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Samuel P Taylor State Park

Marin Lawmaker Pushing Alternative To California Park Closures

Several dozen state parks are scheduled for closure throughout the state in 2012. But a state assemblyman from San Rafael has introduced a bill to stop that from happening.


A PG&E SmartMeter. (CBS)

PG&E To Allow SmartMeter Opt Outs

In a major concession to SmartMeter opponents, the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has proposed allowing customers to keep their old analog meters, and not switch to a SmartMeter, for a fee.


Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

Gov. Brown Signs Ban On Shark Fin Trade

California’s governor has signed a bill banning the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, joining several other states in trying to protect the dwindling shark population.


A pair of Oracle Racing AC45's skippered by Russell Coutts, left, and James Spithill, right, make their way toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP)

Bill Signing Puts Wind In Sails Of SF America’s Cup Plans

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that officials said will allow San Francisco to finance waterfront improvements in preparation for the 2013 America’s Cup.


San Bruno explosion, gas pipeline

State Regulators To Decide Who Covers PG&E Costs For Fixing Pipelines

Following a scathing NTSB report that placed fault on the utility, PG&E is trying to figure out how to pay for the estimated $2 billion in necessary improvements.


Bo Derek Backs Banning Shark-Fin Trade Bill

Bo Derek Backs Banning Shark-Fin Trade Bill

Actress Bo Derek joined lawmakers at the California state Capitol on Monday promoting a bill that would ban selling, trading or possessing shark fins…

CBS San Francisco–08/15/2011

generic drunk driving

Oakley Makes Drivers Pick Up The Tab For DUI Accidents

Oakley has joined a growing list of Bay Area cities that are targeting drivers charged with a DUI. City officials are sending out bills to drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol whose accidents result in an emergency response.


California Takes Action To Change Presidential Election Process

A nationwide effort to elect the president of the United States based on the popular vote rather than the current Electoral College system passed the California legislature Friday.


A woman shopping online. (CBS)

California Bill Would Collect Taxes From Online Sales

California would collect more of the taxes people owe when they buy items online from out-of-state companies under a bill that is moving through the state Legislature over the objections of and other Internet retailers.

CBS San Francisco–04/04/2011

A man prepares to smoke pot

Small-Time Pot Possession In California No Longer Crime

Possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California is now no more serious than getting a speeding ticket.

CBS San Francisco–10/01/2010