Covered California enrollment event
The clock is ticking for those who are looking to enroll in Covered California, but some local health groups are looking to help in the process.
Contra Costa Health Services, the Community Clinic Consortium, La Clinica de la Raza and Contra Costa Employment & Human Services are holding a sign-up event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 for those who are uninsured. It will be held at Fremont Elementary School, 1413 F St.
Enrollment counselors and eligibility workers will be on site to enroll attendees in Covered California and Medi-Cal, according to a county news release.
Open enrollment for Covered California ends March 31.
For more information call the Community Clinic Consortium at 510-233-6230.
-- Paul Burgarino, Staff
Doctors hospital seeks volunteers
Doctors Medical Center is seeking community-minded people to volunteer for a variety of needs at the hospital, from direct patient contact to helping behind the scenes.
Volunteer work is coordinated through the hospital's Service League and opportunities to provide support at the only public, nonprofit hospital in West Contra Costa include escort, admitting, cancer center, gift shop, medical floors and emergency department.
Volunteers, must be at least 18 years old and are asked to give a minimum of four hours a week for at least six months.
For more information or apply to volunteer, fill out the form at www.doctorsmedicalcenter.org/volunteering or call 510-970-5334 to request a mailed application.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff
California High wins county mock trial title
California High in San Ramon has won the 33rd annual Contra Costa County Mock Trial championship and will represent the area in the state competition March 21-23 in San Jose.
The school's mock trial team beat rival Miramonte High from Orinda during the final competition on Tuesday in a courtroom in Martinez. Miramonte placed second, followed by Dougherty Valley High from San Ramon and Northgate High from Walnut Creek.
The competition took place over four weeks and included 18 Contra Costa County high school teams. Others participating included: Acalanes, Alhambra, Antioch, Campolindo, Clayton Valley Charter, De Anza, Deer Valley Law Academy, El Cerrito, Hercules, Heritage, Kennedy, Las Lomas, Monte Vista and Richmond high schools.
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
Compliance hearing Monday for Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery
The Contra Costa County zoning administrator will hold a compliance meeting Monday on the land use permit of the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo.
At issue is whether a fence line pollution monitoring system, deemed deficient in October, has been fixed. The system is supposed to function 95 percent of the time, according to an agreement between the refinery and an environmental working group that is a condition of a Clean Fuels Expansion Project.
County staff members report that the refinery has made significant progress toward meeting compliance goals, but the environmental working group disagrees. According to the staff report, a contractor found the monitoring system exceeded the 95 percent standard during four months of a 10-month period, and failed to meet the standard during six of those months.
The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m., 30 Muir Road, Martinez.
-- Tom Lochner, Staff
In home gun accident,
boy, 12, shot in arm
A 12-year-old Danville boy was taken to the hospital earlier this week after accidentally shooting himself in the arm, Danville police said.
Police received the call around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday from a woman saying her son had shot himself in the arm while in their home.
The boy was treated at Children's Hospital Oakland and released.
Danville police Lt. Allan Shields would not confirm who the weapon belonged to or how the boy obtained access to it.
According to the Associated Press, the boy's father is a sergeant with the Oakland Police Department. The mother's recorded call to police dispatchers revealed she was an off-duty police officer.
Shields says there was no cause for concern.
"If we felt there were any public safety concerns, we would have taken immediate action," Shields said.
It was not immediately clear whether the gun was a department-issued weapon.
Parents can be held liable if a weapon inside their home is found to not be properly secured.
-- Karina Ioffee, Staff
Burned body found outside complex
where woman died in home invasion
Police are investigating what they say is a suspicious death after a burned body was found at an apartment complex early Saturday.
Shortly after 5:10 a.m., officers were called to the 1800 block of 34th Avenue, where neighbors had called fire crews about a home on fire.
When firefighters arrived, they found the body along a walkway, police said.
The victim's identity has not been released. Police said homicide detectives are investigating the death as suspicious.
The extent of the fire damage was not available, but no other injuries were reported.
This is the same complex where Susan Fong, 77, was found dead after an apparent home invasion robbery on Feb. 7. Police would not say if they believe the incidents are connected. Fong's cause of death has not yet been released, but police have classified it as a homicide.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff