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State’s judges debate proposed ban on ties to Boy Scouts

By Bob Egelko A proposal before the California Supreme Court to require judges to sever ties with the Boy Scouts, because of the Scouts’ rejection of gays and lesbians as troop leaders, has the support of the state’s main judicial organization, but there’s evidently some opposition in the ranks. The justices plan to decide sometime […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Golden eagle set free in hopes of solving rare mite mystery

By Carolyn Jones On a hot, poppy-covered hilltop near San Ramon, Griffy the golden eagle bid farewell to her human saviors and — with a few quick, thunderous flaps — started a new life: as a flying medical researcher. The majestic 12.5-pound raptor was released in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness on Friday morning after spending […]

May 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Path to law school opens from community colleges

By Nanette Asimov For California community college students hoping to win court cases someday, draw up people’s wills or even wear a judge’s robes, getting into law school just got easier. Admission standards aren’t changing. But starting Thursday, six law schools and their undergraduate campuses will partner with 24 community colleges to offer counseling for […]

May 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Oakland races to meet demand for bike lanes

By Will Kane When Claire Antonetti cruised down the new, smooth bike lanes near her Maxwell Park home on Sunday she felt — for the first time in a while — as if her area of Oakland was becoming a neighborhood. For years, the busy streets were high-speed pass-throughs for motorists whizzing down the Interstate […]

April 30, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

10 recreation lakes that can survive a drought

By Tom Stienstra On a trip through California’s Gold Country last month, we drove over the dam at Lake Tulloch near Sonora, and like most, had a provocative response: Look at all that water! Tulloch, as are a few recreation lakes across Northern California, is kept full or close to it year-round, even when other […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

Even with no flowers, Anza-Borrego’s desert inspires

By Michele Bigley A common theme in literature is the hero who goes on a search and returns with the gifts of the unexpected. It was March – typically the optimal time for wildflower shows in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park — and California faced one of the direst droughts in recent history. Yet I was […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

California residents divided on drought solution

By Kurtis Alexander As California faces one of its worst droughts in decades, residents remain split on the question of whether environmental protections should be eased to free up water for cities and farms. A new Field Poll indicates that 49 percent of state voters support rolling back regulations that protect fish in order to […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Feinstein pressure boosts farms over fish in water dispute

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — First came the urgent e-mail to two Cabinet secretaries from San Joaquin Valley farm interests, demanding that officials allow “maximum pumping” of water from recent storms for agriculture and cities and minimize flows for endangered fish making their river migrations amid the worst drought in years. Two days later, on […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Bay Area ‘Rosie the Riveters’ honored

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — Applying for a welding job at the Richmond shipyard during World War II, Agnes Moore dressed in her best black suit, with matching kid gloves, patent leather shoes and a hat with a veil. She declined an office job. “I want to be a welder,” she said, and soon she was […]

April 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Strike averted at hospitals as UC, union reach deal

By David R. Baker A planned, five-day strike this week at University of California hospitals was averted Sunday after school officials and the union representing patient care technical workers reached a tentative agreement. The proposed four-year contract covers 13,000 workers and could end months of tension between the university system and the union, which represents […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kamala Harris: California’s ‘truancy crisis’ must be stopped

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California is in the midst of a “truancy crisis” that needs to be stopped where it starts: in elementary school, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said last week as she joined lawmakers to announce a package of bills to help the state better collect truancy data. More than 690,000 elementary school […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

California lawmakers look to change college admission rules

By Nanette Asimov California voters once again may be asked to decide whether public universities should be able to use race, ethnicity and gender in admissions if state lawmakers succeed in placing on the ballot a constitutional amendment to change Proposition 209. It has been illegal for universities to take into account an applicant’s demographics […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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