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    Former Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth will helm the East Bay Regional Park District as the park district’s first woman general manager. The park district board made the announcement after its vote to appoint her Tuesday. Landreth will be the 10th general manager of the park district, taking over from former general manager Robert Doyle, who retired in December after 10 years in that job and a total of 47 years with the district. “Our Board is thrilled to have Sabrina join our organization,” said Dee Rosario, president of district’s Board of Directors, in a press release. “She has all the right elements of urban public sector leadership experience and especially understands the diversity of the East Bay communities we serve.” Sabrina Landreth (Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District)  Landreth most recently was the city administrator for Oakland from 2015 to early 2020. She announced in December 2019 that...
    EAST LONGMEADOW (CBS) – A team of nine students from Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow won a regional Future City competition for their creation that is out of this world. The group of creative young minds presented their design for a city on the surface of the moon. It’s made up of all recycled materials. The students went up against three other New England schools during a virtual competition last weekend and won. READ MORE: Heres Whats Not Reopening In March When Massachusetts Begins Phase 4 “We really all put our heads together, and it was a really big group effort that we all agreed on all the ideas. It was never like, one person said like, ‘Let’s do this,’ and then other people were like, ‘No,’ and then we did it anyway,” one of the students said. READ MORE: Boston Will Wait Until After St. Patricks Day...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Thanks to public outcry after an ABC7 I-Team investigation, the East Bay Regional Parks District is revising its feral cat management program. However, the proposed guidelines stop short of a pledge to never resort to lethal force.The ABC7News I-Team first uncovered the controversial policy in December, through the eyes of Cecelia Theis, who had been feeding and caring for a colony of about 30 feral cats at an East Oakland office park -- only to discover that a dozen had been shot and killed by EBRPD staff, after the cats wandered into a nearby marsh, inhabited by endangered species.RELATED: I-TEAM: East Bay Regional Park Dist. staff admit to shooting cats, policy sparks controversy EMBED More News Videos A major development after an I-Team investigation, the East Bay Regional Park District has suspended a program to shoot and kill cats. Park staff opened fire on the cats,...
    New Jersey schools are moving to remote learning or closing entirely ahead of Thursday's winter storm. Between 6 and 9 inches of snow and sleet is expected between Thursday and Friday across much of the state. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures or a switch to remote learning for Thursday. Did we miss one? Email clevine@dailyvoice.com. Asbury Park: remote Barnegat: remote Bergenfield: remote Bernards Twp: remote Bloomfield: closed Denville: remote Dover: closed East Windsor Regional: remote Egg Harbor Township: remote Freehold: remote Hazlet: remote Holmdel: remote Jackson: remote Jefferson: remote Linden: remote Manasquan: remote Matawan - Aberdeen Regional: remote Monmouth Regional High School: remote Montclair: early closing Mount Arlington: remote Passaic Valley Regional: remote Pompton Lakes: remote Riverdale: remote Rockaway Borough: remote Roselle Park: remote Roxbury: remote Saddle Brook: closed Sayreville: remote Somerset Hills: remote Spring Lake Heights Borough: remote Springfield: remote Wallington: remote Watchung Hills Regional:...
    New Jersey schools are moving to remote learning or closing entirely ahead of Thursday's winter storm. Between 6 and 9 inches of snow and sleet is expected between Thursday and Friday across much of the state. Here's a list of districts that have announced closures or a switch to remote learning for Thursday. Did we miss one? Email clevine@dailyvoice.com. Asbury Park: remote Barnegat: remote Bergenfield: remote Bernards Twp: remote Bloomfield: closed Denville: remote Dover: closed East Windsor Regional: remote Egg Harbor Township: remote Freehold: remote Hazlet: remote Holmdel: remote Jackson: remote Jefferson: remote Linden: remote Manasquan: remote Matawan - Aberdeen Regional: remote Monmouth Regional High School: remote Montclair: early closing Mount Arlington: remote Passaic Valley Regional: remote Pompton Lakes: remote Riverdale: remote Rockaway Borough: remote Roselle Park: remote Roxbury: remote Saddle Brook: closed Sayreville: remote Somerset Hills: remote Spring Lake Heights Borough: remote Springfield: remote Wallington: remote Watchung Hills Regional:...
