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Lydia O'Connor
Lydia O’Connor is a San Francisco editor for The Huffington Post. Before joining HuffPost, Lydia graduated from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is a fifth generation, born-and-raised San Franciscan, urban living enthusiast and burrito snob.

Entries by Lydia O'Connor

Watch How Much California's Drought Improved This Week

(14) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:34 PM

When it comes to drought, California is no longer “exceptional.”

Data released Thursday, after recent heavy rains, shows that just 32 percent of California now faces “exceptional drought,” the most severe level of dryness recorded by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The week before, 55 percent of the state...

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Lawyers Stage 'Die-Ins' To Call Out Broken Legal System

(11) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Hundreds of lawyers and members of the legal community are staging “die-ins” outside courthouses around the country in a mass effort to speak out against the legal system that employs them.

More than 250 lawyers, law students, law professors and others lay outside Los Angeles’ Stanley Mosk Courthouse in the...

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Jerry Brown Remains Silent On Protests Commanding San Francisco Bay Area

(15) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Just hours after protesters chained themselves to Oakland Police Headquarters in one of the demonstrations that have dominated the San Francisco Bay Area since Nov. 24, California Gov. Jerry Brown insisted on having a different conversation.

“I’m here to talk about climate change,” Brown repeatedly told reporters...

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Undocumented Immigrants Flock To Get Driver's Licenses Under New California Law

(83) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 9:16 PM

California Department of Motor Vehicles locations, often the bane of a driver’s existence, will be exciting places for more than 1 million Californians next month.

Effective Jan. 2, undocumented immigrants in the state will be able to obtain driver’s licenses and car insurance for the first time since...

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Finally, Some Good News In The California Drought

(19) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 7:58 PM

The “storm of the decade” that hit California this week shut down schools, flooded roadways and, unlike other recent downpours, provided some relief for a state suffering through its fourth year of exceptional drought. But there's still a long way to go.

“Heavy rains really...

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California's Worst Storm In Nearly A Decade Shuts Schools

(51) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:58 PM

Three school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area have canceled school on Thursday in preparation for what meteorologists are predicting may be the area's strongest storm in nearly a decade.

Public school districts in San Francisco, Oakland and Novato announced the...

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Campus Police Officer Faces Termination For Refusing To Use Stun Gun On Student

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Amid national outrage over brutal behavior by police officers, a university police officer in California received notice of termination last week because he refused to use his stun gun on a suicidal student, despite demands by other officers for him to do so. The incident, the officer's supporters...

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How A 7-Year-Old Girl Persuaded A Publisher To Drop 'For Boys' From A Book's Cover

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:57 AM

When 7-year-old Parker Dains picked up a copy of Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs at the library, she flipped the book over and saw something totally unnecessary.

“It said biggest baddest books for boys, and it made me very unhappy. Girls can like bugs too,” the Milpitas, California,...

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California First State To Ban Wildlife-Killing Contests, Activists Say

(97) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:26 PM

You'll no longer be allowed to kill coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other animals to win a prize in California. The state just became the first to outlaw such hunting competitions, according to conservationists.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to ban predator killing contests for...

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Colin Kaepernick May Have Just Given One Of The Shortest Interviews Ever

(93) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:38 PM

“I don’t remember.”

“Couldn’t tell you.”


These are some of the more expressive answers San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick provided reporters on Wednesday during his weekly media meeting, which all NFL players are required to provide or face being fined.

Kaepernick, who played one of...

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San Francisco Ads Aim To Reveal Who Homeless People Really Are

(9) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:07 PM

When you have Silicon Valley bigwigs publicly slamming San Francisco’s homeless residents as “hyenas” and "degenerates" and suggesting we should just hand them all vodka and cigarettes, you know there’s an empathy gap somewhere.

It’s that kind of thinking that the San Francisco Coalition...

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Police Broke Protesting Students' Bones And Caused A Concussion, Lawsuit Claims

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Two City College of San Francisco students who report suffering from broken bones and a concussion, as well as being choked and pepper-sprayed, at the hands of campus and city police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday.

The alleged attacks on students Otto Pippenger, 21, and Dimitrios Philliou, 22,...

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'Revenge Porn' Law Sees First Conviction In California

(196) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:07 PM

A man who posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend without her consent on her employer’s Facebook page is the first person to be convicted under California’s “revenge porn” law, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office reported Monday.

Noe Iniguez, 36, of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday...

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'They're Murdering Our Kids And Getting Away With It'

(1024) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri came as no shock to the hundreds of Americans of color who have lost loved ones in officer-involved shootings. Below, some of these people discuss their experiences and share their thoughts on the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer...

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동성결혼 촬영을 거부하는 작가는 이런 사랑 이야기를 놓친다

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:10 AM

얼마전 캘리포니아의 urlove라는 사진작가 팀이 어느 동성애자 결혼식 촬영을 거부하면서 논란이 되었다. 그들을 고용하고자 했던 커플이 회사의 페이스북 페이지에 거절당한 사연을 올리자 온라인 커뮤니티에서 엄청난 반발이 있었고, 그 회사는 아예 문을 닫기로 결정했다.

부부 사진작가로 구성된 urlove는 자기들 사이트에 이렇게 적었다. "성에 대한 다른 견해를 가진 사람들을 사진촬영하는...

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University Of California Students Protest Tuition Hikes With Massive Campus Walkout

(82) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:46 PM

University of California students participated in a statewide campus walkout Monday as part of their ongoing protests against a significant tuition hike.

The movement is anchored at UC Berkeley, where hundreds of students have occupied the campus's Wheeler Hall since a committee of the UC Board of Regents...

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California Rainfall Is Nothing To Get Too Excited About

(11) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 6:10 PM

An unusual thing happened across California this week -- it rained.

But while heavy downpours pounded across the San Francisco Bay Area and brought about an inch of rain on Thursday, water and climate experts warned that the wet week doesn't promise much relief as the state...

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When Photographers Refuse To Capture Same-Sex Weddings, They Miss Out On Love Stories Like These

(40) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Earlier this week, San Rafael, California, photography team urloved made headlines after declining to photograph a same-sex couple's wedding. The would-be clients posted their experience on the company’s Facebook page, massive backlash from the community followed, and urloved decided to go out of business altogether.

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A Chihuahua Was The Mayor Of San Francisco For A Day

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:03 PM

It only makes sense in a city that's home to more dogs than kids.

A rescued Chihuahua mix named Frida spent Tuesday as the mayor of San Francisco after a tasteful commendation ceremony at City Hall, to which she wore a sequined fedora and a string of pearls....

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Taxi Industry's Protest Against Ridesharing Apps Backfires

(221) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 12:12 AM

San Francisco taxi drivers are done playing nice.

For two hours on Monday night at San Francisco International Airport, cabbies with the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance clogged lanes, blocked terminals, refused to pick up passengers and posted signs in their windows reading, “This vehicle has full-time insurance,...

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