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Sounds of explosion in Antioch turn out to be fireworks that injured boy, Wednesday morning

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By Sergeant K. Ouimet #2031, Antioch Police Field Services Division

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:59 AM Antioch Police received calls of an explosion heard in the apartment complex located at 2200 Sycamore Drive. Similar callers reported hearing the explosion and that a child had been injured. The child’s mother called 911 and reported that her nine-year-old son was playing with fireworks inside their apartment and injured his hand.

Antioch Police along with Contra Costa Fire and AMR responded and located the child inside his apartment. The child had severe trauma and burn injuries to his right hand and finger tips. Contra Costa Fire requested an air-ambulance to transport the child to an area hospital.

No one else was injured during this incident and the investigation is continuing into how the child obtained the fireworks.

Any further information or additional press releases will be provided by the Investigations Bureau at (925) 779-6939. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Publisher @ March 26, 2015

Child Safety Fair and Easter Egg Hunt in Antioch, this Saturday

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Easter Egg Hunt FREE event Child Safety Fair and Easter Egg Hunt in Antioch, this Saturday

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Publisher @ March 24, 2015

Music by the Green at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Thursday evening

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6:00pm to 9:00pm: Music, Food, Fun and Libations

Featuring the music of David McClellan

An award winning actor/singer, David has performed on stages throughout the Bay Area, toured as a singer with professional shows throughout the USA, Canada and toured Japan as “El Gallo” in “The Fantasticks”.  David recently appeared in Brentwood’s “Broadway Under The Stars” production of “Guys & Dolls” as Arvide, and “Hot ‘n’ Cole, a Cole Porter Celebration!”

For more information visit www.LoneTreeGolfCourse.com.

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Publisher @ March 24, 2015

World of Outlaws sprint car races at Antioch Speedway Sunday night

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Publisher @ March 24, 2015

Antioch Council to hear Measure C tax report, study then discuss homeless programs at Tuesday meeting

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Police staffing back down to 87 sworn officers

By Allen Payton

The Measure C Sales Tax Citizens’ Oversight Committee will provide their Annual Report to the Antioch City Council at their regular meeting, Tuesday night, March 24.

The half-cent sales tax passed by Antioch voters in 2013, was planned to be spent on hiring additional police, Community Service Officers and Code Enforcement Officers.

The report, which is included in the Council’s Agenda packet, states that a total of $2,927,251 from the additional half-cent sales tax, between (04/01/14 – 01/31/15) has been received by the City.”

The report also states, “At present Antioch has 87 Sworn Police Officers and one per diem Police Captain. This is 5 more officers than Antioch had in October of 2013 based on the information given to the committee. We were informed by the Chief of Police that hiring of qualified officers as quickly as needed is constrained by shortage of qualified officers and competitive demand by other cities. Attrition has been happening almost as fast as hiring.”

The report further states “If fifteen more officers are hired to bring the police Department to its goal of 102 officers, it would add about $2,400,000 more in annual salary or about $1,000,000 for this year’s budget assuming a March 1 hire date. This would still keep us below our initial Measure C Budget of $32,658,799 by about $2,000,000.”

Also, on Tuesday night, at 6:00 p.m., before the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., the Council will “hold a Study Session to receive an update on the needs of Antioch’s lower income residents and areas,” for housing, homeless and community services, “and draft goals to address those needs in the 2015-20 Consolidated Plan period” according to the meeting agenda.

Then, during the regular agenda, under Item 4, City staff is recommending the Council “1. Adopt the Contra Costa County Homeless Strategic Plan, ‘Forging Ahead Towards Preventing and Ending Homelessness’ which was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on 11/4/14; and 2. Approve Priority Needs and Goals for funding during the 2015-20 Consolidated Plan period for Affordable Housing, Homeless Programs, Public Services, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Administration.”

To read the complete Measure C report and Council meeting agenda, click here.

City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 3rd and H Streets, at 7:00 p.m. or they can be viewed online via live streaming at www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

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Publisher @ March 24, 2015

Antioch Rotary Club expands annual project to give a dictionary to every third grader in town

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Antioch Rotarians Gloria Martin and Christine O’Brien present dictionaries to third graders at Kimball Elementary, last October. Photos by Minh Nguyen

By Milanka Schneiderman

Every year, the Antioch Rotary Club has had a goal of providing every third grader in Antioch public schools with their own personal dictionary. This year, the club achieved their goal and every third grader will receive a hardbound dictionary that they may keep and use as their own personal reference book throughout their educational years.

Most children today do not own a personal dictionary and some do not have access to one in their home,” said Bernie Szalej, President of the Antioch Rotary Club. “The Antioch Rotary wants to reach out to these children in this small way to enrich their learning.”

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Dr. Stacey Duckett and Club President Bernie Szalaj prepare the dictionaries for distribution on March 19.

The Dictionary Project encourages children to use dictionaries so that they will be able to use the English language effectively during their school years and lifetime.

