• BrightSource Energy looks abroad - 09/30/2014 10:26 PM PDT
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    Marin-based Standard & Poor's analyst says rising income inequality hurting state tax revenue

    Rising income inequality is undermining the growth of tax revenue in states across the United States, according to a new report by Gabriel Petek of San Rafael, an analyst with Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.  
    Getting health insurance through your job is often the cheapest way to get coverage, and a new study shows you're not paying much-higher costs this year to buy that insurance.
     
     
    We average investors just doesn't understand bonds as well as we should. But it's simple. Stocks are like roller coasters while bonds perform like Ferris wheels.  
     
    Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was still an open wound for black Americans in 1969, a year punctuated by race riots and black student protests. So when the downtown Santa Cruz Gap installed a window display for its 1969 black denim jeans, showing black jeans hanging from stylized nooses, it caught the attention of passersby.  
     
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.
     
     
    The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to state specifically whether they have adulterated any of their product.
    State officials say the standards will take effect next Friday.
     
     
     
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    Mill Valley Film Fest: 5 things we're excited about

    From local films to Metallica to Oscar contenders like 'Wild,' 'Foxcatcher' and 'The Theory of Everything,' Mill Valley Film Fest offers charming mix of Hollywood and homespun Bay Area attractions.