Archive for April, 2012

Bataan Death March Survivors Honored

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Front (L-R) Death March survivors David U. Tejada, age 89, George E. Cawley, age 93 and Ramon B. Regalado, age 95 with back (L-R) Walter Ruehlig, Trustee, Antioch Unified School District, and Cynthia Ruehlig, Trustee, Contra Costa County Board of Education.


The three month battle on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines was the last bastion of resistance in the Pacific during WWII against the Imperial Japanese Army.

Cloaked in darkness, General Douglas MacArthur, his family and several USAFFE officers escaped in four PT boats from Corrigidor, Bataan for Australia where the General promised to the Filipinos, “I Shall Return”.

On April 9, 1942, 76,000 Filipino and American soldiers surrendered and were forced to walk 80 miles to a prison camp in Capas, Tarlac. An estimated 10,000 prisoners of war died from lack of food and water and from torture in the hands of their captors in what is now known as the “Bataan Death March”.

The Filipino-American Association of Pittsburg celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan honoring the heroes who fought so bravely for our freedom.

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Tony LaRussa’s ARF Expanding to East County

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Program provides pet therapy to seniors in East Contra Costa County.

Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is expanding their therapy animal program into Antioch, Pittsburg, and Brentwood. To accommodate this expansion, they are seeking volunteers who want to brighten the life of a senior.

ARF’s Pet Hug Pack teams visit hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools and adult day care facilities throughout Contra Costa County. Pack pets are tested to ensure they are well-mannered, healthy and possess good temperament. The teams provide unconditional love to the people they visit. There are proven health benefits to animal interaction which recipients enjoy by petting or holding an animal team member

ARF had been involved with animal assisted activities for several years prior to launching the visiting animal program in August 2002. As of April, 2012, 135 Pet HugPack volunteers and their qualified pets make over 280 visits per month to more than 70 facilities throughout Contra Costa County.

“Volunteers who are willing to give their time and energy to this important cause are making a commitment to show how invaluable it is to promote good will towards our senior population,” stated Dina Osakue, Community Relations Director of The Commons. “Participating in this event is one of many ways to touch the heart of a senior in our community.”

A volunteer drive will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, Antioch from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.. Volunteers are invited to attend to obtain information and join ARF in support of the Pet Hug Pack Program. Light refreshments will be served.

To obtain additional information regarding this event or to RSVP, please contact Dina Osakue at (925) 754-7772 or

If you would like more information about the Pet Hug Pack Program, contact Pat Mills at or go to

For more information on The Commons, visit

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission Offering Paid Summer Internships

Monday, April 30th, 2012


Please direct all interested individuals to  We also appreciate your forwarding the information to any organizations or groups that may distribute.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is offering 13 Internships for the summer of 2012. For further information about and to apply for the positions, please see our website at

Internships at MTC provide students with the opportunity to gain professional work experience in transportation planning, finance and operational projects.  Internships are generally full-time from June through September.

To qualify for an MTC internship, students must be enrolled at least part-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate level curriculum. Individuals who have already graduated may be considered up to six (6) months post-graduation.

MTC is looking for personnel with a professional demeanor, the ability to work effectively with a variety of people, have an energetic attitude and are self-motivated.  Have excellent organizational, analytical skills and are detail-oriented.

Pay rate:  for undergraduate students: $14.50/hour, for graduate students: $18.75/hour.

TO APPLY:  go online to
Closing dates vary by position.


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Letter Writer Lauds National Day of the Teacher

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Who would argue that teaching is not a demanding vocation? Consider, after, all, the two greatest exponents of the art, Jesus and Socrates. One was crucified, the other poisoned; both in the line of duty.

Not that it takes the ultimate sacrifice, though, to qualify teaching as a challenging line of work. Ask any parent, who play the ultimate teaching role, and they’ll tell you. Kids don’t readily absorb wisdom through their pores. That is why lecturing is mostly an exercise of in one ear, out the other.

After all, we’ve learned that no one size fits all. The best teaching employs multiple approaches with the understanding that no two kids are facsimiles. Then factor into the equation the proven theorem that kids love to do the opposite of what you tell them and you can see the wisdom of the Socratic method. Showing is better than saying but the penultimate success comes from the art of suggesting. A practiced teacher pokes and prods self-discovery. Good teaching is, in the end, doing. Paradoxically, it is learning inside out.

Given, then, that even under the best of circumstances effective teaching is a tricky and nuanced proposition, imagine the dicey mission  we have now put at the doorsteps.  In this global economy and age of of lightning-fast information teachers are asked to deal with kids who wire down when they enter the school portals. They are asked to keep this wired generation engaged while producing minds that seamlessly communicate, collaborate and thrive on critical  thinking. They face this already daunting task while asked to be equal parts disciplinarian, entertainer, coach, social worker, counselor, motivator, sociologist and statistician.

Strikingly, one elementary teacher was telling me that years back it was expected that  you might have one or two ‘problem’ kids in any given class, a child suffering a.d.a. or impulse management or maybe from a troubled home. Control issue, yes, but the juggling came with the territory.

Nowadays, the teacher reported, that classroom management factor typically runs 6 or 8 or 10 kids, with gripping issues such as homelessness, parental unemployment, child abuse, family addictions, latch-key environments, or stressed out commuter parents. That’s a lot of fires to put out.

Broken families? That phrase from another age that once stirred concern now sounds hopelessly old-fashioned in its’ lament. Facts are, more than half of marriages dissolve and some communities have born out of wedlock rates at 70%. As backdrop, Antioch has seen a 250% increase in group homes and a 200% increase in foster homes.

