Most talked about Contra Costa Times stories

Source: Richmond police investigating marijuana find at officer's home

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 03:31:43 PM PDT RICHMOND -- An officer with the Richmond Police Department has been placed on leave and is being investigated for "potential administrative and/or criminal consequences," after police serving a search warrant found an unknown amount of an illegal drug in his Oakley residence last month.

Authorities raid Black Muslim Temple in Oakland

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 08:54:49 AM PDT Updated: 10/21/2014 08:55:48 AM PDT OAKLAND -- Authorities this morning raided a Black Muslim Temple on 27th Street whose leaders had obtained government contracts for security work with bogus credentials. At least one person was seen being taken in to custody.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @RobertFaturechi: If not for @insidebayarea, these guys - now in cuffs- would have likely handled security for the Port of Oakland insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @RobertFaturechi: If not for @insidebayarea, these guys - now in cuffs- would have likely handled security for the Port of Oakland insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @thomas_peele: More details out in @Oakland Black Muslim security firm arrests. Alleged public contract scams reached Orange County. bit.ly/1s5ncXN

Oct 21, 2014

More details out in @Oakland Black Muslim security firm arrests. Alleged public contract scams reached Orange County. bit.ly/1s5ncXN

Oct 21, 2014

RT @mattoyeah: 7 arrests, 44 charges after Oakland temple raid. Ends what DA calls "organized & sophisticated criminal enterprise" http://t…

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Fremont: Man clinging to life after being hit by Cadillac on private road

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/21/2014 03:10:55 PM PDT FREMONT -- A man is clinging to life after a car struck him as he walked along private road near the Tesla plant early Tuesday, police said. Officers responded at 4:50 a.m.

Oakland approves $577,000 to help Central American child migrants

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 07:03:04 PM PDT Updated: 10/21/2014 07:11:39 PM PDT OAKLAND -- Child migrants seeking refuge in the Bay Area after fleeing Central American violence got a boost from the Oakland City Council on Tuesday night when it voted unanimously to offer them $577,000 in legal aid.
Oct 22, 2014

Oakland #oakmtg passes $577K legal aid measure to defend Central American migrant children insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

DeSaulnier, Phan vie to succeed George Miller in 11th Congressional District

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 03:50:31 PM PDT The East Bay race for a rare open congressional seat is drawing surprisingly little attention because most political experts believe the Democrat -- with the advantages of partisan voter registration, money and the bully pulpit of elected office -- is a shoo-in. But state Sen.

Berkeley: Wrong election date on vote-by-mail envelopes

contracostatimes.com — By Rebecca Parr The Daily Review Posted: 10/21/2014 02:53:16 PM PDT BERKELEY -- Berkeley voters, please note: The general election is Nov. 4, not Nov. 5, despite what your ballot says. About 27,000 vote-by-mail ballots were sent out with return envelopes that incorrectly say, "Election Day is November 5, 2014."

San Leandro to open winter overnight warming center for homeless

contracostatimes.com — By Rebecca Parr The Daily Review Posted: 10/21/2014 03:20:17 PM PDT SAN LEANDRO -- People seeking shelter from the cold and rain this winter will have a dry place to sleep and eat. The City Council on Monday awarded $62,000 for programs to help the homeless, with $15,000 going to a pilot warming center program.

Oakland Tribune editorial: Gilmore for Alameda mayor; Oddie and Matarrese for council

contracostatimes.com — Oakland Tribune editorial © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/21/2014 01:00:00 PM PDT Updated: 10/21/2014 02:41:58 PM PDT When you dig a deep financial hole, it can take a long time to climb out. In the case of Alameda, the journey has just begun, and there's a long way before seeing daylight.

Contra Costa Times editorial: Martinez Councilman Mike Menesini's self-absorbed behavior reaches new low with pension-spiking gambit

contracostatimes.com — Contra Costa Times editorial © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/21/2014 01:00:00 PM PDT For decades, Martinez residents have put up with Councilman Mike Menesini's self-absorbed, idiosyncratic behavior. This time he's gone too far. Voters should boot him out.
Oct 21, 2014

Contra Costa Times editorial: Martinez Councilman Menesini's behavior reaches new low with pension-spiking gambit contracostatimes.com/pleasant-hill/…

Lafayette: Police chase ends with crash, capture

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 12:33:19 PM PDT LAFAYETTE -- A Martinez man led police on a chase, crashed his car, then tried to flee on foot before finally being captured Tuesday morning, police said.
Oct 21, 2014

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Antioch: Two-alarm fire at home injures at least one

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/21/2014 12:51:17 PM PDT ANTIOCH -- At least one person has been injured in a two-alarm fire Tuesday involving a two-story house, a Contra Costa Fire Protection District official said. Details of the blaze were scarce, because fire crews were still fighting the blaze, which broke out on Golden Hills Court just before 1 p.m., Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.
Oct 21, 2014

A two-alarm fire at a home in #Antioch has injured at least one, according to @ContraCostaFire. bit.ly/1x5LNQS

McLellan shuffles all Sharks lines looking to spark offense against Boston Bruins

contracostatimes.com — By David Pollak dpollak@mercurynews.com Posted: 10/21/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT BOSTON - Sharks coach Todd McLellan plans to shuffle the deck Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, hoping his team rediscovers its offensive spark after the young season's low point in a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers All four lines will have a new look to them with Tommy Wingels working his way to a spot alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, and James Sheppard set to play his first game after completing rehab after an off-season knee injury.
Oct 21, 2014

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Soda tax war returns to Bay Area

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/20/2014 12:22:55 PM PDT Updated: 10/20/2014 12:22:55 PM PDT BERKELEY -- Two years ago, a ballot measure that would have made Richmond the nation's first city to tax soda and other sugary drinks drew fierce opposition -- and an avalanche of campaign spending -- by the beverage industry.