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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

Authorities dismantle giant homeless camp in Silicon Valley

San Jose - Santa Clara County authorities began removing Thursday dozens of plywood shelters and ratty tents used by homeless people in Silicon Valley, the heart of the nation's high-tech industry.

Protest over Ferguson violence halts Bay Area transit service

Oakland - Dozens of San Francisco Bay Area residents tied up regional transit service for more than an hour Friday with a peaceful protest that closed a major station serving transbay commuters.

Days of rain could relieve severe Northern California drought

San Francisco - Rain is expected to start falling this afternoon in Northern California and could continue for several days in the largest storm to reach the region in years.

Op-Ed: Docent at Jack London State Park says why Jack remains so popular Special

Sonoma - At the Day of the Dead memorial earlier this month, there was a photo of Jack London. While his death was almost 100 years ago,

U.S. man freed after 36 years in jail, guilt in doubt

Los Angeles - A 68-year-old man was released from prison in California after 36 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling casting doubt on his murder conviction. Michael Hanline was found guilty in 1978 of killing motorcyclist J.T.

Op-Ed: Chiropractor College is ready once again for annual Turkey Trot Special

San Jose - As families and friends prepare to gather for a meal on Thanksgiving Day, the students and faculty of Palmer Chiropractic College in San Jose will be busy helping to provide meals through the annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot fundraiser.

San Francisco window-washer survives 11-story fall

San Francisco - A San Francisco window-washer appears to have survived an 11-story plunge off a downtown office building after landing on a moving car and tumbling onto California Street.
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D Angelo Osorio  the Junior American Record holder in the 94kg class of the Men s division that week...
D'Angelo Osorio, the Junior American Record holder in the 94kg class of the Men's division that weekend on March 7 to 9, 2014 at the Crown Plaza in Foster City, CA. One of many local, regional and national competitions, weightlifting is an olympic sport that is taken very seriously. Along with Osorio is chiropractic neurologist and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Christopher DeMartini. "The guy in the red shirt is Kevin Doherty, the coach and the meet director for the competition as well as the
Courtesy of Dr. Christopher DeMartini, D.C.
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 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
Wall space was so filled that the only spot artist Bonnie Joy Kaslan could display her art was in th...
Wall space was so filled that the only spot artist Bonnie Joy Kaslan could display her art was in the bathroom. "I don't mind, she said, because believe it or not she sold one of her most expensive pieces, "and while the man was doing his business in the bathroom, he had to look at something and like it so much, he bought it,"
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
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández will be performing at the  Mex I AM  event.
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández will be performing at the "Mex I AM" event.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival
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
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
 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.
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
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday  the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday, the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Jared Eakins and Luke Rose describe themselves as  loyal employees  of the Roche Winery tasting room...
Jared Eakins and Luke Rose describe themselves as "loyal employees" of the Roche Winery tasting room, located just off the square on West Spain Street.
A rally called  March for Marriage  had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The g...
A rally called "March for Marriage" had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The group then marched up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. This group wants to see Prop 8 and DOMA upheld.
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommod...
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommodations for a delightful experience of wine tasting and picnic basket afternoons.
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San Francisco
TUBULAR: Movable yellow plastic lane markers divide northbound and southbound traffic on the Golden ...
TUBULAR: Movable yellow plastic lane markers divide northbound and southbound traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo from 2006.
Twey/Wikimedia Commons
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
Tree plantings bring entire neighborhoods together. Trees enhance the quality of life and help provi...
Tree plantings bring entire neighborhoods together. Trees enhance the quality of life and help provide an environmental health to the area as trees and other greenery provides oxygen for humans.
Courtesy of Friends of the Urban Forest, SF, CA
This is just a glimpse of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show that filled the entire pavilion at Fo...
This is just a glimpse of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show that filled the entire pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Flower displays, and antiques and art from every part of the world were on display. Champagne was served and as Co-chair of the show, Michele Goss said, "most of the people I talked to said they really enjoyed themselves and that the atmosphere was friendly and had a level of sophistication that exceeded their expectations."