East Bay congressman calls for oil refinery safety board officials to resign

03/04/2015 06:59 PM PST
U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, was joined by five other House of Representatives members in calling for the ouster of Rafel Moure-Eraso, the chairman, and Manny Erlich from the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Board, which heavily criticized Chevron's safety culture in a series of reports after the 2012 Richmond refinery fire and called for overhauling the regulation of refineries in the state.  
Drummond: One Oakland murder creates major ripple effect
03/04/2015 05:57 PM PST - Oakland revenge killing wreaks havoc in the lives of numerous people 

Alameda: Townhomes proposed for Clement Avenue
03/04/2015 05:37 PM PST - The project at 2100 Clement Ave. calls for 12 triplexes and 46 row houses, with each home having an attached two-car garage. An additional 21 guest parking spots are also proposed, as well as a 4,300-square-foot park that would be maintained by a future homeowners association. 

Alameda: Firefighters union head blasts mayor over vote
03/04/2015 05:36 PM PST - The new station will replace Fire Station 3 at 1709 Grand St., which firefighters vacated 15 years ago because it was deemed seismically unsafe. The emergency center will be built next to the new station and could be used by first responders to coordinate relief efforts after an earthquake or other major disaster. 

Piedmont: Parenting expert gives her advice at education talk
03/04/2015 05:19 PM PST - Rosaline Wiseman spoke for the Piedmont Education Speaker Series at Piedmont High School on Feb. 24, the same day she spoke with Piedmont middle school students about the social and emotional lives of boys and girls. She brought wisdom about parent and child relationships, offered advice about how to repair strained interaction with kids and defined bullying to the crowd of about 150 parents and teens.  

$500 million Oakland logistics center takes trucks off roads, adds rail cars
03/04/2015 05:56 PM PST - Cost split between private developers, state and city 

Comp time seen as factor in record Oakland Police Department overtime bill
03/04/2015 05:44 PM PST - Auditor's report calls on city to reduce officer comp time usage and reduce the cap on the amount of comp time that officers can bank. 

Alameda city briefs: Bikeway ribbon cutting set Saturday
03/04/2015 04:28 PM PST - It will take place at 11 a.m. at Shoreline and Westline drives near the Boardsports School. Mayor Trish Spencer and Bike Walk Alameda representative Lucy Gigli will speak before the ribbon cutting. 

Alameda: Man found with cocaine, police say
03/04/2015 04:27 PM PST - The man, 30, was also drunk, police said. The incident was reported about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 25, police said. 

Rockridge: New tour appeals to foodies
03/04/2015 06:18 PM PST - The three-hour tour covers six stops on College Avenue, including stalwarts like bakery La Farine and butcher shop Ver Brugge as well as newcomers like A16, a southern Italian restaurant that opened its Rockridge location in 2013. The tour costs $49 a person. 

Camron-Stanford House docent training begins March 10
03/04/2015 03:58 PM PST - Professional photographer Reenie Raschke agreed that Camron-Stanford House gives back to her manyfold. "Docenting and working on the committee for the Ebell exhibit has been the highlight of my life," Raschke said. "I'd rather spend time with this group than anything else. In a world of schedules and emails, connecting directly with people and our past has been a lifesaver to me." 

Piedmont: City to present annual Design Awards
03/04/2015 03:13 PM PST - The awards recognize homeowners, architects, contractors and landscapers who have done an outstanding job in planning and designing their residential remodel and/or landscaping.  

Snapp Shots: Oakland's Children's Fairyland animals retire to Orinda's fine pastures
03/04/2015 02:32 PM PST - Almost all the animals at Children's Fairyland in Oakland live well beyond their normal life expectancy because of the TLC they receive. But there comes a time when they get too old or too frail to play with kids anymore, so they're eased into a luxurious retirement. 

