Saturday morning news roundup


On the afternoon of a day that will always be remembered for the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to subsequently end constitutional abortion protections that had been in place for nearly half a century, protests and planned demonstrations are taking place throughout the Bay Area from San Francisco and Oakland to San Mateo and San José.

A rally was held early Friday afternoon in Napa.

At 6 p.m., more than 1,000 people gathered for the rally in San Francisco. It started at the Philip Burton Federal Building with a planned march on Market Street. It culminated in a sit-in protest at the corner of Market and Hyde streets, where a speaking out is expected to begin early this evening.

Meanwhile, late Friday afternoon and early evening in the San Francisco Bay Area, voices were heard at other rallies.

In San Mateo Central Park, activists rallied for reproductive rights at 4:30 p.m. after the overthrow of Roe v. Wade this morning.

More than 3,000 people took part in 49 minutes of civil disobedience in San Francisco early Friday night to mark 49 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade and ending constitutional protections for abortion on this day that had been in place since 1973.

Protesters took part in a rally which began at 5 p.m. at the Philip Burton Federal Building, followed by a march to Market Street, where a sit-in began at the intersection with Hyde Street.

There, 49 minutes of civil disobedience began to protest today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

After the climax of those 49 minutes, protesters began marching east on Market Street towards the Embarcadero where the rally was expected to end at the Ferry Building.

Rallies are also taking place Friday night in Oakland and San Jose, as well as in San Mateo, where in Central Park activists rallied for reproductive rights after the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling.

San Mateo County enacted a 100-foot buffer zone ordinance to protect access to the local Planned Parenthood Mar Monte clinic and recently allocated $1 million to support Planned Parenthood and other local abortion clinics in the city’s moves to become a sanctuary for people seeking abortions.

Senator Josh Becker said he was saddened to be at the rally this afternoon as the father of an 18-year-old girl who no longer has the same rights that have been in place in the United States since 1973 .

Rally attendees held posters reading “Judges Lied, Now Women Are Going To Die” and “I Love Pro-Choice California”, also shouting “Our Bodies, Our Rights”.

Friday’s ruling, which comes more than a month after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito leaked a draft opinion indicating the High Court was ready to take the step. Friday’s result is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the 50 states.

The protest in the city of San Francisco on Friday night against the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade started at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and ended at the Ferry Building after speeches, chants, marches and a 49-minute sit-in on Market Street which represented the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade was the law in the United States.

The protest was organized by the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice along with a coalition of other organizations including the Raging Grannies Action League, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights and Freedom Socialist Party.

The rally began at 5 p.m. at the federal courthouse with a small crowd, but quickly grew to more than 1,000 people listening to speeches castigating the Supreme Court justices and warning of the consequences of their decision.

Many speeches blamed not only Republicans, but also Democrats for the suppression of reproductive rights.

A fire drill will be conducted Saturday morning by the Novato Fire Protection District, Marin Firewise Communities, the Novato Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Department.

The exercise concerns only the areas of Black Point and Pacheco Valle. Exercise starts at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a meeting place for participating residents. The meeting will take place at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1580 Hill Rd.

Black Point evacuation drill begins at 9:30 a.m.

Pacheco Valle evacuation drill begins at 11 a.m.

Residents living in these areas will receive a robocall notifying them that an evacuation will be in progress at that time.

Two Bay Area cities are among 10 regions in California to receive $17 million in Family Homelessness Challenge grant funds in an effort to reduce family homelessness in the Golden State.

Oakland and Livermore are the two Bay Area cities to join 10 California communities to receive the funds, the awards for which are awarded through the California Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The other cities are Fontana, Los Angeles, San Diego and Salinas. Also included are Pasadena and Sacramento counties, as well as Mendocino and Santa Clara.

Livermore, with a population of 91,000, will receive $581,000 from the fund. Oakland, the Bay Area’s third-largest city with a population of 423,000, will receive $2 million.

Salinas will receive $2.6 million.

San Leandro police said they foiled two separate catalytic converter thefts during the same night shift.

The first case occurred in the Pershing Drive and Stoakes Avenue area around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. A suspect was removing a catalytic converter from a vehicle when officers arrived, according to the San Leandro Police Department.

The suspect fled on foot and was not found.

However, an alert officer quickly discovered the suspect’s vehicle near the initial scene of the robbery and found a suspected accomplice and a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. That suspect, 40-year-old Hayward resident Jesse Cortez, was arrested on suspicion of firearms and robbery charges.

The second case occurred around 3:45 a.m. Thursday. Officers have been dispatched to the 2100 block of Bancroft Ave regarding another reported catalytic converter theft in progress. Two suspect vehicles and their occupants were working together to remove the catalytic converter, police said.

Police said the two suspects drove off at high speed when officers arrived. One of the suspect vehicles was disabled by a tire deflation device. A suspect fled the vehicle and was later arrested for robbery and possession of stolen property. The suspect is a 25-year-old homeless man, police said.

The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for daytime highs to remain very warm through Monday. The hottest inland temperatures will peak on Sunday in the East Bay. Saturday highs in the 70s to low 80s around the bay to the 90s inland. Saturday morning overnight lows will be between the low and high 50s.

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