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Daniel Borenstein: MTC commissioners allowing themselves to be misled on building costs

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/19/2014 05:00:00 PM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 02:17:16 PM PST The executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission has once again deceived his board and the public about costs and financing for the agency's legally questionable real estate speculation.

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Dec 21, 2014

Editorial: After huge flaring, Chevron on again lacks candor necessary for rebuilding trust in Richmond. contracostatimes.com/editorial

Martinez: Woman killed in double shooting

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/20/2014 10:40:31 AM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 10:42:50 AM PST MARTINEZ -- A woman was killed in a double shooting in Martinez on Friday evening, police said. Judith Lee-Rene Bean, 18, was shot and killed in the 1900 block of Boynton Avenue at around 9:36 p.m., police said.
Dec 21, 2014

Really tragic story out of Martinez --- woman fatally shot on 5th anniversary of her brother's murder. bit.ly/1wAYjdL @daviddebolt

Dec 20, 2014

Judy Bean, 18, shot dead Friday in #Martinez exactly 5 yrs after her brother's brutal murder bit.ly/1AGz8pw pic.twitter.com/xIl0qkLOcj

Dec 20, 2014

RT @DMJreports: #Martinez teen killed on 5th anniversary of her brother's brutal murder bit.ly/1AGz8pw @daviddebolt Earlier: bit.ly/1AGzb4B

Dec 20, 2014

RT @DMJreports: #Martinez teen killed on 5th anniversary of her brother's brutal murder bit.ly/1AGz8pw @daviddebolt Earlier: bit.ly/1AGzb4B

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Comedian Bill Maher speaks amid handful of protesters at UC Berkeley commencement

contracostatimes.com — By Chris De Benedetti cdebenedetti@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/20/2014 03:59:52 PM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 03:59:52 PM PST BERKELEY -- Outspoken talk-show host Bill Maher appeared Saturday at UC Berkeley's December graduation, greeted by a handful of silent demonstrators protesting the comedian's statements about Islam.

Family left with only questions after Martinez teen's death

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/29/2009 03:42:04 PM PST Updated: 12/30/2009 06:39:51 AM PST MARTINEZ - When Eric Tyler Bean was found beaten and strangled on the side of a remote road four days before Christmas, his father, a weathered Army staff sergeant and reservist, first composed himself and then wrote down his thoughts.

Berkeley: Death of 20-year-old deemed suspicious

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/20/2014 03:17:29 PM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 03:17:29 PM PST BERKELEY -- A 20-year-old man was found dead near UC Berkeley early Saturday in what police are calling a suspicious death. The man, who was not yet identified, was found unresponsive by police outside his home in the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue, police said.

Campolindo wins state football championship with huge comeback

contracostatimes.com — By Stephanie Hammon shammon@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/20/2014 02:46:31 PM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 02:48:21 PM PST CARSON -- Adam Remotto's 85-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the final minute lifted Campolindo High's football team to the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship.
Dec 21, 2014

Campolindo wins first state football title with incredible late comeback: contracostatimes.com/moraga/ci_2717…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Campolindo wins state football championship with huge comeback bit.ly/1CkJJaU

Final defendant sentenced in grisly murder of Martinez teen

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/02/2012 02:57:55 PM PDT Updated: 11/02/2012 04:27:56 PM PDT MARTINEZ -- The last defendant charged in the torture-murder of an 18-year-old Martinez man was sentenced this week, closing the case that shocked the community from the moment the youth's badly beaten body was found dumped on the side of a rural road four days before Christmas 2009.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @DMJreports: Eventually, 4 ppl pleaded guilty or were convicted in the brutal 2009 torture and murder of Eric Bean bit.ly/1AGAb94 @malaikafraley

Dec 20, 2014

Eventually, 4 ppl pleaded guilty or were convicted in the brutal 2009 torture and murder of Eric Bean bit.ly/1AGAb94 @malaikafraley

Contra Costa Times editorial: Chevron once again lacks candor critical for gaining the trust of residents

contracostatimes.com — Contra Costa Times editorial © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted: 12/19/2014 06:54:20 PM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 08:11:09 AM PST Click photo to enlarge As flames visible for miles shot from flares at the Chevron refinery on Thursday night, residents of the East Bay wondered whether the facility was once again on fire.