    There’s no question that running a business during the COVID pandemic has been hard. But how about a 125,000-acre spread — four times as large as the city of San Francisco — with 25 million visitors a year? For the last 10 years, Bob Doyle worked as the general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, America’s largest regional park system. He managed 73 parks in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with 1,300 miles of trails and more than 800 employees. A 47-year veteran of the agency who started off as a park ranger, Doyle thought he’d seen everything. But no park systems in the Bay Area, California or the nation were prepared for the worst pandemic in 100 years. Widely respected as a national leader in his field, Doyle retired Dec. 31 after doubling the protected acres in the district.  He says keeping parks open hasn’t been easy....
    LODI (CBS13) — With the regional stay-at-home order lifted, the Micke Grove Zoo in Lodi will reopen to guests starting Thursday. Visitors can now check out the animals Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Social distancing and mask requirements are in place. Single-day tickets, as well as Zoo Annual Passes, are available for purchase on the park’s website. Officials say while the regional parks have reopened, playgrounds and rental facilities remain closed at this time. The picnic areas are open, but park officials ask that only single-family gatherings are held in those areas. More from CBS Sacramento: Stimulus Check: Will GOP Counteroffer Affect Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Relief Package? Vacaville Suspect Accused Of Double Homicide Then Livestreaming Bodies Appears In Court Dog Was Still Keeping Guard Over Foresthill Man Found Dead, Family Says
    The East Bay Regional Park District closed 11 of its parks Wednesday morning due to the “extreme weather” the Bay Area is experiencing this week. The facilities, which are categorized as “ridgeline parks,” were closed Wednesday at 8 a.m. and will remain closed through Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 a.m., “due to “safety concerns and cleanup needs” caused by the storms crossing over the Bay Area, the district said in a statement Tuesday night. “High winds can cause falling trees and branches, which can cause injury and create safety hazards,” the statement said. A list of the temporarily closed parks is below: Anthony Chabot (Redwood Canyon Golf Course may remain open) Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve Huckleberry Regional Preserve Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area Lake Chabot Regional park Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve Reinhart Redwood Regional Park Roberts Recreation Area Sibley Regional Preserve Tilden Regional Park (including Tilden Golf...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Intense winds accompanying a major storm moving through the East Bay Hills has prompted the closure of parks in the region for at least 48 hours. East Bay Regional Park District announced Tuesday it would close parks from Wildcat Canyon to Lake Chabot due to high winds. According to KPIX meteorologist Darren Peck, the winds are expected to pick up Tuesday night, with wind gusts as high as 50 mph between 9 p.m Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. The park closures are effective 8 a.m. Wednesday and will be in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, “due to safety concerns and cleanup concerns.” Park officials warn there is a high risk of falling trees and branches. The parks affected are: Anthony Chabot (Redwood Canyon Golf Course may remain open) Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve Huckleberry Regional Preserve Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area Lake Chabot Regional...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 42,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Adams County, keeping many people home sick or under quarantine. Adams County is offering another testing resource that will help its community get health information as quickly as possible. “There is still a great need for testing in our community, and we want to ensure residents who need a free test can get one,” said Emma Pinter, Adams County Commissioner and Board Chair. Adams County has opened a new rapid testing site at Riverdale Regional Park. It will provide same-day results for free. Rapid tests at some locations could set you back up to $165. Adams County has partnered with Advanced Urgent Care to offer up to 500 rapid test per day. “We have a lot of essential workers. We have a lot of police officers, we have a lot of nurses, a lot of...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Robert Doyle, general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District for the past decade and a fixture at the district for more than four decades, is retiring at the end of December. Doyle, who started with the park district as a park ranger in 1973, is credited with being instrumental — in various positions within the district — in the preservation of tens of thousands of acres in urban areas for habitat preservation and recreation; for helping create the district’s regional trail system, including 200 miles of new regional trails; and expansion of parks in urban areas for multicultural communities, including increasing private fundraising for Regional Parks Foundation programs that help connect youth from underserved communities to nature. “Preserving land for parks on a large landscape scale has been something I’ve been passionate about and is worth fighting for,” Doyle said in a statement released...