Dave Padilla

davepadilla20100909 kcbs 0361r1 Dave PadillaThe magic of radio for me began, oddly enough, when I watched television sports broadcasts as a youngster growing up in Crockett, a blue collar town in Contra Costa County. I would mimic the voices and cadences of broadcasters, pretending thousands of people were listening to my voice announcing the names of famous sports figures.

My big break in Bay Area radio came in 1977 when I became a news intern at, what was then rhythm and blues or R&B station, KSOL-FM in San Mateo. The station had a small, but functioning news department. Program director “Hard Punching’” Herman Henry ,a former boxer , gave me the opportunity I had dreamed of. I’ll always be grateful to him for giving the Chicano kid from Crockett, a shot in one of the most competitive radio markets around.
I have been very fortunate. I struck gold twice in my radio broadcasting career. The second time came in August of 1990 when I was hired at one of the most prestigious radio news stations in Northern California–KCBS-AM in San Francisco. I am currently the Contra Costa County Bureau chief and weekend morning anchor. I have covered stories of triumph and tragedy. I have met many wonderful people whose inspiring stories continue to reverberate to this day with valuable life lessons about character, dignity and sensibility.

I love the Bay Area! It’s a culturally diverse region with artists, writers and musicians who are some of the best in the world. When it comes to music, the Bay Area cannot be beat. I love jazz. My favorite jazz club is Yoshi’s in Oakland. I’ve seen some of the greats there, Arturo Sandoval, Charles Lloyd, Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins and so many more. I’m usually the guy sitting in the front row.

Yes, the Bay Area is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else. I think this has given me a greater appreciation for the people and the events I cover for KCBS. I have a sense of history about this region and I know how important it is to all of us who live here. This is a special place and you, the listener, are even more special. Thank you for listening to All News 740, KCBS. You’re the Best! Dave Padilla…

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A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

The New Eco-Friendly Way Of Combating Drought: Spray Painted Lawns

A Pleasant Hill resident is the first on his block to have a golf-course green lawn thanks to spray paint, but don’t worry, it’s eco-friendly.

05/19/2015

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Bay Area’s Tri-Valley Residents Keep Recycled Sewer Water In Demand

Many of the Bay Area’s Tri-Valley residents can’t get enough of treated sewer water used for plants, trees and lawns. It’s so much that the Dublin-San Ramon Services District is having a tough time keeping up with demand.

05/12/2015

Thunder Road protest in Oakland. April 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy California Nurses Association)

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

After 30 years, Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center for youth is threatened with closure by Sutter Health, its subsidizer, and one of the largest nonprofit health care corporations in the state.

04/13/2015

A Fairfield police cruiser. (CBS)

Fairfield Neighborhood Relieved Judge Rules Sex Offender Cannot Reside Within Solano County

A Solano County Superior Court judge decided the fate of a convicted sex offender on Tuesday and that he won’t be able to reside in an upper middle-class Fairfield neighborhood.

04/07/2015

An artist’s rendition of Coliseum City development that includes new stadiums for the A’s and Raiders at the current Coliseum site. (City of Oakland)

Oakland, Alameda Co. Enter Negotiating Agreement With Developer That Could Keep Sports Teams In The East Bay

Oakland City Council members unanimously voted to approve an exclusive negotiating agreement to build the proposed Coliseum City project. It could be the step needed to keep the A’s, and Raiders in the East Bay.

03/20/2015

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Contra Costa Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Hailed As Hero For Rescuing Teens From Bus Fire

A Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy is being hailed as a hero for responding to a weekend bus fire on the side of the freeway in Walnut Creek that was far more dangerous than previously believed.

03/17/2015

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More Than 650 Photos of Nude, Semi-Nude Teens At Center Of East Bay High School Social Media Scandal

Another Bay Area high school has been rocked with a social media scandal. The latest involves several hundred sexually-explicit photos of teenagers in the Lamorinda area of Contra Costa.

03/13/2015

An Asian Tiger mosquito feeds from the blood from a person. (Jack Leonard/New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board/Getty Images)

Mosquitoes Appear Early In Bay Area’s Mixed Weather And They’re Hungry

Mosquitoes are making their presence felt in the Bay Area almost a month ahead of schedule. The mixed weather has some experts warning it could signal an early start to West Nile virus season.

03/10/2015

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Residents Ordered To Evacuate Hercules Neighborhood After Construction Crew Hits 4-Inch Gas Line

An evacuation was ordered at 9:51 a.m. in a Hercules neighborhood between North and South Front streets. The gas leak is in the area of San Pablo and Sycamore avenues, county officials said.

03/03/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Vallejo Rejects $50,000 In Tax Money From Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, City Seeks To Limit Them

The city of Vallejo no longer accepts sales tax money from medical marijuana dispensaries. City officials rejected $50,000 in taxes from dispensaries last week.

02/24/2015

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