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What is killing California's sea lions?

Sausalito - Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

Op-Ed: California locals remember those times, of guitarist Sam Andrew Special

Sonoma - The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury

Waves of starving sea lions wash ashore in California

Moss Landing - For the past two years, sea lion pups have been washing ashore along the California coast. This year is no different, and may end up being worse for them.

Memory Care Cafe seeks to support caregivers of Alzheimers Special

San Francisco - According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

State of California demands compliance from Home Loan lender Special

Sacramento - While the home mortgage crisis of 2009 to some may seem in the past, the reverberations of it are still lingering. California state officials announced this past January, that Ocwen Financial Corporation must provide required information to regulators.

California lawmakers take a look at banning ‘vaping’ in public

Legislators in California are not willing to wait on the Food and Drug Administration regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes and are considering legislation conflating vaping with traditional smoking with the same type of bans and restrictions.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

California Antiquarian Book Fair is among the largest of its kind Special

Oakland - For rare book collectors, print is not dead. In fact, it is growing as this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Oakland Marriott City Center from February 6 to 8. Coordinators like Michael Hackenberg are thrilled.

Op-Ed: CA Supreme Court should ban religious conservatives in judiciary

Los Angeles - The California Supreme Court has voted to ban judges who are members of the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the BSA discriminates against homosexual adults. It should go ahead and ban all judges who are religious conservatives.

Disneyland measles outbreak spreads throughout state

Oakland - Dozens of Californians who visited Disneyland and an adjacent theme park over the past two months have contracted measles in the largest outbreak of the highly contagious virus in years.

Several Disneyland employees diagnosed with measles

Anaheim - Several employees at Disneyland, Anaheim, California's iconic themepark have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 18 in the county.

Small quake shakes up California's Salinas Valley

King City - No damage has been reported so far from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early Tuesday morning southeast of Monterey Bay in California.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Egg industry scrambling to meet demands of new Calif. law

Sunny-side up or over-easy, the cost of eggs in California has some people clucking loudly after seeing the price reach $6.00 a dozen in San Francisco this week. But advocates of the new egg law that went into affect Jan. 1 say things will improve.

Op-Ed: City College San Francisco gets another chance at accreditation Special

San Francisco - Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California for San Francisco proposed an injunction on January 16, which requires the accrediting board to reconsider its termination of City College's accreditation status forcing it to close.

Op-Ed: Transit ride has only slight delay as Golden Gate is closed Special

San Francisco - The work to install a Moveable Median Barrier is now underway along the Golden Gate Bridge. So far the work has been carried out smoothly and while the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, buses can go across.

California finally gets started on new high-speed rail system

Fresno - California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project kicked off Tuesday, as political leaders gathered in Fresno for an hour-long ceremony featuring speeches and ceremonial rail-signings.

Crashing UFO releases 'escape pod' over southern California [Vid]

Sacramento - A man claims he observed a burning UFO streaking across the night sky, crashing to Earth over southern California. As the UFO streaks across the sky, toward Earth, it releases a glowing orb-like object which shoots up into the sky.

Golden Gate Bridge closing to install permanent lane divider

San Francisco - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge shuts down this weekend to install a movable barrier designed to keep northbound and southbound traffic apart while allowing lanes to be shifted twice a day for rush-hour.

College tuition on the rise again

The University of California (UC) system is the most visible example of school officials pushing for a tuition hike, and one of the most controversial.

California driver's licenses made available to illegal immigrants

Sacramento - Today marks the first day California can issue driver’s licenses to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the largest U.S. state.

High winds bring destruction, inconvenience to Bay Area

San Francisco - High winds knocked over trees, blocked freeways and snarled transit around the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday as a mostly dry storm from the Pacific Northwest swept through the region and headed south.

Op-Ed: A New Year's Party in San Francisco, to rival Halloween ball Special

San Francisco - Event producers, Vau de Vire and Opel Productions, have teamed up with Kink.com. They eagerly announce the return of their new multi-stage, multi-dimensional New Year’s Eve adventure, called New Bohemia.

Op-Ed: Another life-career change for former banker turned handyman Special

San Anselmo - Shortly after turning 40, San Anselmo resident and bank executive, Steve Vance turned away from the corporate world and started his own business called "FixIt" Property Repair and Prep.

CA State Commissioner warns of danger in Auto Title Loans Special

Sacramento - With the holiday season the need for extra money can easily push people to dip into savings, use credit cards and seek a cash advance. Some might even consider getting a quick loan using their car.

Op-Ed: David Mamet Play to premiere at Theater Rhino, San Francisco Special

San Francisco - There is something about a David Mamet play that pulls at people's heart-strings and challenges the thoughts of many minds not only in the audience but also for the actors.

