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57 min ago | Inside Bay Area

Concord: BART derailment occurred when train tried to enter tracks without authorization

For the second time in the last two months, a BART train derailed along central Contra Costa County tracks, this time after a train operator attempted to maneuver the train from a side track onto a mainline track without approval, the BART board president said Friday.

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5 hrs ago | Inside Bay Area

Schools mark the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath

This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools.

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Related Topix: The Grapes of Wrath, Pop/Rock, John Steinbeck, Vocal, Diablo, CA, Education Etc., Walnut Creek, CA

Fri Apr 18, 2014

San Jose Mercury News

EBMUD drought plan: Voluntary savings plus new emergency supply

Customers in the East Bay's largest water district should be asked to continue voluntarily reducing their water use 10 percent without mandatory water rationing, the agency's top managers recommend.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Alameda County, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacramento County, CA, Sacramento, CA

Patch.com

Police Investigating Shooting Death of 28-Year-Old Richmond Man

Police are investigating whether the shooting death of a 28-year-old man is related to the second shooting of a 71-year-old man who reported a burglary at his Richmond home early this morning, a police spokeswoman said.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Richmond, CA, Walnut Creek, CA

Patch.com

No Criminal Charges For Former Concord Principal in Connection With Teacher's Alleged Abuse

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges against a former Concord elementary school principal accused of failing to contact police after receiving reports of possible sexual misconduct by teacher Joseph Martin.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Martinez, CA, Concord, CA

Inside Bay Area

Rodeo: Environmentalists' presentation on refinery project postponed

A presentation by a group of environmentalists about a propane-and-butane recovery project at the Phillips 66 refinery, scheduled for next week, has been postponed because the Contra Costa County panel hosting it will be short of a quorum, the county announced.

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Related Topix: Rodeo, CA

Patch.com

County Coroner ID's Concord's Homicide Victim

An 18-year-old Antioch man was shot and killed in Concord on Thursday night, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said today.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Antioch, CA

Patch.com

Contra Costa County Voters to Vote on Measure C Parcel Tax

Voters in West Contra Costa County are starting to mail in their ballots on a May 6 parcel tax measure meant to keep a long-standing public hospital in San Pablo from closing its doors.

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Related Topix: San Pablo, CA

Inside Bay Area

Meetings: Antioch City Council

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors: 9 a.m. County Administration Building, Room 107, 651 Pine St., Martinez.

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Related Topix: Martinez, CA

Thu Apr 17, 2014

The Washington Post

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Contra Costa Times

Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters get new contract

Automatic salary increases and largely unchanged health care benefits for firefighter-paramedics approved this week by the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board have erased the threat of a 9.5-percent across-the-board pay cut and health care benefits reductions.

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Related Topix: Moraga, CA, Orinda, CA, Fire

Patch.com

Woman Accused in Fatal Shooting of Teen Who Fathered Her Child

A 30-year-old Richmond woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was the father of her child, a prosecutor said today.

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KTVU Oakland

Teen fatally shot in Antioch identified

A boy who was shot dead in Antioch on Wednesday night has been identified as 16-year-old Jose DeJesus Guerrero, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said Thursday morning.

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Related Topix: Antioch, CA

KTVU Oakland

Cal/OSHA to cite BART in deaths of two workers in Walnut Creek

KTVU has learned that BART will be cited by Cal/OSHA for three willful and serious violations in the deaths of two BART workers on tracks in Walnut Creek last October.

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Related Topix: Environmental Law, Walnut Creek, CA, Law, OSHA, Train Disaster

Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa County: Suspect in Tara Hills shooting death arrested

A Pinole man suspected in the shooting death of a man last month in Tara Hills has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, authorities said Thursday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Tara Hills, CA, Pinole, CA

East Bay Express

Thursday Must Reads: Home Prices Skyrocket in the Bay Area; Oakland...

The median home sales price was $575,000 in Alameda County. Prices rose by 22.8 percent in Contra Costa County, with the median at $425,000.

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Related Topix: Oakland, CA, Alameda County, CA

AltWeeklies

Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

A new much-publicized report on displacement in Oakland and San Francisco also provides a roadmap for how to stop things from getting worse.

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Related Topix: Alameda County, CA, Music

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Inside Bay Area

Barnidge: $7 million deficit should be a piece of cake for Richmond problem solvers

Richmond city leaders seemed dismayed last week when they paged through next year's budget and found a $7 million deficit awaiting them.

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Related Topix: Richmond, CA, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Walnut Creek, CA

Inside Bay Area

Woman, 30, charged in shooting death of Richmond teen

Melinda Gaffney, 30, will be arraigned Thursday after she allegedly shot and killed 16-year-old Terrance Forks outside the Crescent Park apartment complex on April 8, according to prosecutors.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

Patch.com

Which San Ramon Valley USD Teacher is a Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalist?

By Jonathan Lance : Blog | Contra Costa County Office of Education Currently, there are more than 8,126 teachers educating approximately 171,418 students in Contra Costa County's public schools.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

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