Cause of death for BART workers released
The two workers hit and killed by a BART train Oct. 19 as they inspected track between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations died from blunt force injuries, a coroner's official said Wednesday.
BART worker Christopher Sheppard, 58, died from multiple blunt force injuries, while contractor Laurence Daniels, 66, died from multiple extreme blunt force injuries, a Contra Costa coroner's official said. The autopsy has not been completed, and no other information was released by the coroner.
Both men were investigating a reported "dip" in the tracks when they were hit by the train, investigators have said. Under BART regulations at the time, one man was supposed to act as a lookout in an area clear of the tracks, ensuring he could spot a train 15 seconds away.
-- Matthias Gafni, Staff
Work on domestic violence center begins
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to headline an event Friday hailing the start of construction on the expanded West Contra Costa Family Justice Center, a resource center for victims of domestic violence and their families.
Newsom will be joined by Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and other local and state elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the 7,200-square-foot facility located at 256 24th St., near the corner of Macdonald Avenue.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The expanded facility will serve victims of domestic violence by housing more service providers in one, centrally located facility.
-- Robert Rogers, Staff
Car crashes into salon; one injured
One person was hospitalized Wednesday morning after a woman crashed her car into a hair salon, fire officials said.
Emergency crews responded at 10 a.m. to the Awe-Dacious hair salon at 2205-A San Ramon Valley Blvd. after a caller reported a car had plowed through the building's facade, said Kim French, spokeswoman for the San Ramon Valley Fire District.
When firefighters arrived, they found the entire car inside the small hair salon, with a woman trapped inside by a large amount of debris.
Some five to 10 people were inside the salon at the time of the crash, and one was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, French said. Two people were evaluated at the scene, and the driver, who was alone in her car when she crashed, was uninjured.
French said drugs and alcohol were not immediately thought to be a factor in the crash.
"We have no reason to believe at this point it was anything but an accident," French said.
-- Erin Ivie, Staff
Planning Commission OKs cellular antenna
A revised plan to place an AT&T cellphone antenna atop a pole at 248 Grizzly Peak Blvd. has received approval from the Contra Costa County Planning Commission.
The telecom giant received the go-ahead after it lowered the proposed height of the pole and antenna to 41 feet, 5 inches from 50 feet, 5 inches in response to a commission request for changes at its Sept. 25 meeting, said county project planner Francisco Avila.
At the same meeting, the commission approved plans to place five other antennas in Kensington over protests from a group of nearby residents who wanted the antenna applications denied over concerns about health consequences, noise and other issues.
The five antennas will be located on poles at 121 Windsor Ave., 8 Sunset Drive, 18 Highgate Road, 4 Stratford Road and 110 Ardmore Road.
-- Rick Radin, Staff
City will dedicate history mural Sunday
"Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People," a mural created by artist Judy Baca, has been drawing notice to the Richmond Senior Center at 2525 Macdonald Ave. for weeks now.
The work will be officially dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday with remarks by Baca and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and entertainment by Aztec dance ensemble In Xochitl In Cuicatl.
The five-panel mural, depicting eras in Richmond's history, is a public art project by the city's Arts and Culture Commission, which gathered ideas for its content at a series of community workshops.
Baca, from the Social and Public Art Resource Center at UCLA, then painted the work, which was digitally reproduced on weather-resistant vinyl and adhered to the outdoor wall of the senior center facing Macdonald.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff
Congressman meets veterans on Saturday
Congressman Eric Swalwell will meet with veterans Saturday to hear about issues they face and share how his office can help them with claims.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a backlog of hundreds of thousands of disability and pension claims.
Coffee With Your Congressman for military veterans will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hayward Veterans Memorial building, 22737 Main St.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
Dinner honors PVHS sports inductees
New inductees will be named to the Pinole Valley High School Sports Wall of Fame at the 18th annual Rotary Club of Pinole Recognition Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave.
This year's class is Lino Amaral for football, Sylvan Amdahl for track and field, Chris Cavalli for softball, and Steve Falchetta for baseball.
The dinner will be catered by Eddie Menosse and proceeds will go to service projects and college scholarships for local high school students.
For tickets or details, visit pinolerotary.brownpapertickets.com or call 510-758-8267.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff