East Bay's Park It: Martinez's new Miller trail makes for a mighty fine walk

I'm glad to say that the trail more than lives up to the hype. It's an easy round trip of just less than 3 miles through a mostly wooded landscape, with a few gentle grades along the way. Set high above the shoreline, the trail provides spectacular views of Carquinez Strait and its maritime traffic, the city of Benicia and Mount Diablo peeping around the corner. 
Tony Burchyns — vallejo times-herald
Monday was the deadline for comments to the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Phillips 66 Company Rail Spur Extension Project, which would bring about 250 unit trains a year with 80 tank cars plus locomotives and supporting cars to a new crude oil unloading facility in Santa Maria from the north or from the south along tracks owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, including possibly the Capitol Corridor along the east shore of San Pablo and San Francisco bays.  
 
Fremont police last week arrested a man they say was involved in three attempted residential burglaries in the area.  
 
A large cabinet mounted to the wall fell on top of two napping children at a Fremont preschool causing injuries to both of them.  
 
A subsidiary of Koch Industries has started its tender offer tied to its approximately $445 million acquisition of Fremont optical network device company Oplink Communications.  
 
A pickup slammed into a utility pole in Fremont on Saturday night, cutting power to more than 1,200 PG&E customers.  
 
Fremont will learn next month if it is named a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national contest that encourages cities to use energy more efficiently.  
 
Doug Oakleyand Rebecca ParrBasketball tourney to honor BART officerAll Saints Catholic Youth Organization is dedicating a basketball tournament in honor of BART police Sgt.  
 
THIS WEEKENDThriller writerWhat's the best way to become a writer? Sorry, there isn't one.At least that's the opinion of writer and historian Jason S.  
 
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Thanksgiving hotlines: Dial up turkey cooking help

The Thanksgiving feast help lines are gearing up to help anxious cooks tame the (turkey) beast. Meanwhile, Ghirardelli Square is prepping for El Mercado and 'O, Molé Night,' a weekend-long extravaganza by La Cocina.