Archive for May, 2013

Annual Contra Costa County Fair officially opens in Antioch

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Steve Limrite, President of the Contra Costa Fair Board, along with Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, other Board members and Antioch Chamber of Commerce representatives cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the 2013 Contra Costa County Fair.

Steve Limrite, President of the Contra Costa Fair Board, along with Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, other Board members and Antioch Chamber of Commerce representatives cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the 2013 Contra Costa County Fair on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

For information on this year’s fair, visit www.contracostafair.com.

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Antioch man shot in downtown, Thursday night

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Police investigate as attempted murder, arrest suspect

By Sergeant Dimitri Barakos, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at approximately 11:23 p.m., Antioch Police officers were dispatched to a shooting with a subject lying in the street at the intersection of ‘G’ Street and West 4th Street. Upon arrival officers found a white male adult laying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Officers provided medical assistance until medical personnel arrived on scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive his injuries.

Officers were able to obtain the identity of the responsible in this incident. Officers responded to the responsible’s residence and took him into custody without incident. The names of the involved individuals are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing status of the investigation.

You may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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East County Republican Women to hold monthly meeting

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Republican-LogoEast Contra Costa Republican Women will meet on Thursday, June 13, 11:30 a.m. Location: Caps Oak Street Bar And Grill, 144 Oak Street in Brentwood. For reservations call (925) 286-7674. Price is $20 per person. Guests are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Michele White at (253) 426-0843.

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Help raise funds for Antioch’s July 4th celebration at Kick Off on June 13

Friday, May 31st, 2013

July 4th Kickoff Fundraiser flyer

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Saturday morning prayer for Antioch at City Park tomorrow.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Hi men,

Just a reminder:

We will be gathering at City Park, at the corner of W. 10th and A Streets in Antioch at 7:15 AM Saturday.  Prayer starts promptly at 7:30 AM.

If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.   ll Chronicles 7:14

See you there!  Bring someone!

Blessings to you all!

Mike Pollard

foreveryoungmike@yahoo.com

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California Members of Congress blast Bay Delta Conservation Plan and process

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Call BDCP a disaster for the Bay-Delta region and urge officials to halt process and consider the concerns raised by northern California stakeholders

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Thursday, May 30, 2013, several Members of Congress from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta region spoke out against the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and the lack of input afforded their constituents at a press conference in Sacramento.  The current BDCP proposed by Governor Brown, the U.S. Department of Interior and south of the Delta interests would devastate the Delta region and ignores the concerns repeatedly raised by stakeholders in the Bay-Delta region.

Recently, the State of California released a 20,000 page long Administrative Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the BDCP.  Chapters 1-7 of the plan were released in the last few months and Chapters 8-12, which include the financing mechanism, were released yesterday.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, who represents most of Antioch, said, “The Governor recently released additional information on his deeply-flawed plan for the Delta region, which further proves he is intent on forcing this plan forward without any regard for the farmers, families and small business owners who rely upon a healthy Delta for their livelihoods, or for the incredible environmental damage that will result. As it stands, the plan will cost billions of dollars, devastate the most valuable water resource we have in California, and ultimately create no new water. There is a better way forward, and it must include the input of the people who stand to lose the most if the Delta is destroyed.”

Rep. George Miller, who represents the other portion of Antioch, commented, “Governor Brown and his administration officials have failed to demonstrate that they are taking into account the real physical and financial harm that can come to Bay-Delta communities if a BDCP plan is pushed through without the proper cost benefit analysis of alternatives, an adequate finance plan, or without acknowledging the best available science—science that has pointed to the real possibility that this plan could overtax our water resources and devastate the Bay-Delta region. Without doing so the BDCP is further than ever from a sustainable policy. It is time to seriously reevaluate this plan to ensure it fulfills the co-equal goals that it is mandated to adhere to, and takes into consideration the concerns of the businesses, families and communities that rely on a viable, healthy Bay-Delta region for their livelihoods.”

Other Members of Congress from Northern California added their thoughts, as well:

The State of California, in partnership with the federal government, is on the verge of recommending a plan for California’s water future that does nothing to solve California’s water problems and is a disaster for northern California.  For more than six years the BDCP has ploughed its way ahead led by a very small group of individuals, none of whom represent northern California.  Our constituents and stakeholders in the Bay-Delta region have been shut out of the process.  To find a long-term solution all of the stakeholders, not just the beneficiaries of the project, must have a seat at the decision-making table.  We can and we must do better for California.  Unfortunately, the current BDCP falls far short.” – Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-6)

