Sovern Nation

1991 Oakland Hills Fire. (CBS)

Families Still Struggling With Loss 20 Years After Oakland Firestorm

In this KCBS Cover Story, reporter Doug Sovern takes a look at how a family is still feeling the pain of “The Firestorm,” which scorched the Oakland and Berkeley hills, 20 years later.

10/19/2011

Oakland City Hall. (CBS)

Oakland Council Member Calls Parcel Tax Measure ‘Too Vague’

Voting begins Monday in a special election-by-mail to decide if Oakland homeowners should pay an extra $80 a year for a parcel tax one City Councilmember is vehemently against.

10/15/2011

Prison bars, generic, crime

Inmates End Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay, Prison Advocates Rally

Prisoner rights advocates rallied outside San Francisco’s State Building Friday after corrections officials announced that thousands of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended their second hunger strike after 18 days.

10/14/2011

(AP)

Children Left Behind: Will Extended Foster Age Protect California Teens?

After decades of kicking foster children out of the system when they turn 18, California is phasing in a new law that will extend benefits until age 21.

09/29/2011

(AP)

Children Left Behind: A Look Inside A Newark Foster Home For Teens

There are still far more foster kids who need a home than there are people willing to take them. Whether a child lands in the right environment is often just the luck of the draw, but one home is Newark is doing it’s best to improve the odds.

09/28/2011

Children. (AP)

Children Left Behind: Finding Foster Children A Home

In Part 2 of our weeklong cover series on foster care, KCBS’ Doug Sovern takes a look at the difficult process in finding the right home for foster children.

09/27/2011

A homeless man sleeps in the doorway of a closed store in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Children Left Behind: California Foster Care System Challenged

In this weeklong series, KCBS’ Doug Sovern takes a look at the foster care system in California. He starts out with a look at how a young woman has finally found some stability in Oakland.

09/26/2011

Local leaders and former members of the military hold a banner during a news conference marking the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on homosexuals in the military, September 20, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Advocates Celebrate End Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Military Policy

After years of debate over the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy preventing gays from serving openly in the military, the Bay Area activists who led the campaign to repeal it are finally able to celebrate.

09/20/2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Ethan Miller /Getty Images)

Mitt Romney Campaigns In Atherton And Pebble Beach

Mitt Romney brought his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to California again Friday, hopscotching around the Bay Area to raise money.

09/16/2011

Michele Bachmann speaks in San Rafael (CBS)

Bachmann In San Rafael Rips Obama Over Solyndra, Defends HPV Remarks

Republican presidential primary candidate Michele Bachmann took jabs at the Obama administration’s investment in Solyndra at a campaign fundraiser Thursday, and defended remarks linking a vaccine against the human papilloma virus to mental retardation.

09/15/2011