Doug Sovern

A BART train at the Concord station on Sunday morning.

BART To Receive $5 Million Federal Grant To Protect Trackside Workers

The Federal Transit Administration is awarding BART a $5 million grant to develop a new technology to protect track-side workers.

02/17/2015

US President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 2015. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama: Silicon Valley Cannot Protect Privacy By Itself, Enacts Cybersecurity Cooperation Order

President Obama stressed at a Stanford cybersecurity conference that the government and the private sector have to work together to combat cyber threats. He signed an executive order that encourages information sharing on the matter. (Complete Text And Word Cloud Infographic Of His Speech)

02/13/2015

foie gras

State Appeals Fed Ruling Allowing Foie Gras Again After Previous Ban

State Attorney General Kamala Harris decided on Wednesday to appeal last month’s federal court ruling that made foie gras legal again in California.

02/04/2015

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California Legislators Introduce Bill Abolishing Parents’ Immunization Exemptions

Two California lawmakers who want to make sure as many schoolkids as possible get immunized announced a new bill in Sacramento on Wednesday that would no longer allow parents to exempt their children from vaccines simply because it goes against their personal beliefs.

02/04/2015

Candy bars laced with medical marijuana. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Venture Capitalists Look To Cash In On Booming Cannabis Industry

Hundreds of investment firms are looking to get in on the ground floor of what is being called the fastest growing investment opportunity in the country.

01/28/2015

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom give remarks after being sworn in as the 49th Lt. Governor of California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Newsom Not Running For Boxer’s U.S. Senate Seat In 2016

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom posted on Facebook Monday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat that Barbara Boxer will give up in 2016.

01/12/2015

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer speaks during a news conference about funding for the Federal Aviation Administration at the U.S. Capitol August 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Who Could Run To Succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer In 2016?

Start up the political rumor mill, as U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has announced she will not seek a fifth term next year.

01/08/2015

A political cartoon by Khalil Bendib, who lives in Berkeley. (Photo Credit: StudioBendib)

Berkeley Political Cartoonist Who Idolized One Of Those Killed In Paris Terror Attack Stunned By Murders

Khalil Bendib, who lives in Berkeley, said he fears even more violence, and a backlash against Muslims in France.

01/07/2015

(Photo Credit: Bike East Bay)

BART Using Predictive Policing To Nab Bike Thieves As Thefts Spike 21 Percent Systemwide

BART’s crime analyst is figuring out, from the times and locations of the crimes and surveillance video, the pattern of the thefts, and officers have been able to nab potential thieves.

01/07/2015

Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson (Contra Costa County)

Contra Costa County DA Fires Back At Public Defenders’ Racist Accusations: ‘All Lives Matter’

In the latest chapter of the ongoing Bay Area reaction to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson has fired back at the public defenders, who accused him last week of racially biased prosecutions.

12/23/2014

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