Obama returns this week to Bay Area for fundraisers

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has dined atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, overlooked the Pacific from Corona Del Mar, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities at George Clooney’s Hollywood mansion. But as he returns Wednesday to California for his 15th trip as president, Obama has yet to venture more than […]

State’s national parks feel budget pinch

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON — Visitors to California’s national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government’s budget problems grows increasingly difficult to overlook. Unlike the state’s park system, which will close 54 parks for […]

Super PAC cash: Fed release shows California Dollars fill presidential candidate coffers

By Jessica Philipps WASHINGTON — DreamWorks co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg are among the affluent Californians taking advantage of new campaign rules that allow them to donate unlimited amounts to assist President Barack Obama’s re-election. On the Republican side, former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio has donated $2 million to elect Republicans and PayPal co-founder […]