East Contra Costa voters reject fire district's latest funding bid
About a quarter of the East Contra Costa Fire District's property owners returned ballots, and more than 53 percent of those voted against a proposed benefit assessment that would have added $4.2 million annually to the fire district's budget. The district now plans to close two stations and eliminate four firefighter positions.
BART suspends planned track work between Coliseum and Fruitvale stations to avoid interfering with a possible Warriors playoff home game
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.
The event, designed to encourage students to enjoy reading in a variety of formats, will feature free comic books, graphic novels and manga; appearances by Mark de Vera of Viz Media and Sam Filstrup, who worked on "Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time" for the PlayStation 3; a scavenger hunt; and a drawing for a free San Francisco Giants skateboard
El Cerrito police log: Woman orders a birthday cake with her name, flees Lucky with full cart, then returns for more
Friday, April 10 VEHICLE TAMPERING -- Someone entered a Honda parked in the 6600 block of Cutting Boulevard and tried to force the ignition over the previous few days.
(Jay R. Brooks)
Brooks on Beer: Smoked beer
Ever heard of rauchbier? It's a smoky beer that goes well with barbecue and smoked meats.
(Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)
'The Avengers: Age of Ultron" already cleaning up overseas
New Disney/Marvel blockbuster doing well in South Korea, Britain and Russia, among others.