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Behind The Scenes In California’s Race For Governor

At a Berkeley conference, strategists dish on a governor's race they say was never boring.

Soda Tax Debate As Nasty As Ever, Proponents Point Fingers at Sacramento

Campaign consultants spar at Saturday event over lessons learned from the November campaigns.

Leaders Differ Over What’s Driving Oakland’s Fluctuating Crime Rates

Police, criminologists and community leaders disagree on reasons for dip in robberies after high in 2013.

The Cheap Date That Was California’s 2014 Race for Governor

A California governor's race hasn't been run this cheaply since bell bottoms were in style.

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Judge Issues Temporary Ruling in City College Accreditation Dispute

On Friday, a judge issued a temporary ruling that may allow City College of San Francisco to resubmit evidence in its fight to maintain accreditation. We'll discuss the decision and its possible effects on the college.

San Francisco Chronicle Names New Editor-in-Chief

Audrey Cooper has been named editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, making her the first woman to hold the title in the paper's 150 years in operation. We'll get her vision for the future of the paper, including her plans to hire more investigative reporters.

Return of Foie Gras Pits Restaurants, Farmers Against Animal Groups

Last week, a federal district judge struck down California's ban on the sale of foie gras, ruling that the ban conflicted with federal law. As restaurants rush to put the delicacy back on their menus and the state considers whether to appeal, we discuss the implications of the ruling. What will it mean for diners, farmers and overall animal welfare?

Oakland Calls on Charters to Revive Underperforming Schools

Citing low test scores and declining enrollment, Oakland Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson has announced a plan to revive five of Oakland's most troubled schools. Under the Intensive Support Schools Initiative, the district will invite charter organizations and other groups to submit proposals to redesign the schools and re-launch them in 2016. What will the plan mean for students, parents and teachers?

The California Report

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.