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- A major development after an ABC7 News I-Team investigation, the East Bay Regional Park District has suspended a program to shoot and kill cats.Park staff opened fire on the cats, killing at least a dozen over the past month to try and protect birds.RELATED: East Bay Regional Park Dist. staff admit to shooting cats, policy sparks controversyThe I-Team's Dan Noyes been talking to cat rescue groups around the Bay, and they all couldn't believe park staff were shooting cats. They say that's a practice from a long time ago and they're thrilled it appears to be coming to an end.It's been four days since the I-Team first reported that East Bay Regional Park District staff shot and killed at least 18 cats this year, trying to protect endangered birds; 12 cats killed over the past month in this colony along the East Oakland waterfront.Cecelia Theis spent...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The East Bay Regional Park District has a little-known policy that is now the center of controversy -- park staff shoot and kill cats that may pose a danger to wildlife. The I-Team's Dan Noyes has been investigating what else can be done to protect both the cats and endangered birds.Park staff shooting cats comes as a shock to many people, including the viewer who tipped us to the story, and even to people who work in animal welfare.It's 7:30 at night in an East Oakland office park, Cecelia Theis is trying to trap what's left of the colony of cats she's cared for over the past year. She tells the I-Team, "I really want to get them out of here."RELATED: Puppy scams on the rise as people seek out pandemic petsAfter Theis came here to work for the county, training poll workers in the last...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Local zoos, aquariums and some park facilities have shut down for the next three weeks as shrinking ICU capacity in Southern California triggered a fresh regional stay-at-home order. The Los Angeles Zoo tweeted it would be officially closed Monday in compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay home order. The new order was triggered after Los Angeles County’s ICU capacity reached 13.1% over the weekend. General admission guests and members who have purchased and/or reserved tickets for dates during the Zoo’s closure starting December 7 will be contacted by email with further information. — Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) December 7, 2020 The new stay-at-home order prohibits all gatherings of people, with the exceptions of outdoor worship and protests. Only critical infrastructure and schools that have reopened with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place are allowed to continue operating, and retail stores are required...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The East Bay Regional Park District has a little-known policy that is now the center of controversy -- park staff shoot and kill cats that may pose a danger to wildlife. The I-Team's Dan Noyes has been investigating what else can be done to protect both the cats and endangered birds.Park staff shooting cats comes as a shock to many people, including the viewer who tipped us to the story, and even to people who work in animal welfare.It's 7:30 at night in an East Oakland office park, Cecelia Theis is trying to trap what's left of the colony of cats she's cared for over the past year. She tells the I-Team, "I really want to get them out of here."RELATED: Puppy scams on the rise as people seek out pandemic petsAfter Theis came here to work for the county, training poll workers in the last...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Starting Sunday evening, all campgrounds, visitor centers and playgrounds throughout the East Bay Regional Park District will be shuttered to comply with new orders from county health officers. Park officials said the facilities that will be closed until further notice include Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley. Other parks and trails will remain open, but park district officials advise visitors to wear masks when within six feet of others and follow COVID-19 safety requirements. Meanwhile, campgrounds in Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland and Robert Sibley Regional Preserve Backpack Campground in Oakland are closed until further notice. The closures are effective at 6 p.m. Sunday, park district officials said. Health officers in five Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley on Friday announced a new stay-at-home order to prevent the spread...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Zoo is one step closer to finding a new home. The Sacramento Zoo Feasibility Study found Natomas Regional Park to be the “preferred” site for the zoo to relocate. Sleep Train Arena is also being considered because it meets the city’s criteria for the zoo’s new home, but the park site has an edge because the city already owns and controls the property. “It’s definitely a conversation the community needs to be a part of,” Brandy Tuzon-Boyd, founder of We Want A Zoo, said. “We are very glad to see it circle back around. A lot of things have been put off because of the pandemic.” But the recommendation stirs up mixed feelings for Tuzon-Boyd because she’s been fighting to make Sleep Train Arena the zoo’s new home. She says the empty arena has “a lot of great potential.” The 98-page report looked at nine...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As new COVID restrictions are going into effect on Friday night, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is making changes to activities and sports. Starting Nov. 21, all sports, aquatics, indoor ice arenas and indoor adult programs are canceled. The Phillips Aquatic Center, Parade Ice Arena, and Northeast Ice Arena will be closed through Friday, Dec. 19. Starting Nov. 30, the MPRB recreation centers and the Kroening Interpretive Center will only be open for registered youth enrichment and child care programs. However, the parks and trails around the city will remain open. Visitors are urged to stay at least six feet apart, wear a mask, and not gather with people from outside of their household. MORE: New COVID Restrictions In Minnesota Winter programs are slated to open after Dec. 18, when the current restrictions are set to expire. Youth and adult sports will continue for leagues that are scheduled...
