Valero, the nation’s largest oil refiner, wants to start using trains to bring crude oil to its Bay Area refinery. But the project is raising concerns about congestion, safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia – and the connection it may have to Canada’s controversial tar sands.
Despite the state’s push toward renewable energy, most Californians can’t choose solar power at home — perhaps they rent, don’t have roofs with good exposure to the sun, or can’t afford solar panels. But a bill moving through the state legislature may soon provide a way for more people to jump on board the clean energy bandwagon.
There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth, but only a fraction of those also exist on the Internet. Now, a Bay Area program is creating a digital language archive to help people study and use more languages online. We visit the Rosetta Project’s first-ever “record-a-thon.”
There are some budding romances on this Valentine’s Day that got their start in an unusual place: the San Francisco Public Library. More than 70 people showed up to two speed dating nights at the library recently. The speed-daters came with books and prepared to discuss their favorite authors.
San Francisco’s newly restored Palace of Fine Arts reopens this morning after a $20 million restoration project. Crews spent six years repairing the dome, giving the rotunda a seismic upgrade, and restoring the pond and the landscaping. The Palace was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, but wasn’t intended to last more than a year.