KPIX 5's Phil Matier talks with California state senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) about PG&E's ability to meet future demand; Seg. 2: addressing the needs of part-time and contract workers. (8-18-19)

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At Issue: PG&E / Gig EconomyKPIX 5's Phil Matier talks with California state senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) about PG&E's ability to meet future demand; Seg. 2: addressing the needs of part-time and contract workers. (8-18-19)
Bay Area Bakery Chain Set to Close at End of AugustFor fans of the Prolific Oven’s chocolate cakes and other decadent desserts, the news was bittersweet: the beloved bakery chain is closing its doors. Devin Fehely reports. (8-16-19)
S.F. Taxi Drivers Receive Letters Demanding Full Payment for Medallion LoansIn the long, dark saga that is the meltdown of the San Francisco taxi industry, a letter received by a number of drivers is a new source of angst. Wilson Walker reports. (7-26-19)
Old, Rusting Ferry Blocks Commercial Boater from Exiting Vallejo MarinaCommercial fisherman Doug Wagoner thought he'd prepared for his retirement then found out that the city of Vallejo is literally blocking his plan. There's an old steam ferry troop ship keeping him stuck in the marina. KPIX 5's John Ramos explains. (7-18-19)
Tsugaru Joins Lengthening List of San Jose Japantown Business ClosuresAfter nearly 50 years in business, the restaurant Tsugaru will shutter and join a small but growing list of decades-old businesses that have shut down in the small, quaint Japantown area of San Jose. Maria Medina reports. (7-12-19)
SFO-Bound Ride-Hailing Drivers Jam Millbrae, Burlingame StreetsThe mayors of Millbrae and Burlingame called an ongoing traffic jam near San Francisco International Airport "unacceptable" in a letter to Uber and Lyft Friday and requested a meeting with the companies to resolve the issue. Maria Medina reports. (6-28-19)
Battle Brews Over Orchard Land in Silicon ValleyA battle is brewing over one of the last orchards in Silicon Valley. The city of Sunnyvale wants the land to expand a museum but it would force the removal of apricot trees. Len Ramirez reports. (6-13-19)
Fresno Challenges Gilroy for Garlic Capital TitleA good-natured battle is brewing between Gilroy and Fresno over which California city deserves the title "Garlic Capital." Len Ramirez reports. (5-24-19)
Russian River, Still Running High, Slows Start of Summer SeasonVisitors to the Russian River may be out of luck this weekend: the water is running so high some beaches had to be closed. Wilson Walker reports. (5-24-19)

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Dandelion Opens Mission District Chocolate Factory, Tasting RoomOn its official opening day, Dandelion Chocolate showed off its new factory, tasting room and store in San Francisco's Mission District. Devin Fehely reports. (4-20-19)
Small Donations to Non-Profit Organizations Fall OffPres. Trump's tax law appears to be shaking up the flow of money to charities. New numbers show that small donations to non-profits have dropped since the new law kicked in. Melissa Caen reports. (3-1-19)
As Recycling Centers Close, California Consumers Lose Millions in DepositsCalifornia consumers lost out on at least $308 million in nickel deposits on cans and bottles in 2018, largely because it’s increasingly difficult to find a place to recycle them, according to a new report made public Thursday. Melissa Caen reports. (2-28-19)
75-Year-Old Berkeley Record Store to CloseA longtime African-American-owned record store in Berkeley will close its doors for good later this year and, as KPIX 5's John Ramos reports, it's not just because of competition from the internet. (2-8-19)
Peninsula Restaurant Bans Patrons Wearing MAGA HatsA well-known San Mateo restaurant owner has waded into the rough waters of national politics after posting on social media that customers wearing MAGA hats were banned from his establishment. Maria Medina reports. (1-31-19)
San Mateo Restaurant Bans Patrons Wearing MAGA HatsKPIX 5's Len Ramirez reports from Wursthall Restaurant in San Mateo where showing up in a "Make America Great Again" cap will get you shown the door. (1-31-19)
State Treasurer Proposes Lower Tax on Cannabis SalesThe state treasurer is calling for the tax decrease in the hopes of bringing more businesses out of the black market. Melissa Caen reports. (1-31-19)
Berkeley Barbecue Restaurant Hit With Neighbors' Complaints About Smoke, SmellsKC's BBQ in Berkeley, a family-owned restaurant, is fending off complaints from neighbors who have a beef with all the barbeque smoke. Da Lin reports. (1-17-19)
Owner of Stinson Beach Eatery Sacrifices to Stay Open Despite ShutdownDigging into her own pocket, the owner of a Bay Area beachside cafe goes to great lengths to keep customers coming during the government shutdown. Don Ford reports from Stinson Beach. (1-11-19)
Partial Government Shutdown Hits Small Business OwnersAs the partial government shutdown continues, local restaurants that cater to federal workers are feeling the impact. KPIX 5's Da Lin found out some owners are cutting business hours and sending employees home. (12-28-18)
ConsumerWatch Weekend: Free Trial ScamsYou've seen them online -- ads featuring too-good-to-be-true claims to help you lose weight, combat wrinkles or whiten teeth. As Lori Wilson with the Better Business Bureau tells Julie Watts, these are often fraudulent operations. (12-15-18)
Huge Rent Hike May Force Popular Piedmont Gas Station to CloseA popular neighborhood gas station in the East Bay is in jeopardy: the operator tells KPIX 5's Don Ford that his landlord decided to double his rent starting next year. (12-14-18)
Pot Dealer Who Once Served Time Opens Legal Cannabis Shop in OaklandA special program in Oakland is giving people -- even those with criminal convictions -- a chance to work in a business they never thought possible. Meet Mr. Blunt -- yes, that's his real name. Christin Ayers reports. (11-30-18)

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