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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.

Op-Ed: Starting Holidays early with Tea — it's not just a Dickens thing Special

San Francisco - As the morning rain gave way to sunshine this afternoon, the organizers and staff of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair opening today were pleased to host their annual 'High Tea' for members of the press and their guests at 2 PM.

Op-Ed: Sergeant’s wife surprises him on the other side of the country

A military couple’s surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears of joy right along with them, when you see what this wife did to her husband.

The Fontus: Miracle device attached to bike makes water from air

There are many areas of the world that are currently experiencing water shortage issues, including California. One solution that could help in the future is the Fontus, a small device you can attach to your bike that makes water out of air.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Sheriff determined to withstand 'shunning' by Mayor Special

San Francisco - City politics, especially in San Francisco has a reputation for sometimes being like a small town, intense, rudimentary and seemingly personal.

Review: Author of family memoir deeply moved by show of support Special

Sonoma - Local author and longtime Sonoma Valley Broker/Realtor, Catherine Sevenau, was deeply moved by the friends and family that showed up at her book reading and signing event on Nov. 13 at Readers' Books in Sonoma.

U.S. quarantines cruise ship, passengers on arrival in California

San Pedro - U.S. health officials quarantined a Carnival Corp. cruise ship Sunday after it arrived in California with 172 passengers and crew members suffering from norovirus.

First cat cafe in United States opens in Northern California

Oakland - Think Americans are a little pet obsessed? Think the "Hello Kitty" craze was over the top, even before we all found out "Hello Kitty" was not a cat at all? Well, hang on -- you ain't seen nothin' yet!

With grand rooms restored, it's tea time again at The Old Mint Special

San Francisco - As the weather begins to chill, something hot to drink is appealing. And, what is more soothing than a cup of tea! With less than a month before the holiday season goes into full swing,

Op-Ed: Fantasy of Lights and elves to charm Union Street Dec 6 Special

San Francisco - While areas of Europe will be having its traditional Christmas markets, perhaps the closest thing to that in San Francisco would be the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights, starting on Dec. 6 and will continue until Dec. 13.

Op-Ed: 'Marvelous' Superfest event highlighted disability with 52 films Special

San Francisco - With over 52 films from all over the world, organizers of the annual Superfest disability-celebrating film festival considered the event this past November 2, "a marvelous day, highlighting the intersections of disability, art and film.

Terminal California woman who sought right to die does it her way

Portland - A terminally ill Northern California newlywed who went public about her desire to choose the time and place of her death has died after taking a prescribed fatal dose of medication.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Demographics key to GOP resurgence in California Special

Sacramento - As Californians prepare to go to the polls, the Democrats will once again rule the state, but with anger towards big government and the GOP concentrating on demographics, the Democratic dominance could soon be ending.

Op-Ed: Surrealist artist favors Day of The Dead over Halloween as sacred Special

San Francisco - While dozens of parties are being planned and the usual traversing of 'trick-or-treaters' are gearing up, there is one group in San Francisco that likes to honor the autumn festivity's original purpose, "a day to honor the dead."

Op-Ed: Classic mid-century burger place holds on in pricey San Francisco Special

San Francisco - In places like San Francisco, where real estate prices continue to shift and neighborhoods are transformed, it is comforting to see some things stay and remain the same.

Two cops dead in California shooting spree

Los Angeles - Two police officers were killed and two people wounded in California when a man went on a shooting spree, officials said, having finally caught up with the suspect after he went on the run.

Woman rescued from man's chimney after he ends relationship

Ventura - A California woman learned the hard way that (unexpectedly) sliding down someone's chimney, may be a job best left to Santa Claus.

Op-Ed: Next generation will carry on tradition of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - Early Bird ticket sales began in October for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco's Excelsior District. And, while economic forecasts lately have been “Scrooge-like,”

Op-Ed: A bit of FDR resides in the San Francisco Bay, a living legacy Special

Oakland - This past September Ken Burns dazzled audiences once again with his series on The Roosevelt family, featuring U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
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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.
Greenery on Pacific Ocean. California. January 2011.
Greenery on Pacific Ocean. California. January 2011.
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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Patterned after the ancient city of Persepolis  Darioush Winery is impressive and has an  other worl...
Patterned after the ancient city of Persepolis, Darioush Winery is impressive and has an "other worldly" quality. Yet is very welcoming.
Lorenzo Kearney is presently enrolled at the Bay Area Hair Institute in South San Francisco.  I like...
Lorenzo Kearney is presently enrolled at the Bay Area Hair Institute in South San Francisco. "I like what I do, said Kearney, and while maybe some time in the future I might go into another field like environmental engineering, I have this profession and skill which will always be a part of my life."
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
California-inspired version of poutine.
Carne Asada Fries from El Chilé on Palm Ave. in south San ...
California-inspired version of poutine. Carne Asada Fries from El Chilé on Palm Ave. in south San Diego, California.
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Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct....
Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct. 4 through 6, 2013. This photo is from last year, taken by Raphael Kluzniok, The SF Chronicle.
Courtesy of SF Rec. & Park and Hardly Strictly Blue Grass
The array of copper pots  pans and tea kettles were a glimmering display to behold  made all the mor...
The array of copper pots, pans and tea kettles were a glimmering display to behold, made all the more inviting by floral arrangements by San Francisco florist, Paul Robertson. The copper is from the Eve Stone Ltd. collection of East Haven, Connecticut. http://www.evestoneantiques.com/
As visitors enter they are greeted by a grand staircase that leads to the choir loft.
As visitors enter they are greeted by a grand staircase that leads to the choir loft.
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
Equipped with the latest  Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help c...
Equipped with the latest, Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help calm pets when making a visit. Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe takes time with each pet patient to ensure each pet gets full and undivided attention.
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a  Gyros...
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a "Gyros" moment. (Certainly a "turn" of events as this is The Giants third World Series win in five years). Bartlett and his family were among the thousands gathered at City Hall to cheer the home team.
Courtesy of SF realtor, Ted Bartlett
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
The California Dept. of Business Oversight conducted a fairness hearing on July 15  2014  to ensure ...
The California Dept. of Business Oversight conducted a fairness hearing on July 15, 2014, to ensure that the purchase of Oculus VR by Facebook was "fair, just and equitable." "This was done to help protect the shareholders of Oculus since the sale at just over $3.9 million dollars involved a transaction of both cash and Facebook stocks," said CA Dept. of Business Oversight communications director, Mark Leyes.
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each...
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each day, where items are discounted from 50 to 70 percent.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
Day of The Dead commemoration is held each year in Sonoma at the community center on West Napa Stree...
Day of The Dead commemoration is held each year in Sonoma at the community center on West Napa Street.
Penny the parrot  posing
Penny the parrot, posing
An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma  ready for any artist to use. All availab...
An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma, ready for any artist to use. All available space is being used, including the backyard.