OAKLAND

Woman shot along West Oakland streets

A woman was shot in the leg Friday afternoon along West Oakland streets, police said, and she is expected to live.

The shooting took place just before 12:40 p.m. in the 600 block of 37th Street on the border of the city's Longfellow and Mosswood neighborhoods, police said.

No motive was known Friday, and police did not say if any arrests had been made.

Police say the victim refused to be transported to a hospital.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

OAKLAND

Oakland Voices seeking applicants

The Oakland Tribune is looking for East Oakland residents who are interested in telling the stories of their neighborhoods in the groundbreaking Oakland Voices community media project. The nine-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of East Oakland residents, with the belief that residents often have a unique and nuanced perception of where they live.

Ten community correspondents will learn reporting, writing, photography and social media skills from professional journalists. They will produce regular stories that will be posted on the Oakland Voices website, oaklandvoices.us; some stories may be printed in the Oakland Tribune and appear on the newspaper's website.


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Participants will be trained by professional journalists and educators through a curriculum devised by program partner and fiscal sponsor, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The program will be run by Oakland Tribune columnist Brenda Payton. Participants will walk away from this program with a new understanding of journalism and a means to produce their own works. They can apply the skills they have acquired in their professional and personal lives. Participants will be paid a $1,000 stipend for completing the program.

Those interested should apply by visiting the Maynard Institute's website at http://mije.org/oakland-voices-2014-application or by calling the Maynard Institute at 510-891-9262.

-- Martin Reynolds, Staff

DANVILLE

Drunken driving measure on ballot

A voter initiative spurred by the drunken driving deaths of two Danville siblings in 2003 has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State's office said Thursday.

The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, named for the son and daughter of Bob and Carmen Pack, would require random drug and alcohol testing of doctors and raise a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages victims can win in medical negligence lawsuits.

The measure would also mandate doctors consult the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System -- an electronic prescription drug database Bob Pack developed -- before prescribing certain narcotics.

Troy and Alana, ages 10 and 7, respectively, were killed when they were struck while crossing a Danville street by a drunken and heavily medicated driver. The driver, a nanny named Jimena Barreto, was later found to have been "doctor shopping" for prescription pills from several Walnut Creek physicians. A jury convicted Barreto of murder, and she was sentenced to 30 years to life.

The initiative needed 504,760 valid petition signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. Supporters turned in more than 840,000.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

RICHMOND

Annual ride to honor killed, injured cyclists

The fourth annual Ride of Silence, an event to raise awareness of cyclists and honor those who have been injured or killed while biking on public roadways, will set out at 5:30 p.m. May 21 from City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza.

The local ride, which is free and open to all, is part of similar events being held nationwide to promote sharing the road.

Riders will gather at 5 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, where armbands will be distributed and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will speak. Riders will also be given instructions, including riding no faster than 12 mph, wearing helmets, following the rules of the road and remaining silent during the ride.

A post-ride celebration will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at the weekly Off the Grid food truck event on Fairmount Avenue in El Cerrito.

For more details and a map of the ride route, go to www.richmondbpac.org/ROS.

-- Chris Treadway, staff

OAKLAND

'March to End Poverty' is set for Saturday

The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership will host the ninth annual "March to End Poverty" on Saturday at Lake Merritt.

Mayor Jean Quan and other community leaders will be attending.

Registration for the free march begins at 9 a.m. at the Lake Merritt bandstand.

There will be snacks, water and lunch for the participants. A march and rally begins at 10 a.m. The event include a community fair, entertainment, boating and a kids' zone.

Free T-shirts will be given to the first 400 people who bring a nonperishable food item to donate; glass containers are not accepted.

Food donations are being donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank that serves 49,000 children, adults and seniors every week. For more information or to register go to http://ac-ocap.com.

Lake Merritt is at 666 Bellevue Ave.

-- Cathie Gatison, Staff

BERKELEY

Talk will cover Sunset View Cemetery history

A free talk on "The History of Sunset View Cemetery and Berkeley" will be presented by the Berkeley Historical Society from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.

Speaker Tom Panas of the El Cerrito Historical Society will discuss the history of the cemetery, which was established in 1908 just over the county line at the top of Fairmount Avenue in what is now El Cerrito.

Berkeley City Ordinance No. 98, which went into effect Sept. 30, 1910, prohibited burial of the dead or maintenance of cemeteries in Berkeley. As a result, Sunset View is the final resting place of many prominent Berkeleyans.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff