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.

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Why Did the Elephant Seal Cross the Road?

On Monday afternoon, an elephant seal weighing up to 1,000 pounds climbed out of San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County, then slid its way toward Highway 37, repeatedly trying to cross it before finally stopping on the shoulder.

Elephant Seal Crossing (California Hwy Patrol / Associated Press)

Joe Biden Visits L.A. to Fundraise, Block Traffic

LOS ANGELES — On Monday and Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden visits Los Angeles in search of more political cash. It is the first trip he has made to the area since September, when rumors still floated that he would seek the presidency in 2016.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Traffic Fine Amnesty

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday allowing drivers with traffic violations that were due to be paid before January 1, 2013, to schedule a court appearance even without paying the attendant fines and traffic penalties.

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Obama Expected to Slow Traffic Again With Friday Bay Area Visit

President Barack Obama will head to San Francisco on Friday, en route from his 22nd visit to Southern California, to speak to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and attend several Democratic fundraisers. However, the Secret Service’s reluctance to share specifics as to what time and precise areas he will be in, for reasons of security, is likely to cause tremendous gridlock and painful traffic.

Bay Area Traffic (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

L.A. to Use Waze to Make Traffic More Efficient

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of the partnership between the city and the Waze traffic-avoidance app, which functions by allowing drivers to share information regarding traffic and the conditions of streets on which they travel. Last week, Garcetti announced the partnership in his State of the City address, and on Tuesday he added that the 1.3 million Waze users in Los Angeles will receive alerts about hit-and-runs and abducted children, as well as information involving construction, film shoots, and road closures, according to the Los Angeles Times. In return, the city will glean data from drivers in real-time regarding traffic patterns and roadway conditions.

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