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Santa’s little helper: secrets to happy holiday shopping

By Kit Yarrow Since I study consumer behavior it’s actually part of my job to go shopping. Though my focus is on the mind-set of consumers and the marketing tactics of retailers, I’ve also picked up a few shopping tips. * Don’t go into debt to purchase holiday gifts. Debt is a daily stressor and […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

House leadership fight tests Pelosi’s strength

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s grip on her Democratic leadership job — which has been called into question in the aftermath of a third consecutive disappointing election — could be tested in a hierarchy battle involving a Peninsula ally looking to leapfrog into a powerful committee slot. The fight centers […]

November 13, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress

#EggFreezing trends for women in tech

By Wendy Lee SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, where many tech employees put in long hours, Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh wants women to think about freezing their eggs — after work, and over drinks. The fertility expert is hosting three informational events this week, called egg freezing parties, at restaurants in the Bay Area. Over […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Governor looks to solidify legacy with major projects

By Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci SACRAMENTO — Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels. The ventures have strong critics. But having soared into office with 59 percent of the vote and […]

November 13, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Bay Area trio faces bleak prospects in Washington

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — California’s top three Democrats in Washington — all of them older than 70 and all with outsized influence on national policy that took decades to achieve — woke up Wednesday to crippled prospects and questions about their future in politics. With the Republicans’ Senate takeover, Sen. Barbara Boxer, who turns […]

November 06, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Nancy Pelosi hopes to reclaim House speakership — in 2016

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi has made clear she wants to make history again. Not this year, but in 2016, when she hopes to reclaim the House speakership under a President Hillary Rodham Clinton and shatter the glass ceiling to smithereens. But first she must hold down Democratic losses on election day, or […]

October 28, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Benicia sees cash in crude oil; neighbors see catastrophe

By Jaxon Van Derbeken A plan to bring tank-car trains filled with crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to a Benicia refinery is pitting the Solano County town against Northern California neighbors who say they will be burdened with the risk of environmental catastrophe. Benicia officials must decide whether to approve a draft environmental […]

October 26, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

California’s fishing plan rankles anglers

By Peter Fimrite Anglers threw down their waders in anger this week over a decision by a state agency to look into regulating and possibly banning lead sinkers and other fishing gear as part of a comprehensive probe of toxic household products. The Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is part of the state Environmental […]

October 28, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Bay Bridge art project needs $4 million to keep shining

By John King SAN FRANCISCO — Programmed lights on the Bay Bridge will come down early next year, but then they could return once and for all — if, and only if, the creators of the shimmering installation can raise $4million by Dec. 31. This is the latest twist in the saga of the “Bay Lights,” a […]

October 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Clinton sounding like a candidate in S.F. appearance

By Carla Marinucci SAN FRANCISCO – Sounding very much like a candidate for the White House, Hillary Rodham Clinton argued Monday that women have a clear choice in next month’s elections — move ahead or “turn back the clock” with a Republican “amnesia strategy.” ”That is what this election has come down to,” the former secretary […]

October 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Soda bottlers spend big to fight S.F. ban

By Heather Knight SAN FRANCISCO — The American Beverage Industry has spent $7.7 million to try to prevent San Francisco from becoming the first city in the country to tax sodas and other sugary drinks. Proposition E on the Nov. 4 ballot is drawing plenty of national attention – and plenty of cash from the soda […]

October 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Double mastectomy may not be best choice for survival, study says

By Victoria Colliver Women diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast are increasingly choosing to have both breasts removed to reduce their chances of getting cancer again, but they’ll likely have no better chance at long-term survival than those who had a far less invasive lumpectomy followed by radiation, researchers said in mid-September. Researchers at […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

S.F. leads fight to lift minimum wage

By John Coté In 2003, during the aftermath of the dot-com crash, San Francisco led the country as the first city in the nation to adopt a higher minimum wage than required by the federal government. Now, during a second tech boom and facing the nation’s fastest-growing income gap, Proposition J on the November ballot […]

October 14, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Feinstein, Boxer depend on red-leaning Senate races

By Carolyn Lochhead The outcome of a handful of too-close-to-call Senate races in November — including one where the Democratic Party isn’t even fielding a candidate — will determine whether Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are still shaping the national debate on terrorism and climate change next year. After more than two decades in office, California’s […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

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