A Sebastopol man stopped for traffic violations was arrested after a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy found more than four dozen homemade bombs in his car, authorities said.

Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California?

Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably.

A capacity crowd at San Jose City Hall’s council chamber Wednesday night erupted into loud cheers and applause after the city’s Planning Commission gave a unanimous and final green light to a long-awaited $60 million permanent home for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Overwhelmed by severe budget cuts, San Jose State for the first time may not give preference to Santa Clara County residents this year even if they meet state university admission standards.

California State University leaders will decide Friday whether the San Jose campus needs to turn away about 1,400 South Bay applicants who would have previously been admitted. The university has begun sending acceptance notices to about 21,000 applicants, as the campus has received more applications than ever.

Despite an unseasonably dry winter, officials predict most Marin residents will not see water restrictions this summer. However, the story could be different for several small West Marin communities, which could see the most restrictive water rules in decades.

A controversial proposal to close Doyle Park Elementary School failed Wednesday night after the Santa Rosa school board did not have enough votes to go forward. The proposal, which generated a huge community outburst after being presented last month, would have shuttered the 61-year-old campus at the end of the school year. School district officials cited declining enrollment, a worsening budget crisis and poor academic performance at the school.


Amanda Stupi

Amanda Stupi is an interactive producer for KQED News. She grew up in Northern California, where her mother would woo her inside on warm summer nights with promises of The Monkees and CHIPS. Stupi is fascinated with the intersection between popular culture and the fine arts. Her idea of artistic perfection includes The Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Bull Durham, several episodes of Cheers, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and most of Wallace Stevens' poetry. Stupi's life goals include watching every episode of Law and Order, finishing a screenplay and thanking her mom in an Oscar acceptance speech.

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