Bay Area

California Law Would Enable Uber, Lyft Drivers to Finally Get Insurance

A new California law calls for a hybrid personal/commercial policy to be offered to ride-service drivers.

Oakland Shop Focuses on LGBT Community

A store that has become a hub for the LGBT community and people of color.

3.5 Earthquake Hits Gilroy

The shallow quake was felt as far north as Sunnyvale.

San Francisco Bay Area Labor Day Parking and Transit Schedules

Parking rules in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, plus links to Bay Area transit schedules.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

Who Should Have Earthquake Insurance?

Last weekend's South Napa Earthquake is a dramatic reminder to Bay Area property owners that they're vulnerable. The city of Napa estimates that it has sustained $300 million in damage so far to privately owned buildings. And yet, only one of nine Californians has earthquake insurance. We'll discuss who should have earthquake insurance and how to get it.

White Officers Predominate on Bay Area Police Forces

According to a recent analysis of the latest census data, more than 80 percent of Bay Area police forces have a disproportionate number of white officers relative to the racial make-up of the communities they serve. As the nation's attention focuses on issues of police and race in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, we look at how the racial composition of our local police forces affects arrests and public trust in the criminal justice system.

Former Stanford President on Challenges Facing Higher Education

Former Stanford president Gerhard Casper joins us to discuss his new book "The Winds of Freedom," a collection of his speeches on the biggest challenges facing higher education. Casper was president of Stanford at a tumultuous time, and the speeches and commentary in his book explore academic freedom, campus diversity and the role of a research university in society and politics.

Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water

The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's earthquake, water main breaks left hundreds without water for days. What would happen in a bigger quake? We check in with water experts about the Bay Area's aging infrastructure and what's being done to fix it.

The California Report

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.

Thousands of Historic California Buildings Vulnerable to Quakes

Sunday's South Napa Earthquake has many Californians thinking of all the old buildings that haven't been retrofitted yet. There are about 25,000 historic buildings across the state -- and about 8,000 of them have yet to be made seismically safe.

Scientists Take on Dangerous Mosquitoes in Central Valley

Two people have died of West Nile virus in Sacramento and Shasta counties, the first reported deaths in the state this year. Last year, 15 people died in California from the virus, which is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito. One variety of mosquito found recently in San Mateo, Madera and Clovis is particularly worrisome because it can carry a number of deadly diseases, including yellow fever and West Nile. The state's entomologists are mobilizing to fight this new, bloodsucking threat.

San Bruno Officials: E-mails Prove Collusion Between PG&E, Regulator

The state agency in charge of regulating utilities is defending itself against charges its top leadership is way too friendly with the biggest utility it regulates: PG&E. San Bruno city officials have been combing through e-mails they sued to gain access to as they follow up on a pipeline explosion that killed eight people and they destroyed 38 homes in 2010. They claim they've found damning evidence of illegal collusion between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and PG&E.