Benefit concert for Antioch Police Activities League at Leer Vineyards, Saturday, May 7

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PAL Benefit Concert

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Publisher @ April 29, 2016

Writer has problem with Barr being endorsed by Brentwood Police Officers, supports Hardcastle for Supervisor

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Editor:

Brentwood City Councilman and Supervisorial candidate Steve Barr’s endorsement by the Brentwood Police Officers’ Association is a clear example of what is wrong with California politics and government leadership.

A city councilman and/or supervisor is on the management side of the negotiation for pay, benefits, pensions, working rules, etc. with labor groups.  Having their endorsement and, in all probability financial support, during the campaign, leads to the distinct possibility of a pay back or reward for that support during contract negotiations.  The second problem with this arrangement is that the only people left out of that negotiation are the taxpayers, the people who have to pay for the results of that negotiation.  It is especially easy to give pay increases and other benefits when you are negotiating with other people’s money.

I support Doug Hardcastle for Supervisor in District 3.  Doug and his wife Linda have owned and successfully operated Hardcastle’s RV in the county since 1972.  He was on the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board of Directors from 2000 until 2012 and a member of the Oakley City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor, last year.  He is Chairman of Transplan (the East County transportation board), Chairman of the State Route 4 Bypass Authority and is Vice Chairman of the Tri Delta Transit Authority. Doug is a successful, independent leader who understands the need for private sector economic development and jobs in East County and has proven his ability to lead in the public sector.  But, most of all, he is working for all the people of East County, not just a chosen few.

Hal Bray

Discovery Bay

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Publisher @ April 29, 2016

Applicants needed for Contra Costa County Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force

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County Supervisors are seeking residents interested in reviewing data and discussing issues regarding disproportionate minority contact within the local criminal justice system. On April 12,

2016, the Board of Supervisors approved the 17 member Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force composed of the following members:

  • ·County Probation Officer
  • ·Public Defender
  • ·District Attorney
  • ·Sheriff-Coroner
  • ·Health Services Director
  • ·Superior Court representative
  • ·County Police Chief’s Association representative
  • ·Mount Diablo Unified School District representative
  • ·Antioch Unified School District representative
  • ·West Contra Costa Unified School District representative
  • ·(5) Community-based organization (CBO) representatives (at least 1 representative from each region of the County and at least one representative from the faith and family community)
  • ·Mental Health representative (not a County employee)
  • ·Public Member – At Large

Following passage of Assembly Bill 109, commonly known as Public Safety Realignment, significant program infrastructure, both within the County and in the community, were put into place to support returning citizens with successful reentry into the community following incarceration; however, there remain factors that contribute to minority residents experiencing disproportionate levels of arrest, prosecution and incarceration. Cities and counties across the nation are grappling with the same issue, but precipitating factors and solutions are unique to each jurisdiction.

In Contra Costa County, the Board of Supervisors has charged the newly established Task Force with identifying these unique factors and recommending solutions to improve the experience of minority residents across the County. The Board is seeking applications for seven (7) of the seats above; five (5) community based organization seats, one (1) Mental Health representative seat and one (1) Public member At-Large seat at this time. Applicants for community based organizations seats must be affiliated with a community based organization operating within the County. Applicants for the Mental Health representative seat must be involved in the mental health community within the County, but cannot be a County employee.

Applicants for the Public Member At-Large seat may be any individual that resides or works within the County.

Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee (Supervisors Candace Andersen, District II and John Gioia, District I) with appointment recommendations being sent to the full Board of Supervisors for action. Below is a timeline for the recruitment:

  • · June 15th: Application Deadline (7 week application period)
  • · June 27th: Public Protection Committee Meeting: Interviews
  • · July 12th: Board consideration of PPC nominations

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 335-1900, or by visiting the County webpage at www.co.contra-costa.ca.us. Applications should

be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553. Applications can also be faxed to (925) 335-1913.

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Relocated AAA Antioch Branch Grand Opening event, Saturday

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Fun- filled day to celebrate new “Next Generation” office design

WHAT:          AAA Northern California announces the grand opening of its new location and newly designed AAA Antioch branch office that is now open to the public. This “Next Generation” design features digital interative areas that make waiting more productive and informative for members. AAA Antioch is a full service branch office staffed with AAA insurance agents providing life, auto, home insurance, AAA memberships, and AAA travel assistance. Free maps and tour books will also be available free of charge to all members. DMV services are now available Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 30, 2016

11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

11:00 am -Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:30 am.- 12:30 pm –Vida Blue, former A’s & Giants player Meet & Greet

12:30 pm -1:30 pm SF Giants Mascot Lou Seal Meet & Greet

WHERE:       AAA Antioch Branch Office  Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5799 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

AAA Antioch Grand Opening Event activities include:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. with city officials and AAA executives.

Meet & Greet with Oakland A’s legend and SF Giants pitcher alum Vida Blue and SF Giants Mascot Lou Seal

Live broadcast  by 10.7.7 “The Bone” radio station

Food truck tastings – Road Dog’s Weenie Wagon

Contra Costa Fire Department representatives

Baseball games and giveaways throughout the day

WHY:             AAA is dedicated to servicing its members with the expertise and quality they have come to expect. AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 4.5 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded 116 years ago.

