( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Brentwood: Hundreds of baseball fans turn out to support family of boy killed last weekend

05/02/2015 07:57 PM PDT
After the tragic stabbing death of their son last weekend, the family of 9-year-old baseball player Jordon Almgren is trying to replace sadness with joy while celebrating his memory. 
El Cerrito High stadium project will be focus of meeting
05/02/2015 03:57 PM PDT - A community meeting to discuss the El Cerrito High School stadium project now under construction will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 26 in the library at the school, 540 Ashbury Ave. The West Contra Costa school district said in an announcement that "The intent of the meeting is to update the public on the progress of the project and to discuss issues such as lighting, sound systems, fencing, projected completion, and field use among other items. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation." 

Hometown Hero: Activist helps solve social problems in Antioch and other Contra Costa communities
05/02/2015 04:34 PM PDT - Antioch resident Iris Archuleta, who helped found the Antioch Youth Intervention Network and works with her husband as a consultant helping to improve low-income communities, also teaches political science at Los Medanos College, where she inspires young adults with her passion for history, politics and activism. Archuleta developed the High Performing Communities Framework, trademarked in 2014, which she and her husband use in their consulting work to find root causes of social problems and build consensus around solutions. 

More than 400 Bay Area educators receive pensions over $100,000
05/01/2015 05:49 PM PDT - A report from the nonprofit California Policy Center shows that retired teachers and administrators earn far more than many members of the public may believe, including more than 200 in the East Bay who took in more than $100,000 each in 2014. With CalSTRS' unfunded liability at $75 billion, increasing pension payments are cutting into classroom spending, says the organization's executive director. 

Richmond: Program brings students into entrepreneurial world
05/01/2015 11:21 PM PDT - Fifth-grade students at Ford Elementary worked together to get firsthand experience planning, developing and promoting their own films, under a program called BizMovie from San Francisco-based nonprofit BizWorld.org. 

Bill inspired by Orinda elementary school student passes Senate
05/03/2015 01:03 PM PDT - Senate Bill 200 -- inspired by this newspaper's reports on an Orinda elementary school student improperly deemed to be living outside her district's boundaries -- would update state school residency laws to ensure live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids and gardeners whose children live with them could attend school in that district. 

Lesher High School Journalism Awards showcase work at six schools
05/01/2015 05:52 PM PDT - The 2015 Lesher High School Journalism Awards, presented Thursday at the Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, honored the work of 29 student journalists from six Contra Costa County schools. Acalanes High in Lafayette won the overall excellence award for the "Blueprint." 

Danville student acts as "sherpa" for local Nepal earthquake relief
05/01/2015 04:12 PM PDT - A Danville student named Everest decides to turn sadness and frustration over his inability to travel straight to the heart of Nepal, the country of his namesake, into the next best thing: a website for a local grass-roots fundraising campaign to help Nepal earthquake relief efforts. It has so far raised more than $7,000. 

El Cerrito High drama students will debut original play
05/01/2015 03:53 PM PDT - Four one -act plays written by advanced theater students at El Cerrito High School will be premiere on stage as the production "Hear With Me," an exploration of "how music reveals us to ourselves," on May 8 to 10.  

Richmond group proposes museum of African American history
05/02/2015 01:20 PM PDT - A group of Richmond residents is fundraising to build a new museum in town devoted to promoting Africa-American history and will discuss their vision at an event on May 9. 

Richmond: Rosie's Girls summer camp taking applications
05/01/2015 11:22 AM PDT - This summer, Rosie the Riveter Trust, along with the YMCA of the East Bay, is putting on a summer camp where girls will spend time outdoors, do cool science experiments and learn about technology.  

Richmond teens in spotlight at San Francisco Film Festival
05/01/2015 01:40 PM PDT - "Romeo Is Bleeding," a film screening at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, tells the story of a group of Richmond youths who wrote their own modern version of "Romeo and Juliet" that reflects issues they're facing. 

Mills College president to step down next year
04/30/2015 03:39 PM PDT - Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux will not renew her contract after it expires in June 2016, the women's college announced Thursday. 

Demand grows for UC Merced amid college admissions frenzy
05/01/2015 10:13 AM PDT - Don't call it 'Merdead': UC Merced students say the 10-year-old campus is not to be underestimated. 

Oakland teachers OK strike if contract talks fail
04/30/2015 01:44 PM PDT - Union head says talks "not dire"  

UCSC recognized as "green college" by Princeton Review
04/30/2015 12:06 PM PDT - UC Santa Cruz has been listed as one of the nation's top 50 "Green Colleges" by the Princeton Review.  

Photos: Cal's Nepali Student Association holds vigil to raise funds for quake victims
04/30/2015 10:40 AM PDT - Cal's Nepali Student Association holds vigil to raise funds for quake victims 

Heald students, instructors dazed from news of college's abrupt closure
04/30/2015 10:32 AM PDT - Milpitas Heald campus closure will affect 900 students, 120 teachers 

Berkeley High closes campus amid threats of large-scale fights
04/30/2015 08:48 AM PDT - Berkeley High School officials on Wednesday closed the campus to visitors and called for more police to help stop a simmering feud between its students and students from McClymonds High School in West Oakland.  

West Contra Costa trustees to seek a detailed audit of bond program
04/30/2015 01:05 PM PDT - In the wake of whistle-blower allegations including criminal wrongdoing by a former trustee, facilitation of malfeasance by the superintendent and negligence by the associate superintendent for business services, the West Contra Costa school board announced Wednesday it intends to seek a forensic audit of its bond program.  

(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
The ultimate Cinco de Mayo party menu

From killer margaritas and spicy tacos to Frida Kahlo eyebrows, here's how to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party, with a little help from chefs Joanne Weir, of Sausalito's Copita, and Deborah Schneider, from San Diego's SOL Cocina.