• Two sentenced in Salinas rape spree - 03/30/2015 04:07 PM PDT
    Kiwi transplant Kay Flavell opens artists' residence in Vallejo

    04/25/2015 04:04 PM PDT
    Retired professor Kay Flavell, 72, created an artists' residence in a circa 1856 farmhouse in Vallejo. Such residences are a popular concept throughout Europe, and something Flavell felt was lacking here on the West Coast. 
    Drummond: Mortgage help needed for relatives of deceased
    04/25/2015 01:11 PM PDT - A bill that would have helped family members of deceased people avoid foreclosure is pulled from the Legislature.  

    Newark: Projects with 244 new homes continue housing boom
    04/25/2015 05:40 PM PDT - Council members on Thursday approved two separate developments across the street from each other at Enterprise Drive and Willow Street, in Newark's so-called Transit-Oriented Development.  

    Clayton Valley High's 'football class' being investigated
    04/25/2015 09:10 AM PDT - In another potential hit to the highly successful Ugly Eagles football team, the North Coast Section is investigating a suspicious Clayton Valley Charter High School class geared toward football players that it believes might violate academic rules and could lead to postseason bans for one or more teams, or worse, this newspaper has learned. 

    Citywise: Oakland boxer honored after winning WBC title
    04/24/2015 02:47 PM PDT - Elsewhere: Newark set to review 'crime-plagued' motel threatened with closure 

    Dollar Tree Stores ordered to pay $2.72 million for illegal hazardous waste disposal
    04/24/2015 02:19 PM PDT - OAKLAND -- Dollar Tree Stores is ordered to pay $2.72 million to settle a civil prosecution lawsuit over illegal hazardous waste disposal, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced Friday. 

    Berkeley: Housing element heads busy City Council agenda
    04/24/2015 08:25 PM PDT - Other issues on the Tuesday schedule include a residential density bonus and operating standards for minidorms and group living accommodations. 

    Two Pittsburg residents indicted with tax fraud
    04/24/2015 05:13 PM PDT - Two Pittsburg residents have been indicted with conspiracy, theft and fraud charges for allegedly using stolen information to file phony income tax returns, federal authorities said Friday.  

    Richmond: City struggles to find homes for troubled public housing project's residents
    04/24/2015 07:03 PM PDT - In March 2014, the city ordered the Hacienda public housing project in central Richmond to be shut down after revelations about the decrepit conditions for the mostly disabled and elderly residents, including a foundation that was separating from the walls and squatters camping on the premises. 

    Daniel Borenstein: Acalanes school officials should cease deceitful end run around voters
    04/24/2015 02:18 PM PDT - Acalanes High School District officials have saddled taxpayers with exorbitantly expensive debt and are now trying to borrow more money. It's time to tell taxpayers and voters the truth. 

    Walnut Creek: Off-duty San Jose cop pepper-sprays suspected hit-run driver
    04/24/2015 03:45 PM PDT - Officers were called at 12:27 a.m. to Interstate 680 south near Geary Road for a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a tan, four-door BMW, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

    UCSC professor joins NASA team searching for habitable planets
    04/24/2015 01:54 PM PDT - The search for planets that can support life is taking place at UC Santa Cruz, in Jonathan Fortney's astronomy and astrophyics lab. 

    Former Symantec marketer sentenced to prison for embezzlement
    04/24/2015 01:15 PM PDT - A former marketing director for Mountain View-based Symantec Corp. has been sentenced in federal court in San Jose to spend three years in prison and pay $917,413 in restitution for embezzlement.  

    Aptos woman rescued after five days in Siskiyou County forest
    04/24/2015 01:12 PM PDT - An 86-year-old Aptos woman was found by a search and rescue team April 16 after she spent five nights in a forest in Siskiyou County, according to the Record Searchlight newspaper in Redding.  

    Body found at Point Reyes seashore ID'd as missing boater
    04/24/2015 01:11 PM PDT - Marin officials have identified the body of a man found Wednesday on the shoreline of Point Reyes National Seashore as a passenger from a fishing party that went missing last week.  

