( Kristopher Skinner )
El Cerrito holiday observance emphasizes ongoing struggle for equality

Hundreds turned out Monday for El Cerrito's King holiday activities. In its 26th year, the annual celebration is one of the oldest in the East Bay and also a time to mark the community's racial diversity, several speakers said.  
Residents on streets bordering El Cerrito Plaza have been complaining for years about traffic entering the shopping center and the City Council this week initiated steps to address the issue. The City Council on Jan. 20 approved a series of directions to staff instituting a series of traffic calming measures, while also allowing the possibility of closing off the streets in the future.  
 
A special run on Feb. 1 will be geared toward those who have participated in Run Around Town the past two years, heading out from Albany along the Bay Trail to the new Bay Bridge pedestrian path and back.  
 
The City Council had a chance to weigh in on a set of ideas to regulate tobacco sales Jan. 20 and largely endorsed a set of proposed changes to existing rules governing retailers. The rules are a follow-up to the city's Smoking Pollution Protection Ordinance passed in October and effective Jan. 1 that sets guidelines about smoking in public places, commercial areas and multifamily housing.  
 
School districts are required under state Prop. 39 to offer charters sites that are comparable to other schools within the district  
 
Councilman Jesse Arreguin proposes a temporary ban on tear gas and projectiles for crowd control, a review of other crowd control practices and an independent investigation of the police response to Dec. 6 protests over the killing of unarmed black men by police in Missouri and New York  
 
The concerts will feature the talents of three soloists, who have had lessons with superstars like Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis and have played at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Memorial. The soloists are Katherine Chen on piano, Ellie Kanayama on violin and Oliver Taylor on trumpet.  
 
Science Story Time. Kids can come for story time, and stay for a fun science activity. All children are welcome. 11 a.m. Jan. 24. El Cerrito Branch Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.  
 
Jan. 9 was a bittersweet day for Andy Mousalimas, of Oakland. The sweet part was watching his son, James, being sworn in as San Joaquin County's new superintendent of schools.  
 
Richmond will again be a stop on the San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour and the city is using this year's arrival as a chance to promote youth baseball.  
 
(Rikki Alley)
Wine: Idle Hour Winery, near Yosemite

Tucked away near Yosemite's southern gate, Anna Marie dos Remedios' Idle Hour Winery makes viognier, pinot noir and tempranillo. 
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Seth Rogen sorry for 'American Sniper' comments

“The Interview” actor compared Clint Eastwood’s movie to a Nazi propaganda film depicted in “Inglourious Basterds” because both dealt with snipers, he says; but his comments were taken by many to suggest he was dismissing “American Sniper” as pro-war propaganda.