Here Are the Top 5 Bay Area Stories of 2018

The Bay Area has been through a lot in 2018. 

We’ve seen rising concerns about the dirty streets in San Francisco, the housing crisis across the region, wildfire smoke from Butte County and a horrific shooting in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

The stories below were the most viewed stories with unique visitors, according to Adobe Analytics. Here are NBC Bay Area’s top 5 stories of the year:

#1 - Suspect in YouTube Shooting Posted Rants About the Company Online

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The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has confirmed the identity of the shooter who opened fire on YouTube’s campus in San Bruno Tuesday. Nasim Aghdam, 38, lived in Southern California and appears to have had a robust presence on YouTube.

(Published Tuesday, April 3, 2018)

On April 3, Nasim Aghdam randomly opened fire at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, injuring four people.

One witness told NBC Bay Area he was at a fast-food restaurant nearby and heard at least 20 shots within two minutes. “I knew the shooter was right by me because you could feel the sensations of the bullet,” he said.

Aghdam died by a self-inflicted wound.

NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit later found that Aghdam felt that her videos were “discriminated and filtered” by the company.

#2 - Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block

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The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed a section of downtown San Francisco to determine the amount of feces, hypodermic needles, and garbage littering the heart of the city. The results reveal a disgusting and potentially deadly mix of contamination that experts now believe could exceed some of the dirtiest slums in the world. Investigative reporter Bigad Shaban reports on a story that first aired Feb. 18, 2018.

(Published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018)

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces.

The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces.

#3 - Photos of Raw Meat in Shopping Carts at San Jose’s 99 Ranch Market Go Viral

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A local San Jose grocery store is under investigation after a customer witnessed raw meat being transported in Costco shopping carts. Anoushah Rasta reports.

(Published Friday, Jan. 26, 2018)

Loretta Seto was about to shop at 99 Ranch Market, a grocery store at Hostetter Road and Lundy Avenue in San Jose, when she witnessed raw meat being transported in shopping carts, took photos and posted them on Facebook.

The post didn’t just go viral, it caught the attention of the city’s Department of Environmental Health, and it also sparked a conversation on the unsanitary methods the meat vendor used to transport the meat.

#4 – SF Mayor: ‘There’s More Feces … Than I’ve Ever Seen’

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to “clean up after themselves.” Bigad Shaban from NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit reports.

(Published Saturday, July 14, 2018)

NBC Bay Area interviewed San Francisco’s then newly-elected Mayor London Breed about her plan to clean up the city.

In her first one-on-one interview since taking office, Breed said “There is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here. That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”

#5 - Northern California Air Quality Currently the Worst in the World

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Smoke from the Camp Fire continued to smother the Bay Area on Thursday, making the air quality in the Bay Area currently the worst in the world, according to PurpleAir, an air quality monitoring app. Jeff Ranieri, Sergio Quintana and Cheryl Hurd report.

(Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018)

Smoke from the deadly Camp Fire smothered the Bay Area in November and dropped the air quality in Northern California to the worst in the world.

Skies were hazy and the scent of something burning could be smelled in the area for days. The air got so bad that it forced several schools to close campuses.

2018 Honorable Mentions:

Take a Look Inside the Palo Alto Estate Listed for Nearly $100 Million

In June, an estate located at the Palo Alto Hills was listed for nearly $100 million and could set a new record if sold. It’s still on sale as of Dec. 26, according to the Palo Alto real estate’s website.

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Fisherman’s Rescue of Entangled Whale Caught on Camera

A fisherman was being hailed as a hero after he jumped into the water off the Central California coast to free a humpback whale entangled in a rope.

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A commercial fisherman is being hailed a hero after he jumped into the water off the the Central California coast to free a humpback whale entangled in a rope, a rescue that was captured on video in September. Sergio Quintana reports.

(Published Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018)

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