Lafayette Enlists Lobbyists to Relaunch Small Business Assistance ProgramThe city of Lafayette is hiring a politically-connected consultancy in Sacramento to help restart an assistance program for its small businesses hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic Revenue Falloff Threatens Redwood City Fire StationCommunities across the Bay Area are seeing declining tax revenue due to the pandemic and it's leading to cities being forced to make tough decisions about where to cut spending.
SF Mayor: City to Suspend Utilities Shutoffs; Waive Late-Payment PenaltiesDuring the COVID-19 outbreak, water and power in San Francisco will not be shut off due to delinquent payments and penalties will be waived for late payments to SF Muni or the public utilities commission, Mayor London Breed said Saturday.
Stockton Basic Income Experiment Shows How Needy People Spend Free MoneyThe first data from an experiment in the city of Stockton where needy people get $500 a month from the government show they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills.
Mill Valley Homeowners Push Back Against New Fire-Prevention OrdinanceThe Mill Valley city council just passed an ordinance requiring homeowners to take more measures to protect their homes against fire. This time, though, not everybody is on board with the plan.
Red Tape Hitch Hangs Up Sausalito Landslide RemovalFive months after mud and wreckage was unleashed during a February landslide in Sausalito, cleanup has hit a major delay.
Vallejo Residents Sound Off on Search for New Police ChiefThe city of Vallejo needs to hire a new chief of police and residents Thursday weighed in on the qualifications and characteristics they want in their top cop.
City of San Rafael Sharing Cost of Sidewalk Repair With HomeownersSeeking to soften the blow of a law that requires homeowners to maintain sidewalks that abut their property, the City of San Rafael is undertaking an effort to share the cost of sidewalk maintenance.
After Shooting, Berkeley Leaders Vote to Install Surveillance Cameras at San Pablo ParkAn August shooting at a popular Berkeley park spurred city leaders to put up cameras in hopes of deterring future acts of violence.
Gov. Brown Signs Bill Letting Cities Approve Marijuana Special EventsGov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, that gives cities the authority to approve temporary cannabis events.
Former San Francisco Building Inspection Official Accused Of Forging DocumentsA man who used to run San Francisco's Building Inspection Commission is facing legal trouble after his firm was accused of submitting bogus documents and plans for work on three homes.
Stockton Mayor Touts Experimental Program That Pays Families $500 a MonthStockton plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income.
SF Mayor's Proposed Budget Includes New Funding For Addiction, Homeless ServicesSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee introduced a two-year budget plan that includes more funding for addiction, mental health and homelessness services.
Despite $241 Million Budget, SF Still Struggling With HomelessnessWith San Francisco spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on the homeless every year, many are asking how there are still thousands of people living on the street.
Vallejo Begins Week-Long Vote To Distribute Scarce FundsVallejo residents began voting Saturday in a week-long experiment with direct democracy that will give them a say in which neighborhood projects should get $3.2 million in city tax money.