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Piedmont: Thomas Stevens sworn in as Alameda County Superior Court judge

Thomas Stevens, 48, of Piedmont, was sworn in Dec. 12 as an Alameda County Superior Court judge by Presiding Judge Winifred Smith. Stevens was the Oakland branch chief of the U.S. attorney's office and previously worked as an attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. He was educated at UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Davis. 
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Part 4 of the series: One doctor's daring approach allowed a troubled girl to emerge from years of a drug-induced haze. Could the success of that experiment provide a model for California to reconsider the use of psychiatric meds on foster children?  
 
Last weekend and this week, crews have been repairing 20 new potholes created by rainfall, and keeping 30 "hot spots" at catch basins and debris racks cleaned out hourly when it's raining to prevent flooding and backups, said Public Works supervisor Dave Frankel.  
 
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The mural was painted in 2005 on the side of the building facing the Key Route Plaza, on 41st Street, and celebrated the building's Key System history. Currently, there is a large blue tarp covering the wall, under which around a third of the mural has been removed.  
 
Frosty the Snowcat, a 6-year-old domestic short hair cross male, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. He enjoys living with other cats and has been known to initiate a good game of chase with his roommates.  
 
The plan will also include providing essential training for city staff, evaluating improvements to the city's emergency operations center and conducting simulated disaster response training. City Administrator Paul Benoit noted that all staff have undergone Internet-based training, but said more training is needed.  
 
Rafael Garibay, 32, remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.  
 
In other business at the Dec. 10 board meeting, chief business official Song Chin-Bendib reviewed the first interim financial report. The board adopted a positive certification that the district will be able to meet its obligations for current and two following fiscal years, but not without belt-tightening in the future.  
 
OAKLAND -- Mayor Jean Quan will join hundreds of people at a Christmas celebration for day laborers and immigrant families Saturday.The event, scheduled from 3 to 6 p.  
 
Oakland Drops Beats. It's an all-day, all-ages music crawl in downtown Oakland connecting with live music with nontraditional venue spaces, musicians with Oakland's event producers, and the community with creative and musical engagement.