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Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline is Tuesday, October 28

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Joseph E. Canciamilla, the County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, reminds voters that 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 is the deadline for the Elections Office to receive a vote-by-mail ballot request for the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial General Election.

Any registered voter within Contra Costa County may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. A vote-by-mail application is available on the last page of your Sample Ballot Booklet. Vote-by-mail ballots may also be requested by emailing voter.services@vote.cccounty.us. Email requests must include name, date of birth, residence address and mailing address (if different).

Vote-by-mail applications are valid if they are received in the Elections Office by the October 28th deadline. Elections officials encourage voters to submit their application as soon as possible to allow citizens sufficient time to receive, vote and return their ballots before the polls close at 8:00 pm on November 4th.

Voters may also visit the Elections Office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays through Election Day to vote in person or to drop off their ballot. Voters can also use the drop-off boxes for vote-by-mail and absentee ballots located at Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Hercules, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek City Halls during those cities’ business hours.

Voters may also obtain a vote-by-mail ballot in person on Saturday, November 1, 2014, between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Elections Office, which is located at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez.

Any newly naturalized citizen (after October 20, 2014) may register and vote between October 21, 2014 and November 4, 2014, at the Elections Office. Each new citizen must bring their Certificate of Naturalization.

Voters may obtain further information at our website at www.cocovote.us or by calling the Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or toll free (877) 335-7802.

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Publisher @ October 21, 2014

Retiring Board Member Radke endorses Burgis for East Bay Regional Park District Board

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Dear Editor:

I have decided not to run for reelection on the East Bay Regional Park’s District Board in 2014.  I would like to thank you for your years of support and I have been honored to serve you.

A friend and environmentalist, Diane Burgis, is running to replace me on the EBRPD Ward 7 Board, in November. Diane is currently Executive Director of the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and serves on the Oakley City Council.

Diane is the most qualified person to take my seat on the Board and I look forward to her environmental stewardship for our Parks. Her professional life is dedicated to conservation, protecting open space, habitat restoration, and clean water. In 2011, she was awarded the “Watershed Champion” award by the Contra Costa County Watershed Forum for her work to build partnerships and provide leadership in protecting, restoring and enhancing creeks and watersheds.

Diane has been endorsed by Congressman Jerry McNerney, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblwoman Joan Buchanan, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Contra Costa County Supervisors John Gioia, Mary Piepho and Federal Glover, Mayor Rob Schroder and other mayors throughout our area.

I can think of no one better suited than Diane Burgis to serve on the East Bay Regional Parks District Board. Diane’s commitment to bettering our environment and ensuring access to open space, conservation of habitat, and environmental education programs makes her an excellent choice to replace me on the Board. I expect Diane to inject new energy and ideas into the Parks District organization.

I urge you all to vote for her on November 4.

Ted Radke

Director, East Bay Regional Parks District, Ward 7

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Publisher @ October 21, 2014

Holy Rosary Church to hold annual health fair November 2

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Holy Rosary Church is having their Annual Health Fair on Sunday, November 2 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. There will be free flu shots, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol screening. A local social worker will be handing out community resource referrals.

There will also be doctors, nurses, local chiropractors, dentists, and senior housing resource specialists helping the community answer questions. Support information for people facing unplanned pregnancies or mental issues will be available. Blood Center of the Pacific will be sponsoring a blood drive. American Medical Response will be teaching Sidewalk CPR. Spanish interpreters will be present.

Holy Rosary is located at 1313 A Street in Antioch.

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Publisher @ October 21, 2014

Antioch man shot Sunday afternoon has criminal background

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By Lt. John VanderKlugt, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau Commander

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 12:08 pm, officers from the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of San Jose Drive and Delta Fair Boulevard on a report of shots fired and a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, officers observed that an unoccupied parked vehicle had been struck by a vehicle traveling west bound on San Jose Drive. Officers located the victim, Dominique Deonte Watkins, a 23-year-old Antioch resident, still inside the second vehicle. A female, later identified as Watkins’ mother, was standing next to the vehicle upon officer’s arrival.

Watkins was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency medical personnel arrived and began treating Watkins. Watkins was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he remains in critical condition.

When officers initially contacted Watkins he was able to speak and converse coherently. He was able to identify himself and relay that he had in fact been shot. However, when asked for specifics about the incident, he refused to provide any information or detail to assist in this investigation.

Watkins’ mother informed officers that both she and her son had previously lived in Oakland and recently moved to Antioch. She said that in the later part of September Watkins had been shot in Oakland and was still recovering from that incident. When asked about today’s event she said she had been with her son moments before the shooting and that as she drove away she heard the sound of, what she believed to be, gun shots. Watkins’ mother was noticeably upset and could only provide limited information at the scene.