    The World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe has said that people should skip family dinners for picnics in the park on December 25th, in order to stop the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. Dr Hans Kluge said on Thursday that because Muslims held “virtual celebrations” for Ramadan — with some notable exceptions — and Hindus celebrated a “virtual” Diwali, Christians should similarly radically alter their traditional Christmas plans. “If it’s a large gathering of vulnerable people, you may then postpone that gathering until you can safely gather. “Despite the cold, if local restrictions permit, gather outside with loved ones for picnics in the park,” the Belgian said, according to LBC. The remarks from Dr Kluge came as Britain’s Professor Andrew Hayward, part of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said that people were putting “far too much emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas” and that Britons should actually...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Officials with the East Bay Regional Park District on Monday announced the closure of 11 parks in the East Bay hills would be extend through Wednesday morning due to concerns over continued high winds and fire danger. The closure will now go to Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Continued high winds gusting up to 60-70 mph in the ridgelines are expected through Tuesday evening, parks officials noted in a press release. Parks that will remain temporarily closed to the public include Wildcat Canyon, Tilden, Reinhardt Redwood, Roberts, Huckleberry, Sibley, Claremont Canyon, Leona Canyon, Anthony Chabot, Lake Chabot and Kennedy Grove. The overnight “20-year wind event” that spurred a red-flag warning and public safety power shutoff by PG&E caused 14 downed powerlines in or near the closed East Bay hill area parks. Sustained winds of 21-45 mph were measured in higher elevations with gusts at Mount Diablo...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- At least two East Bay jurisdictions are suggesting Sunday that residents in the highest risk areas consider evacuating voluntarily ahead of the high winds that have prompted a red flag warning for much of the Bay Area."While we have had many Red Flag Warnings this year, this event poses a greater threat. Hills residents should consider leaving before Sunday afternoon," the City of Berkeley advised on social media.ACCUWEATHER FORECAST: Red Flag Warning, Wind Advisory issued for Bay Area SundayThe city noted that several hotels in town are offering discount rates for those who choose to leave."We have activated our Emergency Operations Center and increased fire resources and police patrols in the hills," the city said.Fallen trees in Berkeley should be reported to 311."A Fire/Forestry task force will be ready to rapidly respond to downed trees blocking evacuation routes," the city said.PG&E POWER SHUTOFFS: Outages to begin...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- City of Berkeley officials are warning residents to be on alert and advise those in the hills to consider leaving home before strong winds pummel the Bay Area on Sunday.Several public parks in the East Bay hills will also be closed Sunday through Monday in anticipation of high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation that will combine to pose a significant fire risk, the East Bay Regional Parks District said.The closures include Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.ACCUWEATHER FORECAST: Red Flag Warning, Wind Advisory issued for Bay Area SundayHigh winds along with dry conditions "are expected to create the most dangerous fire weather Berkeley has...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- City of Berkeley officials are warning residents to be on alert and advise those in the hills to consider leaving home before strong winds pummel the Bay Area on Sunday.High winds along with dry conditions "are expected to create the most dangerous fire weather Berkeley has seen so far this year," according to a warning posted Friday on the Berkeley city manager's web page.RELATED: PG&E may cut power to 466,000 customers due to dangerous winds starting Sunday"The narrow, windy street network in the Berkeley hills can get crowded quickly. The more people who leave the area in advance, the more space there will be on roads if an evacuation is required," the city posted on its website.Winds could reach 70 mph or higher over ridges and peaks late Sunday and early Monday, mainly in the North and East Bay hills, according to the National Weather Service....
    A second faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19 at a Bergen County high school that closed last week due to a different positive case among employees. A non-teaching staff member at the Park Ridge Junior-Senior High School returned a positive Oct. 13. On Oct. 19, the community received an update saying the test was a lab-confirmed positive. On Saturday, Oct. 24, Superintendent Robert M. Gamper sent a letter to the community reporting a PRHS staffer tested positive with a rapid Oct. 23, and is experiencing mild symptoms. The test was being confirmed in the lab as of Saturday, Gamper said. Students in grades seven through 12 were already learning remotely and were expected to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Gamper said he'd be sending a follow-up email over the weekend including a plan, pending recommendations from local health officials. Several other North Jersey schools reported positive...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Several public parks in the East Bay hills will be closed Sunday in anticipation of high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation that will combine to pose a significant fire risk, the East Bay Regional Parks District officials have announced. The closures include Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The parks will be closed from Sunday through Monday due to the increased chance of fires, according to the Parks District. Much of the Bay Area is under a fire weather watch from the National Weather Service, spanning Sunday morning through Tuesday morning. In some mountainous parts of the Bay Area, wind gusts could reach...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The East Bay Regional Park District is closing several parks on Sunday and Monday due to expected very strong winds and high fire danger at the start of next week. Officials said they plan to close 11 parks early next week ahead of what they called a “20-year wind event.” Along with the strong winds, which can cause falling trees and branches, low humidity and dry elevation raises the risk of wildfires. Park closures include: Anthony Chabot Regional Park (including Anthony Chabot campground) Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area Lake Chabot Regional Park Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park Roberts Regional Recreation Area Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Tilden Regional Park Wildcat Canyon Regional Park (including Alvarado Park) Officials said anyone entering the parks will be subject to citation or arrest. The park...