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Vacant House In Redlands CA, Violated 3-31-13a - Photographer: Don Graham

California State Senator Introduces Bill Targeting Problem Of Vacant Homes

By Bay City News Service - Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow local jurisdictions to use vacant...
A Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy faced another threat from California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Tuesday court hearing that set the stage for a potentially dramatic showdown later this month. Newsom's lawyers told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali they want to grill PG&E about the company's plans to borrow billions of dollars and sell more stock to help pay the $13.5 billion owed to more than 75,000 victims of catastrophic wildfires ignited by the utility's equipment and negligence. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

California Bill Introduced To Expand Enforcement Powers Over Utilities

OAKLAND (BCN)- A group of state legislators and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced the introduction of a bill Tuesday that...
Money and dollar bills

California Democrat Senator Glazer To Unveil Bill Calling For Fines Of Short-Term Rental Hosts

(BCN)- Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) plans to unveil new legislation Monday afternoon that would allow cities to fine short-term rental hosts who...
Money

San Francisco: U.S. Judge to Hear Challenge To Political Campaign Donor Disclosures Rules

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on a political campaign committee's bid for a preliminary injunction blocking new...
Marijuana, Cannabis - Markian Hawryluk/KHN

Los Angeles County DA Says 66,000 Marijuana Convictions Being Dismissed

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said today 66,000 marijuana convictions will soon be dismissed in terms of...
Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, center, gestures as he leaves a federal courthouse with attorney Ismail Ramsey, right, in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The FBI arrested public works director Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis last week, saying the men schemed in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for prime restaurant space at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco: City Attorney Issues Subpoenas Connected To Nuru Corruption Probe

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Wednesday he has issued subpoenas to eight companies and organizations, including PG&E,...
Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County California Clears Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

By Kyle Martin - Bay City News Service Santa Clara County has cleared its backlog of untested sexual assault...
San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton

San Francisco Supervisor Walton Introduces Reparations Plan for City’s African-American Residents

Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced a resolution calling for reparations for the city's African-American community.
File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. A top San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up the city's notoriously filthy streets and a champion of adding more portable toilets has been arrested, jail records show. Nuru was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, along with Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O'Doul's, a longtime sports bar popular with tourists and locals that closed two years ago. Records say only that the men were arrested for felony safekeeping, which typically indicates federal charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco: Public Works Director Nuru Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- Embattled San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru has resigned amid a federal corruption probe, Mayor London Breed announced...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

More Than 8,400 PG&E Customers Still Without Power After Windy Weather

By Bay City News Service-More than 8,400 PG&E customers remained without power Monday morning in the Bay Area after a day of...
Members of San Francisco's Japanese American

Japanese Internment Survivors Call For Closure of Immigrant Detention Centers on 78th Anniversary

Members of San Francisco's Japanese American community on Friday spoke about their experiences being interred in camps during World War II, while...
This Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows flames burning near power lines in Montecito, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric is promising promising to overhaul its board of directors in an attempt to avoid a potential takeover attempt by the state of California and prove the beleaguered utility is turning over a new leaf as it works through its second bankruptcy in less than 20 years. The promise to shake things up came late Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, as the San Francisco company tries to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

Sonoma County: Half-Cent Sales Tax For County’s 38 Fire Agencies On March 3 Ballot

By Bay City News Service- Voters in Sonoma County on the March 3 ballot will consider a half-cent sales tax that would...
USS Tulsa (LCS 16) Commissions in San Francisco - Photographer: Naval Surface Warriors

San Francisco: Mayor Announces Ballot Measure To Build More Affordable Homes

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday a new ballot measure that seeks to get more affordable housing built...
Hand Cuffed

Santa Clara: Former Officer Charged In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

SANTA CLARA (BCN)- A bodybuilding former Santa Clara police officer was charged this week with faking an injury to defraud the city...
BART Station, San Francisco International Airport, California

New State Bill Proposes To Integrate Bay Area Transit

By Bay City News Service- A newly introduced piece of state legislation seeks to integrate the more than two dozen separate...
MERS-CoV particles on camel epithelial cells - Photographer: NIAID

