Incoming San Jose mayor leads council appointment over critics' strong objections

12/19/2014 06:44 PM PST
Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo led the council vote to appoint Margie Matthews temporarily to the City Council, but in a separate action, he was stymied in his attempt to appoint his preferred candidate as interim city manager and will try again later this month. 
Dublin City Council can't agree on appointee for vacant seat
12/19/2014 05:35 PM PST - In a meeting that lasted into Friday morning, Dublin City Council members couldn't settle on a choice to fill the council's vacant seat, opening up the possibility of a special election in June.  

Montreal weighs tax on boissons gazeuses sucrées, inspired by Berkeley's soda tax
12/19/2014 12:15 PM PST - Canada's second-largest city, like other cities in Canada, does not have taxation authority, so the provincial government would have to step in; beverage industry favors voluntary calorie-reduction program 

Former Hayward City Councilwoman Doris Rodriquez dies at age 86
12/19/2014 06:48 PM PST - Friends remember Doris Rodriquez as a champion of everyday people 

Robin Abcarian: Berkeley effigies' powerful racial message was hurt by unclear intent
12/19/2014 10:56 AM PST - Early last Saturday, as students prepared for finals, two effigies were discovered hanging from UC Berkeley's famous Sather Gate. They were cardboard cutouts of blown-up photos: a black man and a black woman with the words "I can't breathe" stenciled across them. 

Children of farmworkers uprooted by California rules
12/19/2014 10:55 AM PST - This December, thousands of migrant farmworker children are making their annual trek to new schools in California, but they do so also at other times throughout the country. During growing season, their parents rent low-cost housing in federally subsidized labor camps, but state rules mandate that families move at least 50 miles away when the camps close for the winter. 

Cuban cigars: The new rules
12/19/2014 09:56 AM PST - MIAMI (AP) -- Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba's most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here's a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars: -- THE RULES Licensed American travelers can bring back no more than $100 in 

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
12/19/2014 01:52 PM PST - President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.  

Judge sets June date for corruption trial of state Sen. Leland Yee and political consultant Keith Jackson
12/19/2014 08:34 AM PST - Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and political consultant Keith Jackson were given a June 1 date in federal court in San Francisco today for the start of their corruption trial. 

Richmond to take part in Obama initiative to advance opportunities for minority youths
12/18/2014 04:24 PM PST - Councilman Jael Myrick joined city officials and nonprofit program workers Thursday to announce that the city will be one of 135 nationwide to participate in President Barack Obama's initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.