Emily Gadek

( San Jose Mercury News ) // Mondays Supreme Court ruling on Arizonas controversial immigration law upheld the mandate for a police officer to ask for a persons immigration papers after stopping them. In California, the law is not so different from Arizonas, but enforcement varies widely and is often up to the discretion of individual officers ( Contra Costa Times ) // East Contra Costa Fire is looking for new firefighters, but not looking to pay them. After voters rejected a tax increase...

(Sacramento Bee) // Governor Jerry Brown is quietly moving to cut the number of retirees working for the state , but opponents of his plan say the cuts wont save significant money and will eliminate a pool of affordable and experienced workers... (San Francisco Chronicle) // San Francisco has a new idea to help curb panhandling in the city: pay panhandlers to foster a dog . The city believes many panhandlers already have access to supporting housing but bring out their signs to supplement...

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At around 10 oclock on a brisk spring morning in Oakland Hills, Danny Cieloha and Esther Fong walk along Davenport Avenue wearing bright orange vests with a neighborhood watch logo and carrying cell phones, in case they need to snap a picture or call for help. Theyre looking for anything thats unusual, says Fong. Things like young men out of their cars, walking the neighborhood, adds Cieloha. Both Cieloha and Fong have been involved in the watch for decades. Its changed over the years what...

(Mercury News) // Chefs across California are squeezing in extra foie gras on their menus and drawing the ire of animal rights groups. A statewide ban on the staple French cuisine made from fattened duck liver goes into effect July 1. The ban was passed back in 2004 to put an end to what some consider the inhumane treatment of ducks raised for the delicacy (Sacramento Bee) // Caltrans executives will consult with independent experts about the safety of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge....

(Mercury News) // The Santa Clara Valley Water District is under investigation after reports that hydraulic oil was spilled into several of the districts reservoirs. The investigation comes as the district is asking voters to go to the polls this November to renew taxes that support its Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection plan... (Sacramento Bee) // A day after Governor Jerry Brown proposed cuts to state government workers hours, many employees are wondering what the cuts will...

(Mercury News) // May Day rallies in Oakland and San Francisco Tuesday brought out union members, Occupy protestors, and police. At least 50 protestors were arrested across the region... (NY Times) // Status update: Facebook is encouraging organ donors to go public in a new Health and Wellness section... (WS Journal) // Speaking of going public, Facebook administrators will be hitting the road next week to woo investors before its likely May 18 IPO ... (SF Gate) // Not so melodious are the...

(SF Chronicle) // One of Californias oldest companies, Wells Fargo, is hosting a shareholders meeting, today, along with hundreds of Occupy protesters . Several demonstrators chained themselves together, and at least three who gained access to the closed-door meeting were escorted out... (Sacramento Bee) // While bank protests are one sign of a troubled economy, another indicator is actually putting the pedal to the metal. New car registrations are up by 18% in California compared with last...

The merger between the Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigate Journalism appears to be nearing completion... Deposed former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has filed a court petition in an effort to be reinstated... The FBI has been watching Bay Area mosques , and the practice is concerning civil liberties groups... There are reasons why a man accused of committing five murders in San Francisco hadnt been deported after serving time for armed robbery... Believe it or not, Los Angeles...