• Man shot, wounded in East Oakland - 12/26/2014 02:51 PM PST
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    West Contra Costa: Mass transit study to seek solutions to I-80 traffic snarls

    The West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee is looking to evaluate several transit options, including express buses, ferries and wBART, an extension of BART to northwestern Contra Costa County, as an alternative to automobiles along the I-80 corridor from the Alameda County line to the Carquinez Bridge.  
    A West Contra Costa urban farming nonprofit organization has just acquired a 2.2-acre parcel within view of Interstate 80 that promises to provide a green oasis amid the development on San Pablo Dam Road. Linda Schneider of Richmond-based Self-Sustaining Communities said her group plans to use the land for fruit trees, community vegetable gardens and raising small farm animals.  
     
    Mindy Pines
    With nothing but a keen eye for diversity and an iPhone camera, Mindy Pines, a 59-year-old retired bilingual teacher, distills Richmond into photos.  
     
    Zainab Khan
    The last thing you'd expect to see opposite Jerry's Cocktail Lounge in Richmond is a Muslim place of worship, let alone a full-fledged Islamic school, yet every Sunday, more than 150 parents, students, elders, and teachers flock to Richmond's Masjid Al-Rahman from as far as Albany and Emeryville.  
     
    Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. The center will be closed Dec. 26 and 31, and Jan. 1. and Jan. 2. Papier maché, bridge, needlecrafts, world events, literature.  
     
    The Concord Democrat, who handily beat Republican Tue Phan in November for election to the 11th Congressional District seat occupied for 40 years by the retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will host an open house early next year for the office at Civic Center  
     
    If you are of a certain age and grew up in the East Bay you might remember that one of the big treats of the holiday season was to stand on the corner of 21st Street and Broadway in Oakland to look at the colorful animated figures in the Breuner's Christmas window.  
     
    A Richmond man with apparently too much to drink tried to back out of a driveway early Wednesday morning while a passenger in his car was unconscious in his trunk, police said.  
     
    Courtesy of Tom Butt
    Richmond mayor-elect Tom Butt received a call from Chevron Fire crews around 2 a.m. Tuesday informing him they had his Labrador retrievers.  
     
    Chris Treadway
    The Shadi group, while reluctant to draw attention to the thoughtless act, is appealing to anyone who may have seen something or has information about the incident to contact the El Cerrito Police Department at 510-215-4414.