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Forty motorcycle clubs from all over the Bay Area drove their muscular Harley Davidson bikes to Newark last weekend, bringing toys and other gifts to low-income families.

Watch this video to find more ways to keep your belongings safe while taking advantage of the biggest deals inside the mall.


Nothing makes the holiday season more heart warming than witnessing children perform timeless holiday music.

On Dec. 8, the students of Kitayama Elementary School performed in their school’s annual winter concert.

California voters will have big, historical decisions to make on Election Day, including whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Proposition 19, if passed, will regulate, control and tax the purchase and use of marijuana.

Reporter Richgail Enriquez spoke to both sides of the debate.

(original post: Union City Patch.com)

Trick-or-treaters: Be afraid, be very afraid, because you are in for a thrill this year.

Dancing to the music of Usher, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Tri-City residents with special needs showed they, too, can turn the party up.

They brought their good spirits and best costumes to the 5th Annual Halloween Social at the Ralph and Mary Ruggieri Senior Center on Oct. 22.

Clasping their carts and baskets in hand, dozens of Union City residents line up and patiently wait outside of Centro de Servicios, a nonprofit community resource center.

What compelled me to choose the topic was the lack of coverage behind the poor test results in Oakland high schools. We would always hear about the students of Oakland failing tests or dropping out, without really finding out what’s the behind the problem

Lolita Kintanar is the director of Canon Kip Senior Center in San Francisco, where she helps low income and homeless seniors in San Francisco. Outside work, she volunteers to help another homeless shelter program at St. Boniface Church. She also supervises an intern at another program that helps young pregnant women and victims of domestic violence.

Her busy schedule does not seem to wear her down. In fact, I can barely keep up with her! I asked if she gets bogged down if things don’t work out helping people, she said, as long as she has done her best, she’s happy.

I followed her around for one day to see what it’s like to live in the day of of her life.

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For most of us, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. We give and receive gifts and spend quality time with our family and friends. However, after a month, the credit card bills come in the mail and we realize we’re under the “holiday spending hangover”.

On the other hand, some of us did prepare to spend time and money wisely.

Here’s a short documentary about how the people of the Bay Area faced the pressures and pleasures of the holiday season.

Since July, three UC Berkeley graduates have been detained in Iran. The three are held captive after crossing an unmarked border on a hiking trip.

Family and friends of the hikers organized vigils across the nation. They call it, “The Vigils of Hope”. One of the vigils was held in Berkeley.

For more information, visit http://www.freethehikers.org

Iranian Americans in the Bay Area speak out regarding the election results in Iran.  Some of them say the votes have been rigged and that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should have not won.

President Obama recently asked Americans to look out for each other in these tough economic times. But how can you help others when your income is not even enough for yourself?

Here’s an idea: Donate the overloaded fruits in your backyard to the needy and claim a tax deduction, talking about a win-win situation. One city in the Bay Area has already started the movement.

Tips to improve your job search, especially if you’re graduating this year.

What’s in a tea? Folks in the Bay Area seem to know as the trend of tea drinking continues to grow. But does tea really protects you from getting sick?

I explored several tea houses in the Bay Area and interviewed experts to find out.

Proposition 8 bans same sex marriage in California. It has become one of the most controversial laws passed in the state.  I got a chance to interview people from both sides of the debate. Watch and hear what they have to say.

Meet one of the human rights workers who broke the blockade of the Gaza Strip on August 23, 2008. Paul Larudee, is a piano tuner from El Cerrito. He says what he saw from his trip is something he’ll never forget. Currently, about 1.5 million Palestinians are stranded in Gaza after the Israeli government blocked them from crossing the seas. Israeli authorities say the blockade is in reaction against security threats made by Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza.

Hundreds of teens from the Bay Area ditched their video games at home and headed to the biggest green festival in the nation. The festival was held in San Francisco and there the kids learned AND taught one another about climate change green jobs, they even featured a bike that can generate electricity from human energy.

I took a bite out of the Vegan/Vegetarian movement in the Bay Area. Here’s what I found out.

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