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SFPD Officer Lester Garnier Homicide was an inside job. (1988)


On July 11, 1988, 30-year old Lester GARNIER, an off-duty San Francisco Police Officer, was found shot to death while sitting in his 1984 blue Chevrolet Corvette, which was in the parking lot of a downtown Walnut Creek store at 1295 South Main Street. The weapon used was an AMT 380 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
A fingerprint found at the homicide scene has now been identified. New technology has resulted in the fingerprint being identified as belonging to Catherine KUNTZ, date of birth May 24, 1964.


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We are now asking for the public’s assistance in providing additional information regarding Catherine KUNTZ. If you knew Catherine KUNTZ, or had any interaction with her or any of her associates we encourage you to call: 1-925-943-5868.
  • Catherine KUNTZ is originally from Scotland and has a noticeable Scottish accent. KUNTZ is tall, thin and has blond hair.
  • During the late 1980’s, Catherine KUNTZ lived in apartments in Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Alameda, California. KUNTZ was also known to frequent the Oakland area.
  • KUNTZ was a known user of "crack cocaine."
  • In 1990, Catherine KUNTZ moved to Norfolk, Virginia.
  • In 1991, Catherine KUNTZ was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia for conspiracy to commit murder.
  • Most recently, Catherine KUNTZ lived in various cities in the state of Florida.
  • Catherine KUNTZ has also used the last names of "OVEREND" and "WISE." Additionally, Catherine KUNTZ has used the nickname "Scotty."
The City and County of San Francisco has offered a reward of $250,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Officer Lester GARNIER.


Combining the two REITs will result in an entity that will have warehouse and distribution centers valued at $21 billion.

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Catellus to Be Bought by ProLogis

Combining the two REITs will result in an entity that will have warehouse and distribution centers valued at $21 billion.

June 07, 2005|Roger Vincent | Times Staff Writer

Catellus Development Corp., one of California's largest private landowners thanks to a lineage that dates to the earliest days of railroads in the West, has agreed to be sold for $3.6 billion in cash and stock to warehouse and distribution giant ProLogis.

Both companies are real estate investment trusts that develop and operate industrial properties. Catellus also owns Union Station in Los Angeles and a portion of the residential and office development at Mission Bay in San Francisco.

ProLogis will continue to develop Catellus' properties, including Kaiser Commerce Center, a 588-acre former Kaiser steel mill in San Bernardino County near truck routes that serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Catellus also is constructing office buildings at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo with Kearney Real Estate Co.

Under terms of the deal, ProLogis would pay $33.81 a share, a 16% premium over Catellus' closing price Friday, or 0.822 share of ProLogis for each Catellus share. The total value of the deal is $4.9 billion including debt, the companies said, and marks the biggest U.S. real estate acquisition of 2005.
The announcement drove Catellus' shares up $3.75, or 13%, on Monday to $32.99. ProLogis' shares fell $1.26 to $40.11.

The combined company would have more than 350 million square feet of warehouse and distribution centers valued at $21 billion.

"Catellus has the best industrial portfolio in the United States," said Jeffrey H. Schwartz, chief executive of ProLogis. The majority of Catellus' holdings are in California, which Schwartz called the top industrial real estate market in the country, with six times more buildable land in the state than ProLogis.
"We wanted a much larger presence in Southern California, and that was a driving reason to do this" acquisition, Schwartz said.

Catellus is "one of the most aggressive of the developers of new industrial land at the moment," Jim Ulmer, a senior vice president at Baltimore-based LaSalle Investment Management, told Bloomberg News. LaSalle owns 3.2 million shares of ProLogis and no Catellus shares.

"It's a good deal for Catellus, and it's a very good deal for ProLogis," he said.

Nelson Rising, chairman and chief executive of Catellus, said, "We believe this is an excellent way for our shareholders to realize the value of the platform we have built and to participate in the future growth of ProLogis."

Rising, 63, has been Catellus' CEO since 1994 and previously was a senior partner at Maguire Thomas Partners, where he was in charge of major Los Angeles projects including the Library Tower and Playa Vista. Rising, whose 1.4% stake in Catellus is worth about $47 million, would join ProLogis' board of directors, but he would not have a management post.

Catellus' president of commercial development, Ted Antenucci, would become president of global development for ProLogis. Schwartz declined to speculate on possible layoffs of Catellus employees.
The union of the two companies "is very complementary in terms of what they bring to the table," said John Long, chairman of the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA and a private real estate investor through Highridge Partners and Golden Boy Partners.

