Curious about your child’s day care center? Search for detailed state records for facilities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, in addition to the information already available for Santa Clara and Napa counties.
At the former Treasure Island naval base, an unexpected discovery of radioactive material prompted the bureaucratic equivalent of warfare. In denying that a more sweeping assessment was warranted, the Navy denied its own Cold War history – largely kept secret for more than four decades.
Weeks after a report by The Center for Investigative Reporting and NBC Bay Area on the inaccessibility of records on California's nearly 48,000 child care facilities, the Department of Social Services announced it will post basic inspection information online within a few months.
The state keeps a vast archive of inspection and complaint reports against licensed day care, preschool and after-school programs. But most of these records remain stored away in obscure government offices.
A recent salmonella outbreak has exposed weaknesses in the country’s food safety system, designed to spot the bacteria at one stop in the journey from the typical chicken’s birth to its perch in the supermarket refrigerator case.