Ana Reepen: 6 Years for Felony DUI/Manslaughter

The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): After victim impact statements, attorneys' arguments on aggravating and mitigating factors, and a brief tearful statement by the defendant expressing her remorse, Judge Elizabeth Hill this morning sentenced Ana Reepen to six years in state prison, the mid-range of possible sentences. Reepen, appearing in County Jail-issued orange jumpsuit with wrists and feet shackled, will receive credit for one month served. She also was ordered to pay several thousand dollars in court fines and forfeits her driver's license. For the charges Reepen was convicted of, California law specifies either probation or state prison. Judge Hill deemed the facts warranted prison time. California law then specifies four years incarceration for mitigating circumstances, 10 years for aggravating circumstances, and six years for mid-range. Those were Judge Hill's only options. Main aggravating factors:
-- blood alcohol count of 0.21 percent (more than 2-1/2 times the legal limit)
-- extreme impact of Bruce Bernor's death on family and friends
-- defendant's failure to acknowledge and address her alcohol problem

Reepen faced three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, resulting from the Highway 1 head-on collision that killed Pacifican Bruce Ross Bernor. Reepen had pleaded not guilty and remained free on $250,000 bail, but upon conviction, bail was doubled to $500,000 and she was taken into custody. The jury found her guilty on July 27. The two counts of felony DUI related to Reepen having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of the offense. Turning the wrong way from Sea Bowl Lane, she drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 on July 25, 2015. Her car and Bernor's car collided there. (Follow this thread at the Comments link below. Join the conversation if you have constructive comments to add. Our thanks to Alan Wald for carefully following this court case and reporting on it for Riptide.)

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Age Well/Drive Smart: 10% off Car Insurance

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Many, if not most, auto insurance companies offer a 10 percent discount on annual premiums for several years to motorists who take this state-approved Age Well/Drive Smart program. I went to the three-hour Daly City seminar in 2014 and continue to receive a 10 percent annual discount from Farmers Insurance because of it. (P.S. It's okay to sleep through the seminar.)

Alan Wald


New Fairmont Safeway Helps Local Charities

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Fairmont Safeway (above) is one of three new Safeways now open around the Bay Area. To celebrate the openings, six local nonprofit organizations – Oakland Promise, Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, White Pony Express, Partners in Educational Achievement, Pacifica Resource Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Pacifica – will receive a $2,500 charitable contribution from The Safeway Foundation during the store opening festivities September 14-15. A brief presentation will take place in the floral department of each store with business and community leaders, as well as Safeway management, in attendance. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies Inc. operates stores across 35 states and Washington, D.C. under 18 banners, including Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, and Carrs.

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Pacifica Progressive Election Issues Forum, Sept. 27

Sponsored by Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives, Fair Rents for Pacifica, and the Pacifica Climate Committee. Hear from local activists what their organizations have been doing to build a better Pacifica and what is at stake for them in the November election. There will be lots of time for dialogue. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, September 27 from 7 to 9 p.m., Little Brown Church, 1850 Francisco Boulevard, Sharp Park. For more information, please email Carlos Davidson at carlosdavidson7@gmail.com