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El Cerrito: Ramp will improve veterans building accessibility

Crews this week were finishing the installation of a ramp that will improve accessibility at the city's historic 82-year-old Veterans Memorial Building on Stockton Avenue. Negotiating the building's steep stairway has been an obstacle for veterans belonging to the American Legion Louis Hagen Post 340 that makes its headquarters there, as well as groups that have been interested in renting the space for events.  
The concept of reuse is key to the success of the upcoming citywide garage sales in El Cerrito (May 2) and Albany (May 9).  
 
Changes to the city's wireless facilities ordinance were approved April 20 by the City Council to address problems with a 2005 version that led to four lawsuits against Albany in recent years.  
 
Other issues on the Tuesday schedule include a residential density bonus and operating standards for minidorms and group living accommodations.  
 
PINOLE -- The following is a partial list of animals that may be available for adoption at the Animal Services Department, 910 San Pablo Ave.Dogs: Female Rottweiler, 1 year; male Labrador retriever mix, 1½ years; female dachshund mix, 6 years; female pit bull mix, 1 year; male long-haired  
 
With litigation delaying plans to manage eucalyptus and other flammable vegetation, nothing will be resolved by the time the hills get bone dry this fall, Jerry Kent told more than 100 people assembled April 14 in St. Alban's Episcopal Church.  
 
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Melody Shah and her husband thrive on extended wilderness trips  
 
Authorities identified a man who died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon as 27-year-old El Cerrito resident Andre Bayati.  
 
Nathaniel Jackson
Fifteen years ago, the Coast Guard in Alameda decided to do away with a growing colony of feral cats on the base. They were descendants of the cats who had been imported years earlier to combat a rodent infestation.  
 
Urban Greening Plan Open House. The Urban Greening Plan is a multiyear, citywide planning process to identify policies and projects that create a vibrant, more resilient and sustainable El Cerrito.  
 
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Behind the Wine Label: Wente Vineyards

You can trace the Wente family's roots in Livermore Valley through the curling vines of chardonnay.