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Novato is a city located in northern Marin County, California. As of a 2000 census, the city had a total population of 47,630.

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You won't believe what America's funniest city is


That’s right, the home of the Cubs, Da Bears, and the place where Second City was born is at the top of the charts.

The criterion was put together by the University of Colorado. Let’s be honest: Since the legalization of marijuana, they probably laugh at anything, but stick with me and we’ll see how they came to the conclusion.

The school's Humor Research Lab developed a formula that considered the following:

  • number of famous comedians born there
  • number of comedy clubs and comedy radio stations
  • number of "funny tweeters" living there
  • ratings of local audiences by traveling comedians
  • frequency of visits to comedy websites and comedy-related Web searches by residents

"We found humor often has a local flavor," lead researcher Peter McGraw told The Chicago Tribune.

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The work says it’s that local flavor that leads those who live in the Windy City to poke fun at themselves.

"The jokes that Chicagoans do tend to tell often feature deadpan and quick-witted humor, much of it directed at the foibles and frustrations of living in Chicago," the study states.

"They prefer to mine observational humor from the situations in which they find themselves. Such remarks seem to fit with the city’s professional comedy scene, since the city is known as a mecca for improv and stand-up."

Finishing out the top five were Boston; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and Portland.

More here, including the rest of the Top 10. 

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:59:36 -0700

East Bay water district considers deep cuts and new recycled water services

An East Bay Water District is considering deep mandatory cutbacks.

The Dublin, San Ramon Services District spent more than three hours Tuesday night debating two ordinances that would impact more than 120,000 customers in the district.

"Our underground aquifer is low, it's down to 60 percent," said Sue Stephenson, Dublin San Ramon Services District spokeswoman, "It's like a bank account. You can only take money out so long and then there's no more money to take out."

That prompted the board to discuss water rate hikes, a ban on car washing, and shutting down city fountains.

"It's an unimportant use of water and we're about to ask people to curtail 50 percent of their water use," said Richard Halket, a Dublin San Ramon Services District board member.

The board also worked on setting limits for outdoor watering. They discussed limits of once a week in the spring and fall, twice a week in the summer, and no watering through the winter.

"Most people think they use most of their water inside their home. That's wrong. If you're in a household with a yard, 50-75 percent of your water bill is irrigating your outdoor landscape," said Sue Stephenson, a Dublin San Ramon Services District spokeswoman.

The district is creating a new way to offer residents and businesses in the Tri-Valley and throughout the Bay Area more recycled water during the drought.

The district water recycling plant can produce up to 11 million gallons a day of recycled water. Usually, about 5 million gallons is used during peak summer months to water city landscaping and parks. The rest is released into San Francisco Bay. The district's plan is to use that resource this summer.

For the first time, the district has created a large tap for the public to access recycled water at the treatment plant for a small fee.

"You can use it for a lot of purposes, except drinking or taking showers," said Kapil Mohan, "This year, we are encouraging people to use recycled water as much as possible."

The tap will be open around the clock and the City of Pleasanton is already planning to use the recycled water for the Callippe Golf Course.

"They will be sending 80 trucks a week to get recycled water to water the golf courses," said Mohan.

Every recycled drop could save precious potable water for people in the Tri-Valley area, who won't get their usual sources from the State Water Project.

The board did not vote on the ordinances and rate hike Tuesday night. They are expected to make a decision at their May 5th board meeting.

If the board passes the measures, repeat violators could face fines of up to $1,000 or potentially have their water shut off completely.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:25:06 -0700

Proposal looks to extend public transit's hours overnight

In San Francisco, there's a push underway to increase public transit during the overnight hours. Supporters say it's a regional issue that needs to be addressed.

Both BART and Muni service slow down after dark, but that's when some businesses ramp up.

"Yet public transit is just so difficult at night when so much is going on," said Laura Adkins who works as a BARTender at Virgil's Sea Room and as a waitress at another establishment.

She regularly gets off work around 3am.

"I'm completely alone on the street. I have no idea what's around the corner. It can be scary," said Adkins.

And it's not just those who work in the night life industry.

At Mission Pie, co-owner Krystin Rubin tells KTVU the lack of public transit between the East Bay and San Francisco early in the morning, especially on weekends, has made it difficult to hire bakers and other staff.

"We had one attractive resume after another but all of them lived in the East Bay and none of them could get here by 5am," said Rubin. .

BART currently starts service at 4 a.m. on weekdays and ends midnight.

The proposal is to launch a one year pilot program, using buses between downtown San Francisco to select East Bay cities that will operate from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on the weekends.

"I don't like to see my friends drinking and driving. And if you have to catch a train at 11 o'clock at night, if you miss the last train than you're stuck in the city," said Liz Bege of Oakland.

"It's a real hole in our system," said San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner.

He proposed a resolution Tuesday to form a task force to come up with solutions which he says will involve the help of BART, AC Transit, Muni and others.

"A lot of people would like to see BART run either 24 hours or at least later on Friday and Saturday nights at a bare minimum," said Weiner.

As for Adkins, she says long waits at the bus stop are a safety concern.

"Sometimes 45 minutes. That's just too long, especially at 3 a.m.,” she said.

Weiner says the region just can't afford to ignore a problem that affects many people living throughout the Bay Area.


Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:15:06 -0700

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