Local news is vital to the health and resiliency of any community, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Local News Matters is an effort to enhance community coverage of the region so that the people, places and topics that deserve more attention get it.

What’s Happening around the Bay Area on Friday, February 15:
State Sen. Scott Wiener will stop by Ulloa Elementary School in San Francisco for a Lunar New Year event.
Silicon Valley’s annual “State of the Valley” conference will be held in San Jose.
A news conference will be held in San Francisco for an upcoming event commemorating Day of Remembrance.

Bay Area News

Check here every day for local news that matters. We bring you stories covering community events, environmental news, government decisions, court cases and more from around the Bay Area, supported by Bay City News Foundation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.