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El Cerrito shop’s Little Free Library is recovered


The Little Free Library that was stolen from in front of The Glenn Custom Framing shop on Stockton Avenue on Monday night or Tuesday morning has been recovered.
Shop owner Kathleen Glenn, who received the take-a-book, leave-a-book library last year as a birthday gift from her daughter, plans to have it back on the sidewalk as soon as weather permits and possibly with some modifications to make it harder to take.
The library had been secured to its post with long screws, but the perpetrator was able to pry it off.

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
Under: business, community, Crime, El Cerrito | No Comments »

Police offer tips on how to avoid being “skimmed”

Police are circulating this flier explaining “skimming” and how to avoid falling victim to a thief when using a debit card at an ATM or a store checkout counter.
An incident involving a “shoulder surfer” was reported in Hercules last week.


Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Under: Albany, community, Contra Costa County, Crime, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo | No Comments »

El Cerrito police seeking robbery suspect



El Cerrito police today issued an advisory and photos of the suspected perpetrator of a robbery on Kearney Street on Dec. 20:

Advisory: Robbery Suspect

On Friday, December 20th, at approximately 1330 hours, the pictured suspect followed a woman into the 400 block of Kearney Street. He then yanked her purse off her shoulder and fled on foot. The victim had just purchased a pot and began to strike the suspect numerous times in the upper body region. The suspect was able to wrench the victim’s purse free and flee on foot. The suspect may now have a contusion on his face. The El Cerrito Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in this case. If you can identify this suspect, please contact the ECPD (510) 215-4414 ext 40, reference case number 13-24069. You can always be an anonymous. Let’s solve this one together.

Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Under: Crime, El Cerrito | No Comments »

Mayor McLaughlin to hold annual memorial for Richmond homicide victims


PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Gayle McLaughlin invites everyone to share this Friday in a moment of reflection to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost to homicide in Richmond in 2013.

To date there have been 16 homicides in Richmond this year, and the Mayor grieves the untimely loss of each of these lives. Last year, there were 18 homicides. The year before, there were 26 homicides and the year before that over twice as many homicides.

The Mayor is grateful for the increasingly downward trend, which she attributes to the collaborative work of the City with numerous community organizations and neighborhood groups, along with a growing number of positive activities and opportunities for our residents.

She also applauds the collaborations underway to provide comprehensive reentry programs for formerly incarcerated individuals as a way to further address the roots of the violence.

Police Chief Magnus has noted additional factors affecting this downward trend of violent crime in Richmond such as:  More effective crime reduction strategies, including focusing on hotspots and well as key individuals involved in criminal activity;  Community and neighborhood-based policing. We have more active neighborhood and community groups than ever before, all who work closely with the PD;  Data-driven policing, including our COMPSTAT program, that involves the ongoing analysis of crime data and crime trends.

This program also involves assuring this information is shared by the cops working in the neighborhoods and commercial areas of the City.  Increased focus on gun crimes, including more prosecution of gun crimes of any type and severity—as a way of getting guns and gun criminals off the streets.

What: Meet-with-the-Mayor session to honor the memory of 2013 homicide victims When: Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Where: Whittlesey Room, Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza ###

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Under: Cities, Crime, History, Politics, Richmond | No Comments »

Richmond-El Cerrito fire and police ask for support helping needy families



Contact: Michelle Milam  (510) 837-9257

Richmond-El Cerrito Fire/Police Toy Program Needs Santa’s Helpers

Description: Richmond-El Cerrito Fire/Police Toy Program seeks help for needy families 

Richmond, CA —  December 4, 2013 –  First responders from Richmond and El Cerrito are asking the public for help to provide Food and Toy baskets to over 1700 families this coming holiday season.  The Richmond-El Cerrito Toy program is seeking to help needy families who have a hard time making ends meet.  Each year the program gets applications from the two cities from needy families hoping to receive a food basket and toys for their children under 12. This year 1700 families signed up for the program. Others were turned away because of the great need.

 “I think even the most jaded person will believe in miracles when they see these kids faces,” said Richmond firefighter Rod Woods, the brainchild of the 20 year old program, “We believe there are still good people in this world who will help us make this miracle happen.”  “This is not an easy season for many families, which is why we should all help one another when we can,” said Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus, “There are people who gave to this program in the past who will be in line this year due to a job lay off or illness. You always hope help will be there for you if you need it. Sometimes kids give to the program, which is really heartwarming. What better way for parents to show their kids the spirit of the season than to give as a family.”

The public can help donate to the program by The public can also help by getting their school, place of employment, or religious organization to make a donation. Sharing the information with friends online via social media also helps. This year every dollar donated up to $10,000 will be matched by Chevron Corporation, so the money goes even further.

The toy program was started 20 years ago when Richmond Firefighter Rod Woods parked his vehicle in a low income neighborhood and distributed toys to the local children during the holidays. A police officer saw that he needed help and assisted him in the distribution. Since then it has grown to serve thousands of needy people each year.

Contact Information: 
Richmond-El Cerrito Food and Toy Program 
Contact: Michelle Milam  (510) 837-9257


Who: Richmond, El Cerrito Firefighters and Police

What: Toy and Food Program

When: Need online donations



The Richmond/El Cerrito Fire & Police Holiday Toy Program exists to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to economically disadvantaged children in the western Contra Costa County area during the holiday season.

