Berkeley gives pot club the bootActing on complaints that customers of a medical marijuana outlet blighted a Dwight Way neighborhood with trash, urine and the smell of weed wafting over children's heads, the City Council voted Tuesday night to declare it a nuisance and shut it down.
Caution: Crisis aheadFrom BART to Caltrain to the Valley Transportation Authority, every Bay Area transit agency has hiked fares and reduced train and bus service to plug deep budget holes. But the changes have produced fewer riders and even less revenue '” leading some to worry that the transit system has entered a death spiral.
Three East Bay ZIP codes, life-and-death disparitiesRichard Angelis lives in Walnut Creek on a tree-lined street in ZIP code 94597, where life expectancy is 87.4 years. But 12 miles southwest of Angelis' home, in the Oakland neighborhood of Sobrante Park, there are nights when Calixto Orantes, 53, hits the ground in a cold sweat inside his small rented home as gunfire erupts nearby. He lives in ZIP code 94603, where life expectancy plunges to 71.2 years.
Road to college just got bumpierCalifornia high school students with their sights set on a public university better step up their game, admissions officers and guidance counselors say. An unprecedented time of upheaval and funding cuts in the state university systems will leave less room for narrowly missed deadlines, poor senior-year grades and incomplete course work