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Capturing Storm Runoff Could Supply Water to Millions of Californians a Year, Study Finds
Researchers say if California could collect and treat more stormwater in cities, it could provide enough water to supply a quarter of the state’s urban population.

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Capturing Storm Runoff Could Supply Water to Millions of Californians a Year, Study Finds
A brown river flows through a city with concrete banks and fencing on either side, buildings and power lines in the backdrop.
As Monster Winter Storm Hits Sierra, Weather Forecast Predicts More Than 10 Feet of Snow
From Seadragons to Ospreys: Squidtoons Explores Science Through Comics
A collage of titles and illustrations from the Squidtoon comic series. Titles read: "Don't Harass the Seagrass!" "Anatomy of the Pacific Hagfish" Anatomy of the Pacific Mackerel" "Gimme Babies Or Gimme Death!" "Anatomy of the Velella velella" "Anatomy of the Osprey"
50 Years Ago, ‘Blazing Saddles’ Broke Wind — and Box Office Expectations
Marin County’s Best Late-Night Restaurant Is a Poker Room With $26 Prime Rib
Man cuts a piece of prime rib while eating at the bar.
My Daughters Sold Girl Scout Cookies. Here’s what I Learned in the Thin Mint Trenches
A plate of a variety of cookies sits surrounded by different Girl Scouts Cookie boxes.

Housing Affordability

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Despite Progress, Santa Clara County Sees Sharp Rise in First-Time Homelessness

The number of households becoming homeless for the first time spiked last year. Advocates say ongoing rent increases, stagnant wages and the expiration of pandemic-era protections are to blame.
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Larkspur Voters to Decide Future of Rent Control In Their City

Larkspur landlords are spending big to take down Measure D, which would impose rent control in the city, but tenant activists say it doesn’t go far enough.
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Proposition A: Why SF Is Asking Voters For a $300 Million Affordable Housing Bond

It’s the third time in a decade that San Francisco voters will be asked to approve a general obligation bond for affordable housing.
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SF Mayor London Breed Reverses Course on Proposed Sober Living Site After Community Pushback

The decision comes less than two weeks after the mayor announced the opening of 149 units at a hotel wedged between North Beach and Chinatown.

Immigration

People protesting, including adults and children, with a young girl holding a sign that says "We're not done dreaming."

Research Finds Immigration Enforcement Hurts Students and Hinders Schoolwork — but Schools Offer Support

According to UCLA's policy brief, children of 'unauthorized immigrants' between the ages of 6 and 16 are 14% more likely to repeat a grade, while those aged 14 to 17 are 18% more likely to drop out of school altogether.
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New Bay Area Immigration Court Opens, Aims to Tackle Deportation Backlog

The federal immigration court opening in Contra Costa County will nearly double the capacity of San Francisco’s overburdened court. But advocates fear it could rush asylum seekers and other immigrants through deportation proceedings without lawyers.
A chain-link fence with barbed wire at the top of a detention facility. An American flag waves in the distance.

California Advocacy Group Sues ICE, Judge Orders Release of All Immigration Policies

The immigration agency has until Oct. 31 to release a trove of internal documents under a transparency lawsuit brought by a San Diego-based immigrant advocacy group. 

Half Moon Bay Farm Involved in Shooting Paid $126,000 in Workplace Violations

California Terra Garden paid $84,000 in back wages and $42,500 in penalties under federal protections for agricultural workers. A Department of Labor investigation into Concord Farms, the second site of consecutive shootings, is ongoing.

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A brown river flows through a city with concrete banks and fencing on either side, buildings and power lines in the backdrop.

Capturing Storm Runoff Could Supply Water to Millions of Californians a Year, Study Finds

Researchers say if California could collect and treat more stormwater in cities, it could provide enough water to supply a quarter of the state’s urban population.

As Monster Winter Storm Hits Sierra, Weather Forecast Predicts More Than 10 Feet of Snow

The National Weather Service is telling people not to travel in the mountains due to blizzard conditions.
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'I'm Not a Prepper': Why Is Bay Area Billionaire Marc Benioff Buying Up So Much Land in Hawaii?

A mystery has been brewing in a small ranching town on Hawaii's Big Island. Word has it that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff bought the land, stirring worries about what he plans to do with it.

Newsom Vows to Take Latest Recall Effort 'Very, Very Seriously'

Gov. Gavin Newsom discussed the recall attempt in a wide-ranging interview with KQED’s Political Breakdown. The episode will drop into podcast feeds today.

'Another Path': San Mateo County to Launch Unarmed Mental Health Crisis Response Program

Teams will work independently of law enforcement and be tasked with responding to mental health-related calls anywhere in the county and connecting people to appropriate services.

Seeing Bad Bunny at Chase Center? From Parking and Bag Policies, Here's What to Know

If you're going to one of Bad Bunny's shows in San Francisco this week, here's everything you need to know about getting to Chase Center, parking and bag policies.
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Hidden in the Oakland Hills Is An Outdoor Gallery of Murals

Hike near Leona Heights in Oakland, and you might come across vibrant graffiti art painted on the concrete remnants of an old conveyor tram that transported rock down the hill.

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