Publisher @ January 21, 2017
BART is taking steps to prepare for what are expected to be large crowds for Inauguration-related events in downtown Oakland and San Francisco. Longer trains will be available for riders all day Friday and Saturday. BART also plans to have a few additional event trains on standby at key locations on Saturday ready to deploy if warranted by the size of the crowds.
Additional employees will be at the ready to assist BART riders during the next few days. That includes more Station Agents at what are likely to be the busiest stations. We will have extra technicians at the ready at those stations to make sure our ticket machines are working and to respond to any new elevator or escalator outages. Also, additional officers and sergeants from the BART Police Department will be working through Saturday to help with crowd control.
Dozens of events are planned for the region starting Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. We are expecting some our busiest stations to include 12th Street and Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland as well as Civic Center and Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Riders also play an important role in preparing for these busy travel days. We strongly encourage everyone to either buy roundtrip tickets or use their Clipper cards. Also, if you see something suspicious at a station, please tell BART police or a station agent. If you see something say something.
The ceremonies for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will begin Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 8:30 a.m. Paficic.
Publisher @ January 19, 2017
Contra Costa County Administrator David Twa on Thursday, January 19, 2017, signed a proclamation of local emergency in response to winter storm damage that has occurred in a variety of locations throughout the unincorporated parts of the County. The local emergency declaration will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for ratification in a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m. The emergency status enables the County to be eligible for disaster relief funding that might be available in the future.
The strong series of storms has led to widespread flooding, mudslides, sinkholes and damage to public buildings, flood control facilities and roadways. Notably, Alhambra Valley Road remains closed between Bear Creek and Castro Ranch Roads. Signs and message boards remain in place to alert drivers; there is no estimate yet on a date for reopening Alhambra Valley Road.
Morgan Territory Road remains open only to local traffic between Marsh Creek and Manning Roads, with the goal of reopening entirely next week.
Publisher @ January 19, 2017
Contra Costa County has reopened the following roads:
- Marsh Creek Road between the Clayton city limits and Deer Valley Road
- McEwen Road between Highway 4 and Carquinez Scenic Drive
The following road is open to local traffic only:
- Morgan Territory Road between Marsh Creek Road and Manning Road is anticipated to reopen the week of January 23-30
The closures were required due to mudslides and flooding concerns. The amount of rain received has saturated the soil which makes it more difficult to remove the mudslides and clean the roadways. Alhambra Valley Road between Bear Creek Road and Castro Ranch Road is closed indefinitely. Signs and message boards will alert drivers of the closure. There is not an estimated timeframe for reopening Alhambra Valley Road at this time. Drivers are encouraged to use the routes on the map below as alternate routes for Alhambra Valley Road.
If you’re concerned about flooding at your home or business, it’s not too late to visit one of the free sandbag stations located throughout the county. Please note that you’ll need to bring a shovel, but bags and sand are available for free. Find out details regarding County sandbag sites at www.cccounty.us/sandbags.
County Public Works Maintenance road crews maintain the storm drain inlets through a program of annual inspection and cleaning. To report a clogged catch basin or drainage inlet please call the Public Works Maintenance Division at 925-313-7000 during work hours and after hours call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 925-646-2441.
Important phone numbers and webpages:
(925)313-7000 Public Works Maintenance Division- For emergencies during normal business hours
(707)551-4100 California Highway Patrol- For emergencies after hours
(925)646-2441 Contra Costa County Sheriffs Dispatch- For emergencies after hours
http://www.cccounty.us/sandbags - Contra Costa County Sand Bag Locations
http://www.cccounty.us/5906/Winter-Storm-Preparedness-Winter Storm Preparedness
http://www.cccounty.us/332/FEMA-Floodplain-Program- FEMA Floodplain Program
http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/1578/Flood-Forecast-Information-How to Flood Forecast
http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/5907/Flood-Preparedness-California Flood Preparedness
Publisher @ January 19, 2017
By Allen Payton
Sage Bennett, a sophomore at Antioch High School, was the winner of this year’s Reggie Moore Scholarship Award, which was presented to him during Monday’s annual Antioch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.
The $400 scholarship is in memory of the late Councilman Reggie Moore who was the first African-American elected to the Antioch City Council. It was presented by former Mayor Wade Harper and Moore’s widow Dashon and family.
Sage shared his poem based on this year’s theme, United by the Dream, that day and with our readers, here:
By Sage Bennett
Change is a word,
Meaning a difference in ways,
Like from black to white,
Years and then to days
Change is inevitable,
As some people come to fear,
Change is in the workings,
And change is with us, in this new year
Dr. Martin Luther King,
A man of great word,
He was killed for what he preached,
As some thought it was absurd.