San Francisco: Hospital Treating Two Previously Reported Novel Coronavirus Cases

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- A hospital in San Francisco is treating two people from another California county for novel coronavirus, cases that were...
Snowed In Car

Freeze Watch Issued For Parts Of The Bay Area Monday, Tuesday Nights

By Bay City News Service-The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for parts of the Bay Area due to low...
MERS-CoV particles on camel epithelial cells - Photographer: NIAID

Bay Area’s 1st Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus Found In Santa Clara County

SAN JOSE (BCN)- A Santa Clara County man is the first confirmed Bay Area case of the coronavirus, which has killed 213...
File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. A top San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up the city's notoriously filthy streets and a champion of adding more portable toilets has been arrested, jail records show. Nuru was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, along with Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O'Doul's, a longtime sports bar popular with tourists and locals that closed two years ago. Records say only that the men were arrested for felony safekeeping, which typically indicates federal charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco: Supers Call For Outside Investigation Into Departments Implicated In FBI Probe.

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney on Thursday called for an independent investigation into city departments implicated in a...
Money

San Francisco: Former CEO Of San Rafael Medical Device Firm Convicted Of Fraud, Money...

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- The former chief executive officer of a medical device company in San Rafael has been convicted in federal court...
Hand Cuffed

Proposed California Bill Would Raise Age At Which Suspects Are Tried As Adults

By Bay City News Service- A proposed state law that aims to raise the age at which people accused of crimes are...
Homeless tent

Santa Clara County: Board To Weigh Future Homeless Task Force, Shelter Options Tuesday

By Bay City News Service- Santa Clara County could establish a homeless task force to address housing and homelessness concerns in the...
MERS-CoV particles on camel epithelial cells - Photographer: NIAID

SFO: CDC Screening For CoronaVirus At San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BCN)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is screening passengers arriving to SFO from Wuhan, China for...
Houses

San Francisco: City Opens Transitional Housing Program For Trans, Nonconforming

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- The first transitional housing program for transgender and gender nonconforming adults in the nation are now open in San...
Town Hall Restaurant, San Francisco - Photographer: www.bluewaikiki.com

San Francisco: Public Health Department Announces Color-Coded Placard System For Restaurants

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- Restaurants in San Francisco will soon be required to post the results of their latest health inspection through a...
UC Berkeley Campus - Photographer: K.Oliver

Berkeley: City Council Approves Emergency Shelter Plan

BERKELEY (BCN)- The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to direct City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley to develop an emergency shelter somewhere in...
Police Car Flashing Lights

Santa Clara County Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Of 2 Courthouses; All Clear...

A bomb threat has prompted the evacuation of two courthouses in San Jose on Wednesday morning, according to the Santa Clara County...
Houses

Contra Costa County: Supervisors Update ‘In-Law Unit” Flat Ordinance To Conform With New State...

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved updates to the county's accessory dwelling unit ordinance to comply with...
Houses

Bay Area: More Cities Set To Move On “Mother-In-Law Unit” Ordinance Updates; Marin Ok’s...

Bay Area cities continue the process of updating their local ordinances governing "accessory dwelling units" to conform to new state laws that...
San Francisco 49ers Primary Logo - Photographer: PMell2293

San Francisco 49ers Advance To Super Bowl LVI With 37-20 Win Against Packers In...

The San Francisco 49ers advanced to their seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history with a dominant 37-20 win against the Green...
Classroom

Santa Rosa: Treasurer Of Education Foundation In Sebastopol Accused of Embezzlement

SANTA ROSA (BCN)- A Sebastopol woman who worked as a volunteer for a nonprofit education foundation was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of...
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

Nearly 1,000 PG&E Bay Area Customers Without Power Due To Stormy Weather

BAY AREA- Nearly 1,000 PG&E customers are experiencing outages around the Bay Area as of midday Thursday because of stormy weather in...
San Francisco Mayor London Breed

San Francisco Mayor Announces New Appointments to Fire Commission, Dianne Feinstein’s Daughter Gets Seat

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced a Superior Court judge and a fire prevention expert as the...
Police Car Flashing Lights

