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  Last updated on Tue, 21 Feb 2017

Major storm soaks Bay Area, swells rivers across the region
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 20 Feb 2017
A steadily drenching rain Monday sent cars skidding, rivers and streams surging, and residents packing sandbags up and down already saturated Northern and Central California. The National Weather Service painted the entire map of the upper half of the state with flood, snow and wind advisories, with flood warnings issued throughout the Peninsula, North Bay and the waterlogged northern Central Valley. The reservoir was near its capacity elevation of 830 feet, and sending the extra water coursing down the Tuolumne River was expected to swell it to 5 feet above flood stage downstream in Modesto by Tuesday afternoon. The California Highway Patrol set up concrete road barriers to keep traffic off Bonds Flat Road near the spillway channel downstream. [...] affected by the Don Pedro releases was the area south of Tracy, where the swelling San Joaquin River could pose danger to the levees around the small farming and bedroom communities. The weather service issued flash flood warnings for several areas, including the Santa Cruz Mountains and parts of Sonoma County around Petaluma and Penngrove. Small mudslides oozed down the hills lining Highway 101 in Marin and Sonoma counties as stinging rains fell in sheets all morning and afternoon in the already water-soaked region. The Presidents Day holiday spared many commuters from having to navigate swamped roadways, but the California Highway Patrol still reported scores of collisions and highway flooding problems. By late afternoon Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reported 21,000 customers lost power throughout the Bay Area, and the utility had extra crews on alert for the possibility of more trouble overnight. Damaged spillways at the Oroville Dam in Butte County led to the temporary evacuation of 188,000 people last week, but the danger of everyone having to scramble again seemed low Monday despite a whopping 10 inches of rain predicted for Monday and Tuesday. Bill Croyle, acting director of the state Department of Water Resources, said Monday that 60,000 cubic feet per second of water was being released through the main spillway, which was also damaged. [...] though the flow coming into Oroville Reservoir was expected to swell to as much as 110,000 cfs, dam operators will still keep the outflow steady with the belief that the reservoir’s level will rise only about 5 feet — well within a safety range, Croyle said. Blustery winds slammed mountain passes, with gusts on some ridges exceeding 150 mph, forecasters said.
SF Day of Remembrance marks 75th anniversary of internment order
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 19 Feb 2017
When Ben Takeshita and his family were sent to Japanese internment camps 75 years ago, he said civil rights organizations told them: Seventy-five years ago Sunday, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of Takeshita, his seven siblings, parents and nearly 120,000 other Japanese Americans in camps across America. The parallels between the history of Executive Order 9066 and President Trump’s action against immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries was a common theme at Sunday’s Bay Area Day of Remembrance, an event to recall that chapter of American history. Roughly 500 people attended a ceremony of speakers and artists at the Sundance Kabuki in Japantown, which they followed with a candlelit march to a nearby community center. In November, a member of Trump’s transition team cited the internment camps as a “precedent” for creating a registry for immigrants who come from countries with terrorist links. In January, Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Tamaki served on the legal team that pushed to revisit the U.S. Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, the Japanese American man who was convicted for evading internment. [...] they were sent to a camp in San Bruno, which was later the home of the Tanforan Racetrack, a horse racing site. Question No. 27 asked the internees if they were willing to serve in the U.S. armed forces and engage in combat duty.
Pedestrian struck, killed in San Bruno
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 19 Feb 2017
A pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday evening in San Bruno, police said. The identity of the victim was not immediately available pending notification of family. According to a preliminary investigation, the pedestrian was crossing outside the crosswalk, police said.
Dramatic photos: Northern California town of Maxwell flooded, people rescued by boat
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 19 Feb 2017
Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said Sunday that floodwaters are receding in the farm community of Maxwell, where dozens of people sought higher ground during Friday's rain.
Motorcyclist killed in Oakland crash
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 19 Feb 2017
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Oakland late Saturday night, police said. Phitsanu Mumcy, 31, of Pittsburg was on the 8700 block of International Boulevard just after 11 p.m. when he collided with a truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to media reports. Jill Tucker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jtucker@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @jilltucker