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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 […]

Bay Area police departments say census data on diversity flawed

Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson is the first to acknowledge it — police departments in the Bay Area and across the country can and should be more diverse. “There’s no question that a lot of agencies are predominantly white,” Evenson said. He just wants to make one thing clear: His department isn’t all white. Read […]

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 […]

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 […]

San Jose, facing police exodus, already pays top dollar for officers

The toughest case to crack at the San Jose Police Department may be figuring out how to hire more cops when taxpayers already are paying more for their officers than nearly any Bay Area city – even as officers are fleeing for bigger paychecks elsewhere. Read More . . .

BART raises follow similar pay bumps for Bay Area workers, especially in government

During BART’s high-profile labor negotiations, much of the public anger was focused on union workers’ demands for extra pay when they already make some of the highest average salaries in the state. But it turns out the raises they received reflect the wage bumps that other Bay Area government employees already got in the last […]

BART workers’ paychecks already outpace their peers’

While BART and its unions fight over employee pay raises with another strike looming in a week, a new analysis by this newspaper reveals the rail line’s workers already have bigger paychecks than any of their peers. BART workers easily earned the most money on average last year among the 25 largest government agencies in […]

Short landings like Asiana 214 extremely rare

The deadly crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco not only marked the first time a passenger airliner landed short of the runway in the United States in two decades, but it also has become one of the rarest of aviation accidents in an era when pilots are guided by sophisticated technology in the […]