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16 Years Of Hiking Fees While Water District Pays Meter Readers $100,000 Salaries

Bay Area residents are facing steep water rate hikes as California’s drought stretches into a fourth year. In one small East Bay water district, a resident said it’s the lavish spending habits of an old boy’s network that is making their bill go up.

04/29/2015

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‘Ghost’ Foreign Investors Buying Palo Alto Homes, But Keeping Them Empty

Neighbors in Palo Alto say houses are getting bought up by foreign investors who never move in, leaving neighborhoods full of empty homes.

04/28/2015

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2 East Bay Fire Stations Closing After Voters Turn Down Measure To Save Them

A Contra Costa County fire protection district is preparing to close two stations and make service cuts following the failure of a measure that would have raised more than $4 million a year for the next five years, officials said Tuesday.

04/28/2015

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Palo Alto Construction Crews Pumping, Dumping Thousands Of Gallons Of Water During Drought

Thousands of gallons of water are going down the drain in Palo Alto, and the city has no way to stop it.

04/28/2015

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at the Port of Oakland on July 9, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $10,000 Fines For Egregious Water Wasters During Drought

Governor Jerry Brown met with most of California’s big city mayors Tuesday to discuss the drought in the State Capitol and to announce a plan to slap water wasters with much stiffer fines.

04/28/2015

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San Francisco Bay Area Least ‘Church Going’ Metro In America

Maybe it’s the abundance of amazing Sunday restaurant brunches, or the fact that people just can’t find a parking spot, but the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region is the least church going population in America, and also the most likely to have been to church and then decided not to go back.

04/28/2015

FBI agents and San Jose police seized illegal gambling machines from the Golden King cafe during a raid on March 10, 2015. (CBS)

San Jose Police Patrol Cars Replacing Faulty Computer System That Crashed When Officer Was Killed On Duty

For years now San Jose police officers have had to rely on an outdated laptop computer system in their patrol cars, but they won’t have to put up with them much longer, thanks to a $1.6 million grant that the department received from the state.

04/28/2015

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San Francisco Supervisor Pushes For Task Force If Marijuana Legalized In 2016

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is hoping to get approval to create a task force to help plan local policies if cannabis is legalized in the 2016 California election.

04/28/2015

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Newsom Optimistic About Legal Same-Sex Marriage After Hearing Supreme Court Debate

Both sides argued their case to the U.S. Supreme Court on the gay-marriage restrictions in four states on Tuesday. The final ruling in the case could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

04/28/2015

The legal teams defending the same -sex mariages cheer as they leave the US Supreme Court on April 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.  ( MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

AUDIO: Oral Arguments Before Supreme Court On Same-Sex Marriage

Listen to Tuesday’s historic arguments on same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

04/28/2015