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Piedmont: PAINTS chalk art fun at the Beach

Children and their parents work on completing their chalk artwork during the annual PAINTS Chalk Art Festival at Beach Elementary School on Sunday and the day began with the Beach Dads Club Pancake Breakfast. 
Alameda Contra Costa Transit District to hold eight public workshops seeking public advice about how to change bus routes and schedules  
 
The need for reliable independent reviews of city finances and procedures is more critical than ever before. Brenda Roberts is best suited professionally and temperamentally for the job.  
 
Wright Lassiter III, the chief executive praised for turning around Alameda County's struggling public hospital system, announced Monday he is stepping down after nearly a decade at the helm, and just one week after a county supervisor castigated his administration for poor financial decisions.  
 
ALBANY -- Running back Gabe Watson rushed for two touchdowns, including one from 99 yards, as the Highlanders (4-0) scored on all of their first-half possessions and took a 56-0 lead into halftime against the host Cougars (2-3).  
 
OAKLAND -- Devon Owens caught two first-quarter touchdown passes from Chris Hagmaier, and Jose Luis Moreno drilled a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter to pace the host Dragons (2-2) in a nonleague win over the Bulldogs.  
 
Alhambra quarterback Mark Azevedo found Grant Hill for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 left to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.  
 
"Horatio may be played by a girl in a school uniform, yet this is the only aspect of 'Hamlet' that gives away the fact that the performers are all high school students the production is anything but amateur," wrote "Broadway Baby" reviewer Maria Hagan.  
 
A $13.5 million bond measure to renovate and update the theater was defeated by Piedmont voters in the June 3 election, but there is $560,000 in donor contributions made to help pay for the renovation.  
 
The latest testing program done in March 2014 shows that 179 Piedmont High students took the tests for math, with 174, or 97 percent, of them passing, and for English language arts, 178 students took the test and 173 passed for 97 percent.  
 
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Today's Music Picks: Elton John follows 'Yellow Brick Road' to San Jose

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John celebrates his iconic 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album at SAP Center in San Jose. 
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Amanda Bynes arrested on suspicion of DUI

Say it ain’t so: The actress who seemed on the mend after rehab is busted in San Fernando Valley after stopping car in middle of an intersection.