Oakland: Sign honoring slain officers torn down, covered in red paint

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/19/2014 05:14:08 PM PST Updated: 12/19/2014 05:14:08 PM PST OAKLAND -- A highway sign dedicated to four Oakland police officers killed in 2009 was ripped from its post on Interstate 580 and covered in a red "X," a police captain said Friday.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @daviddebolt: Freeway sign honoring 4 slain OAkland cops vandalized. insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/… Pic courtesy of Capt. Ersie Joyner III pic.twitter.com/mpXLdAZk6g

Dec 19, 2014

RT @daviddebolt: Freeway sign honoring 4 slain OAkland cops vandalized. insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/… Pic courtesy of Capt. Ersie Joyner III pic.twitter.com/mpXLdAZk6g

Dec 19, 2014

RT @daviddebolt: Freeway sign honoring 4 slain OAkland cops vandalized. insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/… Pic courtesy of Capt. Ersie Joyner III pic.twitter.com/mpXLdAZk6g

Dec 19, 2014

Freeway sign honoring 4 slain OAkland cops vandalized. insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/… Pic courtesy of Capt. Ersie Joyner III pic.twitter.com/mpXLdAZk6g

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Bay Bridge doesn't need big fix of 2,200 rods, panel decides

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/20/2014 05:48:35 AM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 05:48:46 AM PST SACRAMENTO -- Top California transportation officials decided Friday there is no need for expensive replacement or repairs of 2,200 metal rods in the $6.4 billion new east span on the Bay Bridge.
Dec 20, 2014

New Bay Bridge doesn't need pricey replacement or fix for 2,200 rods, panel decides bit.ly/1HgPQxK @BayBridgeInfo @CaltransHQ

East Bay Chevron refinery incident draws criticism, raises concerns about emergency-response capabilities

contracostatimes.com — By Robert Rogers rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/19/2014 05:14:15 PM PST Updated: 12/19/2014 05:30:50 PM PST RICHMOND -- Speculation grew Friday about whether the fire in the sky that emanated from Chevron's Richmond refinery on Thursday night was a "near miss" that easily could have resulted in a catastrophic accident on par with the massive blaze at the facility two years ago.

Final design of Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier complete, approved

contracostatimes.com — By Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal, Posted: 12/20/2014 08:08:46 AM PST Updated: 12/20/2014 08:08:46 AM PST The final design for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday by the district Board of Directors, moving the project closer to reality.

CIF state bowl games coming to Sacramento State

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/19/2014 04:59:59 PM PST Updated: 12/19/2014 05:00:00 PM PST State high school football bowl games are moving to Sacramento State starting in 2015, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Friday. The CIF plans to host its state bowl games at 21,195-seat Hornet Stadium through 2017.

San Francisco deputy arrested on assault, perjury charges

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 12/19/2014 08:22:11 PM PST Updated: 12/19/2014 08:22:11 PM PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a man at San Francisco General Hospital and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said.
Dec 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputy arrested for beating man at hospital, then lying about the incident - bit.ly/1x6or1X

Alleged dirty Richmond cop fired from department

contracostatimes.com — The Richmond police department announced Thursday the firing of disgraced 19-year veteran Sgt. Michael Wang following allegations he took bribes, arranged drug deals, outed a confidential informant and tipped off a drug cartel member to a federal tracking device. Defense attorneys suggest the move may lead to hundreds of overturned drug convictions and dropped charges in pending cases.
Dec 19, 2014

#RichmondCA cop fired after allegations by drug trafficker that he took bribes, set up drug deal, outed informant contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti…

Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive videos of drug dealer discussing alleged #RichmondCA dirty cop dealings attached to story contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti… @SFBaynewsrogers

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mgafni: Videos of drug trafficker explaining how #RichmondCA cop outed informant who was then shot; also set up drug deal contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti…

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Body cameras on the horizon for Lafayette police

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 12/19/2014 05:16:52 PM PST Updated: 12/19/2014 05:16:52 PM PST LAFAYETTE -- With its bucolic surroundings, vibrant downtown and relatively low crime rate, Lafayette isn't the first place you'd expect to see police officers wearing body cameras.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Body cameras on the horizon for Lafayette police bit.ly/1CfoDL4

El Cerrito open space fundraising close to goal

contracostatimes.com — By Rick Radin Correspondent Posted: 12/17/2014 05:53:32 PM PST Updated: 12/17/2014 05:53:32 PM PST EL CERRITO -- A group trying to raise $100,000 to help purchase a 7.5-acre tract of land for open space has nearly reached its goal after receiving a pledge of $25,000 from a donor on the East Coast.

School districts' local accountability plans need improvement, watchdog group says

contracostatimes.com — Although new local control accountability plans required by the state are a good first step toward engaging with and informing the public about how money is spent in school districts throughout the state, the Education Trust-West student advocacy group recommends several improvements to make them easier to understand.
Dec 19, 2014

School districts' local accountability plans need improvement, watchdog group says goo.gl/alerts/WnIm #MDUSD #WCCUSD #Berkeley #Antioch