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Police Face-off

Oakland Protests, Staffing Shortages Send Police Overtime Estimate To $30M

Oakland’s Police Chief says the city has spent $3-million on overtime for his officers covering protests, and the department could spend upwards of $30-million on overtime, despite budgeting just $15-million for this fiscal year.

02/24/2015

(Photo By Scott Zentner, KMAX-TV)

Typo In Siemens’ High-Speed Rail Display At State Capitol?

California’s High-Speed Rail Authority will soon award a massive contract to one of at least 10 bidders who want to build the new bullet train from San Francisco (or Sacramento) to Southern California. If Siemens gets the job, though, they may want to subcontract with a painter to handle the lettering.

02/24/2015

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Field Poll Shows Condoleezza Rice Leading Potential 2016 U.S. Senate Field

Rice and Kamala Harris topped the list as the Field Poll looked at 18 people who may or may not run, and whether likely voters would support their candidacy.

02/18/2015

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images for Friends of the Global Fight)

Does An East Bay Congresswoman Have A Better Plan Than The President For Combating ISIS?

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who represents parts of the East Bay, talks about her plan for combating ISIS, but her critics are calling it a peace bill.

02/17/2015

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (Libby Schaff/A Better Oakland)

Oakland Mayor Schaaf Would Consider First Fridays’ Request For Financial Help

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city would be willing to entertain First Fridays street arts festival’s requests for financial help, but the city is dealing with its own money problems.

02/16/2015

Anchor Steam Beers (Anchor Brewing Company)

Beer Shortage A Side Effect Of Freighters Waiting On Port Labor Dispute

Getting San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam beer to overseas markets is getting harder, and Europeans who prefer the hoppy Northern California ales may find the West Coast ports labor dispute literally sobering.

02/13/2015

Mayor Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom Says He’s Running For Governor In 2018

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will begin raising money to run for California governor in 2018.

02/11/2015

(Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Fairfax Councilmember Looks To Lower Voting Age To 16

Only eight percent of 18 to 24-year olds voted in the last election, but a Fairfax town councilman is hoping that lowering the voting age to 16 will help entice young voters to the polls.

02/09/2015

Mike Huckabee

Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Huckabee Compares Gay Marriage To Drinking, Swearing

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity, options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him.

02/01/2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Fight Over Tax Revenues Looms Between Gov. Brown, Democratic Legislators

Democrats in the Legislature, eager to expand programs that suffered cuts during the economic downturn, are heading toward a showdown with Gov. Brown over the budget surplus and Prop. 30 tax revenues.

01/25/2015

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