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Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Federal Agency To California Farmers: ‘No Water For You’

Federal officials say many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

02/21/2014

San Jose Fire Department truck

Slow Response Times Put San Jose Fire Department In Hot Seat

The San Jose Fire Department is in the hot seat over its failure to meet required response times and a breach of contract could be declared as soon as Tuesday.

02/04/2014

A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train sits idle at the Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 in Millbrae. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Person Killed Under BART Train In El Cerrito Del Norte Station

Normal service resumed on Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Richmond line after a Tuesday morning fatality caused major delays, a BART spokesman said.

11/12/2013

California Highway Patrol regional call center in Vallejo, where 911 calls from cellphones in Oakland are directed. (CBS)

Some Oakland 911 Callers Get The Runaround When Asking For Help

When you call 911, you expect to get connected directly to a dispatcher who can send help your way. People who call for help from cellphones in one Bay Area city said that is not happening.

09/26/2013

File photo of the screen of a blackberry phone featuring a page with the adress of the micro-blogging site Twitter website. (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts For Phones

Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.

09/25/2013

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Santa Clara County May Revoke Ambulance Contract Over Slowness

The company that provides ambulances services for 14 Santa Clara County cities and its unincorporated areas has been put on notice: the county considers it to be in violation of its contract, and is rethinking the arrangement.

04/29/2013

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Help Coming for Overworked San Jose 911 Dispatchers

Overworked emergency dispatchers in San Jose are on the brink of getting some relief, with the addition of nearly one dozen new colleagues.

03/29/2013

Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

SF Lends Five Emergency Workers To Recovery Effort In New York

The situation remained dire in Westchester County, New York, where an estimated tens of thousands of people remained without power Tuesday, more than a week after Hurricane Sandy pummeled across much of the East Coast.

11/06/2012

Police and firefighters at a San Jose shopping center.

Man Fleeing Car Crash Trapped Between San Jose Shopping Center Walls

San Jose firefighters rescued a man who had become trapped between two buildings at a shopping plaza early Thursday morning, according to San Jose Police.

09/06/2012

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Station Closures, Holiday Fireworks Spark Concerns For E. Bay Firefighters

Firefighters in Eastern Contra Costa County are expressing concern about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Specifically, they fear the closure of a number of the area’s fire stations on Sunday leaves the community particularly vulnerable during a dangerous time.

07/02/2012

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