Richmond meeting will work on links between African American and Latin American communities

A meeting on Saturday in Richmond will bring women from the city’s African American and Latin American communities together to discuss their differences, their commonalities and their shared goals.

“Building Bridges between Black and Brown Communities” the third in a series of community-building events, will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Center, 3230 MacDonald Ave. The focus is “to build community across groups as we reduce tensions and plan for our collective futures.”

At past meetings the participants have agreed “on five issues of concern in both the African American and Latin American community to work on together. They are health care, education, employment, immigration and violence/criminal justice reform,” organizers say. “We hope to come up with action items in each area that we can work on together in the future.”

More participation is invited, but space is limited. Childcare will be available. To RSVP for a space call 510-229-5057.

The session is hosted by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), The Latina Center, Black Women Organized for Community Action (BWOPA) and Neighborhood House of North Richmond, with support from the city’s Human Rights and Human Relations Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department.


Families celebrate graduation at Keystone Montessori School in El Cerrito

Keystone Montessori students dance to the Miriam Makeba song "Pata Pata" at the graduation day ceremony on June 22 in El Cerrito.

Proud parents filled the main room at Keystone Montessori School on Blake Street in El Cerrito on June 22 for the 31st Preschool Graduation Ceremony for the “Snowy Egret” Pre-K and Kindergarten Class of 2012.

Here is an account of the ceremony submitted by the school.

 The theme of the program was “Children Around the World” with an opening song of “Hello to All the Children of the World.”  The graduating class of 30 students prepared an Operetta titled “The Snowy Egrets Take Flight” and performed international songs from all of the seven continents.  Some songs were sung in Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Swahili.  The songs were accompanied by Keystone’s longtime music teacher Jonathan Green and Keystone’s Director and Owner Linda Shehabi, both on guitar, and also by the children who played Orff-Schulwerk xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, djembe drums, and various percussion instruments.

The children also recited and gave dramatic interpretations to several short poems by Benjamin Franklin, Emily Dickenson, Nikki Giovanni, John Ciardi, and Christina Rosetti.

The ending song was a line dance to Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata” where all

70 plus guests stood up and joined in with the children.


The program concluded with the Peace Poem by Ghandi quoted in unison by the children:

I offer you peace

I offer you love

I offer you friendship

I see your beauty

I hear your need

I feel your feeling

My wisdom flows from the highest source

I salute that source in you

Let us work together

For unity and love


Keystone Montessori School-founded in 1981 to provide quality early childhood education serves children ages 18 months through Kindergarten and offers  a unique style of Montessori program with lower ratios and an emphasis on creativity and fun while incorporating all elements of the Montessori curriculum: practical life, sensorial, math, language & reading, science and cultural studies. For more information contact the school at : 510-236-7479;info @keystonemontessori.org;www.keystonemontessori.org.




El Cerrito police log for June 15-21

The El Cerrito Police Department is releasing information about recent crime activity.

June 15

Motorcycle Collision – Richmond Street at Glenwood Way
Officers responded to a solo vehicle motorcycle collision where the motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle slid several feet and lodged under a parked vehicle. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Residential Burglary – 3300 block of Yosemite Avenue
Officers responded to an in progress residential burglary on the 3300 block of Yosemite and detained two suspects leaving the area. The suspects, a man and a woman, were taken into custody and found to be in possession of stolen property. While searching for their mode of transportation, officers located a parked vehicle that had been reported stolen to Fremont PD in May.

Shoplifting – Safeway, 11450 San Pablo Avenue
Officers responded to Safeway for a report of a shoplifting. A 21-year-old man was placed under citizen’s arrest and taken into custody.

Suspicious Circumstance – 6800 block of Glen Mawr Avenue
Officers investigated a suspicious circumstance on the 6800 block of Glen Mawr Avenue where a male in his 20’s rang the doorbell of the victim’s residence several times. The victim looked into the backyard and saw a male juvenile lurking through the backyard. The subject then hopped over the perimeter fence and joined several other suspects in a dark grey sedan, possibly a Honda. The vehicle fled westbound on Ganges Avenue prior to officer’s arrival.

Residential Burglary – 500 Block of Albemarle
Officers investigated a residential burglary where someone forced open the front door to the residence and stole property.

Residential Burglary – 500 Block of Ashbury Avenue
Officers investigated a residential burglary where an someone forced open the front door to the residence and stole property.

Driving under the Influence – Intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Central Avenue
At 0051 hours, Officer Leone conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested a 19-year-old Richmond resident for DUI.

