Heatherwick Studio designed the UK’s Pavilion for the 2010 Expo in Shanghai. (Wikimedia Commons)

Google Taps Avant-Garde European Architects To Design Controversial New HQ In Mountain View

Some Mountain View residents fear Google is changing the face of their city. Those concerns could peak they see the architectural plans for Google’s proposed expansion of its headquarters.

02/26/2015

Apartments in San Mateo County. (CBS)

San Mateo County Examining Rent Control Ordinance Amid Skyrocketing Rents

County leaders said the recent tech boom has brought more jobs to the area, and the demand for housing has skyrocketed.

02/26/2015

A bat and chewing tobacco.(Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawmakers Propose Ban On Chewing Tobacco At CA Baseball Parks Including AT&T

State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at all organized baseball venues in the state. San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced a similar ban that would include AT&T Park.

02/26/2015

Bob Taylor is sworn in as Mayor of Brentwood. (thepress.net)

Brentwood Mayor Gets 65% Pay Raise Twice In Four Months, Still Earns Below Minimum Wage

Once the increase takes effect, Taylor’s salary will have gone from $6,831 in October, to $17,271 plus medical benefits and other pay.

02/25/2015

Books found in the Bay Area returned to the Italian government after they were smuggled out of the country. (Source: Bay City News)

Antique Books Found In Bay Area Part Of 19 Cultural Treasures Returned To Italian Government

Federal agents have returned 19 cultural treasures to the Italian government after they were found here in the United States, including two antique books from the San Francisco area, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

02/25/2015

A marijuana smoker appears in an ballot measure supporting legalization in 2016. (CBS)

California Marijuana Legalization Supporters Worry Video From Smokers Promising Hash Bars Will Hurt Campaign

A new online video could shape the early debate over legalizing pot in California, but some supporters fear it could backfire.

02/25/2015

Veterans carry a flag. (CBS)

Oakland Whistleblowers Say Veterans Being Denied Benefits

The Veterans Benefits Administration provides $95 billion of entitlements each year to veterans, including disability money, pensions to vets and their surviving spouses and death benefits — even American flags at veterans’ funerals.

02/25/2015

A robotic sailboat competes at a competition at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. (CBS)

Boating Under The Influence? State Assemblyman Authors Boater Safety Bill

A Bay Area member of the state Assembly has authored a bill that would allow law enforcement the right to test the blood of someone they believe may be boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

02/25/2015

(Credit: Buena Vista Images)

Berkeley Bans Use Of Drones By Police, But Authorizes Fire Department For Disaster Response

The Berkeley City Council has voted to impose a one-year moratorium on the use of drones by the city’s Police Department but authorized the fire department to use them for disaster response purposes.

02/25/2015

His family says 6-year-old Rhett Krawitt's immune system can't handle a measles vaccine so he needs his schoolmates at Reed Elementary in Tiburon to be immunized. (CBS)

Marin Dad, 21,000 Petition Signatures Head To Sacramento To Demand Mandatory Measles Vaccines

A Marin is among parents due to deliver more than 21,000 signatures demanding the mandatory measles vaccines in California public schools.

02/25/2015

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