solano county

Alamo bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash

An experienced Alamo cyclist was killed Wednesday evening after being struck head-on by a hit-and-run driver in Solano County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The victim was identified as 72-year-old Dan Taylor by the Solano County Coroner's Office. The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Putah Creek Road about a mile east of Interstate 505, in an area popular with cyclists.

Taylor was cycling alone down a long stretch of road between orchards when a car crossed the eastbound lane and struck him, according to CHP spokesman Officer Chris Parker.

Taylor was thrown over the vehicle before landing on the ground in an orchard, according to the CHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle continued traveling into the orchard and nearly hit a tree before driving off toward Winters, officials said. The vehicle is possibly a light-colored SUV, although no arrests have been made, the CHP said.

Before retiring, Taylor was a colonel in the Air Force. He had spent nearly every day cycling since retiring about five years ago, said his daughter, Nadia Costa.

"It was his absolute love," Costa said Thursday. "He was doing something he loved, and I just wish that the person who did this steps forward."

Taylor is survived by his wife, Glenda, four children and grandchildren.


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-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

Livermore

Person suffers burns in apartment fire

One person was airlifted to a burn center for injuries sustained in a two-alarm fire Thursday morning at an apartment complex in Livermore, fire officials said.

The blaze in the 900 block of Murrieta Boulevard was reported shortly before 1 a.m., according to Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel.

The fire was under control by 1:25 a.m., but not before damaging two units, he said. Four other units had smoke damage or had to have their roofs cut, according to Miguel. Damage was estimated around $100,000.

One resident was airlifted to a burn center for respiratory issues, second-degree burns to the face and third-degree burns to the hands, after trying to put out the fire, he said.

The Red Cross responded and assisted 11 people, all adults, who were displaced from eight units, Miguel said.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation but was considered accidental.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

CONCORD

Free career fair geared toward veterans

A Bay Area Career Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at Cal State East Bay Concord Campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road.

The free fair is geared for veterans and professionals with more than 40 employers expected to attend. Workshops will include résumé building, interview techniques, Linked-in and veterans resources.

The event is hosted by Cal State East Bay, Experience Unlimited and Employment Development Department of California.

Employers can register at careerfair@euccc.org, or call Experience Unlimited at 925-602-0166.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

Children's issues forum on Saturday

The 10th annual Young Children's Issues Forum, a forum for discussion among legislators, local elected officials, public agency representatives, business leaders and the community regarding current children's issues, takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Center.

This year's theme is "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate."

Confirmed guest legislators include Rep. George Miller, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and state Assembly members Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Nancy Skinner and Jim Frazier.

Comedian and child advocate Michael Pritchard will deliver the keynote presentation, and representatives of various local, county and regional service providers will be on hand.

This free annual community event is sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development and is coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

-- Sam Richards. Staff

Contra Costa

New head librarian named, starts April 14

Jessica Hudson, who has served as head librarian in both Tehama and Nevada counties, has been named the new Contra Costa County librarian.

Hudson, who has 13 years of experience in the field, was selected from among more than two dozen candidates nationwide. She starts in Contra Costa on April 14.

Hudson, a Solano County native, received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Sacramento State and a master's degree in library science from San Jose State.

County Administrator David Twa said he expects Hudson to bring the energy and technology-focus needed to drive the Contra Costa Library to even greater achievements.

Hudson succeeds Cathy Sanford, who had been acting county librarian since Barbara Flynn's retirement in November 2013.

-- Sam Richards, Staff.

Dublin

Police seeking gas station robber

Dublin police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a gas station Wednesday night after threatening to burn it down, according to a department spokesman.

Police received a call at 11:45 p.m. about a robbery in progress at the Shell gas station, located at 5933 Dougherty Road, according to Lt. Herb Walters.

A young man armed with a baseball bat and a red plastic gas can entered the gas station and ordered the clerk to put all the money in a bag, threatening to burn the business down if the employee didn't comply with his demand, according to Walters.

The suspect then got into a red four-door vehicle and fled with an unknown amount of money.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Rafael Alvarez at 925-833-6682.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

SAN PABLO

College sets summer and fall registration

Registration for the summer session at Contra Costa College opens April 7. Registration for the fall semester will start April 28.

The college, located at 2600 Mission Bell Drive, advises registering early to assure the best selection of classes.

To learn more about registration, applying online, scheduling a counseling appointment and applying for financial aid, go to www.contracosta.edu. For more details call 510-215-3836.

-- Staff