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Richmond Confidential
September 24, 2013 - 5:11pm
The Richmond real estate market, like the rest of the state, is on the rebound. And some of that recovery is thanks to investors who are able to buy homes without taking out a loan. That's great news for both sellers and real estate agents, but it leaves limited selection for buyers who don't have...
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 5:05pm
The view from the Bay Trail, near Ashby Avenue, shortly before the storm hit. Photo: Doug Donaldson 3 detained in Oakland casual carpool robberies (SF Chronicle) UC Berkeley sophomore Maliq Nixon dies at 19 (Daily Californian)  Worst. Yard. Sale. Ever. (For Words) A totally different reason to...
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 4:00pm
Image: Youth Spirit Artworks YOUTH SPIRIT ARTWORKS Youth Spirit Artworks is moving a few doors down to a new, bigger location in the Lorin District at 1740 Alcatraz Ave. on Oct 1. Executive Director Sally Hindman said the new spot will be shared with a startup company, but that there will still...
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 3:34pm
Alameda County district attorney’s office seal, via Facebook. An Oakland man who had recently been paroled has been charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office after victims and witnesses identified him as responsible for two robberies in Berkeley in late August. Authorities...
Richmond Confidential
September 24, 2013 - 3:25pm
Richmond’s “ban the box” ordinance prohibits city contractors from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history at any other point during the hiring process unless the job is deemed "sensitive”–for example, jobs where someone works with youth, or confidential information.
Oakland North
September 24, 2013 - 3:00pm
Volunteers wielded rakes, shovels and trash bags to clear litter from creek beds and shorelines on Saturday as part of Oakland's annual Creek to Bay Day at the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt.
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 2:03pm
Police are investigating a possible suicide in an apartment near Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Photo: Tracey Taylor Berkeley Police are on the scene in the 1600 block of Milvia Street following a 911 call about a loud report at 12:34 p.m., authorities said. “We have folks out there...
Oakland North
September 24, 2013 - 1:00pm
The first Oakland Music Festival took over San Pablo Avenue, Jefferson and 18th Streets for a Saturday full of tunes, art and food.
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 12:41pm
Members of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission review material before their Oct. 25 meeting. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The Fair Campaign Practices Commission has decided to investigate whether any campaign laws were broken when the Yes on Measure S campaign paid people from $50 to $100 in...
Oakland North
September 24, 2013 - 11:00am
Proud family members filled the Scottish Rite Center on Friday morning to cheer for 36 new graduates joining the Oakland Police Department. This marks the 167th academy to graduate with OPD.
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 10:00am
Cal Fall Free for All is on Sunday Sept. 29, 10:30am-6:00pm. Cal Performances’ fourth annual Fall Free-For-All is choreography on a massive scale. The all-day arts sampler spins into action on Sunday, September 29 with vivid expressions of creativity accompanied by everything from Body...
Oakland North
September 24, 2013 - 9:00am
Meet Carter, a tiny little guy who came to the shelter as a stray in early August.  He’s a very laid-back, 1-year-old Chihuahua who walks nicely on a leash and loves nothing more than cuddling.  His small size makes him a better match for families with children more than 10 years old. See...
Berkeleyside
September 24, 2013 - 7:00am
Tilden Little Farm will be closed to the public between Oct. 2013 and Feb. 2014. Photo: EBRP Major sewer construction work that is set to begin next month will see several major areas of Tilden Regional Park, including the Little Farm, close to the public between Oct. 1 2013 and Feb. 28, 2104....
Crazy in Suburbia
September 22, 2013 - 3:08pm
Anyone who knows me understands that I tend to be a half-glass-empty kind of gal, or have been for quite a while. I have been slowly trying to change, especially since reading various stories about the new "science of the mind," and how, through various daily practices, we can reset our...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 19, 2013 - 10:36pm
With Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, we're hearing yet another story about someone who was "hearing voices" and slipped into homicidal depression before opening fire in a public place and killing a lot of people. It's very troubling news on a number of levels, including when you have someone...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 19, 2013 - 5:10am
UPDATED: Alas, although, the Battle of the Creek received a stunning 41747 votes, the deranged supporters of the game between Sacred Heart Cathedral and Milpitas High outscored us, winning 45446 votes. Thanks for voting!    OK, it's not really a formal campaign or anything. My friend Peggy Spear,...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 15, 2013 - 2:04pm
So, the Save the Pleasant Hill Dome campaign didn't succeed in saving our wonderful Pleasant Hill Cinearts Dome movie theater. But the outcry and news we generated about the tragic loss of this landmark of our suburban history got residents and city leaders in Pleasant Hill thinking that they...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 7, 2013 - 12:42pm
For a story I'm working on, I recently had the opportunity to chat with a 65-year-old woman named Linda who had many years ago been a raging drug and alcoholic addict and spent 10 years in prison for burglary -- crimes fueled by her addictions.  She had been out of prison for two years. She was...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 7, 2013 - 7:52am
Once again, tumult in the outside world will come home to Walnut Creek Saturday in the form of a rally to protest U.S. military intervention in Syria. The rally is organized by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, and will take place during prime shopping hours, 10 a.m. to noon, in the prime...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 7, 2013 - 6:28am
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Crazy in Suburbia
September 7, 2013 - 6:28am
Earlier this month, some startling numbers regarding suicide in the United States came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of suicides has been increasing since 2006, and CDC researchers say one factor in the increase is the recession and unemployment in the United...
Crazy in Suburbia
September 7, 2013 - 6:27am
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Crazy in Suburbia
August 18, 2013 - 4:35pm
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Crazy in Suburbia
August 18, 2013 - 10:18am
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Crazy in Suburbia
August 14, 2013 - 3:13pm
This past week, I went to visit a press institute that trains and employs women as journalists in developing countries around the world. The institute was started about six years ago by a 25-year-old woman. It is a nonprofit that has a board of directors --made up of experienced newshounds -- and...