Cal Fire to require burn permits in unincorporated Bay Area communities starting May 1

Iff a person fails to maintain control of an open fire, their permit could be voided and the permit holder could be held responsible for fire suppression costs, civil damages and fines. 
El Cerrito maps greening strategy
The draft plan for improving and expanding its parks and landscaping and connecting public areas will be available online beginning May 1 and the city is taking public comment on it until 4 p.m. on May 18.  

Albany protesters stage weekend occupation
Protesters on April 25 entered the UC property in Albany slated for development and built their own "farmers market" where locally grown food was sold on a sliding scale. 

Big water buys to ease East Bay drought shortages
East Bay Municipal Utility District plans to get three more emergency water supplies  

'Entopreneurs' feed growing appetite for edible insects
SAN FRANCISCO -- They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects. 

Dollar Tree Stores ordered to pay $2.72 million for illegal hazardous waste disposal
OAKLAND -- Dollar Tree Stores is ordered to pay $2.72 million to settle a civil prosecution lawsuit over illegal hazardous waste disposal, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced Friday. 

El Cerrito presenting renewable energy documentary
The free showing at 7 p.m. Tuesday will be preceded by a Marin Clean Energy presentation on the city's utility changeover, and there will be a question-and-answer period on the transition and what it means. 

California's refinery problems drive jump in gas prices
Three California refineries have production issues. 

Barnidge: A little compromise and a lot of teamwork silence PG&E's chain saws
East Bay cities united to curtail the tree-clearing plans of the Pipeline Pathways project. 

Guest commentary: Reuse, safety part of citywide garage sales
The concept of reuse is key to the success of the upcoming citywide garage sales in El Cerrito (May 2) and Albany (May 9).