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Chevron money rains down on Richmond election

The oil giant's effort to influence the City Council election may be unprecedented in local politics.  
Two days of raids this week targeting North Richmond gang members ended with 31 arrests and the seizure of drugs and guns, authorities said.  
 
Influx of campaign funding from California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee and developer who leases space to a charter school has stirred fears among some that charter supporters may want to take over the district. But those making the hefty payments say they have nothing to gain and are merely investing in the campaigns of two challengers, as well as opposing a longtime incumbent, because they care about all kids in the district and are countering huge contributions to other candidates from contractors, architects and labor unions.  
 
Haas Institute reports lays out strategies for Richmond residents to benefit from city's largest public investment project since World War II.  
 
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A police detective headed to lunch with a partner shot and critically wounded a man who was breaking into a car in a strip mall parking lot Thursday afternoon, police said. Police said the detective who fired on the man perceived a threat to his partner, but did not specify the nature of the threat.  
 
Berkeley Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1414 Walnut St. Art, exercise, Hebrew and Yiddish, yoga, photography. Holiday programs, bridge, Sunday brunches and films.  
 
On the first day of the trial, the victim describes how the defendant stole her necklace, her boyfriend's wallet and a dog she had bought her 2-year-old son as a birthday present.  
 
The West Contra Costa school district received a 2014 Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association in the School Climate category in recognition of its "Full Services Community Schools," which aim to meet students' academic, social and health needs. The district began providing health centers at six high schools in 2012, which offer medical and mental health services, health education and other programs.  
 
Two Bay Area elementary schools, in San Jose and Richmond, will be showered with iPads and Macs as part of Apple's push to bring its technology to low-income students across the country.  
 
City Council vote has become a local referendum on Chevron refinery  
 
A Jack-o-tini for Halloween

This year's Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival attractions include all sort sof pumpkin treats, including jack-o-tinis, made by the new Half Moon Bay Distillery.