Richmond: Progressive Alliance endorses candidate for November 2016 election

04/04/2016 03:39 PM PDT
Ben Choi, a city planning commissioner, has also been endorsed by councilmember Gayle McLaughlin. 
California's new minimum wage expected to boost Bay Area automation firms
04/04/2016 01:32 PM PDT - With wages rising and technology advancing and becoming cheaper, agriculture, restaurants and hotels are expected to turn more to automation.

How virtual, augmented reality helps NASA explore space
04/04/2016 01:51 PM PDT - Before astronaut Scott Kelly ended his year in space, he accomplished an unprecedented technological feat. He called mission control using Skype and streamed his first-person perspective through an augmented reality headset that NASA sent to the International Space Station in December. 

Reich-onomics: Robert Reich's mission is to save American capitalism
04/04/2016 01:52 PM PDT - Former cabinet secretaries often retire to think tanks, quiet academic positions or perhaps the golf course, in between their memoirs and the occasional op-ed. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich -- who served in the Clinton administration from 1993-97 -- has taken a different tack.  

Shuttle operator hits roadblock in San Francisco
04/04/2016 04:02 PM PDT - After being denied a city permit to pick up and drop off at public bus stops, San Francisco-based Bauer IT is fighting back, accusing the city's Municipal Transportation Agency of playing politics. 

El Cerrito forum airs state senate candidate views
04/04/2016 02:51 PM PDT - Four contenders are seeking election in November to the District 9 seat being vacated by Loni Hancock that serves the area west of the East Bay hills from San Leandro on the south to Rodeo on the north and includes Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. 

Panama Papers: World leaders hid wealth via shell companies, report alleges
04/04/2016 11:08 AM PDT - Leaked files from a Panama law firm that creates shell companies show that politicians, criminals and celebrities worldwide have used banks and shadow companies to hide their finances, according to a series of reports by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.  

Animal rights activists target China dog meat festival
04/04/2016 10:52 AM PDT - Animal rights activists are seeking to shut down an annual summer dog meat festival in southern China blamed for blackening the country's international reputation as well as fueling extreme cruelty to canines and unhygienic food handling practices.  

U.S. Supreme Court upholds "one person, one vote" political maps
04/04/2016 11:00 PM PDT - Avoiding a ruling that threatened the way California and other states map political districts, U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejects challenge to "one person, one vote" method of drawing political boundaries 

Drought-stricken California ponders future of conservation
04/04/2016 07:09 AM PDT - Taking a regional approach to saving water in California's drought, state regulators suggest relaxing or dropping conservation orders for El Nino-soaked Northern Californians, while keeping in place strict rules for residents of drier Southern California. 

( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7