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One dead, one in critical condition after lighting hits LA beach

Los Angeles - One person is dead and one is listed in critical condition after lightning struck a crowded Los Angeles beach, electrocuting 13 beachgoers.
In the Media by Greta McClain

SF Bay Area oyster farm wins another 30 days reprieve

Inverness - The San Francisco Bay Area's last oyster farm is not closed, not quite yet. While the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s retail store is scheduled to shut down Thursday, oyster farming in the historic estuary can continue for at least 30 days.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Next Week California will be run by four different governors

Sacramento - Next week four different people, three men and a woman will serve as governor of California. Governor Jerry Brown will serve before he leaves on a trade mission, and three different people will take turns filling in for him.
In the Media by Mike White - 1 comment

Eerie porcelain dolls appear on people's doorsteps in California

San Clemente - Porcelain dolls, vaguely resembling young girls in the homes, suddenly appeared on families' doorsteps in the Talega community of San Clemente, California. People were concerned about the eeriness of their arrival, but it seems they were a generous gift.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

California businesses unite to protect waterways

Los Angeles - A network of California businesses are working together to protect the state’s coast, ocean, bays, rivers and streams. The initiative has been dubbed the 'Blue Business Council'.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Massive U.S. fruit recall underway because of Listeria risk

A number of major food retailers are being forced to recall some of their produce this week after a packing company's discovery of possible listeria contamination in several of their products.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Op-Ed: California is facing a water crisis

California is one of the richest regions in the world and is facing a glaring environmental problem that could destroy the economy of the state.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 1 comment

California tightens handgun restrictions; bans some models

Sacramento - California already has some of the toughest gun laws on record. Now, a recent bill signed into law last Friday by Governor Jerry Brown has just tightened things up a little more, effectively closing a loophole created by an earlier law.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 14 comments

Stranded hiker with broken legs survived on bugs and snow 6 days

West Frankfort - A California hiker survived on bugs and snow for six days in Mount Goddard, a 13,000 foot peak, in the northern Kings Canyon National Park.
In the Media by Mike White - 2 comments

Op-Ed: State of CA deems Facebook pay in stocks Fair, Just, Equitable Special

Sacramento - While the purchase of Oculus VR by Facebook was announced back in March of this year, this past July 15, the State of California Dept. of Business Oversight conducted a 'Fairness Hearing' to ensure stock holders were protected in the transaction.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California

Los Angeles - A federal US judge ruled that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system which administers it.Opponents of capital punishment hailed the ruling by judge Cormac Carney as a landmark decision.
In the Media by AFP

Billionaire's plan to split California into 6 states moves ahead

A billionaire venture capitalist's long-shot plan to split California into six separate states appears as if it has won enough support to qualify for the 2016 electoral ballot.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments

Op-Ed: 'Lands Never Trodden' tells U.S. History from California view Special

Caldwell - The California Missions seem pretty familiar to us Californians that it is easy to assume that just about everyone knows of them. Yet, according to author and historian John J. O'Hagan, few people really know much about the California Missions.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: A ranger couple's water-line journey takes them across the world Special

Lee Vining - Talk to California State Parks ranger David Carle about water and a flood of information will flow. Yet even with his passionate interesting in California's water, rivers, lakes and streams,
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Love Japan: Silicon Valley's 79th Obon Festival Special

San Jose - If you Love Japan, be sure to stop by SJ Japantown's 79th annual Obon Festival, scheduled for July 12-13th from 11:30am until 10pm. The free event is located between Jackson and Taylor streets, four blocks east of the Japantown Ayer Light Rail Station.
Digital Journal Report by Chikako Uchinami - 2 comments

Solano County reports first case of potentially deadly virus

Fairfield - Health officials in the San Francisco Bay Area county of Solano confirmed last week that a resident had contracted West Nile virus.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Aspiring jewelry store robbers fail miserably, lucky to be alive

Fresno - In what looked more like a comedy scene from the Keystone Cops, a pair of would be armed robbers bit off more than they could chew, and the entire incident was caught on tape.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary

June 30, 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. The signing of this act was the first time that park land was set aside by the federal government for preservation and public use.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Water skyrockets to record prices in California

With droughts reaching record levels this year, the state of California is stepping aside as water prices on the open market reaches very high bidding levels.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 3 comments

Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 2 comments

Parents accused of housing 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage

Anaheim - Law enforcement officials in California have been arrested the parents of an 11-year-old autistic boy who officials belive was being kept in a cage.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

U.S. protesters use their bodies to block transport of immigrants

Murrieta - Around 150 protesters blocked an access road for three buses that were carrying immigrants to a processing center for deportation. The buses had to turn around and find another route to take.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Bagmakers battle ban promoted by California environmentalists

Sacramento - California retail and grocery lobbies are backing a proposal to ban single use plastic bags. The bill would also add a ten cent fee on paper bags. The measures are supported by many environmentalists.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Has last California oyster cannery taken its last breath?