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The East Bay Regional Park District opened a new shoreline park in Oakland Wednesday, near the eastern terminus of the Bay Bridge. The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline includes a 600-foot-long by 40-foot-wide public observation pier, a 24,000-square-foot former train maintenance building from the 1930s that was renovated to host large events, and amenities such as walking paths and a connection to the Bay Bridge Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail. Park district officials said the park is the culmination of two decades of collaboration with agencies and organizations, including Caltrans, the city and port of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. “Opening this park has been a landmark partnership between Caltrans, who has provided much of the land, the Bay Area Toll Authority who is provided much of the funding and the Park District who manages and operates world-class regional parks,” said park district General...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gusty winds and a heat wave will elevate the fire danger in the Bay Area over the next three days and people need to be prepared, says ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco."Millions more people are impacted during this Red Flag Warning than previous ones," said Nicco.RELATED: Map: Thousands in Bay Area may be impacted by PG&E Public Safety Power ShutoffsOften times we talk about the Red Flag Warning for areas above 1,000 feet, this time it includes more neighborhoods than normal, explains Nicco."The East Bay valleys and the North Bay valleys have been added to the Red Flag Warning, that puts more communities under the gun for critical fire conditions until at least Friday morning," said Nicco.The North Bay, East Bay Hills, the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains are also pegged at the highest level for critical fire conditions during the Red Flag Warning, which...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gusty winds and a heat wave will elevate the fire danger in the Bay Area over the next three days and people need to be prepared, says ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco."Millions more people are impacted during this Red Flag Warning than previous ones", said Nicco.RELATED: Map: Thousands in Bay Area may be impacted by PG&E Public Safety Power ShutoffsOften times we talk about the Red Flag Warning for areas above 1,000 feet, this time it includes more neighborhoods than normal, explains Nicco."The East Bay valleys and the North Bay valleys have been added to the Red Flag Warning, that puts more communities under the gun for critical fire conditions until at least Friday morning," said Nicco.The North Bay, East Bay Hills, the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains are also pegged at the highest level for critical fire conditions during the Red Flag Warning, which...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Locations of the East Bay Regional Park District in the East Bay hills will be closed to the public Wednesday morning through Friday morning due to the Red Flag warning for critical fire danger conditions. Closed parks include Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley; Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Regional Preserve, Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Roberts Regional Park and Sibley Regional Preserve in Oakland; Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley hills; Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area in El Sobrante, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond. The Red Flag warning from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Friday is based on the forecast of a major wind event with anticipated winds of 45 to 75 mph in elevated areas in the East and North bays. “These winds will combine with critically low humidity resulting in critical fire weather conditions,”...
    BAY AREA (CBS SF) — Dogs are once again allowed off leash in designated areas of East Bay Regional Park District parks as COVID restrictions are lifted, district officials said Wednesday. Park officials required all dogs to be on a leash in March when the coronavirus pandemic began in an effort to prevent crowds and potentially unsafe interactions between park visitors. As of Friday, the district’s leash rules have returned to their pre-pandemic state. According to the district, dog walkers account for 39 percent of park users, second only to hikers. “The restrictions have helped keep parks and trails open and safe,” parks district General Manager Robert Doyle said. “Regional parks, now more than ever, play an important role in maintaining mental health and providing places where people and their pets can exercise in a safe, socially distant manner.” Dog owners must keep their pets in view and under control...
    Dogs and dog-related rules are the focus of a new informational campaign just launched by the East Bay Regional Park District. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district had been asking dog owners to keep their pets on leash at all times while visiting the regional parks, but as of Oct. 2 the district has reverted to its normal rules. In summary, these rules require dogs to be on leash in picnic areas and other developed park sites. Dogs are also supposed to be leashed on paved interpark trails such as the Iron Horse Regional Trail in central Contra Costa and the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Fremont. Some areas exclude dogs altogether, such as swim beaches (by state law) and the Tilden Nature Area in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. Watch for signs and check information in park brochures. Generally speaking, dogs are OK off-leash in the backcountry away...
    HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An illegal marijuana growing operation was cleared out at a regional park in Hayward Friday, authorities said. The East Bay Regional Park District said in a press release Friday park police officers on routine patrol found the pot farm in the interior of Garin Regional Park, in a remote area with rugged terrain and high fire danger. Some 500 plants were eradicated Friday, and officers also found evidence suggesting another 500 plants had already been harvested, the park district said. Officers found and eradicated plants at two sites about 1/10 of an acre to 1/4 of an acre in size. No one was found at the site and there was no threat to the public, the park district said.  
