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Berkeley Rep’s ‘Party People’ Puts Black Panther Movement to Music

An evening of theater that examines the ideals, history and legacy of the Black Panther Party.

California Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

Working with federal and state agencies, medical centers focus on training and response measures.

Golden Gate Bridge District Floats Idea of Charging Walkers and Cyclists

Amid lots of negative comment, officials discuss reviving toll that pedestrians paid through 1970.

Berkeley Resident Petitions Authorities to Punish Park Vandal

Seeks the maximum punishment allowed for a New York artist who vandalized at least 10 national parks.

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Golden Gate Bridge Considers Charging Pedestrians, Cyclists

Bicyclists and pedestrians might have to pay a toll to cross the Golden Gate Bridge starting in 2017, as the bridge district struggles to chip away at a $33 million deficit. On Monday, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District released a 45-point plan to keep itself solvent, part of which includes sidewalk fees.

Prop. G Seeks to Ease Housing Crisis by Reigning in Speculators

Proposition G on San Francisco's November ballot aims to curb real estate speculation, which critics say is widespread and is driving up rents and home prices in the city. But opponents of the measure say that it won't solve the housing crisis and offers no protection for seniors or families who have to sell their property because of hardship.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote on Regulating Airbnb Rentals

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on proposed regulations for room-rental sites like Airbnb. The legislation, written by Supervisor David Chiu, would legalize short-term rentals and limit who is allowed to list apartments online, and for how long. A wide coalition of residents worried about rising housing prices and the lack of available rental units is asking for further limitations.

New State Law Defines Consensual Sex, Aims to Fight Campus Assaults

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that makes California the first state in the country to legally define consensual sex. The "yes means yes" law aims to improve how colleges investigate and prevent sexual assaults by requiring "an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement" for sex. Victims' advocates are cheering the measure -- but critics say it's too broad and puts an unfair burden of proof on those falsely accused of sexual assault.

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President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.