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Bay Area Headlines: Friday, May 13, 2022

California is poised this year to make changes to what some call "hidden" court fees, hundreds of dollars often tacked onto traffic tickets and minor violations that can increase their cost nearly tenfold/Governor Gavin Newsom wants to send rebate checks to drivers and bonuses to hospital workers as part of his proposed budget plan/Facing down a second consecutive dry year, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board decided this week to impose an eight percent drought surcharge that customers will see on bills starting July 1st/A racial equity organization is announcing a new fund that will help Native American communities preserve tribal history and further California's effort to atone for its history of violence and wrongdoing against Native Americans/

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.