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Op-Ed: 'Raw Deal' Author says tech does need oversight and regulation Special

San Francisco - As the housing crisis in places like the San Francisco Bay Area continues to place pressure on legislators and city planners, one prominent journalist-author sees technology and unbridled capitalism as a dangerous, perhaps 'demonic mix.'

Californians once again want out of US

Los Angeles - A group of Californians has submitted yet another initiative to secede from the United States as the country is gripped by one of its worst political crisis in recent history.

Op-Ed: San Francisco's Matt Richtel rivals Michael Crichton in new book Special

San Francisco - As technology moves quickly into the third decade of the 21st Century, some people continue to fear it. The future is always unknown. But for one writer embracing tech will help us avoid 'blind spots.'

Op-Ed: CA Legal team says Employment laws are being broken by Uber/Lyft Special

Sonoma - Finally, the 21st Century arrives to the quaint town of Sonoma with the latest in "ride-hailing services." Or as they are officially referred to by the State Public Utilities Commission, "Transportation Network Companies."

Massive wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands from homes

Mariposa - A massive wildfire in California's Central Valley has forced the evacuation of 4,000 people since the fire began on Sunday, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for Mariposa County Tuesday night.

Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Los Angeles - Wildfires roared Sunday across much of California, forcing thousands to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat and flames menaced thousands of structures.

Forest fires rage in sweltering California

Los Angeles - Wildfires raged Sunday across much of California forcing hundreds to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat.About 5,000 firefighters were battling 14 large wildfires around the state, according to Cal Fire.

Wildfires rage as California sizzles

Los Angeles - The first major wildfires after the end of California's five-year drought raged across the state Saturday, as it was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave.

Op-Ed: Former Journalist wants America's other coast history known Special

San Diego - A new book, "Franciscan Frontiersmen" has just been published about three little-known trail-blazers. This past May 24, the San Diego History Center invited the author Robert Kittle to speak.

Op-Ed: Writer Martha Conway notes 'genre-bending' new novel Special

San Francisco - San Francisco-based author Martha Conway read from her historical novel "The Underground River" on June 20th at Bookshop West Portal. This reporter talked to her after the gathering.

California to list Monsanto's glyphosate as 'cancer-causing'

Sacramento - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on Monday that the active ingredient in Monsanto's popular weed killer, glyphosate has been added to the state's list of chemicals believed to be linked to cancer.

Ranks of homeless veterans keep swelling in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Kendrick Bailey is standing outside the tent he has pitched on a filthy sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles and points to the American flag he served proudly during the Vietnam War.

Op-Ed: California Democrats put universal health care bill on hold

Sacramento - The California Senate recently passed a universal health care plan. However, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon has put the bill on hold indefinitely. The plan was sponsored bye the California Nurses Association.

Review: Stax reissues soundtrack to 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'

Los Angeles - Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking soundtrack is out now on 180-gram vinyl and high-resolution digital audio. The LP is part of a series of releases celebrating Stax Records' 60th anniversary.

U.S. soul singer Welfair intent on keeping the momentum going Special

Los Angeles - Los Angeles-based artist Welfair (Danielle Espinoza) has been gigging in support of her sophomore EP 'Good Mourning', which was released in November 2016. Digital Journal put some questions to her.

Op-Ed: Soiled Dove makes return to The Point in Alameda Special

Alameda - The Point in Alameda is making room and coordinating preparations for The Soiled Dove - the one-of-a-kind 'Barbary Coast'- themed circus-infused dinner theater returning weekends from June 9th to July 1st.

Massive mudslide on Calif. coastal highway closes it indefinitely

Big Sur - A portion of California's Pacific Coast Highway was blocked over the weekend by a massive mudslide that buried a part of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and cut off access to a region that depends heavily on tourism to survive.

EPA OK's nasty pesticide - Now 12 farmworkers have been poisoned

Bakersfield - Over 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California were exposed to a pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. At least 12 of the farmworkers became ill, with one person passing out, requiring hospitalization.

Review: Sold out premiere of 'American Wrestler' in hometown Petaluma Special

Petaluma - The special premiere of "American Wrestler - The Wizard" at downtown Petaluma's Boulevard Cinema 14 last night was sold out. And for good reason, everyone likes a story of redemption and unexpected outcome when all seemed dim.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

San Rafael - With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Man arrested for California shooting spree spoke of race 'battle'

Los Angeles - A man arrested for a shooting spree in the central California city of Fresno in which three white men were killed saw himself as part of an ongoing race war, according to family and police.

Op-Ed: Yachting season celebrates its 100 Anniversary in San Francisco Special

San Francisco - This Sunday, April 23rd, to mark the occasion of the 100th Opening Day on the Bay, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will celebrate in grand style.

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Op-Ed: Spring is time for art in the San Francisco Bay Area Special

San Rafael - As spring blossoms out, the points of interest for art lovers in the San Francisco Bay area are abundant. Like the those 'April rain showers' that bring forth the flowers, like the rhyme says, is so true for the local artistic scene.

California drought officially over, but some measures will remain

Sacramento - It was good news for Californians today as Governor Jerry Brown made it official — the long and devastating drought is finally over. After months of rain, the state's reservoirs are filled and fields are once again wearing coats of green.

Op-Ed: Local Radio Personality reminisces of days before de-regulation Special

San Francisco - With the emergence of Sirius satellite radio, music channels on cable TV and now personalized radio via streaming Internet services, the days of traditional radio broadcasting are just about over.

