MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FELLOW GYM-GOER: SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A man has been arrested after police say he repeatedly struck another man with a steel weightlifting bar at a San Francisco Bay Area gym, killing him.
Forty-six-year-old Kenneth Osaka was being held without bail in the attack Wednesday night at a Bally Total Fitness gym in South San Francisco.
Police say Osaka took a solid steel bar used to lift weights and hit the victim in the head several times and then left the scene. Police didn’t release the name of the victim, who died at San Francisco General Hospital.
They also did not disclose a possible motive for the attack.
BROWN VETOES DIAPER CHANGING-STATION BILLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a pair of bills that would have made diaper changing stations available in both men’s and women’s restrooms.
Brown announced Friday that he vetoed SB1350 and SB1358, saying many businesses already have taken steps to accommodate customers.
In his messages to Democratic Sens. Lois Wolk of Davis and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, Brown said it would be prudent to leave the issue to the private sector rather than legislate it.
SB1350 would have required the California Buildings Standards Commission to adopt standards requiring changing stations in public restrooms, regardless of gender, when one is being built or renovated.
SB1358 would have required government buildings and private buildings open to the public to maintain at least one changing station accessible to both men and women.
DEADLY SHOOTOUT AT CENTRAL CALIFORNIA POT FARM: CUTLER (AP) — Authorities say three people trying to rob an illegal marijuana farm in Central California were met with gunfire that killed one and wounded a second.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the shootout occurred early Thursday behind a Cutler home. Cutler is about 35 miles southeast of Fresno.
But Boudreaux says two of the robbery suspects were shot. One of them, 25-year-old Eduardo Tienda, died. The other, a 16-year-old, was shot in the leg.
Authorities say the third suspect, 34-year-old Jose Luis Tienda, has been arrested.
CALIFORNIA TO BAN SMOKING AT HOME DAY CARES: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he had signed AB1819, joining 12 other states with similar bans that target “third-hand” smoke.
Smoking during day care hours is already banned. Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton says his bill responds to the dangers of smoke that lingers in furniture and carpets.
A recent study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found such smoke damages DNA in human cells and is especially dangerous for children.
Operators at 36,000 home facilities face penalties of $100 and revoked licenses for lighting up. Smoking in backyards and outside the home is still permitted.
The bill takes effect in January.
95 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS PASS EXIT EXAM: SAN DIEGO (AP) — New data shows that the percentage of California seniors passing the high school exit exam required for graduation matched last year’s record high results.
The state Department of Education said Tuesday that 95.5 percent of seniors in the Class of 2014 — more than 417,000 students — passed the exam, which tests basic skills in math and English.
That’s the same percentage of seniors in the Class of 2013 who passed, and up from 90.4 percent in 2006, the first year seniors were required to pass the exam to graduate.
The state data exclude students with disabilities, who have been exempted from passing the exam as a requirement for graduation since 2009.
CALIFORNIA REINSTATES TOUGHER ARSON PENALTIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has reinstated tougher penalties for aggravated arson just as authorities charge a Northern California man with setting a fire that has burned nearly 120 square miles of timber in the mountains east of Sacramento.
SB930 by Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill of Modesto takes effect immediately after Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing it Friday.
The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office says the tougher penalties will not apply to Wayne Allen Huntsman even if he is convicted. That’s because the King Fire burning west of Lake Tahoe started before the bill became law.
The previous law expired in January. The renewed law allows for prison terms of 10 years to life if arson damage exceeds $7 million.
Authorities say the fire is costing $5 million a day to fight.