, said in a statement released by the aid group he works with, Samaritan's Purse. She and the couple's two young children left Liberia for Texas before her husband was infected, and she said they are fine.

Late Thursday afternoon, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws.

The hospital, which is near the CDC's main campus, has a special isolation unit built in collaboration with the CDC. It is one of only four facilities of its kind in the United States.

At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest said that while the U.S. government would facilitate any transfer to the U.S., private companies would be used to transport them.

The CDC has about two dozen staffers in West Africa to help try to control the outbreak. Frieden on Thursday said the CDC will send 50 more in the next month. CDC workers in Africa also are helping at airports to help screen passengers, he said.

The CDC has said that the risk of a traveler bringing the Ebola virus to the United States remains small. On Monday, the agency sent a health alert to U.S. doctors, updating them about the outbreak. The alert stressed they should ask about foreign travel in patients who come down with Ebola-like symptoms, including fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.

Even if a traveler infected with Ebola came to the U.S., the risk of an outbreak is considered very low, Frieden said. Patients are contagious only when they show symptoms and U.S. hospitals are well equipped to isolate cases and control spread of the virus.

Frieden also noted that relatively few people travel from West Africa to the United States. He said about 10,000 travelers from those countries come to the United States in an average three- or four-month period, and most do not arrive on direct flights.

The CDC has staff at 20 U.S. airports and border crossings. They evaluate any travelers with signs of dangerous infectious diseases, and isolate them when necessary. The agency is prepared to increase that staffing if needed, he said.

Frieden said a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States "is not in the cards."

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:33:54 -0700

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