OAKLAND

EBMUD delays request for water use cutbacks

The East Bay Municipal Utility District will wait until Feb. 11 before deciding how much to ask customers to voluntarily reduce water use during this dry year.

EBMUD board members said Tuesday they want another two weeks to get a firmer prediction of available supplies from the district's primary water source, the Mokelumne River, and an emergency supply from the Sacramento River.

Some other Northern California water districts already have set conservation targets in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown asking residents statewide to cut water use 20 percent.

EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said the district is in better shape this year because its customers are consuming 17 percent less water than they did in 2007.

The East Bay district serves 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

SAN RAMON

Residents can weigh in on toll lane plan

Transportation officials will host an open house Thursday to explain plans to install toll lanes on Interstate 680, which would be the first in Contra Costa County.

The Bay Area Toll Authority and Caltrans plan to convert the I-680 carpool lane into an express lane from Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek to Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon.

It will remain free for buses and carpoolers, but solo drivers can opt to use the lane for a fee paid through an electronic tolling device known as FasTrak. A similar express lane operates on southbound I-680 from the Sunol Grade to Milpitas.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Residents can review project plans and information, talk with project team members and provide input. Individuals may also see project details and make comments about the project online at www.baifaexpresslanes.org.

-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Staff

CONCORD

Teen stabbed near apartment complex

A teenager that was stabbed as he walked outside an apartment complex Tuesday morning was expected to survive his injuries, police said.

The stabbing occurred outside the Oak Grove Gardens apartment complex at 1060 Oak Grove Road near Peach Place about 8:35 a.m., police said. ¿The boy was taken by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Officers found a 17-year-old boy with a stab wound in his lower abdomen. Police said a man had confronted the teen on the sidewalk near the complex entry and stabbed him once.

The teen told police he did not know the suspect and that he had never seen him before the confrontation.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

CONCORD

Mt. Diablo trustees to discuss accountability

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet Wednesday to discuss accountability, union negotiations and leadership.

Trustees will hear a report about the district's Local Control Accountability Plan, which requires parent and community input about spending priorities as part of the state's new funding formula. In addition, trustees will receive a presentation regarding the Local 1 Maintenance and Operations union's contract proposal and discuss leadership development during the meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

The board also expects to approve the district's 2012-13 audit report and to make permanent previous interim appointments for a transportation coordinator and two principals.

More information is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4000 or by visiting http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us. Click on Jan. 29.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

RICHMOND

Harassment policies on trustees' agenda

The West Contra Costa school board will meet Wednesday to revise its anti-bullying and harassment policies, consider forming a Local Control Accountability committee, and review reopener proposals from bargaining units.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave. More information is available by calling 510-231-1101 or by visiting www.wccusd.net. Click on Jan. 29 Board of Education agenda.

The board decided to update its policies after a federal Office of Civil Rights report last fall found rampant sexual harassment in the district. Then in November, a transgender student involved in a fight at Hercules High said she had previously reported bullying to school administrators, but no action was taken.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

CONCORD

Death outside senior center deemed suicide

A man discovered dead inside a car outside a senior recreation center killed himself, police said Tuesday.

Police were called to the parking lot of the Concord Senior Center at 2727 Parkside Circle around 11:30 a.m. after an employee discovered the body slumped over in the driver's seat. Detectives investigating the scene later found evidence about the cause of death.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

LAFAYETTE

Forum scheduled for Assembly candidates

Three Democratic Assembly District 16 candidates will answer questions at a forum on Thursday night.

Those scheduled to participate include Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich, Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti.

Assembly District 16 includes Lamorinda, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and southeastern Alameda County. Incumbent Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, will term out this year.

Sponsored by four Contra Costa Democratic clubs and the Contra Costa Young Democrats, the free public event begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Community Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Lafayette.

The candidates will take written questions from the audience. KTVU journalist John Sasaki will moderate.

-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Staff

RODEO

Refinery agrees to pay $6,000 in water fines

Phillips 66 has agreed to pay $6,000 in fines to the state for exceeding discharge limits for selenium on two different occasions at its Rodeo refinery along San Pablo Bay.

The effluent violations, according to a complaint by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, occurred July 2, 2012, and Sept. 5, 2012.

Phillips agreed to waive its right to a hearing and to settle the matter under the board's Expedited Payment Program.

The settlement is pending acceptance by the board's executive officer following a public comment period that runs until Feb. 28.

Public comments can be emailed to the board at info2@waterboards.ca.gov.

-- Tom Lochner, Staff

CROCKETT

Residents can have breakfast with Glover

Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover will attend a quarterly breakfast Thursday hosted by the Crockett Improvement Association.

The event is open to the public.

Glover plans to introduce the new C&H Sugar Co. refinery manager, Derwood Brady, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Bay Station commander, Lt. Jon Moreland, as well as a new resident deputy for the Crockett area.

County staff members will present information on the Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative and answer questions from residents, said improvement association President Kent Peterson.

The event will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Crockett Community Center auditorium, 850 Pomona St.

All attendees will be served a continental breakfast, and donations to defray costs are welcome, Peterson said.

-- Tom Lochner, Staff

Oakland

Woman, 81, shot in home invasion

An 81-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder during a home invasion robbery Tuesday morning in Oakland's upper Dimond District neighborhood, police said.

The incident, which may have started as a burglary, happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Laguna Avenue, according to police. The woman was hospitalized in stable condition after the shooting.

Police said the suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, in his mid-20s, about 170 pounds, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said it was unusual for police to be called to the normally quiet neighborhood, which is near Lincoln Avenue and the Mormon Temple.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

LIVERMORE

Truck scales remain closed through March

The truck scales along westbound Interstate 580 near Greenville Road are closed through March.

The closure is part of the I-580 Corridor improvement project by Caltrans. Contractors will be replacing slabs along the on- and off-ramps leading to the scales.

A Caltrans advisory warns motorists to expect delays, to take alternate routes if necessary and reminds all that traffic fines are doubled in construction zones.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff