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Pleasanton grocery store pleads guilty to price gouging during pandemic

Pleasanton grocery store pleads guilty to price gouging during pandemic

By | | Bay Area News GroupPLEASANTON — A Pleasanton grocery store accused of gouging prices up to 400% during the pandemic has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.The grocery store Apna Bazar, located on Pimlico Drive, and its owner Rajvinder Singh were charged with , after the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office was made aware of customers complaining about raised prices shortly after the emergency shelter-in-place order took effect in the county on March 17, 2020.The district attorney’s office and the California Department of Justice joined forces to charge the nine-count...

April 19, 2021
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Housing alone shouldn’t replace popular downtown Pleasanton restaurant, planners say

Housing alone shouldn’t replace popular downtown Pleasanton restaurant, planners say

By | | Bay Area News GroupTearing down Barone’s Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton is OK, but it can’t be replaced only by houses.That’s the message the Pleasanton Planning Commission delivered to the restaurant’s owners during a recent study session.After running the popular restaurant for years, Joe and Maricela Barone have decided it’s time for a change and to plop homes on their 2.3 acres at 475 and 493 St. John St., right off Main Street.One option they’re considering is to build 10 two-story houses with seven accessory dwelling units and the other is to build nine two-story houses with...

April 3, 2021
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Former East Bay council candidate sued for sexual harassment

Former East Bay council candidate sued for sexual harassment

By | | Bay Area News GroupDANVILLE — A former 2020 Danville Town Council candidate is being sued for sexual harassment, including allegations of drugging a woman and trying to sexually assault her.Allen Timmons was one of nine candidates who ran for town council in November 2020, coming in seventh place with 5.8% of the vote.A lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court in March by a former female employee who worked for him at his company, Western Steel and Wire in San Francisco.The employee, whom this newspaper is not naming and referring only to as “Ms. S,” is accusing Timmons of...

April 1, 2021
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Berkeley police: Sex assault cold case solved after 24 years

Berkeley police: Sex assault cold case solved after 24 years

By | | Bay Area News GroupBERKELEY — Berkeley police say they have solved a 24-year-old cold case of a sexual assault of a 15-year-old teenage boy.Kevin Leroy Davis, 59, of Ohio, was caught using DNA evidence found in 1997, according to police. Police were able to match the DNA of Davis, who was in custody in a Texas jail. He was extradited back to Alameda County last month, where he remains in custody.In 1997, Berkeley police investigated the sexual assault of the teenage boy, who reported meeting a man near Telegraph Avenue. The man offered the teen some marijuana and a drive home. But...

April 1, 2021
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Air charter firm clears first hurdle for move to East Bay airport, neighbors concerned about noise

Air charter firm clears first hurdle for move to East Bay airport, neighbors concerned about noise

By | | Bay Area News GroupLIVERMORE — A charter airline could be moving to the Livermore Municipal Airport, but some nearby neighbors are worried about the noise from more planes — especially a Boeing 737 that would be stored there.KaiserAir, a charter air service currently based at the Oakland International Airport, wants to move its headquarters to the Livermore airport. The plan submitted to the city would be for a fixed base operator (a business granted the rights to operate on airport grounds), with a hangar that would house its planes, including a Boeing 737.The project proposes...

February 20, 2021
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‘This should have never happened’ — East Bay classroom infected with COVID-19

‘This should have never happened’ — East Bay classroom infected with COVID-19

By | | Bay Area News GroupDANVILLE — On the day after Contra Costa County returned to the most restrictive purple tier for reopening during the pandemic, some students in Danville returned to class. A week later, all the staff in one classroom and most of its students had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 is what many teachers, parents and even students in various districts throughout the Bay Area have been warning about in the discussions on whether to return to in-person learning. Despite the outbreak, the district did not shut down in-person...

December 2, 2020
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DA to reopen Oscar Grant case after family demands

DA to reopen Oscar Grant case after family demands

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — Eleven years after Oscar Grant was shot to death by a BART police officer, the Alameda County district attorney has agreed to reopen the case after demands from his family.Grant’s family and supporters held a press conference Monday at the Fruitvale BART station where he was killed, calling on District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to reopen the case, pointing out the similarities to George Floyd’s death.“We’re not holding our breath,” said Grant’s uncle, Cephus X Johnson, known as Uncle...

October 5, 2020
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Alameda County mismanaged jail projects, potentially costing millions, grand jury finds

Alameda County mismanaged jail projects, potentially costing millions, grand jury finds

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — The mismanagement of improvements and upgrades to Alameda County facilities, including the jail, delayed projects that have cost the county millions, according to a grand jury report.Delays got so bad at one point that the frustrated sheriff’s office went to Costco to purchase their own video security system, and installed it themselves in the jail.Alameda County’s civil grand jury released a report Monday on its investigation into the county’s General Services Agency (or GSA). The...

June 24, 2020
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Oakland school district to eliminate its police force

Oakland school district to eliminate its police force

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — After having police on campus for more than six decades, and in response to a national outcry for reform, Oakland schools will no longer have their own force after the board voted to eliminate the department.In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the board passed the “George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate Oakland Schools Police Department.” The annual $2.5 million spent on the 10 total sworn officers and police administrators is instead expected to be redirected toward other student support...

June 25, 2020
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Allegedly told to wear masks made from dog diapers, Oakland McDonald’s workers strike after COVID-19 outbreak

Allegedly told to wear masks made from dog diapers, Oakland McDonald’s workers strike after COVID-19 outbreak

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — After allegedly being told to use masks made out of dog diapers, employees of a McDonald’s in Oakland went on strike Tuesday, effectively shutting down the restaurant, after at least four workers and their family members got sick with COVID-19.The 22 workers of the Telegraph Avenue fast-food restaurant did not show up to work Tuesday, striking to demand a two-week paid quarantine period, company-paid medical costs and a deep cleaning of the store, plus proper personal protective...

May 26, 2020
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