Berkeley: USPS doesn't follow historic preservation rules, report says

04/18/2014 07:45 PM PDT
The report calls on the postal service to suspend disposal of historic post offices and relocation of postal services out of historic facilities until it implements the report's recommendations. 
Kristopher Skinner
04/18/2014 09:32 PM PDT - While beset by mounting debt, poor service and low performance grades from federal officials, the Richmond's public housing agency funded a series of trips sending volunteer advisers to conferences to receive training, costs amounting to $79,315 from mid-2008 to 2011.  
04/18/2014 06:40 AM PDT - A 15-unit condominium and building rehab project on the site of a historic house at 1725 Elm St. won Planning Commission approval Wednesday over objections from a couple of dozen residents.  
04/18/2014 06:36 AM PDT - Ohlone board members selected Carmel Partners, which proposes building 314 residences and 25,000 square feet of retail on 15 acres along Mission Boulevard.  
04/18/2014 05:43 PM PDT - Project calls for a three-story commercial office building, site improvements, a bicycle path, a parking lot and a separate full-service restaurant along state Highway 4 and Railroad Avenue.  
04/17/2014 08:37 AM PDT - The former Onizuka Air Force Station's "Blue Cube" building that once housed Cold War spy operations met the wrecking crews this week, who fittingly wouldn't say much about the job.  
04/17/2014 06:32 AM PDT - When asked in a general way if they favor making some changes, 49 percent of registered voters said they support the idea while 34 percent are opposed, the poll found.  
04/17/2014 09:38 AM PDT - Developer built about 5,000 homes, many for first-time buyers, as city grew after World War II  
04/17/2014 08:24 AM PDT - A new report says prices paid for existing single family homes in the Bay Area zoomed to a median of $605,000, the highest it's been since December 2007.  
04/16/2014 06:47 AM PDT - A petition signed by more than 300 residents opposing the Faria Preserve development was presented to the city at a San Ramon Planning Commission meeting Tuesday. The petition cites concerns about the environment, traffic impacts and a lack of a school that would accompany the 740-unit housing development planned in the northwest part of the city near Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads.  
( Josie Lepe )
Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
(Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.