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LA Metro launched the Expo Line, offering Los Angelenos easy, car-free, access to Santa Monica’s expansive beach. Taking the train to the very last stop drops you off in downtown Santa Monica where streets, lined with shops and restaurants,…

things to do in santa clara

Although it’s best known as a base for tech companies and the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara is a destination in its own right. You may not think to visit it, but that’s exactly why…

oakland book fest

From Jack London to Gertrude Stein, Oakland has long been a home and haven literary greats. And now there is a festival to celebrate Oakland’s literary past and present. “Dedicated to books, ideas, and the pleasures of literacy, ”…

It’s nice to come across a hotel now and then that is so clearly not just for travelers. If you happen to visit the 13-story building at 386 Geary Street (and enter through the unmarked side door on Mason),…

ac transit double decker bus

Good news transit lovers: For the next three weeks, AC Transit will be testing out new double-decker buses on select routes. This is exciting for a number of reasons. It means ridership is growing, and the new buses promise…

Curbside Creamery

The name Temescal is said to be derived from “temescalli,” an Aztec word for sweat lodge, but I didn’t see any of those as I wandered past flower-adorned gardens toward the Temescal Sunday Farmers Market in the parking lot…

Fixed in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Mountain View has modernized along with the tech boom surrounding it, but still manages to maintain the classic, laid-back California feel. That the action is centered on one main drag, Castro…