Last year, the club’s Annual Golf Tournament and its sponsors were a huge part of the success of this year’s Dictionary Project along with recent contributions by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Higgins Chapel.

Serving the Antioch community since 1947, the Antioch Rotary Club, one of 33,000 clubs throughtout the world is a non-profit service organization. The club has a reputation for excellence in community projects, from its free dictionaries for third-graders, coats for kids, to providing scholarships for our local high school graduates. The club also offers programs for high school students such as Interact and International Youth Exchange.

This year, the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament will be on May 1st at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center.

Without our Annual Golf Tournament, we wouldn’t be able provide our programs and scholarships for youths in the Antioch schools; our children are our future and the Rotary couldn’t do these projects without the community support of our tournament,” Szalej stated. “We greatly appreciate the community support for our golf tournament. These sponsors along with Rotarians make our Dictionary Project and other projects and programs throughout the year, possible.”

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Club member and Antioch School Board Trustee Barbara Cowan delivers boxes of dictionaries to an Antioch elementary school on March 19.

Entry fee is $140.00 per golfer which includes a golf windbreaker, balls, green fees, cart, tee prizes and lunch.

The Antioch Rotary Club is looking for sponsors for this event, as well as donations of raffle prizes. Sponsorship levels range from: a Platinum membership of $1,500 for your company name on a billboard with 8 golfers, a Gold sponsorship level for $1,000 for your company name on a billboard along with 4 golfers, a Silver sponsorship level for $750 for your company name on a billboard along with 2 golfers and a Bronze sponsorship level for $500 for your company name on a billboard along with 1 golfer and a Copper sponsorship level for $250 for your company name on a billboard. Bernie Szalej, President, Antioch Rotary says that “I am hoping our business community will reach out and give back to our local community by supporting our golf tournament while advertising their business and having a fun day with others.”

Online registration is available for golfers at www.LoneTreeGolfCourse.com under “Upcoming Events.” Businesses or individuals interested in Antioch Rotary or sponsorship in the tournament can contact Milanka Schneiderman at Milanka13@msn.com for more information or visit www.AntiochRotaryClub.com or their Facebook page, under the name Rotary Club of Antioch, California.

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Publisher @ March 23, 2015

Tri-Valley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, Congressman Swalwell endorse Bonilla for Senate

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Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign has received the endorsements of the TriValley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, adding to the growing unity behind Bonilla’s campaign – including earning the support of former Assemblymember and special election opponent Joan Buchanan and groups that had supported her campaign.

Susan Bonilla is the candidate we can count on to champion public education and oppose the hugely expensive and environmentally hazardous double tunnel project.” Diablo Valley Dems President Karen Cohen said.

Tri-Valley Dems President Ellis Goldberg added, “Susan Bonilla’s record and experience made endorsing her an easy choice for club members.”

In addition, Congressman Eric Swalwell, who represents the TriValley and San Ramon in the House of Represententatives, also endorsed Bonilla, this week.

Swalwell’s endorsement continues the rapidly expanding support and momentum that Bonilla’s campaign has built in the Tri-Valley, since emerging in the top-two special election runoff election.

“Susan Bonilla is an effective coalition builder who is solving problems and getting results for East Bay families. She’s a proven leader who has improved local schools, balanced budgets, and supported small business growth in our region,” Swalwell said. “Susan Bonilla is the best choice for Tri-Valley families and I’m proud to endorse her for State Senate.”

Bonilla’s campaign recently announced the endorsement of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, former Orinda Mayor Gregg Wheatland, and the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus’s broad coalition of Assemblywomen and State Senators.

For the complete list of Bonilla’s endorsements and more information about her campaign, visit www.susanbonilla.com.

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Publisher @ March 23, 2015

Police arrest attempted kidnapper of two teenage girls in Antioch, Monday morning

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By Acting Lieutenant T. Schnitzius #2840, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:34 AM the Antioch Police received a call of an attempted kidnapping that occurred on Sagebrush Drive. A 16-year-old student reported to school staff that while walking to school a male in a white four door Mazda with no plates pulled alongside her and tried to convince her to get in his car. The victim refused and continued walking. The suspect followed in his car and after a short distance pulled over, got out of his vehicle, and grabbed the victim by her arm, again trying to convince her to get in his car. The victim broke free and the suspect fled the area. Upon arrival at school the victim reported the incident to school staff who in turn sent out a district notification.

A second victim came forward after hearing the announcement and reported a similar incident with the same suspect and vehicle description which occurred a month ago and was not reported to police. The second victim was able to provide officers with information regarding where she had seen the suspect vehicle on prior occasions. Officers responded to the area of Mt. Conness Way and located the vehicle occupied by the suspect. The victims were brought to the scene and both positively identified the suspect, 21-year-old Javonn Allen, who was arrested.

If you witnessed this accident and/or have information please contact the Antioch Police Department. You may also submit an anonymous tip by texting 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Publisher @ March 23, 2015