'Together we rise:' Tens of thousands take part in Women's Marches across Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thousands took to the streets across the Bay Area Saturday for the fourth annual women's march, a movement to empower women politically.

Fewer people took part this year but organizers say the message is just as powerful.

The original march began in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, and drew hundreds of thousands of people in the nation's capital. The exact size of the turnout remains subject to a politically charged debate, but it's generally regarded as the largest Washington protest since the Vietnam era.

Local Lawmakers Want Funding to Purchase N3 Ranch for New State Park


SACRAMENTO – Senators Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and 15 other Bay Area legislators on Wednesday urged Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to provide funding to help acquire the N3 Ranch in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and preserve it as public parkland.

“This once-in-a-generation opportunity would help create one of the largest parks in California, protect a crucial watershed, fight climate change and provide accessible backcountry wilderness to millions of Californians,” Senator Wieckowski said.

California Looks to Pass Backup Power Laws for Cellphone Towers Across the State


By Evan Symon / California Globe 

In Sacramento on Wednesday, lawmakers met with representatives from AT&T and Verizon over what can be done about future planned blackouts. In addition, a new bill was introduced making it mandatory to have backup power in areas at risk of a wildfire.

Outcry after phones are cutoff during planned blackouts

Lt. Gov. Kounalakis & CA Lawmakers Back New Bill to Ban Store Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products


By National Herald Staff / The National Herald

SACRAMENTO, CA – Amid mounting concerns for the health and safety of young people, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, 30 state lawmakers, and a strong coalition of health, youth and community advocates are backing a tough new bill [to be] introduced today to ban sales of any flavored tobacco product in California stores.

Pleasanton Council talks state legislation with Bauer-Kahan


by Jeremy Walsh / Pleasanton Weekly

The State Legislature is set to reconvene after the winter recess on Monday, and the Pleasanton City Council recently received a recap of relevant legislative work in Sacramento from city staff and the Tri-Valley's Assembly member, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

State lawmaker proposing bill to guarantee cell tower power during PG&E shutoffs


By Phillipe Djegal / Kron 4

ORINDA (KRON) — The loss of cell phone service during public safety power shutoffs is unacceptable.

That’s the word from East Bay State Senator Steve Glazer.

During a news conference in Orinda Wednesday, Glazer announced proposed legislation to keep cell towers powered up when PG&E pulls the plug.

Depending on your cell phone carrier, in Orinda during last months PG&E public safety power shutoffs, you either got lucky and did not lose reception.

“We did not — but we had Verizon,” said resident Taylor Hurt. 

County, state officials announce plan to combat illegal dumping locally


Pleasanton Weekly

$750,000 in state funds acquired to create one-year pilot program

Top prosecutors and elected officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties joined together Wednesday to announce new funding and strategies aimed at preventing illegal dumping and waste.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Pleasanton's representative whose district also includes parts of Oakland that are affected by the problem, said something must be done because illegal dumping is "a plague on our society" and affects residents' quality of life.