    Berkeley panel studies public campaign financing
    04/24/2015 01:22 PM PDT - City's Fair Campaign Practices Commission workshop focused on a draft charter amendment by League of Women Voters of Berkeley Albany Emeryville and MapLight. 

    UC Berkeley: Power restored after widespread outage Friday
    04/24/2015 08:18 PM PDT - A major power outage hit the Cal campus Friday morning, university officials said.  

    Apple Watch starts reaching customers
    04/24/2015 08:11 PM PDT - Apple's hotly anticipated smartwatch began shipping Friday, two weeks after the Cupertino company began taking pre-orders.  

    BART closing Coliseum to Fruitvale station service again Saturday, Sunday
    04/24/2015 12:56 PM PDT - Coliseum to Fruitvale BART track work shutting down service Saturday evening through Sunday. Buses will carry riders between the two stations. 

    Berkeley block party Saturday will offer free health screenings and resources
    04/24/2015 10:20 PM PDT - A free health-themed block party featuring information and resources along with food, children's activities and entertainment will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday near the entrance to the Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. The event hosted by the city's Public Health Department will offer screenings for blood pressure, glucose, bone density, and hepatitis C, as well as assistance from to connect people with city and regional health and social service agencies that will have representatives available. 

    Q&A: Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, on building safer neighborhoods
    04/24/2015 12:43 PM PDT - Sarah Leary, co-founder of Nextdoor, has built a social media site for neighbors to get to know each other. 

    Pizarro: Pharrell Williams makes Apple employees 'Happy' for Earth Day
    04/24/2015 12:27 PM PDT - Pop star Pharrell Williams -- sporting a gold Apple Watch - held an outdoor concert at the company's Cupertino headquarters for what had to be the planet's coolest Earth Day celebration. 

    Cal football fires troubled receivers coach Pierre Ingram
    04/24/2015 01:54 PM PDT - Golden Bears assistant Pierre Ingram, who was recruiting coordinator and coached wide receivers, will not return to coach Sonny Dykes' staff after being arrested for solicitation.  

    Orinda looks at snuffing out smoke
    04/24/2015 03:11 PM PDT - City joining other municipalities in crafting comprehensive smoking ban 

    San Jose police officer arraigned on drug charges
    04/24/2015 05:55 PM PDT - An officer with two decades of service was charged Friday with possessing drugs for sale, stemming from a discovery last summer of a large marijuana stash inside a storage locker he was renting. 

    San Ramon Valley: Special election mail-in ballot asks voters to renew $144 annual parcel tax
    04/24/2015 12:02 PM PDT - Voters must decide by May 5 if they want to extend the tax for another nine years 

    As graffiti grows, Oakland council slow to disperse mural funds
    04/24/2015 11:53 AM PDT - As graffiti in the city escalated several years ago, city leaders decided to try a new -- artistic -- alternative to aid the city's endless fight against vandalism.  

    Hotel set to open in San Pablo next year
    04/24/2015 11:29 AM PDT - National hotel chain La Quinta Inn & Suites will build a 98-room hotel next year just east of Interstate 80 on San Pablo Dam Road and Mifflin Road 

    Rocketship charter petition denied
    04/24/2015 11:44 AM PDT - The Franklin-McKinley School District, long considered one districts friendliest to charter schools, has denied a request by Rocketship Education to open a third school in the K-8 district. 

    Unlikely partners: Utah investing $53 million to export coal through Oakland port
    04/24/2015 06:06 PM PDT - Utah approves investment in $250 million bulk export terminal at former Oakland Army Base nearing construction phase. 

    Scarlett Johansson hosts 'SNL'; Daytime Emmy Awards on tap

    Plus, this week on TV: Rory Kennedy revisits 'Last days of Vietnam' and J.K. Rowling's adult novel, 'The Casual Vacancy,' comes to television.