A Texas university’s strategy to help students cross finish line could also benefit California

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at San Antonio’s graduation rates were in the deep basement a decade ago. Only 1 in 10 students finished in four years and just 3 in 10 in six years. But things have dramatically improved since then at the majority-Latino school, whose main campus is located 15 miles north of downtown’s tourist attractions. Not only are more students graduating faster but, in a reversal from national patterns, Black and Latino students are doing better than other groups at UTSA.

Livingston, Therriault have different visions in race to lead Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston has been on the job since 2010, but likely hasn’t faced a challenge like this year’s election. Livingston is running against Benjamin Therriault, a Richmond officer and the head of the Richmond Police Officers Association. He has also been in the public eye more due to a polarizing feud with Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton — who is running her own re-election campaign — over her decision to prosecute sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Hall.

How to make the most of a day trip to Angel Island

Every year on Father’s Day, my wife and daughter know exactly what I want: a family day trip to Angel Island State Park. It’s the one day of the year that I can get us all to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, catch the Tiburon ferry and take in the spectacular views of the Bay Area. Our trip involves a bike ride around the island, usually includes a half dozen other friends and always ends with a drink or dessert at the Angel Island Cantina, listening to music in the sunshine. Somehow, we always get the sunshine.

Four candidates vie to be Chan’s permanent successor on AlCo Board of Supervisors

Four people are running to fill a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that became vacant following the Nov. 3, 2021, death of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan’s former chief of staff David Brown is serving as supervisor for her Third District until the election is held. The Alameda County Taxpayer’s Association has mounted a challenge to the legality to Brown’s appointment to the board.

Regional: Status update on Bay Area COVID-19 developments

The latest developments around the region related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as of Thursday evening include:. COVID-19 testing capacity will expand across the state in the coming weeks as public health officials in an effort to make it easier to access both testing and prescription treatments, state health officials said Wednesday.

SonLam, winner of Oakland’s first Red Bull Dance Your Style, prepares to represent Bay Area in national finals

Vietnam-born dancer and San Francisco State student SonLam believes in cycles, and the power of attraction. It was 2008 when the first season of reality competition show “America’s Best Dance Crew” premiered and introduced Lam to the Jabbawockeez, a now-globally famous dance crew known for their anonymous white masks and meticulous popping style. For Lam, who’d studied contemporary dance styles, it was something like an epiphany.

Alameda show ‘Island City Waterways: Uprooted’ taps into personal experiences of the Japanese American internment

The stage — specifically, former Naval Air Station Alameda — is set for a one-of-a-kind show this upcoming weekend, “Island City Waterways: Uprooted.”. After a two-year hiatus, this popular, free-of-cost outdoor event celebrating the history of the Alameda waterfront returns to the East Bay island on Saturday and Sunday.