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Eye on the East Bay: Richmond political war extend to taco trucks

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/23/2014 12:00:00 AM PST Tacos gone awry: How divisive have Richmond politics become? It's so bad, even something as inert as a plate of authentic tacos can become a political football. Exhibit A: A post Monday on the popular therealRICH Facebook group highlighting the sumptuous fare at La Flor de Jalisco.
Nov 23, 2014

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Hercules City Council meeting to celebrate World Series champs

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/22/2014 06:21:07 PM PST Updated: 11/22/2014 06:21:09 PM PST HERCULES -- Councilman Bill Kelly wants residents to come out en force to Tuesday's Hercules City Council meeting -- not just to watch the wheels of local government turn, but to celebrate an arguably even more dynamic spectacle, the San Francisco Giants' recent World Series championship, their third in five years.

Twenty years after Prop. 187, attitudes toward illegal immigration have changed dramatically in California

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/22/2014 06:06:06 PM PST Updated: 11/22/2014 06:06:07 PM PST Twenty years ago this month, 59 percent of California voters passed a ballot measure designed to set up a state-run immigration system and deny most public benefits -- including K-12 education -- to illegal immigrants.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Twenty years after Prop. 187, attitudes toward illegal immigration have changed dramatically in California bit.ly/1BZxNPr

Daring daytime takeover robbery at Point Richmond pharmacy

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/22/2014 05:47:12 PM PST Updated: 11/22/2014 05:47:13 PM PST RICHMOND -- A daring, daytime takeover robbery of a Point Richmond pharmacy Friday resulted in the loss of "a large amount" of narcotic pills with huge street value, Richmond Police said Saturday. Three masked African-American men in their 20s entered Point Pharmacy, 139 W.

Chris Treadway: Wild Turkey Shoot and other holiday traditions in Point Richmond

contracostatimes.com — Point Richmond will once again welcome the holidays as only it can, with a mix of the traditional and quirky.The festivities start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, when folks will gather outside the Richmond Plunge for the annual Thanksgiving Day ritual known as the Wild Turkey shoot.
Nov 22, 2014

Chris Treadway: Wild Turkey Shoot and other holiday traditions in Point Richmond contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti…

Contra Costa Times editorial: Voters should sign referendum petition to undo county supervisors' greedy 33 percent raise

contracostatimes.com — Contra Costa Times editorial © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted: 11/22/2014 04:00:00 PM PST Contra Costa voters should support two labor unions' referendum campaign to rescind the 33 percent raise county supervisors greedily approved for themselves. John Gioia, Karen Mitchoff, Federal Glover and Mary Piepho voted this month for outrageous salary increases after years of asking employees for shared sacrifice.
Nov 22, 2014

Editorial: Voters should sign referendum petition to undo county supervisors' greedy 33 percent raise contracostatimes.com/editorial/ci_2…

Guest commentary: Why the election in Richmond mattered to Chevron

contracostatimes.com — For more than 112 years, the Richmond Refinery has been proud to serve as a vital part of Richmond -- creating jobs for residents, supporting small businesses that drive the local economy, paying taxes that fund essential public services and supporting programs that train workers and prepare

Cal, Stanford to begin on FoxSports2

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/22/2014 12:38:59 PM PST Updated: 11/22/2014 12:42:52 PM PST BERKELEY -- Thousands of Bay Area TV viewers will miss the beginning of Saturday's Big Game because of a lightning storm in Norman, Oklahoma that never happened.

