BART STATION PARKING LOT COSTS COULD TRIPLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commuters in the San Francisco Bay area could see parking lot costs triple at BART stations.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the Bay Area Rapid Transit district is considering a proposal to raise parking charges incrementally as demand increases.
Parking fees are now $1 a day at most stations. Those prices could go up 50 cents twice a year with a cap of $3.
Prices at the West Oakland and San Mateo County stations are already set by demand.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost says parking policies haven't been reviewed or revised in several years and the district wants to make sure it covers the costs of policing, cleaning and maintenance.
CRAB BOATS IDLE FOR 6TH DAY IN PRICE DISPUTE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dungeness crab boats in the fishing ports of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay are idle for a sixth day because of a price dispute.
Crab Boat Owners Association president Larry Collins says skippers are meeting Monday morning to discuss the strike that began last Wednesday.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the strike was called because crabbers learned fish brokers planned to cut prices of fresh crab from a previously agreed $3-a-pound to $2.75 or less because of slowing demand.
A price dispute last year delayed crab fishing by weeks.
WOMAN SENTENCED IN NURSING STUDENT SLAYING: OAKLAND (AP) — A woman convicted of murdering a San Francisco Bay area nursing student has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Before issuing the sentence against Giselle Esteban on Monday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson said he had never seen a case with stronger evidence of premeditation.
A jury convicted Esteban in October of killing Michelle Le.
The 26-year-old Le went missing from a Hayward hospital parking lot in May 2011. Searchers discovered her badly decomposed remains in a canyon four months later.
Prosecutors said Esteban had grown increasingly enraged at a friendship between Le and Scott Marasigan, who has a young daughter with Esteban. In his remarks, Rolefson called the slaying a "cold-blooded murder."
But Esteban's lawyer said the killing was done in the heat of passion
CREWS SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN, 77, OFF MARE ISLAND: VALLEJO (AP) — Solano County authorities are searching for a missing 77-year-old man who they believe fell into the waters between Vallejo and Mare Island.
The Vallejo Times-Herald reports that dive teams and patrol boats continued their search for Philip Mattingly of Fair Oaks in the Mare Island Strait on Monday.
Vallejo police Lt. Sid DeJesus says Mattingly's son called police around 8:30 a.m. Sunday to report that his father was missing. The retired mechanical engineer had been helping clean debris from a World War II warship docked on Mare Island, which was formerly a naval shipyard.
Mattingly's son, David, says his father did not return home Saturday. The son went to the ship and found everything unlocked but could not find his dad.
OAKLAND TEEN PLEADS TO STRANGLING ADOPTIVE PARENTS: OAKLAND (AP) — An Oakland teenager has pleaded guilty to murdering his adoptive parents after he had an argument with his mother about being suspended from school.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 16-year-old Moses Kamin is expected to be sentenced next month to 25 years to life in prison.
Authorities say Kamin was 15 when he strangled his parents in January at their Oakland home. The teen told police he killed them after he was suspended from his charter school for using marijuana.
Kamin pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing 55-year-old Robert Kamin and second-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Susan Poff. He was charged as an adult.
Kamin's attorney says the teen has a psychological disorder as a result of childhood trauma while living with his birth mother.