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Op-Ed: Calif. fines six companies for selling pesticide-tainted produce

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies based in Los Angeles and San Mateo counties for ignoring warnings and repeatedly selling imported fruits and vegetables grown with illegal pesticides.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Review: A Denver couple goes West to pursue dream of Ice Cream Special

Sonoma - It's not everyday that a young couple would move over 765 miles just to follow a dream to open an ice cream shop. Yet that is what Joe and Ramie Hencmann did, leaving their well-established lives in Denver to venture to a place unknown, like Sonoma.

Op-Ed: Advocates claim a secret pact has occurred with California water Special

Sacramento - As the drought in California continues, water advocates from non-profit organization Friends of The River claim two very important Federal agencies have been in a secret pact over access to portions of California's precious water resources.

Heavy rains, floods wash away parts of I-10 in So. California

Desert Center - The major route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a huge surge of floodwater damaged bridges spanning small desert washes will partially reopen Friday, much sooner than officials had earlier anticipated.

California bridge collapse closes Interstate 10 indefinitely

All traffic on Interstate 10 between California and Arizona has been halted indefinitely after a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during a heavy rain storm. The roadway in the opposite direction also received heavy damage.

Crews battle brush fire near LA for second day

Los Angeles - Crews in southern California battled a brushfire Saturday that at one point spilled onto a busy highway and triggered scenes of panic among terrified motorists.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.

Hundreds evacuated as California 'pine fire' rages

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire near a major California highway Saturday, as crews worked through the night to evacuate hundreds of nearby campers, including children, officials said.

U.S. Census: Hispanics outnumber whites in California

Los Angeles - Demographers have anticipated for a long time that Hispanics would eventually outnumber whites in California. It has now happened.

U.S. BLM admits gun stolen from worker killed woman on S.F. pier

San Francisco - A gun allegedly used to kill a San Francisco woman on Pier 14 a week ago had been stolen from a federal agent just one week prior to the fatal shooting, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Sheriff: Feds could have demanded arrest of S.F. slaying suspect

San Francisco - San Francisco would have kept an illegal Mexican immigrant locked up and unable to attack a young woman he is suspected of killing if federal authorities had demanded it, a top official said this week.

Suspect in random SF slaying had previously been deported

San Francisco - The Mexican national accused of the random killing of a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist attraction last Wednesday had been deported five times prior to the fatal shooting.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Sonoma - Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Op-Ed: New start up company reaches out to the Babyboom generation Special

San Francisco - The baby boomers, who once impacted the nation with their youth and ushered in the era of civil rights and the hippie movement, will now have an immense impact on healthcare and housing with their advancing years.

Op-Ed: Payday lending in California continues, despite risks Special

Sacramento - Over $3.3 billion is transacted by payday lenders annually in the State of California and while the size of the transactions has gone down over the past year, the number of transactions has increased.

Roaring wildfire threatens historic California mining town

Markleeville - California and Nevada firefighters battling a wind-fanned wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains conceded Tuesday that the blaze had outpaced containment efforts and was out of control.

California wildflowers impacted by climate change

A one of a kind study on the impact of climate change on California's grasslands has found that many of the state's wildflowers are losing species diversity because of warmer, drier winters.

Out-of-control car kills pedestrian in historic California city

Vallejo - A speeding car leaped onto the sidewalk Friday on Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo, killing at least one pedestrian at a bus stop and injuring several more.

Op-Ed: German Shepard saved a man's life, was his best friend, now gone Special

Redwood City - The San Francisco Peninsula man who was charged with animal cruelty, a year ago had his day in county court this past June 12. Judge Joseph Bergeron, reduced the felony charges of animal cruelty to a misdemeanor of animal abuse,

Op-Ed: Stanford Theatre hosted Shirley Temple Festival and exhibit Special

Palo Alto - Classic movie fans were treated to an entire weekend of Shirley Temple films on June 12 to 14th. In addition to featuring four of the late actress' films, the Stanford Theatre also exhibited many of the costumes from her movies.

California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

California legislature toughens mandatory vaccination law

Sacramento - The Golden State would become one of three U.S. states to require childhood vaccinations before most kids could attend public school under a bill being considered by the state Assembly.

Tuna crabs take over California beaches as waters warm

California has seen a number of sea creatures washing up on its beaches the past couple years, including sea lion pups, sea birds, and most recently, large purple blobs, called sea hares. Now it's tuna crabs.

California beaches 'slimed' by purple sea hares

Oakland - Strange purple blobs have been invading the California East Bay area and its waterways this summer, much to the wonderment and curiosity of beach goers and naturalists. Sea slugs, or sea hares have been found along shorelines and as far as Lake Merritt.

