Northern California county to pay $10 million after shooting, paralyzing Silicon Valley software engineer

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO  — A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Placer County agreed to pay Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit the family filed after a deputy shot him twice on Jan. 14, 2018, inside a North Lake Tahoe rental cabin where Kolb and his teenage son were vacationing, Kolb said.

“There’s a measure of relief in not having to go through this and not having to put my family through any more legal challenges. But I would trade all the money plus interest to have my old life back, to not have gone through this and put my family through this, to have

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HPE is relocating headquarters to Houston from California

Antonio Neri, President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Anjali Sundaram | CNBC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the latest tech company to shift its focus away from Silicon Valley, announcing Tuesday that it will relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston, Texas.

“HPE’s largest U.S. employment hub, Houston is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent, and is where the company is currently constructing a state-of-the-art new campus,” the company said in its fourth quarter earnings release. It’s unclear how many employees the move will affect, though the company said no layoffs will be with the move.

HPE will keep the San Jose campus, and will consolidate some of its Bay Area sites there, it said.

For its fourth quarter, the company reported:

  • Revenue: $7.21 billion vs $6.88 billion expected, according to a consensus estimate from Refinitiv.
  • Earnings: $0.37 per share (adjusted), compared with $0.34
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Advanced computer model locks in picks for Stanford vs. California, Week 13 2020

A Pac-12 battle is on tap Friday between the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal at 4:30 p.m. ET at California Memorial Stadium. California is 0-2 and is playing their first home matchup, while Stanford is 0-2 and 0-1 on the road. The Golden Bears are favored by 1.5 points in the latest California vs. Stanford odds from William Hill, and the Over-Under is set at 52. Before you make any Stanford vs. California picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college football schedule, returning

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Computer game inspires development of disaster management app for California firefighters

California has beat its own record. In 2018, the Butte County “Camp Fire” took first place on the Top 10 list of the state’s deadliest and most destructive fires since 1932. Second place held firm with LA’s Griffith Park Fire of 1933. Yet, California wildfires ignited this year have taken first, third, fourth, and fifth places, with Northern California’s August Complex Fire at the top, having surpassed a million acres, says Will Pigeon, assistant fire captain for Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

“I’m hearing the truth of what former Vice President Al Gore said in ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ his 2006 documentary about global warming,” Pigeon said. “He was right when he correlated global warming with the dramatic and steady increase in wildfires.”

And, it’s only gotten worse.

“Times have changed,” said Pigeon, “and these megafires, extraordinary fires that devastate a large area, are the new normal. While it’s devastating

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California Firm Contracted To Design, Build 90 CapMetro Shelters

AUSTIN, TX — A California-based firm has been awarded the contract to design and build 90 transit shelters over a five-year period for Capital Metro, officials announced on Wednesday.

Based in Corona, California, Tolar Manufacturing delivered 153 shelters for the local transit agency last year after having provided 69 of the structures in 2016, officials wrote in an advisory. The latest contract will bring to more than 300 the number of Tolar-built shelters for CapMetro, officials said.

As part of the agreement, Tolar Manufacturing officials said they will supply all components of the shelters as CapMetro continues delivering on its Coordinated Bus Stop Street Furniture Program for new and existing bus stops. Under the supply contract, Tolar Manufacturing will deliver a complete shelter package, which includes shelters with agency-branded banners and solar lighting provided by Urban Solar that is integrated into the shelters’ fabrication, officials said.

Corona-based Tolar Manufacturing delivered

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California passed Prop. 24. Here’s what that means for your privacy.

On its surface, the premise of Proposition 24 is simple: to protect California’s existing consumer privacy laws by preventing companies from being able to collect and share your personal data without prior consent or knowledge.

It also guarantees the implementation of a state agency costing $10 million a year that will enforce privacy protection laws, and creates new classifications of sensitive information such as race and sexual orientation, explicitly barring companies from accessing such data.

Voters passed the measure in this year’s general election with a 56.2% majority vote. However, critics aren’t so sure it will fulfill its promise.


Prop. 24 began as the California Consumer Privacy Act, a ballot initiative introduced by Alastair Mactaggart, who is a real estate developer based in San Francisco. He was inspired to write the initiative in 2017 after a conversation he had with a Google engineer at a cocktail party in the Oakland

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Social media users go wild for ‘world’s nicest Taco Bell’ in California

  • The ‘world’s most beautiful Taco Bell’ is located on the beach in Pacifica, California, near San Francisco
  • It has a walk-up ordering window for people with sandy feet and a place to leave surf boards
  • In addition to indoor dining with floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s a large outdoor terrace with beautiful views
  • There’s also a mural by a local artist and an indoor/outdoor fireplace
  • The Taco Bell was converted into a cantina in 2017, meaning it serves alcohol 

Social media users are fawning over what is being called the ‘world’s nicest Taco Bell.’

The Taco Bell location, which is about a half-hour drive from downtown San Francisco in Pacifica, California, sits directly on Linda Mar beach and offers gorgeous views while customers eat their tacos and chalupas.

It also has plenty of amenities, including an an indoor/outdoor fireplace, a walk-up window right on the beach, and a spot to leave surfboards

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