Interstate 80 overnight ramp closures at San Pablo Dam Road in West County next week

Caltrans announced upcoming ramp closures on Interstate 80 in a new release Friday afternoon:

Interstate 80 Integrated Corridor Mobility Project Ramp Closures Continue

Contra Costa County –Caltrans has scheduled ramp closures on eastbound and westbound Interstate 80 for construction activities for the Interstate 80 Integrated Corridor Mobility Project.

· The eastbound I-80 San Pablo Dam Road on-ramp will be closed Monday night, June 10, and Tuesday night, June 11, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: Travel east on San Pablo Dam Road, left on El Portal Drive, and right on eastbound I-80; or travel west on San Pablo Dam road, left on San Pablo Avenue. Follow detour signs. Turn left on Barrett Avenue, right on San Pablo Avenue, and take the eastbound I-80 on-ramp.

· The westbound I-80 San Pablo Dam Road on-ramp will be closed Wednesday night, June 12 through Friday night, June 14, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: Travel west on San Pablo Dam Road, left on San Pablo Avenue, left on Solano Avenue and take the westbound I-80 on-ramp; or, travel south on Amador Street, turn right on Solano Avenue and take the westbound I-80 on-ramp.

This work is weather dependent, and if delayed due to weather conditions will be rescheduled. Please drive cautiously through the construction zone and leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

The I-80 Integrated Corridor Mobility project will provide safety improvements for the traveling public; mobility and efficiency during commute hours; automated, integrated technology to manage traffic efficiently; real-time traffic information for travelers; with tax dollars funding SMART solutions.

Follow us on Twitter @CaltransD4. Follow the project at #80ICM. For more information, please visit the webpage at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80icm/


Eight local girls get scholarships for math/science camp at Sonoma State


Scholarship also featured in Chris Treadway’s CCTimes piece


West Contra Costa Branch

American Association of University Women,

Advancing equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Press release: TECH TREK


Eight 7th-grade girls from West Contra Costa Unified School District are awarded scholarships to attend week long Math Science camp at Sonoma  State Collegestarting on June 23rd, 2013

For 12 years, the “TECH TREK” program has been sponsored by West Contra Costa Branch of  The American Association of University Women (AAUW).

AAUW California hosts similar events at eight other universities throughout the State

AAUW raises $850 dollars per girl annually from its Membership, including Bio-Rad, Mechanics  Bank, The ED  Fund, The American Chemical Society, California Section, and other contributors.

The nominations came from 7th Grade Math/ Science teachers.

 This years group is from  Hercules, Crespi, Portola, De Jean and Stewart Middle Schools .

On June 8th, a reception will be held at The El Cerrito Denny’s at 2 pm for the girls and their families  to meet  each other and to  ask questions.

Another AAUW project awards an annual scholarship of $1500 dollars to a young woman from Contra Costs College who is going on to a 4 year program in the sciences. She is selected by Dr. Seti Sidharta of The Center for Science Excellence at Contra Costa College.

For Further Information Contact:

Jacqueline Title AAUW  Membership (510) 234-9370  jtitle@mac.com  or

Roberta Montgomery AAUW Treasurer

(510) 237-5293



invites you to the
2013 Tech Trek Reception
What:  A Celebration/Orientation for the WCC Branch Tech Trek Science and Math Camp 2013 Scholarship Recipients
Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time:  2:00 to 4:00 o’clock
Where: El Cerrito Denny’s
11344 San Pablo Ave.
(San Pablo Ave at Potrero Ave)

Richmond: Swiffer learns not to hand a mop to Rosie the Riveter

Commercials and other promotions for Swiffer — the refillable mop and duster products by Proctor & Gamble — are commonplace on TV, social media and elsewhere.
But the product got more publicity than it bargained for with an ad posted this week that played on the image of the famous Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” poster from World War II. The Rosie image is particularly popular in Richmond, where the Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historical Park commemorates the entry of women and minorities into the work force.
The ad, since pulled, for the Swiffer-Bissell steam mop featured a woman with a polka dot bandana holding the new product in her folded arms in the “We Can Do It” fashion of the poster.
That brought quick criticism, most noteably from a blog on the Washington Post that questioned the idea of using Rosie to promote cleaning the kitchen instead of breaking barriers in the workforce:

Who thought this was a good idea? What ideas did they reject? Feminine Mystique: The Perfume from Calvin Klein? Using Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as Before and After images on a weight-loss poster? Using Lady Macbeth to sell hand sanitizer? Using The Lorax to sell cars? (Oh wait.) Using Cookie Monster to promote vegetables — dang it, reality! Rushing miles ahead of all the most extreme examples.

The company has since been posting apologetic, promoted messages on Twitter this week that note it is trying to remove the offending image:


Richmond police: 3 arrested in connection with Lincoln Plair murder

A memo provided by police today:

On March 4, 2013 at approximately  1535 hours, Vic PLAIR LINCOLN was gunned down ifo 686 6th Street.  Plair was shot to death by two suspects who walked up on him and fired multiple rounds.  PLAIR was in the area where numerous people were out to include children.  Detective Esparza was assigned as the lead investigator in this case.  Solid leads were developed in this case and the investigation revealed that 3 gang members associated with the “Swerve Team Gang” out of North Richmond were responsible for the shooting. 


On 05/31/13, Detective Esparza obtained information which corroborated the above. 

The 3 Suspects in this case were identified as follows:
Green, James, dob: 01/27/95

Cooper, Derrick aka “D-Rock”, dob: 03/14/94

Johnson, Antwone, aka “Pone”, dob: 03/05/94



Detective Esparza presented the homicide case to the District Attorney’s Office on 06/03/13.  The District Attorney’s Office filed 187PC, 186.22 and other enhancements against Green, Cooper and Johnson.


All 3 suspects in this case are associated with the “Swerve Team” out of North Richmond.  SIS (specifically Det Llamas) did an excellent job assisting Detective Esparza in this case.  Detective Llamas provided the Gang Expert intelligence on the Swerve Team and the 3 associated gang members.