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Kensington meeting Tuesday on cell phone antenna process

County Supervisor John Gioia has sent out the following advisory:

    AT&T Hosts Informational Open House in Kensington
    Learn more about AT&T cell application process; County planner on hand

AT&T is hosting an open house in Kensington to provide information and answer questions on the cell antennae/node application process. The wireless company has applied to Contra Costa County for permits to build six new cell sites in Kensington, located on PG&E power poles.

County planners will be on hand to provide information on the permit application process. As the applications move through the permitting process, each one will be carefully reviewed and and analyzed by planners.

Details:

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23
Where: Kensington Community Center, 59 Arlington Ave., Kensington
For more information: Ken Mintz, AT&T External Affairs Ken.Mintz@att.com
To read the applications, go to Supervisor Gioia’s KMAC web page.

The Kensington Municipal Advisory Council (KMAC) will review the application at its regular public meeting at 7 p.m. July 30 at the community center (same location as above).

KMAC will make an advisory recommendation to accept or deny the applications to County planners, who in turn will make a recommendation to the County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission’s decision can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

Public comment on the applications is welcome in a variety of ways throughout the process; at public meetings, or by snail mail or email or phone to the principal planner, Francisco Avila, 925-674-7801; Dept. of Conservation and Development, 30 Muir Rd., Martinez Ca. 94553

I am carefully watching the process and listening to public input in the event the applications are appealed to the Board. The process is expected to take a few months.

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Caltrans announces ramp closures on Interstate 80

Caltrans issued the following announcement about upcoming work on Interstate 80

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties –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 Central Avenue on-ramp will be closed Monday night, May 13, and Tuesday night, May 14, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

· The eastbound I-80 Powell Street on-ramp will be closed Monday night, May 20, and Tuesday night, May 21, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

· The westbound I-80 Carlson On-ramp will be closed Monday night, May 20, and Tuesday night, May 21, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

· The eastbound I-80 Ashby Avenue on-ramp will be closed Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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. Please remember to “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/

Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013
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Kensington had electrifed mass transit 65 years ago

A Key System car on Arlington at Amherst in Kensington, 1947.

Rail service was once available to hillside residents of Berkeley and Kensington, as seen in this 1947 photo provided by El Cerrito train and history fanatic John Stashik shows.
The electric-powered trains ran from Kensington to Berkeley until service was replaced by a bus line a year later.

Judging from the comments made last week at the meeting on El Cerrito’s Climate Action Plan, there are folks who would love to see something similar in the hills today.

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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West Contra Costa Science Fair results

The West Contra Costa Science Fair has announced the results of this year’s competition:

