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    Talk Back: California drought
    Do you believe further state action is needed to address the drought?
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    (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
    Healthy-school-lunch program kicks off in Pittsburg

    'California Thursdays' program to bring fresh, healthy food grown in-state to student lunches in 42 districts from Del Norte County south to Los Angeles; Contra Costa, with six participating districts, has the most of any county.

    More education and school news 

    ( DAVID DEBOLT )
    Walnut Creek: Fire destroys vacant home where teens threw party

    A vacant home where dozens of teenagers threw a party caught fire early Saturday hours after authorities broke up the gathering, fire officials said.  
    (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
    Devastating reality of year-round fire season

    The fire came up quickly here in the eastern Sierra Nevada, destroying 35 homes and taking the mountainside community of Swall Meadows by surprise. Who would expect a roiling wildfire — throwing fireballs and whipping up flame whirls through 7,000 acres of sagebrush, pinon and Jeffrey pine — in the dead of winter? 
    (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
    Richmond tries to find homes for housing project residents

    In March 2014, the city ordered the Hacienda public housing project in central Richmond to be shut down after revelations about the decrepit conditions for the mostly disabled and elderly residents, including a foundation that was separating from the walls and squatters camping on the premises. 
    Spotlight
    (Courtesy of Bijou)
    New chef at Hayward's Bijou; Bay Area food fundraisers

    It's a homecoming for Rodrigo Cedeño , who has returned to his native Hayward to take over the role of executive chef at downtown's Bijou Restaurant & Bar. And chefs throughout the Bay Area are cooking for causes, including the Dining Out for Life AIDS fundraiser.  
    BUSINESS
    (Christopher Galluzzo/Nasdaq Crea)
    Apigee makes Wall Street debut in $87 million IPO

    The company broke a three-month lull in tech IPOs -- the most recent was Box, the cloud storage and file-share company whose stock has tanked since joining Wall Street in January.  
    (Courtesy of Bijou)
    New chef at Hayward's Bijou; Bay Area food fundraisers

    It's a homecoming for Rodrigo Cedeño , who has returned to his native Hayward to take over the role of executive chef at downtown's Bijou Restaurant & Bar. And chefs throughout the Bay Area are cooking for causes, including the Dining Out for Life AIDS fundraiser.