Fewer San Francisco Police May Respond To Homeless Calls

Fewer San Francisco police may be responding to calls about the homeless following the passing of a resolution Wednesday evening by the...
Teacher

San Francisco School Board Approves Developing Up To 550 Units Of Affordable Teacher Housing

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Teachers in San Francisco could soon get housing provided by thecity after the San Francisco Unified School District's...
Democratic Party Symbol

Sanders, Biden, Warren, Lead California Democratic Presidential Primary Race

Three Democratic presidential hopefuls are leading the California primary race, according to survey results released Monday by the San Francisco-based Public Policy...
State Seal- Everystockphoto: Photographer Hey Paul

California Attorney General Joins Appeal In Case On Scope Of State Housing Law

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday he is joining a lawsuit appeal that could determine whether a state...
BART Station, San Francisco International Airport, California

San Francisco Bart Board Approves Contract For New Train-Control System

BART will spend almost $800 million for a modern train control system its leaders say will enable more trains to run on...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Sonoma County Report: Kincade Fire, PG&E Power Shutoffs Cost County $725 Million

The Kincade Fire and evacuations and four PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs last fall cost Sonoma County $725 million in economic losses,...
State Seal- Everystockphoto: Photographer Hey Paul

Alameda County Officials Call For Statewide Phase-Out Of Fossil Fuels

A group of mayors and elected officials from around Alameda County plan to gather next week to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to...
Seismogram at Weston Observatory

3.3 Magnitude Quake Rattles Area 9 Miles Southwest Of Gilroy Early Monday Morning

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit an area approximately 9 miles southwest of Gilroy in San Benito County early Monday morning, according to...
BART Station, San Francisco International Airport, California

New BART Police Chief Begins Job Friday

The new BART police chief is set to begin his tenure Friday amid an announcement about new strategies to increase police presence...
San Francisco Ferry Boat

Bay Area Council Moving Its Headquarters To A Ferry Boat

The Bay Area Council plans to leave its longstanding headquarters in a downtown San Francisco office building and move into a historic...
UC Berkeley - Photographer: Charlie Nguyen

UC Berkeley Campus Hit By Power Outage

The University of California at Berkeley campus was hit by a power outage Thursday morning, UC police said.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed

Mayor London Breed To Be Sworn In For First Full Term

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco's first black female mayor will be inaugurated Wednesday morning at City Hall for her first full term,...
BART Station, San Francisco International Airport, California

San Franciso BART Board To Consider System-Wide Wireless Upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO-Cellphones and other wireless devices could work better on BART trains and stations if the transit agency's Board of Directors approves...
Contra Costa County Seal

Candace Andersen Takes Over As Contra Costa County Supervisor Chair

Candace Andersen was sworn in Tuesday as the 2020 chairwoman of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and came in with...
Bicycles

San Mateo County Libraries Launch Pilot Program With Bicycles For Checkout

BELMONT (BCN)-San Mateo County Libraries are starting a new pilot program that will allow people to rent bicycles from the Belmont branch....
Trash Fire

Bay Area Appliance Recycler To Pay $146,000 Penalty For Mishandling, Burning Hazardous Waste

State officials this week penalized a Fairfield appliance recycler for mishandling and burning hazardous waste for years at three Northern California locations....
Seismogram at Weston Observatory

Santa Clara County: 3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southwest Of Gilroy Early Monday

A preliminary magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck in unincorporated Santa Clara County early Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.
PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric

San Francisco Power Outage Hits 6,000 Customers of PG&E

A power outage reported in San Francisco on Monday affected nearly 6,000 PG&E customers, a utility spokeswoman said. ...
Now Leaving California Sign

North Bay Counties May Be Losing Residents, State Estimates Show

BAY AREA- North Bay counties may be losing residents, according to data released last week by the California Department of Finance. ...
Tick

Santa Cruz County Warns About Ticks During Winter Season

SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz County officials are warning residents about avoiding ticks during this winter season when they are prevalent in...
Hand Cuffed

Former San Jose IT Manager Pleads Guilty To Securities Fraud Conspiracy

SAN JOSE (BCN)-A former Silicon Valley information technology manager pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose Wednesday to a charge of...

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