Barbara Tannenbaum

Barbara Tannenbaum is a freelance writer based in San Rafael. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sunset. She is a former senior editor of San Francisco Focus. 

Fluke or Fixture


An increasing number of gray whales have been spotted in San Francisco Bay in recent years. Why are these aquatic giants venturing here now in greater numbers? Are they temporary refugees? Or are they adding a regular stop on their 10,000-mile-long migration route?