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Bay Area city managers highly paid regardless of city size

Is your top local official the $433,000 guy at a medium-sized Bay Area city — that would be Palo Alto — whose compensation dwarfs the cash and benefits of his contemporaries? Or is she the $294,000 top executive in a city more than double the size — think across the bay to Hayward — with […]

Oakland homicides in 2014

Interactive map and database of 2014 Oakland homicides. Read More . . .

UFO sightings in the Bay Area 1949-1968

From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 UFO sightings and spent significant resources investigating each claim during an era rife with Cold War paranoia about enemies’ secret weapons. Read More . . .

Ranks of Bay Area police departments largely white

As the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white cop roils predominantly black Ferguson, Missouri, one of that community’s challenges is replicated even in the highly diverse Bay Area: White police officers disproportionately dominate in cities with large minority populations. More than 83 percent of larger cities in the region have higher percentages […]

Overtime costs at Bay Area governments soar since recession

As Bay Area governments have slashed their workforces in recent years, overtime pay has exploded, with nearly 1,500 public employees adding at least $50,000 in OT to their gross pay last year. Read More . . .

Bay Area’s hot spot for illegal wood burners: the North Bay

Nearly six years into a Bay Area ban on wood fires on bad air days, the most scofflaws are routinely found in the North Bay. The top three Bay Area cities and 11 of the top 15 cities for violations were found in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties over three burn seasons, according to Bay […]

California provides scant information to families looking for residential elderly care

According to the California Department of Social Services website, Valley Springs Manor is open for business and fully licensed. That may come as a surprise to the families of 19 residents who were abandoned at the facility in October because state regulators closed it for providing substandard care. The fact that state records don’t reflect […]

Fines levied against residential care facilities for the elderly

The Bay Area News Group’s Senior Care Database includes the number of fines levied against each residential care facility for the elderly in California in the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years, along with a listing of each individual fine and its amount. Read More . . .