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2008-09-25 21:00:21

By editorial FOUR YEARS AGO, the East Bay Regional Park District and Contra Costa supervisors devised a proposal to buy undeveloped land in 13 locations in the county. It was a well-meaning plan to obtain land for parks. Unfortunately, the method of raising funds was flawed and just this year was found to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court. That is why we reluctantly opposed the 2004 proposal, as did the voters. We also urged park district officials to come back with a...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Mike Martinez TRACY -- The City Council decided to join other governments in San Joaquin County in expressing opposition to a Peripheral Canal. By a vote of 4-0, with Councilwoman Irene Sundberg not in attendance, the council adopted a resolution to oppose the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendations for the Delta. There are a number of "problematic things" with the recommendations, Mayor Brent Ives said. "One is the shifting of water without proper analysis of the impact...

2008-09-04 12:00:04

By Lisa P White It may seem obvious today, but 28 years ago it was hard to convince people that building high-density housing next to a BART station was a good idea. As suburban tract homes sprouted across the East Bay like kudzu vines, developers, employers, city leaders and residents resisted the idea of a mixed-use housing and commercial development near the Pleasant Hill BART station. "Everybody fought it; this was not an easy thing to do," said former Contra Costa County...

2008-08-29 03:00:44

By Caroline An PASADENA - With one week to go before the start of school, parents and students attended John Muir High School's Freshman Orientation on Thursday to get a glimpse of the major changes implemented at the school. For Cicely Buggs, a Muir alumna, this was an opportunity to share her memories from high school with her daughter, Jeh Kirby, an incoming ninth-grader. "I had a great time in high school. This is my daughter's home high school," said Buggs, who graduated in 1991....

2008-08-27 12:00:55

By Denis Cuff A conservation group is buying 423 acres of Franklin Canyon land in Hercules where local residents voted in 2004 to block a developer's plans for 500 proposed homes, a hotel and shops. Bringing to a close one of Contra Costa's longest struggles over development versus preservation, the Martinez-based Muir Heritage Land Trust will announce today that it has negotiated a sales agreement to buy the land for $1.8 million from a group of investors. Muir, a nonprofit group, has...

2008-08-27 12:00:27

By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP SCENE ON THE STRAIT, a major art festival featuring works by many talented East Bay plein air artists, has its 12th annual outing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Martinez Regional Shoreline. Parking and admission are free. Food and drink are available for sale and live music adds to the ambience. The festival is sponsored by the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC) and the East Bay Regional Park District. Proceeds from the sale...

2008-07-31 12:00:45

By Lisa P. White, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 31--MARTINEZ -- Brentwood has the CornFest, and Gilroy is famous for its annual celebration of the stinking rose. Now, Martinez has the Beaver Festival. The folks at Worth A Dam, the local nonprofit dedicated to keeping the critters in Alhambra Creek, are putting on the event in conjunction with the Willows Theatre production of "Sacajawea." The free festival is 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Alhambra...

2008-07-17 00:00:35

SEATTLE _ Martin Martinez says the small, private collective and outreach group he runs from a storefront are legal, a place for medical-marijuana patients to get help growing the medicine they need to manage their pain. One of the earliest advocates for what became a voter-approved state medical-marijuana law 10 years ago, Martinez says he hasn't handed out pot, nor grown any in his cramped office. But Tuesday afternoon, Seattle police, armed with a search warrant, carted away marijuana...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 17, 2008, at 10:30am, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Millennium Partners, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and the County of Contra Costa will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a innovative public/private transit- oriented development, Avalon Walnut Creek at Contra Costa Centre. The four partners are jointly investing $400 million in this residential/mixed-use Transit Village, which is adjacent to BART's...

2008-06-25 21:02:51

By Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 25--Having your street slurried is a minor hassle for all residents. When Alisa Rosillo found out her Concord block was to be resurfaced today her mind immediately started racing. Instead of dropping her disabled and wheelchair-bound son in front of her house, Leo's school bus would have to drop the 9-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, one-and-a-half blocks away. In order to pick him up, she would have to wheel her other son...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'