PITTSBURG

Town Hall meeting set at Los Medanos College

Residents are invited to turn out for a town-hall meeting at Los Medanos College on May 16 that will put them in the driver's seat when it comes to grappling with the state's budget.

The event is sponsored by state assembly members Susan Bonilla and Jim Frazier, who represent East County residents.

Bonilla and Frazier are working with the Los Medanos political science department, professor Milton Clarke and Next 10, an independent, nonpartisan group to present the workshop, which is dubbed the "The California Budget Challenge." During the workshop, residents will be able to choose from options that lawmakers are faced with when trying to balance the state's $90 billion general fund budget.

The event will be on May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library community room of Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg.

Residents can show up the day of the event or RSVP in advance by going to www.asmdc.org/bonilla or www.asmdc.org/frazier. For more information, call 925-521-1511.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

BYRON

Benefit set for town's former library building

Some Byron residents are planning a fundraiser this month so they can make improvements to the town's former library building.

Byron Community Library Club will hold a chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. May 19 at the Wild Idol Saloon's park on Main Street, which adjoins the library building.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for a child's hot dog dinner.

Rod Linn and the Hillbilly Dawgs will provide country music, and there will be a raffle for prizes, including a wine tasting, movie passes and dinner gift certificates.

Although the building that once housed the books closed years ago, the library club has continued to care for it.

Members now want to build a patio behind the structure and do some major plumbing repairs.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Meeting for general plan is set for May 16

The next working group meeting for Brentwood's general plan update will be held at 6 p.m. May 16 at in the second floor conference room of the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Among the topics being discussed at this meeting are the city's future economic development and fiscal sustainability. The general plan is a visioning document that plans the city's future growth, development, and land uses.

Several more public meetings will be held to work on the document this year. For more information about future meetings and the general plan, check out visit the general plan update website at www.brentwood.generalplan.org.

-- Paula King, Staff