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Former San Francisco supervisor Thomas Hsieh, 91, reportedly passed away on Sunday surrounded by his family.

As the first Chinese American ever elected in a citywide elected, Hsieh served as supervisor from 1986 to 1997. He was hailed for helping the city work through economic crisis as chairman of the budget committee and helped pave the way for Asian Americans wanting to be involved in city politics.

Born in Beijing, China, in 1931, Hsieh immigrated to San Francisco in 1951 with only $400 in cash and a suitcase.

His decades-long political career consisted of leading and serving on multiple city and regional commissions.

As an architect, Hsieh designed Stockton Street’s Mandarin Tower, along with an affordable apartment complex that won an Annual Design Award by the National American Institute of Architects.

The 15-year-old suspect in a fatal stabbing last week in a Santa Rosa high school is facing two felony counts, prosecutors with the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

The freshman boy allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Jayden Jess Pienta last Wednesday while in an art classroom at Montgomery High School. Pienta died later at a hospital.

The charges against the freshman include voluntary manslaughter and bringing a knife onto school grounds, prosecutors said. He is being held at juvenile hall.

His next court date is Friday to hear arguments about his detention at juvenile hall.

State Attorney General Rob Bonta and several Northern California district attorneys announced a $1.7 million settlement Monday with a group of gas stations over allegedly violating state environmental laws.

Bonta and the district attorneys in Alameda, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties settled with the owners and operators of 14 gas stations that have allegedly failed to implement spill prevention and safety measures since at least 2013, according to the attorney general’s office.

The defendants include Bay Area/Diablo Petroleum Co., doing business as Golden Gate Petroleum; Westgate Petroleum Co.; Westgate Petroleum Company, Inc.; Eastgate Petroleum LLC doing business as Golden Gate Petroleum; and Dennis O’Keefe, the president and CEO of Golden Gate Petroleum.

A 3-year-old filly was euthanized at Golden Gate Fields last week after winning her last race, the fourth horse death reported at the Berkeley track this year.

The horse, Ultimate Diva, was entered in race 3 on March 3 at the track. But after taking the lead early and finishing in first place, the filly “suffered a catastrophic injury past the wire and was euthanized on the track,” according to the Equibase race card about the event.

Details on the horse’s injury were not available, but the California Horse Racing Board lists the death as “musculoskeletal,” meaning a bone injury.

The thoroughbred’s death is the fourth so far this year at Golden Gate Fields, and the track’s 19th since January 2022. In 2021, 26 racehorses died at the track.

An Oakland resident died Saturday morning and police are investigating the death as a crime, police said Monday.

The slaying occurred just before 8 a.m. in the 200 block of Vernon Street near Whole Foods Market in the Adams Point neighborhood.

Officers responded to a disturbance and when they arrived, they found the resident with multiple cuts, according to police. The victim died at the scene, police said.

A fire also occurred where the resident died. Fire officials said Monday that crews responded to a structure fire and the fire was out when they got there. The sprinkler system in the building extinguished the fire before crews arrived, fire officials said.

Police in Gilroy are searching for a man suspected of stabbing another man on Monday morning.

Officers responded around 10:30 a.m. to the 7100 block of Eigleberry Street and discovered a man who had been stabbed by an unknown suspect. He was taken to the hospital with serious wounds but is expected to survive.

The attack appears to be unprovoked, police said, and the suspect is unknown to the victim.

Police are looking for a Hispanic man in his 20s with a thin build. He was wearing a gray shirt with a highlighted yellow Adidas logo and a Raiders ball cap (black with gray brim).

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone thinks they see the man, they should call 911.

Two separate shootings and another act of violence left four people dead over the weekend in Stockton, police said.

A man was found dead Sunday with head injuries at Mormon Slough near Airport Way, police said.

Police said homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate the man’s death.

A double shooting over the weekend happened Saturday evening in the 2100 block of South Airport Way.

Two men, ages 29 and 24, were found shot at the scene and were taken to a hospital where they died from their injuries.

Another shooting took place Friday, when a 55-year-old woman was found shot inside a van in the area of El Dorado Street and 5th Street.

Though recent snow and rainfall have certainly improved drought conditions, California water officials still want to make every drop of water count.

That means cutting out the watering of decorative grass — also known as non-functional turf — frequently landscaped at traffic medians or office parking lots.

Decorative grass is becoming a bigger problem for Western water agencies to address as policymakers look to cut back its water usage in statewide bans, proposed legislation and local ordinances.

The National Weather Service forecast for the greater San Francisco Bay Area calls for mostly sunny skies Tuesday, with a chance of isolated to scattered rain showers in the late afternoon and evening. Daytime highs are expected in the 50s with overnight lows in the upper 30s to low 40s.

A significant and strong winter storm will impact the region late Thursday into Friday with showers lingering into Saturday.

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