Dolphins from an Ocean Beach pod were spotted leaping from the waves near Sutro Baths Tuesday, December 8th. (David Cruz/Ocean Beach Bulletin)

An oil tanker struck the Bay Bridge “Echo” tower on Monday, but did not do serious damage to the bridge. The outer hull of the tanker “Overseas Raymar” was crushed, but there was no damage to the inner hull. The Coast Guard is still investigating what caused the crash. (Deb Self/Baykeeper)

A cold front coming through the Bay Area over the next few days is forecast to bring temperatures in Berkeley to near-record lows, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday are expected to plumb the low 30s. The record low for January 10 at Oakland Airport was 26 degrees in 1949. (Dan Brekke/Berkeleyside)

A chef at Ramen Shop, a new Rockridge restaurant started by Chez Panisse alumni Sam White, Jerry Jaksich and Rayneil De Guzman, prepares housemade ramen noodles on opening night. (Jenny Oh/Bay Area Bites)

Demolition of the old Fleishhacker Pool House near the San Francisco Zoo continued this week. Badly damaged in a Dec. 1 fire, the building was the last remaining structure of the 1925 pool. Fleishhacker Pool held 6 million gallons of saltwater. (Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin)

An exceptionally high tide of about 7.2 feet sent waves at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach crashing against a sand berm just south of Sloat Boulevard. The berm was installed in the fall of 2012 by the city and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to protect the shoreline against worsening erosion, but winter surf has already chewed away at the berm and exposed old rubble underneath the sand. (Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin)

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Thursday morning a $97.6 billion general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that wipes out years of deficits and even includes a modest surplus. Protesters outside the Gardner Health Center in San Jose called on Brown to “restore, rebuild and reinvest in” state-funded health and social safety net programs. (Francesca Segre/KQED)

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