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Giants Plan New ‘Neighborhood’ at Mission Rock; Artist’s Rendering

April 5, 2012 | 11:13 am

Giants Plan New ‘Neighborhood’ at Mission Rock; Artist’s Rendering

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It was a big day for a little parking lot. The San Francisco Giants announced yesterday their intention to turn Lot A — where fans often pay up to $30 to park on game day — along with historic Pier 48 into a 27-acre mixed use residential and commercial development. The land is currently owned by […]

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February 29, 2012 | 2:47 pm

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Says Sufi Complex Can Go Forward

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KQED’s Stephanie Martin reports that the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied appeals of the Planning Commission’s approval of a planned 66,000-square-foot complex by Sufism Reoriented in a quiet residential area just outside Walnut Creek. Some minor language changes were made to clarify aspects of the parking code, Martin says. Supporters gave the […]

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Comments on the Proposed Sufi Sanctuary in Contra Costa County

February 28, 2012 | 5:39 pm

Comments on the Proposed Sufi Sanctuary in Contra Costa County

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Tomorrow at a special meeting of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, this agenda item: HEARING to consider appeals filed by Sufism Reoriented, Saranap Homeowners Organization, Sherilyn Fry, Marvin and Carol Rasmussen, Mark Redmond, Patricia Perry, Steven Siegal, Terrence Barnum, Sally Wood and I. Harold Houseley, Curtis and Deborah Trenor, and Robert Nuzum et. al. […]

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East Bay Sufi Sanctuary Under Scrutiny; View Design Plans

February 28, 2012 | 10:00 am

East Bay Sufi Sanctuary Under Scrutiny; View Design Plans

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A Walnut Creek-based Sufi congregation is facing community opposition to its plans for a new complex. Sufism Reoriented’s proposal calls for a 66,000 square-foot facility including a worship hall, classrooms, a cafe, a bookstore and a chorus rehearsal room. But some residents say the facility would cause traffic and parking problems. A second hearing on […]

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Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium

February 22, 2012 | 9:47 am

Interview: San Jose Earthquakes’ President on Concerns About New Soccer Stadium

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The agenda for the San Jose Planning Commission meeting tonight includes the proposal for a soccer stadium put forward by the San Jose Earthquakes.  If this sounds familiar, it should; the Planning Commission approved the project in December of last year.  But members of the Newhall Neighborhood Association filed an appeal (pdf), and so the […]

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February 7, 2012 | 7:10 am

Breakfast Blend: That Slackliner Bouncing Around with Madonna? Humboldt State University Grad

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with a handful of links to cool and/or important stories outside the Bay Area local readers should check out. HSU grad performs at Super Bowl with Madonna; slackliner introduces sport to millions of Americans (Times Standard) Proposal to establish rights for domestic workers splits lawmakers (Los Angeles […]

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Tech Boom-Era Mall Reboots (Photos)

February 3, 2012 | 4:58 pm

Tech Boom-Era Mall Reboots (Photos)

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From the outside, San Francisco’s busy intersection of 4th and Mission might seem to have two shopping malls: one bustling on the northwest corner and one languid on the southeast. But if planners behind the revitalized Metreon have their way, that southeast corner will neither feel duplicative nor languid, as the complex relaunches this weekend. […]

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State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

January 13, 2012 | 10:38 am

State Architect: Fixing Seismic Oversight For Schools a ‘High Priority’

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by Corey G. Johnson, California Watch Newly appointed State Architect Chester Widom said yesterday that he is “digging deep” and looking at all possible solutions to address issues cited in a recent audit critical of the state’s seismic safety regulator for public schools. Speaking for about five minutes near the end of yesterday’s state Seismic Safety […]

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Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status

November 29, 2011 | 3:06 pm

Hidden Beat-era Enclave Could Get National Historic Status

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You’ve probably never heard of the Northern California enclave Druid Heights. But you may have heard of some of its past inhabitants: Eastern philosopher Alan Watts, Beat poet Gary Snyder and pioneering lesbian writer Elsa Gidlow. The Marin IJ ran a fascinating piece about the cluster of 50s era buildings this week. The unusual outpost […]

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November 22, 2011 | 1:56 pm

State Senate Hearing on Caltrans Testing Scandal

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Watch the hearing live on The California Channel The Senate Transportation & Housing Committee is holding a hearing today on falsified testing data for various Bay Area construction projects by a former Caltrans employee. From the Sac Bee today: Caltrans released thousands of pages of new information Monday about data fabrications and other problems in […]

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