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Study: Disqualifying Hybrids From Carpool Lanes Slowed Down <em>Everybody</em>

October 11, 2011 | 9:40 am

Study: Disqualifying Hybrids From Carpool Lanes Slowed Down Everybody

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You’d think that kicking thousands of solo drivers out of the carpool lane would make traffic move faster…at least for carpoolers. But you’d be wrong, according to researchers from UC Berkeley. In 2005, California granted drivers of hybrid vehicles access to carpool lanes (regardless of the number of riders) as a way to spur adoption […]

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August 12, 2011 | 3:08 pm

Judge Delays Sentences for Chauncey Bailey’s Convicted Killers

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A judge delayed sentencing today for the two men convicted earlier this year of murdering Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey. After a hearing on questions that have arisen about the prosecution’s chief witness in the case, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon set Aug. 26 as the sentencing date for Yusuf Bey IV, the former […]

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August 12, 2011 | 1:19 pm

Adachi Moves to Enter Mayoral Race

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It’s looking like San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has jumped into race to be the city’s next mayor. The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner are reporting that Adachi filed his paperwork with the city today. From the Chronicle: Adachi today added his name to the candidate list with the Department of […]

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August 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Tight Deadline Today for the Conversion Crew at the O.co Coliseum

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Crews have been working all night at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and are by now deep into the intensive process of converting the home of the Raiders… into the home of the A’s. The Raiders kicked off their preseason last night, and the A’s play this evening, which is creating an unusually tight turnaround. This […]

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August 12, 2011 | 10:12 am

Buying an Electric Car? Why Not Throw in Some Solar Panels, Too?

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If you’ve been weighing the pros and cons of greening your drive with an electric vehicle, a new bundled deal from Ford and local solar manufacturer SunPower could be… illuminating. The new deal offers a significant discount on rooftop solar systems to buyers of the Ford Focus Electric car, which is slated to hit the […]

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Morning Splash: Hates Crimes Against Latinos Up In CA; Bay Area Layoffs Continue; New Proposal for Mavericks; Region’s Transit Ridership Up

August 12, 2011 | 8:06 am

Morning Splash: Hates Crimes Against Latinos Up In CA; Bay Area Layoffs Continue; New Proposal for Mavericks; Region’s Transit Ridership Up

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Number of hate crimes steady in California, but more reported against Latinos last year (Contra Costa Times) The number of hate crimes against Latinos in California spiked by about 47 percent last year after a decade of decline, according to a state report released Thursday. Reports of violence and vandalism motivated by bias remained steady […]

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New High School Dropout Data: Oakland at 37 Percent

August 11, 2011 | 3:32 pm

New High School Dropout Data: Oakland at 37 Percent

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About 18 percent of California high school students dropped out in 2010, according to new statewide data released today by the state’s Department of Education. In Oakland, however, that number is closer to 37 percent – one of the highest dropout rates in the state.  The dropout rate in the state’s largest school district, Los […]

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August 11, 2011 | 2:44 pm

BART On Alert for Possible Protest During PM Commute

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Several news outlets, including The Bay Citizen, are reporting that a demonstration is planned for today at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco. The AP reports the protest is in response to the July 3rd shooting of Charles Hill, a homeless man, by a BART police officer. SFist is reporting […]

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August 11, 2011 | 2:00 pm

What Color is Your (New) BART Train?

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Have an opinion about the color palette of the next generation of BART trains? Really feel strongly about the shape of your seat? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Tonight in Richmond is the first in a series of open houses where BART will present three conceptual designs created in collaboration with BMW Group Designworks […]

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New Foreclosure Numbers: Vallejo-Fairfield Fourth Highest in the Nation

August 11, 2011 | 1:07 pm

New Foreclosure Numbers: Vallejo-Fairfield Fourth Highest in the Nation

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One out of every 140 housing units in the Vallejo-Fairfield metro area is facing foreclosure, according to the latest numbers from RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for July 2011, making the North Bay region the fourth most-impacted in the country.  This is a 33 percent jump for the region since last month.   Statewide, the […]

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