June 16

Recovered Stolen Vehicle – 1100 block of King Drive
Officer Guzman located a stolen Dodge Dakota reported stolen to Richmond PD in April.

Possession of Controlled Substance – Intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Hill Street
Officer Thepkaysone conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested a 30-year-old San Pablo man for possession of cocaine.

Warrant Arrest – Intersection of Richmond Street and Moeser Lane
Officer Arnaiz conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested the driver, a 19-year-old Richmond resident, for an outstanding warrant.

Vehicle Collision – Intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Eureka Avenue
Officers responded to a report of a collision involving an automobile and a pedestrian. Upon arrival officers discovered that two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on San Pablo Avenue. A 20-year-old pedestrian was transported to John Muir Medical Center by helicopter and the other pedestrian, another 20-year-old man, was transported to Highland Medical Center in Oakland by ambulance. ECPD traffic collision investigators were called to the scene and are conducting the investigation.

Vehicle Pursuit – Intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Central Avenue
Officers initiated a slow speed vehicle pursuit after witnessing a vehicle code violation and attempting to stop the driver. The driver failed to yield to the officer’s lights and siren and continued driving to his home on the 700 block of Pierce Street in Albany. The driver, a 31-year-old Albany man, was taken into custody without further incident.

June 17

DUI Collision – 800 block of S. 55th Street
Officers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision into a parked car. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 2004 BMW had lost control and struck a residential home and came to rest in the driveway. The driver, a 19-year-old Richmond resident, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries sustained from the crash.

Shoplifting – Safeway, 11450 San Pablo Avenue
Officers responded to Safeway for a report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. Officers identified the two suspects and arrested a 39-year-old Oakland man and a 22-year-old San Leandro woman for theft, in the parking lot.

June 18

Counterfeit of registered mark – 1400 Block of Carlson Boulevard
Officer Otten conducted a suspicious vehicle check and discovered the occupant, a 41-year-old Richmond resident, was selling counterfeit DVD’s and CD’s. The subject was arrested and booked at the ECPD.

June 19

Stolen Vehicle – 1200 Block of Everett St.
Officer Maldonado reports someone stole a blue 1989 Honda, Civic, 4-door between 6/18/12 1930 hours & 6/19/12 0741 hours.

Collision and Possession of Concealed Weapon – San Pablo Ave. at Stockton Ave.
Officers responded to a reported vehicle versus a motorcycle collision at San Pablo Ave. and Stockton Ave. Upon arrival, they discovered the operator of the motorcycle, a 30-year-old Oakland man, sustained serious injury to his ankle and needed medical attention. During the initial check of the motorcyclist, Officers found him in possession of a loaded pistol with a high capacity magazine. Officers seized the firearm and detectives will send the investigation to the District Attorney for prosecution.

Attempted Burglary – 2500 block of Edwards Ave.
Officers responded after two juveniles attempted to break into a residence. The home was occupied by the son of the owners. When the suspects realized there was someone home, they fled in an unknown direction. The suspects damaged the rear door in their burglary attempt.

Possession of a controlled substance – Potrero Avenue @ South 55th Street
Officer Chalk conducted a traffic stop and arrested a 31-year-old Oakland resident for being in possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Battery – San Pablo Avenue @ Central Avenue
Officers were dispatched to a report of a large fight in a nearby parking lot. Upon arrival, officers arrested an 18-year-old Albany resident and a juvenile for battery. Both parties were booked at the ECPD.

Officer Del Prado and K-9 Koda
Today Officer Del Prado and Koda successfully completed a 200-hour narcotics detection course which was held in Sonoma County. Officer Del Prado and Koda also recently completed a 200-hour handler protection course. Officer Del Prado and Koda will be returning to patrol during the week of the 25th.

June 20

Conspiracy to commit Burglary – Lucky’s, 1000 El Cerrito Plaza
Cpl Wahrlich reports a woman entered the store, stole alcohol and fled in a waiting 1996, gold, Mercedes 4 door with a red #5 in the rear window. Witnesses last saw the vehicle and suspects headed toward Albany.

June 21

Stolen Vehicle – 3000 block of Yolo Ave.
Officer Arnaiz reports a car thief stole a 1990, red, Toyota Camry from this location. The theft occurred between 6/20/2012 2300 hours & 06/21/2012 0600 hours.

Shoplifting – Lucky’s, 1000 El Cerrito Plaza
Officer Arnaiz accepted the citizen arrest of a 63-year-old Albany man after he stole a birthday card and newspaper from the store.