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California's Wildfire Threat Is So Severe That The Season Started Early

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

Don’t let the recent rains and green hillsides fool you -- the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fresh growth is only c...

#SpeakAmerican? Sure.

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Adrian Kamalii

I could not help but be in awe of Coca Cola's "America The Beautiful" commercial. The spoken and visual messages were spot on. What, a diverse America? We speak different languages? Beautiful. I thought society was ready for a message of diversity.

Northern California Weekend Getaway: Half Moon Bay

Michele Bigley | Posted 12.08.2013 | Travel
Michele Bigley

Hidden in the shadows of San Francisco and Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay might not lure the masses to her shores, redwood groves, and hiking trails, but Bay Area peeps flock to this region in October. Read on to see why.

Scissors for Lefty: Indie Rock in the Bay Area

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 02.16.2013 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

Those of us at the University of California, San Francisco know Bryan Garza as a member of the facilities management team. By day he helps those of us on campus with various tasks but by night, he fronts the indie rock band Scissors for Lefty.

WATCH: The Lonely Beauty Of Point Reyes

Matt Brass | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Matt Brass

Point Reyes National Seashore is remarkably diverse, both in animal life and habitat.

John Christopher Stevens, 1960-2012: A Northern California Hero

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

As a Northern Californian myself for 50 years, I affirm that John Christopher Stevens was a distinct kind of hero, a special personality for Northern Californians as well as other Americans, Libyans and, in Mayor Lee's phrase, "citizens of the world."

Andrew Burmon

Reefer Madness Vs. Weed Tourism

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Burmon | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel

Thanks to its high crime rate and worse reputation, Oakland has never really attracted tourists despite its proximity to San Francisco's wharfs, flowe...

Starting Over

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 10.29.2012 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

I've fallen in love with SF despite its quirks and absurdly high cost of living. Sure, sometimes I miss the relative quiet of Boston when I'm stuck on MUNI with a burnt out hippie experiencing an intense acid flashback, but SF has become my home.

PHOTOS: 10 Seafood Adventures Across The Globe

JustLuxe | Posted 05.27.2012 | Travel
JustLuxe

Whether it's a dozen Fanny Bay oysters or a three-pound lobster, seafood lovers are particular about their own particular favorites and think nothing of going great distances to enjoy them.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: 'Worst Case Of Animal Cruelty' Rescue Group Has Witnessed

Posted 12.28.2011 | Green

A Northern California man was arrested this week for what some members of a local animal rescue group have described as the "worst cases of animal cru...

May We Suggest a Pinot With That Redwood Forest?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 11.04.2011 | Green
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Wine drinkers the world over simply can't get enough of the California Pinot grape and so Napa vineyards came up with the proposal to deforest pristine acres of majestic Redwoods and Douglas Firs in the small town of Annapolis, CA.

WATCH: Abandoned Dog Waits For Owner Near Highway

Posted 10.19.2011 | Green

A dog in Stockton, California has been been hiding near a highway bridge and eluding animal rescuers for days. According to the video from CBS Local N...

Yosemite Rangers Search for Hikers Believed Swept Over Falls

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 09.18.2011 | San Francisco

FRESNO, Calif. — A search and rescue operation at Yosemite National Park is set to resume at first light Wednesday in an area below a popular wa...

Plan for a Plan B

Laurie Arons | Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco
Laurie Arons

2011-07-11-weddingpull.gifIn years past, one could pretty much count on rain-free summers, but in our great state the weather has become so unpredictable lately that many unsuspecting have been caught off guard.

Elected Official Proposes Dividing California Into 2 States

AP | Posted 09.10.2011 | Los Angeles

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Thirteen mostly conservative California counties would break away to create a 51st state known as South California under a p...

Bay to Breakers: A Great Day for the Race... The Human Race

Tamie Adaya | Posted 07.19.2011 | Travel
Tamie Adaya

This usually wild and eccentric district was transformed into another dimension entirely. Even by Haight Street's wacky standards this oddball spectacle was out-of-this-world.

Shifting Our Notions of Nature: Musings on Natural and Manmade Disasters

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

By Carol Smaldino, CSW In the wake of the shattering disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear melt downs in Japan, news reports of the devastatio...

What Makes San Francisco San Francisco?

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

With all the hullaballoo about "San Francisco Values," I decided to add some facts to the subject. The people of San Francisco are true settlers of this country and helped to build America to what it is today.

10 Vintage Spots Chock-Full of Old California Culture

Trazzler.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Trazzler.com

Here are ten only-in-California kinds of places where the Golden State's past is present.

Anderson Valley Wine Country: 'Fierce, Rural Independence'

New York Times | Freda Moon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

In a generation, this 25-mile-long valley has gone from Northern California backwater to internationally known wine appellation. But unlike Napa and S...

Bookstore Cats: Where Do They Live In California?

SFGate | John McMurtrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A bookstore cat is a shop's mascot and keeper, equally adept at charming customers and, when the lights go out, chasing away rodents. And so let us ce...

Eating My Way through San Francisco in 24 hours

Claire Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Claire Thomas

Northern California gives me massive "the grass is always greener" yearnings. I love it up there. The food, the people, the architecture. So with 24 hours to pack it in, here's what I did.

Favorite Friends I've Never Met

Vicky Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Vicky Collins

Because of social networking I have a new circle of virtual friends who I enjoy and respect, even though we have never met or for that matter, may never meet.

Watching Elk Just Off Hwy 101

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Terry Gardner

Two Young Bucks Waiting to Rut All Photos: Terry Gardner Mama Elk and Babies (products of last year's rut) The Roosevelt elk must not...

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4

FORA.tv | FORA.tv | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4 The fourth incarnation of Lost Landscapes of San Francisco played to a sold out house at t...