The West Contra Costa Science Fair held an Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 28, in the Knox Performing Arts Center. Dr. Donna Floyd, Interim Vice President of Contra Costa College, told the audience the first WCCSF was held 55 years ago on this site. Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and former secondary science teacher, described some of the projects that caught his eye such as the one about texting on a keyboard vs. a flat screen and another on how to shut down WiFi. Dr. Mayra Padilla, Direct of STEM & METAS Program at Contra Costa College encouraged the students to look into the opportunities for high school students at CCC.
A total of 96 awards were presented to 85 students in grades 7 through 12 from eight West Contra Costa Unified schools: Crespi, DeJean, Helms, and Portola Junior High Schools; Mira Vista and Stewart K-8 Schools; as well as El Cerrito and Pinole Valley High Schools.
Of the 152 projects on display in the Gym Annex Room 40 from Monday, February 25, until just after the Awards Ceremony, 90% came from 7th and 8th graders. However, of the 10% that came from the high schools, 93% were winners of first- through fourth-places and special awards while only 51% of the 7th and 8th grade projects won the awards. There were no 9th grade projects.
Of the four categories, 57% of the projects were in Physical Science; 24% were in Biological Science; 16% in Behavioral Science and only 3% in Mathematics.
Portola Junior High students won the most awards with 29 garnered from the 32 projects submitted. Their awards included two 1st places, six 2nd places, eight 3rd places, ten 4th places and three special awards.
Overall there were 6 first-place winners, 14 second-place winners, 23 third-place winners, 42 fourth-place winners and 11 special awards.
The first-place winners also each received a Bio-Rad cash award: seventh-grader Colm Hayden (“Can Redwood Absorb and Release Fog?”) from Portola; seventh-grader Nicole Stokowski (“How Do Differences in Mass Affect Conservation of Angular Momentum?”) from Mira Vista; eighth-grader Jacqueline Rojas (“What Abilities Does Your Brain Have?”) from Helms; eighth-grader Nora Gest (“Which Nuts Have the Most Calories?”) from Portola; tenth-grader Andrew Brodsky (“The Effects of Barrel Size on Projectile Velocity”) from El Cerrito High;and eleventh-grader Sydney Gallion (“Natural Frequency and Length”) from El Cerrito High.
Other special awards included math puzzle books Dennis Claudio presented to the seventh-graders Minahil Khan (“Reverse the Multiplication”) and Paulo Del Rosario (“Switch or Stay?”) both from Crespi; as well as a book on graph theory presented to Mark Ohlmann (“Can You Run Out of Luck?”) from Pinole Valley High, The Hal Magarian Memorial Award went to seventh-grader Julia Walker (“Rosemary’s pH Preference”) from Portola Junior High. The Bill Tobin Award was given to Mark Ohlmann from Pinole Valley High.
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Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013
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In 1920 they were trying for half a bridge to San Francisco

An illustration in the Sept. 29, 1920 Oakland Tribune of the proposed Key System ferry pier extension to Yerba Buena Island. I'm guessing this drawing was done by famed cartoonist Jimmy Hatlo early in his career (he started at the Trib doing auto section cartoons.)

Any idea of linking the East Bay to San Francisco was still just a pipe dream in the first quarter of the 20th century, when the only way to get to the city was by ferry. But there were ideas to ease the commute, including a proposal floated in 1920 that would have extended the Key System pier all the way to Goat Island (the popular name of the day for Yerba Buena Island).

The Key Route pier was once hailed as "the longest in the world."

The Key Route pier already extended fairly close to Yerbe Buena Island, as seen in this 1935 aerial view of the construction of the Bay Bridge.

The pier was already touted as the longest in the world at the time, and an extension would have closed the relatively short remaining distance to Yerba Buena.
Years before the design of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge came up with a similar idea, the pier extension plan called for a tunnel through the island, this one bored at a different angle and connecting train service with a new ferry pier on Yerba Buena’s western side.
From there it would be a mere 1.25-mile ride to the Ferry Building on the San Francisco waterfront.
The plan was hailed by Oakland business and elected officials, particularly for what the idea of making the daily commute not only easier, but safer.

“(Oakland) Mayor Davie, Mayor Bartlett of Berkeley, Joseph E. Came secretary of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Rutus Jennings, head of the large project for the Berkeley waterfront and others today expressed themselves in favor of the plan as one that would bring the two great cities of San Francisco bay closer together and one that would eliminate duplication of certain public services as well as the danger of fog to transbay traffic.” the Tribune reported.

Ferries and competing rail systems were king as far as commuting at the time. There were thousands of East Bay riders making the train-ferry connection to San Francisco each weekday via both the Key System and the competing Southern Pacific rail and ferry lines. East Bay officials “strenuously” opposed an alternative plan that would have instead extended the pier of the rival SP.
In fact, the conservative officials of the time seemed to be calling for a consolidation of the two rail lines — not a coincidence as establishment of the state’s original highway system was well under way to accommodate all the new motor vehicles being purchased.
The golden age of public transit was ending, the rail operations (the Key System was the locally owned operator) lost money and interest, and just 17 years later the Bay Bridge opened.

