Extension cord overload blamed for fire at Rodeo apartment complex

A father and son escaped a fire Friday morning after an overloaded extension cord sparked a flame, fire officials said. 
Finance director Sheri Gamba attributed about two-thirds of the enrollment loss to the district's approval of three new charter schools in December and the rest to data from a recent population survey. The district also faces increased costs for retirement contributions and health care costs for current and former employees.  
 
The annual "Shop with a Cop" program in Richmond will again give 40 children age 7 to 13 from low-income families in Richmond a holiday shopping outing at Hilltop Mall, giving each young person $100 to spend as they choose while accompanied by a law enforcement mentor.  
 
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag Dec. 19. At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 23, the movie will be "Elf"; $1. The center will be closed Dec.  
 
Derailment of oil trains could trigger explosions that could damage affordable rental housing stock as well as schools, health care agencies and businesses in West Berkeley, the board finds.