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California's drought caused by climate change? Maybe not

After examining the data from 16 extreme weather events occurring last year, from severe floods in Colorado to California's on-going drought, scientists have come to a startling conclusion. The drought cannot be linked to climate change.

California bans forced sterilization of female prisoners

Sacramento - Following last year's revelation that female inmates in California prisons were being coercively sterilized as recently as 2010, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill outlawing forced sterilization in the state's lockups.

Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Writer tells of his own Neil Simon-like plays in his new book Special

San Francisco - The life and work of a writer is often a mixture of fact and fiction. Yet for many writers some of the best stories they share come from real life, especially their own.

California burns — and there's worse to come

Los Angeles - Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.And the normal fire season has only just begun.

Free quake-recovery workshops planned Thursday in Napa

Napa - Survivors of last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake are invited Thursday to two free recovery workshops on First Street in downtown Napa.

Op-Ed: Audio Describer donates her voice to help those with disabilities Special

San Francisco - With so much these days about access and having a voice to be heard, voice-over artist Michele Spitz is very outspoken when it has to do with access to the arts.

King wildfire containment may be hampered by high winds

CalFire and USFS crews have made good progress on containing the King wildfire in Northern California last night, even though the fire grew 2,000 acres, from 87,5 92 acres to 89,574 acres. Containment has now reached 37 percent as of Tuesday.

Op-Ed: No equal access to diaper changing tables for dads in California

As women continue to push for equality and other rights groups succeed in their pursuit of equal rights for all, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes two bills giving equality to single dads.

Op-Ed: A community space for the Digital Age moves into the neighborhood Special

San Francisco - With technology advancing, there still is the issue of the 'Digital Divide' where access to the Internet and other services are limited. With the help of City College of San Francisco, Coleman Advocates for Children and others,

Record amount of retardant used on growing Calif. wildfire

As of Friday night, the King wildfire in Northern California had burned 76,376 acres. Officials with CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the massive fire, one of nine in the state, is only 10 percent contained.

Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

California wildfires force thousands from their homes

Weed - Thousands of Northern California residents were forced to evacuate their homes Tuesday as a series of wildfires burned out of control in the drought-afflicted countryside.

Wildfires rage across drought-hit California

Los Angeles - As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.

'Six Californias' initiative fails to make 2016 state ballot

Sacramento - A proposed initiative to divide California into six separate states did not get enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot in 2016, officials said Friday.

Feds offer $100 million in aid for California quake damage

Napa - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Thursday that California was eligible for federal disaster funds to help pay for damage from last month's earthquake

Earthquake offers temporary reprieve for drought stricken state

Napa - As California faces what many believe to be the worst drought in the state's history, last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake appears to have offered temporary relief.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.

Op-Ed: A nuclear disaster waiting to happen: Diablo Canyon power plant

San Luis Obispo - In the wake of the Fukushima power plant disaster, serious questions were raised about the safety of nuclear power plants in Japan built on or near earthquake fault lines. But what about the Diablo Canyon plant in California? Will it become our Fukushima?

Op-Ed: Movie night at Sonoma Skypark flickers with aviation history Special

Sonoma - For those who fly planes and love aviation, any excuse to talk about or study air planes is a welcome activity to the daily routine. This is especially so for the pilots and members of Sonoma Skypark air field.

Mentoring program receives gift from Sonoma Skypark Special

Sonoma - In a community like the wine country of Sonoma, each business and organization impacts one another in a variety of ways. Yet no matter how small or everyday, the connections they make touch so many lives and make all the difference in the world.

Albino cobra on the loose in Los Angeles neighborhood

Thousand Oaks - An albino monocled cobra is on the loose in a Thousand Oaks, California neighborhood. The venomous viper was discovered late Monday afternoon after biting a family's dog in their backyard. Authorities are desperately searching for the elusive reptile.

California requests federal aid to help pay for earthquake damage

Sacramento - California has formally requested federal assistance to help the nation's largest state recover from damage caused by last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake.

Op-Ed: Two sisters sell their designs to feed the hungry, in gratitude Special

Sonoma - Sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier love to make jewelry and both have been doing so for decades. Yet even with the struggles they have faced, they still make time to donate their time and crafts to help feed the hungry of their parish and community.

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 Special

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.
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Police arrest protesters in Anaheim on July 29  2012.
Police arrest protesters in Anaheim on July 29, 2012.
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In the early 1900 s Mission Bell markers were placed along El Camino Real to remind people of Califo...
In the early 1900's Mission Bell markers were placed along El Camino Real to remind people of California's early pioneer history. In the 1700's Spanish missionaries established outposts in California along "The Royal Road of The King," (in honor of the King of Spain). As California has grown, many of these markers were damaged, lost or stolen. In the fall of 2012, Caltrans restored and replaced the markers along the historic highway.
courtesy of Keith Robinson and Caltrans
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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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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
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This will be the home of Digital Action Hub.  We re still in the process of upgrading the space   sa...
This will be the home of Digital Action Hub. "We're still in the process of upgrading the space," said founder/coordinator Lena Carew. She is hoping that the paint, electrical, etc. will all be done soon. "As of now, we should be up and running by October."
Courtesy of Lena Carew / Digital Action Hub
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Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma  CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at ...
Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma, CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at the door.
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This is the plaque that O Brien mentions. It gives witness to California s earliest days.
This is the plaque that O'Brien mentions. It gives witness to California's earliest days.
Liam O'Brien, Nature in The City
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A view of the Oakland  California skyline
A view of the Oakland, California skyline
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Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark s clubhouse. Members and g...
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark's clubhouse. Members and guests are asked to make a donation of any amount to help fund Skypark's community -activity outreach programs like Young Eagles Camp with the EAA Air Academy.
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Author of the short stories  Joseph Sutton when he was a kid circa 1947.  The Life and Death of Abra...
Author of the short stories, Joseph Sutton when he was a kid circa 1947. "The Life and Death of Abraham Massry and Other Short Stories," are based upon his experiences growing up.
Courtesy of writer Joseph Sutton
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Four Seasons San Francisco
Four Seasons San Francisco
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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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Moscone Center West was where the American Bar Association held its  House of Delegates  convention ...
Moscone Center West was where the American Bar Association held its "House of Delegates" convention and annual this past week, from August 8 to 13, 2013.
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Named after the classic car  owner of Studebaker Cheesecake  Kevin Fay often has his Studebaker park...
Named after the classic car, owner of Studebaker Cheesecake, Kevin Fay often has his Studebaker parked out front of the cafe.
Courtesy of Studebaker Cafe, Sonoma, CA
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The entrance to the Siskiyou County city of Weed is shown in April 2004  with a snow-covered Mt. Sha...
The entrance to the Siskiyou County city of Weed is shown in April 2004, with a snow-covered Mt. Shasta in the background.
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BEATING THE HEAT: Sunbathers are expected to crowd San Francisco s famous Dolores Park on Tuesday an...
BEATING THE HEAT: Sunbathers are expected to crowd San Francisco's famous Dolores Park on Tuesday and Wednesday for the hottest days of the year so far. This photo was taken last April.
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 Last year we had 24 000 participants in the Turkey Trot  said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP St...
"Last year we had 24,000 participants in the Turkey Trot, said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP Steve Wright. "This year we are anticipating 28,000," he said. Founded in 2004 on Thanksgiving Day, the annual Turkey Trot 5k walk and run and a 10k run, raises funds for those in need. Over its 9 year history so far the Turkey Trot has raised over $3.4 million.
Courtesy of Silicon Leadership Group Foundation
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Point Reyes Light Station  Gulf of the Farallones on Point Reyes in Marin County  California  U.S.A.
Point Reyes Light Station, Gulf of the Farallones on Point Reyes in Marin County, California, U.S.A.
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Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma  provides free seminars and workshops to t...
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma, provides free seminars and workshops to the community on a regular basis. He invited Jack Clow of Invesco to speak because Blonski believes strongly that when people are properly informed and know their financial situation well, they are better prepared to make investment decisions.
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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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