    HAYWARD — Bay Area authorities removed approximately 500 marijuana plants from an East Bay regional park Friday after coming upon it during a routine patrol earlier this week. The East Bay Regional Parks police said they worked with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to remove approximately 2,000 pounds of marijuana from two separate places within Garin Regional Park. One site was about a quarter-acre and the other about one-tenth of an acre, regional parks police said. Evidence also existed that about 500 additional plants were harvested in the illegal grow, police said. The removal began around 7 a.m. The area where the marijuana was found is rugged, according to authorities, and located in remote terrain. Authorities said they removed it because of the high fire potential. Nobody was at the site when police discovered it, and no arrests were made, police said.
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The East Bay Regional Park District announced Sunday it is reopening day use, camping and boating at some parks on Oct. 2 with capacity limitations in place after closing them in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though most East Bay regional parks, shorelines and trails have been open to the public during the pandemic, many park areas and facilities were closed on March 25 to avoid overcrowding and to adhere to state and local health orders. Park areas and facilities reopening at the start of October for day use are subject to limited capacity operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, all picnic areas, barbeques, and group campsites will continue to be closed in adherence to state and local health orders. Parks with planned area and facility reopenings include Del Valle Regional Park, Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Lake Chabot Regional...
    BERKELEY — The Berkeley City Council wants Vollmer Peak renamed, claiming the man it’s named after was instrumental in instilling “systemic racial bias in policing.” At its meeting Tuesday, the council agreed to send a letter asking the East Bay Regional Park District to find another name for the peak which is part of Tilden Regional Park. August Vollmer (with glasses) pictured with Aurelia Reinhardt (middle) in the 1940s. They were part of the original five members of the the board of the East Bay Regional Parks District. (Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District) East Bay Regional Park District The peak is named after August “Gus” Vollmer, dubbed the “Father of American Policing” in history books, who served as the city’s first appointed police chief in 1909 and last elected town marshal. He was known for being ahead of his time when it came to policing — a pioneer in...
    In the Star Tribune, Joe Carlson writes: Hospitals across Minnesota resumed elective medical procedures May, but nurses say their employers still aren’t giving them enough N95 masks to protect them from COVID-19. A survey of Minnesota nurses conducted by the American Nurses Association in late July and early August found 49% of respondents felt unsafe with the N95 reuse policies in place where they work, which typically require wearing a single-use mask for five to seven days.” MPR’s Kristi Marohn writes: “More than half a million people visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park every year, most stepping along the familiar path of stones to cross the river at its humble beginnings in north-central Minnesota. Over decades, those many feet have eroded the shoreline, making the river’s first stretch much wider than it used to be. This fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to...
    Next week the city of St. Paul will roll back three temporary road closures that were put in place in April to facilitate social distancing around park areas during the pandemic. On Tuesday, motorists will once again be able to access the roads around Como Regional Park, Phalen Regional Park and Cherokee Regional Park. During the governor’s stay-at-home orders, the mayor’s office temporarily closed stretches of East Como Lake Drive, East Shore Drive, Cherokee Heights and the southbound lane of Mississippi River Boulevard to vehicle traffic to create more space for pedestrians and bicyclists. Once the governor’s stay-at-home orders were lifted, the mayor’s office asked that the closures remain in place through Labor Day. Some cycling and pedestrian advocates had hoped that the changes would be permanent, but that won’t be the case. In a written statement, St. Paul Public Works officials said Friday: “At this time, there are no...
    As you may imagine, East Bay Regional Park District firefighters and operations staff have had their hands full dealing with the unprecedented series of lightning-caused fires that are burning in East Bay regional parks, counties and throughout the state. Aileen Theile, the East Bay Regional Park District’s fire chief, provided this information about the park district’s firefighting efforts: “During a period of 90 minutes on Aug. 16, there were 12,000 lightning strikes statewide, of which 560 caused fires. As part of a multiagency firefighting team under the overall direction of Cal Fire, park district firefighters fought fires on park district land and other open space, wherever needed, from Round Valley and Morgan Territory near Brentwood to Sunol and Ohlone Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County. “Fires started within five regional parks. To give an idea of the area involved, the Calaveras and Canyon (zones of the SCU Lightning) Complex fire,...