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County Sheriff to hold National Prescription Drug TAKE BACK Day, Saturday

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On Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal at the following sites. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

-Oakley Police Department, 3231 Main Street, Oakley

-Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez (Field Operations Building)

-Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond (West County Detention Facility)

-Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville

-Lafayette Police Department, 3675 Mt. Diablo Way, Suite 130, Lafayette

-Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda

Last September, Americans turned in over 702,000 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its ten previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30, 2016 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

 

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Writer opposes Harper and Wilson for Supervisor, not enough police, too much crime in Antioch

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Editor:

Antioch’s Mayor Wade Harper and Councilwoman Monica Wilson are failures.  Antioch is no safer or better off since their elections.  Their impacts haven’t been positive in many ways.  Their visions for Antioch have allowed Antioch to be a crime plagued community under their leadership.  Don’t vote for them for County Supervisor.

Some of Harper’s primary election campaign platforms was to improve Antioch’s public safety.  He boasted “The City of Antioch will be a safer city on my watch” and “Stopping crime now starts with Police Lieutenant Wade Harper.” It additionally crowed “How about we elect a City Councilmember who has experience fighting crime – well beyond talking about it.”

Harper also promised “more police” and “less crime” in his overzealous support for a YES vote on tax Measure “C”.  What a farce that has also turned out to be, he was one of the main proponents for its passage.  Same Police, similar crime results since.  Monica Wilson was right there going along and not pointing out the farce it’s been.

Antioch’s Police manpower has really not been increased, even with Harper and Wilson at the helm, with almost the same number of sworn Officers as before.  But, they did give big salary and benefits increases to some employee groups instead.  Antioch’s crime rate hasn’t really been reduced, it’s been a misleading dog and pony show when publicly discussed by them and others.

As an example, where are the 20 plus “more” Officers that were promised?  And where is the “less crime” they promised?  Not kept.  Antioch’s high crime rate situation is still way too high!  Antioch’s documented crime rate is higher than the California average crime rate and is higher than the National average crime rate.  Antioch’s is about 46% more than California’s average and about 49% more than the National average.

Let’s face it, Antioch’s Wade Harper and Monica Wilson are failures and should not be voted for County Supervisor.  We can do better without them. There are four other Candidates to chose from and should instead be considered for your votes.

Ralph A. Hernandez

former Antioch Council Member, and

Chair Citizens For Democracy

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Seven apply for Antioch School Board vacancy appointment, interviews Wed., May 4

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By Allen Payton

The Board of Education of the Antioch Unified School District announced the appointment process for the vacancy on the Board caused by the resignation of Claire Smith on April 1, 2016.  Board members will appoint an individual to complete Smith’s term, which expires December 2016.

Seven district residents submitted applications by the April 20th deadline. District staff vetted them with the County Clerk to determine that they are each registered voters and live within the school district boundaries. They released the names and applications, today, Wednesday, April 27.

The applicants include:

Julie Young, who applied for and was the Board’s second choice for the vacant seat filled by Fernando Navarro in December;

Joy Motts and Gary Hack, both former School Board Trustee, who lost for reelection in 2014 and also applied for the vacant seat, last November;

Alonzo Terry, owner of an ATM placement franchise and senior investigator, worked with the County Sheriff’s Office in training and crime prevention, and is a former Board Member for a private charter school. He has lived in the district for five years;

Candida González-Amigo, a mom, wife and professional volunteer who has served on the PTSA’s and School Site Councils for both Dallas Ranch Middle and Deer Valley High Schools. She has lived in the district for 25 years;

Edward Daviess, a project manager, who has a child who attends Holy Rosary School, and has served as a youth baseball, softball and soccer coach, but has not participated in any school committees or activities. He has lived in the district for 40 years; and

George Rehm, currently a photographer, who worked in the information technology for major banks. He’s a Navy veteran who served in various veterans organizations in East County. Rehm has no children in district schools nor has participated in any school committees or activities. He has lived in the district for 19 years.

The Board will interview candidates at their meeting on May 4, 2016 between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and can vote to appoint one of the applicants, that night.

The appointment is provisional and subject to the petition process specified in California Education Code 5092, which allows for residents to call for a special election if a sufficient number of signatures have been gathered.

If not, then the new Board Member will be sworn in at the regular Board meeting on June 8, 2016.

For more information on the candidates, please see their applications here: Edward Daviess  Candida Gonzalez-Amigo  Gary Hack  Joy Motts  George Rehm  Alonzo Terry  Julie Young

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Get Moooving to enter an exhibit in the 2016 Contra Costa County Fair – deadline this week

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County Fair 2016Imagine the thrill of winning a blue ribbon at the Fair for a special talent. Think you own the best pig, bake the most delicious apple pie, made a beautiful quilt, or have an uncanny knack for making crafts? Want to see who’s the best in all of Contra Costa County? Then be sure to enter the Contra Costa County Fair’s competitive exhibits. There’s something for everyone. Download our Exhibitor Handbook and find the best division for your special talent.

All entries must be entered online or postmarked by April 30th.  Walk in entries must be received by April 29th by 4pm at the fair office.

Check our website for entries instructions and more information on entry requirements.
Don’t wait, enter early, and often……..

http://contracostafair.com/become-an-exhibitor-today/

This year’s fair will be held Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. For further information, please visit:

www.contracostafair.com

 

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