60 years ago
Woman freed to await drunken driving trial: Bernice McCann, arrested Monday night by Patrolman L.P. Garner on a drunken driving charge, was at liberty this week on her own recognizance awaiting the setting of a date for her trial. She appeared before Judge Joe Silva Tuesday in judicial district court after spending the night in the county jail in Martinez. A matron accompanied the city police on the two trips, to take her to Martinez Monday night and to bring her back Tuesday for her court appearance. Then she told Judge Silva that she had no money for bail, he permitted her release at liberty until her case is disposed of. Patrolman Garner reported that when he stepped behind her car to get the license number the night of the arrest, she backed it up, in an apparent attempt to run him down.
25 years ago
Learning his way from Brentwood: When Paul Rameriz was growing up in Brentwood and working in the fields, he heard about a machine that could pick tomatoes.
"I had some picture in my mind of a robot-like device that walked from vine to vine," he recalled, something really far-fetched. And I thought that the idea of a machine picking some tomatoes, was unreal, something like that would never happen."
These days Ramirez, now a Pittsburg resident, works the fields of higher education. Based at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, he is employed by the University of California to plant the idea of a college education in the minds of teenagers and young men and women, particularly minorities.
Rameriz, 36, speaks with the fervor of a man who has battled with his beliefs. His parents always stressed education and after her graduated from Liberty Union High School and attended community college, he was accepted by San Jose State University. "But I argued with my professors and dropped out," Rameriz said.
These days he attends college at night working for his bachelor's degree in liberal arts and advising others to do the same.
-- Brentwood News files