El Cerrito police make burglary arrests

Three Oakland residents were arrested after they attempted to break into a woman's home for the second time in two weeks, police said.

Around 10:38 a.m. Jan. 29, in the 6700 block of Schmidt Lane, a woman called El Cerrito police to report that three males were attempting to burglarize her residence.

Those same men, she said, rang her doorbell a week before and when she did not answer, they went to her backyard and tried unsuccessfully to get into her home through a rear door, then fled.

When officers arrived Jan. 29, they found three men still at the home and arrested them for attempted residential burglary.

One of the suspects was wanted on an outstanding warrant for residential burglary after he was identified as a suspect in a 2012 burglary of another home in El Cerrito.

The suspects, identified as Patrick Phanh, 23, Jamy Xaysana, 25, and Kao Saelee, 19, are all Oakland residents.

All three were booked in to the County Jail in Martinez.

Panel backs study of I-80 corridor options

A study of high-capacity transit options, including a possible northward BART extension along the congested Interstate 80 corridor, has won the endorsement of the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, according to a news release from BART District 7 Director Zakhary Mallett.

The next step is for WCCTAC's staff to work with the staffs of local transit agencies to define the scope and seek funding for a study, which would look not only at a possible BART extension but also enhanced express bus service and other rail options such as light rail and diesel multiple-unit trains like those that will be used on eBART in eastern Contra Costa.

Once a scope is established and funding secured, the issue would go back before the advisory committee for approval.

The advisory committee, which met Friday, is made up of council members of West County's five cities, a county supervisor, and board members of AC Transit, WestCAT and BART, which is represented by Mallett, whose district covers most of West Contra Costa.

Albany offers first aid and CPR training

The Albany Fire Department has announced its CPR and first aid class schedule for 2014, with the first session on CPR/AED set for Saturday. Enrollment, however, should be done at least one week before the session.

Upcoming sessions on both CPR and first aid will be offered on May 3.

Classes on potentially lifesaving skills are $25 each and offered in partnership with the American Safety and Health Institute.

Sessions are held at the Emergency Operations Center next to City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. For more details call 510-528-5770 or fill out the class interest form at http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=483.

Police holding coffee get together

Coffee with Cops is an outreach program that "provides citizens the opportunity to meet and talk with an El Cerrito police officer in a less formal manner, with a relaxing cup of coffee. This is a chance for citizens to talk with the officer patrolling their neighborhood and exchange ideas."

Officer Chi Lee "will be available to answer questions, provide tips, and chat" from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Starbucks at 3090 El Cerrito Plaza.

Cerrito Classics to show 'The Thin Man'

Newlyweds Nick and Nora Charles -- William Powell and Myrna Loy, assisted by faithful terrier Asta (played by Skippy) -- are summoned to solve a perplexing case in "The Thin Man" (1934), the next feature in the Cerrito Classics series at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave.

The film, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, was the first of a popular series of films that ensued. All tickets are $8.

El Cerrito trail group hosting free outings

Jenny Hammer of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers group is leading a series of hikes from Motorcycle Hill up through the Madera property now in the process of being acquired and into the Hillside Natural Area at 3 p.m. Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20. The outings of about 90 minutes meet at the corner of Navellier and Blake streets.

Fundraiser benefits Contra Costa Chorale

The community singing chorus Contra Costa Chorale, which just started rehearsals for its spring concert "New York, New York!" last week, is holding a gala fundraiser from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier St. in El Cerrito.

The evening will include wine-tasting, music, games, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. Reservations: 510-932-7887.

Swim center closes for maintenance

The El Cerrito Swim Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, is closed for maintenance, including heater replacement and locker room repair, starting this week and continuing through Feb. 17.

-- Tom Lochner, Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway