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December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
July 1, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga
In Oakland, news helicopters began rumbling overhead by 4 a.m. Monday, assessing the mounting congestion on the tangle of freeways that feed the Bay Bridge because of the BART strike. Manu Sidhu, a 30-year-old research associate at UC San Francisco, listened with trepidation as traffic on the overpass near her home slowed to a standstill. Then she walked to the casual carpool pickup spot nearby and hoped for the best. “I told myself, 'I'm going to not stress out. I will pack a big bag of food.
October 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
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.
February 18, 1988 | Associated Press
A mild earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area today, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The 10 a.m. quake had a magnitude estimated at 3.3 on the Richter scale, meaning it was capable of causing slight damage, according to Rick McKenzie, a staff research associate at the University of California Seismographic Station at Berkeley.
May 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
California State University trustees have named Mohammad H. Qayoumi president of Cal State East Bay. Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge, will succeed Norma S. Rees in July at the institution formerly known as Cal State Hayward.
July 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of families receiving government aid in Alameda and Contra Costa counties is rising, hitting levels not seen since 2002. According to the most recent figures, 482,301 families received welfare in the two East Bay counties during the first three months of the year, the highest quarterly number recorded since September 2002.
September 6, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Time Staff Writer
Jennie Barber was hiking on a narrow trail in the Sunol Regional Wilderness recently when she came upon a mother cow and her newly dropped calf. The protective cow charged. The next thing Barber knew, she was flying through the air, crash-landing into a barbed-wire fence. The cow then lowered its head, preparing for another attack. "I seriously thought I was going to die, and what a weird story this was going to be," said Barber, who survived the Aug.
December 22, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Mayor Lionel Wilson said he is not optimistic about the Raiders returning to Oakland. The mayor said Thursday that attorneys representing various sides involved in discussions about whether the Raiders might return to Oakland from their current home in Los Angeles are "at issue on a number of other points (which) doesn't help the situation any." Wilson said he is not hopeful that the differences can be resolved.
With the devastating East Bay fire finally under control, Oakland Fire Chief P. Lamont Ewell finds himself caught in the eye of another firestorm over his department's performance. On the job just 13 days when the fire erupted Sunday, Ewell is struggling to defend his firefighters--and himself--against persistent criticism that they failed to extinguish an earlier blaze, then reacted slowly as the flames jumped densely populated hillsides and raced through dry canyons of brush.
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