- S.F. gives OK for CPMC to start getting permits (SF Chronicle)
California Pacific Medical Center's proposed massive expansion in San Francisco won approval Thursday to begin getting permits to build and renovate five medical facilities.
- Oaksterdam's Richard Lee to turn over marijuana businesses after raid (LA Times)
Richard Lee, whose bid to legalize marijuana in California brought him international attention, plans to give up ownership of his Oakland-based marijuana businesses after a federal raid this week seized many of their assets, including plants, bank accounts, records and computers.
- New plan crafted to limit Ocean Beach erosion (SF Chronicle)
The 3.5-mile shore that lines the city's western edge draws more than 300,000 visitors annually. More shrouded in fog than in sun, it is not a postcard-perfect stretch of sand. But its condition has worsened for years as waves - heightened by climate change - hammer at bluffs, parking lots and the Great Highway. A new, nonbinding plan by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a public-policy think tank, proposes solutions to a problem that will only intensify if, as expected, sea level rises 14 inches by 2050.
- S.F. mass slayings defendant pleads not guilty (SF Chronicle)
A San Francisco man who allegedly slaughtered five people in a home in San Francisco's Ingleside district last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges. Binh Thai Luc, 35, was charged with five counts of murder, five counts of robbery and one count of burglary stemming from the March 23 killings.
Police have recovered the gun they believe was used by a disgruntled former nursing student who went on a killing spree at a small private Christian university in East Oakland, authorities said. The .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was found in a tributary Friday morning along Leet Drive near Hegenberger Road, which is not on the stretch of the Oakland Estuary off Doolittle Drive that police had been searching since Tuesday.
Job prospects for thousands of California students are being threatened by the failure of state regulators to crack down on unapproved private vocational schools. Despite vowing to strengthen protections for Californians attending vocational nursing, technical and trade schools, and other private colleges, the regulators have allowed more than 130 schools to operate for months without state approval, according to state records.
Four years after a collapse in the salmon population shut down California's salmon fisheries, the prized fish could be ready for a spectacular comeback. As fishery managers on Thursday approved the longest commercial salmon fishing season in eight years, the industry was buzzing over staggering forecasts for the fall-run Chinook salmon populations from the Klamath and Sacramento rivers, the state's top spawning grounds.