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NBA Says Sacramento Kings Can’t Move to Seattle

The Sacramento Kings basketball team cannot move to Seattle, the National Basketball Association board has decided. The board voted 22-8 against allowing the move, said NBA Commissioner David Stern. In the next two days, representatives of the NBA will meet with the Maloof family that currently owns the team to see whether they will sell … Continue reading NBA Says Sacramento Kings Can’t Move to Seattle →

Bicycle Safety on Bay Area Roads: Five Laws to Remember

On my way to KQED the other day, I pulled up next to a fellow bicyclist who shot me a quizzical glance. “Do you know whether we have to follow traffic regulations?” she asked. Umm….Yeah. I’d like to say her ignorance surprised me. But it was hardly the first time I stumbled across gross confusion … Continue reading Bicycle Safety on Bay Area Roads: Five Laws to Remember →

Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm Owner Says It Was ‘Planned for the Seashore’

In the controversy over the Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm, one question has stood out. What did the Lunny family think would happen when their lease ran out at Point Reyes National Seashore? The lease had a clear expiration date: November 30, 2012, and the Lunnys knew that when they took over the farm in 2004. … Continue reading Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm Owner Says It Was ‘Planned for the Seashore’ →

Oakland Police Overseer Calls for Tasers, Sergeants, Training

More training. More tasers. More sergeants. More data. The Oakland Police Department’s new overseer is proposing reforms that will cost more than $1.8 million in the short term and take years to fully implement, as he acknowledged in a 58-page report filed in federal court on Wednesday. Among other initiatives, Thomas Frazier, the department’s new … Continue reading Oakland Police Overseer Calls for Tasers, Sergeants, Training →

Bay Area Leads California Growth

Having trouble affording housing in the Bay Area? That’s not likely to end soon: The Bay Area led the state in population growth, according to a new report by the California Department of Finance. Overall, California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000 as of Jan. 1, 2013, the department found. That … Continue reading Bay Area Leads California Growth →

San Francisco Gay Activists Split Over Bradley Manning Pride Role

A grand marshal in the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade doesn’t do very much. Mostly the job requires waving at onlookers while riding in a convertible. And Bradley Manning, imprisoned on charges of leaking U.S. military documents through the WikiLeaks website, could not even have done that. But the symbolism of the role … Continue reading San Francisco Gay Activists Split Over Bradley Manning Pride Role →

Schwarzenegger Hosts McCain, Bennet, Fox in Immigration Forum

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted an immigration reform event featuring U.S. Sens. John McCain and Michael Bennet, co-authors of a bipartisan immigration reform bill. A webcast was scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and continue until 1:30 p.m. It got underway at 10:25 a.m. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and USC professor Dowell … Continue reading Schwarzenegger Hosts McCain, Bennet, Fox in Immigration Forum →

NBA Committee Recommends Keeping Kings in Sacramento

The chances that Northern California will maintain its current NBA quotient looks a lot better as of Monday afternoon. A committee of team owners said they wanted to keep the Kings basketball team where it is now — in Sacramento. The team majority owners, the Maloof family, tentatively accepted an offer to sell it to … Continue reading NBA Committee Recommends Keeping Kings in Sacramento →

NBA Player, Stanford Alum Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay; Reactions From Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, More …

For years now it has seemed like only a matter of time. And now it has happened. In Sports Illustrated essay published online Monday, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first male athlete to come out as gay while playing in major-league U.S. sports. He writes: I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And … Continue reading NBA Player, Stanford Alum Jason Collins Comes Out as Gay; Reactions From Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, More … →

How Tiburon’s License-Plate Readers Track Drivers–and Sometimes Track Down Criminals

If you’re going to Tiburon to commit a crime, you might want to take the ferry. Walk. Bike. But whatever you do, don’t drive. Cameras mounted on the town’s exit and entry points will record your license plate. They’ll send the plate number to a police database, cross-reference it with cars linked to crimes, calculate … Continue reading How Tiburon’s License-Plate Readers Track Drivers–and Sometimes Track Down Criminals →

Feds Warn of Delays at SFO Due to Sequester Cuts

Catching an SFO flight in the near future? Don’t forget to make sure the federal government has not put a crimp in your plans first. Budget cuts, stemming from the federal sequester that went into effect Sunday, brought delays to East Coast airports as well as to Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend. Around the … Continue reading Feds Warn of Delays at SFO Due to Sequester Cuts →

California Events Push Boy Scouts Toward Lifting Gay Ban

The Boy Scouts of America has announced a proposal to lift its ban on gay youth, and events in California have a lot to do with the move. A bill in the State Senate would limit tax exemptions for groups that discriminate on the basis of “gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious … Continue reading California Events Push Boy Scouts Toward Lifting Gay Ban →

New Hope That Someday You’ll Actually Be Able to Hail a San Francisco Taxicab

The number of taxis cruising San Francisco streets will soon surge. And drivers have plenty to say on the topic. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved 120 new taxi medallions, or operating permits, for this year and 200 for 2014. Currently, the city has 1,700 medallions, which is already an increase of … Continue reading New Hope That Someday You’ll Actually Be Able to Hail a San Francisco Taxicab →

Martinez Boy, Victim of Marathon Bombing, Recovers After Surgery

Of the many links between the Bay Area and the Boston Marathon bombing, two stood out on Thursday: a Martinez boy in surgery and a battery from Fremont. Aaron Hern is recovering after surgery to repair wounds from the Boston Marathon bombings, according to the Contra Costa Times: Aaron Hern, the 11-year-old Martinez boy injured … Continue reading Martinez Boy, Victim of Marathon Bombing, Recovers After Surgery →