Richmond poised to hike minimum wage to highest in Bay Area – Contra Costa Times

Huge increase in crude oil by rail to Bay Area concerns local leaders – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: Appearing frail, owner of controversial security firm pleads with … – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: Appearing frail, owner of controversial security firm pleads with …Contra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Wheeled into a courtroom where she spoke reluctantly and weakly to a civil judge, the owner…

Citywide: Kaiser abandons “forbidden garden” plan in Oakland – Contra Costa Times

Citywide: Kaiser abandons “forbidden garden” plan in OaklandContra Costa TimesWhen Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivers her State of the City address at 7 p.m. Thursday, one her top priorities likely…

Auditor to enter Oakland mayor’s race – Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa TimesRuby joins a crowded field looking to unseat Mayor Jean Quan that includes Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, former school board member Dan Siegel, Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker…

Oakland ponders fate of seismically unsafe school – Contra Costa Times

Oakland ponders fate of seismically unsafe schoolContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — The school district has postponed to June 2016 a start date to either tear down and rebuild or renovate the…

One killed, four wounded in East Oakland shootings Thursday – Tri-Valley Herald

One killed, four wounded in East Oakland shootings ThursdayTri-Valley HeraldOAKLAND — An 18-year-old man was fatally shot and another wounded in a Thursday afternoon gunbattle in East Oakland, one of…

Days Gone By: Clothes in mid-1800s San Francisco cleaned at Washer … – Contra Costa Times

Days Gone By: Clothes in mid-1800s San Francisco cleaned at Washer …Contra Costa TimesDoing laundry wasn’t easy for the thousands of men and the very few women who arrived in…

Families of murder victims call on Oakland leaders to solve cases – Contra Costa Times

Families of murder victims call on Oakland leaders to solve casesContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Relatives of more than a dozen murder victims rallied Friday night outside of City Hall in…

Oakland honors pioneering black aviator – Contra Costa Times

Oakland honors pioneering black aviatorContra Costa TimesBarbara Lee, D-Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan and City Councilmember Larry Reid. “Bessie Coleman was a trailblazer, an inspiration and the finest example of the…

Oakland: CHP chase ends in crash in East Oakland – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: CHP chase ends in crash in East OaklandContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — A chase of a stolen car by the California Highway Patrol ended in a crash late Friday night.…

Oakland: Eight people protesting police shootings arrested at state building – Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Eight people among a group protesting fatal police shootings were arrested for trespassing Thursday night by California Highway Patrol officers when they refused to leave the…

Oakland man found guilty in San Francisco Pride Weekend attack – Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa TimesAn Oakland man charged with a brutal attack on a San Francisco woman during Pride Weekend last year was convicted today in San Francisco Superior Court, according to…

Former chief: Warshaw appointment ‘terrible’ for Oakland – Contra Costa Times

Contra Costa TimesOAKLAND — The city’s new court-appointed police leader is so distrusted within the department that several police officials, including a former chief, fear his unchecked authority will harm…

‘Sharknado 2’ announces cast with Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times“Sharknado 2” won’t air for our Twitter hashtagging pleasure until July, but production on the SyFy TV movie is set to begin in New York City. And to…

Mayor Jean Quan honors Oakland rapper – Contra Costa Times

Mayor Jean Quan honors Oakland rapperContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Mayor Jean Quan has honored an Oakland hip-hop artist for his local charity work. Quan declared last Saturday “Stanley Cox aka…

Payton: Sizing up Oakland mayoral candidates – Contra Costa Times

Payton: Sizing up Oakland mayoral candidatesContra Costa TimesJoe Tuman, a professor at San Francisco State, says he’s not an insider beholden to the City Hall machine. (As a Chicago native,…

Richmond developer looks to link workers to San Francisco with water taxi – Contra Costa Times

Richmond developer looks to link workers to San Francisco with water taxiContra Costa TimesRICHMOND — A private water taxi may soon transport workers from the Marina Bay shoreline to San…

