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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A massive grass fire Friday near California 12 in Solano County was blowing a pall of smoke over the Bay Area, prompting calls to local fire departments from worried residents. The 8-alarm fire in the Suisun City area had spread to 500 acres by Friday afternoon and was only 10% contained. It had burned one structure. Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister told KTVU that it was either a residence or a ranch outbuilding. The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after noon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters were left without rail service Monday as the BART strike moved into its fourth day. The second strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers in four months produced traffic jams and frustration Friday -- the first day of the shutdown -- but officials predicted Monday would be much worse. Transportation officials said they believed many commuters took Friday off or telecommuted , relieving the crush to get in and out of San Francisco and around the East Bay. But that wasn't expected to happen again on the first day of a new work week.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is testing a new way for its workers in the East Bay to commute across the bay to the company's Mountain View headquarters: by ferry. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry said Google would provide a trial private ferry service for five days between the Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda and the Port of Redwood City. Last month, Google launched a similar pilot program from San Francisco to quiet growing tensions over buses that transport workers from the city to Silicon Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Unionized bus drivers in the Bay Area have voted down a contract proposal, setting the stage once again for a possible strike that could affect thousands of commuters. Roughly 181,000 people who ride the AC Transit bus lines every day could ultimately be affected by the labor dispute. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 -- which represents drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for the East Bay district -- had averted a strike earlier this month with a tentative deal that included 9.5% pay increases to be phased in over three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Day 4 of the regional commuter rail strike began for many in pre-dawn darkness Monday, as several hundred thousand residents who rely on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains instead poured onto buses and ferries or inched their way across gridlocked bridges. The mood was a mix of resignation and frustration as residents adapted. Free BART round-trip shuttles running from many East Bay stations were filled ahead of schedule: Of the nine stations that began running buses at 5 a.m., only Hayward and Lafayette still had availability by 7:35 a.m. Still, buses from the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit district -- which is in the midst of its own labor discord -- picked up the slack, loading thousands of additional passengers for standing-room only express trips to San Francisco.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Pete Stark is sitting in a gilded meeting room in the House of Representatives. It is home to the powerful Ways and Means Committee that the Northern California Democrat might never chair, precisely because of the sort of verbal exchange he is attempting to explain at the moment: "He said to me, 'Don't pee on my leg.' And in a sense I said, 'I won't.' " Stark, nearly 78, is dissecting the latest in a hit parade of outbursts, this one pertaining to the likelihood of California's longest-serving congressman relieving himself on a constituent.
NEWS
May 12, 1989 | From the Associate Press
The Top of the Mark, where tens of thousands of servicemen enjoyed a last drink before going off to fight the Japanese in World War II, celebrated its 50th birthday Thursday. It was there that many a wife or sweetheart went to watch and shed a tear as the troopships and warships sailed out of San Francisco Bay, heading for the Pacific war. "It was THE place to go," said Dorothea Walker, who hosted a radio show from the famous 19th-story saloon in the sky during the '40s. "All the other bars were down below and a little bit dreary."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
With another BART strike in full effect Friday, Bay Area commuters crammed onto extra ferries and buses to get around the lack of rail service. For some, the strike was a minor inconvenience, for others, the frustration of a protracted labor dispute between transit workers and Bay Area Rapid Transit management had taken its toll. One Oakland man was arrested after he tossed a traffic cone at strikers picketing BART's Lake Merritt Station, KTVU-TV reported . PHOTOS: Both sides dig in on BART strike Thousands of commuters were forced to take extra buses or expanded ferry service Friday after labor negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and the leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555  crumbled late Thursday . It sent some early morning commuters fuming on social media as many dealt with longer than usual delays, with expanded use of carpool lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown's intercession kept Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers from striking for a second time, the region's transportation picture took a surprising turn for the worse. At noon Monday, drivers and mechanics at a major East Bay bus district announced that they could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down all service and leaving 181,000 riders in the lurch. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 delivered its strike notification Monday to the AC Transit board of directors, announcing that 1,625 drivers and mechanics could walk off the job over stalled contract negotiations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
This post has been updated. See below for details. SAN FRANCISCO -- On Day 2 of the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike, after a full day of silence, BART management and two striking unions will go back to the bargaining table at 6 p.m. in Oakland, a system spokesman said Tuesday afternoon. “The district has been notified by state mediators that negotiations will resume,” BART spokesman Rick Rice said. “After one full day of no meetings, we are eager to get back to the table.” The announcement came hours after the state's controller, insurance commissioner and lieutenant governor wrote to the parties involved urging that talks resume because of the effects on the busy region, which is “served by the fifth-busiest transit system in America, with nearly 400,000 daily riders.” “Given the massive dislocation a protracted strike will cause, you owe the people of the Bay Area your time, your concentration and your best good-faith effort at reaching a bargained agreement,” Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote to BART management and unions.
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