A strong odor similar to natural gas prompted Northern California residents to seek shelter on Tuesday night. The Vallejo Fire Department eventually determined that the odor was not coming from within Vallejo, but “wind and environmental conditions.” Officials also said that the odor could not be linked to natural gas or refinery burn-off. Although gas monitors are registering safe levels as of Wednesday, residents are being asked to close windows and turn off air conditioners. – USAT
One of the suspects in the killing of a tourist and hiker in Marin County has changed her story. Lila Alligood, who is charged with the murder of Audrey Carey and Steven Carter, originally claimed that former co-defendant Sean Michael Angold was the shooter in both killings. Now, Alligood says that her accomplice, Morrison Lampley, was the shooter. Angold pleaded guilty earlier this year to Carter’s murder, and is expected to testify against Alligood and Lampley. – SFE
The developers of the Millennium Tower have been served a subpoena for their potential role in the flawed foundation of the building. Since the building was completed in 2009, it has sunk as much as 16 inches and appears to be leaning. City officials are investigating whether the owners of the building’s luxury apartments were notified of the structural issues in accordance with state law. The developers did not anchor the building’s piles to bedrock for stability during construction. – CBSSF
Makeshift bike lanes are now popping up for cyclists in San Francisco’s Mission District. Created by a group known as SF Transformation, the routes are designed to promote safer paths for cyclists in heavy traffic areas. They are designated with orange cones on the road. “Even with some improvements from the SFMTA and other advocacy groups lobbying the city for safe streets, we felt there was more that could be done to increase street safety and attention to these issues,” the group stated. – CL
An investment group reportedly wants to purchase the Oakland Coliseum, where the Oakland Raiders play football. However, the team has not released a statement on the rumor thus far. If the group linked to pro football hall of famer Ronnie Lott purchases the stadium, the Raiders could remain in Oakland. As of late, there has been news of the NFL team potentially moving to Nevada. – ESPN
San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats for protesting the national anthem. He addressed the matter during an informal conversation with reporters on Tuesday, which turned to the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaepernick says the threats have come from “a couple of different avenues,” including social media, but he has not reported them to the 49ers security team. – ESPN
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
Get Pumped for Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend SF will be held from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 at Hattery (414 Brannan St., San Francisco). The event will begin with pitching from entrepreneurs on Friday and culminate with demos on Sunday. Tickets start at $25.00. “Did Startup Weekend Nelson - I didn't know to expect. It was hard, frustrating, funny, exciting, exhausting, and extremely rewarding. I'm still processing the experience but wow...totally recommended to anyone with the slightest whisper of an entrepreneurial spirit.” – Megan P., Facebook
See a Different Take on ‘Missed Connections’: PianoFight’s comedy team will be performing improv based on “Missed Connections” on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (144 Taylor St., San Francisco). Head over for comedic renditions based on one of the most popular sections on Craigslist. The event is free.
Register for the Marketing Conference and Expo: “The Marketing Conference” will be hosted from Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel (609 Sutter St., San Francisco). Speakers include Michael Perman (Former Dean of Innovation at Gap) and Burges Karkaria (CTO at Intel). General passes to all sessions start at $1,999.00.
A summer camp counselor from San Francisco has been charged with child molestation and sending harmful material to a minor. Evin Blanchard, 24, was arrested after a program director reported inappropriate contact with three young campers. He was apprehended last week in Phoenix, where he remains in custody awaiting extradition to San Francisco.
A two-month criminal investigation concerning illegal activities ended yesterday morning at the Marina Bay Inn & Suites and led to the arrest of 25 people. Police also seized drugs, guns, and evidence linked to fraud and mail theft. The suspects have yet to be named. They had fraudulently reserved hotel rooms and forced entry into some of the rooms where they were arrested.
Three more current and former police officers have been charged in the ongoing Oakland sex scandal. Oakland Police Officers Giovani LoVerde and Brian Bunton and former Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Ricardo Perez were named by Northern California prosecutors. The suspects did not immediately have attorneys on hand to comment on their behalf.
A Mediterranean style house in Point Richmond is for sale, offering views of San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais for $1.75 million. The three-bedroom abode has reclaimed oak floors, fresco walls, and sandblasted beam ceilings. The entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge can be viewed from the media room.
A penthouse on the 36th floor of the Lumina building is now for sale. At an asking price of $8.8 million, the home offers three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and access to an exclusive rooftop deck. The owners will also be able to use the building’s amenities, including the 70-foot heated lap pool and private screening room.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s mansion is now on the market for $8 million. He originally purchased the property at 2140 Jefferson Street in 2010 for $6.5 million, then proceeded to add his own personal touches. The house overlooks the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge.
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