Local View: An S.F. Eatery Ducks the Foie Gras Ban, Blue Whales Draw Near, and More

In the Bay Area this week: A San Francisco restaurant ducks the statewide foie gras ban; Sonoma County beachgoers are having a whale of a time; San Anselmo ponders a ban on chain stores; Berkeley moves to accommodated bicyclists; Napa County gets a new poet laureate; and the Walnut Creek watershed gets new attention.

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Local View: Walnut Creek’s New Fountain, City College of San Francisco’s Woes, and More

In the Bay Area this week: Walnut Creek has a new fountain that is raising eyebrows; City College of San Francisco is in a tough spot; the St. Helena Public Library is adding more hours of operation; boxing returns to San Rafael’s Albert Park; drilling starts at Healdsburg’s Memorial Bridge; and a joint venture between the UC Berkeley Police and agencies in Berkeley and Albany is canceled.

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Local View: George Lucas Gives a Fire Engine, Google Drops In on San Francisco, and More

In the Bay Area this week: Muir Beach firefighters get a gift of a fire engine; private embulances get a green light in Santa Rosa; a Napa vineyard gets an international buyer; demolition starts on Berkeley High’s Old Gymnasium; Walnut Creek residents call for bovine-based fire protection; and Google descends on San Francisco — literally.

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