SF Chron: Security-line shortcut coming to Oakland airport – for a price

As much as I love Oakland Airport, I do think that this airport security fast-track is bad for one basic reason: it’s easily defeated. All you have to do is be a terrorist who has a clean record and then register for this service. Then you get to bypass the line, and boom — you’ve just infiltrated the the system.

Still, I think that it’s a bad idea to have tiered-service at a public place like an airport. Everyone should have to go through security, regardless if you’re a CEO flying business class or an ordinary guy who always flies coach like me. I’m sick of this premium service that cater to the wealthy.

“What I didn’t understand initially was that Oakland is a big piece of the (Bay Area air travel) puzzle,” [Brill] said. “A lot of people told us that they do their business travel exclusively out of Oakland.”

Also, CEO Steve Brill? Yeah, a lot of people DO use Oakland for their business travel because it’s a small and easy-to-use airport. Also, until recently Southwest and JetBlue didn’t fly out of SFO.

Oakland Trib: Boy taking piano lesson struck by stray bullet in North Oakland

There was a robbery, gunfire and a chase in my neighborhood Thursday. There was an insane number of police cars, when I drove right by that music school maybe 20-30 minutes after it happened, and as I tried to drive down 51st towards Telegraph Ave., that intersection was barricaded for a block in each direction.

Sheesh. My thoughts are with the boy and his family.

Oakland Tribune:

A 10-year-old boy shot Thursday by a stray bullet fired during a robbery could face permanent paralysis in his legs, authorities said today, although they won’t know for sure for several days. A spokesperson at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where the boy remains in fair condition, would not discuss his injuries.

The boy was taking piano lessons at a music school in North Oakland about 4:32 p.m. when the bullet came through the wall and struck him.

Katharine Wells, office manager at the Piedmont Piano Co. at Pleasant Valley and Piedmont avenues, said she heard gunshots, which were fired during an armed robbery of a Chevron station across the street.

. . .

The Piedmont Piano Co. Harmony Road Music School, where the boy was shot, was open Friday but remained quiet.

Will Cunningham, an attendant who has been employed at the Chevron gas station for the past 13 years, said it was the first time such a thing had happened in the neighborhood.

Police gave the following account of the incident: With his girlfriend, Maeve Clifford, 19, in the passenger seat, Adams started to flee the gas station in a Mustang, but quickly came in sight of two police officers who had heard the gunfire while investigating a traffic wreck nearby at Howe Street and Pleasant Valley.

They chased the Mustang to 51st Street and Telegraph Avenue, where it collided with a silver four-door sedan containing a woman and two children and then hit a parked Chevrolet Avalanche truck. Adams tried to run off but was arrested.

Police said Adams is suspected of other robberies in Oakland and possibly other cities. They said he used to work at the now-closed Berkeley Iceland.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, armed robbery, evading police, hit-and-run, auto theft and carrying a concealed firearm. Authorities said Adams has prior convictions for possession of a concealed weapon and evading arrest.

I’m back.

Turned out my flight was delayed almost three hours. That, plus bags, plus BARTing home — it was a 15 hour travel day.

It’s good to be home.

The Big One is coming

Hoo boy, maybe it’s time to get our earthquake kit in order.

SJ Mercury News:

Studying layers of soil in a trench they dug near the Fremont BART station, geologists recently made a startling discovery: The Hayward Fault has had a big earthquake roughly every 140 years, on average, since 1315.

And this Sunday marks year 139.

Calling the fault a “tectonic time bomb,” scientists Wednesday urged Bay Area residents to put together an earthquake plan, stockpile supplies and consider having their older, two-story homes checked for structural weaknesses.

Researchers, gathered near the fault Wednesday, believe that it could produce quakes as large as a magnitude 7.0, even 7.3.

“It wouldn’t be a surprise to any seismologist if it had a big earthquake tomorrow,” said Tom Brocher, coordinator of Northern California earthquake hazards investigations for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “This is a real threat.”

The announcement comes just days before the 139th anniversary of the 1868 Hayward earthquake. Known as the “Great San Francisco Earthquake” until the devastating 1906 temblor came along, the quake remains the nation’s 12th most deadly earthquake despite the East Bay’s sparse population at the time.