Drummond: Mortgage help needed for relatives of deceased

A bill that would have helped family members of deceased people avoid foreclosure is pulled from the Legislature.  
Other issues on the Tuesday schedule include a residential density bonus and operating standards for minidorms and group living accommodations.  
 
Officers on Friday found and arrested a 16-year-old girl who escaped police custody, according to California Highway Patrol.  
 
The Rockridge Community Planning Council, or RCPC as most folks call it, held its April meeting recently at the Rockridge Branch Library on College Ave. On the agenda was a most well-deserved commendation made to longtime editor of the RCPC News, Don Kinkead.  
 
A national campaign has put dozens of billboards around the city and Oakland warning residents against buying firearms for other people. Some say it contributes to blight and portrays residents as criminals, though.  
 
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OAKLAND -- A marijuana businessman convicted of defrauding the city of Oakland for stealing city grant money meant for building improvements must also pay thousands to settle his civil case.  
 
Measure J, a $47-a-year parcel tax passed by voters in 2011, stipulated that it would sunset if the hospital closes, but Measure D, a $52-a-year tax passed in 2004, does not  
 
Elsewhere: Newark set to review 'crime-plagued' motel threatened with closure  
 
City's Fair Campaign Practices Commission workshop focused on a draft charter amendment by League of Women Voters of Berkeley Albany Emeryville and MapLight.  
 
Coliseum to Fruitvale BART track work shutting down service Saturday evening through Sunday. Buses will carry riders between the two stations.