Catellus, based in San Francisco, has a huge inventory of land and expertise at getting government approvals for new construction, while ProLogis is a respected large-scale developer, Long said.

Aurora, Colo.-based ProLogis owns and manages 2,043 warehouse and distribution centers totaling 310.8 million square feet in North America, Europe and Asia. Its customers include FedEx Corp., Home Depot Inc., General Electric Co., Sears Holdings Corp., Unilever and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Catellus became a REIT at the start of last year as it shifted its focus to building and operating industrial parks instead of developing urban mixed-used projects such as Union Station and Santa Fe Place in San Diego. It has 40.6 million square feet of property, mainly distribution centers, across the U.S.
Santa Fe Pacific Corp. spun off Catellus to shareholders in 1990.

But the company's roots and gigantic land holdings date to the 1850s, when civil engineer Theodore D. Judah built a 23-mile line called the Sacramento Valley Railroad. It later became the Central Pacific Railroad, the first to conquer the Sierra Nevada. In 1869, the line linked up with the Union Pacific, coming from the East, with the driving of the famed golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah.

As part of its mandate for a transcontinental railway, the federal government gave the railroad builders vast tracts of land as an incentive to complete the historic rail linkage.
Later, with its name changed again, this time to Southern Pacific, the railroad heavily promoted its territory in the West to attract residents and businesses and became one of the most powerful players on the economic scene in 19th century California.


OBIT: Patricia Perry just another Murder Suicide?

Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 9:36 pm

Danville police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Crow Canyon

Former San Ramon poet laureate allegedly killed by husband, who then shot himself

Danville police chief Steve Simpkins speaks about the apparent murder-suicide during a press conference early Monday evening. (Photo by Jeremy Walsh)
Town police are investigating the deaths of a Danville couple in a suspected murder-suicide in the Crow Canyon Country Club community Monday morning, according to department officials. 

The preliminary investigation indicates 77-year-old Edward Perry shot and killed his wife, Patricia "Pat" Perry, and then killed himself, Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said during a press conference early Monday evening. 

Pat Perry, 67, was a retired San Ramon city employee and served as the city's first-ever poet laureate. 

"Patricia Perry's willingness to provide exemplary, prompt and efficient assistance to internal and external customers earned her the title 'GOA' -- Goddess of All. She will be missed greatly by those she touched in the city family," San Ramon assistant city manager Eric Figueroa said in a statement.
The San Ramon city flag will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in remembrance of Pat Perry, according to Figueroa. 

The incident inside the Perrys' home in the 700 block of Glen Eagle Court was discovered soon after Danville police arrived at the residence within the Crow Canyon Country Club gates around 7:45 a.m. Monday, according to Simpkins. 

Emergency dispatch had received a 9-1-1 hangup call several minutes earlier, he said. 

After arriving on scene, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot, and after deeming it safe to enter, they made their way into the home, Simpkins said.
Once inside, officers found Edward Perry dead in the front doorway from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Simpkins. 

Police carried on their search of the home and discovered Pat Perry deceased in the kitchen, having sustained two gunshots, the police chief said. No other people were found in the home and there were no signs forced entry, Simpkins added. 

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case but have not yet found a potential cause for the apparent murder-suicide, according to Simpkins. 

"It was obvious to us when we did our investigation that it was a murder and then a suicide, but we don't know what the factors leading up to that are," the police chief said. 

Danville police had responded to a domestic disturbance call at the residence in 2011, but no arrests were made, Simpkins said, noting that investigators will review that case. 

Pat Perry's death has been deemed the town's first murder since 2009, according to Simpkins.
"This is certainly a tragedy. It's not something we often respond to. And our hearts go out to all the involved families and the city employees of our neighbors to the south," Simpkins added,
Pat Perry worked for more than two decades as a San Ramon city employee, according to Figueroa.
She started in 1989 as city clerk/redevelopment secretary and over her career was promoted various times, ending her career as a division manager in 2010. In retirement, Pat Perry continued to support San Ramon as a special project consultant for four years for the city manager and executive team. 

She also held the distinction of being named San Ramon's first poet laureate in 2006, serving in that position for three years. She contributed more than 40 poems for civic events such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Sept. 11, Figueroa noted. 

It was not immediately clear what Edward Perry's profession was, according to Simpkins

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