Police seek man who touched 6-year-old girl at Oakland school – KTVU San Francisco

Police seek man who touched 6-year-old girl at Oakland schoolKTVU San FranciscoOakland police on Wednesday said they are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed and touched a 6-year-old girl…

Anti-abortion group targets Oakland’s black community – Contra Costa Times

Anti-abortion group targets Oakland’s black communityContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — A small group of anti-abortion activists warmed up their chops in downtown Oakland Friday ahead of a larger event Saturday in…

Oakland: Authorities identify second man killed by CHP – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: Authorities identify second man killed by CHPContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — A man fatally shot Tuesday night by California Highway Patrol officers who said he ran from an SUV and…

Test train for BART Oakland airport connector unveiled – Contra Costa Times

Test train for BART Oakland airport connector unveiledContra Costa TimesOAKLAND – BART officials today excitedly unveiled a test train for the 3.2-mile connector from the Oakland Coliseum station to the…

Oakland woman keeps homeless cats fixed and well-fed – Contra Costa Times

Oakland woman keeps homeless cats fixed and well-fedContra Costa TimesOver time — and occasionally against her better judgment — she also has become one of the most prolific cat feeders…

Oakland: Police probe Schaaf swastika fliers – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: Police probe Schaaf swastika fliersContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Fliers depicting a swastika on Libby Schaaf’s forehead were plastered throughout Montclair this weekend in an attack against the City Council…

Teen accused of Oakland bus fire attack will be tried as adult – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesA high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager’s skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court…

Oakland: 17-year-old boy charged with New Year’s Eve killing – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: 17-year-old boy charged with New Year’s Eve killingContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and will be prosecuted as an adult in the fatal…

Dennis Allen remains Raiders coach – ESPN

ESPNALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com in a phone interview Tuesday night that Dennis Allen remains the team’s coach and said he was amused by the…

Cheerleaders to kick-start New Year Parade in London – BBC News

BBC NewsHundreds of American cheerleaders are taking part in London’s traditional New Year’s Day parade which this year will celebrate the swinging 60s. More than 500,000 people are expected at…

Reports: Dwyane Wade has third child; mom not fiancee Gabrielle Union – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBasketball star Dwyane Wade is a three-time father, according to several reports, but the newest child’s mother is not his fiancee, actress Gabrielle Union. The Miami Heat champ,…

AC Transit Workers Approve Tentative Agreement, Strike Averted – CBS Local

AC Transit Workers Approve Tentative Agreement, Strike AvertedCBS LocalOAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda-Contra Costa Transit workers have ratified a tentative contract agreement, averting a possible strike threatened after union votes…

Jahi, her mom and 13 days at Children’s Hospital Oakland – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsOAKLAND — As blood poured from her daughter’s mouth, filling up cups and spilling onto her clothing, Nailah Winkfield began to cry. The Oakland mother said nurses…

Oakland Girl May Be Taken Off Life Support After Tonsil Surgery Complications – CBS Local

CBS LocalOAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 13-year-old Oakland girl could be removed from life support because she’s been declared brain dead after she suffered complications following a routine tonsil-removal procedure,…

Aiming to transform Oakland neighborhood, “Best Babies Zone” cultivates its … – Contra Costa Times

Aiming to transform Oakland neighborhood, “Best Babies Zone” cultivates its …Contra Costa TimesRaya, 3, whose mother, Yolanda, preferred not to give her last name, high-fives teacher Stacey Matthews, left, at…

Oakland News: Art Murmur First Friday Shooting; Raiders Mark Davis And Trust

On Friday, just after Art Murmur / First Friday for October, someone reportedly shot into a crowd at 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. That’s right at BART 12th Street,…

Taste of The NFL at Blackhawk Country Club, Danville, CA, Sunday

The press release below announces Taste of The NFL at Blackhawk Country Club, Danville, CA, Sunday. Sip, Taste and Tailgate Like a Pro An of afternoon of football and food…