Westbound Hwy. 24 to close early Sunday
Highway 24 motorists driving westbound through the Caldecott Tunnel early Sunday should be prepared for a detour during a five-hour closure of all westbound lanes just west of the tunnel.
Caltrans said its crews need to close a three-quarter-mile stretch of the westbound freeway from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to remove an obsolete traffic sign.
The Caldecott Tunnel third bore also will close temporarily.
Westbound motorists are advised to take alternative routes or be prepared to follow a detour over surface streets in Oakland.
Eastbound motorists will be not be affected.
In case of heavy rain, the project will be postponed.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
BART board to discuss strike ban proposal
The BART board will meet Thursday evening to discuss whether to ask voters in three counties to advise state lawmakers to ban BART strikes.
BART board President Joel Keller of Brentwood will seek feedback on his proposal for a November ballot measure asking California lawmakers to ban labor strikes at BART. Future contract disputes would be settled by binding arbitration.
The board meets at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, 344 20th Street, Oakland.
BART workers last year went on strike twice, in July and October, after contract talks broke down, stranding tens of thousands of riders and causing widespread traffic jams.
The board is not scheduled to take a vote Thursday but will discuss the proposal and hear from the public.
This is the first of five BART board meetings to be held on Thursday evenings this year to make it easier for the public to attend.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Performance to pay tribute to abolitionist
The story of abolitionist Sojourner Truth will be told through an interactive performance Thursday at the Main Library.
Storyteller and educator Jamie P. Myrick will portray the activist, who was born a slave but escaped to freedom. She changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth and continued to fight for the rights of African-Americans and women. She died in 1883.
Through her performances, Myrick tells stories of women who helped shape America. She also is a teaching consultant, theater instructor and teacher in West Contra Costa Unified School District.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at 300 Estudillo Ave.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff
UC courts residents with scholarships
In an effort to foster better relations with city residents, the University of California Office of the President has created a scholarship fund for Oakland high school students, sponsoring community events and getting its employees to buy gift cards to use at local businesses.
The UC Oakland Partnership was announced Tuesday by UC President Janet Napolitano. Her office employs 1,700 people in Oakland.
"We need to be a better neighbor," Napolitano said during the Annual Leader Lunch at the Oakland Museum of California. "We need to support and celebrate our home community."
Napolitano lives in Oakland.
A UC spokeswoman said the office hopes to give out two or three scholarships to Oakland high school students for tuition at UC schools every year. The dollar amount of the scholarships has not yet been determined.
The office also is urging its employees to buy Oakland Grown gift cards, a program started by the Sustainable Business Alliance, with 5 percent of purchases going to the scholarship fund. And the office has signed on as sponsor for the Oakland Running Festival, the 2014 Economic Development Summit and Oakland Earth Day.
-- Doug Oakley, Staff
Fremont group hosts breast cancer event
A Fremont health organization dedicated to preventing cancer will hold a conference Saturday in the Presidio.
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California's 13th annual Breast Cancer Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Golden Gate Club at 135 Fisher Loop, near Sheridan Avenue, in San Francisco.
Designed for patients, their families and friends, the event will feature presentations from health care professionals on topics that include prevention, medical treatment and the roles that genetics, lifestyle and neighborhoods play in cancer risk.
Patients and family members also will discuss the toll that the disease takes on relationships.
The conference is open to the public. A $20 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.
For more information, call 888-315-5988 or go to www.cpic.org.
-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff
Police seek suspects in series of robberies
Police are looking for three men believed to have committed a series of armed robberies at North Oakland businesses.
Since Feb. 21, the suspects have robbed at least five businesses on San Pablo, College and Telegraph avenues, the major thoroughfares of North Oakland and its Temescal and Rockridge shopping districts.
On Monday, armed robberies of an ice cream shop on College and a phone store on Telegraph occurred within one hour, police said.
The suspects have used a 2007 silver Dodge Nitro with a license plate of 6DEK551. Police have released photographs of the car and the three suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the car, the suspects or the robberies is asked to call police at 510-777-32111 or text TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777 from a cellphone and then include a tip. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
-- David DeBolt, Staff