Martinez: Gravel truck owner 'devastated'

03/26/2015 04:55 PM PDT
The owner of Greg's Trucking called the fatal incident a "nightmare," even as he defended the driver's safety record.

Photos: Vigil for Lindsey Combs | Her family remembers 

Berkeley: Student attacked during lunch break off campus

A Berkeley High School student was attacked while off campus for lunch Thursday, school officials said. 
Bob McGuire, longtime East Bay track coach, dies at 87

Bob McGuire, who coached track and field, cross country at Pleasant Hill High, and later at Cal State Hayward died on Tuesday after a brief illness. 
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Hometown Hero: Oakland's Mauricio Miller forges new path out of poverty for clients

Fed up with the traditional "top-down" approach to social services, Oakland resident Mauricio Miller started an organization that puts people in the driver's seat of their own future.  

Public Employee Database

The details of more than $12.2 billion in tax money spent on local government salaries in 2009 are now available

University of California Employee Database

The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

Life in the wild

Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

Salary search

Find out how much Contra Costa County employees make in our searchable salary database.

Shortened Lives

Where you live affects how long you live.

Running on Empty

Experts worry that the Bay Area transit system has entered a death spiral.

Tips for the college-bound

It's never too early to start preparing for college, especially during these economic times. With the right steps, students and their families can stay on the path to a higher education.

(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
AC Transit boss quits just ahead of dismissal meeting

03/26/2015 06:37 PM PDT
Agency confirms that Armijo, hired by the district in February 2012, handed in his letter of resignation Thursday afternoon. A scheduled special meeting to consider removing him is canceled. 
Sex offenders targeting adults will be allowed to live near schools, parks
03/26/2015 05:31 PM PDT - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation suspends use of 2,000-foot residency restriction in decisions about where non-pedophile sex offenders can live. 

Oakland: Old Sears building lands gourmet market as first tenant
03/26/2015 04:09 PM PDT - Downtown Oakland's old Sears building, now renamed Uptown Station, has landed its first tenant, a specialty market that will feature high-quality and organic foods, cuisine for people on the go, a cafe, and wine and liquor offerings, the project's developers said. 

Attorney: Boyfriend in Vallejo kidnap-for-ransom not part of hoax
03/26/2015 03:08 PM PDT - Aaron Quinn, the boyfriend who reported an abduction police say may have been faked, played no part in any hoax, his attorneys said Thursday 

Martinez: Council steps in to address local mail problems
03/26/2015 04:42 PM PDT - Postal Service says it will investigate wide-ranging complaints, and plans to address council at upcoming meeting 

Richmond council rejects district elections
03/26/2015 01:53 PM PDT - District elections are a way to add more diversity to local politics and more fairly represent all residents, but the idea was nixed by the Richmond council, who said it was unnecessary. No cities in Contra Costa County use district elections, although Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro have recently switched.  

San Francisco: Body found inside burned camper van
03/26/2015 11:58 AM PDT - A body burned in a fire in a camper van this morning in San Francisco's Bayview District, a police department spokesman said today. Officers discovered the camper van on fire at 6:46 a. 

(Adam Berry)
Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story