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Raids uncover wage fraud at Contra Costa senior care homes

A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest Tuesday of the owners of 19 senior care homes throughout Contra Costa County. Authorities said the owners were working employees for up to 16 hours a day while paying them as little as $4 an hour. 
El Cerrito: Elderly couple grateful to survive beating, home invasion robbery

For 44 years, Jamie Nagal and his wife, Paz, lived in peace at their home on Richmond Street in an El Cerrito neighborhood that Jamie described as open and friendly. He said on Tuesday they never thought they were inviting trouble when they welcomed a man and woman into their home last weekend. 
PG&E, PUC oust several key officials after email flap

PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission, engulfed in controversy over inappropriate email exchanges and how they are handling the aftermath of the fatal explosion in San Bruno, announced the ouster of several officials amid accusations the two organizations have a cozy relationship. 
Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers

A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines -- and sent a chill through the wine industry.