• Bay Area city managers highly paid regardless of city size

  • Bay Area police departments say census data on diversity flawed

  • Ranks of Bay Area police departments largely white

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

  • California provides scant information to families looking for residential elderly care

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 […]

Bay Area police departments by ethnicity

Note: Police demographic figures are US Census Bureau 2010 American Community Survey five-year estimates. According to the Census Bureau, “Data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability.” – as estimates they may not exactly reflect police demographics. Population demographics are based on 2012 ACS estimates. 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 . . .

Average water usage by supplier in California

A little-known California database that measures water use in every community shows huge differences in gallons per capita used daily. Read More . . .