Latest Pinole, California Stories

2009-04-30 13:23:22

Tim Brown and Gino Torretta, who each won the Heisman Trophy, were among 16 players and two coaches chosen for the College Football Hall of Fame. Brown was a wide receiver for Notre Dame when he won the Heisman after the 1987 season. Torretta, a Miami (Fla.) quarterback, won the trophy in 1992. Dick MacPherson, the Syracuse coach from 1981-91, and John Robinson, who coached Southern California from 1976-82 and 1993-97, were also chosen for induction. The other players to be inducted in the...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP On Oct. 1, Pete Laurence wrote about mortgage meltdown origins. He cites a 1999 bill President Clinton signed that liberalized mortgage requirements. This bill also allowed commercial and investment banks to consolidate and is responsible for the speculation they performed using CDO's, swaps and derivatives now deemed illiquid or worthless causing the need for a bailout (or rescue should you prefer). The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, lobbied for by the banking...

2008-09-20 12:00:28

By Tom Lochner Pacific Gas & Electric cut down trees in a Pinole creekbed last month without a permit and could be forced to replace them, though where is another question, a state agency says. A homeowner on Sarah Drive blew the whistle on PG&E after a tree service hired by the utility clear-cut an approximately 80- to 100- foot section along a narrow stream known locally as Cole Creek, a tributary of Pinole Creek. The cutting, which took place Aug. 25, could lead to an order...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

By Chris Treadway The International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday is a chance to join volunteers at area shoreline sites as part of the largest volunteer event of its kind in the world. According to sponsoring organization Ocean Conservancy, 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states took part last year, clearing 6 million pounds of garbage from oceans and waterways. Events cover most of the East Bay shoreline from Emeryville to Richmond and spots farther north; organizers say the...

2008-09-15 21:00:18

By Chris Treadway The Point Richmond business district is sending off summer and welcoming autumn with music and celebration at a pair of events. On Saturday, the neighborhood celebrates one of its beloved landmarks with the return of the Indian Statue Day Arts & Music Festival from noon to 5 p.m. The day will include live music, contests for dogs and their owners, a luncheon, arts and crafts and other entertainment at Park Place and around the historic downtown. More than 40 arts...

2008-09-06 06:00:08

By Peter Murray A walk down the East Bay's shoreline reminds one how beautiful nature is -- until we catch sight of the unpleasant and damaging litter that too frequently blights that beauty. This doesn't have to be that way. Renewed public interest in the environment contributes to better use of resources and concern for public lands. At the local level, the way our area's waterways and bayfront properties interconnect shows us that more can be done to heighten that concern. What starts...

2008-08-28 06:00:58

By Kimberly S Wetzel West County Times West Contra Costa leaders hope a new organizational staffing model will mean improved communication and an easier way to address problems this school year. District leaders recently created a new structure in which executive directors serve as the point people to address the needs of students, parents, staff and school-level administrators. The directors -- Vince Rhea, Doris Avalos and Linda Jackson -- will oversee West Contra Costa "families"...

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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.