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Gilroy fire chief resigns after alcohol sting

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay area fire chief has resigned after authorities say he provided alcohol to a decoy who was posing as minor as part of a sting operation.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports ( that Interim Gilroy Fire Chief Roger Bloom apologized to city officials on Monday before tendering his resignation.

Sheriff's officials say the decoy asked Bloom to buy him beer outside a Santa Cruz County liquor store on Friday night, and Bloom complied.

He was cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The 52-year-old Bloom had been Gilroy's interim fire chief since Aug. 17. City officials say he made more than $174,000 a year.

OAKLAND MAYOR WARNED ABOUT SKIPPING DEPOSITIONS: OAKLAND (AP) — A federal court has warned Oakland Mayor Jean Quan that she could be punished if she skips another deposition about the pace of Police Department reforms.

Attorneys Jim Chanin and John Burris are trying to put the Police Department under federal receivership. They say the department has failed to fully implement reforms required under a 2003 court order.

The mayor canceled an all-day deposition on Aug. 30.

A federal magistrate has now warned the mayor to show up at a Sept. 25 deposition or she will face possible punitive actions.

The mayor says she will be there to testify.

The lawyers want Quan's answers before an Oct. 4 deadline for submitting arguments on whether a federal judge should impose receivership.