Bay Area among highest for wages

Santa Clara County is one of three Bay Area counties that are among the nation's top 10 counties for wages, according to a new survey released Thursday by federal officials.

San Francisco County and San Mateo County were also among the top 10 in the first quarter of 2012, the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.

The average weekly wage was $1,957 in Santa Clara County, $1,791 in San Francisco and $1,622 in San Mateo County. New York City was No. 1 in the nation with $ 2,464. Santa Clara County was ranked No. 2, San Francisco was No. 5 and San Mateo County was No. 7.

Alameda County had an average weekly wage of $1,276, while Contra Costa County's was $1,256. Santa Cruz County had a weekly wage of $902.

Allegiant to offer more Oakland flights

Oakland airport will soon get more flights following an announcement by Allegiant of new nonstop service between Oakland International Airport and Telluride, Colo., via Montrose Regional Airport.

The flights begin Dec. 15. To celebrate the new service, Allegiant is offering introductory fares as low as $112.99 one way.

Allegiant will offer the flights mainly during the winter to serve winter sports patrons traveling to the region.

H&M opens new Santana Row store

H&M, one of the world's largest fashion retailers, opened a big new store Thursday in San Jose's Santana Row.

The store, in a former Borders location, is triple the size of the previous store that H&M operated in Santana Row.

Chevron unsure about length of refinery fix

San Ramon-based Chevron says it will take a few more weeks to assess the damage and determine how long it will require to repair its crude unit in the wake of a fire nearly two months ago at the energy giant's Richmond refinery.

The 245,000-barrel-a-day plant, which accounts for one-eighth of California's refining capacity, has run at a "reduced" rate since the fire, Chevron officials say.

-- Staff