The names of three people killed in a train collision Sunday in unincorporated Contra Costa County were released Monday by the county coroner’s office.

Dixon residents Julia Mondragon, 41, and Maria Nieves, 72, were killed along with 51-year-old Brentwood resident Mercedes Regalado.

An Amtrak train hit a car with five people inside around 1 p.m. in the 3000 block of Orwood Road. The two others in the car suffered major injuries. One of the injured was a child.

The railroad crossing had no gates. East Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Aubert said collisions at the crossing are not uncommon.

None of the 85 people on board the train were injured. The tracks where the collision occurred are owned by BNSF Railway, which is investigating.


ConFire is responding to multiple reports of a fence and trees on fire between Belmont Rd. and Pine St., near the canal area, in Concord.

One of the reporting parties was the STARR3 Sheriff’s helicopter.

People on the ground also reported hearing a “firework pop” immediately prior to the fire starting.

UPDATE: Location is the rear of a property located on Belmont Rd.


Oil and gas giant Chevron Corp. said it’s selling its Bay Area headquarters and moving its employees to Houston as it pares down its office space.

Chevron is planning to sell its current East Bay headquarters in San Ramon and is offering to cover costs for employees who voluntarily opt to move to Houston, Texas, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The company said it’s now looking for a new, smaller space to lease in the Bay Area and expects to move from its existing headquarters in late 2023.

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Californians are set to get about $250 – $400 for a gas rebate.

Payments will be going to Californians, regardless of vehicle ownership. More money will be provided if a person has a dependent.

23 million Californians will be eligible for payments. The money will be sent in late October.

QUESTION: Do you think this money should only go to people who have driver licenses, and do you think it’s enough?

Talk about it….


Immediate Evacuation ordered in Hercules.

This is a message from the Hercules Police Department.

Due to a FIRE in the area of Crab Apple Court, Stone Pine Court, Eucalyptus Knoll, towards HWY 80, an immediate evacuation has been ordered for a portion of Zonehaven Zone.

This is an EVACUATION ORDER, LEAVE NOW. Leave now and exit Victoria Crescent towards San Pablo Avenue.

Take only important items you have ready and can carry with you.

Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash.

Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location.

If you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 911 for help.

UPDATE: All clear. Evacuation is over and the fire is out.


While the heat is expected to continue through Monday, forecasters predict most of the Bay Area will be spared the hottest temperatures.

The National Weather Service reports that temperatures in the 90s to lower 100s will be isolated far inland and south to the interior portions of the Salinas Valley and San Benito County.

The hottest conditions will be in the southern end of Monterey County at 106 in Bradley. Moving north, temperatures will cool slightly to about 103 in Pinnacles National Park and 94 in Hollister, both in San Benito County, and 97 in Gilroy in Santa Clara County.

Concord is expected to reach a high of 95.

Although warmer than normal, coastal areas will see much cooler conditions Monday, with 85 forecast for both Big Sur and Santa Cruz and 78 in Monterey.

Conditions will be cooler but still above normal closer to the San Francisco Bay, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s around the bay and reaching the high 80s to low 90s in the inland areas of the East and North Bay.

Overnight lows are expected in the high 50s.

Temperatures are expected to begin cooling Tuesday, followed by a significant cooling trend with much more moderate conditions closer to the coast and around the Bay.


An Amtrak train running through unincorporated Brentwood smashed into a car containing five people Sunday afternoon at a private crossing with no gates, killing three and leaving an adult and a child hospitalized with “major injuries.”

East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Steve Aubert said the call came in at 1:01 p.m. The tracks are owned by BNSF Railway. The collision occurred on the 3000 block of Orwood Road, on a dirt road.

“It’s not uncommon that we’ve had accidents at that crossing,” Aubert said.

The train stopped shortly after the collision. None of the 85 people onboard were injured, Aubert said.

Officials from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol said BNSF officials are handling the investigation.


PG&E received a $1.27 million fine and citation for failing to promptly fix problems with corrosion prevention systems in its natural gas pipelines, the California Public Utilities Commission announced on Friday.

Following an investigation, the state oversight commission concluded that PG&E did not address issues in 127 natural gas pipeline locations in a timely manner.

The locations specifically lacked adequate cathodic protection systems, which are required to protect pipeline corrosion. Some locations had deficient systems for over three years, according to the citation.

“[Cathodic protection] is a time-dependent threat. Over time, low or inadequate CP can cause corrosion, pipe wall loss, and/or pipeline failure,” reads the citation. “PG&E’s long duration of non-compliance of minimum CP requirements will likely impact the safety and reliability of its natural gas service.”

Shareholders of PG&E have 30 days to pay the fine to the state’s general fund and make corrections or request a hearing.


ConFire is backing up San Ramon Fire in Alamo, on a residential structure fire that has extended to nearby vegetation.

Location is just southeast of the Stone Valley Rd. and the I-680 interchange.

San Ramon Fire has also called for a response from Cal Fire.

Click on the link to view live video of the fire.

UPDATE: The fire is now under control.


Two Bay Area cities are among 10 regions throughout California to receive $17 million in Family Homelessness Challenge Grant funds with the goal of reducing family homelessness in the Golden State.

Oakland and Livermore are the two Bay Area cities to join 10 California communities in receiving the funds, the awards of which are provided through the California Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The other cities are Fontana, Los Angeles, San Diego and Salinas. Also included are Pasadena and Sacramento, and Mendocino and Santa Clara counties.

Livermore, with a population of 91,000, will receive $581,000 from the fund. Oakland, the Bay Area’s third largest city with a population of 423,000, will receive $2 million.

Salinas will receive $2.6 million.

“This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. With these grants, communities throughout the state are stepping up with their own solutions and best practices – cutting through red tape to effectively and efficiently eliminate family homelessness,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom. “Success leaves clues, and through this process we are not only rewarding programs that work, we are also supporting systems that are innovative, and accelerate efforts to address the challenges of family homelessness at the local level.”

Newsom’s multi-billion-dollar homeless housing investments will provide more than 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots in the coming years. Building on last year’s historic $12 billion investment to help get the most vulnerable people off the streets, the California Blueprint proposes an additional $2 billion investment to create a total $14 billion package to confront the homelessness crisis.