The proposed BDCP is not a workable solution. It puts the interests of South-of-Delta water contractors ahead of the Delta’s and North-of-Delta’s farmers, fishers and small business owners. Livelihoods are at stake. Until we have a plan that is transparent, based on sound science and developed with all stake-holders at the table, then any process that moves us closer to building these tunnels will recklessly risk billions of California tax dollars and thousands of jobs. Let’s take the time to get this right.” – Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5)

The California water system is under enormous stress from a growing population and climate change. The proposed peripheral tunnel plan fails to deliver a real solution for this fundamental problem. Without adding a single drop of new water to the state’s supply, the tunnels would deliver massive amounts of water from Northern to Southern California, destroying the Sacramento Delta in the process. Instead of wreaking havoc on the Delta region with a massive, expensive plumbing system, we need a cost-effective, comprehensive water plan. I have outlined a strategy that would add to our water supply through conservation, recycling, storage, and improvements to our levees while respecting water rights and using the best science. It’s time for a midstream correction to the BDCP: let’s bring everyone to the table and develop a plan that meets the needs of all Californians.” – Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)

All of us here understand that water is critical in our state and that there needs to be a bay delta solution that does not put south-of-delta water contractors ahead of everyone in or north-of-delta. It’s vital for our health, our environment, and our wallets that we have a comprehensive, long-term plan for securing water access and storage that’s based on sound science. The livelihoods of our local farmers, anglers, and small business owners are at stake, and the potential risk to jobs and billions of California tax dollars is too big to ignore. Continuing with this plan, without getting input from all stakeholders, and without considering other alternatives is a bad idea for Sacramento County families.” – Rep. Ami Bera (CA-7)

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Somersville Road/Auto Center Drive closure for Highway 4 work June 3 – 9

Friday, May 31st, 2013

As part of this construction work on Highway 4 (SR-4), the contractor will be removing the temporary supports from the eBART bridge and the Highway 4 bridge over Somersville Road/Auto Center Drive. In order to ensure crew and public safety during this work, the contractor will close all lanes of Somersville Road/Auto Center Drive in the northbound and southbound directions between the westbound SR-4 onramp and the eastbound SR-4 on-ramp on Monday through Friday evenings, June 3-7 from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, and if necessary Saturday and Sunday evenings, June 8-9 from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

The detours for this work will be as follows:

o Southbound motorists will be directed right on Century Boulevard, left on Delta Fair Boulevard

to Somersville Road. For detour map, please see attachment.

o Northbound motorists will be directed left on Delta Fair Boulevard, right on Century Boulevard to

Auto Center Drive. For detour map, please see attachment.

The SR-4 Widening Project includes over $540 million in State, Federal, and Contra Costa Measure J sales tax, and other local funds to widen SR-4 from four to eight lanes between Loveridge Road and SR-160. The combined effort of Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority on projects in the SR-4 corridor will reduce congestion, create a safer roadway, improve operations, and reduce traffic

delays on this important east-west connector. When completed, the SR-4 highway median will be used to extend BART service from Pittsburg/Bay Point to a new Antioch station at Hillcrest Avenue.

Caltrans and CCTA appreciate your patience as we work to improve the highways. For the most current

information on all SR-4 corridor closures please visit our website at: http://4eastcounty.org.

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American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay For Life Antioch to be held at Deer Valley High

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Relay for Life Celebrate Remember Fight BackWHAT: Relay For Life is an exciting annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Teams of 5-15 members formed from companies, schools, clubs, and friends and families, walk, run or roll (wheel chairs) in relay fashion for 24 hours around the track. The event is filled with live music, activities, contests, education and much more!

WHY: Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year from all over the world to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many.

CEREMONIES: Celebrate: Relay For Life opens as we Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue the fight as we kickoff our Relay with the Survivors’ Lap. Cancer survivors from all over the community are encouraged to join us in a celebration of their victories.

Remember: Remembering loved ones lost to the disease, and honoring survivors are the key reasons for the Luminaria Ceremony, which is held after dark. Luminarias line the track and continue to glow as we walk throughout the night. At Relay, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing.

Fight Back: Fight Back symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to saving lives and fighting back against cancer year-round. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones and/or for our community to fight cancer year round and to commit to saving a life.

WHEN: ANTIOCH Saturday June 22rd 10:00AM- June 23rd 10:00AM

WHERE: Deer Valley High School, 4700 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

HOW: Join a Team! Form a Team! Registration is free for Survivors. Please Join Us!

Registration for 2013 is available online at: www.relayforlife.org/antiochca

For Antioch information contact: Judy Dawson at JudyDawson64@gmail.com or 925-458-0338

Michele Littlefield at mmm5864@comcast.net or 925-813-5274

YOU can get involved in one of American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraisers!

www.cancer.org  1-800-ACS-2345  www.relayforlife.org

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