This 1933 road map shows how many ferry lines criss-crossed the Bay in the days before the bridges.

Posted on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Under: Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, History, Kensington, Richmond | 1 Comment »

Christmas in Richmond organizers need help providing for the needy on Dec. 25

Christmas in Richmond is a tradition that since 2005 has delivered food, presents and warm clothing to the city’s destitute on Christmas day.
The effort, which now has nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, was started by Burgundie Spears, then a college student who wanted to give back to her community.
Spears, her mother, Edna Campbell, and sister, Aaliyah Washington, have continued the tradition of devoting their Christmas to helping others, but they are making a last-minute appeal for community assistance to make this year’s event possible.
This year’s distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Richmond Senior Center and at the Nevin Community Center.
Christmas in Richmond has the following wish list for anyone who can lend a hand:

Bicycles
Blankets
Toys For All Ages​
Gift Cards
Gift Wrapping Paper
Clothes (new and/or slightly worn)
Shoes (new and/or slightly worn)
Non-perishable food
Toiletries
Roller Racks
Roller Bags
Backpacks
Gift Bags
To Go Food Containers (1000)
Eating Utensils
Napkins​
Hand Sanitizer
Bottle Water (40 cases)
Cups
Foil
Donations can be brought to the Courtyard Mariott Hotel at 3150 Garrity Way by Hilltop mall from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, or Spears can be reached at 510-932-6817 for more information. The Christmas in Richmond website is www.christmasinrichmond.org.

Posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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El Cerrito is final home to a New York Yankee great

Imagine trying to field at second base with the glove Tony Lazzeri used.

The final resting place of San Francisco native and baseball Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri, who was born 109 years ago today (Dec. 6, 1903), is in El Cerrito.
Lazzeri attended Galileo High School, then played minor league baseball from 1922-25, when his contract was purchased by the New York Yankees after he hit 60 home runs in 197 games for Salt Lake City in 1925.
Lazzeri debuted with the Yankees in 1926 and became part of the team’s famous lineup — alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — dubbed “Murderer’s Row” by sportswriters of the day.
He went on to a standout 13-year major league career, then returned to the Bay Area to play for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
Lazzeri died in 1946 at age 42 from injuries after he suffered an epileptic seizure and his remains are now at Sunset Mausoleum in El Cerrito. The Find-A-Grave website has a picture of the memorial site, but mistakenly says it is at the neighboring Sunset View Cemetery.
Lazzeri played in six World Series with the Yankees and one with the Chicago Cubs.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1991.

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012
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In case you were going to take AC Transit in Oakland on Monday

Commuters who take AC Transit to downtown Oakland should be aware of the following detours planned from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the visit by President Obama:

Bus Detours For President Obama Visit

AC Transit will temporarily re-route buses around downtown Oakland on Monday July 23rd in light of planned street closures to accommodate President Obama’s visit to the East Bay. Consequently, bus riders should expect service delays and disruptions throughout the affected area. .

In preparation for the President’s visit, please note that the following bus lines will be detoured from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and some regular stops will not be served:

Lines 1 and 1R to Berkeley will serve regular stops on 12th Street at Broadway and on Telegraph Avenue at 24th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Lines 1 and 1R to Bay Fair BART will serve regular stops on 11th Street at Broadway and on Telegraph Avenue at West Grand Avenue (Line 1) or Telegraph Avenue at 24th Street (lines 1 and 1R), but not regular stops between those points.

