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Kayakers Spot Humpback Whales Hunting Off Alcatraz Island

The unusual frenzy of whales bursting from the waves lasted at least 45 minutes.

NOAA

An 'Unprecedented' Number of Whales Pop Up Near San Francisco

Their fecundity might be due to a developing La Niña.

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Oakland Go-Kart Rider Makes a Heroic Dash From the Police

This “is how we do it in the Town.”

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Could Supervised Injections Help San Francisco's Homeless Drug Users?

Cities across the U.S. are pondering legalized, sterile street-drug injection sites to fight the overdose epidemic.

Sergio Ruiz/SPUR

It's Time for Oakland to Start Building

The East Bay hub is poised for an economic boom, but the city needs to overcome a deep-seated resistance to growth. 

Dann Petty

A Gorgeous, Dreamlike Tribute to San Francisco's Fog

Step into a world of ghostly shapes and meditative music with Hey Karl.

SFAC

A San Francisco Building Sends Out Coded Messages About Displacement

Artists get a chance to reminisce about leaving the city in a new public installation.

Exploratorium/Theo Jansen/Lena Herzog

Huge, Wind-Propelled 'Strandbeests' Arrive in San Francisco

The kinetic sculptures are part sailboat, part stick insect, and seemingly possessed with animal intelligence.

The Controversial Business of Hustling Recyclables in West Oakland

A documentary profiles residents who scavenge for metals and plastics.

@calacademy/Robin Agarwal

Invasive Asian Sea Slugs Are Discovered in San Francisco for the First Time

Dendronotus orientalis nudibranchs likely hitched a ride to California in ballast water.

REUTERS/Noah Berger

A Community-Minded Approach to Resilience in Berkeley

The Bay Area city hopes that strengthening neighborhood bonds will help the community bounce back from a disaster.

Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division/Mark Byrnes/CityLab

At Home Among the Stacks

How seeking out used bookstores helped me find my way through unfamiliar cities.

Mila Zinkova

A Stunning San Francisco Sunset Looks Like a Nuclear Nightmare

The mirage, complete with a sunspot, appeared in fiery grandeur over the Pacific Ocean.

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

In San Francisco, Hog a Train Seat and Get a $100 Ticket

A new ordinance punishes manspreaders and luggage-hoarders, though police worry it could penalize the homeless.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

$1 Million Won't Make You 'Financially Comfortable' in San Francisco

You need at least $6 million to be counted among the Bay Area’s wealthy, according to Charles Schwab.

Thomas Hawk, Medical Cannabis Club, 2005.

Oakland Will Host the First-Ever Museum Exhibit Devoted to Weed

Of course.

NASA/Joshua Stevens

The Recovery of California's Biggest Reservoir, as Seen by Satellite

NASA highlights Lake Shasta’s year-long progress from a virtual dust bowl to a healthy basin.

California Department of Water Resources

Despite El Niño-Fueled Storms, California Remains in a Drought

A survey of mountain snowpack has revealed below-average water content.