Obama privacy bill 'a big victory for the tech industry,' but not consumers, advocate says

02/27/2015 01:01 PM PST
Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House is proposing legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. 
Oakland, San Jose museums named finalists for U.S.'s highest honor for museums and libraries
02/27/2015 11:51 AM PST - Two Bay Area museums are finalists for the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries, officials from the museums said. 

California drought: Water shortages a near certainty for this summer as feds announce low deliveries.
02/27/2015 08:45 PM PST - In a clear indicator that California is descending into a fourth year of drought, the federal government on Friday announced that the Central Valley Project -- California's largest water delivery system -- will provide no water again this year to Central Valley farmers and only 25 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara County, the East Bay and Sacramento.  

California issues 110,000 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants
02/27/2015 10:55 AM PST - California has handed out 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally during the first seven weeks of applications.  

ConFire, AMR expected to bid for Contra Costa's new ambulance contract
02/27/2015 07:06 PM PST - The ambulance contract for American Medical Response, which has served the county's emergency calls for decades, expires at the end of the year, and the bidding process opened Friday for a new pact. 

American blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
02/27/2015 08:16 AM PST - A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.  

Californians agree roads need fixing, but dislike gas tax hike and mileage fee, poll finds
02/27/2015 06:58 AM PST - A new Field Poll shows the squeeze transportation planners face in trying to ease one of California motorists' biggest concerns as roads built as many as 70 years ago are falling apart and gas tax revenues continue to decline.  

Daughters of Charity Health System sues union that opposed sale to Prime Healthcare
02/27/2015 06:45 AM PST - As a controversial Southern California hospital chain weighs state-imposed conditions on its proposed $843 million purchase of the Daughters of Charity Health System, Daughters is suing a handful of entities it says have interfered with the deal since last year. 

California lawmakers want to exempt diapers from sales tax
02/26/2015 11:14 AM PST - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free. 

Choice for vacant Richmond council seat surprises many
02/26/2015 07:02 PM PST - Newcomer to city's political scene, Vinay Pimple, is able to break stalemate over whom to appoint to seat vacated by Tom Butt's ascension to mayor  

(LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)
Big Sur getaway: Where pampering and wilderness meet

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