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Hometown Hero: Activist helps solve social problems in Antioch and other Contra Costa communities

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. 
'Silicon Valley': Moraga native Jonathan Dotan tasked with making the show feel realistic
In last week's Season 2 opener of "Silicon Valley" (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) the show's motley crew of geeks were seen being wooed by fat-cat investors during a lavish bash held at AT&T Park. So how realistic was the sequence? Would a tech company really take over an entire ballpark for some private fun and frivolity? Well, yes 

Pittsburg: Retiring case worker a 'miracle worker' for clients
Coni Soares didn't need retirement gifts on her final day as a case worker at Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Pittsburg as she already had plenty: Hundreds of photographs of people she had helped, all of them with unique stories of survival.  

Hometown Hero: Freddye Davis of Hayward has spent a lifetime fighting for equal rights
Protesting with Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Ala., inspired Freddye Davis to advocate for equal rights. 

Celebrating the people in the Bay Area who make a difference in the communities

    Hometown Heroes celebrates people in the Bay Area who make a difference in their communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the Hometown Heroes feature aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and key causes in the area and create a spirit of giving.

    Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.

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Josh Kornbluth's new passion -- honest conversations about death

Berkeley-based master of the autobiographical solo show will debut a new, still untitled show, about our need for all of us to ponder end of life issues long before we get there.