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Contra Costa County Mayors' Healthy Cookoff
by Mayor Tim Flaherty
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The 6th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff competition will be held at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Thursday, July 31st . Nineteen Contra Costa County cities were invited to bri...

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Pleasant Hill's Blues & Brews
On Saturday, July 19 crowds of people came to enjoy the 5th Annual Blues and Brews Festival. It was a day of craft beer tasting, beach ball dodging, delicious food and free music, including Caroomp...
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Free Campfire Program at John Muir National Historic Site
Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, July 26  at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. The program begins at 7 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Ran...
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Temperatures in downtown San Francisco set a record high Friday, reaching 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The previous high for July 25 was 82 degrees set in 1973.

Mountain View also set a record at 95 degrees. The previous high was 90 degrees set in 2005.

Lastly, Richmond hit 87 degrees, which tied a record set in 2005.

Friday was forecasted to be the hottest day this week as temperatures rose throughout the Bay Area.

Temperatures in the area are expected to begin cooling this weekend.

2014-07-25 20:47:04 -0700

A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento.

CalFire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the fire broke out Friday afternoon in a riverbed along the Amador and El Dorado county line, north of the town of Plymouth.

She said the fire crossed the river into more rugged terrain, hampering firefighters' efforts to corral the blaze. It has grown to about 600 acres.

Dry, thick brush and oak trees fueled the blaze, which sent a huge plume of smoke across the region.

Tolmachoff said an unknown number of homes on Sand Ridge Road off Highway 49 were evacuated.

The fire is about 45 miles east of Sacramento.

Tolmachoff said investigators were trying to determine whether a burned car ignited the fire.

2014-07-25 20:26:24 -0700

A structure fire was burning in Lafayette Friday.

Contra Costa fire officials tell KTVU the three-alarm fire was burning a home on Monticello Road near Glen Road.

The fire started in a garage of a one story wood frame house and spread to the vegetation around it.

The area is on the edge of Briones Regional Park. A neighbor told KTVU he heard crackling noises before seeing the flames.

A second home also suffered damage.

At this point additional details have not been released.

2014-07-25 20:13:45 -0700

Everyday Lynn Carvahlo opens the doors of her Wags and Whiskers thrift shop and hopes today will be the day they find a way to help the thousands of animals on the streets of Vallejo. 

She founded the non-profit group S.N.I.P, the Spay Neuter Imperative Project. Carvahlo says, "the problem is horrendous." She says there are feral cat populations in almost every neighborhood and shelters are at capacity. But she says the solution is just within reach and it comes in the form of a mobile spay and neuter van.

Part of the battle to make the mobile van a reality has already been won. The City of Vallejo has already allocated $165,000 that would go specifically towards procedures. Petsmart Charities has also awarded $95,000 for the group.  

There is only one problem - the group still needs a mobile van to make it all happen. The van can cost $85,000 to 100,000 and they are running out of time to get one.

Carvahlo told KTVU, "we have until the end of August and then the money reverts back to the city." If that happens then the Petsmart money will be lost as well.

She is now working with Michelle Morris-Adams who founded the magazine Pet Lovers Guide and who spent five years working for rescue groups. She still spends a lot of her time and her own money trying to help strays on the streets.

Morris-Adams told KTVU, "I've personally trapped and neutered over 400 animals over the last five years I've rehomed almost two hundred."

Morris-Adams says the shelters do what they can but they are almost always full. The Vallejo Humane Shelter is at capacity and so is the Fairfield Animal Shelter.

Of the 10,000 animals the shelter takes in annually, 20 percent come from Vallejo. When KTVU went by the shelter it was tough to find any empty space. Lt. Cathy Ramos told KTVU, "we are extremely overcrowded today with a population of 356 animals."

They normally house about 160 so staffers were asking other shelters to help shoulder the load.  Not all the animals taken in will find homes.  

Ramos told KTVU "we actually have a live release rate of 60 percent so 40 percent of those animals do not make it out of here."

Carvahlo says she's not sure if they'll raise the money in time. She has started a Go Fund Me account and all the proceeds from the thrift store will go towards the effort.  

But at this point they are not even close to their goal.  Still Morris-Adams says she doesn't believe it's a question of support but rather getting the word out. They are hoping the more people know, the more the money they will raise and insists they are not giving up.

2014-07-25 19:49:39 -0700

It's one of the most important parts of the Bay Area transit network.

Tens of thousands of people take BART's transbay tube between San Francisco and the East Bay every day. That's why a big chunk of homeland security money is now headed this way.

"Jumping on the tube, it's like, you're there in a split second," said rider Guy Dechalus.

It's a quick, albeit noisy, ride through the transbay tube that riders need. "Oh quite a bit. Tonight I'll be taking it back into the city to go out with friends," said commuter Lauren Wilkerson.

That's why on Friday, East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell announced a new $17.4 million federal grant is coming to BART. He said, "This... grant is a smart investment that will enable BART to enhance the security of its critical infrastructure against a potential terrorist attack. The failure to do so could cripple the Bay Area's economy."

"I live in Fremont and that's my means of transportation to get back and forth from San Francisco," said Daniel Beal.

BART officials are being vague about how the money will help. "We're not going to go into the level of details of what the money is for, because it's a very high risk situation," explained spokeswoman, Alicia Trost.

But Trost specified the funding is not for additional police. "The money's going to be used for critical infrastructure needs, for the transbay tube to make sure it's safe and secure."

Because the tube runs under the bay, officials say riders won't notice any work being done. That could mean the structure's shell will be hardened to protect it from any underwater explosives.

"Given all that's been happening around the world, I think every security measure is important," said commuter Michelle Boifort.

BART officials wouldn't even say when the work will begin, again, for security reasons. But now that the funding is secure, the project will soon go out for bids.

2014-07-25 19:19:26 -0700
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