El Sobrante

Town sees first homicide of the year

An El Sobrante man was shot to death Sunday night, a Contra Costa Sheriff's Office spokesman said Monday.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call found Francisco Medina, 32, in the driveway of a home in the 4200 block of Santa Rita Road around 9:40 p.m., Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Medina had been shot more than once and was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead, Lee said.

Medina was identified by Contra Costa Coroner's authorities Monday morning.

Crime scene technicians were called to the scene and processed it for evidence, Lee said. Detectives were still conducting interviews Monday in an attempt to establish a motive and identify a suspect.

No arrests have been made. The homicide was the first in El Sobrante in 2014.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Antioch

Oakley man wounded in Sunday shooting

A 28-year-old Oakley man was shot and wounded Sunday night, Antioch police said.

The victim told police he was walking on Dogwood Way and Mahogany Way at 11:40 p.m. when a gunman approached him and fired.

The man was shot at least once, and was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive.

He told police he did not know why the man shot him. The case is being investigated as an attempted homicide. No arrests have been made.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

DUBLIN

New assistant city manager named

More changes in Dublin city management were announced Monday, with Linda Smith being promoted to assistant city manager and Lori Taylor named the city's new economic development director.

Smith will earn $203,892 annually in her job overseeing Dublin community development, public works and economic development, as well as the city clerk's office. Smith, a Dublin employee since 2009, had been the city's economic development director.

Smith will be replaced in her old job by Taylor, the former Alameda community development director and former Fremont economic development director. Dublin will pay Taylor a salary of $170,784 per year.

The changes were announced Monday by Dublin City Manager Chris Foss, who became city manager Saturday after working as interim city manager since December. Foss succeeded Joni Pattillo, who retired.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

Pleasanton

No more beer, wine at 1st Wednesday

Pleasanton's popular 1st Wednesday Street Parties figure to be a bit more family-oriented with the decision by its sponsoring group to stop selling beer and wine at the event.

Cocktails and other adult beverages will still be available for sale at many downtown restaurants, many of which will offer discounts.

The decision by the downtown association to halt alcohol sales at the beer and wine garden was spurred by several factors, said Pleasanton Downtown Association Director Laura Olson, including input from businesses and the community.

"There was growing concern over public safety -- not that anything had happened, but we saw things heading down a path, and we wanted to get off that path ... it just wasn't the right fit for the event," Olson said.

The beer and wine garden was also experiencing declining business, she said.

The parking lot at 530 Main St. will now be transformed into a family- and pet-friendly "Entertainment Garden" where visitors can still sit, eat, enjoy music provided by local bands and participate in children's activities.

1st Wednesday Street Parties begin in May and run through September.

-- Beth Jensen, Correspondent

Berkeley

Baseball bat attack at fraternity house

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after two people were hit over the head with a baseball bat outside a fraternity house, police said.

Frank Watson, of Oakland, was arrested after the early Sunday attack. Police held him on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.

Police say Watson arrived in a car in the 2700 block of Durant Avenue at 1:25 a.m. as two groups were fighting in a UC Berkeley fraternity house parking lot. Watson allegedly grabbed a baseball bat from the trunk of the car and hit two people over the head, causing significant injuries to each victim.

The victims were taken to a hospital to be treated for head injuries. Coats did not release any information about their condition Monday.

Watson was arrested a short time later after trying to run from police officers during a car stop near Warring and Parker streets.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

BAY AREA

Health care providers receive $16 million

Five Bay Area community health care providers were awarded federal grants totaling $16 million, Rep. Barbara Lee announced Monday.

La Clinica de La Raza received the largest grant from the Department of Health and Human Services at $5.7 million. Other recipients included the West Oakland Health Council, $3.4 million; Lifelong Medical Care, $2.9 million; Asian Health Services, $2.7 million; and the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, $1.1 million.

"I am proud that these community health centers will receive this critical federal funding to continue to respond to the medical needs of the most vulnerable in our community," Lee, D-Oakland, said in a news release.

-- Staff

SAN LEANDRO

SOS/Meals on Wheels celebrates anniversary

SOS/Meals on Wheels is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a luncheon May 17.

The nonprofit agency serves 1,200 meals each day to seniors in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and East Oakland.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which includes wine from local vineyards, will help fund the program. There also will be a raffle and silent auction for prizes.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Eden United Church of Christ's Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St., Hayward. Tickets are $25; for more information, call 510-582-1263.

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff