( Mike Koozmin )
'Dad, help me': Former Pleasanton woman slain

07/02/2015 05:50 PM PDT
The victim was Kathryn Steinle, a former Amador Valley High School graduate now living in San Francisco. Police arrested 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez in connection with the shooting.  
Police logs -- Lafayette/Walnut Creek/Orinda/Moraga

LafayetteThe following excerpts are from the Lafayette police log:Sunday, June 21 vandalism -- At 9:12 a.m., vandalism was reported in the 3700 block of Mosswood Drive. 
Britain's 'Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies at age 106

Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 650 children from almost certain death from the Holocaust, has died at age 106 in England.  
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
East Bay veteran's next mission to aid homeless and 'at-risk' service members

Recognizing a serious need in eastern Contra Costa County for services for homeless veterans, disabled Army vet Gerald "J.R." Wilson started up the Delta Veterans Group in 2012 and is currently preparing for "Stand Down on the Delta," Contra Costa County's first multiday "one-stop shop" for homeless and at-risk veterans. 

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.

Fremont chastised for destroying emails, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates needs better audio, sorry Oakland workers

07/02/2015 07:57 PM PDT
Staff WritersFremont to grand jury: Already taken care ofFremont was taken to task this week for destroying most of its emails after 30 days, a practice the city has already modified. 
Homeowners want their right to conserve water
07/02/2015 06:38 PM PDT - Brentwood residents are pushing their homeowners association to approve their plans to ditch their grass in favor of drought-friendly plants.  

'Random' San Francisco shooting kills 32-year-old ex-Pleasanton resident
07/02/2015 05:50 PM PDT - The victim was Kathryn Steinle, a former Amador Valley High School graduate now living in San Francisco. Police arrested 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez in connection with the shooting.  

State's largest outlet mall taking shape in Livermore through expansion
07/02/2015 04:55 PM PDT - Re-branded San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore is putting the finishing touches on a 185,000 square-foot expansion, which will add 50 upscale stores to the 130 there already. When the new stores open on Aug. 13, the mall will be the largest outlet center in California.  

Berkeley police looking for bank robbery suspect
07/02/2015 01:47 PM PDT - Officers are looking for a man who stole cash from a bank in downtown Berkeley, a police spokeswoman said.  

Illegal fireworks found in East Oakland raid
07/02/2015 04:14 PM PDT - The 7:45 a.m. raid at the 1100 block of 82nd Avenue was part of a "long-term police investigation" into the sale and storage of illegal fireworks, police said. 

Toxic algae forces Lake Temescal to close for swimming
07/02/2015 09:57 PM PDT - Those planning a holiday dip in Lake Temescal will have to find a different way to beat the heat, as toxic algae has caused officials to close the lake for swimming, an East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman said.  

(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