    Concord-based developer Albert Seeno III and Discovery Builders have filed a lawsuit against the East Bay Regional Park District, which could impact its plans to develop a new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. The action came only days before the developer and Faria Land Investors was to ask the Pittsburg City Council to approve its master plan, environmental documents and development agreement to build up to 1,500 homes in the hills southwest of Pittsburg. That virtual meeting was set for Monday but abruptly canceled due to an undisclosed medical emergency. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Late last month Pittsburg’s Planning Commission voted 4-3 to recommend that the City Council approve the Faria project, which sits above and to the east of the planned new Concord park. As part of the deal, Seeno promises to build a recreation center in Pittsburg. The developers’ lawsuit...
    EAST BAY Due to the extreme fire activity in the region, all parks in the East Bay Regional Park District as of Aug. 19 were closed until further notice, except paved regional trails and some shoreline parks. The park district has experienced an unprecedented number of wildfires, including Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Extreme heat, poor air quality and extreme fire dangers were expected to continue throughout the coming days, adding to park safety concerns. While some parks are remaining open, the district is advising against using regional parks at this time due to poor air quality. For a current list of the district’s open parks, visit ebparks.org. — East Bay Regional Park District CLAYTON Rotary Club donates $1K for computers in school district In...
    Bay Area parks, schools and COVID-19 testing sites are closing due to poor air quality amid the raging wildfires across the San Francisco Bay Area.RELATED: What you need to know about fires burning in the Bay AreaHere's a look at state park closures:Due to the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires Año Nuevo State Park Big Basin Redwoods State Park (including Rancho Del Oso) Butano State Park Castle Rock State Park Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Portola Redwoods State Park Due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fires Armstrong Redwoods SNR Austin Creek State Recreation Area Fort Ross SHP Due to the SCU Lightning Complex FiresHenry W. Coe State Park Due to the Woodward FireTomales Bay State Park LIVE: Track air quality levels in the Bay AreaHere's a roundup of other closures around the region:San FranciscoSan Francisco Public LibraryThe SFPL To Go, front door service is temporarily suspended at...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The East Bay Regional Park District announced Wednesday the closure of all but its shoreline parks because of wildfires burning across the Bay Area, including in many parks. There are fires in the Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. The fires are part of what Cal Fire is calling the SCU Lightning Complex, which includes fires in five counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus – that have burned an estimated 85,000 acres and were only 5 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon. Still open are paved trails and Crown Beach State Park, Hayward Regional Shoreline, MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, McLaughlin East Shore State Park, Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, Point Isabel Regional Shoreline and Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area....
    There are signs that toxic algae is contaminating at least one Montgomery County lake, and officials are warning visitors to use caution around the water. Montgomery Parks said in a release Saturday there are obvious signs of a blue-green algae that produces microcystin on the surface of Lake Needwood. Microcystin is toxic substance that can cause liver damage to pets and people if ingested in high concentrations. Samples of the algae have been sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment for testing and results are expected next week. In the mean time, signs have been posted around both Lake Needwood and Lake Frank, both in Rock Creek Regional Park, to alert visitors. Park officials said they’re especially concerned about dogs drinking from or swimming in the lakes, and said all dogs should stay on leash and avoid all contact with the water. Montgomery Parks is also urging visitors to...
    As the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed many of the things we used to do for recreation, one activity has remained consistently do-able — hiking the great trails that crisscross the Bay Area, meandering through scenic parks, over hills and valleys. Here’s a list of trails you might want to give a try. Remember to pack some water and follow the posted signs and regulations. East Bay Hiking Trails: Alameda Creek Regional Trail: This trail is 11 miles in Fremont, covering the area between Niles Canyon and San Francisco Bay. Bay Area Ridge Trail: This series of trails, which when completed will extend 550 miles to  link the ridgelines that encircle San Francisco Bay, is 80 percent complete and offers a number of both challenging and easy hikes through district parklands including the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, an 80-mile stretch from northern Marin to Highway 92 and a 43-mile...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Heading to regional parks in Anne Arundel County? Make sure to bring your wallets! Starting on Saturday, the county is bringing back weekend park fees for regional parks. They had been suspended since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the county said. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Daily entrance fees are $6 and annual passes are $30. The parks include: Quiet Waters Park – 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis Kinder Farm Park – 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd, Millersville Downs Park – 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena Fort Smallwood Park – 9500 Fort Smallwood Rd, Pasadena (boat ramp fees are separate from entry fees) Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary – 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian,...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) – The final land use plan for public access improvements and open space preservation at a planned new 2,540-acre regional park on former Concord Naval Weapon Station land on Concord’s northeast edge has been finalized, the East Bay Regional Park District said. The final land use plan for what is, at least for now, being called Concord Hills Regional Park, includes a joint visitor center with the National Park Service highlighting the history of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and the history of the Diablo Valley, as well miles of recreational trails for hiking, biking and nature viewing The park district’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the final land use plan at its July 7 meeting. “This is the true culmination of a decades-long community effort,” said Beverly Lane, a Danville-based historian who has represented Concord on the park district board since 1994, in a...
