Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours

BART is rolling closer to allowing bikes on its trains all day, every day. The transit system is setting up a pilot program from Monday, Mar. 18 through Friday, Mar. 22 that will allows bikes at all hours throughout the system. Currently there’s a blackout on bikes during commute hours in many highly trafficked stations. … Continue reading BART Closer to Allowing Bikes on Trains at All Hours →

BART Outage Leads to Alternate Commutes

Oakland got an unexpected influx of visitors this morning. Many people headed to San Francisco on BART from the East Bay this morning, ended up rerouted through Oakland City Center. BART riders were told (sometimes in reportedly cryptic messages) that they needed to get off the train at Oakland 12th Street and catch a bus … Continue reading BART Outage Leads to Alternate Commutes →

‘I Am Closing:’ Cafe Gratitude Owners Will Shut Down Rather Than Fight Lawsuits

UPDATE: SFWeekly reports that the Santa Cruz location may be staying open Since word first came yesterday that the popular vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude was closing its seven Northern California locations, the story has gotten stranger and stranger. Co-owner Terces Engelhart posted this message on her Facebook page, saying “aggressive lawsuits” were forcing the chain … Continue reading ‘I Am Closing:’ Cafe Gratitude Owners Will Shut Down Rather Than Fight Lawsuits →

Former Oakland Raider Chester McGlockton dies

AP is confirming Stanford assistant coach and four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chester McGlockton has died: McGlockton died overnight. He was 42. The cause of death was not immediately announced. A native of Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton starred at Clemson before being selected 16th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He played 12 seasons … Continue reading Former Oakland Raider Chester McGlockton dies →

Fast Food Chain Does a McWork Around the SF Happy Meal Toy Ban

Sad day for Happy Meals. Sort of. As of tomorrow the freebie toys that come with fast food – or any meal that doesn’t meet the city’s nutritional standards – are banned in San Francisco. But McDonald’s has found a simple work around – charge ten cents for the plastic playthings. That way you evade … Continue reading Fast Food Chain Does a McWork Around the SF Happy Meal Toy Ban →

CSU Cancelling Upcoming Meeting on Fears of Protest

First the University of California regents, now the California State University trustees. The CSU Board of Trustees has just canceled a special meeting scheduled for December 5 over concerns about protesters and crowd control. The Board was set to consider updating its policy on presidential compensation. This from the press release: “We made this decision … Continue reading CSU Cancelling Upcoming Meeting on Fears of Protest →

A.M. Splash: High Speed Rail To Nowhere?; Child Poverty Skyrockets; Lawmakers Turn In State Owned Car Keys

Top analyst warns state could waste $6 billion over high-speed rail (San Jose Mercury News) The state’s top analyst on Tuesday not only questioned the legality of launching a high speed-train, but also warned legislators that starting construction on the rail line could be a $6 billion waste of tax funds at the expense of … Continue reading A.M. Splash: High Speed Rail To Nowhere?; Child Poverty Skyrockets; Lawmakers Turn In State Owned Car Keys →

Police Remove the Last Occupy LA Protestors; 200 arrested

UPDATE 8:15 am: Great live blogging and tweeting of events as they unfolded last night from KPCC – Southern California Public Radio. Mayor Villaraigosa is holding a press conference later this morning with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. Earlier this morning he praised the police. He issued this statement at 1 AM. Meanwhile protestors … Continue reading Police Remove the Last Occupy LA Protestors; 200 arrested →

Occupy LA Encampment Preparing for Possible Raid

Occupy Los Angeles just tweeted about a possible raid: “LAPD is preparing to for #OLARaid tonight! Get to City Hall NOW!” KQED’s Krissy Clark is at the General Assembly right now where she says they are announcing the possible raid and and discussing preparations. She says just a few people have raised their hands saying … Continue reading Occupy LA Encampment Preparing for Possible Raid →

Scientists Learning From Orca That Washed Ashore in Marin

Scientists are starting to study tissues of an 18 foot orca, or killer whale, that washed up along Marin’s coastline last week. Jim Oswald with the Marine Mammal Center says it’s rare for a male juvenille for this to be found in local waters. He says right now there are many unknowns. “What’s really interesting … Continue reading Scientists Learning From Orca That Washed Ashore in Marin →

Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Breakthrough

It’s not quite connecting the transcontinental railroad, but for commuters who have sat in traffic for years at the Caldecott Tunnel, it’s definitely a milestone. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that excavation gear in the fourth bore construction has hit the other side: Caltrans contractors broke through the Orinda hillside on Tuesday afternoon, … Continue reading Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Breakthrough →

Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status

You’ve probably never heard of the Northern California enclave Druid Heights. But you may have heard of some of its past inhabitants: Eastern philosopher Alan Watts, Beat poet Gary Snyder and pioneering lesbian writer Elsa Gidlow. The Marin IJ ran a fascinating piece about the cluster of 50s era buildings this week. The unusual outpost … Continue reading Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status →

UC Berkeley Students Filing Lawsuit Against Campus Police and Others

Just received a news release that twenty-four students and community members will file a lawsuit in United States District Court today. They write it’s in response to brutality at the hands of UC Berkeley Police during the “Occupy Cal” protest on November 9. Video from that day went viral: Thanks to video submitted by NeyazN … Continue reading UC Berkeley Students Filing Lawsuit Against Campus Police and Others →