• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) — An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.
The baby fell about 30 feet into bushes and shrubbery around 2 p.m. Wednesday. The bushes may have broken her fall.
Fremont Fire Capt. Steve Silva told the newspaper that after the incident, the child was airlifted to Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
Details of the girl’s injuries have not been released, but Silva says she was admitted as a critical trauma patient.
Investigators have determined the fall was an accident.
• SECOND ARREST MADE IN SF BUS DESTRUCTION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A second man has been arrested in connection with the destruction of a transit bus when World Series celebrations in San Francisco got out of hand.
San Francisco police say Nicholas Hudson was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson, vandalism and damaging a passenger transit vehicle.
The 19-year-old Daly City man is due to be arraigned Thursday. Authorities say he is being held without bail on a probation violation.
Hudson’s arrest comes after 22-year-old Gregory Graniss was arrested last week in connection with the Oct. 29 attack on the bus. Graniss has pleaded not guilty to vandalism and one count of willful tampering with a passenger transit vehicle.
Police are still looking for more suspects in the case. The $700,000 bus was destroyed when the vehicle was set on fire.
• MARIJUANA TOWN ADOPTS TAX TO PUSH OUT POT GROWERS: ARCATA (AP) — Voters in the heart of California’s marijuana-growing Emerald Triangle have overwhelmingly adopted a stiff new tax on electricity to push large-scale indoor pot growers out of town.
Voters in Arcata, Calif., voted 69 percent to 32 percent on Tuesday in favor of Measure I.
Mayor Michael Winkler said the vote shows even though people in Arcata are pretty liberal about marijuana, they want the large indoor growing operations out of their neighborhoods.
Winkler says the 45 percent tax on households using three times the normal amount of electricity should go into effect by the middle of next year.
If growers don’t leave, Winkler says he will ask voters to raise the tax even more.
• MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER IN BAY TOLL PLAZA KILLINGS: MARTINEZ (AP) — A 49-year-old Richmond man is facing a possible death sentence after being convicted in the shotgun killing of his ex-girlfriend while she was at work at a San Francisco Bay-area bridge toll plaza.
Jurors on Wednesday found Nathan Burris guilty of two counts of capital murder.
Burris was convicted of killing 51-year-old Deborah Ross in a toll booth at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in August 2009.
He was also found guilty in the killing of Ross’ friend, 58-year-old Ersie Everette III, a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit District.
Prosecutors say Burris shot Ross and Everette because he thought they had become romantically involved after Ross ended a 14-year relationship with Burris.
• LA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IDS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan to create city-issued photo-identification cards to help identify illegal immigrants.
The council voted 12 to 1 on Wednesday to select a vendor to develop and administer the identity card program.
The ID would act as a library card and a debit card, and it would be up to law enforcement to decide whether to accept the cards.
Councilman Richard Alarcon says they are necessary because federal government failed to make significant reforms in immigration policy and it’s undeniable that businesses and individuals are hiring illegal immigrants.
• VOTERS APPROVE 7 IN 10 LOCAL TAX, BOND MEASURES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters didn’t just pass Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide tax initiative on Election Day. They also embraced local levies at an overwhelming rate.
According to the League of California Cities, election night returns show 71 percent of local tax and bond measures passed. Fiscal policy adviser Michael Coleman said that statewide, 171 out of 240 measures passed.
Coleman found that four out of five school bonds and four out of five majority-vote taxes passed Tuesday. Special taxes requiring two-thirds approval did not fare as well.
In addition to a quarter-cent sales tax under Proposition 30, 24 cities and three counties proposed majority-vote local sales tax hikes. They ranged from one-eighth of a percent in Santa Clara County to 1 percent in several other cities.
All but three approved those measures.
• ALLEGED SEX VIDEO SPARKS ELDER ABUSE PROBE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two registered nurses in San Diego could lose their licenses because of videos that allegedly show the men engaging in sex acts at the bedside of a 98-year-old stroke patient.
The state Department of Consumer Affairs launched an investigation last year. The nurses have had their licenses suspended pending an administrative hearing next week. They also could face criminal charges.
Authorities say they were given security camera videos by the woman’s family that appear to show her paid caregivers fondling each other by her bedside.
One video also allegedly shows one man putting the woman’s hand inside his pants, and another shows a nurse allegedly fondling himself and kissing her face.
The woman’s daughter has sued the men for elder abuse.
• 2-MAGNITUDE QUAKE REPORTED OFF ORE.-CALIF. COAST: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 4.2-magnitude earthquake was reported Wednesday morning in the Pacific Ocean about 140 miles off the coast of Oregon and California.
The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck at a depth of 6 miles and was 143 miles west of Gold Beach, Ore., in Curry County just north of the California border.
The sheriff’s office in Curry County said there were no immediate reports of shaking or damage.