- California's strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. Its report says "state pesticide regulators allowed growers to blow through the health limits" on the fumigant, 1, 3-D, "despite concerns from state scientists. The decision increased cancer risk for people living in more than 100 California communities, documents and interviews show."
- Dianne Feinstein is taking a just-hold-on-a-moment-Buster approach before she endorses Ed Lee for re-election. One of her qualms: The recent legalization of short-term rentals in the city, as arranged by Airbnb. (SF Chronicle)
- The race for Alameda mayor is the squeakiest of squeakers. No winner yet, as the count goes on. (KCBS)
- "I've never seen anything like this sort of expansion from any one company," said one broker about Google's real estate buying spree over the past several years. The company now has enough space to accomodate 30,000 more workers. (San Jose Mercury News)
- Expatriate Catalans voting in San Jose, California? Yep, Sunday, in a symbolic referendum on making the region independent from Spain. (San Jose Mercury News)
Farmworkers harvest strawberries in California. (Sam Hodgson/CIR)