OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The chief negotiator for the San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit agency says he will present a new offer to two of its unions as the stark possibility of a second transit strike in less than three months looms. Negotiator Thomas Hock says that the BART board gave him the authority to present the offer to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 as bargaining resumed yesterday, hours before a 60-day, state-mandated cooling off period expired.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ensure workers in industries such as agriculture and landscaping get rest breaks during hot weather. Under the legislation from Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, workers exposed to extreme heat must be granted cool-down periods during the work day. Padilla's office says SB435 is intended to prevent illness, injury and death among workers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will expand use of a treatment to restore breathing after a drug overdose. A drug known as naloxone is used in hospitals and by paramedics to revive individuals who may have overdosed on a prescription or illegal drug. The new law also will allow other health care providers to prescribe the drug.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A spokesman for the family of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient says investigators have ruled out foul play in her disappearance and death. The spokesman, David Perry, told reporters yesterday that while the coroner hasn't established a cause or time of death for 57-year-old Lynne Spalding, investigators don't think she was the victim of an attack.