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Artist rendering of a California High-Speed Rail trail. (CA High-Speed Rail Authority)

Plan To Kill California High-Speed Rail Project Clears 1st Hurdle To Landing On Ballot

Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Tuesday that backers of a plan to end the California high-speed rail project had the green light to begin collecting signatures in an effort to get an initiative on the ballot.

03/04/2014

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Tossed San Mateo Test Scores Inspire 2014 ‘There Oughta Be A Law’ Bill

A new law is being proposed in California, after hundreds of advanced placement test scores were invalidated due to testing irregularities at Mills High School in Millbrae.

01/24/2014

KPIX 5's Christin Ayers is shown a sweepstakes game at an internet cafe. A customer buys internet time to use and in exchange they are rewarded with a chance to win cash. (CBS)

Lawmaker Pushing To Ban California Internet Gambling Cafes

They look suspiciously like illegal casinos: Computer cafes where you can take your chances on winning cash. Now, one lawmaker is cracking down, proposing a ban that could wipe them out for good.

01/08/2014

A mystery do-gooder left hefty tips at two San Francisco restaurants. (CBS)

Mystery Do-Gooder Leaving Hefty Tips At Bay Area Restaurants

A mystery do-gooder who has been leaving large, generous tips at eateries and bars throughout the country stopped by at least two San Francisco restaurants in the past two months.

12/04/2013

Police escort leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, and Batman after they arrest the Riddler as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment November 15, 2013 in San Francisco. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area foundation turned the city into Gotham City for Miles by creating a day long event bringing his wish to be a BatKid to life. (Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Batkid Day Costs San Francisco $105,000

Much of the bill came from the big San Francisco Civic Center finale, where 5-year-old Miles Scott was given a key to the city.

11/20/2013

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Phil Matier: California‚Äôs Transgender Rights For Kids Under Fire

A conservative coalition is seeking to overturn a recently passed law that gives transgendered students certain rights in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law, that lets transgender students use either the boys or girls restroom and lets them play on whichever sports team they feel most comfortable on, in September.

11/12/2013

A San Francisco strip club is suing Oracle over an unpaid bill put on a company credit card. (CBS)

SF Strip Club Suing Oracle After Refusal To Pay Employee’s $33K Bill

A San Francisco strip club is suing Oracle after one of its employees ran up a massive bill on a company credit card – and Oracle refused to pay the bill.

09/23/2013

The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Bill Eases Path for Firing Teachers for Misconduct

The state Legislature has passed a bill intended to speed and streamline the process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct, despite the opinion of some that the measure should be improved, possibly next year.

09/13/2013

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Political Watchdog Group Warns Against ‘Gut & Amend’ Practice On Pending Bills

State lawmakers will take their annual recess in less than two weeks, at the end of the work day Sept. 13. And, with that date looming, the push was on in Sacramento to deal with hundreds of pending bills.

09/03/2013

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Calif. Lawmaker Pulls Son From Class Over Transgender Law

A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

08/16/2013

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