EBMUD looking at rate hike if there's no rain

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 07:15:47 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 07:15:48 PM PST Saying it is "at risk of running out of water" without a rainy season, the East Bay's largest water provider is looking to hike rates by 14 percent next month to pay for an emergency supply -- and may consider boosting the surcharge to 20 or 25 percent in the spring.
Nov 22, 2014

East Bay MUD - after asking its customers to reduce water use by only 10% - now says supplies are low: contracostatimes.com/my-town/ci_269… via @deniscuff

Berkeley: Big rig fire blocks lanes on westbound Interstate 80

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 01:37:24 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 01:45:27 PM PST BERKELEY -- A big rig on fire was blocking several lanes and an exit on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley on Friday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The truck fire was reported around 12:45 p.m.
Nov 21, 2014

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Nov 21, 2014

Big rig fire blocks several lanes of I-80 in #Berkeley; Lanes closed through 2:30 p.m. per @CHP_HQ bit.ly/1uOeHaa @insidebayarea

Nov 21, 2014

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Air trams from BART to Oakland airport set to roll

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 09:10:10 AM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 04:23:15 PM PST Transportation officials say the tram makes the Bay Area more connected because now it will have two airports - Oakland and San Francisco International Airport - accessible by rail.

Berkeley calendar: Holiday craft fair; tour of City Club; Author Mallory Ortberg; BAHA celebration

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 11:48:12 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 11:48:13 PM PST The Culinary Kid. Kids ages 8-10 can learn how to make a no-bake treat with Chef Eric Pomert of Little Spoons Cafe. Space limited. Registration a must. 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave. Free.
Nov 22, 2014

Berkeley calendar: Holiday craft fair; tour of City Club; Author Mallory Ortberg; BAHA celebration contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti…

East Bay's Park It: By Berkeley at Tilden, newt rules take effect

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM PST With the advent of the rainy season, the East Bay Regional Park District has activated its annual newt protection measures on South Park Drive at Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. This means that South Park Drive is now closed to motor vehicle traffic for its entire length, between Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Wildcat Canyon Road.

Friday's East Bay NCS, Oakland Section high school playoff scores scores

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 05:42:32 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 10:52:57 PM PST Scores, schedule high school Friday Oakland Section playoffs Semifinals No. 1 McClymonds 40, No. 4 Oakland Tech 0 No. 2 Fremont 26, No. 3 Skyline 20 NCS playoffs Quarterfinals Division I No. 1 De La Salle 65, No.

Oakland: Two people dead after collision

contracostatimes.com — By Katrina Cameron Contra Costa Times Posted: 11/21/2014 10:36:00 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 10:36:00 PM PST OAKLAND -- Two people died Friday after they were struck by a car at 27th Street and Northgate Avenue, police said. The collision was reported at 8:08 p.m.

Oakland: Man takes surprising plea deal in BMT security fraud scandal

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/21/2014 01:02:48 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 01:26:48 PM PST HAYWARD -- A man charged in a sprawling fraud case involving a security business run from a Black Muslim temple in Oakland entered a surprise plea Friday and has agreed to cooperate with investigators.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @mattoyeah: DA: Even in jail, Oakland minister & BMT security exec procuring public contracts, but associate makes plea deal http://t.co…

Nov 21, 2014

DA: Even in jail, Oakland minister & BMT security exec procuring public contracts, but associate makes plea deal insidebayarea.com/ci_26986936

Richmond police: BB gun used in domestic violence attack

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 11/21/2014 09:15:40 AM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 09:16:49 AM PST RICHMOND -- A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hitting his girlfriend on the head with a BB gun, police said.

New Oakland airport BART service starts Saturday

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 11/21/2014 09:10:10 AM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 09:10:10 AM PST OAKLAND -- BART's new train to plane service, which provides a connection to Oakland International Airport, will open just in time for Turkey Day, officials announced Friday.

Raiders' Sparano not ready to call Murray the featured back

contracostatimes.com — By Jerry McDonald jmcdonald@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 11/21/2014 04:40:43 PM PST Updated: 11/21/2014 05:00:55 PM PST ALAMEDA -- Latavius Murray is averaging 11.9 yards per carry, owns the fourth-longest run in Raiders history, and scored the only rushing touchdowns allowed by the Kansas City Chiefs this season.
Nov 21, 2014

Raiders' Sparano taking wait and see approach with RB Latavius Murray . . . insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…