As professional firefighters, we see the ravages brought on by the loss of both homes and property. Our non-profit organization strives to brighten the lives of needy children in Richmond, San Pablo and the surrounding communities, particularly during the holidays. Both monetary donations and donations of new, unwrapped toys are accepted throughout the calendar year. With generous donations from both local corporations and individuals, the Richmond/El Cerrito Fire & Police Holiday Toy Program distributes toys to children ages 12 and under residing in western Contra Costa County. Also, in conjunction with staff from the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond/El Cerrito Fire & Police Holiday Toy Program distributes food baskets so that families can enjoy a holiday dinner.

The primary objective of the Richmond/El Cerrito Fire & Police Holiday Toy Program is to assist underprivileged children and their families in western Contra Costa County during the holidays.

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Under: Cities, community, Contra Costa County, Crime, El Cerrito, Richmond, Schools | No Comments »

5-year anniversary celebration for RYSE Youth Center



RYSE YOUTH CENTER CELEBRATES FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY & Hosts 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Community Event

What: RYSE Center 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland and FiveYear Anniversary Community Event

Where: RYSE CENTER, 205 41st  Street (at Macdonald Avenue), Richmond, CA

When: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

RICHMOND, Calif… The RYSE Youth Center will be celebrating five years of youth empowerment and community service by hosting its 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Community Event.

RYSE’s Winter Wonderland, a free community event, will include a toy giveaway for newborns and kids up to 12 years old, music, arts and crafts activities, tree decorating and more! The purpose of this event is to bring communities together, support youth and their families in celebrating the holiday season, and honor RYSE’s fiveyear anniversary and commitment to serving young people in the community.

The Center opened its doors to the community on October 18, 2008 after a string of youthrelated homicides near Richmond High School in 2000 mobilized students to take action to address the violence and lack of safety at school and in the community. Students organized vigils and community forums with more than 1,500 youth and community members, and met and worked with local officials and stakeholders on a comprehensive assessment of youthidentified priorities and solutions.

RYSE Youth Center

Grounded in social justice, RYSE builds youth power for young people ages 1321 living in Richmond and West Contra Costa County to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities.

Since 2008, more than 3,000 young people have participated in programs and activities. For more information go to


Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Under: Art and entertainment, Cities, community, Contra Costa County, Crime, development, History, Politics, Richmond, Schools | No Comments »

Albany plans bolstered traffic enforcement on Friday

The Albany Police Department issued the following announcement:

October 23, 2013
On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Albany Police Department will have additional officers assigned to traffic enforcement within the city limits. Officers will be concentrating their enforcement efforts on speed, red light, and stop sign violations, as well as seat belt and child safety seat violations.
The Albany Police Department has been awarded a $49,160 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.
The grant received by Albany will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. The Albany Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For additional information, please contact Sgt Chris Willis, 510-525-7300,
Prepared and

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Under: Albany, Crime | No Comments »

El Cerrito participates in Great California Shakeout


Employees at City Hall in El Cerrito took shelter under conference tables and desks at 10:17 a.m. Thursday during the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill held on the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that caused major damage around the Bay Area.

The Earthquake Country Alliance called participation in sixth annual event the largest yet:

The 2013 6th annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 17 exceeded all expectations. More than 9.6 million Californians – many following specific drill broadcast instructions on more than 70 California radio and television stations – simultaneously practiced the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill recommended by experts as essential for avoiding injury and even death in the event of a major earthquake.

Battalion Chief Michael Bond of the El Cerrito Fire Department said that during an earthquake all residents should be ready to “stop, drop and cover” under a sturdy place or piece of furniture, rather than trying to run outside. “Don’t try to get out, that’s about the time when stuff starts collapsing and debris starts falling.”
Also, “When you do go out, look for hazards” such as fallen electrical lines, he added.
As for advance preparation, “We encourage everbody in the city to participate in the CERT (community emergency response team) training,” Bond said.
Families should also designate a place to meet after an event.
At El Cerrito’s new City Hall, the city council chambers are equipped to be used as an emergency command center, with satellite phones and a power generator, said City Manager Scott Hanin.


Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Under: Crime, El Cerrito | No Comments »

El Cerrito police seek help identifying burglars in video

El Cerrito Police Department sent the following advisory on Sept. 27:

Please help the El Cerrito Police identify burglars

On September 24, at approximately 1100 hours, two suspects worked together to burglarize a house in El Cerrito. The crime began with one suspect approaching the door and knocking. After determining that no one would come to the door, the suspect’s accomplice arrived and kicked down the door.

The burglars did not realize they were being recorded by a home video surveillance system until it was too late. Take a look at the links below. They lead to videos on, uploaded by the owner of the residence. If you know the identity of either suspect, or see them on the streets, please call the El Cerrito Police.

According to the department’s log of incidents, the pair forced entry to the home in the 6700 block of Cutting Boulevard and stole a laptop computer and digital camera.

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
Under: Crime, El Cerrito | No Comments »

Men and Women of Purpose hold open house to raise AB109 re-entry funds

The Men and Women of Purpose, headed by Antwon Cloird and dedicated to providing mental health, job training, substance abuse and other services to parolees in Richmond, are holding a star-studded open house event on Oct. 2.

MWP is a key player in the city dealing with previously incarcerated residents coming home thanks to AB109 prison reduction policies.

For full information about the event click here: MWP Electronic Invitation (1)

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Under: Cities, Contra Costa County, Crime, Politics, Richmond | No Comments »