GOOGLE EYES AIRPLANE HUB AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT: SAN JOSE (AP) — San Jose airport officials are urging the city lawmakers to approve a deal that would allow Google to build an aviation hub so the company can land and service its corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that details of the proposal were unveiled Thursday in a memo to the San Jose City Council.
Google currently parks its aircraft at Moffett Federal Airfield, a former Navy site operated by NASA.
San Jose International Aviation Director Bill Sherry tells the Mercury News that the $82 million project would be a financial boon for the local economy.
It calls for building an executive terminal, hangars and ramp space for big business jets used by Google and other corporate clients.
The memo says the airport would receive $2.6 million a year in rent.
ALAMEDA DENIES LIABILITY IN SUICIDAL MAN'S DEATH: HAYWARD (AP) — The brother of a suicidal man who drowned off an Alameda beach while police and firefighters watched is waiting to find out if a judge will allow his lawsuit against the city to proceed.
KGO-TV reports that during a hearing in Alameda County Superior Court Thursday a lawyer for the city asked to have the suit dismissed.
Attorney Greg Fox argued that first responders are immune for liability unless their actions exacerbated the danger 53-year-old Raymond Zack put himself in.
Fire officials have said they did not rescue Zack because they lacked water rescue training.
The lawyer for Zack's brother claimed that first responders who stood by while Zack succumbed to hypothermia did endanger the man by clearing the beach and stopping people who waded into the frigid water to speak with him.
MAN IN BURN CENTER AFTER BOAT EXPLOSION: ALAMEDA (AP) — A boater is hospitalized in a Northern California burn center after an explosion aboard his 30-foot vessel at an Alameda marina dock.
The San Francisco Chronicle says 30-year-old Josh Sailer has burns over 20 percent of his body. He's hospitalized in the burn unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.
Sailer was in the cabin of his boat Thursday afternoon when there was an explosion, possibly caused by a gas stove.
Alameda fire division chief Doug Long says Sailer ran from the cabin and jumped into the water to extinguish flames enveloping his body.