Restaurant acknowledges severe roach infestation
MILL VALLEY (AP) — A Northern California eatery is giving its customers information that most restaurants go to great lengths to cover up.
Cafe del Soul in Marin County has posted a sign near its front door acknowledging that it's infested with German cockroaches.
The organic restaurant has also reported itself to the county environmental health services department and will be closed on Wednesday so a pest control company can go to work.
Manager Sandro De Oliveira said the cafe's owner wanted to be honest with customers. The newspaper reports that the restaurant also wanted to put pressure on the building owner to take action against the pests.
County officials say they will send an inspector.
Sutter Health nurses walking off jobs today
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of registered nurses are expected to join a one-day walkout today at Northern California's Sutter Health hospitals.
It's the sixth strike organized by the California Nurses Association in a lingering contract dispute with Sutter hospitals in Alameda and San Mateo counties. The last walkout was in July.
Issues include sick leave and patient care.
The targeted hospitals are Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland, San Leandro Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Vallejo's Sutter Solano Medical Center and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
The hospitals will remain open during the 24-hour job action involving up to 3,500 registered nurses and several hundred respiratory and X-ray technicians.
SF police say 2 shot near Tenderloin District
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gunfire erupted near San Francisco's Tenderloin District on Wednesday, injuring two men, but police said the shooting appears to have been unrelated to the celebration for the city's World Series champion Giants happening several blocks away.
The shooting on Turk and Leavenworth streets around 2:45 p.m. was described as "outside the event area," by police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak. Aris Millare, a 31-year-old from Mountain House in San Joaquin County, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he heard three to four shots, looked up and saw several men fleeing.
"It didn't scare me, they seemed really eager to get away," he told the newspaper.
The shooting was close enough to the city's Civic Center Plaza that fans were still streaming up Turk Street when the shooting occurred, causing panic, the witnesses said.
Insanity plea in strangling of Oakland parents
OAKLAND (AP) — The attorney for an Oakland 16-year-old charged with murdering his adoptive parents says the boy suffers from mental health problems stemming from childhood trauma and failed attempts to find his biological parents.
Moses Kamin has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Jan. 26 strangling deaths of 54-year-old Robert Kamin and his wife, 50-year-old Susan Poff. Kamin has been charged as an adult.
His attorney, Drew Steckler, says Kamin was homeless and had to scavenge for food as a child.
Steckler tells the Tribune Kamin suffered more trauma when his efforts to find his biological parents after adoption were stymied.
Kamin is accused of strangling Poff after arguing with her about his suspension from school. Authorities say he then waited for his father before strangling him as well.