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Rachael Bale

Rachael Bale is researcher for The Center for Investigative Reporting and occasional contributor to KQED News and The California Report.  A California native, she has a bachelor's degree in political science from Reed College and a master's degree in journalism from American University.

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October 18, 2013 | 6:22 am

Scenes and Stories from BART Strike 2.0

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Bay Area commuters react to, and report on, BART’s second strike in four months.

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Interactive Map: A History of San Francisco Place Names

April 29, 2013 | 12:05 pm

Interactive Map: A History of San Francisco Place Names

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In San Francisco, we have a lot of streets with no-nonsense names, like Pine, 3rd Street and Broadway. But what about Geary? Divisadero? Castro? Do you know what they’re named for? There’s a map for that. A new interactive map from Noah Veltman, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the BBC, gives the history behind the names of San […]

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Strike Delays Garbage Pickup in Parts of Alameda, Santa Clara Counties

April 18, 2013 | 3:34 pm

Strike Delays Garbage Pickup in Parts of Alameda, Santa Clara Counties

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A strike has disrupted garbage pickup in Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Fremont and Union City, and might affect Richmond as well. Workers there are picketing in support of striking Teamsters at Republic Services’ hauling yards in Tennessee. Areas Affected Teamsters Local 350′s work stoppage at the Newby Island Resource Recovery Park in Milpitas, which has […]

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After Boston Marathon Explosions, California Officials Examine Security at Home

April 15, 2013 | 5:13 pm

After Boston Marathon Explosions, California Officials Examine Security at Home

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After two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing at least two and injuring dozens, California law enforcement and emergency officials are  monitoring the situation and how it relates to California. California’s State Threat Assessment Center, which comprises the governor’s office, California Highway Patrol, the California Emergency Management Agency and the California Department […]

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What is Mark Zuckerberg’s Fwd.us?

April 11, 2013 | 2:50 pm

What is Mark Zuckerberg’s Fwd.us?

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., buzzing with the debut of his new organization, Fwd.us (say: “Forward Us”). What is it exactly? It has been called a lobbying group, a political action committee and a super PAC. But it is not really any of those. It’s organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the […]

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Report: Bay Area Community College Graduation Rates Sliding

April 10, 2013 | 3:23 pm

Report: Bay Area Community College Graduation Rates Sliding

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By Rachael Marcus and Charla Bear Fewer than half of students in California’s community colleges are completing their degrees, and Bay Area community colleges are no exception, according to new data released by the California Community Colleges on April 9. De Anza College in Cupertino had the highest graduation/certificate completion rate, at 66.6 percent, and Merritt College in Oakland […]

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UC, CSU, California Community Colleges — and the New University of California?

April 4, 2013 | 7:00 am

UC, CSU, California Community Colleges — and the New University of California?

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There’s the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges. Soon, there could be a fourth system of higher education — the New University of California. The catch? It wouldn’t offer classes. It wouldn’t charge tuition. And it wouldn’t hire professors. Instead, it would awards degrees based on mastery of skills and subjects, […]

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Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

April 3, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Gamers Mourn as LucasArts Gets Zapped

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For fans of such LucasArts games as “Star Wars,” the empire struck back on Wednesday — the Disney empire, that is. Reports spread rapidly that LucasArts, based in San Francisco’s Presidio, had ceased production of games, laying off 150 people, according to multiple sources. Game studio LucasArts is part of Lucasfilm, which Disney bought from […]

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Engineers Zero in on Bay Bridge Broken Bolt Solutions

March 28, 2013 | 11:27 am

Engineers Zero in on Bay Bridge Broken Bolt Solutions

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Engineers have yet to settle on a fix for the more than 30 bolts they found had cracked on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, but there are two likely fixes engineers could implement, said Steve Heminger, the executive director of Metropolitan Transportation Commission, on Forum Thursday morning. One is to replace all the bolts. […]

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DOMA Live Blog: Follow the Action in Tweets and Photos

March 27, 2013 | 6:00 am

DOMA Live Blog: Follow the Action in Tweets and Photos

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