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  • Two Bay Area counties sue oil companies over sea-rise

    07/17/2017 7:32:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | July 17, 2017 | Richard Halstead
    Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach.
  • BART Withholding Surveillance Videos Of Crime To Avoid ‘Stereotypes’

    07/11/2017 2:54:34 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 56 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/9/2017
    In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers. “I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. April 22: Forty to sixty kids boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, beating up two; June 28: A group of four kids assaulted a passenger and made off with a cell phone at Dublin; and June 30: A woman...
  • Restaurant die-off is first course of California’s $15 minimum wage

    06/17/2017 10:21:01 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 86 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | June 13, 2017 | Jeremy Bagott
    In a pair of affluent coastal California counties, the canary in the mineshaft has gotten splayed, spatchcocked and plated over a bed of unintended consequences, garnished with sprigs of locally sourced economic distortion and non-GMO, “What the heck were they thinking?” The result of one early experiment in a citywide $15 minimum wage is an ominous sign for the state’s poorer inland counties as the statewide wage floor creeps toward the mark. Consider San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they...
  • In Costly Bay Area, Even Six-Figure Salaries Are Considered ‘Low Income’

    04/25/2017 8:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 22, 2017 | ANNIE SCIACCABLISHED: April 22, 2017 at 11:
    In the high-priced Bay Area, even some households that bring in six figures a year can now be considered “low income.” That’s according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently released its 2017 income limits — a threshold that determines who can qualify for affordable and subsidized housing programs such as Section 8 vouchers. San Francisco and San Mateo counties have the highest limits in the Bay Area — and among the highest such numbers in the country. A family of four with an income of $105,350 per year is considered “low income.” A $65,800 annual...
  • RADIO HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE INVOLVED IN RESTAURANT MELEE

    03/15/2017 11:29:47 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 123 replies
    TMZ ^ | March 15, 2017 | TMZ
    Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage was attacked in a Bay area restaurant Tuesday night, and it sure seems there's a Trump connection. We're told Savage was eating dinner at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon at around 8:30 PM, when a guy started mocking Savage's legal last name, screaming, "weener, weener." We're told the guy threw Savage to the ground, after allegedly shoving Savage's poodle, Teddy, out of the way.
  • Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain (Trump puts the brake on Bullet Train)

    03/05/2017 3:51:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 68 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 02/27/2017 | Matier & Ross
    In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon. “It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy,” Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday. Caltrain carries about 60,000 riders a day between the South Bay and San Francisco, but its diesel-driven trains are both costly to operate and slow. Officials see electrification as a way both to increase ridership and save money...
  • Bay Area voters react to Trump’s address to Congress

    03/01/2017 6:18:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 28, 2017 | Tatiana Sanchez
    We asked three members of a panel of 25 voters — assembled by the Bay Area News Group to evaluate President Trump’s first 100 days in office — to react to the president’s address to a joint session of Congress.
  • Poll Shows Surprising Bay Area Support For Key Trump Immigration Policies

    02/27/2017 9:11:58 PM PST · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 27, 2017 | Melissa Caen
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An exclusive new Survey USA poll offered a stunning snapshot of where the Bay Area stands on immigration Monday, with the new numbers revealing that more local residents are backing President Trump’s policies than you might think. The KPIX 5 Survey USA Poll showed more than half of people support a key element of the President’s immigration policy. 53 percent said local law enforcement should always contact federal authorities about illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes. The even bigger surprise was the number of Bay Area Hispanics who supported notifying the feds. While the mayors...
  • BART may designate itself a sanctuary transit system

    02/10/2017 3:28:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2017 | Michael Cabanatuan
    BART, whose trains carry riders between a number of Bay Area sanctuary cities, will consider adopting its own policy protecting undocumented immigrants from the federal government. The BART board decided to consider a measure proposed Thursday by directors Nick Josefowitz of San Francisco and Lateefah Simon of Oakland. “Recent studies indicate that there are over 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the Bay Area. Many of these immigrants ride BART every day,” Josefowitz said, adding that they should feel safe aboard BART.
  • McDonald's testing out crab sandwich in San Francisco area

    02/09/2017 11:07:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2017 12:21 PM EST
    McDonald’s is planning to launch a crab sandwich in the San Francisco Bay area. The fast good giant says the sandwich consists of snow crab meat mixed with mayonnaise and served with tomato and lettuce on a sourdough bun. …
  • Hummingbird Nest Halts Upgrades On Richmond-San Rafael Bridge [Bay Area, CA]

    01/31/2017 7:58:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2017 7:54 PM | Phil Matier
    A little bird could become a big hold up for important upgrades on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. A path on the upper deck will enable bike riders to get across in both directions and a third traffic lane on the lower deck will ease congestion for drivers heading eastbound. The backhoes are waiting — the safety barriers are lined to go up — but thanks to a little winged friend, work on a key part of the $70 million Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bridge re-do has been put on hold. Randy Rentschler, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said, “In this particular case...
  • Tim Tebow’s Mom Will Share Her Story of Refusing to Abort at West Coast Walk for Life