Line 11 to the Dimond District will serve regular stops on Harrison Street at 21st Street and on 7th Street at Jackson Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 11 to Piedmont will serve regular stops on 8th Street at Jackson Street and on Harrison Street at Grand Avenue, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 12 to downtown Berkeley will serve regular stops on 11th Street at Clay Street and on Grand Avenue at Webster Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 12 to downtown Oakland will serve regular stops on Grand Avenue at Valdez Street and its terminal on 10th Street at Washington Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 18 to Montclair will serve regular stops on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way at 25th Street and on 11th Street at Franklin Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 18 to Albany will serve regular stops on 12th Street at Broadway and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way at 22nd Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 51A to Fruitvale BART will serve regular stops on Broadway at 25th Street and on Broadway at 9th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 51A to Rockridge BART will serve regular stops on 8th Street at Broadway and on Broadway at Grand Avenue, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 58L in both directions will serve regular stops on Grand Avenue at Perkins Street and on Broadway at 7th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Lines 72 and 72M to Oakland Amtrak will serve regular stops on San Pablo Avenue at West Street and on Broadway at 9th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Line 72R to Oakland Amtrak will serve regular stops on San Pablo Avenue at Market Street and on Broadway at 7th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

Lines 72, 72M, and 72R northbound will serve regular stops on Broadway at 9th Street (lines 72 and 72M); Broadway at 7th Street (lines 72, 72M, and 72R); and on San Pablo Avenue at West Grand Avenue, but not regular stops between those points.

Line NL in both directions will serve regular stops on Grand Avenue at Perkins Street and on West Grand Avenue at Market Street, but not regular stops between those points.

The Broadway Shuttle to Jack London Square will serve regular stops on Grand Avenue at Webster Street and on Broadway at 11th Street, but not regular stops between those points.

The Broadway Shuttle to Grand Avenue will serve regular stops on Broadway at 11th Street and its terminal on Grand Avenue at Webster Street, but not regular stops between those points.

To facilitate transfers, lines 1 and 1R to downtown Berkeley; 12 to downtown Berkeley; 18; 51A to Rockridge BART; 72, 72M, and 72R northbound; and the Broadway Shuttle to Grand Avenue will serve temporary stops on Castro Street between 12th and 17th streets.

Lines 14, 20, 26, 31, 40, and 88 will operate on their regular routes, but expect delays while traveling through downtown Oakland.

For up-to-date route information, riders are urged to phone 511 and say “AC Transit” or go online at www.actransit.org

Posted on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
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West Contra Costa Science Fair award winners

The 55th annual West Contra Costa Science Fair awards ceremony was held Feb. 9 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.
Of the 186 entrants, 65 middle school and 16 high school students won a total of 88 awards.
The eight West Contra Costa Unified schools participating in the fair were Juan Crespi, Lavonya Dejean, Helms, and Portola Middle Schools, Elizabeth Stewart and Mira Vista K-8 Schools, as well as El Cerrito and Pinole Valley High Schools. There were about 50 judges participating from the Alameda County CA Superior Court, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Chevron Corporation, Chevron Oronite, Cisco, Contra Costa College, CSU Northridge, Northwestern University, Synopsys Outreach Foundation, UC Berkeley, UC Extension, USDA Western Regional Research Center, and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The judges evaluated the projects in the categories of Behavioral, Biological, and Physical Sciences for seventh through twelfth grades.
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Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012
Under: El Cerrito, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Schools | 2 Comments »

Kensington Circus Pub changing hands — end of an era at Colusa Circle?

For more than two decades, the Kensington Circus Pub has been an anchor at Colusa Circle at the “Four Corners” area of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Kensington.
It’s a favorite for its fish and chips, musical appearances and, — most of all — the fact that you can set your toddler down and enjoy a brew.
We were saddened to see this post on pub’s Facebook fan page late this afternoon:

The Kensington Circus Pub (SF Bay Area, CA)
Yes, folks, it’s official — Graham is indeed selling the pub, which is in escrow now. Although we’d like to hope that the new owner will carry on some of the old traditions, please do stop by some Friday or Saturday soon to wish Graham well (he’s heading back to England) or on any other day of the week to wish James, Winnie, and the rest of us good luck in our upcoming job hunts. We love you guys! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve you for the past 25 years, and we will greatly miss seeing you all on a regular basis. Best wishes from all of us!

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012
Under: Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington | 1 Comment »