Phil Matier: Carquinez Bolt Problems Foreshadowed Bay Bridge MessCaltrans is already facing tough questions raised in the wake of a highly critical report and a state senate committee hearing on engineers' alerting agency managers about cracked welds on the Bay Bridge’s eastern span.
Phil Matier: Will Bridge Traffic Jams Snarl NJ Gov. Christie’s Presidential Hopes?More internal documents are expected to be released today regarding the traffic scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration. Christie, the GOP presidential hopeful, held a news conference on Thursday to respond to reports that one of his top aides orchestrated traffic jams in Fort Lee because the mayor there didn't endorse his re-election.
Brown Calls For New Education Funding, Rainy Day Fund In Budget ProposalA robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases has sent California’s general fund spending to a record high, but Gov. Jerry Brown is pledging a somber approach to the windfall.
Phil Matier: BART Considering $900M Renovation Of 2 SF StationsBART is considering rebuilding and expanding the Embarcadero and Montgomery St. stations in downtown San Francisco.
Matier & Brown: Inauguration May Foreshadow Obama's 2nd Term President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term on Monday, but former SF Mayor Willie Brown says the second term usually looses its luster.
Phil Matier: Berkeley Considers 'No Drone Zone' ProposalThe City of Berkeley was on the brink of banning the small, unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones from hovering overhead.
Feinstein: Intelligence Mistake, Inadequate Security To Blame For Libyan Terror Attack The head of the U.S. Senate's Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that it appeared an intelligence flaw and inadequate security were to blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a Bay Area native, and three others.
Phil Matier: Mirkarimi Keeps Job As Sheriff, Is SF Back to Normal? Things at San Francisco's City Hall may be spicing up a bit after four on the Board of Supervisors sided with Ross Mirkarimi to reinstate him as sheriff.
Phil Matier: Poll Finds Voters Prefer Gov.'s Prop. 30 Tax Plan Over Opposition A new poll from the University of Southern California finds voters prefer Proposition 30, Governor Brown's proposed tax increase over Prop 38, the competing measure by Molly Munger.
Phil Matier: Huge Subsidies Offset Cost For New South SF FerryThe numbers have been crunched, revealing that for every $14 round trip ticket sold, the public has - or will - kick in nearly $100. In all, the subsidies for the new ferry service total roughly $94 million over a 20 year period.
Phil Matier: Report Slams Oakland Mayor Quan’s '100 Blocks' PlanA new report by the non-profit Urban Strategies Council is highly critical of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s so-called “100 Blocks” plan to cut crime.
Oakland To Submit Plan On Occupy Investigations To JudgeOakland city officials are facing a federal judge's deadline to submit a plan on how it will complete investigations into how the police department handled last fall's Occupy protests.