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  1. Pets and Wildlife: Bay Area adoptions, other events for Oct. 26 and beyondRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | Inside Bay Area

    Pawtoberfest: Through Oct. 31, the adoption fee for all dogs and cats at Contra Costa Animal Services is $20. Fee includes micro chip, spay/neuter, vaccinations and license fees.


  2. Curtain Calls by Sally Hogarty: 'Living Dead' on All Hallow's EveRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Inside Bay Area

    Get ready for Halloween with Town Hall's "Night of the Living Dead: A Radio Play for the Stage." Spend Hallows Eve at the Lafayette theater and find out if Barbara and her brother Johnny survive being chased by a mob of flesh-eating ghouls.


  3. Contra Costa supes' races: A contrast in stylesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 25 | Inside Bay Area

    One Contra Costa County supervisors' election race has been civil, between two candidates whose views on key issues aren't widely divergent and who both believe the retiring incumbent has been an effective representative of far East County. The other has been decidedly chippier, with the challenger criticizing the incumbent for a lack of leadership on key issues across the northern tier of Contra Costa, and the incumbent ripping the challenger for ineffectiveness in dealing with those same issues from the platforms of jobs and positions she has held.


  4. Sales tax increases head to Bay Area ballotsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Oct 22 | Inside Bay Area

    Owner Matt Sharp, left, rings up customer Greg Collier, of Lafayette, after repairing flat tire at Sharp Bicycles in Lafayette, Calif., on Saturday, Oct.15, 2016. Sharp does not support a sales tax increase in Lafayette and believes it will negatively impact local businesses.


  5. County offering free pet adoptions through this weekRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 19 | Inside Bay Area

    From Wednesday through Sunday, prospective owners can take an animal home from both the agency's Martinez and Pinole shelters without having to pay any of the fees that usually come with an adoption, including those for spaying or neutering, microchipping and vaccinating a pet. Bronco is a 1-year-old who can't wait to get out and explore the world.


  6. AHS coach pushes for field replacementRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 18 | Inside Bay Area

    Alan Hern, athletics teacher and Bulldog's coach, told the Martinez Unified School District board that both sports fields at Alhambra High School need to be replaced. Hern said the sports department facilities lack air conditioning and are crowded because more students are using them.


  7. East Bay Park It: In Oakland, Briones, Sunol, guided fall hikesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Oct 16 | Inside Bay Area

    Autumn is a fine season for hiking in the East Bay Regional Parks and other public open spaces. The heat of summer has abated, the air seems fresher and there's even some fall color in the leaves.


  8. Martinez: Accused child rapist takes plea deal, seven-year sentenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 14 | Inside Bay Area

    A resident who had been charged with 15 counts of rape, child molestation, and similar sex crimes took a plea deal that sends him to prison for seven years. Eduardo DeJesus Trujillo, 30, pleaded guilty to all charges except forcible rape, including five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.


  9. Martinez Museum facelift for anniversary galaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 11 | Inside Bay Area

    And while a crew worked on that restoration, volunteers have been busy painting, installing new and refinishing old flooring, and reorganizing the amassed artifacts, documents and photographs inside the Borland House, home to the Martinez Museum since 1974. Historical Society members are hosting a party this Sunday to celebrate the grand reopening, after months of laboring behind the scenes, including pulling up the proverbial red carpet, revealing flooring made of old Douglas fir.


  10. Martinez: Crews respond to boiler room fire at county hospitalRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 7 | Inside Bay Area

    Fire crews responded Friday afternoon to a blaze in the boiler room at the Contra Costa County Hospital on Alhambra Boulevard in Martinez, authorities said.. The immediate area around the boiler room had been evacuated after the fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m., officials said.


  11. Lafayette: DA arrests psychologist on child porn chargesRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 5 | Inside Bay Area

    An investigation by a county task force has led to the arrest of a child psychologist on suspicion of child pornography, the Contra Costa District Attorney's office said Wednesday. Kenneth Allen Breslin, 68, a psychologist with more than 30 years of experience, was arrested after officers from the Contra Costa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served search warrants Wednesday morning at his Lafayette home in the 3400 block of Moraga Boulevard and his Orinda office, where he maintains a practice called "A Child's Point Of View" on Altarinda Road.


  12. Pets and Wildlife: Bay Area adoptions, other events for Oct. 5 and beyondRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 5 | Inside Bay Area

    CC4CC holds kitten and cat adoption events on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at three locations: Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, Pet Food Experess, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, and Petco, 1301 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.


  13. Winter rains produced bumper crops of rats and yellow jacketsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 5 | Inside Bay Area

    During the four years of our difficult drought, we witnessed a lot of changes in the comings and goings of wildlife. As water sources dried up and food was harder to come by, many creatures that normally kept a safe distance from humans began wandering into developed areas, lured by our drier, but still irrigated landscapes.


  14. Coloring ClubRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 4 | Inside Bay Area

    On a weekday night, mother and daughter Kelly and Catherine Tier, take out their colored pencils and unleash the burdens of the day. Ever since they heard about Coloring Club at the Concord Library, they seized the opportunity to get creative with color.


  15. San Jose oil company hit with $75,000 penalty for environmental violationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 3 | Inside Bay Area

    Worried about the risk of an oil spill fouling San Francisco Bay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced $75,000 in penalties against a San Jose oil distribution company for failing to safely manage dozens of large tanks of diesel fuel and other oil products. The company, SC Fuels, based in Orange County, operates a facility three miles from downtown San Jose, at 2705 Alum Rock Ave., that its trucks have used to deliver petroleum products to gas stations, oil change shops and other businesses.


  16. Oakley: Child molestation suspect arrestedRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 28 | Inside Bay Area

    A 21-year-old San Francisco man is in Martinez county jail after investigators arrested him last week on suspicion of child molestation and sexual battery, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. According to Jimmy Lee, investigators confirmed acts of molestation last month in unincorporated Oakley, and arrested Lafayette Thomas, a Treasure Island resident, on Sept.


  17. Error means thousands of Mello-Roos tax bills missing senior exemptionRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 27 | Inside Bay Area

    Several thousand people living within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District's boundaries will be sent new property tax bills for fiscal year 2016-17, after "senior exemptions" were inadvertently wiped clean from the tax bill records of people who had received that exemption before 2011.


  18. Curtain Calls by Sally Hogarty: Cal Shakes' powerful 'Othello'Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting made a powerful statement in his directorial debut with the company's "Othello" this past weekend. If you like elaborate scenery and colorful costumes, this may not be your cup of tea.


  19. Editorial: Two bad, two good sales tax measuresRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    Four East Bay cities placed sales tax increases on the November ballot. Voters should reject the Newark and Lafayette measures, and support those in Pleasant Hill and Martinez.


  20. Martinez: Hazmat team responds after crashRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 14, 2016 | Inside Bay Area

    A two-car crash involving a pickup truck spilled boxes of a hazardous material and forced a stretch of road to be closed Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Ambulances were called to the crash on Pacheco Boulevard at Veale Avenue, but the CHP did not know immediately whether anyone suffered major injuries.


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