Jobless rate rises to four-year high
The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to a four-year high of 5.7 percent in July 2008 as employers cut 51,000 jobs, dashing the hopes of an influx of young people looking for summer work, it was reported the week of Aug. 2, 2008.
Payroll cuts weren’t as deep as the 72,000 predicted by economists, however. And, job losses for both May and June were smaller than previously reported.
July’s reductions marked the seventh straight month where employers eliminated jobs. The economy had lost a total of 463,000 jobs so far that year.
The increase in the unemployment rate to 5.7 percent, from 5.5 percent in June 2008, in part came as many young people streamed into the labor market looking for summer jobs. That year, fewer of them were able to find work, the government said. The unemployment rate for teenagers jumped to 20.3 percent, the highest since late 1992.
Police arrest armed robbers
Three men were arrested in San Francisco for shooting at a car during a robbery in front of Jiffy Lube in downtown San Mateo the week of Aug. 2, 2008.
Oakland resident Dwight Hall, 32, and San Francisco residents Larry Peevy, 42, and Salahudin Gaines, 28, were arrested shortly after committing an armed robbery in San Mateoon Tuesday of that week. The three were arrested for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and possession of marijuana for sale. Peevy was also placed on a Department of Corrections hold for violating parole, according to San Mateo police.
The trio approached two men walking in the 400 block of Delaware Street, in front of Jiffy Lube at the corner of Fourth Avenue. The men pointed a handgun and the two victims began to run away, police said.
The men shot at the unoccupied car driven by one of the two victims and stole items from the car.
Tax talk terminated
The San Carlos City Council voted down a revenue-generating option of a half-cent sales tax, which would require voter approval, the week of Aug. 2, 2008.
Getting $2.5 million generated by a half-cent sales tax not only required a potential simple majority approval by voters; it also needed a unanimous OK by the council before making the ballot. That week, the measure fell one vote shy because Councilman Matt Grocott said that week he did not want to lower the threshold for passing a tax from two-thirds to a simple majority.
"I’m not in favor of doing something that would lower that threshold," he said. "Whenever we raise taxes that should have a high threshold."
Grocott said he would have favored moving forward with a special tax — which would need a two-thirds approval and require the council to outline exactly where the money would go. However, he was not willing to declare a fiscal emergency.
Grocott was in the minority as the other four councilmembers saw a need to move forward with the measure at that time.
Bail remains in 101 murder case
The three men facing murder charges for a fatal Highway 101 shooting in 2007 were denied a bail reduction the week of Aug. 2, 2008.
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge denied motions to reduced bail for Mohmoud Rabah, 18, his older brother, Mohammad N. Rabah and Doyal Malcolm Webber, both 19. The men remained in jail on a no-bail status, according to court records.
The younger Rabah was a passenger in the car and made statements encouraging the Sept. 30, 2007 shooting of Londell Wilson, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Police believed Webber shot Wilson as he drove north on the highway in an unspecified bout of road rage. The elder Rabah was accused of driving the vehicle and giving the gun to Webber. Both were considered equally culpable under the law.
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