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Keeping Pace With the Green Rush

As medical marijuana becomes a commodity, Oakland sets a new pace for high-end professional services. Meet your new permit consultants—on weed.

Former Anchor Leslie Griffith Becomes an Elephant Activist

The topic that resulted in her leaving KTVU turns into her life calling

Greening the Bay With Measure AA

The Clean and Healthy Bay parcel tax may be this generation’s chance to step up and restore the bay before it’s too late.

Rich Ross Has a Thing for Octopuses

A Cal Academy senior scientist studies the larger Pacific striped octopuses, sometimes in his at-home Alameda Lab.

It’s Not Just the Earthquake; It’s the Inferno

Most area cities remain woefully unprepared for the profusion of fires expected to break out in the wake of the Big One

Hope Floats for Alameda’s Harbor Seals

The San Francisco Bay Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s new ferry facility will disrupt local harbor seals, but seal fans have found a suitable haul-out site for a new dock to keep them around.

Learn a Lesson in Compassion About the Bay Farm Island Egrets

A successful heron-monitoring program invites bird lovers to see the bird colony that calls Bay Farm home at a free library exhibit and slideshow. ADVERTSING CATEGORY: OM AM Arts & Culture

Should You Flush or Not?

Drastic times requires drastic measures, especially when the drought is concerned. Here we examine proper behavior when it comes to flushing.

Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Graceful manta rays swimming underwater ballets off the Big Island’s Kona coast paint a picture of paradise.

When a Dangerous Sport Became Too Dangerous for Clif Bar

The Emeryville energy bar maker cites riskiness in its decision to dump climbers with the timing coming as Clif Bar presents a highly acclaimed film celebrating the hellions and athletes who pioneered Yosemite climbing.