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Chevron South Africa CEO, Danville resident charged with falsifying late wife's will

contracostatimes.com — By Matthias Gafni mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 01/29/2015 04:50:38 PM PST MARTINEZ -- Chevron South Africa CEO Stephen King pleaded not guilty Thursday to five felony charges alleging he forged his late wife's signature on her will after she died of lung cancer, thereby receiving all of her more than $1 million estate.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @NewsByNight: Against her will: @Chevron exec from #Danville charged with forging signature to #steal late wife's #estate: bit.ly/1zjsbEf @mgafni

Jan 29, 2015

RT @mgafni: .@Chevron #SouthAfrica CEO charged w/ 5 felonies alleging forged late wife's signature on will to steal inheritance contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/…

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BART passenger satisfaction lowest in 24 years

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 11:42:49 AM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 11:45:14 AM PST WALNUT CREEK -- BART passenger satisfaction with service has dropped to the lowest level in 24 years because of unhappiness with train overcrowding, hot temperatures and dirty seats and carpets, according to a survey of riders.

Walnut Creek: Water line break causing severe traffic delays on North Main Street

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 03:58:12 PM PST WALNUT CREEK -- Water will be shut off or the next several hours late Thursday, with heavy traffic expected in the southbound lanes of North Main Street in Walnut Creek after a Contra Costa Central Sanitary District crew discovered a water line break, officials said.
Jan 29, 2015

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Oakland: Suspect in shooting at sheriff's deputies identified

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 12:56:09 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 12:58:39 PM PST OAKLAND -- Authorities identified a Castro Valley man as a suspect who allegedly shot at sheriff's investigators on Wednesday, leading to the discovery of millions of dollars worth of marijuana at two West Oakland growing operations.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @daviddebolt: Man who shot at plainclothes detectives in West #Oakland ID'd, arrested at warehouse with thousands of pot plants insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

Jan 29, 2015

Man who shot at plainclothes detectives in West #Oakland ID'd, arrested at warehouse with thousands of pot plants insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

Jan 29, 2015

Suspect who allegedly shot at two @ACSOSheriffs deputies ID'd. He's from Castro Valley. @HarryHarris15 details. bayareane.ws/1ESisxG

Former Raiderette files class-action lawsuit against the team

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 03:50:39 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 04:03:40 PM PST OAKLAND -- As a proposed $1.25 million settlement for cheerleader wage theft pends approval in an Alameda County court, another class action lawsuit over pay and compensation has been filed against the Oakland Raiders by a former Raiderette.

Final report on 2012 Chevron refinery fire calls for reform in corporate safety culture

contracostatimes.com — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board Wednesday night unanimously approved its third and final report on the 2012 pipe failure and fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, approving a number of recommendations that point to industry standards, emergency response measures and Chevron's culture of safety as focal points for reform.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @clazzeretti: Final report approved on 2012 @ChevronRichmond refinery fire, calls for reform bayareane.ws/1zbbALm @CCTimes @chevron @chemsafetyboard

Jan 29, 2015

RT @clazzeretti: Final report approved on 2012 @ChevronRichmond refinery fire, calls for reform bayareane.ws/1zbbALm @CCTimes @chevron @chemsafetyboard

Jan 29, 2015

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Hayward: Former La Imperial restaurant damaged by fire

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 01/29/2015 11:36:46 AM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 11:38:53 AM PST HAYWARD -- A late-night blaze caused about $50,000 in damage to a downtown Mexican restaurant that's been closed for two years and was once a popular stop for Oakland Raiders.

Walnut Creek: Downtown McDonald's closes, burger chain no longer in Walnut Creek

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 06:07:00 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 06:07:00 PM PST WALNUT CREEK -- There are no longer any Big Macs to be had in Walnut Creek. The city's one and only McDonald's closed for good Jan. 25, and there seem to be no plans to open another in the city.

San Ramon Valley School District seeks parcel tax renewal

contracostatimes.com — By Joyce Tsai jtsai@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 01/29/2015 04:10:10 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 04:10:10 PM PST DANVILLE - The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board voted Tuesday night to place a measure on the May 5 all-mail-in ballot to renew its expiring education parcel tax.

