Bay Area

San Jose’s Latest Claim to Greatness: 1 Million Residents

U.S. Census Bureau publishes a factoid that will be welcome news for a city that yearns after identity.

‘Kiss Everybody': Parents’ Voicemails Preserve Their Memory in Death

The most casual moments can turn into family treasures -- recoverable because of digital technology.

One-Year Sentence for Former S.F. Cop Who Testified Against Colleagues

Former Officer Reynaldo Vargas gets light sentence in case that involved thefts from drug suspects.

Arts Funding Boosted to $6.1M in Governor’s Revised Budget

Governor’s revised budget includes a $5 million boost to the California Arts Council’s annual funding.

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Flaws in Bay Bridge Rods Renew Quake Safety Questions

State officials have approved spending $4 million to test the eastern span of the Bay Bridge after recent inspections raised questions about the integrity of the steel rods that anchor the new span's tower. The $6.4 billion span has been plagued with problems since it opened two years ago. Recent tests found that salt water has infiltrated the bridge and may be causing corrosion, and that has many asking whether the new span could withstand a major earthquake.

Hardball Politics, Big Money Set Tone in East Bay Senate Race

On May 19, East Bay voters in California's 7th State Senate District will choose a new representative. Their candidates in this special election are Orinda Mayor Stephen Glazer and State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla -- two Democrats, whose political fate may lie in the hands of Republican voters. We'll cut through the hyperbole of this $7 million-plus race and get the candidates' takes on issues such as taxes, BART strikes and teacher tenure reform.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Four states -- Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky -- have bans on same-sex marriage that have been upheld in federal appeals court. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether those bans violate the United States Constitution. The states say that a court ruling against them would thwart the will of their citizens. But defenders of same-sex marriage argue that equal protection laws afford them the same marriage rights as straight couples. A ruling is expected in June.

California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law

Like many California communities, San Jose requires developers to include affordable units when constructing new market-rate housing. But industry groups have sued to block San Jose's law, saying it is unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case. We'll get the latest on the legal battle and what it might mean for San Jose, San Francisco, Berkeley and the estimated 170 local governments that have "inclusionary housing" laws.

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President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.