• Wizard World warps into San Jose - 09/02/2015 09:53 PM PDT
    ( Courtesy of Dana Guzzetti )
    Plan review, mandates add costs to Martinez school

    State to look over previously approved Vicente/Briones plan 
    Vector control officials confirmed that two dead birds found in Contra Costa County Monday and Tuesday have tested positive for West Nile virus, making them the fifth and sixth such birds found this season.  
    The East Bay Regional Park District boasts hundreds of miles of trails that are open to mountain bikes. Overall, most mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians share the trails with few problems. But, with ever-increasing numbers of park visitors, occasional conflicts are inevitable.  
    We were touring Mackinac Island in Michigan in a horse-drawn carriage last month when I spied an impressive plaque with the name of Lewis Cass on it. The name sounded so familiar.  
    Veterans fundraiser Contra Costa Blue Star Moms fundraiser: Every Tuesday in September, Cinco De Mayo Restaurant, 4115 Concord Blvd., Concord. Benefits veterans at VA in Martinez.  
    Council OK could pave way to meet deadline for fixes  
    Pleasant Hill readies for Community Service DayResidents can sign up to volunteer at the 11th annual Community Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.The event begins at Pleasant Hill Park with registration and free pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Lions Club, from 7:30 to 9 a.  
    ConcordThe following items are from the Concord police log:THURSDAY, Aug. 20 possession -- At 12:06 a.m., a Concord man, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in the 3600 block of Willow Pass Road.  
    ( DOUG DURAN )
    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Toy unboxing a swing and a miss

    Too few toys and too much repetition turn the much-hyped 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event' into an early snooze fest.