( Kristopher Skinner )
El Cerrito landmark gets new life

The completion of the extensive modernization of the landmark building formerly known as the Chung Mei Home for Chinese Boys was celebrated Monday with a reopening event that drew about 300 guests, including El Cerrito and West Contra Costa public officials, to the site at 1800 Elm St.  
Two activists protesting at a Sprouts Farmers Market in Petaluma were arrested on March 22, according to reports. The protest was similar to one held March 14 in front of a Sprouts in Walnut Creek over the company's plans to open a market on University of California property in Albany.  
Relay for Life will be held 10 a.m. May 16 to 10 a.m. May 17 at Ocean View Park, 900 Buchanan St. The 24-hour walkathon has been held at Cougar Field behind Albany Middle School in past years.  
Dan Balilty
No matter what news my grandmother, Myra Cohen, heard — whether it was "Grandma, there's been a terrible flood in India" or "Grandma, the Dodgers just won the World Series" -- she always had the same response: "Is it good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?  
It was a very wet end of winter in Berkeley and Northern California 75 years ago. In addition to the local flooding described in an early column, on March 30, 1940 Northern California rivers, "burst their banks and spread over lowland acres today for the second time this month," the Berkeley Daily  
Randall Booker, Piedmont Unified's assistant superintendent of educational services, will take up his post as superintendent on July 1.  
Urban farms are a big deal in Cuba. They're also a big deal in low-income communities of East Bay cities: Urban Tilth in Richmond, People's Grocery, Planting Justice, Acta Non Verba in Oakland -- grass roots organizations are part of an international "good food revolution." Organic, urban gardeners are seeking alternatives to oil-based industrial agriculture.  
Panel to vote on I-80 corridor studyA study to evaluate mass transit solutions along the traffic-clogged Interstate 80 corridor could get a boost as the lead sponsoring agency prepares to vote on a consultant contract.  
Get money out of politicsI read that President Barack Obama just called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get money out of politics.  
Berkeley squads fall in NorCal semifinals Both the Berkeley High School boys and girls basketball teams saw their seasons come to the end in the CIF Division I Northern regional semifinals on March 17.  
(Courtesy of Rich Cordes)
Keeping wild birds healthy is tricky business

Dosing water supplies is not a recommended treatment for dealing with outbreaks of disease among wild birds. 
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.