Richmond: Special meetings to finalize rent control scheduled

The Richmond City Council will hold two special meetings to finalize the rent control ordinance passed last week. The first meeting will be this Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Richmond Civic Center. The second reading of the rent control ordinance is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.  
Laura A. Oda
Although litigation with the Guidiville Indian tribe and Upstream LLC is ongoing, soil cleanup at the Point Molate peninsula is nearly complete, and plans are in the works to refurbish and rent one of the historic cottages as a way to drum up interest in the site.  
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office wants to build a high-security wing at the existing Richmond jail and transfer up to some 400 inmates currently housed in Martinez.  
Brian Hamilton, who helped turn around Concord High's football program, will work at Cal as a quality control assistant.  
A special program commemorating the 100th anniversary of Richmond Day at the Panama Pacific International Exposition will be hosted by the Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8.  
A grass fire near the Marsh Creek Detention Facility was contained at 5 acres Thursday afternoon, a Cal Fire official said.  
RICHMOND -- A body found in the back seat of a burning car is being investigated as a suspicious death, police said Thursday.At 12:26 p.m., Richmond dispatchers got a call about a car on fire in the 200 block of West Nevin Avenue, Richmond police Sgt.  
LIVERMORE -- Firefighters from several regional districts have contained a 125-acre vegetation fire, authorities said Thursday.The fire, reported around 11:35 a.  
Six parcels on King Drive near Moeser Lane belonged to the Marvin Rosenberg, a UC Berkeley drama professor, who lived in a house on one of the lots from 1950 until his death at the age of 90 in 2003.  
Crews were fighting a grass fire Thursday afternoon in the area in Moraga, east of Campolindo High School, authorities said, one of several East Bay grass fires that has started during a heat wave this week.  
( Jordan Strauss )
Katy Perry still battling nuns for former convent

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