French-fry fire inside Richmond apartment injures two

A resident cooking french fries sparked a fire at a Richmond apartment complex that sent an 8-year-old boy to a hospital and displaced nine residents, a fire official said.  
Richmond's City Council on Tuesday heard Chevron's appeal of the city's Planning Commission's recommended amendments to a proposed $1 billion modernization project on its local refinery.  
According to the annual Kids Count Data Book report released Tuesday, the teen birthrate for females ages 15 to 19 in the state has dropped 63 percent between 1990 and 2012. Experts attribute the drop to a variety of factors, including statewide policies and funding aimed at pregnancy prevention, as well as increased access to contraceptives and abortions.  
Retired San Pablo Police Chief Walt Schuld resumed work last week as the city's interim assistant city manager and will make up to $93,677 for six months of work.  
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As a key City Council vote approaches, Chevron and the city of Richmond are engaged in a high-stakes chess game over the refinery's proposed $1 billion modernization project, a sweeping retooling of the facility that the oil company says is vital both to the health and safety of the community and to its long-term corporate fitness.  
The city is starting the process for preparation of its general plan housing element for 2015-23 by holding an open house to get community input from 7 to 9 p.m. July 22 in the council chambers at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave. Albany only completed its housing element for 2007-14 this year, adopting it in March, shortly before the start of the new cycle.  
Susan Weinberg-Matteson, the new owner of the location at Fourth Street and Nevin Avenue, said La Perla will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will feature Mexican and Jamaican food.  
Chris Treadway
Leaders of Acalanes and West Contra Costa districts remain hell bent on pushing ahead with school construction programs no matter the cost or deception required. For some reason, they fear telling voters the truth.  
Also, Antioch man looks to put a smile on people's faces; and Walnut Creek store reaches out to Burning Man enthusiasts  
The almost $1 million project will include restoration of a section of San Pablo Creek, interpretive displays, an open public plaza for group gatherings, an enhanced demonstration garden, a children's sensory garden, expansion and resurfacing of the library parking lot, and replacement of the padding under the play structure, in a partnership between the San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society (SPAWNERS), the county Public Works Department, the county Library and the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.