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Novato is a city located in northern Marin County, California. As of a 2000 census, the city had a total population of 47,630.

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2 Investigates: SF drivers not off the hook on Sundays

Big changes are coming to San Francisco’s parking enforcement policies.

SFMTA announced this week it was doing away with Sunday metering in the city. But that doesn’t mean drivers are off the hook on Sundays.

Agency spokesperson Paul Rose said you can expect the same number of parking control officers on the roads. They will be focusing on things such as responding to red zone or blocked driveway complaints instead.

“We still feel like we'll make up the revenue lost by Sunday meters, but we will be able to deploy same parking control officers to respond to quality of life issues,” said Rose.

KTVU has also learned SFMTA issued a total of 1.5 million tickets last year.

Sundays were the busiest days with the most citations written.

Sunday tickets cost people more than $4.5 million. Mondays were the second highest -- costing folks more than $3.4 million.

As for which citations are issued most frequently – it’s for street cleaning.

more than 500,000 street cleaning citations were issued last year, according to MTA. That's nearly one-third of all tickets city-wide.

Approximately 248,000 tickets were issued for expired parking meters. Residential permit parking tickets came in at number three – with about 155,000.

Drivers said parking in the city can be a daunting task.

“You gotta read all the signs, check the curb, check the meters, and make sure it’s not a tow away sign,” said Michael Stewart, of San Francisco.

Rose said the total number of tickets issues has dropped steadily over the last 6 years. He said the reason is that drivers were offered more options to pay at the meter – including parking cards, credit cards and pay-by-phone.

Starting next month, SFMTA plans to begin replacing the city’s meters with new smart meters, capable of accepting payment in cash and by credit and parking cards.

You can also pay by phone. The new meters will show an updated screen if you choose to pay by phone.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:56:50 -0700

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp and monitoring the rescue efforts.

Four bodies have been recovered and rescuers were digging two more out of the snow, he said. Nine more Sherpas are unaccounted for and believed to be buried, he said.

Hundreds of climbers, their guides and support guides had gathered at the base camp, gearing up for their final attempt to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak early next month when weather conditions get favorable. They have been setting up their camps at higher altitudes and guides fixing routes and ropes on the slopes ahead of the final ascend to the summit in May.

As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and fellow climbers rushed to help. A helicopter was also sent from Katmandu.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said that the area where the avalanche occurred is nicknamed the "popcorn field," which is just below Camp 2 at 6,400 meters (21,000 feet).

Nepal had earlier announced several steps this year to better manage the flow of climbers, minimize congestion and speed up rescue operations. The preparations included the dispatch of officials and security personnel to the base camp located at 5,300 meters (17,380 feet), where they would stay throughout the spring climbing season that ends in May.

More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds of others have died in the attempt.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:24:56 -0700

Street silence hinders Oakland homicide investigations

Oakland Police have a new clue which they hope will lead to an arrest in Wednesday's fatal shooting that took the life of 20-year-old Marjon Fuller.

Grainy surveillance images show a white Mercedes GLK four-door SUV. Police say it was leaving the scene at 11th Street and Willow Street about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators are asking for the public's help, but the biggest problem police face in this and other criminal cases is that too often those who can help don't.

Some people are afraid of being labeled a "snitch" or being targeted themselves in a street culture that stigmatizes anyone who tips off police.

KTVU spoke with the father of one Oakland homicide victim.

Innocent Okoronkwo Sr. , an immigrant from Nigeria, saw his dreams for his own child end on February 22nd.

"I love my son and he loved me," Okoronkwo told KTVU," When I hear his voice, I'm crying...I can't stop crying. I know crying will not bring him back to me."

His firstborn son, Innocent Okoronkwo Jr. was shot and killed.

He was a Laney College student, who dreamed of being a singer. He was 24-years-old and he died two blocks from Highland Hospital where he was born.

Police were able to arrest a suspect, who is scheduled to appear in court April 21st.

KTVU has learned that Okoronkwo's case is one of only six homicide cases that have ended in arrests. Citywide, there have been 25 homicides so far this year.

Okoronkwo wants the community and those who can help other victims’ families to hear his message and help.

"I don't do nothing illegal. I say if it can happen to my family, then nobody's safe, here in Oakland or in America, “Okoronkwo said. “ So I'm begging that every person who listens help us with this violence so we can stop it."

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:15:44 -0700

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