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  1. California's farm communities mobilize to ban pesticideRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday | Contra Costa Times

    Dozens of demonstrators rallied July 12 in front of the California Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Sacramento, as speakers talked about the dangers of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The U.S. EPA has limited its uses since 2000 because of health and environmental risks, but many residents of farming communities are seeking a complete ban, citing studies suggesting that even low levels of exposure may cause developmental harm to young children.

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  2. 5 epic Northern California brewery toursRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday | Contra Costa Times

    California's vibrant craft brewery scene begs to be explored - preferably with a designated driver. Fortunately, there are a slew of brewery tour companies eager to help.

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  3. Check your kidsa vaccine record as school year startsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 14 | Contra Costa Times

    Actually, it's not just a reminder, it's the law - and one that got even tougher in California starting last summer when parents no longer were allowed to opt out of immunizations for their children, save for legitimate medical exemptions. Students attending a home-based private school or an independent study program with no classroom-based instruction also are exempted from the law.

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  4. San Pablo hires Pittsburg police captain as new chiefRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 4 | Contra Costa Times

    The city has hired Rathnesh "Ron" Raman, a Pittsburg police captain and part-time Los Medanos Community College instructor, as its new police chief. The 21-year veteran of the Pittsburg Police Department, selected from a field of 32 applicants, will replace San Pablo's interim chief, Walt Schuld, on Aug. 14, City Manager Matt Rodriguez announced.

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  5. Opinion: Twin tunnels project jeopardizes stability of your water ratesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 1 | Contra Costa Times

    Long containment booms are towed through the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta on their way to a parbuckle operation on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 of Spirit of Sacramento which sunk near Bethel Island,Calif., earlier in September.

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  6. Berkeley teacher's arraignment on riot charges setRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 25 | Inside Bay Area

    The arraignment of a Berkeley teacher on charges stemming from a riot outside the state Capitol last year has been set for Aug. 10, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Yvette Felarca, 47, faces charges of inciting and participating in a riot and assault likely to cause great bodily injury, the office announced last week.

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  7. Pending home sales fell across Bay Area and state in JuneRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 24 | Contra Costa Times

    With its dwindling home supply, the Bay Area real estate market experienced an increase in home sales during the spring. Hellbent buyers snapped up whatever was available, resulting in a year-over-year increase in units sold.

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  8. Valley Fever cases increase in CaliforniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2017 | Inside Bay Area

    SACRAMENTO California public health officials on Thursday announced a large hike in the number of reported Valley Fever cases in the state, with illness onset in 2016 - but they don't know what's behind the increase. From January through December 2016, 5,372 new cases of Valley Fever were reported to California Department of Public Health corresponding to an incidence rate of 13.7 cases per 100,000 people.

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  9. These are the Valley Journal and Times-Herald letters for July 7.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 30, 2017 | Inside Bay Area

    "No child of God should ever suffer such horror." This was President Trump's explanation after bombing an airbase where a deadly chemical attack on civilians had reportedly been launched by Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

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  10. Berkeley police log for June 8-14Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    Assaults: Assaults were reported in the 1000 block of University Avenue, in the 3100 block of Eton Avenue, in the 1600 block of Shattuck Avenue, in the 2200 block of Sacramento Street and in the 1600 block of Milvia Street. Robberies: Robberies were reported at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street, in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue and in the 2500 block of Sacramento..

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  11. Roadshow: Take kids out of school to beat traffic? No wayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    Readers weren't pleased with Mr. Roadshow's suggestion on how families can beat the Friday getaway traffic. Q: You wrote about avoiding bad traffic to Lake Tahoe on a Friday and suggested that "if it's not summer break, take the grandkids out of school a day earlier.

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  12. California governor named adviser for UN climate conferenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2017 | Inside Bay Area

    California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, discusses climate change at a news conference, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. During the event Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, third from left, signed a subnational climate change agreement that calls for the signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 80 percent to 95 percent, below 1990 levels.

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  13. In California battles over product labels, industry usually winsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2017 | Inside Bay Area

    California lawmakers have been considering new labels for them, triggering an annual conflict in the state Capitol over how much to tell people about what they buy at the store or use at work. The bills reflect a recurring tension in the statehouse: Environmentalists and consumer advocates argue that people have a right to know what's in everyday products, while industry lobbyists say putting too much information on a label could harm sales by creating unfounded fear.

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  14. Plight of Nazi-era emigres' to Hollywood explored in 'Light & Noir'Read the original story w/Photo

    May 24, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    As Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s, many German-speaking actors and directors found refuge and work in Hollywood. These exiles - many of them Jewish, but not all - included directing great Billy Wilder and much of the supporting cast of "Casablanca."

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  15. A family with deep California roots invests in a Saratoga gem.Read the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    The Inn at Saratoga is under new ownership. Siblings Ashis Roy, Bina Roy Desai and Seema Mulji bought the hotel in December, bringing with them knowledge of the hotel industry.

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  16. Realtors to legislators: Support bills that create more housingRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    On May 3, Silicon Valley Realtors joined over 2,500 California Realtors in Sacramento for Legislative Day. Legislative Day is the one day each year when the state's realtors meet with their respective legislators and discuss bills that could impact homeowners and private property rights.

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  17. Lawmakers blast UC regents for closed meeting to discuss auditRead the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    Lawmakers are criticizing the University of California regents for holding a closed meeting Thursday to discuss a scathing state audit that showed UC's central office hid tens of millions of dollars. "A closed door meeting just sends the wrong message to Californians," said Assemblyman Dante Acosta, R-Valencia, during a phone interview.

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  18. Girl Scout tackles housing crisis for Gold AwardRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Emily Costanza wanted to tackle an issue that has a huge impact on many people's lives, so the Walnut Creek teen looked close to home for something that was affecting her own family. For the past seven years, Costanza and her mom and two younger siblings have been living in a 1,100-square-foot Walnut Creek apartment.

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  19. a Housing crisisa tops Californiaa s legislative agenda this yearRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    More than 130 housing bills surfaced this year as of the last count, many of them aimed at addressing the stateA's housing shortage, lack of affordable housing and protecting those at risk of losing their homes. Seen here, the State Capitol glows at dusk in a view from Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

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  20. Walters: Why California's housing problem is getting worseRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2017 | Contra Costa Times

    Capitol politicians - most of them, anyway - are celebrating a multibillion-dollar package of new taxes and fees to shore up the state's dilapidated transportation network. Meanwhile, however, they take a lackadaisical attitude on a crisis that's infinitely more serious than rough roads and congestion - an ever-worsening shortage of housing.

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