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A bicyclist rides over a bridge in the Yosemite Valley (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Says Government Shutdown Cost National Parks At Least $414M

The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.

03/03/2014

View of counterfeit dollar notes seized by the Department of Criminology (Dirincri) during a presentation to the press in Lima on October 29, 2013. About four million dollars and 422 thousand Euros were seized by the Peruvian Police from a specialized criminal organization. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Tom Steyer’s Big-Dollar Democracy

Phil Matier looks at the shift in politics on both sides of the aisle where large amounts of money are coming in from individuals with very specific agendas, but asks— is this Democracy?

02/18/2014

Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawmakers Demand Change To ‘Unjust And Irrational’ Federal Marijuana Policy

The current federal policy on marijuana “perpetuates an unjust and irrational system,” according to a letter signed by 17 members of congress, including four Bay Area representatives.

02/12/2014

Clay Aiken (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

The Outbreak: ‘Idol’ Clay Aiken For Congress + More

Catch the latest “Outbreak” of trending viral videos infecting the net this week

02/07/2014

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) during a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on October 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing's focus was on the Ryan-Republican budget and other Republican proposals to end the Medicare guarantee and their potential impact on seniors and Medicare beneficiaries. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

East Bay Congressman George Miller Announces His Retirement

East Bay congressman Rep. George Miller announced Monday morning that he plans to retire after serving for 40 years in Congress.

01/13/2014

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

Pelosi Calls On Congress To Approve Federal Minimum Wage Increase

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Congress to approve an increase in the federal minimum wage at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco’s Presidio on Sunday.

01/06/2014

Passengers get off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train as it arrives at the Daly City station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Commuter Check Benefits To Be Slashed In 2014

Starting in 2014, the program that allows Bay Area commuters to use pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to pay for transit and commuting will be slashed nearly in half.

12/26/2013

A farmworker picks lettuce in a field. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

California Farmers Voice Need For Guest Worker Program; Warn Of Crop Shortage

Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.

10/30/2013

Congressional candidate Ro Khanna (rokhanna.com)

South Bay Congressional Candidate Lists Twitter Followers As Supporters

The website for Ro Khanna, who is challenging fellow Democrat Representative Mike Honda in the 17th Congressional District, turned Twitter followers into supporters.

10/23/2013

Yosemite National Park spans part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  (Photo by David McNeil /Newsmakers)

Bay Area National Park Sites, Yosemite Reopen After Shutdown Lifted

For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists will be able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed due to the federal government shutdown.

10/17/2013

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