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New Lawsuit Seeks to Force San Francisco to Drain, Restore Hetch Hetchy

Activists argue that water from reservoir in Yosemite National Park could be replaced at reasonable cost.

Supreme Court Now Focus of National Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage

At issue: whether states can ban, and refuse to recognize, marriages involving gay and lesbian couples.

Union Group Submits 2016 Initiative to Boost California’s Minimum Wage

The initiative would raise minimum wage in state to $15 an hour by 2021.

How to Help Nepal and Find Survivors in Earthquake Aftermath

Google launches Person Finder to help locate the missing; global aid organizations respond to disaster.

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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.

Oakland Teachers and Parents Rally for New Contract, Better Pay

Parents and teachers from Oakland Unified School District held a march on Tuesday demanding an increase in teacher pay and a reduction in class size. During the contract negotiations, some teachers have adopted a labor tactic known as "work-to-rule": working only the hours stipulated in their contract, and nothing more. We'll discuss the ongoing dispute and the impact of the "work-to-rule" practice on classrooms.

Supreme Court Hears Case on SFPD Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday over whether police must make accommodations in how they deal with a person who they know is mentally disabled. The case was prompted by the 2008 police shooting of a San Francisco woman with schizoaffective disorder. We'll discuss the case and the challenges around police interactions with mentally ill individuals.

A Setback for Redwood City Salt Pond Development

A developer's plan to construct 12,000 homes along the bay in Redwood City has been stalled. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will decide whether the Cargill Saltworks site falls under protection of the Clean Water Act, which would prohibit the development. We'll discuss what's at stake in the struggle to balance San Francisco Bay restoration efforts with a Bay Area housing shortage.

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.