Wednesday morning news roundup

A number of San Francisco officials and business leaders toured Union Square on Tuesday after releasing a strategic plan to turn the former downtown shopping destination back into a bustling hub.

The nonprofit Union Square Alliance — a collective of business owners in a 27-block radius — unveiled a five-pronged plan to revitalize Union Square as the city’s shopping and dining destination for residents and tourists alike.

An immediate priority for the alliance is addressing the district’s criticisms of being dirty and unsafe, with increased security around parking lots and transit stations, an increased presence of community ambassadors, and greater efforts to pressure wash streets and dispose of trash.

Just last week, Mayor London Breed released a new security plan for Union Square, not only in light of this year’s Christmas shopping season, but also a year after a spate of organized retail thefts that have sent brick-and-mortar stores like Louis Vuitton and Neiman Marcus viral.

People with psychiatric conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder are more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, according to a study released Tuesday by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

The study, published in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry, found that the risk of being hospitalized with COVID for at least 60 days increased by 9 percent and the risk of death increased by 8 percent for people with PTSD when sorted by age , sex and race were adjusted and underlying diseases.

Likewise, people with bipolar disorder were 29 percent more likely to die from COVID and 46 percent more likely to be hospitalized, while the risk of death increased by 13 percent and hospitalization for people with major depression by 21 percent .

A man suspected of firing a gun from his moving vehicle at the Stanford mall in Palo Alto Monday afternoon has been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Zachary Michael Ginsberg, 32, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building after he allegedly fired at least two shots, which hit a steakhouse window and an unoccupied parked vehicle.

Ginsberg used to work at the steakhouse and allegedly sent threatening text messages to his former boss, with whom he had an “interpersonal conflict,” police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for him on Tuesday morning. He was arrested around 9:55 a.m. without incident, police said. Officers claim he drives a black Chevrolet Camaro, and that gun, which is similar to the one used Monday, was also found at his home.

A Morgan Hill music teacher has been accused of inappropriately touching nearly a dozen elementary school girls in his office, the Santa Clara County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Israel Santiago, 43, was arrested Monday on suspicion of multiple sexual assaults and molestation or molestation of a child under 12 at Adelante Dual Language Academy.

According to the district attorney’s office, Santiago – who is 1.80 meters tall and weighs about 285 pounds – is accused of gripping the buttocks of female students while hugging them on his lap and stroking the bare skin of a fourth-grader’s back. under her bra strap.

Police said at least 10 victims reported inappropriate behavior by the suspect in the music or band room.

Most Bay Area beaches will face additional risks Thursday, according to a warning from the National Weather Service.

The warning alerts the public to expect an increased risk of sneaker waves and currents on west- and northwest-facing beaches from 10 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

This includes almost all of the beaches in the region, except for those in the southern half of Santa Cruz County, where the beaches mostly face south and southwest as the coast slopes eastward.

The warning also advises the public to stay away from coastal rocks and jetties, avoid steep beaches, keep a safe distance from the surf zone, keep children and pets away from the surf zone, and never turn their backs on the ocean.

A 35-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an August shooting that injured two people in Stockton, police said.

Anthony Guerrero was arrested and jailed in the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of shooting two people during a softball game at the Louis Park Softball Complex on Monte Diablo Avenue on August 12.

Officers found two men who had been shot and they were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

A third man, who was also shot during the shooting, refused medical treatment and left the scene, police said.

Police said the Stockton Police Department SWAT team had served a warrant in connection with the shooting at the 700 block of E Fourth Street and Guerrero was arrested without incident.

Police in El Cerrito have released an image of a person suspected of carrying out an unprovoked knife attack in the Nations Giant Hamburgers parking lot on November 12.

At approximately 8:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to the hamburger restaurant at 6060 Central Avenue for a stabbing. Officers found one victim who had been stabbed multiple times in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male in his late 20s, approximately 5’7″ tall, weighing 180 pounds, with a well-trimmed mustache and goatee. He was wearing a gray hoodie and dark sweatpants. He was last seen fleeing on foot.

The suspect was armed with a folding pocket knife, which was not found.

Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and weapons offenses and the theft of a French bulldog, Pinole police said on Tuesday.

Officers responded to a report of an ongoing robbery at an apartment on the 500 block of Sunnyview Drive around 12:36 p.m. Thursday.

The victim and a witness reported that several suspects forced down the front door and held the woman at gunpoint. The suspects ransacked her home and stole her belongings, including her French bulldog, “Chanel”.

According to a press release from the city’s police department, a man suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the Montague Expressway at a red light in Santa Clara Monday morning.

Police said a 22-year-old Santa Clara resident was walking at the Agnew Road crosswalk – but against the red light – around 8:30am when he was struck by a vehicle being driven by someone employed by the Police only identified the 31-year-old San Jose resident. The police did not give the names of either person.

The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

The National Weather Service forecast for the greater San Francisco Bay Area calls for mostly sunny skies on Wednesday. Daily highs are expected in most areas in the 60’s while the interior of the East Bay and North Bay could reach the low 70’s. Overnight lows will be in the 40s.

This week should see gradually warmer temperatures for the season ushered in by cool mornings. On Sunday light rain is possible in the North Bay.

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