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Oakland: Opponents of tree-cutting plan launch petition

Oakland and the regional park district, along with UC Berkeley, are the three local agencies involved in the project, partially financed with about $4.65 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the California Office of Emergency Services, for vegetation management, specifically eucalyptus trees, as part of fire hazard abatement in Claremont Canyon and other nearby areas.  
Collegiate team's nonprofit arm works to help shape lives throughout the world on the diamond  
More homeowners will have to buy flood insurance  
'It's a lot easier to photograph lions in Kenya,' Suzi Eszterhas says  
Full cost for position to be borne by developer  
Council directs staffers to ready documents of approval for The Homes at Deer Hill  
Richmond's new rent control law, the first passed in the Bay Area in more than 30 years, is set to go into effect Dec. 1 and will affect nearly 10,000 units in Richmond. But it first has to get two readings, which the council has struggled to do.  
The Antioch City Council has voted to hire three more consulting firms to process developers' permit applications as the economy continues to improve.  
Firefighters on Wednesday morning controlled a 10-acre grass fire near state Highway 24 in Lafayette, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.  
A proposed 56-foot Verizon cellphone tower has infuriated Danville neighbors who claim the tower could damage their health and send property values tumbling. They also argue it has little value to Danville and suggested it would primarily benefit San Ramon.  
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'Empire' star Terrence Howard accused of brutally assaulting ex-wife

One day before statue of limitations runs out, Michelle Howard files suit against the actor for an alleged assault in 2013.