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Daniel Borenstein: City Auditor warns pensions threaten Oakland's solvency

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/20/2014 01:00:00 AM PDT Oakland's pension shortfall threatens the city's solvency, raising questions of whether it will have enough future assets to pay its debts, City Auditor Courtney Ruby concludes in a new report.
RT @BorensteinDan: Column: Oakland auditor says pensions place city solvency at risk. It's worse than she says. #capensions http://t.co/cx9…
RT @BorensteinDan: For 3 years, @jeanquan has ignored reality as Bay Area's third-largest city slips toward bankruptcy. #capensions. http:/…
RT @BorensteinDan: Column: Oakland auditor finds #capensions threaten city solvency. Actually worse than she says. contracostatimes.com/daniel-borenst…
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Brentwood students melding art and technology

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/18/2014 08:41:31 PM PDT Updated: 04/20/2014 04:45:34 PM PDT BRENTWOOD -- The worlds of art and technology are intersecting at Heritage High School, where students now need a smartphone to fully appreciate some of their classmates' creativity. Heritage teacher Stacey Churchill decided to kick off the second semester of her introductory art class by infusing a drawing project with digital elements.
Left brain meets right brain in #Heritage high school #art class, where QR codes and cool apps are part of drawing. bit.ly/1njeNmt

El Cerrito plans salute to its 'pioneers'

contracostatimes.com — By Rick Radin Correspondent Posted: 04/20/2014 03:48:48 PM PDT Updated: 04/20/2014 03:48:49 PM PDT EL CERRITO -- Long after Oakland and Berkeley were built up with Victorian and Edwardian homes and distinctive downtowns, El Cerrito remained rural, a place of farmhouses and open spaces.

PG&E and East Bay cities at standoff over plan to chop down thousands of trees

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/18/2014 04:12:59 PM PDT Updated: 04/20/2014 06:44:08 AM PDT Click photo to enlarge A majestic Siberian elm towers over the entrance to the Pleasant Hill Cohousing community tucked at the end of Lisa Lane. The elm is one tree among a dense swath of mature oaks, redwoods, walnuts and shrubs separating the 32-unit development from the bustling Iron Horse Trail.
RT @DVCInquirer: via @CCTimes PG&E and East Bay cities at standoff over plan to chop down thousands of trees: Utility now claim... http://t…

Citywise: Oakland waits for Raiders letter on Coliseum City

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/18/2014 05:13:54 PM PDT Updated: 04/18/2014 05:19:59 PM PDT The development team working to transform Oakland's Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment center appears to be waiting to the last minute to submit key documents that should provide more clarity as to whether the project might ever get built.

Warriors stun Clippers, win playoff opener

contracostatimes.com — By Diamond Leung dleung@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 04/19/2014 03:44:10 PM PDT Updated: 04/19/2014 03:50:06 PM PDT LOS ANGELES -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson conceded that the Los Angeles Clippers were the favorites, but said he wouldn't bet against his own team because, "These guys are made of the right stuff."

Oakland auditor sounds pension alarm

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/20/2014 12:00:00 AM PDT OAKLAND -- Pension costs have more than doubled over the past decade, leaving Oakland with fewer police officers, more potholes and a growing threat of insolvency, City Auditor Courtney Ruby warned in a report released Sunday.

Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/19/2014 04:16:39 PM PDT Beginning in early 2011, State Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month.
Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns contracostatimes.com/news/ci_256004…

Oakland a welcome haven to city bees

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/20/2014 12:00:00 AM PDT OAKLAND -- The temperature was rising, and Khaled Almaghafi was trying to coax 20,000 bees out of a nest while hanging suspended 30 feet above Telegraph Avenue. A construction crew called him the day before to extract a hive that had metastasized into the facade of the former mortuary and temporary methadone clinic.

How can a teacher fired for molestation allegations get another job in classroom?

contracostatimes.com — By Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times Posted: 04/19/2014 04:17:06 PM PDT The news both shocked and outraged: How did a suspected child molester land a job teaching children after being fired by a different school two months earlier?
RT @mgafni: #RichmondCA teacher is fired for molestation allegations, hired elsewhere during police probe; blind spots in law? http://t.co/…
#RichmondCA teacher is fired for molestation allegations, hired elsewhere during police probe; blind spots in law? contracostatimes.com/news/ci_256004…
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Richmond: Business owner shoots, kills burglar before being wounded

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/18/2014 07:50:23 AM PDT Updated: 04/18/2014 03:59:45 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge RICHMOND -- A business owner who lived in the back of his store shot and killed one of four men trying to burglarize the business early Friday morning and was himself shot and wounded by another burglar, police said.

EBMUD drought plan: Voluntary savings plus new emergency supply

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 04/18/2014 07:08:18 PM PDT OAKLAND -- 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.