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Rains good for ending wildfire danger, bad for toxic runoff in burn zones

The recent rain that put a welcome end to wildfire season in badly burned Northern California has a downside: toxic runoff. Though no major problems have been reported in the Wine Country, which was hit [Read entire story]

National Park Service veteran named to head Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Laura Joss, a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service who has led the agency’s West Coast office for the past year and a half, was appointed to the top post at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on [Read entire story]

Big Sur back in business with opening of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1

The famously fractured Big Sur coast was reconnected Friday when the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Monterey County’s scenic Highway 1 opened to traffic. The new steel bridge, which spans a deep ravine [Read entire story]

Big Sur back in business with opening of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1

The famously fractured Big Sur coast was reconnected Friday when the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Monterey County’s scenic Highway 1 opened to traffic. The new steel bridge, which spans a deep ravine [Read entire story]

FEMA mounts response to California wildfires

The federal government has dispatched one of the largest teams of disaster experts that California has seen in recent years to assist with the state’s firefighting efforts — and what promises to be a long and [Read entire story]

Deadly fires show how northern state is becoming more like fire-prone south

The catastrophic fires that have ravaged Wine Country this week may be unprecedented in their toll, but they’re only the latest in a wave of infernos that have blasted through the hills and valleys north of San [Read entire story]

San Francisco, Oakland sue major oil companies over rising seas

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing some of the world’s largest oil companies over climate change, joining an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by [Read entire story]

Big setback for Gov. Brown’s twin-tunnels project in the delta

California’s biggest agricultural water supplier said Tuesday that it’s not ready to spend money on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed delta tunnels plan, a decision that could threaten the future of the $17 billion [Read entire story]

Gov. Brown’s grand water-tunnel project runs into money uncertainty

Just months after Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shore up California’s water system with two giant tunnels won key approval from regulators, the $17 billion project is running into potential financial problems. [Read entire story]

Judge: Trump can’t block public safety money for sanctuary cities

President Trump’s effort to punish cities that don’t cooperate with the administration’s roundup of undocumented immigrants was dealt another blow Friday when a federal judge in Illinois said the U.S. Justice [Read entire story]

Is climate change wreaking weather havoc? Evolving science seeks answers

When San Francisco hit 103 degrees in June 2000, a new high after more than a century of record-keeping, the forces of global warming were likely at work. But scientists weren’t ready to go there. [Read entire story]

5 things you should know about Trump’s move to end DACA

What is DACA? DACA is short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects certain people who were brought into the country illegally as children from being deported. Former [Read entire story]

Officials missed big picture before Oroville Dam spillway failed, experts say

The most detailed report yet on what went wrong at Oroville Dam last winter when 180,000 people fled amid fears of flooding found that state and federal officials failed to uncover long-standing construction and [Read entire story]

Yosemite’s south entrance closed because of wildfire

Yosemite National Park’s southern entrance remained closed Thursday because of a fast-moving wildfire that burned seven structures and prompted authorities to close Highway 41 just outside the park. [Read entire story]

Piedmont’s embattled ex-mayor is leaving City Council

Piedmont’s embattled councilman and former mayor, who gave up his honorary mayor’s post Sunday after being criticized for insensitive Facebook posts, announced Wednesday that he’s stepping down from the City [Read entire story]

Ten homes burned, hundreds threatened by another wildfire in Oroville area

State fire officials have arrested a 29-year-old Oroville man who they say let an illegal campfire burn out of control in rural Butte County where it torched at least 10 homes and on Wednesday was threatening hundreds [Read entire story]

Man ravages Santa Rosa medical center in drug-fueled, naked tirade

A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting at least four people at a Santa Rosa medical center, then stripping off his clothes and fleeing naked down the street in a drug-fueled tirade. [Read entire story]

Most of SF’s Presidio now will be open Saturday

Most of San Francisco’s Presidio will open to the public on Saturday, the National Park Service said after a right-wing group canceled plans for a rally at Crissy Field. Officials at Golden Gate [Read entire story]

Permit approved — with restrictions — for far-right rally at San Francisco’s Crissy Field

The National Park Service said Wednesday that a right-wing rally will be allowed to go forward Saturday at park-managed Crissy Field in San Francisco, but that much of the Presidio will be shut down to accommodate it. [Read entire story]

Permit for right-wing Crissy Field rally to get 2nd look by officials

The National Park Service on Wednesday acknowledged widespread concern over plans to hold a right-wing rally at Crissy Field in San Francisco next week, and said it would make a decision soon on whether to let the event [Read entire story]