May 09 by GJEL Staff

West Contra Costa County evaluates high capacity transit options

Without a doubt the greatest challenges facing BART are expanding core capacity and maintaining a good state of repair. At the same time, however, the Bay Area’s regional transit network is far from complete: some projects, like Caltrain electrification and BART to Silicon Valley, are moving forward, but other deserving corridors have been overlooked. One…

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Jun 01 by GJEL

Contra Costa County Named Most Dangerous for Bay Area Bike Accidents

Since The Bay Citizen began publishing local news little more than a year ago, their Bike Accident Tracker app has been one of my favorite features. First, the app mapped San Francisco bicycle accidents and tracked the causes and conditions for each collision. This week, the Citizen has expanded its bike accident tracker to include all Bay Area bicycle accidents, and has found some surprising statistics. Though San Francisco reports far more bike accidents than Contra Costa County, for example, the suburban area (also the home of GJEL’s main office), is far more dangerous in terms of percentage of cyclists involved in bike accidents each year.

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Nov 15 by GJEL

Lamorinda Sun Profiles GJEL Partner Luke Ellis on California Mock Trial

Practicing law for the past 35 years, GJEL Partner Luke Ellis has developed an outstanding reputation in the courtroom. For the past ten of those years, he has worked consistently to develop a related passion: mock trial. As coach for Contra Costa County’s Miramonte High School mock trial team, Luke’s teams have won eight of ten county championships, including the past three consecutive years. Last week, the Contra Costa Times profiled Luke and a number of his mock trial students for a story that highlights the important critical and verbal skills honed by experience with mock trial.

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