• SF WOMAN CHARGED IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco woman is facing hit-and-run, drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter charges in a crash that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the city’s Twin Peaks area.
Gina Eunice, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned on the felonies on Wednesday, two days after she was charged.
Authorities say Eunice was driving with three passengers around 9 p.m. Thursday when she hit the three pedestrians, knocking them down a hillside.
They had to be evacuated using ropes and backboards.
• NURSES AT 9 BAY AREA HOSPITALS GO ON DAY STRIKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of nurses at nine San Francisco Bay area hospitals walked off the job on the morning of Christmas Eve — a day a hospital spokeswoman described as a time when “only the sickest of the sick are in the hospital.”
Registered nurses and technicians at seven hospitals operated by Sutter Health and at two San Jose hospitals affiliated with the Hospital Corporation of America went on a one-day strike at 7 a.m. Monday, said hospital officials and representatives with the California Nurses Association.
The strike — the eighth by the union since September 2011 — comes as both sides remain at odds in a lingering dispute over health benefits, staffing levels and other issues.
As in the previous strikes, both sides traded barbs, disagreeing over the need for a strike, the number of nurses who refused to show up for work and the quality of care the replacement nurses would provide.
Union spokeswoman Joanne Jung said the union called the strike because of the hospital’s demands to eliminate health benefits for nurses who work fewer than 30 hours a week, disagreements over sick pay and other issues.
About 90 percent of 5,000 nurses represented by CNA took part in the strike, the union said, while hospital officials said about only half of the union nurses refused to go to work.