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Aunt was on cell phone when car hit unattended girl, sources say  
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The aunt of the 2-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver was talking on her cell phone when she left the toddler unattended in the middle of Mission Street, police sources say. According to our sources, 25-year-old Loyresha Gage had taken Mi'yana Gregory and her twin brother to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at the Metreon, and was crossing Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth streets to the Fifth and Mission city garage, when the incident unfolded just after 10:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Police say Gage never pushed the pedestrian "walk" button at the crosswalk in front of the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall before she began crossing the street against the red light - taking Mi'yana by the hand as she talked with a friend on her cell phone about where they would meet up later. According to street surveillance cameras, that's when a white Toyota Camry or Lexus made between 1992 and 1994, heading east on Mission, struck Mi'yana as she wandered aimlessly in the crosswalk. In a move that signals the changing odds, the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents city workers, has made civil rights attorney Dan Siegel its top pick in the November ranked-choice election, followed by City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and then Quan. [...] in this case, Slighton was nimble enough to help himself to a pair of blue latex gloves used by the screeners before he directed two female passengers at a security checkpoint into a private screening booth for pat-downs, according to surveillance camera footage. State Sen. Jerry Hill's bill calling on the state to negotiate with billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to buy the public access road to Martins Beach is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
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S.F. supervisor says Fire Department puts public safety at risk  
sfgate.com

Supervisor London Breed will announce Tuesday that she has lost confidence in the leadership of the San Francisco Fire Department, saying its inability to get ambulances to medical emergencies quickly is putting public safety at risk. [...] Breed said she plans to draft a charter amendment, which would have to be approved by voters, requiring the department to maintain minimum levels of ambulance staffing and working equipment. The Fire Department has increasingly struggled to get ambulances to medical emergencies to transport patients to the hospital, an issue that has been detailed in several city reports this year. While fire trucks with at least one paramedic on board respond to all 911 calls within minutes to administer medical care, patients are regularly waiting for long periods for an ambulance to arrive - it happened 2,500 times in 2013, a fourfold increase since 2008 and 25 percent jump over 2012. Earlier this month, the head of the agency's homeland security and special operations division was stripped of his post after he was accused of running into another car in his department-issued sedan, then fleeing the accident with his emergency lights on. In May, two assistant chiefs were suspended for their handling of a 2013 incident in which an allegedly drunken firefighter struck a motorcyclist and left the scene before being tested for intoxication.
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Treasurys end longest skid in a year as U.S. production declines  
Susanne Walker @ sfgate.com

The odds the central bank will increase its benchmark rate by July have risen to 58 percent from 51 percent at the end of August, federal fund futures show. The Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day meeting in Washington Tuesday amid comments from officials including Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren that it€™s time to consider dropping a pledge to keep rates low for a €œconsiderable time€ after the completion of the central bank€™s bond-purchase program. Options traders are betting that Fed officials€™ estimates of where the policy rate will be at the end of 2017, displayed as dots on a chart, will be significantly higher than the 2.73 percent rate currently signaled by the December 2017 contracts. U.S. government debt rose Monday as output at factories, mines and utilities fell 0.1 percent after a 0.2 percent gain the previous month that was smaller than previously reported, figures from the Fed showed in Washington. While more than $3 trillion of debt purchases by the Fed since 2008 helped the United States recover from its worst recession in seven decades, bond-market indicators for inflation expectations have fallen this quarter. The difference between yields on 10-year notes and similar-maturity Treasury inflation-protected securities, a gauge of trader expectations for consumer prices over the life of the debt, has fallen to 2.13 percentage points from 2.30 as recently as July.
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