West Contra Costa officials trade blame for lack of hospital money in Chevron deal

Head of governing board for Doctors Medical Center represented oil giant in negotiations for $90 million community aid package but got nothing for hospital, which is struggling to stay open  
Cranes to begin installing signs for $80 million "smart technology" project on I-80 between the Bay Bridge and Carquinez Bridge  
 
Timothy Williams, 49, of Richmond, is charged with pimping, pandering and trafficking a 32-year-old woman; however, Jane Doe testified Friday she would go to prison to keep her "boyfriend" from doing time.  
 
A free two-day music festival headlined by Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, as well as a special guest appearance by Maria Muldaur, is coming to the Craneway Pavilion at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 16.  
 
West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee's $300,000 allocation, combined with a similar amount from BART, will go a long way toward funding a High Capacity Transit Investment Study to assess options to connect communities north of El Cerrito and Richmond to BART; options would include a BART extension, expanded express bus service, or trains along the Capitol Corridor with a stop in Hercules  
 
PINOLE -- The following is a partial list of animals that may be available for adoption at the Animal Services Department, 910 San Pablo Ave.Dogs: Female Chihuahua, 2 years; neutered male pit bull, 2 years; spayed female miniature pinscher, 1 year; spayed female Chihuahua, 4 years; female pit bull,  
 
Tracey Jane Jackson pleads to felony assault in 2011 death of Richmond man, whom she believed was stealing profits from their check-cashing scheme  
 
Two people answering a knock at their apartment door in Richmond Thursday morning were shot and are in critical condition, police said.  
 
The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.  
 
The City Council vote was a show of support for a labor-backed ballot measure that will increase the minimum wage faster with no exemptions for employers.  
 
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.