Laurie J. Flynn

Jeff Chavez and his girlfriend have made their home in a makeshift tent on Skid Row for the past five years. Every two weeks, the couple decamp to make way for street cleaning.

Life on L.A.’s Skid Row: ‘The state has been negligent’

Approved ballot measures and billions of dollars promise help for California’s 134,000 homeless people -- again

Some of the many vacant stores in San Francisco.

Closed for Business

It’s not unusual for commercial buildings in San Francisco to stay vacant for years, despite the city’s often tight real estate market. The reasons involve greedy landlords, city restrictions and feisty community grous.

Under the glow of LED light arrays, Plenty’s crops grow on 20-foot-tall towers inside a climate-controlled facility in South San Francisco.

Growing Up

It’s like no farm you’ve ever seen: plants growing up vertical towers in a building the size of a Walmart. Is Plenty the future of produce?

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf remains popular despite a tragic fire, a police scandal, the pending departure of the Raiders and Warriors and a municipal strike.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf remains popular despite a tragic fire, a police scandal, the pending departure of the Raiders and Warriors and a municipal strike.

Trial by Fire

Libby Schaaf's term as Oakland Mayor has been marred by the Ghost Ship fire, police scandals and a municipal strike. Still, she's likely to be re-elected.

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