The preliminary investigation into this incident has revealed that Watkins has an extensive criminal history to include outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for narcotics and weapons violations.

Due to the limited information available at the scene, police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed this shooting and ask that they contact the Antioch Police Department.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Publisher @ October 20, 2014

Antioch student at Washington State makes President’s Honor Roll for Summer 2014

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Kristoff Williams Antioch student at Washington State makes Presidents Honor Roll for Summer 2014

Kristoff Williams, courtesy of WSU Athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has announced that Kristoff Isiah Williams of Antioch has, once again, made the President’s Honor Roll, this time for the 2014 Summer semester.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who stand above the rest with excellent academic performance. To be eligible for the honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

A criminal justice major in his senior year, Williams is a 2010 graduate of Deer Valley High School, where he was a four-year scholar athlete and a National Football League Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete, as quarterback for the Wolverines. He now plays wide receiver for the WSU Cougars football team. Williams is the son of Daniel and Corlette Williams.

For more information on Kristoff Williams, click here or here.

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Publisher @ October 19, 2014

“Spooktacular” Skate Night on Halloween to benefit Celebrate Antioch Foundation

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Spooktacular 2014 Velma Wilson Spooktacular Skate Night on Halloween to benefit Celebrate Antioch Foundation

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Publisher @ October 19, 2014

Ruehligs support new community college location, closer to Antioch

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Dear Editor:

The September 10th meeting of the Contra Costa Community College Board was at least a partial victory for the voice of common sense. First, BART President Joel Keller and a number of supporting people spoke. They advocated exploring a possible land swap for the 17 acre proposed campus at Marsh Creek Road behind Trilogy Retirement Village.

After Board comment, the College Board President, John Marquez (Area I) formed a feasibility committee to assess the viability of Mr. Keller’s proposal. This consisted of Board Vice President John Nejedly (Area IV) and Trustee Greg Enholm (Area V). Since then the Chancellor, Helen Benjamin, has suggested hiring a professional consultant with site evaluation expertise.

I am heartened that the College Board is not blindly lurching forward as any final decision will have generational consequences.  The new site is five miles from Lone Tree on a dim two way road down the Highway bypass. A representative from Tri-Delta spoke adversely of the site saying, that at best, transportation would be spotty.

At the Board meeting my wife, Cynthia Ruehlig, a Trustee with the County Board of Education, but speaking as a private citizen, concurred. She stated that that those with disabilities and economic hardship would suffer most as many people in East County did not have cars.

On the other hand, the proposed new site, off Mokelumne Trail between Lone Tree and Sand Creek Roads adjacent to Highway 4, has acsessability.  An e-BART station is projected for that site and it is much more central to all area high schools. That weighs importantly as there is an increasing trend towards high schoolers taking concurrent college classes.

Lastly, we’re all hoping that our senior citizens be spared a horror show.  Picture up to 11,000 car trips daily streaming into the now peaceful retirement area of Trilogy and Sumerset.  Many of the students will, invariably, be late to class and rushing. Imagine the dangers of many taking ancillary side roads like Fairview.

For the interests of young and old, then, there are challenging questions to be answered.  Much rides in the balance.

Walter Ruehlig

Antioch

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Publisher @ October 19, 2014

Writer says Frazier scores low on tax bills

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Dear Editor:

When Jim Frazier first ran for Assembly two years ago, he promised to put people before politics. Unfortunately, like most politicians, he has failed to live up to his campaign promises, too often putting politics before people (also known as taxpayers).

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has given Frazier the grade of ‘F’ on its report card for the 2013-14 legislative session. Frazier voted in favor of taxpayers only 21 percent of the time on 15 important bills, including votes supporting tax increases and attacks on Proposition 13.

Frazier did better on the California Taxpayers Association report card for 2013, voting in taxpayer interests 41.7 percent of the time. But this year Frazier has voted with taxpayers just 30 percent of the time. That’s based on 35 bills “that would have a lasting impact on California’s tax structure, and would affect economic certainty, equity, transparency and the complexity of California taxes,” according to CalTax.

Only six of the 80 Assembly members scored worse than Frazier on the CalTax report card. And only 12 Assembly members received a worse score from HJTA.

If you believe your taxes are too low and that government spends your money better than you do, then give Jim Frazier two more years in the Assembly. If you feel that you are over-taxed and prefer to keep your hard-earned dollars, then Alex Henthorn, who favors lowering sales and business property taxes, deserves your vote.

Dave Roberts

Oakley

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Publisher @ October 19, 2014