Lightning-sparked fire in northern Calif. grows to 1,330 acres

Hyampom - A wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California has grown to over 1,300 acres on Saturday after being sparked by a lightning strike on Tuesday, June 9. Forest service officials say the fire is only five percent contained.

Op-Ed: Noah-like rain hits town near NOAA headquarters Special

Denver - In Denver this spring, the heavy rains remind us of both the biblical Noah and the government agency NOAA up the foothills in Boulder. Precipitation is twice the norm for the year.

Calif. tightens air quality rules due to higher cancer risk

Los Angeles - Environmentalists are lauding a decision by a leading government agency to tighten air quality standards in California after discovering that breathing toxic compounds is far more dangerous to children than previously thought.

Disabled man, erroneously charged with pet negligence, speaks out Special

Belmont - A San Francisco Peninsula man is distraught by charges brought against him by the Belmont police station saying he deliberately left his dog in the back of his truck, unattended.

Lawsuit: Slain California transit officer sought better training

San Francisco - A California transit cop killed by friendly fire during a search last year had urged his wife to sue his department for failing to provide better training for his fellow officers, a lawsuit filed Friday has alleged.
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WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows Wa...
WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows WalMart's 35 bottle Value packs of purified drinking water, 16.9 fl oz, 35 count.
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Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop  just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past m...
Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop, just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past month.
Musician/vocalist Cris Matos who attended the reception on July 31  2014 has been helping to documen...
Musician/vocalist Cris Matos who attended the reception on July 31, 2014 has been helping to document the event sponsored by the Asian American Artists Association, since its initial inception back in 2009.
Courtesy of Cynthia Tom and A Place of Her Own exhibit
People and horses on a downed redwood. Circa-1900. Comment by David C. Foster: Unknown Photo History...
People and horses on a downed redwood. Circa-1900. Comment by David C. Foster: Unknown Photo History. I'm fairly certain the tree was a Coast Redwood (Sequoia semperviren) or a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) from Central to Northern California or Oregon. I wish this one was still standing. The bark has already been stripped off of it.
David C. Foster
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
BrokenSphere
Police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department
Police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department
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Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the president...
Students from the Oakland schools get the opportunity to learn about US History aboard the presidential yacht. The USS Potomac provides eight educational excursions a year to students.
Courtesy of USS Potomac Association
In the early 1900 s markers along the El Camino Real were established to call attention to the road ...
In the early 1900's markers along the El Camino Real were established to call attention to the road's historical significance and California's early pioneer past.
Courtesy of Keith Robinson and Caltrans
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land  now has a ...
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land, now has a fence around it to protect it. Native tribes used to gather acorns here centuries ago.
for 34 years  California Canoe and Kayak has been providing excursions along Northern California s r...
for 34 years, California Canoe and Kayak has been providing excursions along Northern California's rivers. "When the Tuolumne River Trust approached us with helping out with their fund-raiser it was a natural connection," said California Canoe and Kayak, owner and president Keith Miller. "Usually, we 'shepard' the water front part of the trip and if weather permits, we help guide across the Bay."
Courtesy of California Canoe and Kayak
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot  flying for business executives and ...
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot, flying for business executives and their companies.
Young salmon being released into floating holding pens.
Young salmon being released into floating holding pens.
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Cable car on relatively flat area before making its way uphill on California Street  San Francisco  ...
Cable car on relatively flat area before making its way uphill on California Street, San Francisco, California.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly  family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly, family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
Catherine Hanley on the terrace in Jelsa  where many of the American students will be housed
Catherine Hanley on the terrace in Jelsa, where many of the American students will be housed
R&B: Headliner Chris Brown performs at a Supafest 3 concert in Sydney  Australia  in 2012.
R&B: Headliner Chris Brown performs at a Supafest 3 concert in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.
Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons
Unknown to many Americans much of North American History is about Early California and the Pacific S...
Unknown to many Americans much of North American History is about Early California and the Pacific Southwest. Also, July the 4th is especially significant for Sonoma because, it was the date that the Mission was founded and the date (somewhat) that its most influential citizen was born, General Mariano Vallejo.
the  Greenway Project  is one of eight projects City-wide in San Francisco that is being envisioned ...
the "Greenway Project" is one of eight projects City-wide in San Francisco that is being envisioned and built to upgrade and completely renovate the storm water and sewage system of the City that for decades has been long over due.
Lily Madjus, Media Dept. of SF Water/SF Public Utilities Commission
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
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