Bay Area

Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from the area.

Sleep Apps, Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest

These apps give us useful data, but not anywhere near the level of accuracy researchers get in labs.

Mission District Church Hosts Monthly Immigration Vigil

Walk through neighborhood drew more than 300, praying for the country's 11 million undocument immigrants.

A Reporter in the San Joaquin Valley Finds Fertile Ground for Storytelling

A glimpse of the complexity many miss as they hurry through the valley on their way somewhere else.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

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. The disparity is stark in Daly City, for example, which has a white population of just 14 percent -- but 100 percent of the police force is white. 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.

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.

The California Report

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.

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.