Oakland

An Eye-Opening Flight Over California's Depleted Reservoirs

It’s pretty bleak below.

San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.

A Mountain Lion Is Spotted in San Francisco

“I think there’s a cougar in my backyard, and not the type that drinks Chardonnay.”

A Surreal Burning Man Temple Comes to San Francisco

People are encouraged to scribble notes to loved ones on the intricate, 37-foot-high wood structure.

A Mesmerizing Drone Tour of the Port of Oakland

Peek into a major player in global commerce.

Relive 'Batkid' Fever With the Trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

Everybody’s favorite feel-good story is getting a theatrical release.

Hybrid-Vehicle Batteries Are Disappearing in San Francisco

Inventive, no doubt muscular thieves have found a new target.

Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

San Francisco Wants to Lower Bike Injuries by Raising Bike Lanes

The idea is to keep motorists out of cycling space.

A Dead Sperm Whale in the Bay Area Gets Burned and Graffitied

The world's biggest toothed predator receives an ignoble send-off.

Hungry Sea Lion Pups Are Showing Up on San Francisco Streets

The creatures appear to be desperately in need of food.

The Port of Oakland Will Shut Down to Protest Police Violence

In a rare sign of solidarity, shipping owners are supporting the day-long protest.

A Sperm Whale Washes Ashore in the Bay Area

The dead behemoth that appeared south of San Francisco is "emaciated."

The Fascinating, Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge

Nature wants to turn this American icon to rust. Chad Allan won't let that happen.

San Francisco Has a Robotic Sculpture You Control With Your Brain

"Neuroflowers" changes color and blossoms according to your mental focus.

The California Drought Inspires a Contest for San Francisco's 'Ugliest Yard'

"Ugly" here means beautiful yards with well-watered plants.

The Drought Is Making Bay Area Water Taste Dreadful

Could the smelly stuff coming from the tap be standard in the future?

Inside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumps

The Bay Area wants to apply the tobacco-labeling approach to fuel.

The Bay Area Plans a Free Library Built out of Books

The literary temple offers free books and an experience akin to being stuffed inside a giant hardback.