SF SHERIFF INVITES INMATES TO DANCE ON V-DAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several dozen inmates in San Francisco Bay area jails shimmied and sweat Thursday in a behind bars choreography aimed at symbolizing an end to violence against women on Valentine's Day.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi invited a local choreographer to organize the flash mobs several months after his own domestic violence case nearly led to his ouster from office last year.
Numerous inmates said they found participating in the dance inspiring.
Mirkarimi pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment stemming from a New Year's Eve dispute with his wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez. He was reinstated to his job in October.
CHINATOWN N RESTAURANT PAYS $525K IN BACK WAGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco restaurant in Chinatown is paying $525,000 in back wages and penalties for forcing employees to work long hours for less than $4 an hour.
Employees at Dick Lee Pastry worked 11-hour days, six days a week for about $1,100 a month. The city's minimum wage when the case was filed was $9.92 an hour. It's now $10.55 an hour.
The settlement with restaurant owners is the largest payment the city has received as it tries to protect workers from wage theft.
California estimates it loses $7 billion a year to wage theft in lost tax revenue and economic participation by low-wage workers.
CAPITOLA CHIEF WANTS TO PULL PLUG ON GUN SHOWS: CAPITOLA (AP) — The police chief of a Northern California beach town wants the city to ban gun shows and tighten zoning rules for weapons dealers.
The Capitola City Council considers police Chief Rudy Escalante's recommendations on Thursday night.
Escalante also wants a gun buyback program.
Capitola could join with the Santa Cruz County Chiefs Association and partner with faith communities and nonprofits on a volunteer gun turn-in or buyback.