(Laura A. Oda/Staff)
El Niño: When will it start raining in California?

One of the strongest El Niño winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday. 
The $400,000, two-year grant will allow low-income defendants a chance to speak to attorney at first court date  
A 51-year-old Fremont cyclist found dead Wednesday in a Hayward hills park has been identified.  
Dublin San Ramon Services District Board appoints new board member to fill vacancy.  
Shirley Manson and her Garbage men perform first album in its entirety at the Fox Theatre in Oakland.  
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to award diplomas retroactively to thousands of young people who failed the California High School Exit Exam in the past decade.  
Owner plans to move club from Packet Landing Road to Harbor Bay Business Park  
The Berkeley City Council heard a report from a group of researchers from the Stanford Criminal Justice Center on the pros and cons of Tasers, seeking clarity on whether it would be a good idea to equip Berkeley police with Tasers.  
An automatic license plate reader attached to a patrol car alerted an officer about the vehicle, which was parked at Park Street and Encinal Avenue.  
Christine Chilcott, the recently appointed executive director of Girls Inc. of the Island City, will be the guest speaker of the Alameda Rotary luncheon at noon Oct. 13.  
(Courtesy of Mount Hermon Adventures)
High-flying Santa Cruz Mountain adventures

You'll zip down ziplines and traverse Indiana Jones-worthy suspension bridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains during this family-friendly redwood canopy tour.