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POSTED October 22, 2012 8:44 p.m.

TECH FIRM MOVING TO SF'S MID-MARKET NEIGHBORHOOD: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's plans to revitalize its blighted mid-Market neighborhood are getting another boost.

Mayor Ed Lee announced on Monday that the technology firm Square has signed a lease and expects to relocate there in 2013.

The company, which makes a credit card reader for smart phones and other devices, currently has an office elsewhere in the city.

The five-block mid-Market area has been plagued by drugs, muggings and boarded-up storefronts.

City officials have made its revitalization a major goal and approved a tax break for companies there last year. The decision was aimed at keeping Twitter from leaving the city.

The company has since relocated to the mid-Market area.

EX-SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR FACES 2 YEARS IN PRISON: REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — A former school administrator in San Mateo County has been sentenced to two years in prison for misappropriating public funds.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Timothy Hanretty of Woodside apologized for betraying the public's trust before he was sentenced in court Monday.

In July, the 55-year-old Hanretty pleaded no contest to six felony counts of misappropriating public funds.

Prosecutors say when he was an assistant superintendent at the Woodside Elementary School District, Hanretty falsified documents to take out $2.6 million in loans for school projects even though the board had only authorized $632,000 in loans.

In 2010, Hanretty became superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, where prosecutors say he billed the district $101,000 for renovation work done at his home. He resigned in January while under investigation.

LAWMAKER WANTS CURBS ON PROBATE COURT FEES: SAN JOSE,  AP) — A California lawmaker wants to protect incapacitated adults from excessive probate court fees.

San Jose Assemblyman Jim Beall is holding a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss proposed rules before the Superior Court.

The rules are designed to protect dependent adults from exorbitant conservatorship fees.

The San Jose Mercury News says court-appointed conservators, trustees and lawyers have been charging huge amounts to manage the lives of dependent adults.

The rules must be approved by San Jose judges before being sent to state officials. If approved, they take effect in January.

Under the proposal, there will be guidelines so that hourly fees match the difficulty of tasks performed.

Proposed maximum rates of $165 an hour, for example, could not be charged for small tasks, such as checking on a pet.

SAN BRUNO SURVIVORS WANTS CPUC PRESIDENT REPLACED: SAN BRUNO  (AP) — Survivors of a deadly pipeline explosion are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to replace the president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

At a news conference on Monday, they said under CPUC President Michael Peevey's leadership, energy regulators have failed to keep the public safe.

San Bruno residents have collected more than 200 signatures for a petition calling for Peevey's ouster.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier also has asked the governor to replace Peevey. She says he did not do enough to prevent the Sept. 9, 2010 blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

The commission recently decided to suspend public hearings over the explosion and hired former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks to determine fines for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Brown's office and the commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

LAWSUIT OVER REPLACING GRASS WITH ARTIFICIAL TURF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents say replacing soccer fields grass with artificial turf at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is a health hazard.

The SF Coalition for Children's Outdoor Play, Education and the Environment has filed a lawsuit saying the environmental impact report didn't consider the health risks of chemicals used in the turf.

The coalition tells the San Francisco Chronicle that kids shouldn't be playing on toxic fields.

The Board of Supervisors, city planners and recreation and parks commission have already approved replacing the four grass soccer fields with an artificial surface.

Construction was supposed to begin in January,

But the California Coastal Commission issued a stay this month while it considers a coalition appeal.

TEEN DRIVER GETS PRISON FOR FATAL ACCIDENT: MARTINEZ  (AP) — A teen driver convicted of running over and killing a father and daughter who were on their bicycles has been given the maximum sentence for a minor that will keep him behind bars until he turns 21.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the teen was sentenced Monday after being convicted previously of two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter.

The defendant admitted to driving his Cadillac Escalade at a high speed when he hit 41-year-old Solaiman Nuri and his 9-year-old daughter, Hadessa as they were riding on a Concord sidewalk in April.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Lois Haight imposed the maximum sentence on the teen, citing a history of driving and disciplinary problems in the teen's probation report.

POLICE IDENTIFY NAKED MAN SHOT, KILLED BY POLICE: VALLEJO  (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Northern California man who was shot and killed by police in what investigators are describing as a naked rampage involving two men who set their own house on fire.

Vallejo police Lt. Lee Horton said Monday that police shot and killed 29-year-old Jeremiah Moore early Sunday after Moore put a loaded rifle to an officer's stomach.

Horton says investigators suspect Moore and 28-year-old Jason Jessie may have been taking hallucinogenic drugs. Results from toxicology tests are pending.

Police say Moore was shot after officers responded to calls of two naked men arguing, breaking car windows and trying to set their house on fire.

Jessie was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer.

Family and friends say the men's alleged behavior was out of character.

 

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