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San Francisco begins offering tax breaks to urban farms

San Francisco - Farms, in San Francisco? Moo! Not only are there farms operating and producing now, there will likely be many more in the next five years as a new state property tax break kicks in.

California legislature OK's first statewide plastic bag ban

Sacramento - California is poised to become the first state to ban the use of plastic grocery bags under a bill approved by the legislature in August.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

A true craftsman of San Francisco hopes his legacy will continue Special

San Francisco - When some people say customer service is dead and that technology has killed good customer service, then they have not been to a place like Central Upholstering Company on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco's Ingleside District.

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.
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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
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Google HQ - the Googleplex at Mountain View  California  USA
Google HQ - the Googleplex at Mountain View, California, USA
Via Flickr -tshein
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 Graffiti is a big problem   said San Francisco Supervisor London Breed.  In developing this legisla...
"Graffiti is a big problem," said San Francisco Supervisor London Breed. "In developing this legislation, I did not wish to follow the path of those who view every crime as an opportunity for yet harsher punishment. Rather, "we crafted a plan that will reduce both graffiti offenses and provide better outcomes for graffiti offenders," she said.
Courtesy of SF Supervisor London Breed's office
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Governor Brown delivers 2014 State of the State Address. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (left) Sena...
Governor Brown delivers 2014 State of the State Address. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (left) Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (right).
Justin Short, Office of the Governor
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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (or simply The Bay Bridge) at night. The Bay Bridge links San F...
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (or simply The Bay Bridge) at night. The Bay Bridge links San Francisco to Oakland.
Caroline Culler
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TRANSPORTATION: A modern San Francisco streetcar passes AT&T Park  home of the San Francsico Giants ...
TRANSPORTATION: A modern San Francisco streetcar passes AT&T Park, home of the San Francsico Giants baseball team, in 2006.
US Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons
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Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual cycling race
Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual cycling race
Amgen
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A roadside sign at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. This sign is an example of how the...
A roadside sign at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. This sign is an example of how the U.S. state of California requires all hospitals with emergency rooms to include text like "Comprehensive Emergency Medical Service" and "Physician On Duty."
Coolcaesar at en.wikipedia
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Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park  San Francisco. The Conservatory of Flowers is registere...
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The Conservatory of Flowers is registered as a national landmark by the federal government.
WolfmanSF
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Teams of many volunteers help to make each of the Sunday Street neighborhood events throughout the C...
Teams of many volunteers help to make each of the Sunday Street neighborhood events throughout the City successful. Despite the fog and chill that morning, volunteers showed up at 9 AM sharp to help set up.
Courtesy of Sunday Streets
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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Calif. Department of Water Resources
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California poppies are delightful to see  especially when they bloom in the vineyards. These vineyar...
California poppies are delightful to see, especially when they bloom in the vineyards. These vineyards are along the highway going from the town of Sonoma to Santa Rosa. WIneries like Kunde Family Estate, Mayo and St. Francis have rows upon rows of vineyards as far as the eye can see.
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Founder and co-principle Michelle Lewis and her faculty and staff at Northern Light School.
Founder and co-principle Michelle Lewis and her faculty and staff at Northern Light School.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper and with permission of Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
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March 27 to March 29  2014 was the annual Macworld  i-Mac   i-World  event for fans of everything th...
March 27 to March 29, 2014 was the annual Macworld, i-Mac, "i-World" event for fans of everything that Apple computers makes. Held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, the three-day event drew crowds.
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A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Is...
A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Islais Creek Channel heading southbound in San Francisco.
Lensovet
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 This reminds me of  The Magic Pan  which was the place for crepes back in the 1970 s   said John Fo...
"This reminds me of 'The Magic Pan' which was the place for crepes back in the 1970's," said John Foley of the Foodie Daily blog.
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The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for deca...
The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for decades.
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Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
United States Library of Congress
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Golden Gate Bridge  from North-West  with San Francisco in the background
Golden Gate Bridge, from North-West, with San Francisco in the background
Dirk Beyer
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A remnant of Farrell s Mill and Lumber Yard  Joyce Parsons who works at Sonoma Market said she and G...
A remnant of Farrell's Mill and Lumber Yard, Joyce Parsons who works at Sonoma Market said she and Gail Farrell used to play in the lumber yard. Gail has since moved to Oregon but the two have remained life-long friends.
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