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  • Port of Oakland workers will strike Monday night at Oakland International Airport's Terminal 1. On Tuesday, picketers will target both the airport and the port.

    Oakland Tribune
  • Hoping to chip away at its reputation for being a tough place to start a business, Sacramento has embraced a plan that business owners will cheer, but some drivers may jeer.

    Sacramento Bee
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    Building a modern-day tunnel in one of the country’s most active seismic zones starts with...four engineering experts, a Caltrans spokesperson, a week of data-filled emails, and a lengthy exploration of who’s missing and what they’d say if they were sitting at the same table....In an earthquake — even The Big One — the all-new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel might be the safest spot in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Wired
  • Alameda County election officials reported Friday that the "yes" vote for the tax increase was 66.53 percent of the 527,403 ballots--about 667 votes shy of the required two-thirds support needed to pass.

    Contra Costa Times
  • The American auto industry has a new darling, but it doesn't come from the Big Three or even Motor City. Instead, it comes from the West Coast — Silicon Valley, to be precise....For much of the electric car movement, there has been a kind of "eat your spinach" factor, but the Model S changes all that.

    NPR
  • The Environmental Protection Agency declined on Friday to relax its requirement on the use of corn ethanol in gasoline, rejecting a request from several states related to a steep decline in the nation’s corn production.

    New York Times
  • A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California's ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68 billion project to continue at an aggressive pace.

    USA Today
  •  It’s no secret that Bay Area streets aren’t in the best condition. We’ve all driven over a pothole in the middle of the road and hoped that our tires would hold up. In April 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the Bay’s roadways a D+ grade, saying the low rating should be “a concern to all.”...More than a year later, the situation hasn’t improved. Last month, a report from Oakland Public Works found that 61 percent of the city’s roads were in poor or fair condition. And a new survey by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission shows that the 42,600 lane-miles of local streets and roads in the Bay Area are mostly in fair condition, scoring 66 out of a possible 100 points. 

    Bay Citizen
  • ...Governing takes a look at some of the candidates whose names have been bandied about and other officials who might be worth a look. They range from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to former U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, to Will Kempton, former Caltrans director.

    Governing
  • The Planning Commission on Thursday reluctantly approved a proposed cap on the number of micro-apartments that can be built in the city.

    SF Chronicle