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February 15, 1989 | ROBERT CHOWBD Times Staff Writer
Joyce Waite no longer lets her 9-year-old daughter walk alone to Fredrickson Elementary School in Dublin, even though the family lives only half a block away. "There's no way I let her walk alone," Waite said. "It's very upsetting when your child can't be a child anymore. You can't let them run around or go out and play." Elsewhere around the East Bay, other worried parents are showing up to collect their children at the end of the school day.
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is testing a new way for its workers in the East Bay to commute across the bay to the company's Mountain View headquarters: by ferry. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry said Google would provide a trial private ferry service for five days between the Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda and the Port of Redwood City. Last month, Google launched a similar pilot program from San Francisco to quiet growing tensions over buses that transport workers from the city to Silicon Valley.
March 26, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
East Bay counties again have been listed among the top destinations for legal immigrants to the U.S., outranking the San Francisco area. The Oakland metropolitan area, which includes all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, ranked 10th on the Immigration and Naturalization Service's list of areas where immigrants said they planned to live in fiscal year 2000. It outranked the San Francisco area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.
January 23, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of BART Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith, who was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search Tuesday, expressed compassion for the shooter and his family in an interview with a local television station. Smith, a 23-year veteran of the Bay Area Rapid Transit force who led the detective unit, was killed accidentally by a partner during what was to be a routine search of the Dublin, Calif., apartment of a robbery suspect already in custody.
July 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The state has released the first maps of East Bay spots that are most likely to crumble, slump and slide during a major earthquake. The maps were issued Wednesday by the California Geological Survey. Low-lying areas near the bay, including parts of Fremont, Newark, Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland, probably would be subject to liquefaction, the maps show. And the hilly areas of Castro Valley and Hayward are the most prone to landslides, the maps indicate.
The deadly fire that swept through the hills of Oakland and Berkeley on Sunday left a vast area looking as if it had been stopped dead in its tracks. But as stunned survivors move to put their lives back together, economists say that the fire's negative financial effects will be mitigated by some strengths in the East Bay economy.
March 2, 2007 | John M. Glionna and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
The East Bay was jolted Thursday night by a magnitude 4.2 earthquake centered one mile northeast of the city of Lafayette, but local authorities said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. "It shook me out of bed," said Steve Limrite, a dispatcher with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. He said the temblor hit as he was taking a rest break in his 24-hour shift at the agency's communications center in Pleasant Hill, about 10 miles northeast of Lafayette.
As rain spawned fresh fears Friday that devastating mudslides lie ahead for the beleaguered East Bay, authorities said this week's deadly wildfire caused less than half the monetary damage estimated in initial reports. Earlier this week, Oakland's city manager estimated that losses from California's worst brush fire would total $5 billion, a figure that would have made the blaze the costliest in U.S. history. On Friday, that number was slashed to $1.5 billion.
September 8, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Telegraph Avenue may be the spiritual heart of Berkeley and the University of California campus the focal point, but from a visitor's point of view, downtown is the ideal place to stay. It's close to everything and has its own vibe, with an eclectic hodgepodge of iPhone-wielding professionals, hippies young and old, students and the homeless. I stayed downtown for the weekend and met my friends Susan and Rich, who live nearby. The tab: $510, including $370 for two nights at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza and $140 for meals.
April 16, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Travis Williams, who couldn't remember when life held more promise, washed down his french fries at the local bowling alley diner and continued a shaking intestinal war against alcohol detoxification, all the while plotting a delicate strategy of weaning spare change from a visitor. "You should have seen me six months ago," he says, reassuring that his condition has improved. Later, Williams would return to a sparse, single-room flat in the collapsing heart of this wrought-iron-windowed East Bay community, parts of which even the lifelong resident doesn't venture into after dark.
January 4, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 7-year-old girl who was abducted at gunpoint Friday evening in front of her Bay Area home has been found unharmed and her suspected abductor taken into custody, authorities said. Natalie Calvo of Antioch was abducted outside her home in the East Bay city of Antioch about 6:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Hours later, the alleged suspect's gold Toyota Camry was spotted by at the Antioch Marina, according to a report by KGO-TV in San Francisco. Police found Natalie when they arrived at the scene.
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A construction worker died Monday when an excavator he was driving onto a barge slipped off and fell into the Sacramento River, state officials said. The Sacramento Bee identified the man as 49-year-old Richard Wayne Alexander of Pittsburg. Alexander died after 1:30 p.m. when the excavator he was driving fell into about 15 feet of water, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins. The agency, which investigates possible workplace safety violations, will issue the findings of its review into the incident by April, he added.
October 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
October 21, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters were left without rail service Monday as the BART strike moved into its fourth day. The second strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers in four months produced traffic jams and frustration Friday -- the first day of the shutdown -- but officials predicted Monday would be much worse. Transportation officials said they believed many commuters took Friday off or telecommuted , relieving the crush to get in and out of San Francisco and around the East Bay. But that wasn't expected to happen again on the first day of a new work week.
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Day 4 of the regional commuter rail strike began for many in pre-dawn darkness Monday, as several hundred thousand residents who rely on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains instead poured onto buses and ferries or inched their way across gridlocked bridges. The mood was a mix of resignation and frustration as residents adapted. Free BART round-trip shuttles running from many East Bay stations were filled ahead of schedule: Of the nine stations that began running buses at 5 a.m., only Hayward and Lafayette still had availability by 7:35 a.m. Still, buses from the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit district -- which is in the midst of its own labor discord -- picked up the slack, loading thousands of additional passengers for standing-room only express trips to San Francisco.
September 14, 1997 | Michael Clough, Michael Clough is a research associate at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley
The silver and black playing football in a stadium named after a computer company headquartered in Taiwan? Twenty years ago, before the Raiders left Oakland for Los Angeles, it would have been unimaginable. Today, it is a reality. The announcement that UMAX Technologies Inc. has bought the name rights to the Oakland Coliseum is a clear indicator of the dramatic demographic and economic forces that are reshaping Oakland and the East Bay.
April 25, 1988
The directors of Goodwill Industries of the East Bay, whose new secondhand store doesn't merit a place in Oakland's downtown redevelopment program, voted unanimously to sue the City of Oakland for at least $450,000. Goodwill may also seek punitive damages. Goodwill spent more than a year renovating the store, but the City Council rejected the final permit and ordered Goodwill not to stock the upscale, shiny-new facility. "It pains me," H.
October 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
With another BART strike in full effect Friday, Bay Area commuters crammed onto extra ferries and buses to get around the lack of rail service. For some, the strike was a minor inconvenience, for others, the frustration of a protracted labor dispute between transit workers and Bay Area Rapid Transit management had taken its toll. One Oakland man was arrested after he tossed a traffic cone at strikers picketing BART's Lake Merritt Station, KTVU-TV reported . PHOTOS: Both sides dig in on BART strike Thousands of commuters were forced to take extra buses or expanded ferry service Friday after labor negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and the leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555  crumbled late Thursday . It sent some early morning commuters fuming on social media as many dealt with longer than usual delays, with expanded use of carpool lanes.
October 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A Bay Area regional transit strike seemed likely late Monday as the clock ticked toward a midnight cutoff of negotiations, with one union leader saying it would take a “Hail Mary” to avert a BART work stoppage. Complicating matters, the union representing workers for the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District, or AC Transit -- which runs East Bay buses -- issued its own 72-hour strike notice Monday. While options remain to avert or delay the bus strike, if those fail and Bay Area Rapid Transit workers do not accept a deal, the region could face an unprecedented double whammy.
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