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July 23, 2013 | 12:02 pm

Video of Today’s America’s Cup Action: Luna Rossa vs. Emirates Team New Zealand

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It’s time for today’s Louis Vuitton Cup action, and lucky us, this one was a race that actually had two boats facing off — Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Emirates Team New Zealand. We don’t want to spoil this for the 12 regular readers who have been following this closely (ha ha! Just kidding, America’s […]

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July 23, 2013 | 10:19 am

Time-Lapse Video: Artemis Launches Its New America’s Cup Boat

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The America’s Cup has had its share of problems, including a lag in fundraising and a disappointingly small number of challengers. The event has also had to suffer through the embarrassment of a number of Louis Vuitton Cup races, which will determine who will take on reigning champ Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup […]

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The Long, Strange Saga of Brett Richards and the Ross Valley Sanitary District

July 17, 2013 | 2:40 pm

The Long, Strange Saga of Brett Richards and the Ross Valley Sanitary District

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Yesterday, the Marin County district attorney announced that former Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) general manager Brett Richards had been arrested in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines, following a bizarre year that started with his abrupt emailed resignation from the agency in July 2012 and his subsequent disappearance. The arrest happened on July 11. Since then, the […]

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Anti-Tunnel Group Says State Is Stealing Its Signs

July 15, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Anti-Tunnel Group Says State Is Stealing Its Signs

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Sign-stealing is a hallmark of local politics. But Stockton-based Restore The Delta isn’t blaming a bunch of campaign volunteers for some missing protest signs. It’s blaming the California Department of Transportation. The group opposes one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s top priorities: two massive tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Save Our […]

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July 9, 2013 | 11:52 am

America’s Cup Action Continues, After a Fashion; Replay of Today’s ‘Race’

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Update: The round-robin race is now over. Emirates Team New Zealand won — it had no opponents (for the second race in a row), but there you have it. Andddd @EmiratesTeamNZ screams across the finish line at 43.26 knots #americascup #bestsailorsfastestboats pic.twitter.com/7FJAPiRMBa — America’s Cup (@americascup) July 9, 2013 Sweden’s Artemis Racing was originally scheduled […]

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Find Out Which Bay Area Beaches Are Contaminated With the Most Bacteria

June 27, 2013 | 10:24 am

Find Out Which Bay Area Beaches Are Contaminated With the Most Bacteria

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On Wednesday the National Resources Defense Council released a report on the water quality of beaches all around the country. It starts out with this pleasant thought: “The water at your local beach might be contaminated by human and animal waste, putting your health at risk: bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens in that waste can […]

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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan Hit With Flood of Lawsuits

June 18, 2013 | 8:26 am

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan Hit With Flood of Lawsuits

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Several opposing groups have filed at least four lawsuits against a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that was adopted in May. The suits, filed over the course of the past month by environmental groups and water users, argue the Delta Plan does not fulfill its […]

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East Bay Water District Approves 20% Rate Increase

June 12, 2013 | 8:47 am

East Bay Water District Approves 20% Rate Increase

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(BCN) East Bay Municipal Utility District directors voted 5-2 Tuesday to increase customers’ water rates by 19.25 percent over the next two years to pay for infrastructure and maintenance work. The rate hike calls for the typical single-family EBMUD customer to pay an extra $8.15 a month in water rates over the next two years […]

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East Bay Water District to Vote on 20% Rate Hike

June 10, 2013 | 2:12 pm

East Bay Water District to Vote on 20% Rate Hike

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After 18 years of increasing rates, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will vote Tuesday on a plan to hike rates yet again. If the district’s board of directors approves a proposed budget, water rates will go up 9.75 percent starting July 1 of this year and another 9.5 percent the year after. The average […]

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Rent-Free Near Sausalito for 50 Years … On an Illegal Boat

May 22, 2013 | 5:30 am

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Rent-Free Near Sausalito for 50 Years … On an Illegal Boat

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Marin County is one of the most expensive places to live in the Bay Area, which in turn is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Unless you live in an anchor-out, that is—then your housing costs are practically nil. Anchor-outs are boats that people are living illegally off the coast […]

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