BAY AREA

Groups settle lawsuit against growth plan

Three environmental and social justice groups said Friday they have settled their lawsuit against a Bay Area regional growth and transportation plan aimed at clustering development near transit centers.

The Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment, and Earthjustice argued in their lawsuit that Plan Bay Area is too weak in reducing air pollution, including greenhouse emissions.

In agreeing to settle their state lawsuit, the groups said they secured a commitment from regional planning agencies to do more in the next plan in 2017 to explain pollution reductions from the regional plan.

The settlement also calls for regional agencies to track and disclose progress in getting housing built in city and county priority development areas.

Plan Bay Area was adopted last year by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments. The commission had no immediate comment Friday.

In March, the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area dropped its lawsuit against the plan in exchange for a commitment that the agencies do more to plan for housing growth in the 2017 plan.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

RICHMOND

One killed, another hurt in shooting


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One man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting early Friday, Richmond police said.

The shooting occurred in the 2100 block of Garvin Avenue around 3:30 a.m. and may have been spurred by an argument outside a home where a small party was going on, Lt. Andre Hill said.

Following the shooting, both victims, ages 19 and 32, were flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. The 19-year-old died as a result of his injuries and the 32-year-old remains in critical condition.

No arrests have been made, although police are following up on leads.

-- Karina Ioffee, Staff

Berkeley

Driver suspected of DUI in injury crash

A 21-year-old man driving a Corvette that smashed into a pole near the Claremont Hotel early Friday was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, police said.

The single-car wreck, which happened about 2:20 a.m. on Tunnel Road, critically injured a passenger in the car and shut down the road, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.

The passenger, a 24-year-old man, was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was in critical condition late Friday.

The driver, who police later identified as Anthony Edward Torpey, tried to flee on foot after the wreck, police said, but officers found him a short distance from the crash.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

West Contra Costa

Relay for Life events throughout summer

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's fundraising vehicle for cancer research and education, will come to several local cities this summer.

Teams of volunteers walk or run for 24 hours around a track or pathway, in shifts, to raise donations from sponsors.

Relay for Life has been held in more than 20 countries and has raised more than $40 million since it started in 1985, according to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

Relay for Life events in West Contra Costa include:

  • El Sobrante: 9 a.m. Saturday, Murphy Elementary School, 4350 Valley View Road.

  • El Cerrito: 10 a.m. July 26, Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave.

  • Pinole: 9 a.m. Aug. 9, Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave.

    To sign up for Relay for Life, go to the organizations's website at www.relayforlife.org.

    -- Tom Lochner, Staff

    Castro Valley

    Firefighter injured during horse rescue

    A firefighter assisting in a horse rescue was injured Friday when he was kicked by the animal after it fell down an embankment just east of Crow Creek, authorities said.

    Crews responded at 10:30 a.m. The horse had fallen about 50 feet. A veterinarian sedated the horse while firefighters cleared a path to move the animal and then hoisted it uphill with the aid of a tractor, a Fire Department spokeswoman said.

    The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Meanwhile, the horse was being evaluated by the veterinarian who sedated it.

    -- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff