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No Firm Date for Kamakura Reopening

Faith Yamato and son Wayne hope it will be soon, but city approval for engineering and electrical work are still in the works more than a year after fire gutted the restaurant.

More Bay Area Residents Seek Ancestry Information

At home DNA-testing kits from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and others look at heritage with sometimes interesting results. Careful what you ask for.

The Kilduff File: On the Berkeleyside

Frances Dinkelspiel talks breaking news, revenue streams, Uncharted, and direct public offerings.

Alameda’s Got Talent Revives an Old Tradition

Amateur and pros perform on Friday and Saturday nights at the Alameda Theatre, bringing crazy fun acts to the historic theater.

Pharmacists Aren’t Using Contraceptive Powers

A new law expands pharmacists’ abilities to include prescribing birth control methods, but few are do so, research shows. Who pays consultation fees might be the reason.

Measure A R.I.P.

Recent state laws that require cities to build more housing — along with new legislation in Sacramento — are making no-growth initiatives like Alameda’s Measure A obsolete.

More Technology Isn’t the Answer

The city council made the right move when it tabled a plan to purchase license-plate readers.

Finally, Protection for the Moke

After three decades, environmentalists are on the cusp of obtaining wild and scenic designation for the Mokelumne River, which would prevent new dams on the East Bay’s primary water supply.

Parks May Get Financial Boost

A $4 billion measure on the June ballot would help upgrade parks and increase access to them.

The Advocate

Jon Eldan runs the only nonprofit dedicated to helping exonerees throughout the country — out of his Lower Rockridge home.