Happening Today
All of the Bay Area — and the state — is under a shelter-in-place order. Follow along here for the latest news from Bay City News Service, a regional newswire that serves the greater region with verified, 24/7 news. The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Wednesday morning include: An emergency paid sick leave ordinance recommendation was passed unanimously by the San Jose City Council during a special meeting on Wednesday, setting the stage for its approval next week. More than 200 Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx grocery stores will open their doors one hour early and one hour later for police, fire and health care personnel during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Santa Clara County law enforcement will issue citations instead of making arrests for a handful of offenses to promote safety and prevent jail crowding during the spread of novel coronavirus, including anyone who would be arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court for pending misdemeanors, diversion matters or post-conviction matters other than violent felonies and those who would be arrested for felonies with standard bail set at $25,000 or less. Following comments earlier in the day by Gov. Gavin Newsom and two state education leaders, schools in Santa Clara County and the cities of Oakland and Santa Rosa will move to distance learning for the remainder of the school year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday at 9:30 a.m., officials have confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region: Alameda County: 359 cases, 8 deaths (313 cases, 7 deaths at last check Wednesday) Contra Costa County: 250 cases, 3 deaths (222 cases, 3 deaths on Wednesday) Marin County: 108 cases, 6 deaths (107 cases, 5 deaths on Wednesday) Monterey County: 42 cases, 2 deaths (42 cases, 2 deaths on Wednesday) Napa County: 18 cases, 1 death (15 cases on Wednesday) San Francisco County: 450 cases, 7 deaths (434 cases, 7 deaths on Wednesday) San Mateo County: 453 cases, 10 deaths (388 cases, 10 deaths on Wednesday) Santa Clara County: 956 cases, 32 deaths (890 cases, 30 deaths on Wednesday) Santa Cruz County: 54 cases, 1 death (49 cases, 1 death on Wednesday) Solano County: 54 cases (49 on Wednesday) Sonoma County: 91 cases, 1 death (85 cases, 1 death on Wednesday) Statewide: 9,944 cases, 213 deaths (8,569 cases, 183 deaths on Wednesday)

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Data Points

Numbers and facts provide the context, the backdrop, the starting point for what defines us as a region. These Data Points give you visual insights about the issues, trends and population shifts of the Bay Area.

Equity Ripples

Bay City News Foundation is partnering on this series with the Bay Area Equity Atlas, a collaborative project with the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.

Bay Area Arts & Entertainment

The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here.

Science and Nature

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, our communities surround the natural San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and thousands of acres of wetlands. It is a key region for environmental research, news and activism.

California Currents

Stories about education, the economy, demographics, politics, health care, the environment and immigration in the state often impact the Bay Area. You can find stories about relevant California news here.


Some articles, written by experts, researchers and those with experience in their fields, have important perspectives to share. We highlight some of those commentary pieces here.

Remember When

The history of the Bay Area is full of colorful people, impactful events and stories of innovation and change. We highlight some of those defining features as a way to learn about our evolution as a region.

Amplifying Voices

These stories were produced and published as part of a project supported by Solutions Journalism Network. We reported on ways to engage voters and increase participation in the midterm elections Nov. 6, 2018.

First 5

These stories were first published by Education Dive, part of a series about First 5 — a tobacco tax initiative in California passed by voters 20 years ago to fund services for young children, from birth to kindergarten age. The series is supported by a University of Southern California 2018 Center for Health Journalism fellowship.

Pactio Project

Incubated at Stanford University, Pactio reinvents the way local journalism is created by bringing together readers and journalists to discover and fund the stories they need and want to know about their community.