Fiona Kelliher
Fiona Kelliher
Fiona Kelliher is a breaking news reporter at The Mercury News. She previously covered housing and real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. Originally from Minneapolis, she is a fan of almost any food that is fried and eaten on a stick.Source
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Alameda County sheriff’s deputies shoot and kill man in unincorporated Hayward

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies shoot and kill man in unincorporated Hayward

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man early Saturday in unincorporated Hayward, the sheriff’s office said.The shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. on the 24900 block of Second Street, Sgt. Ray Kelly said in a brief news release hours later.Kelly said that the office received calls that a man was “threatening” people with a gun and sent deputies to search the area on foot. At some point, they encountered the man, who Kelly said fired a handgun at a deputy.Multiple deputies then opened fire at the man and killed him, Kelly said.He did not say how many deputies were present, how...

April 18, 2021
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‘Vaccine passports’ are coming to California, but some residents could be left behind

‘Vaccine passports’ are coming to California, but some residents could be left behind

By | and | | Bay Area News GroupCalifornia crossed a major threshold last week: For the first time, state officials moved to adopt a policy that that would give residents who are vaccinated access to different events and activities than those who aren’t.New requirements for a “vaccine passport” — showing proof of vaccination to attend gatherings like weddings, conferences, concerts or theater shows — set California apart from states looking to ban such requirements and raise questions surrounding vaccine access and privilege in a region that has its most vulnerable populations.Starting...

April 3, 2021
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Peninsula teen's rally against anti-Asian American hate crimes draws hundreds

Peninsula teen's rally against anti-Asian American hate crimes draws hundreds

By | | Bay Area News GroupChristina Leung was riding Muni near San Francisco’s Chinatown last year when she heard the bus driver talking loudly with a White passenger.A group of Asian American residents had just boarded, and the conductor was complaining about the behavior of “Chinese” customers, thinking they couldn’t understand her, said Leung, a self-described senior citizen who has lived in the Sunset district for more than 30 years after emigrating from Hong Kong.Leung plucked up her courage and told the driver her behavior was improper, she recalled. But over the past year, as former...

February 27, 2021
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About half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's employees have declined vaccine

About half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's employees have declined vaccine

By | | Bay Area News GroupAbout half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff Office employees have declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning that dozens of staffers are working in jails unvaccinated, according to the office.Although 861 of the department’s more than 1,800 employees have received both doses of the vaccine, almost 800 more have declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine, sheriff’s officials reported Thursday during the county’s Public Safety and Justice Committee meeting. Another 200 or so employees do not yet qualify to receive it.The high number of refusals left county...

February 5, 2021
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Dozens of non-health care Santa Clara County employees got excess COVID vaccine

Dozens of non-health care Santa Clara County employees got excess COVID vaccine

By | | Bay Area News GroupSanta Clara County has provided excess vaccine doses over the past month to a top county official and dozens of other non-health care workers, raising new questions about providers’ discretion to vaccinate lower-priority people amid a chaotic statewide rollout.While Santa Clara County is not the only provider to encounter the issue, its choices are raising eyebrows in part because the county has simultaneously taken a hard-line stance against other providers who deviate from normal protocols, recently cutting off vaccine to Good Samaritan Hospital because it...

January 29, 2021
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Santa Clara County issues tough, new COVID-19 rules including quarantines for some

Santa Clara County issues tough, new COVID-19 rules including quarantines for some

By | | Bay Area News GroupSanta Clara County released new COVID-19 restrictions in light of its rising caseload Saturday, including a three-week ban on all professional, collegiate and high school sports, a mandatory quarantine for those traveling into the region from more than 150 miles away and new capacity limits for indoor businesses.The new restrictions arrive as California experiences its worst COVID-19 surge yet and within hours of a rollback from San Francisco and San Mateo counties, which both announced curfews as they were placed into the state’s most restrictive “purple”...

November 28, 2020
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Santa Clara County issues tough, new COVID-19 rules including quarantines for some

Santa Clara County issues tough, new COVID-19 rules including quarantines for some

By | | Bay Area News GroupSanta Clara County released new COVID-19 restrictions in light of its rising caseload Saturday, including a three-week ban on all professional, collegiate and high school sports, a mandatory quarantine for those traveling into the region from more than 150 miles away and new capacity limits for indoor businesses.The new restrictions arrive as California experiences its worst COVID-19 surge yet and within hours of a rollback from San Francisco and San Mateo counties, which both announced curfews as they were placed into the state’s most restrictive “purple”...

November 28, 2020
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Bay Area must avoid 'mistake' of reopening too fast, health official warns

Bay Area must avoid 'mistake' of reopening too fast, health official warns

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupA top Bay Area health official warned Tuesday against repeating the “mistake” of reopening too quickly, even as back for in-person instruction and California’s positivity rate so far in the pandemic.Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening that the state’s new coronavirus guidelines — which allow at a faster clip — remain too lenient when it comes to activities like indoor dining, potentially giving way for a repeat of the summer’s wave of...

September 23, 2020
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Video shows San Jose police tasing, beating couple after hotel birthday party

Video shows San Jose police tasing, beating couple after hotel birthday party

A video has surfaced of a couple getting tased, beaten with batons and shot with a less-lethal riot gun after a noise complaint at a San Jose hotel last spring in an incident that ultimately led them to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and multiple police officers. The incident unfolded in May 2019, when San Jose Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint at a Holiday Inn on North First Street, according to the January lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Northern California. Marissa Santa Cruz and Paea Tukuafu were celebrating a few days ahead of...

August 15, 2020
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At least 40 Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, staff test positive for COVID-19

At least 40 Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, staff test positive for COVID-19

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupMore than 40 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since late June as the department deals with a coronavirus surge both in and out of Santa Rita Jail.The department counted its first two positive cases among employees back in March and didn’t record another until the end of June, said Sgt. Ray Kelly Saturday. But in the past month alone, about 41 sheriff’s employees — mostly sworn deputies — have come down with the virus.At one point in early July,...

July 18, 2020
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