Pleasanton drops 1929 ban on beekeeping in residential areas
03/04/2015 01:56 PM PST - Residents will be able to keep up to two hives in their backyards  

UC executive salary caps proposed in new bill
03/04/2015 04:57 PM PST - New bill takes aim at executive compensation at the University of California 

Milpitas store owner sues customer for half of $1 million lottery prize
03/04/2015 01:39 PM PST - Instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five is gearing up for a court battle with the owner of USA Liquors. 

Berkeley: Landlord loses round in bid to shed affordable housing requirement
03/04/2015 01:38 PM PST - The Delaware Apartments, on Delaware Street at San Pablo Avenue, is supposed to reserve 20 percent of its apartments for households with below-median incomes, according to its use permit  

San Jose: Woman killed in Ocala Avenue crash is identified
03/04/2015 01:45 PM PST - A 37-year-old woman has been identified as the person killed when the car she was riding in was broadsided in East San Jose this past weekend. 

Orinda: First-grader's report of man with gun prompt school lockdowns
03/04/2015 04:47 PM PST - A first-grader who reported seeing an armed gunman prompted the lockdown of two schools in Orinda today, including a room-by-room sweep of an elementary school, the city's police chief said. 

Silicon Valley tech firms step up overseas cash stash as total hits $2.1 trillion
03/04/2015 01:25 PM PST - Eight of the biggest U.S. technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corporations in other industries felt pressure to bring cash back home.  

Oakland: Car crashes into Piedmont Avenue store
03/04/2015 03:27 PM PST - A vehicle crashed into the 7-Eleven at 4193 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland Wednesday afternoon and a store employee said the woman driving was not injured 

Antioch: Mother laments police shooting that killed mentally ill son
03/04/2015 03:28 PM PST - Yolanda Dozier, the mother of a 29-year-old mentally ill Antioch man killed in a confrontation with police Feb. 3, said that her son should still be alive today. Authorities said they used less-than-lethal means to try to restrain DeWayne Ward before he was killed. 

Oakland man dies in crash in northern Sonoma County
03/04/2015 12:35 PM PST - California Highway Patrol officials said a 51-year-old Oakland man died in a crash in the Asti area between Geyserville and Cloverdale in northern Sonoma County on Tuesday night.  

Barnidge: The harder the path to citizenship, the more it's appreciated
03/04/2015 12:34 PM PST - Forty-one immigrants from 27 countries took the oath of citizenship at Richmond's Craneway Pavilion -- and the effect was enough to put a lump in a dead man's throat. 

Archbishop orders Fairfax's St. Rita School to close
03/04/2015 10:34 AM PST - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has decided to close St. Rita School in Fairfax at the end of this school year because of financial problems. 

Six Flags transfers last two elephants to Oregon facility
03/03/2015 04:25 PM PST - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom safely transported its two remaining resident elephants to a 600-acre zoological park in Winston, Ore,, last week, according to a Six Flags press release. 

Former Vacaville man convicted of brutal rape of Bay Area woman loses appeal
03/04/2015 12:23 PM PST - A former Vacaville man serving multiple life sentences for the rape of a Bay Area woman in 2011 had his hopes for an appeal of his conviction dashed recently. 

Rep. John Garamendi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduce Delta legislation
03/03/2015 08:59 PM PST - Congressman John Garamendi (D-Solano) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced companion bills in the House and Senate on Tuesday dubbed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Establishment Act. 

Vigil remembers man killed by Vallejo officer
03/03/2015 09:39 PM PST - It has been four years since Guy Jarreau, Jr. has died, but his mother, Andrea Jarreau-Griffin, still can't bring herself to say the word. 

Three-alarm blaze destroys old Vallejo school district building
03/04/2015 03:38 PM PST - A three-alarm fire heavily damaged the former Vallejo school district offices building Tuesday night, Vallejo firefighters said. 

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Review: Updated 'Cinderella' keeps its old-fashion charm

The touring Broadway musical includes some contemporary messages about girl power, but it's the traditional fairy tale that makes the show worthwhile; it plays at Broadway San Jose through March 8.