Much of the olive oil on grocery store shelves is imported from Italy or Spain, but California has a growing reputation as a producer of quality olive oil. KQED’s Bay Area Bites visited one farm about 60 miles north of Sacramento to see how they make it. California Olive Ranch produces 60 percent of the olive oil that is grown in California. (Stephanie Hua/KQED)

Kelly Ferreira, 49, went to jail four times for trespassing on his foreclosed Martinez home, which he lost in 2010. “They took my house, so I broke in, four times. At that time, I was full of anger. Someone took my home…There’re a lot of empty houses around here and it’s a shame.” He is now in the Bay Area Rescue Mission recovery program. (Pearly Tan/Richmond Confidential)

Yahir Martinez, a student at Verde Elementary, musters his courage to receive a free flu shot at the Latina Center in Richmond Saturday afternoon. Walgreens community leader, Emilio Alonso, said they were prepared to give 200 shots. (Tyler Orsburn/Richmond Confidential)

Joshua Lee, 7, is giving his mom, Helene Lee, a pine branch to help her make a wreath at the 27th annual Holiday Faire on Dec 1 at Waldorf School of the Peninsula on its Los Altos campus (Anna Li / Peninsula Press)

“Miss Richmond” Alexis Pickins was recognized by the Richmond City Council Nov. 27 and will go on to compete in the Miss Black California pageant later this month and Miss California in January. The first in her family to go to college and now senior at U.C. Berkeley, Pickins was praised by the council as being a role model. (Avni Nijhawan/Richmond Confidential)

Shopping-weary crowds grow impatient in the minutes before the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Union Square on Black Friday. (Jason Winshell /SF Public Press)

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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