Washington, D. C. - California's last oyster cannery may just about be on its last breath Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to hear the operation's final challenge to an order to shut down.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

Op-Ed: California officials seek to suspend payday loan outlet CashCall Special

Sacramento - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was pleased to hear the news that state officials are going after some of the most predatory of loan outlets, often referred to as "payday" loans.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

No. California wind farm won't be prosecuted for eagle deaths

Fairfield - A Northern California wind farm cannot be prosecuted for killing protected wildlife if its turbines kill no more than five eagles annually, the US Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: Realtors raise money at Summer golf Nine and Wine charity Special

San Mateo - With the arrival of warm weather outdoor sports become a major pastime, especially along the San Francisco Peninsula, south of the outskirts or what was once referred to as the 'outlands' of the City.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell
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Hollywood Boulevard from the top of the Kodak Theatre looking in the direction of downtown Los Angel...
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Hollywood Boulevard from the top of the Kodak Theatre looking in the direction of downtown Los Angeles in the background.
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The Hollywood sign from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.
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The Hollywood sign from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.
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Nine percent of a very parched California is under  exceptional  drought conditions. April 22  2014.
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Nine percent of a very parched California is under "exceptional" drought conditions. April 22, 2014.
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CFT president Joshua Pechthalt (at mic) announces the filing of a suit seeking an injunction to stop...
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CFT president Joshua Pechthalt (at mic) announces the filing of a suit seeking an injunction to stop the closure of City College San Francisco. The suit was filed against the ACCJC. Behind Pechthalt, from left, Student Trustee Shanell Williams, SF Supervisor David Campos, AFT 2121 president Alisa Messer, and Supervisor Scott Weiner
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Roileen Miller is owner and instructor at Miller Driving School in Cotati  CA.
Roileen Miller is owner and instructor at Miller Driving School in Cotati, CA.
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The Old Mint  also referred to as  The Granite Lady  survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and has b...
Courtesy of The SF Historical Society and Museum
The Old Mint, also referred to as "The Granite Lady" survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and has been in the City of San Francisco's possession since the early 1990's when the City purchased the landmark building from the US Federal Government for only $1.00.
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Friends of the Urban Forest dedicate themselves to the promoting of trees and help residents and nei...
Courtesy of Friends of the Urban Forest, SF, CA
Friends of the Urban Forest dedicate themselves to the promoting of trees and help residents and neighbors organize tree planting events. They often go door-to-door, providing information and opportunities for home-owners and residents to participate.
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Golden Gate Bridge  from North-West  with San Francisco in the background
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Golden Gate Bridge, from North-West, with San Francisco in the background
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The Beverly Hilton on Wilshire Boulevard  in Beverly Hills  California
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The Beverly Hilton on Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills, California
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California s agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those i...
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California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
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Jessica holds Penny inside our California mountain chateau
Jessica holds Penny inside our California mountain chateau
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For more than five years Sunday Streets has been providing neighborhoods the opportunity to celebrat...
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For more than five years Sunday Streets has been providing neighborhoods the opportunity to celebrate their community by having a block party where neighbors, residents, merchants and visitors can gather on the street free of cars.
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FISH: Mature chinook salmon swim upstream in the Lower Tuolumne River in California s Central Valley...
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FISH: Mature chinook salmon swim upstream in the Lower Tuolumne River in California's Central Valley in 2008.
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Friends of the River and other water environmental groups oppose the  Drought Bill  legislation HR 3...
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Friends of the River and other water environmental groups oppose the "Drought Bill" legislation HR 3964 that was sponsored by David Valadao who represents the 21st Congressional District of California
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Jazz Mural by (El Gallo) Bill Weber painted in 2008  featuring Teddy Wilson (p) and Benny Goodman (c...
Jazz Mural by (El Gallo) Bill Weber painted in 2008, featuring Teddy Wilson (p) and Benny Goodman (cl), San Francisco, California.
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 This isn t the Antiques Road Show   said realtor Dan Wexler  who was among the more than 200 volunt...
"This isn't the Antiques Road Show," said realtor Dan Wexler, who was among the more than 200 volunteers. "Items here are priced in the thousands of dollars," he said.
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The Vella Brothers  Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in loca...
The Vella Brothers, Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in local cheese establishments during the 1920's when the first arrived in the area from their native Italy.
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While Rev. G believes very strongly in service to God by service to all of humanity  he also honors ...
While Rev. G believes very strongly in service to God by service to all of humanity, he also honors African-American history. To Rev. G, Willie Brown is very important to history. Regardless of political affiliations or beliefs, Rev. Gordon is a fan of former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "Many people don't really realize and understand Mayor Brown and how much he worked for San Francisco," he said.
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Built in 1923  the Alexandria Theater was among the City s treasured movie palaces. Yet as the years...
Built in 1923, the Alexandria Theater was among the City's treasured movie palaces. Yet as the years have gone by, the theater has fallen into neglect. City officials the current owners a developer LLC group can renovate and restore it as they have been granted a "mixed use" permit.
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