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Six more Napa buildings declared uninhabitable

Napa - Napa city officials have red-tagged six more downtown buildings, raising the number of buildings rendered unusable by Sunday's early-morning earthquake to more than 120.

Op-Ed: Why California's 'yes means yes' law is a no-no

Sacramento - California has passed anti-rape legislation known as the "yes means yes" act, requiring affirmative consent for sexual activity. Though some champion this legislation as helping curb sexual assault, others view it as an illogical and discriminatory law.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Death Valley's mysterious 'sailing stones' a mystery no longer

Death Valley - Sometimes a mysterious event is all the more fun knowing about when it remains unsolved. Such is the case with the sailing stones of Death Valley, California. For almost a century, the tracks of these stones have been studied, but now, we have an answer.

Study shows southwestern U.S. on verge of a 'megadrought'

Due to human-caused climate change, the very real possibility of the southwestern region of the United States experiencing a prolonged drought has been estimated at 50 percent. The chance of the region having a "megadrought" lasting 30 years is also high.

Quake-hit Napa starts putting things back together

Napa - A Northern California city that took the brunt of Sunday morning's major earthquake has begun the arduous task of rebuilding damaged buildings, businesses and infrastructure.

Op-Ed: California's first female rebel is brought to life on the stage Special

San Gabriel - Inspired by the distant echos in Early California History, playwrights Andrew Morales and Matthew Lovio decided to go one step further in the annual depiction at the old Mission of San Gabriel.

Fungus that is deadly to AIDS patients found to live in trees

Los Angeles - It may be small, but for people with AIDS it can be deadly. Researchers have narrowed down the source of fungal infections that have been making people with HIV/AIDS in southern California sick for decades.

California considers 'yes means yes' sex law

Sacramento - In what would become the first of its kind, California state legislators are weighing the establishment of a ground-breaking sexual consent law.

Op-Ed: California's first woman rebel, sought to reclaim native lands Special

San Gabriel - Move over Pocahontas, Sacagawea, there is another native American that left her mark on American history. Few know of California's first woman rebel, Toypurina. Some scholars say she should be more prominent in the history book spotlight.

Ships off of California to slow down for whales, cut pollution

Santa Barbara - Whales migrating off of the coastline near Santa Barbara are a little bit safer and cargo ships that slow down as they travel through this area are a little bit richer. It's all part of a program to save whales and cut pollution.

Op-Ed: Writer says, 'this is not the San Francisco I fell in love with' Special

San Francisco - More than just keeping an eye open looking out for fires a top of Mt. Barnaby near Mount Tamalpais in his spare time, volunteer look-out and retired writer Larry Levy views his beloved San Francisco in a much different way today.

Op-Ed: Winemaking family now in second generation a Sonoma gem Special

Sonoma - On warm evenings there is always a gathering of people outside a cottage-house just off the square on West Spain Street. Unassuming, yet friendly and inviting, the Roche Winery tasting tour is low-key and unpretentious.

Op-Ed: Asian Women celebrate A Place of Her Own exhibit and workshops Special

San Francisco - Healing and transformation is something that is very important to artist Cynthia Tom. This is why she has been so instrumental in the forming and on-going work of the Asian American Women Artists Association and its annual "A Place of Her Own," events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.
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Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust  chair-leader Susan Stern  Eric Wesselman knows that he has a ve...
Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust, chair-leader Susan Stern, Eric Wesselman knows that he has a very challenging tenure as Exec. Director for Friends of The River.
Courtesy of Friends of The River and Tuolumne River Trust
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Tweet about protest in Anaheim on July 29, 2012.
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Strictly a wine tasting and sales establishment  the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma does offer some com...
Strictly a wine tasting and sales establishment, the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma does offer some complimentary food to go along with the selection of wines on the Wednesday night tasting specials.
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Rev. G is honored and thankful to have been blessed with the life's work and ministry outreach as Pastor of Ingleside Presbyterian.
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San Francisco
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A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
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The financial district in Downtown Los Angeles.
The financial district in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Fat Pilgrim contemporary general store is located on Broadway, on the outskirts of Sonoma, south of the town square.
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Marchlands in the Delta of California.
Marchlands in the Delta of California.
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Golden Gate Bridge, this time covered with fog which happens more often than the famous bridge is photographed, San Francisco, California.
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San Francisco
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 There are times when issues and needs come together  said David Heller  and there are times when th...
"There are times when issues and needs come together, said David Heller, and there are times when they collide. Each group or community has to understand how to work together." Heller has been a driving force in his community in San Francisco's Richmond District. Yet his willingness to go the distance has earned him the respect of many people, including those in high places.
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Attendance at the afternoon sessions of the annual American Bar Association on Aug. 12, 2013 increased considerably when Former First Lady and Secretary Hilary Clinton arrived to speak before the delegates of the convention held at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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San Francisco
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SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.  California s last oyster cannery  north...
SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co., California"s last oyster cannery, north of San Francisco.
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California Right to Know
California Right to Know
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San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over tw...
San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over two decades of complimentary health-care services to the community through the college's outreach programs and internships. Seen here is Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmember Rose Herrera presenting the Commendation to Dr. Andre KnustGraichen, D.C. who serves as clinical professor for the outreach clinic programs at Palmer.
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San Quentin state prison sign
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One of the most photographed images for California calendars - Victorian houses with background of the financian district so I got my own shot too, San Francisco, California.
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