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A change of venue for Albany town hall on its LBNL proposal

A change in the location for Wednesday’s town hall meeting on the city’s proposal for building the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory second campus on the Golden Gate Fields property in Albany and Berkeley was announced this afternoon by Albany City Manager Beth Pollard.

The meeting was moved from the Community Center and will now be held in the gymnasium at Albany High School , 603 Key Route Blvd., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday “to ensure there is ample space for all who wish to attend.”

The meeting is one of a series being hosted by the lab on the six proposed locations for the site its second campus.
Albany meeting will record the meeting for later broadcast and webstreaming via Comcast Cable Channel 33, and www.albanyca.org/KALB.


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A special event in El Cerrito celebrates the life of Richard Tuck, “master of fun”

A visitor walks past a mural celebrating amusement parks at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach.

A visitor walks past a mural celebrating amusement parks at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach.

Not just anyone could turn their office building into a weekend “museum of fun” attraction, but Richard Tuck wasn’t just anyone.
The life of Tuck, who died in April at 64, was celebrated in and outside Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, the attraction he founded with the considerable help of volunteers.
The day included performances by members of the Oakland Magicians Circle, a tribute from the American Coaster Enthusiasts group (Tuck was a member), a recognition of volunteers, a musical tribute to Tuck by by Bob Lesoine, author of the multimedia musical show “Last Night at Playland” and Doggie Diner heads towed in for the occasion.
Here are some images of the celebration by Times staff photographer Dean Coppola.

Volunteer Margaret Williams watches a video remembrance of Richard Tuck.

Volunteer Margaret Williams watches a video remembrance of Richard Tuck.

Bob Lesoine of Santa Monica performs a song remembering Richard Tuck

Bob Lesoine of Santa Monica performs a song remembering Richard Tuck

Bill Theobald of Berkeley leans in for a closer look at a Doggie Diner head.

Bill Theobald of Berkeley leans in for a closer look at a Doggie Diner head.

Parents Scott and Amy Craig of Sacramento watch son Ian Craig, 7, reacts to winning on the Bowler Roller game.

Parents Scott and Amy Craig of Sacramento watch son Ian Craig, 7, reacts to winning on the "Bowler Roller" game.


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Caltrans announces more ramp closures for work in Hercules

A late announcement from Caltrans:

On Thursday night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., there will be various lane closures on eastbound I-80, between State Route 4 and the Crockett off-ramp.

Ramp Closures for Landscape Activities
· On Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, Caltrans will close the eastbound I-80 Hercules off-ramp from 10 p.m. to 6.a.m. Detour: exit at the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp
· The eastbound State Route 4 to eastbound I-80 connector ramp will be closed Wednesday night, July 27, and Thursday night, July 28, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Detour: Continue north on San Pablo Avenue to Willow Avenue and turn right. Continue on Willow Avenue. Take the on-ramp to eastbound I-80.
· The westbound SR 4 to eastbound I-80 connector ramp will be closed Wednesday night, July 27, and Thursday night, July 28, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Detour: Continue on John Muir Parkway. Turn right on San Pablo Avenue. Continue on San Pablo Avenue to Willow Avenue and turn right. Continue on Willow Avenue. Take the on-ramp to eastbound I-80.
· Friday night, July 29, the eastbound I-80 Hercules off-ramp is scheduled to be closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. In addition, the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp is scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Note: the eastbound Hercules and Willow Avenue off-ramps will not be closed at the same time. As the contractor completes work at the Hercules off-ramp, work will proceed to the Willow Avenue off-ramp. Detour: During the Willow Avenue off-ramp closure, drivers may reach Willow Avenue by taking the State Route 4/Hercules exit (right lane), then turn left on Willow Avenue.