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Landslide prediction a risky venture: Who will move first, the hillside or the homeowner?

The Bay Area is replete with unstable hillsides that could instantly collapse during a heavy rain or an earthquake. But a landslide's lesson is one of nature's utter unpredictability and property owners' intransigence. 
The board commissioned a poll that will test the community's receptiveness to placing a $50 million bond measure on the November ballot that will fund a replacement middle school and complete renovations of Swett High School  
A proposed benefit assessment would raise about $950,000 a year to beef up services and assure the long-term reopening of the Rodeo fire station. Single-family homeowners would pay $82 a year, while the Phillips 66 petroleum refinery would pay a total of about $45,500 a year on 29 parcels it owns in the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District.  
WestCAT is asking residents of its service area to provide thoughts on the future of transit in the community at a public goal setting workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 in the Alex Clark Room of the Pinole Public Safety Building, 880 Tennent Ave.  
Boys 1,600 relay team, fifth at state last year, ranks among California's best again  
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. At 1:30 p.m. April 15, the free movie will be "Philomena." Traditional circle dance class for women of all ages, 10:15-11:30 a.  
Wildflowers will be the stars this weekend in the regional parks, and recent rains give hope for a good show.On center stage is the Spring Wildflower Festival at Sunol Regional Wilderness.  
A themed display of new quilts related to memories of the World War II home front has made its way to the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave.  
Fernandez Park was the scene of music and entertainment for service members and their families. Funds were raised for the Wounded Warriors program.  
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag April 4. From 1-3 p.m. April 7, Albany Senior Travel Troupe will hold a free summer information meeting for anyone age 50 or older.  
'Titanic' steam locomotive coming back to life on the rails

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. Full Story
Three great bites: The Bay Area's best ice cream sandwiches

Spring has sprung and this balmy weather brings on a powerful yearning for truly great ice creams. Here are three places to get your fix at Cream, Cookiebar and Pacific Cookie Company. 
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)
Bryan Cranston helps Bay Area teen get prom date

Los Gatos teenager gets former “Breaking Bad” to record a pitch for him.