California egg law will affect all of us after Jan. 1

Farmers nationwide wanting to sell eggs in California will have to be in compliance with the state's new egg law as of January 1, 2015. Otherwise known as Proposition 2, the law requires chicken cages to be roomier.

Storm cuts power to shoppers at San Francisco's Union Square Special

San Francisco - It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.

Strongest storm in years batters California

San Francisco - About 150,000 people were left struggling for power as the strongest storm to lash the US West Coast in several years blew in snow, heavy rain and ferocious winds.

Op-Ed: Do Tenants have rights? Some in Sonoma wonder if anyone cares Special

Sonoma - The holiday season does not look too bright for the tenants of the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex not far from the main plaza or as some call it, 'The Square.' Long-time residents like John Emil Brians are perplexed
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The Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco s Japantown  celebrated its 40th Anniversary this past A...
The Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco's Japantown, celebrated its 40th Anniversary this past August 3 and 4, 2012.
courtesy of Nihonmachi Street Fair Committee
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million  the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate P...
At an estimated cost of $20 to 48 million, the plans to renovated the soccer fields in Golden Gate Park would cover over seven acres of grass and open space with artificial turf.
Courtesy of The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
Since 2010  Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehe...
Since 2010, Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehensive information book-binder for people to use in order to help them confront the personal and at times unpleasant questions that arise when faced with a crisis or family emergency, such as an incapacitating illness or death.
Aerial view of Mono Lake California.
Aerial view of Mono Lake California.
NASA
The dome at San Francisco s City Hall was lighted with orange lights in honor of the third victory b...
The dome at San Francisco's City Hall was lighted with orange lights in honor of the third victory by the SF Giants at the World Series. Fans like Chris Langridge and many others posted on Facebook and other social media sites their excitement and elation.
Courtesy of Chris Langridge
The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman ...
The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman likes to take people's taste-buds to higher levels; "giving the palate a three-dimentional experience," he said. This hazelnut-espresso chocolate chip, candied-orange cookie is just one delicious example of the many unique culinary creations a patron will find at the bake shop on West Napa Street, not far from Sonoma's town square.
SMALL TOWN: Postcard image shows Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa in the 1950s.
SMALL TOWN: Postcard image shows Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa in the 1950s.
Orange County Archives/Wikimedia Commons
Hollywood Boulevard from the top of the Kodak Theatre looking in the direction of downtown Los Angel...
Hollywood Boulevard from the top of the Kodak Theatre looking in the direction of downtown Los Angeles in the background.
Diliff
For last year s exhibit  Surreal and conceptual artist Cynthia Tom and fellow artist Cris Matos crea...
For last year's exhibit, Surreal and conceptual artist Cynthia Tom and fellow artist Cris Matos created "Alchemy Chapter 2 The Importance of Breath." Coming in November the series expands further, "Alchemy Chapter 3, surReal Estate, a show about Displacement will begin on Nov. 20
Courtesy of Cynthia Tom, artist
The den where Jack London worked.  He liked to listen to Caruso while he was writing   said Van Wyk.
The den where Jack London worked. "He liked to listen to Caruso while he was writing," said Van Wyk.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
BrokenSphere
On November 5  2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the po...
On November 5, 2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the policy local San Francisco postmaster has enacted since 2008. For more than five years, Single Residency Occupancy Hotel residents have not had reliable US Postal Service. Their mail is often "dumped" in one spot allowing it to be stolen by thieves, mishandled or lost.
by Jen Drake, Public Outreach Director for the SF City Attorney's Office
Displaced fence demonstrates evidence of the 1906 earthquake. The movement of the two plates displac...
Displaced fence demonstrates evidence of the 1906 earthquake. The movement of the two plates displaced the land as much as 24 feet.
NPS
The San Francisco premiere of David Mamet s  The Anarchist   stars Tamar Cohn as  Cathy  and Velina ...
The San Francisco premiere of David Mamet's "The Anarchist," stars Tamar Cohn as 'Cathy' and Velina Brown as 'Ann' the prison administrator who must decide her fate.
Courtesy of Theater Rhinoceros, San Francisco
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
Over a million people packed the sidewalks of San Francisco for a noon-time parade down Market Stree...
Over a million people packed the sidewalks of San Francisco for a noon-time parade down Market Street to City Hall on Oct. 31, 2014 to celebrate The San Francisco Giants third World Series win in five years.
Courtesy of Ricky Manalo
Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on t...
Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
Miropolitan/Wikimedia Commons
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as ...
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as this horse round up ride provided by Radio Disney Road Crew.
Steven Restivo, event services, LLC
The instrumental group Tambuco will be among the performers at the  Mex I AM  festival as they team ...
The instrumental group Tambuco will be among the performers at the "Mex I AM" festival as they team up with Latin Jazz musician Hector Infanzon.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" Festival