He often spoke of a greater future,
One where we can love, cherish, and nurture,
One where his four little children would not be bound by discrimination,
One where he might still be alive,
if not for his assassination
We are able to sit here,
In this room today,
While fifty-three years ago the blacks would be all sent away,
Given by the Creator,
A set of “unalienable rights”,
Given to all men by the Declaration,
Not just the whites
Segregation brought separation,
lost communication, and fright,
Things we seen often in the day,
And often in the night
Oppression in the media,
Police Brutality in the streets,
Social injustice in the schools,
And again so it repeats
You can’t have a house,
without a door,
You can’t have a school,
without a teacher,
Although I could go on,
The point is you can’t have the dream,
without the dreamer
So Dream on.
Although change is slow,
From what we can see,
Change is happening everywhere,
And it’s coming with the fee
By following his theme,
We could turn dream into reality,
We could save this world’s credibility,
And save it from fatality,
Our country, our world, can be much better than it seems,
Stand with me, together, United by the Dream.
Publisher @ January 18, 2017
According to a neighbor, following a shooting, a driver crashed a car into a house on Simmons Street at E. 13th Street, near Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch, Tuesday night about 10:30 p.m.
“I hear it was a possible drug deal gone bad at E. 13th and Hillcrest,” said Bill Goldsby, who lives three houses from the scene of the accident.
He believes the driver died as a result of the collision, which resulted in minor damage to the house and shrubs.
Asked if it was a police chase, Goldsby responded, “No. From what I have heard, the driver was selling drugs when someone started chasing them, shot at him, he lost control and then hit the house.”
12:15 AM Update: “Right now City of Antioch crews just brought out the auxiliary lights to light up the area,” Goldsby said via Facebook messenger. “VIPS (Volunteers In Police Service) are manning the road blocks right now.”
12:50 AM Update from Lieutenant D. Bittner #3252, of the Antioch Police Field Services Bureau: On January 17, 2017 at approximately 9:38 p.m., Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the area of E. 13th Street near Simmons Street on the report of a vehicle collision involving a vehicle into a residence.
When officers arrived at the scene they discovered that the driver of the vehicle was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, a 27-year-old Martinez man, died at the scene. The occupants of the residence struck by the vehicle were uninjured.
Antioch Police Investigators were called to the scene and are in the early stages of the investigation. No further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Eric McManus with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6940. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.
This is the first homicide in Antioch of the new year.
Publisher @ January 18, 2017
Publisher @ January 17, 2017
Last Tuesday, January 10, 2017, County Supervisor Diane Burgis was officially sworn into office, representing District III on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. The district includes most of Antioch, and all of Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Byron and Knightsen in East County, as well as Blackhawk, Diablo and Camino Tassajara in the San Ramon Valley.
“It’s truly an honor to have earned the trust and confidence of the voters of District Three,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis. “I’m excited to follow in the footsteps of East County’s loyal advocate, Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, and to work hard for my constituents defending the Delta, improving public safety and strengthening our local economy.”
During last Tuesday’s meeting each board was also appointed to various county committee and regional boards and commissions. Supervisor Burgis was appointed to the following posts:
• Transportation, Water and Infrastructure Committee
• Airport Committee
• East County Transportation Planning (TRANSPLAN)
• Internal Operations Committee
• Legislation Committee
• Open Space/Parks & East Bay Regional Parks District Liaison Committee
• State Route 4 Bypass Authority
• Delta Protection Commission
• Tri Delta Transit Authority Board
• California Identification System Remote Access Network Board
• City-County Relations Committee
• Dougherty Valley Oversight Committee
• East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy Governing Board
• East Contra Costa Regional Fee & Finance Authority
• East County Water Management Association
• eBART Partnership Policy Advisory Committee
• Northern Waterfront Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee
• Association of Bay Area Counties Executive Board
• Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board
• Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
• Mental Health Commission
• Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board
In her first term, Diane’s policy priorities include:
• Transportation infrastructure improvements and expansion
• Responsible stewardship of natural resources, open space and the Delta
• Preservation and revitalization of the county’s agricultural core
• Faster police, fire and emergency response times
• Efficient and effective delivery of county services
Prior to her election as a County Supervisor, Diane was the Executive Director of Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and also served as:
• Ward 7 Director of the East Bay Regional Park District
• Oakley City Councilmember
• Delta Protection Commission Member
• Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning Committee Member
Click here for additional information about the office of Supervisor Diane Burgis.
Publisher @ January 17, 2017