Articles by

Katie Lauer

A 1-foot-wide piece of land? A tiny banana-shaped parcel? They were almost part of Orinda’s housing plan.

A 1-foot-wide sliver of land sandwiched between a road and a backyard pool. A “vacant” site next...

Alameda wants a mulligan on lawsuit against operators of its prestigious Bay Area golf course

ALAMEDA — A legal battle that drove relationships at Alameda’s municipal greens into the rough may soon...

Upzone, demolish, construct: How Berkeley plans to build 8,934 homes by 2031

BERKELEY—Some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, bustling street corridors and empty single-family homes are being eyed...

How to prepare your home for an earthquake (and get help paying for retrofits)

Some of the most vulnerable Californians can receive thousands of dollars from the state to better protect...

Now hiring: $140,000 job comes with San Francisco waterfront views, room and board — but there’s a catch

RICHMOND — Can you ferry a boat, sling delicious hors d’oeuvres, tidy up bedsheets and make guests...

Widespread job vacancies create city service woes, stressed staff in Berkeley

BERKELEY — Managers in city offices across Berkeley have spent the better part of the year trying...

Walkout of 48,000 striking student workers shuts down UC Berkeley, University of California campuses

BERKELEY — One of the largest higher-education strikes in U.S. history canceled classes, abruptly pushed instruction online...

These Bay Area cities are facing the greatest financial risk, state auditor says

The state retirement system that oversees pension benefits for 2 million public employees, retirees and their families...