Richmond: Meeting seeks resident input on future Berkeley Global Campus

Richmond residents and others curious to learn about the progress of the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay are invited to a community briefing, scheduled for Monday. 
Jon Kawamoto
Called "Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth," the project is being made possible by a U.S. State Department's Museums Connect grant that invites students to look toward their own communities, select an environmental problem and then work together and hack into space science and technology to develop innovations to solve it.  
Earlier this month, Merritt College officially opened the 60,000-square-foot Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, the region's newest state-of-the-art science building. Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting, include U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and other dignitaries. President Barack Obama sent a letter of greeting to honor the day.  
Mt. Diablo Unified has filed a lawsuit against the Contra Costa County Board of Education over its acceptance on appeal of the Contra Costa County School of Performing Arts charter school.  
Working in public education is not always easy; every day we have to balance the ever-changing legislative, financial, pedagogical and political considerations. Yet every day, too, we get to step back and witness children of all ages -- from 4 years old to 18 years old -- learning, growing and maturing. This is an incredible gift and we are deeply grateful for it.  
Jon Kawamoto
ASTI, which stands for Alameda Science and Technology Institute, recently won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award which recognizes outstanding schools throughout the United States. Students, teachers and parents associated with the ASTI campus gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the achievement and recognize the unique program that has made the school so successful. "When I look at the ASTI students today, I see that you think of yourselves as more than what you are today," said Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Sean Mc Phetridge, "That you have an idea of a possible self and will achieve more than society and adults and families have thought possible before."  
The main purpose that evening was to induct eight new members into Encinal's Hall of Fame -- Dino Belluomini, basketball (1980); Wendell Rose, football, basketball, baseball (1981); John Levingston, football, basketball, track (1982); Jennifer Thatcher O'Reilly, track, cross country (1983); Caroline Yao, tennis (1983); Sydney Thatcher, track, cross country (1986); Robyn Crispi, basketball, softball (1987); and Bayani Flores, swimming, water polo (1997).  
Jon Kawamoto
Lahey spoke to a nearly full house Nov. 17 at the speaker series that highlights current issues in education and children's lives. Her talk was titled "The Gift of Failure," but she spoke more about how parents could help their children become successful in life. She said that what parents really want from kids is intrinsic motivation. In order to have intrinsic motivation, kids need autonomy, competence and interpersonal connection.  
Jon Kawamoto
The council and the district are asking Piedmont residents to donate new and gently used children's books to a pair of East Bay organizations that distribute books to low-income kids in Oakland and other nearby communities.  
Former College of Marin basketball coach Dave Granucci, or one of his relatives, paid tuition for one talented player on his team and helped others pay for housing, according to an investigation commissioned by the college.  
(Jeff Neumann/A&E)
TV Tonight: 'Unforgettable' gets new life -- and Skeet Ulrich

Poppy Montgomery's crime serial is reborn on A&E. Plus, holiday season really gets underway with 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' and 'Crown for Christmas.' 
(Colin Young-Wolff)
Gwyneth Paltrow sings on new Coldplay record

Coldplay singer Chris Martin suggested ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow sing some lyrics she wrote for their new single “Everglow.”