Hercules: Teen suspected of selling pot-laced cookies at school

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 08:06:53 AM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 08:11:05 AM PST HERCULES -- A teenager was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly took chocolate chip cookies laced with marijuana to his school, police said. Police booked the 16-year-old boy into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment after a school security officer received information around 1:40 p.m.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @3rdERH: A 16 yo is suspected of selling pot-laced cookies at a Hercules school. bayareane.ws/15Lq9cO @CCTimes

Jan 29, 2015

A 16 yo is suspected of selling pot-laced cookies at a Hercules school. bayareane.ws/15Lq9cO @CCTimes

Brentwood: One dead, one arrested after single-car crash

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 07:33:26 AM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 07:40:35 AM PST BRENTWOOD -- One person died and another was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a single- car crash Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Police were called to the 2800 block of Sunset Road around 2:30 a.m.
Jan 29, 2015

Again, early reports from @CHP_GoldenGate about DUI arrest in fatal wreck near Brentwood premature, @320PIO says. bayareane.ws/1z7Ym1X

Jan 29, 2015

According to @320PIO, reports that driver was arrested for DUI in fatal Brentwood crash were premature.Update here: bayareane.ws/1z7Ym1X.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @3rdERH: A person died, and a driver arrested for suspicion of DUI in a one-car wreck in Brentwood overnight. bayareane.ws/1z7Ym1X

Jan 29, 2015

A person died, and a driver arrested for suspicion of DUI in a one-car wreck in Brentwood overnight. bayareane.ws/1z7Ym1X

Berkeley: Laser co-creator Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate, dies at age 99

contracostatimes.com — By Lisa Leff Associated Press Posted: 01/29/2015 07:26:37 AM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 07:42:06 AM PST BERKELEY -- Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.

San Pablo: 3 suspected in liquor store shooting arrested

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 02:51:41 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 02:55:17 PM PST SAN PABLO -- Three men suspected of participating in a robbery and shooting that left a liquor store clerk seriously injured last week have been arrested, police said Thursday.

El Cerrito: Area bluegrass pickers find a place to jam

contracostatimes.com — By Rick Radin Correspondent Posted: 01/29/2015 02:17:49 PM PST Updated: 01/29/2015 02:19:35 PM PST Click photo to enlarge EL CERRITO -- Music Works on San Pablo Avenue closes at 7 p.m., but every Wednesday evening local bluegrass players make the music flow into the evening in the store's upstairs studio space.

Driest January in History: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December

contracostatimes.com — Julia Prodis Sulek and Kimberly Smuga-Otto jsulek@mercurynews.com Posted: 01/29/2015 11:54:08 AM PST Adding more ominous news to California's historic drought, the Bay Area's rainy season has swung from boom to bust, with the month of January wrapping up as the driest in recorded history.
Jan 29, 2015

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Orinda housing element vote fails, but officials discuss ways for public to weigh in

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 11:13:43 AM PST ORINDA -- An attempt by council newcomer Eve Phillips to get a public vote on Orinda's state-required housing element has failed, but city leaders say they want to continue their efforts to involve residents in discussions about the document.
Jan 29, 2015

No resident vote on #Orinda housing element plan, but city council pledges more public input on plan contracostatimes.com/News/ci_274191… @JModenessi

Justin Bieber apologizes for being a jerk

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 01/29/2015 09:58:49 AM PST Justin Bieber is sorry, everybody. The 20-year-old singer posted a video on social media Wednesday, titled "Here we go," apologizing for acting arrogant or conceited. Apparently the Beebs felt like people were judging him after he appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday.

Contra Costa County counts homeless population

contracostatimes.com — By Joyce Tsai jtsai@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 01/28/2015 04:12:11 PM PST CONCORD -- Usually, they are the forgotten ones, tucked out of sight, living in tents under highway overpasses, in back alleys, abandoned buildings and homeless encampments, scattered all over the county. But for the next three days, the homeless will be the focus of attention.

New Richmond mayor lays out goals for city

contracostatimes.com — By Jennifer Baires For the Contra Costa Times Posted: 01/28/2015 12:18:30 PM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 12:19:10 PM PST RICHMOND -- Newly seated Mayor Tom Butt delivered an upbeat outlook during his state of the city address at Tuesday night's City Council meeting and laid out his priorities for coming years, which include annexing North Richmond, reviving the failing Hilltop mall and continuing the revitalization of the city's historical main street, Macdonald Avenue.