PARADISE — The Camp Fire is just the latest mega-fire in California — and the cost of fighting such fires has risen dramatically. California dwarfs other states in fire-suppression costs, an analysis by a Stanford journalism class has found. The Stanford class analyzed daily reports from the most expensive fires in every state from 2014 to 2017, and found that dense development at the border of wildlands — in communities like Paradise, Cobb, and Santa Rosa — helps explain California fires’ exceptional damage and expense to put out.Read More
PALO ALTO — Faced with a lack of guidance from their doctors and the possibility that cannabidiol could help their sick children, parents are taking their children’s health into their own hands.Read More
LONG BEACH — San Carlos-based civil rights attorney Bruce Nickerson estimates that between 40,000 and 50,000 people in California, mainly gay men, have been arrested in illegitimate police decoy operations since 1979, the year the California Supreme Court redefined lewd conduct to include a question of whether an action was highly offensive to an observer.Read More
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The Wurlitzer family’s company is one of 18 bulldozer vendors contracted by Butte County Cal Fire for extra assistance in combatting an increasing number of wildfires that have strapped the state’s resources. The Camp Fire was the worst that any of them had ever seen.Read More
BAY AREA — Traffic congestion is one of the Bay Area’s most pressing problems. On average, Bay Area drivers spent over 79 hours in traffic jams last year. It doesn’t have to be that way. In the Amsterdam Transit Region in the Netherlands, where around 1.5 million people live, more than 50 percent commute by other means than cars.Read More
MOUNTAIN VIEW — There’s a labor shortage that’s showing on the facades of downtown Mountain View’s businesses. But shop owners and the city officials have come up with strategies to entice workers — by providing better employee benefits, passing an increase in the minimum wage and developing more affordable housing.Read More
CHICO — Since the Nov. 8 Camp Fire, donation sites with supplies like clothes and other necessities have sprung up in Chico, Calif. to help evacuees. More than a month after the fire, officials say monetary donations are the best way to help victims.Read More
SILICON VALLEY — Lea Coligado was 19 years old when she held a summer internship at a small software company in Silicon Valley. While there, she faced comments about how women don’t code because they are better at art and heard insinuations that women’s brains were just not wired to handle the algorithmic complexity that their male counterparts could. Instead of complimenting her code, she received comments about her clothes.Read More
PARADISE — Rick and Kimberly Scott got married 14 years ago in a field on their property in Paradise, Calif. They had goats, a yurt, a barn and two dogs who chased after mountain lions.Read More
BAY AREA — Unable to afford store leases, newcomers to the Bay Area fashion scene have turned to pop-up shopping experiences. These include vendor booths at local events and even the fashion equivalent of food trucks.Read More
The Trump administration may soon expand the criteria used to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent residency status are at risk of becoming a “burden to American taxpayers.” News of the proposed changes to the “public charge” test have spread through immigrant communities around the country, including in East Palo Alto.Read More
SANTA CLARA COUNTY — More than two years after a Blue Ribbon Commission recommended oversight for the Santa Clara County jails following interviews with hundreds of inmates that painted a picture of widespread abuse, there still is no independent entity examining the jails.Read More
PALO ALTO — After nine years of patrolling the tracks at Palo Alto’s Caltrain railroad crossings, the last of the human guards were replaced with cameras as part of the city’s Track Watch program – a suicide prevention initiative.Read More
PALO ALTO — Voters across the Peninsula took to the polls to cast their votes on a number of local races and propositions Tuesday.Read More
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PALO ALTO — Applications for the H-1B visa, the program that allows companies to hire skilled immigrants, grew 3.2 percent during 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That may not seem like much, but it bucks a national decline in H-1B visa applications since Donald Trump was elected president.
HALF MOON BAY, CA – On the winding highway to Half Moon Bay, a small dirt path leads up a mountain where wooden stables overlook grassy slopes with yellow flowers that welcome visitors to the Square Peg Foundation, a retirement home for former sport horses.
PENNSYLVANIA — A survey of counties in Pennsylvania, reveals little resources or guidance at the state level to help replace outdated and potentially hackable voting systems.