Visitors to pay $2 more to see Muir Woods
MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT (AP) — Visitors will soon pay $2 more to see the Muir Woods National Monument.
The entrance fee is going up from $5 to $7 starting on Sunday. The new fee is expected to raise an additional $1 million that will help keep Samuel P. Taylor State Park open five days a week.
The park was slated to close next July under state budget cuts, but was rescued under an agreement between the National Park Service and California State Parks. The fee increase is part of that agreement.
The money generated by the fee increase will also go towards Mt. Tamalpais State Park and projects on federal and state park lands near Muir Woods.
4 suffer moderate injuries in SF Muni crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco transit officials say four people were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries after a light-rail train ran into the driver's side of a police patrol car.
The crash occurred around 5:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of 3rd and 22nd streets in the city's Dogpatch neighborhood.
Muni spokesman Paul Rose says two police officers, the driver of the T-Third Street light-rail train and a passenger were taken to the hospital.
12 arrested at foreclosed home in Oakland
OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police say 12 people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a foreclosed property in west Oakland Thursday.
Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the arrests came after a group calling itself Causa Justa, or Just Cause, and members of Occupy Oakland had moved into the home.
Just Cause says it was using the home as housing for formerly homeless people and for a community meeting space.
The arrests at the foreclosed home came after Oakland police cleared out an Occupy Oakland camp on Wednesday that had sprouted up on a vacant lot in west Oakland.
Watson says 14 protesters who refused to leave the lot were issued trespassing citations. She says one protester, who did not have any identification was arrested.
Police probe man's death
in Livermore house fire
LIVERMORE (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the burned-out garage of a Livermore home engulfed in an early morning fire.
Livermore police Officer Steve Goard says firefighters discovered the victim after battling the blaze reported around 6:15 a.m. Friday.
Goard says detectives have so far found nothing suspicious as they comb through the wreckage. The fire scorched much of the rest of the two-story suburban home, which has been red-tagged as unsafe.
The man had been living in the converted garage. Police say he may have been the only one home at the time of the blaze.