ALAMEDA COUNTY
Fremont: City competes for $5 million environmental prize, motivating residents to save energy

Fremont will learn next month if it is one of 10 finalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national contest that encourages cities to use energy more efficiently. 
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East Bay Municipal Utility District proposes 14 percent water surcharge now with another increase to be proposed in spring or fall if it stays dry  
 
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The city of Livermore is pursuing a permanent injunction to shutter the Tree of Life medical marijuana club, which city officials say has been operating in violation of a 2007 city ordinance. Club representatives claim they're operating within state guidelines and want city council members to re-evaluate the ordinance.  
 
The city of Livermore is pursuing a permanent injunction to shutter the Tree of Life medical marijuana club, which city officials say has been operating in violation of a 2007 city ordinance. Club representatives claim they're operating within state guidelines and want city council members to re-evaluate the ordinance.  
 
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More than a dozen women said they were drugged and sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby a decade ago, but no one paid attention until now.  
 
City Council will hold work session in spring to look at improving access to toilets for homeless.  
 
A big rig on fire was blocking several lanes and an exit on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley on Friday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.  
 
Fresh from a ballot-box victory to tax sugary drinks over the opposition of the powerful beverage industry -- and a decision to provide labels at fuel pumps tying driving to climate change -- the City Council voted Tuesday to craft an ordinance requiring retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones.  
 
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A man charged in a sprawling fraud case involving a security business run from a Black Muslim temple in Oakland entered a surprise plea Friday and has agreed to cooperate with investigators. A prosecutor also said alleged fraud mastermind Dahood Bey has been urging his followers from jail to continue pursuing public contracts.  
 
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Travel top 10: Strange food festivals

From the Gilroy Garlic Festival to Waikiki's Spam Jam, this top 10 list includes some unusual food fetes.