Op-Ed: Russian Play reflects the universal even to today's audiences Special

Ross - Humor is sometimes the best defense in the most trying of times and this could be said of The Ross Valley Player's production of 'Way Out West' by San Rafael playwright Joel Eis, which will premiere this coming April 7.

Op-Ed: Latina playwright's work is compared to that of Steinbeck Special

Oakland - Playwright Lisa Ramirez brings to the Bay Area a deeply examined and richly textured work. It is one that speaks to our times. Yet as some critics point out, it also gives witness to the universal and the timeless.

Review: Marty Stuart travels 'way out west' on new album

'Way Out West', Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives' brand new long-playing release, is out now. It consists of 13 original tracks and two covers and pays tribute to the state of California.

Op-Ed: Brazilian Capoeira seeks to help schools 'Get Empowered!' Special

Oakland - This past Sunday concluded the annual mega-celebration of Carnival in Sao Palo, Brazil. As ‘a last indulgence’ before the observance of Lent, Carnival is Brazil’s version of Mardi Gras.
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Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave in San Francisco s Ingleside District continues to reach out to ...
Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave in San Francisco's Ingleside District continues to reach out to the community by helping with local food drives, providing space for civic and community meetings and coordinating after school programs.
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Courtesy of SF Sheriff's Dept. Warrant Services Unit and KRON TV
Prof. Matt Springer speaking to the members of SHARP this past June of 2016 in the Sunset District. ...
Prof. Matt Springer speaking to the members of SHARP this past June of 2016 in the Sunset District. Neighborhoods like the Sunset are among the most densely populated areas and is built on former sand dunes, which makes it vulnerable to seismic activity.
Courtesy of SHARP, SF
 El Buen Parricide  is a film about marriage  promisies made and the power of a promise.
"El Buen Parricide" is a film about marriage, promisies made and the power of a promise.
Courtesy of Vicky Contreras and Ella Films Productions
SRO residents gathered by the dozens to show their concern and upset with the change in policy enact...
SRO residents gathered by the dozens to show their concern and upset with the change in policy enacted by the local Postmaster General of San Francisco in 2008. This was a change made in order to save money for the USPS. For the past five years all mail to SRO Hotels has been dumped carelessly, allowing it to become vulnerable to theft, damage and loss.
Public Outreach Director for the City Attorney's Office
The Brothers of Saint Patrick at Pater Noster High circa 1965. Front:  Brothers Aloysius  Alphonsus ...
The Brothers of Saint Patrick at Pater Noster High circa 1965. Front: Brothers Aloysius, Alphonsus, Aquinas, Francis Redmond, S.G., Daniel, Gilbert and Chrysostom Back: Hilary, Paulinus, Francis, Alfred, Kevin and Mark
Courtesy of Pater Noster High School Alumni
SCENE: The Patagonia store in San Francisco burglarized early Monday by two men in a U-Haul truck is...
SCENE: The Patagonia store in San Francisco burglarized early Monday by two men in a U-Haul truck is just a few blocks from iconic Fisherman's Wharf.
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The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The ...
The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The Integrative Health Network and Pharmaca.
Paul Clark, Pharmaca
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San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge  San Francisco  California  January 2011
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, January 2011
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
MONEY -- California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) says legislative and union leaders hav...
MONEY -- California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) says legislative and union leaders have agreed to raise the Golden State's minimum wage to $15 by 2022.
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July 31  2014 marked the beginning of this year s  A Place of Her Own  exhibit at the Thoreau Center...
July 31, 2014 marked the beginning of this year's "A Place of Her Own" exhibit at the Thoreau Center, San Francisco, sponsored by the Asian American Women Artists Association. Seen here from left to right are: Mido Lee, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Byron Bacon, Cynthia Tom, Susan Almazol, Irene Wibawa, Manon B. Wada, Julie Anderson, Khai-Hoan Ngo and Reiko Fujii.
Courtesy of Cynthia Tom and "A Place of Her Own"
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Zzyzx, California
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Getting the pizza into the oven  movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza s fr...
Getting the pizza into the oven, movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza's from the local Papa Murphy's franchise in Sonoma.
This photo of the Pilot Fire was taken earlier today. The fire has grown to 7 square miles in size a...
This photo of the Pilot Fire was taken earlier today. The fire has grown to 7 square miles in size after being discovered Sunday around noontime.
San Bernardino Sun
Heirloom varieties of many crops. Come to the Bounty Farm Plant Sale this Sunday  9am-3pm. There wil...
Heirloom varieties of many crops. Come to the Bounty Farm Plant Sale this Sunday, 9am-3pm. There will be plant starts, information, and family fun activities. Make it a day!
Courtesy of Petaluma Bounty
Valeria “Monique” Alvarado  mother of 5 killed by a Border Patrol officer in Chula Vista  Califo...
Valeria “Monique” Alvarado, mother of 5 killed by a Border Patrol officer in Chula Vista, California.
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Neil Marcus, courtesy of Superfest 2015
Moonalice s annual  gathering of the tribe  for the 4/20 concert has become a rock music tradition a...
Moonalice's annual "gathering of the tribe" for the 4/20 concert has become a rock music tradition and a hallmark of the band's unique following.
Bob Minkin, courtesy of Moonalice