Bay Area

Feds to Release Water for Klamath and Trinity Salmon; Farm Districts Protest

Decision made to protect migrating chinook. Valley water agencies decry 'dumping' of scarce supply.

Wine Grape Harvest Comes Early to the North Bay

Spring rains and a warm summer have brought the earliest harvest in years to many vineyards.

Communal Project in Fresno Has Found a Different Way to Treat the Homeless [Video]

Dakota EcoGarden was founded by a retired schoolteacher who used her savings to buy and refurbish a house.

California’s Central Valley: ‘More Than Just Farmers on Tractors’ [Video]

Two 'California Report' producers get off Highway 99 and meet some Central Valley residents.

Recently on KQED Public Radio

Forum With Michael Krasny

New Policy for Transgender Admissions at Mills College

Transgender students that identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College, an all-female school in Oakland. Mills is the only single-sex college in the country to have a published policy for transgender applicants. We'll discuss the details of the new policy, and whether it would affect the core identity of the school as a women's college, especially in light of strong campus opposition to going co-ed in the past.

Invasive Species on the Rise

California will gain a new invasive species every 60 days. According to the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside, some of these could lead to economic losses to the state of about $3 billion each year. We'll discuss the issues surrounding invasive species from Scotch broom to Asian carp and beyond.

Meal Ticket: Paying for a Reservation at SF Restaurants

If you want a reservation at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco, you may have to pay to hold your spot. Some restaurants are adopting a new ticket system that requires patrons to pay for their reservation when they make it, reducing the risk of both no-shows and food waste. The pay-in-advance setup is already in use in Chicago and Los Angeles, where chefs had complained about losing up to $1,000 every night due to no-shows. We'll discuss the pros and cons of the system, and how it might change your fine dining experience.

Petaluma Slaughterhouse Indicted for Selling Condemned Beef

The Rancho Feeding Corp. has been indicted for selling tainted beef that was condemned by USDA inspectors and processed from cows with eye cancer. The Petaluma slaughterhouse was shut down earlier this year amid an international recall of nearly 9 million pounds of processed beef. Now, three employees have been charged with 11 felony counts, including misleading USDA inspectors and processing and distributing condemned meat. What do these indictments mean for the beef industry and food safety in the Bay Area?

The California Report

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.

Oakland's Unauthorized Skateboard Site

Years of cuts to education, as well as parks and recreation, have left many parts of the state with a shortage of resources for sports and other activities. So it might seem like a no-brainer that a volunteer-built skatepark in a neglected part of Oakland is just what the neighborhood needs. The problem is, it was built without permission.

Kaiser, Nurses Union Brace for Contract Battle

California's powerful nurses' union is gearing up for a fight with Kaiser Permanente, the largest hospital system in the state. Bargaining for a new contract at Northern California hospitals begins next week. A lot has changed politically and economically since the last contract sailed through four years ago.