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Moraga is an affluent suburban town located in Contra Costa County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Named in honor of Joaquin Moraga whose grandfather was Jos Joaquin Moraga, second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total permanent population... (More Info and Source) Moraga Real Estate

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Vallejo group works to start mobile spay and neuter van

Everyday Lynn Carvahlo opens the doors of her Wags and Whiskers thrift shop and hopes today will be the day they find a way to help the thousands of animals on the streets of Vallejo. 

She founded the non-profit group S.N.I.P, the Spay Neuter Imperative Project. Carvahlo says, "the problem is horrendous." She says there are feral cat populations in almost every neighborhood and shelters are at capacity. But she says the solution is just within reach and it comes in the form of a mobile spay and neuter van.

Part of the battle to make the mobile van a reality has already been won. The City of Vallejo has already allocated $165,000 that would go specifically towards procedures. Petsmart Charities has also awarded $95,000 for the group.  

There is only one problem - the group still needs a mobile van to make it all happen. The van can cost $85,000 to 100,000 and they are running out of time to get one.

Carvahlo told KTVU, "we have until the end of August and then the money reverts back to the city." If that happens then the Petsmart money will be lost as well.

She is now working with Michelle Morris-Adams who founded the magazine Pet Lovers Guide and who spent five years working for rescue groups. She still spends a lot of her time and her own money trying to help strays on the streets.

Morris-Adams told KTVU, "I've personally trapped and neutered over 400 animals over the last five years I've rehomed almost two hundred."

Morris-Adams says the shelters do what they can but they are almost always full. The Vallejo Humane Shelter is at capacity and so is the Fairfield Animal Shelter.

Of the 10,000 animals the shelter takes in annually, 20 percent come from Vallejo. When KTVU went by the shelter it was tough to find any empty space. Lt. Cathy Ramos told KTVU, "we are extremely overcrowded today with a population of 356 animals."

They normally house about 160 so staffers were asking other shelters to help shoulder the load.  Not all the animals taken in will find homes.  

Ramos told KTVU "we actually have a live release rate of 60 percent so 40 percent of those animals do not make it out of here."

Carvahlo says she's not sure if they'll raise the money in time. She has started a Go Fund Me account and all the proceeds from the thrift store will go towards the effort.  

But at this point they are not even close to their goal.  Still Morris-Adams says she doesn't believe it's a question of support but rather getting the word out. They are hoping the more people know, the more the money they will raise and insists they are not giving up.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:49:39 -0700

$17.4 million grant to enhance security of BART's critical infrastructure

It's one of the most important parts of the Bay Area transit network.

Tens of thousands of people take BART's transbay tube between San Francisco and the East Bay every day. That's why a big chunk of homeland security money is now headed this way.

"Jumping on the tube, it's like, you're there in a split second," said rider Guy Dechalus.

It's a quick, albeit noisy, ride through the transbay tube that riders need. "Oh quite a bit. Tonight I'll be taking it back into the city to go out with friends," said commuter Lauren Wilkerson.

That's why on Friday, East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell announced a new $17.4 million federal grant is coming to BART. He said, "This... grant is a smart investment that will enable BART to enhance the security of its critical infrastructure against a potential terrorist attack. The failure to do so could cripple the Bay Area's economy."

"I live in Fremont and that's my means of transportation to get back and forth from San Francisco," said Daniel Beal.

BART officials are being vague about how the money will help. "We're not going to go into the level of details of what the money is for, because it's a very high risk situation," explained spokeswoman, Alicia Trost.

But Trost specified the funding is not for additional police. "The money's going to be used for critical infrastructure needs, for the transbay tube to make sure it's safe and secure."

Because the tube runs under the bay, officials say riders won't notice any work being done. That could mean the structure's shell will be hardened to protect it from any underwater explosives.

"Given all that's been happening around the world, I think every security measure is important," said commuter Michelle Boifort.

BART officials wouldn't even say when the work will begin, again, for security reasons. But now that the funding is secure, the project will soon go out for bids.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:19:26 -0700

Soccer coach accused of molesting a child at soccer camp

A soccer coach accused of molesting a child allegedly committed the lewd act during the lunch hour of the soccer camp he was working at, according to police.

Jesse Schlicker, 26, of Livermore worked as a strength and speed coach in a soccer camp program at Cabernet Indoor Sports. He has since been suspended following his arrest on Tuesday and formally restrained from the premises.

Management at Cabernet Indoor Sports declined an on camera interview, but referred KTVU to the statement posted on their website. It said Schlicker was thoroughly vetted before he was hired and there were no red flags.

Part of the statement reads, “As a company we take many steps to ensure a safe environment, from the high visibility of every inch of our play areas to screening the people who come in contact with our customers.”

Livermore Police said Schlicker previously worked at World Cup Soccer Camps based in Los Gatos. Calls to the company on Friday were not immediately returned.

Schlicker is charged with one count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. He was released from Santa Rita Jail on Wednesday.

Authorities said there may be other victims and they are urging those families to come forward.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:56:04 -0700

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