Then throw into this mix the jolt of assimilating  an explosive pace of urbanized migration and transiency; an increasingly permissive, materialistic, violent and instant-gratification addicted society; and a culture where the authority of teachers is casually questioned by students, parents and the ACLU alike. It spells an uphill battle.

Not to mention yearly pink slips and the No Child Left Behind pressures of  test mania; nor the difficulty of doing all of this in a state where classroom size and the staffing ratio of counselors, nurses, psychologists and librarians scrapes the very national bottom.

Tough gig? I say! Hopefully on Tuesday, May 8th, which is the National Day of the Teacher, we thank these unsung heroes and heroines for what they do. Let’s remember that  a teacher in teaching our son teaches our son’s son, that his or her influence has no end but ripples to the shores of eternity.

Walter Ruehlig


Ruehlig is a Trustee on the Antioch School Board

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Antioch Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Younger Brother, Arrested

Monday, April 30th, 2012

By Acting Lt. Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:39 p.m. Antioch police received a 911 call from a 41-year-old man in the 2300 block of Cambridge Drive stating that he had accidentally shot his brother. Antioch police, along with fire and ambulance, responded to find a 36-year-old male suffering from a single gunshot wound.

He was declared dead on scene. It appears that the 36-year-old came to his brother’s home to show him a newly obtained gun. While both brothers were looking at the gun, it went off, striking and killing the 36-year-old.

Later that night, the 41-year-old brother, George Enriquez, born 12-16-71, was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of an assault weapon. He was sent to the Martinez Detention Facility and released on bail on Sunday, April 29.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Desmond Bittner at (925)779-6939.

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Antioch Cab Driver Kidnapped and Robbed, Car Stolen

Monday, April 30th, 2012

By Sergeant Scott Freier, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

At approximately 12:08 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012 the Antioch Police Department received a call from the Oakland Police Department who stated that they were with a subject who had been kidnapped and robbed in Antioch. Antioch police took over the investigation from Oakland PD and learned that the victim, a 45 year old male, was a cab driver for “Yellow Cab” had picked up three African – American male subjects at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Bart station. The subjects asked to be taken to an apartment complex off of Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch.

Upon arriving at the apartment complex, one of the subjects pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s personal property. The subject with the weapon then ordered the driver to out of the vehicle and into the trunk of his cab. The subject(s) then drove the cab to Oakland where they eventually released the victim unharmed. The victim was able to flag down a passerby who called then called Oakland police.

As of Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:08 a.m. Antioch police received confirmation that the stolen taxi had been located unoccupied in the area of 83 rd Ave. in Oakland. The vehicle was not burned or significantly damaged.  Antioch PD Investigators brought the vehicle back to Antioch PD for evidence processing.

The suspects are described as follows:  Suspect #1 is described as a black male adult, age 23 to 27 years, 5’9” to 6 feet tall 145 to 160 lbs. wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lining (this subject was armed with the handgun). Suspect #2 is described as a black male adult, age 23 to 24yrs, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, 170 to 180 lbs. Wearing black shirt and black jeans. Suspect #3 is described as a black maile, unknown age, unknown height, unknown weight, wearing a grey hooded sweater and black jeans.

They should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Antioch Police Arrest Five in March 31 Murder of Lizandro “Tony” Bertolazzi

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The three adult males arrested by the Antioch police are from left, Giovanni Lopez, Juan Peter Herrera and Raymond Wehr

By Acting Lieutenant Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

The Antioch Police Department announced five individuals have been arrested in the March 31st murder at Cruisers Saloon on A Street.

In custody are Antioch residents Giovanni Lopez, age 26, Juan Peter Herrera, age 22 and Pittsburg resident Raymond Wehr, also age 22. Also arrested was a 17 year old, male, Antioch resident and a 17 year old, male, Pittsburg resident.

All five subjects arrested have gang connections or are active gang members. It appears that the victim, Lizandro “Tony” Bertolazzi was an innocent victim and not involved in either fight.

The Antioch Police Department is not disclosing the identity of the person who fired the weapon in an effort to maintain the integrity of the on-going investigation.

Lizandro "Tony" Bertolazzi from a memorial page on Facebook

The case has yet to be presented to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office and all those arrested are being held on probation or parole holds.

On March 31, 2012 at 1:36 a.m. Antioch police received a 911 call from Cruisers Saloon reporting that a shooting had just occurred. It appears that a group of males who had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night, returned with baseball bats specifically with the intention of starting a fight. The fight started inside of the bar and then moved just outside of the front door to the bar. One of the males, who had been kicked out earlier, pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot inside the bar. 

Bertolazzi, a 38 year old Antioch resident and veteran of the Marines, was inside the bar and was hit and died at the scene. He leaves behind his wife, who is serving in the Army, and four sons.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Stenger at (925) 779-6894.

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Squatters in Antioch Home Issue Restraining Order Against Real Estate Agent – Seriously!

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

By Allen Payton, Publisher

According to a KTVU, Channel 2 news report, squatters in a vacant home in Antioch have issued a restraining order against real estate agent Melissa Case who has the property listed for sale. Now she can’t be within 50 feet of the house.

Thanks to Antioch Herald reader Maria Pia for the heads up on this story.

For the complete story, click here.

Here’s the question that must be answered – who was the judge that approved the restraining order? Not only should the squatters be thrown out, so should that judge!


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