Talk Back: PG&E tax break
Should PG&E be able to write off its $1.6 billion fine for the San Bruno fire as a tax deduction?
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Appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban

A federal appeals court has dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.  
Herhold: Manh Nguyen needs to demand an apology from a crowd of folks.
You may have read the news that incoming San Jose Councilman Manh Nguyen demanded and obtained an apology from the city clerk's office for giving him bad advice that led to the city's ethics commission slapping him with a $10,000 fine. 

Obamacare: Bay Area residents will see higher Covered California premiums in 2016
Bay Area residents for the most part will see higher average premiums -- between 5.4 percent and 12.8 percent -- because there is less competition among hospitals and doctors' groups, which can negotiate for higher rates with the exchange's health insurance plans. 

Beverage group sues S.F. over soda warnings, advertising ban
The American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment.  

On LA radio show, a peek into the love lives of immigrants
On weekday evenings, carpenters and longshoremen, working mothers and young professionals hailing from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S. tune their radios to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get a peek into the love lives of immigrants.  

Train co-founder Hotchkiss back on track with new band

The Grammy singer-songwriter Rob Hotchkiss won as a founding member of the multiplatinum band Train sits inconspicuously on a shelf in the hillside house in Fairfax that he and his wife, Pam, recently moved into,returning to the Bay Area after years of semi-retirement on Vashon Island in Washington's Puget Sound.