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Real estate: Downtown Fremont anchor project lands three new merchants

FREMONT — A mixed-use housing and retail project that is poised to help breathe new life into downtown Fremont has landed three new merchants, including shops and a restaurant. The new commercial sites are part of the Capitol Square mixed-use development near the corner of Capitol Avenue and State Street.
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Marin Independent Journal

Drought: Marin, Saudi crown prince eyeing same desalination plants

Marin County water officials are thinking of buying three desalination plants to bolster local supplies, but they’re facing an unlikely competitor — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Marin Municipal Water District, which might deplete its reservoirs by next summer if the drought continues, had considered renting two...
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Bay Area cities join lofty Biden plan to tackle homelessness

The Biden administration launched a new push Monday to house 100,000 Americans by the end of 2022 as the mayors of the Bay Area’s three biggest cities — all struggling with homelessness on a massive scale — jumped on board. The House America initiative, which also aims to create at...

San Francisco Mayor Defends Dancing Maskless at Crowded Nightclub: ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’

San Francisco’s mayor is facing criticism after being accused of breaking her own COVID rules while dancing maskless at a crowded nightclub. On Thursday evening, Mayor London Breed partied sans face covering at the Black Cat Club—and someone caught it all on tape. CBS5 KPIX reports that the mayor is now defending her behavior. “We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed. She insists that she followed her city’s health orders because she was actively drinking at the time; ergo, masks weren’t necessary. But video footage shows her getting up to dance. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask,” Breed said. In the weeks prior, she had warned San Francisco residents to avoid big gatherings. Breed previously faced controversy after attending the infamous French Laundry dinner with California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

SF Resumed Peak-Hour Towing Enforcement Today

Another local law that was temporarily tossed out during COVID went back into effect Monday, and your car could now again be towed if parked in restricted peak-hour areas. Maybe you have a sign on your street that says “No Stopping 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.,” or “No Stopping 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.,” or something that threatens to tow your car during a weekday time that can be construed as Rush Hour. And maybe you’ve been ignoring that sign for the last year and a half, because like many parking laws during COVID-19, the city has been just flat-out not enforcing the laws.

Fun Things to do in Marin and the Bay Area this Week: September 20-26

Pronzini Pumpkin Patch opens for the season this Saturday. Keep the kiddos busy! Here's out list of fun things to do with the kids for the week of September 20–26. We've broken it down day-by-day with suggestions for activities, outings, events, and more that you can use to help plan out your week.

Study finds Richmond most diverse city in the U.S.

The Bay Area is the most diverse in the U.S., and guess which city is the most diverse in the Bay Area? Richmond, according to a new study by Finder. In identifying the most diverse cities in the U.S., Finder reviewed census data for 17 diversity indicators and then sectioned them off into three categories including cultural, socioeconomic and household diversity.

The historic Point Bonita Lighthouse

(Ezra Shaw / Getty Images) (SAUSALITO, Calif.) A small, albeit stark, collection of white buildings sits along the dark cliffs at the southern edge of the Marin Headlands. The area, a hilly peninsula that marks the northern entrance to the San Francisco Bay, was once the home of naval installations during World War II. That small cluster of white buildings, however, predates even those 80-year-old naval bunkers.

Instagram dodges photogs' copyright lawsuit over embedding feature

(Reuters) - A group of photographers' allegations that Instagram's embedding tool enables users to infringe their copyrights have been dismissed by a San Francisco federal court. The Instagram feature doesn't violate the photographers' exclusive right to display the pictures publicly because third-party websites that embed the images don't store their...
Marin Independent Journal

Marin social scene: San Rafael Elks’ ‘Music at the Mansion’

The San Rafael Elks’ second “Music at the Mansion” outdoor concert raised more than $1,000 for the Fallen Heroes Foundation at the San Rafael lodge. The event was attended by 145 people, including Andy Allen, Danon O’Hearn, Ed Vigil, Eric Holm, Kanela Silva and Krista Dixon, all of San Rafael; Dean Aure, Deb Lazzarini and Tomas Kaselionis, all of Novato; Louis Bouc and Anya Bandt, both of Sausalito; Marian Barber and Zoe Hunter, both of Fairfax; Vernon Black, of Terra Linda, and Virginia Sargent, of Tiburon.

Regional park district disputes fire agency’s effort to dictate wildfire management policy

A dispute over fire regulations is pitting the Moraga-Orinda Fire District against the East Bay Regional Park District just as the height of fire season arrives. . The fire district has issued citations stating that the parks are in violation of fire codes, while the park district insists that it mitigates hazardous fuels with its own fire department and is not subject to fire district authority. 

Port of Oakland sees increase in import volume

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – As vessel services were reduced, the amount of import cargo went up at the Port of Oakland for the month of August. Data shows that the Port “received the equivalent of 97,850 20-foot import containers” last month, which is 1.6% up from August of 2020. The...