    12/14/2016 7:31:28 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/14/2016
    Pam Tebow, the celebrated mother of football superstar and Christian role model Tim Tebow,will share the story of her decision against an abortion as the guest speaker at the West Coast Walk for Life next month. Tebow will undoubtedly recount the story of her decision not to have an abortion. Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines in 1985 and they prayed for “Timmy” before she became pregnant. Pam entered into a coma after she contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in a contaminated food or drink. The treatment for...
  • [San Francisco] Charges dismissed against 25 who protested on Bay Bridge during MLK Day

    11/18/2016 7:22:14 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    KTVU [Oakland] ^ | Nov 18 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Charges against 25 protesters who stopped traffic on the Bay Bridge in January were dismissed this morning by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, according to an attorney representing the group. The group, known collectively as the Bay Bridge 25, was arrested on Jan. 18 on the bridge on suspicion of misdemeanors, including obstructing traffic on a freeway, public nuisance and unlawful assembly, in addition to having their cars impounded.
  • Trump, Clinton Supporters Urge Bay Area Residents to Vote in Lead-Up to Election

    10/29/2016 6:32:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/29 | Rick Boone
    Election Day is nine days away and Bay Area supporters for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are doing what they can to encourage people to vote. At the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, early voting was in full swing on Saturday. This, as both parties are taking nothing for granted, reminding voters they can’t sit this one out – especially as both presidential candidates face controversy. “It’s a sensitive time,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Honda. Honda is one of a few congressmen who were alerted by the FBI about the newly discovered Clinton emails. “This is just some...
  • Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name [San Francisco/Oakland]

    10/20/2016 10:21:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2016 11:04 PM EDT | Janie Har
    Saying that consuming too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads fighting proposed soda taxes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Vermont senator said in a statement Thursday that campaign commercials and mailers implying that he opposes soda tax measures on the Nov. 8 ballot in San Francisco and Oakland are false. Neighboring Albany also has a penny-per-ounce tax measure on its ballot. …
  • Increased SF Police Presence Prompts Pride Parade Grand Marshals To Withdraw [Black Lives Matter]

    06/24/2016 8:40:37 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 15 replies
    CBS SF ^ | June 24, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Black Lives Matter Bay Area organizers Friday said they were withdrawing as Grand Marshals for the weekend San Francisco Pride Parade in response to an increased police presence and security measures announced in the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Black Lives Matter was chosen as an organizational grand marshal for the parade in honor of its theme, “For Racial and Economic Justice.”
  • Vallejo named fourth in list of most dangerous California cities

    05/18/2016 2:34:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 22 replies
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | 05/17/2016 | Matthew Adkins
    A study newly released by the California-based law offices of Graham Donath lists Vallejo as the fourth most dangerous city in the state. The list was determined after comparing a number of factors, including 2014 crime rates, investment in police presence, community risk factors and geopolitical issues. Coming in ahead of Vallejo was Modesto, which was ranked third most dangerous. Stockton took second place and San Bernadino took the uncoveted honors of first place. Oakland was ranked the sixth most dangerous city in the study despite having the largest amount of violent crimes. For every 100,000 residents, 1685 violent crimes...
  • Rent control spreads from pricey San Francisco to suburbs

    04/03/2016 12:53:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 12:38 PM EDT | Janie Har
    Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning. But this year, the 77-year-old retired city gardener will be knocking on doors in Alameda to persuade voters of this maritime city on San Francisco Bay to support a citizen initiative to cap rent increases. Last June, the rent on his one-bedroom flat increased 24 percent to $1,300, leaving him $289 a month for utilities, food and other expenses. […] State legislation approved last week to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 is...
  • More Americans bid pricey Silicon Valley goodbye

    03/14/2016 11:48:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2016 | Mike Moffitt
    Are the cons of living in the Silicon Valley starting to outweigh the pros? A new report based mainly on 2014 data has found that more Americans are leaving the tech hub than are arriving. Silicon Valley saw more than 7,500 U.S. residents move away in 2014, the first time since 2011 that the area has recorded a domestic net loss, according to the study by the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project (SVCIP). But a steady influx of foreign-born workers made up for the deficit, ensuring that the tech worker pool kept growing over the period.
  • Chinese Insurer Acquiring Santa Monica Resort, Hotel del Coronado In $6.5-Billion Deal

    03/12/2016 8:45:08 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 12, 2016
    Chinese Insurer Acquiring Santa Monica Resort, Hotel del Coronado In $6.5-Billion Deal The Loews Santa Monica Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado near San Diego are being acquired by a Chinese insurance company as part of a $6.5-billion deal. Blackstone Group, a New York private equity firm, has agreed to sell its Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns 16 luxury properties, to Anbang Insurance Group, a person familiar with the transaction said Saturday The portfolio, according to Strategic's website, includes the Santa Monica hotel and the famed Coronado hotel, as well as two other Southern California properties --...