oakland

Oakland Port approves talks on ballpark

The Board of Port Commissioners approved entering into exclusive talks Thursday with a business consortium seeking build a waterfront stadium for the Oakland A's.

A's co-owner Lew Wolff reiterated this month that he has no interest in building a stadium at Howard Terminal, but that hasn't deterred the port or the business consortium, which includes Clorox CEO Don Knauss, developer Mike Ghielmetti and former Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream CEO T. Gary Rogers.

The business group hopes to eventually secure an additional two-to-three-year option period during which they would apply for permits and conduct an estimated $1 million environmental review of the site. The agreement, approved 5-0 with one abstention Thursday, only requires them to deposit $100,000 with the port, half of which could be used for studies such as land appraisals and site surveys.

Wolff has said the recently-vacated terminal, situated just north of Jack London Square, is too far from BART and would require a costly environmental cleanup.

Oakland business leaders prefer the port site to the A's current home in East Oakland because they think a waterfront stadium could spur additional development around Jack London Square and the city center.

-- Matthew Artz, Staff

oakland

One shot, wounded, suspect at large

At least one person was shot Thursday afternoon in East Oakland, police said.

Officers were dispatched at 2:11 p.m. to the intersection of International Boulevard and 94th Street for a report of multiple shots being fired, said police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.

When officers arrived on the scene they found a male suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

The condition of the victim was not immediately available.

No arrests have been made and no motive has been established for the shooting, Watson said.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

oakland

Martin Luther King III speaks here Saturday

Martin Luther King III is the keynote Speaker Saturday for the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series at Allen Temple Baptist Church. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.

King III, the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has dedicated his life to continuing the civil rights legacy of his father into the 21st century. In 1998, he became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization his father founded.

He also served in public office as the at-large representative for Fulton County in Georgia and founded the nonprofit Realizing the Dream, Inc. In 2008, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Civil rights singers Bettie Mae Fikes, Dr. Alvin McLean and the Allen Temple Unity Choir will perform.

Allen Temple is at 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland. To RSVP, call the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 510-434-3988.

-- Cathie Gatison, Staff

HAYWARD

Brothers arrested following tool fight

Garden tools combined with alcohol resulted in a stabbing and the arrest of two Hayward brothers early Thursday outside a home, police said.

Officers were called at 12:06 a.m. to the 200 block of Cooper Way after a woman called 911 to report her children were fighting, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby. Phillip Roman Ramirez, 21, reportedly grabbed a weed whacker and had threatened his brother Thomas Garcia Ramirez, 24, during an argument, according to police.

In response, the older brother grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed his sibling on the wrist.

Thomas Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest, Ormsby said. Police said the younger brother was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and a probation violation. the brothers are scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

FREMONT

Elderly woman injured in Fremont car crash

A motorist who reportedly ran a red light in downtown Fremont caused a three-car crash Thursday afternoon that sent one woman to the hospital, police said.

The collision at 12:10 p.m. took place at the intersection of Mowry Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

The injured woman, described as elderly by police, was taken to a hospital to be treated for neck pain.

Officers shut down the intersection for about 1½hours to investigate the crash and cited one of the drivers for running the light.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

SAN PABLO

College sets summer and fall registration

Registration for the summer session at Contra Costa College opens April 7. Registration for the fall semester will start April 28.

The college, located at 2600 Mission Bell Dr., advises registering early to assure the best selection of classes.

To learn more about registration, apply online, schedule a counseling appointment and apply for financial aid go to www.contracosta.edu. For more details call 510-215-3836.

-- Chris Treadway

PLEASANT HILL

Children's issues forum Saturday

The 10th annual Young Children's Issues Forum, a forum for discussion among legislators, local elected officials, public agency representatives, business leaders and the community regarding children's issues, takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, at 320 Civic Center.

This year's theme is "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate."

Confirmed guest legislators include Congressman George Miller, State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and state Assembly members Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Nancy Skinner and Jim Frazier.

Comedian and child advocate Michael Pritchard will deliver the keynote presentation, and representatives of various local, county and regional service providers will be on hand.

This free annual community event is sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development and is coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

-- Sam Richards, Staff