• More bee swarm encounters in Bay Area: VACAVILLE (AP) — A Vacaville elementary school was briefly invaded by tens of thousands of bees in what beekeepers say is a rising number of encounters between bee swarms and people in the San Francisco Bay area.
About 80,000 bees were safely removed from a tree at Foxboro Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon. No one was harmed.
President of the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association Brian Wort says his group is getting multiple calls a day about bee swarms. Swarming season lasts through May, and beekeepers are on alert.
Wort said the swarms occur when hives split and new bee queens are being hatched. He said swarming bees are less aggressive because they do not have a hive to defend.
• Movie in the works about life of Oscar Grant: OAKLAND (AP) — Oscar Grant’s family has agreed to terms with a film company for a movie about the man whose slaying by a transit police officer led to protests of police violence.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the film titled “Fruitvale” will detail the final hours of the 22-year-old Grant’s life.
An unarmed Grant was fatally shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit police Officer Johannes Mehserle on a train platform in the Fruitvale station in Oakland on New Year’s Day 2009. Grant had been pulled off the train in connection with a fight.
Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson said she hopes the film will help eliminate such violence in the future.
Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2010, and served a two-year prison sentence.
• Police arrest city workers during protest: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested more than 15 city workers during demonstrations over labor contract negotiations that include wage cuts and higher health care premiums.
KTVU-TV reports that about 1,000 SEIU Local 1021 members demonstrated at an intersection in downtown San Francisco during rush hour Wednesday, with some arrested for blocking traffic.
The workers say the city is giving payroll tax breaks to businesses like Bank of America while expecting city workers to take cuts.
Mayor Ed Lee said the city is facing a $170 million deficit over a 2-year budget and that labor cuts are needed to balancing the budget.