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GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari attacks affirmative action

04/24/2014 06:06 AM PDT
The recent effort to restore affirmative action in public university admissions "should've been called the 'There are too many Asians at Berkeley' bill," he told several hundred Cal students Wednesday. 
San Jose fire 911 response times getting worse, fixes sought
04/23/2014 04:33 PM PDT - Already heavily fined for consistently showing up late to 911 medical calls, the San Jose Fire Department said Wednesday that its response times for other types of emergencies are also too slow -- and that the problem is growing. 

Californians strongly support Common Core
04/24/2014 06:05 AM PDT - Californians of different political affiliations overwhelmingly support the new Common Core State Standards for education, a survey indicates, showing that the Golden State has seen less of the political division and uproar over revamping public-school curriculum. 

May 6 voting deadline looms for school parcel tax election
04/23/2014 02:05 PM PDT - Acalanes High School district and Lafayette School District measures could cost some property owners up to $651 in additional taxes per year 

George Clooney and Steve Wynn get into spat over politics
04/23/2014 01:17 PM PDT - Las Vegas mogul criticizes President Obama, causing Clooney to storm away from dinner. 

Contra Costa Times editorial: Catharine Baker best of two good choices for state Assembly
04/23/2014 02:13 PM PDT - Independent voters will determine the outcome, which is as it should be because the district's constituency is generally centrist. Of the four candidates, two, Catharine Baker and Steve Glazer, are well-prepared, moderate and fiscally responsible.  

Bay Area sports agent charged with murder-for-hire plot denied bail
04/23/2014 09:04 AM PDT - A sports agent accused of joining a former school board president and his son in a murder-for-hire plot, guns sales and cocaine conspiracy was denied bail by a federal magistrate in San Francisco today.  

Richmond council opts to limit speaker time in effort to curb long meetings
04/23/2014 12:59 PM PDT - Marred for years by lengthy meetings and legislative hysterics, one of the Bay Area's most long-winded councils voted Tuesday to limit the amount of time that elected leaders can talk. 

Failure of Warriors' waterfront arena the latest in a long line of bay development defeats
04/23/2014 08:23 AM PDT - Since the 1970s, environmental opposition has made it nearly impossible for any major project that would fill or block San Francisco Bay to win approval 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan anti-affirmative action law, California's Prop. 209 stands
04/22/2014 12:49 PM PDT - U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan law that forbids affirmative action in public programs, dooming further legal attacks on California's identical 1996 voter-approved Proposition 209 

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The cat came back, but it took 5 years

A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip. Full Story