25 years after the Rodney King riots: Photos from the Bay Area protests
Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Bay Area saw its own share of protests and rioting in the days following the verdict, with several businesses damaged from looting. .. read more..

Bay Area workers, immigrants part of nationwide May Day strike
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Though the drive is taxing, Carmona said she had no choice because hotel jobs closer to her home don’t allow union representation for workers — an important factor for her. “All immigrants — whether we are from Mexico or (are) Muslims or Asian immigrants — we should be able to work freely and in ... .. read more..

Dignity Health, transgender employee settle discrimination suit
Saturday, April 29, 2017

A lawsuit by a transgender employee against Dignity Health hospital chain for denying insurance coverage for sex-reassignment surgery and other medical treatment has been settled for $25,000. The American Civil Liberties Union had represented the employee, Josef Robinson, in a lawsuit contending ... .. read more..

Ray McGrath, SFFD captain and longtime volunteer, dies
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ray McGrath, a retired San Francisco Fire Department captain who stayed on as a toy drive volunteer and morale booster, sometimes walking from station to station throughout the city, has died at 95. Among the duties he adopted was as minister to injured firefighters and confidant to Hayes-White a... .. read more..

Release of videos sought in same-sex marriage case
Saturday, April 29, 2017

While the case was covered extensively during the trial and later court proceedings, “there is no substitute for the insight and illumination that only the videotaped record of the trial can provide,” lawyers for KQED radio and television said in the U.S. District Court suit. The trial, the first... .. read more..

Bay Area political events: women’s meeting, May Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bay Area political events: women’s meeting, May Day Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The second Women’s Coalition meeting, hosted by Democratic Activists for Women Now, includes workshops on the democratic process and campaigns. SEIU United... .. read more..

$6 million settlement in Alameda medical lab kickback suit
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Quest Diagnostics will pay $6 million to settle government claims that its laboratory in Alameda paid kickbacks to doctors and patients to induce them to to use the lab for blood tests, some of them medically unnecessary, federal officials said Friday. According to a physician who filed a suit as... .. read more..

Trump order could open California waters to oil drilling
Saturday, April 29, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order Friday seeking to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, a move that triggered an immediate backlash in California, where wounds are still raw from past fights to protect the state’s coastal waters. Trump’s action calls for the Department of the Interior t... .. read more..

Schaaf accused of ‘bait and switch’ on Oakland soda tax money
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Three Oakland City Council members who sponsored a voter-approved measure imposing a city soda tax accused Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday of seeking to funnel its revenue into the general budget to help eliminate a deficit, rather than spending it on health programs as backers promised during the c... .. read more..

Piedmont police investigate possible child abduction attempt
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Piedmont police say there may have been an attempted abduction of a child Thursday near Havens Elementary School. The incident occurred just after 3 p.m., when an 8-year-old walking home was approached at the corner of Vista and Bonita avenues. A black vehicle pulled up and the driver said, “Get ... .. read more..

Changes could be in store Portsmouth Square, SF’s oldest plaza
Friday, April 28, 2017

A design team will survey park visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for clues about what the community wants to see the park become. City officials envision the space at 745 Kearny St. as a modern take on traditional Chinese architecture. The project includes reimagining every part of the par... .. read more..

‘Terrible news’: Alameda school likely to close over quake risk
Friday, April 28, 2017

An Alameda elementary school will probably close after the school year because structural engineers discovered the soil beneath it could liquefy during an earthquake, the district announced. Engineers discovered the risk at Donald Lum Elementary School on Sandcreek Way in February during preparat... .. read more..

Political events in the Bay Area: climate change marches, May Day events
Friday, April 28, 2017

Political events in the Bay Area: climate change marches, May Day events Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. In Oakland, a march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th Street and First Avenue. In Kentfield, a marc... .. read more..

BART makes first arrest in teen takeover robbery as police declare ‘emergency’
Friday, April 28, 2017

BART makes first arrest in teen takeover robbery as police declare ‘emergency’ BART investigators have made their first arrest in connection with last Saturday evening’s takeover robbery by dozens of juveniles who mobbed a train at Coliseum Station in Oakland, officials said Friday. “More warrant... .. read more..

Political events in the Bay Area: climate change marches, May Day events
Friday, April 28, 2017

Political events in the Bay Area: climate change marches, May Day events Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. In Oakland, a march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th Street and First Avenue. In Kentfield, a marc... .. read more..

Authors of Oakland’s soda tax say mayor is diverting money
Friday, April 28, 2017

Three Oakland City Council members who authored the city’s new soda tax Friday denounced Mayor Libby Schaaf’s proposal to funnel its revenue into the general budget, rather than spend it on health programs as promised during the campaign. Measure HH, which passed in November, is a penny-per-ounce... .. read more..

Oakland fire damages historic abandoned library, shuts out community garden p...
Friday, April 28, 2017

A fire at an abandoned library in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood recently damaged the already dilapidated structure, but the blaze also shut out a community garden and library project established outside the building in 2012. .. read more..

New BART cars responsible for Friday train delays
Friday, April 28, 2017

A new BART train that was on a test run broke down at the Lake Merritt Station in Oakland early Friday, causing delays that lasted into the peak morning commute hours, officials said. The delays were resolved by about 9:15 a.m., according to BART spokesman Jim Allison, but not before dozens of tr... .. read more..

Fairfield man arrested for firebombings, hate crimes
Friday, April 28, 2017

Matthew Scott Jones was booked into Solano County Jail on Friday morning on suspicion of committing a hate crime, exploding a destructive device with the intent to commit murder and two counts of arson. Fairfield firefighters and police extinguished the fire and two residents of the apartment wer... .. read more..

Changes could be in store for Portsmouth Square, S.F.’s oldest plaza
Friday, April 28, 2017

A design team will survey park visitors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for clues about what the community wants to see the park become. City officials envision the space at 745 Kearny St. as a modern take on traditional Chinese architecture. The project includes ... .. read more..

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