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2 hrs ago | 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.


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

7 hrs ago | 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.


Related Topix: Violent Crime

7 hrs ago |

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.


Related Topix: Education Etc.

8 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa County announces Teachers of the Year finalists

The Contra Costa County Office of Education on Wednesday announced that four educators have been named finalists for 2014-2015 County Teacher of the Year.


Related Topix: Pittsburg, CA, Martinez, CA, World News, Morocco

9 hrs ago |

State Senate leader seeks review of GPS tracking

A spokesman said Wednesday that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will ask the corrections department's inspector general to review the monitoring of 27-year-old Franc Cano, but doubts that GPS tracking could have deterred the crimes.


Related Topix: GPS, Science / Technology

13 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Walnut Creek library hours likely to be cut starting July

Hours at the city's two libraries will likely be cut back by 14 hours a week at each location beginning in July unless the city can somehow find $700,000 in the next 45 days.


Related Topix: Libraries, Walnut Creek, CA

17 hrs ago | Halfway To Concord

East Bay Broadband Consortium works to raise the grade for high-speed Internet

One of the major findings of a presentation by the East Bay Broadband Consortium is that the broadband infrastructure In Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties is barely adequate.


Related Topix: California, Walnut Creek, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, Linda, CA

21 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Library Corner

All Contra Costa County library branches offer programs for children, teens, adults and families.


Related Topix: Libraries, Family, Kids, Martinez, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA

Yesterday | Inside Bay Area

School notes

With the Common Core initiative generating questions and controversy, a group of parents are holding a forum to present balanced views both for and against the Common Core Standards.


Related Topix: Pleasant Hill, CA, Education Etc., Diablo, CA, Alameda County, CA

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Contra Costa Times

East County gardens on Bring Back the Native tour

Spring is here and the time has come for the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on May 5. This is the 10th year for this free, award-winning tour, and it's interesting to note how in that time, native plant gardens have gone from a rare sight to an accepted garden choice.


Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Alameda County, CA, Brentwood, CA, Clayton, CA

Coroner: No Signs of Trauma on Woman Found Dead on Mt. Tam

By Bay City News Service: An autopsy on Magdalena Glinkowski, the Menlo Park woman who was found dead in Mt.


Related Topix: Bay City News, Media, IT Services, Bootjack, CA


Mt. Tam hiker's body showed no trauma

Security camera footage shows the missing 33-year-old Magdalena Glinkowski in the "Bootjack" parking lot on Mt.


Related Topix: Bootjack, CA, Mill Valley, CA, Marin County, CA

12 People Arrested for Buying Alcohol for a Minor in CoCo County

The Vice Unit of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff has been conducting ongoing operations at establishments that sell alcohol in the unincorporated part of the county.


Halfway To Concord

West County Family Justice Center launches two new outreach programs

The safety of Richmond and its neighboring communities has taken a giant leap forward with the West County Family Justice Center announcement of two new programs aimed at Based in Richmond, the West County Family Justice Center is launching Project Connect and the WINGS Leadership Academy in April and May, respectively, at its headquarters; the ... (more)


Related Topix: Richmond, CA


Parcel tax proposed to save Doctors Medical Center

A last-ditch effort to save Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo requires folks in the West County area to vote to impose yet another parcel tax on themselves.


Related Topix: San Pablo, CA

Halfway To Concord

Cuts to California judicial system threatens justice for all

As a result of the recession, California state revenues declined by $15 billion from 2007 to 2008.


Related Topix: California, Pittsburg, CA, Richmond, CA

Mon Apr 14, 2014

Bedbugs on BART reported, where will they turn up next?

Bedbugs, a problem well known to residents of Concord were found on a BART train last week, highlighting the mobility of these pests and the critical need to consider a regional response.


Related Topix: Concord, CA

Berkeley Daily Planet

Will It Live or Die? Researchers Develop Biomarkers to Manage Impact of Sudden Oak Death

Ohio State University researchers have developed a way to predict the resistance or susceptibility of trees to sudden oak death disease, providing forest managers with the first effective method to manage trees in infested natural areas and in adjoining areas where the disease is expected in the future.


Related Topix: Ohio State University, Agriculture, Science, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Contra Costa Times

Brentwood: Teenager injured in four-car wreck expected to survive

A teenage girl critically injured in a four-car wreck on Sunday afternoon was expected to survive her injuries, authorities said Monday.


Related Topix: Brentwood, CA

San Mateo Daily Journal

Missing woman found dead at Mt. Tamalpais

Sheriff's detectives confirmed that the body of the missing 33-year-old Menlo Park woman Magdalena Glinkowski was found by search and rescue teams on Mt.


Related Topix: Bootjack, CA