    OAKLAND — A body was found and recovered off a park trail Sunday, authorities with the East Bay Regional Park District said. Around 11 a.m., police said they responded to a report of a body near a trail at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, 7087 Skyline Boulevard. When officers arrived, they were directed to the side of a trail, where they found a male who was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers called for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s division staff to help with evidence collection and location. Police asked visitors to avoid the area of Skyline during scene processing. Anyone with information may call the department’s dispatch line at 510-881-1833 or its anonymous tip line at 510-690-6521. EBRPD Officers are investigating a deceased male at Huckleberry Regional Preserve. The investigation is in early stages & we ask for publics patience. Anyone with related information is asked to call our...
    Two women were arrested after spray-painting a treasured East Bay rock formation in Sunol Regional Wilderness, police reported Sunday. Authorities with East Bay Regional Parks Police said the women, both 22, painted rocks at Little Yosemite, one of the East Bay’s popular haunts for hikers and sightseers. A park police spokesman refused to identify the women on Sunday. A police release said that officers located the women with the help of a visitor to the “fragile ecosystem and sensitive watershed” after the recent incident was reported. The women appeared to be using red or orange paint on the bluish-white rocks to paint a memorial in a photo park police posted on their Facebook page. Sunol Regional Wilderness is a scenic 6,858-acre park of blond, rolling hills covered in oak woodlands typical of the Diablo Range. It lies north of Calaveras Reservoir in southern Alameda County. Related Articles San...
    FREMONT (CBS SF) — Fire crews from Fremont and Alameda County are at the scene of a brush fire in Coyote Hills Regional Park Monday afternoon, according to authorities. The so-called Patterson Fire is burning off of Patterson Ranch Road in the park and has grown to approximately 40 acres, according to a tweet by the Fremont Fire Department. Fremont & Alameda County firefighters and the @EBRPD helicopter are on scene of a vegetation fire off of Patterson Ranch Rd in the area of Coyote Hills Regional Park. The fire is approx 40 acres. Residual smoke is traveling throughout Fremont, Union City & Newark. #PattersonFire pic.twitter.com/AttnIatxoO — Fremont Fire Department (@FremontFire) July 6, 2020 Firefighters requested assistance from the East Bay Regional Parks District helicopter shortly after 2 p.m. Firefighters were reporting diminished smoke and appeared to be making progress on the fire as of 2:45 p.m. Residual smoke...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — A brush fire burned through about 21 acres on Sunday afternoon inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange. The fire, which started near 1 Irvine Park Road, was reported around 12:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. It grew from 1.5 acres to an estimated 21 acres, taking nearly 100 firefighters about an hour and a half to stop forward progress on the flames. Firefighters are on scene at Irvine Regional Park of a 1.5 acre vegetation fire. The fire is not threatening any structures at this time. #ocfa pic.twitter.com/VzBMH1iRBs — OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) July 5, 2020 No injuries were reported, no structures were threatened and all animals inside the park were safe, fire officials said. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The park remains closed at this time as the investigation continues. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — A brush fire burned through about 21 acres on Sunday afternoon inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange. The fire, which started near 1 Irvine Park Road, was reported around 12:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. It grew from just over one-acre to an estimated 21 acres. Firefighters took nearly an hour and a half to knock down the flames. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, fire officials said. All animals inside the park were also safe and accounted for. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    Famous people whove had COVID-19 House passes sweeping policing bill Regional Agreement With Local Police Under Review Following Park Police Treatment of Protesters The force Park Police officers have used against protesters could cost the agency its working relationship with some local police departments. In a statement to News4, Metropolitan Washington's Council of Governments confirms it is now planning to review the regional mutual aid agreement which governs those relationships. © Provided by NBC Washington D.C. "Mutual aid among local, state, and federal public safety agencies is critically important in order to share resources across borders to respond to emergencies," said a COG spokesperson, adding that the "agreements are based on trust  amongst the parties, which is essential in emergency situations." But a dozen Northern Virginia legislators have suggested the  U.S. Park Police cannot be trusted, signing a letter calling for leaders in  Fairfax County, Arlington County and the...
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