(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
New state law targets leaky pipes losing billions of gallons of water

10/09/2015 08:19 PM PDT
With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems. 
Fremont: Woman fatally struck by car

A female pedestrian died after she was hit by a car Friday night in Fremont, police said. 
Paul Prudhomme dies; New Orleans chef popularized Cajun food

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. 
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  

Public Employee Database

The details of more than $12.2 billion in tax money spent on local government salaries in 2009 are now available

University of California Employee Database

The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

Life in the wild

Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

Salary search

Find out how much Contra Costa County employees make in our searchable salary database.

Shortened Lives

Where you live affects how long you live.

Running on Empty

Experts worry that the Bay Area transit system has entered a death spiral.

Tips for the college-bound

It's never too early to start preparing for college, especially during these economic times. With the right steps, students and their families can stay on the path to a higher education.

(Alameda County Sheriff's Department)
Attorney's conviction over killing of Chinese tourist reduced to misdemeanor

10/09/2015 06:21 PM PDT
The felony conviction for an attorney who killed a Chinese tourist in a hit-and-run crash in 2011 was reduced to a misdemeanor by an Alameda County judge on Friday over "strenuous objection" by prosecutors, according to the district attorney's office. 
Oakland neighborhood fights blight, dumping, with gardens
10/09/2015 04:07 PM PDT - When Rob Selna moved to his historic Temescal neighborhood a few years ago, he faced a common problem impacting many Oakland neighborhoods, but especially residents living near freeways - graffiti, abandoned homes, crime, and frequent illegal dumping. Rather than playing a tedious dance with garbage dumpers - they toss their trash at night, neighbors pick up in the morning - Selna proposed something a little more unorthodox: building a community gardens and park on top of the dumping site to permanently abate the blight. 

San Leandro extends massage businesses moratorium
10/09/2015 03:06 PM PDT - Newark explores options for rebuilding City Hall; free financial planning available Saturday in Oakland  

Piedmont: More than $150,000 in marijuana found in grow operation
10/09/2015 02:48 PM PDT - Police arrest man and woman after serving search warrant on Scenic Avenue 

Hercules: Police arrest student suspected of threatening to 'shoot up' campus
10/09/2015 07:25 PM PDT - Police arrested a 15-year-old male student after receiving a report that he said he was planning to "shoot up the school" on Friday, Cmdr. Thomas Koeppe said. 

NewCo conference comes to Oakland for first time
10/09/2015 06:33 PM PDT - NewCo, a conference highlighting mission-driven companies and organizations, is including Oakland for the first time, dedicating a whole day of what has in previous years been a San Francisco-only event on Thursday. "Oakland has really deeply leaned into the core vision of NewCo, which is positive change," event co-founder John Battelle said. 

California wine industry expected to benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership
10/09/2015 07:26 PM PDT - The California wine industry likely stands to benefit from a trade pact that was reached last week by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries writing new commerce rules for nearly 40 percent of the world's gross domestic product.  

(Adam Berry)
Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story