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Berkeley: A special guest at Broadcast Legends luncheon

Veteran sports announcers Barry Tompkins, Ron Barr and Jon Miller at the Boradcast Legends banquet March 17 in Berkeley,

Veteran sports announcers Barry Tompkins, Ron Barr and Jon Miller at the Boradcast Legends banquet March 17 in Berkeley,

The Broadcast Legends group of Bay Area television and radio alumni held its quarterly luncheon March 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Berkeley and I knew Giants (and ex-ESPN) announcer Jon Miller was the last-minute special guest, but I didn’t expect to be sitting across the table from him. Miller (who was elected to the Ford C. Frick wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. last year), former KPIX sports anchor Barry Tompkins and former KRON sports anchor Ron Barr took part in a panel moderated by Ben Fong Torres. Below is video of an anecdote related by Miller.

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Sandbags available in El Cerrito

El Cerrito is making sandbags available to residents who may need them to prevent flooding from the street into a driveway, garage or home.
People who show proof of residency can fill and take a maximum of 10 bags per household at the Corporation Yard at 7450 Schmidt Lane, across from the Recycling Center.
Residents can report flooding problems by calling 510-215-4369. After hours contact the police department at 510-237-3233.


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Richmond: City storm precaution information

Winter Storm Precautions and Contact Information

Sandbags: Available to City of Richmond residents at the City’s Corp Yard at #6 13th Street from 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, M-F. People with disabilities and the elderly can call (510) 231-3011 for assistance. For emergency storm information, call (510) 812-5253.

Downed Trees: Please call the Parks Department Supervisor, Greg Hardesty, at 510-620-6920 or Paul Hyman (City Arborist/Gardner) at 510-231-3075.

Flooding or Power Outages (and for after business hours assistance): Please call 9-1-1 or (510) 233-1214 from a cell phone.

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Richmond may rename street after activist Fred Jackson

Fred JacksonFred Jackson, the tireless local community activist, may soon have a street bearing his name.

The Richmond City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday night to support changing the name of Filbert Street to “Fred Jackson Way.”

Filbert Street is one of the main roads that connects Richmond and unincorporated North Richmond where it becomes Third Street. County Supervisor John Gioia, whose turf includes West Contra Costa County, first got the ball rolling when he recommended renaming Third as “Fred Jackson Way.” The county formally approved the name change earlier in the day Tuesday. Gioia has suggested the city rename Filbert as well.

“Fred has worked tirelessly to unify our communities,” Gioia wrote in a letter to Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. “In his spirit of unity, having one common name for the street makes sense.”

Residents agree.

“Let us recognize one of our own, someone who has given his all to our community,” said the Rev. Kenneth Davis on Tuesday night.

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West County: It can happen here

The cover of a magazine published a month after the great 1906 earthquake and fire leveled much of San Francisco. The event prompted a migration to the East Bay, which is just as vulnerable to the movement of fault lines.

The cover of a magazine published a month after the great 1906 earthquake and fire leveled much of San Francisco. The event prompted a migration to the East Bay, which is just as vulnerable to the movement of fault lines.[/caption]Last Monday a story appeared about the first known color photographs of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. That same day, an e-mail was circulated by the El Cerrito Emergency Preparedness Network seeking more people to sign up for the city-sponsored disaster training program that started classes on Thursday.

“If you are interested in taking the CERT class, now is the time! They are in need of more students for the session starting this Thursday,” read the appeal.

Now is the time, indeed.

We don’t know if there were enough registrations for the El Cerrito class, but the first day of class was also the day the massive earthquake struck across the Pacific in Japan. Continue Reading

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“Last honest pizza” makes a sudden exit from Albany

From a distance it looked like business as usual Saturday at the Round Table Pizza location at 962 San Pablo Ave. in Albany, which still had promotional banners on the exterior.

From a distance it looked like business as usual Saturday at the Round Table Pizza location at 962 San Pablo Ave. in Albany, which still had promotional banners on the exterior.

A look at the door told a different story, with a hastily lettered and fastened sign announced the location was Closed. The Albany pizza parlor is an apparent victim of the parent chain's recent bankruptcy.

A look at the door told a different story, with a hastily lettered and fastened sign announcing the location was "Closed." The Albany pizza parlor is an apparent victim of the parent chain's recent bankruptcy.

The Round Table Pizza location near City Hall in Albany has hosted a lot of birthday parties and post-game youth sports gatherings over the years, but that came to an abrupt end this week as the site was an apparent victim of the pizza chain’s recent bankruptcy filing.

From an e-mail sent Friday with the subject line “Your Local Round Table Thanks You”:

The Round Table Pizza at CLOSED 962 San Pablo Avenue Albany, CA, has closed. It has been our pleasure to serve your community and we want to thank you for your loyalty patronage. Continue Reading

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Albany: Residents rescued from morning fire that guts apartment building

A morning fire gutted an 11-unit apartment building on Solano Avenue in Albany March 12 and required a rescue of upper-floor occupants trapped inside.

A morning fire gutted an 11-unit apartment building on Solano Avenue in Albany March 12 and required a rescue of upper-floor occupants trapped inside.

Emergency crews responding to a fire Saturday morning at the three-story Evelyn Gardens apartments in Albany had to break holes in an outer wall to rescue people trapped inside.
While the cause of the fire at 1234 Solano Ave. was unknown Saturday afternoon, “It pretty much gutted this 11-unit apartment building,” said Capt. John Weitzel of the Albany Fire Department.
“When we first arrived fire was coming out of the west side of the building here,” he said. “When we got on the scene people needed to be rescued off the rear.”
Weitzel said one occupant was taken to the hospital.
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West County: Three-dot items for a Friday

Supervisor John Gioia will be at the Arlington Café, 269 Arlington Ave., in Kensington from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday for his monthly breakfast where residents can discuss county-type issues on their mind.
Coffee is on the house and you can buy breakfast if you like.
Afterward, Gioia will go on a hike of Kensington paths with Boy Scouts from Troop 100 and invites able-bodied constituents to join him. The Scouts are part of a community path restoration project …

Over at Camp Herms in El Cerrito, a large contingent of Boy Scouts is expected to participate in the Camp Herms Enivornment and Conservation event from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. CHECK is an environmental science merit badge fair open to troops in the Herms District, which covers Berkeley through Crockett …

Richmond, meanwhile is hosting Rakkasah West, one of the biggest belly dance festivals in the nation, this weekend. Dancers come from around the United States and even overseas for the event, which is open from noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon- 8 p.m. Sunday.
The event, a 32-year tradition in Richmond, also has vendors with costumes, jewelry, musical instruments and CDs and more, along with the kind of food that goes with the belly dancing culture …

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Richmond, 7 other cities competing for lab campus

And so the race is on…

Richmond will go head to head with Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Dublin and Walnut Creek for a shot at housing Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s proposed second campus.

The winner gets a 2 million-square-foot campus, economic development, jobs, revenue and the prestige that comes with a research facility of this caliber.

In all, the lab received 21 proposals from private and public landowners by its March 4 deadline. A short list of up to five sites is expected to be released around April, before a site is selected in June.

The University of California owns the Richmond Field Station off I-580 and near the shoreline in Richmond and is considering building the campus there. But lab officials are also entertaining other options.

Richmond doesn’t want the lab looking anywhere else. To help make its case, the city has submitted this video touting what Richmond has to offer along with its application packet.

We’ll see who makes the cut when the short list is released. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.