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San Francisco Skyline Painted Ladies (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Report: Bay Area Rises to World’s 19th Largest Economy

The Economic Institute reported this month that the Bay Area would be the 19th-largest economy in the world, if it were a country, after growing at the fifth-fastest rate of any nation since 2014.

RV San Francisco (torbankhopper / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

RVs Become Only Housing Option for Many in Unaffordable San Francisco

Housing prices and the homeless epidemic in Northern California are two factors that have contributed to what is being described as a “crisis” in which trailers and recreational vehicles (RVs) have become the only viable option for residents of the Bay Area.

wild turkey (Flickr)

Wild Turkeys Ravage San Francisco Bay Area

Wild turkeys, initially introduced to the Bay Area in the 1980s for hunting, are reportedly destroying Marin County and the Bay Area by defecating everywhere, pecking away at homes and their roofs, and tearing up lawns.

Sacramento River (Pacific Southwest Region USFWS / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Bay Area Residents Seek Exodus to Sacramento

Soaring living costs throughout California over the past several years have pushed Bay Area residents to relocate to one of the last affordable cities in the Golden State: Sacramento, California’s inland capital.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Oakland Mayor Urges Residents to Take in Homeless: ‘Give Up That Airbnb’

During her annual State of the City address on Thursday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf called on her constituents to open their doors and residences to the city’s homeless, as union workers picketed against her for her administration’s handling of the city’s rampant housing problem.

Los Angeles skyline (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

One Million Home Shortage in Southern California

Southern California is experiencing a shortage of nearly one million affordable homes, as the region’s five counties are battling a harrowing rise in rents, a decline in incomes and an all-around housing shortage.

BART train (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

BART Sued over Urine- and Feces-Covered Elevators

Two advocacy groups and two individuals with disabilities filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday alleging that BART has discriminated against people with disabilities by failing to maintain the transportation agency’s urine and feces-covered elevators.

Jerry Brown minimum wage $15 (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Surprise: Bay Area Restaurants Disappear After Minimum Wage Hike

Restaurants are rapidly going out of business in the Bay Area, after San Francisco passed a $15 minimum wage law in 2014 and the State of California followed suit in 2016. Yet the media are struggling to make the connection between high minimum wages and restaurant closures.

Latinos for Donald Trump in Anaheim (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Latinos Among Bay Area Trump Supporters Heading to Inauguration

There were many Latinos among the Bay Area’s 300,000-plus people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump, and some of them will be attending this week’s historic inauguration in support of America’s soon-to-be 45th president.

SFO (Kyle Harmon / Flickr / CC)

SFO Airport Sinkhole ‘Emergency’ as Flight Volume Soars

Federal and state transportation officials are warning that San Francisco Airport’s rapidly deteriorating seawall has created the risk of runway flooding and sinkholes as passenger volume soars. San Francisco is legend for environmental hypocrisy, such as flooding the beautiful Hetch

Black Church Oakland 1971 (Robert Klein / Associated Press)

Oakland’s Black Churches Struggle With Gentrification

The Bay Area’s creeping gentrification has made its way to places of worship and is now affecting Oakland’s black churches, a fixture and bedrock of the community there for nearly 75 years.

Oakland fire warehouse (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Artists Call for End to Oakland Evictions

Three Bay Area residents say they have collected over 1,000 signatures from local artists and have penned a letter calling on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to stop landlords from evicting residents of warehouses similar to the “Ghost Ship” where 36 people perished in a deadly blaze earlier this month.

Burnt-Ramen-punk-concert (Miles Gehm / Flickr / CC)

Burnt Ramen: Richmond Artists Protest Evictions

Over 100 supporters of Richmond’s legendary underground punk venue Burnt Ramen attended a City Council meeting on Tuesday night and protested outside against the closure of their “safe space,” in what they described as a “witch hunt” by authorities following a deadly fire on Dec. 2 that claimed 36 lives in an Oakland warehouse just 12 miles away.

Death Star (Kent Phillips / Disney / Getty)

Google to Build Housing to Help Deal with Bay Area’s Rent Crisis

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is planning to build 330 units of housing near its headquarters in what is seen as a response to the housing and rental crisis that has beleaguered Bay Area residents who are seeking more affordable, and often dangerous, alternatives to traditional living accommodations.

Oakland fire (Elijah Nouvelage / Getty)

Deadly Oakland Fire Tragic Symbol of Bay Area’s Identity Crisis

The massive Oakland fire that killed at least nine and perhaps dozens more people Friday night at a warehouse artists’ collective known as the “Ghost Ship” symbolizes the Bay Area’s internal struggle with its own success as a creative hub.