Archive for January, 2014

Inter-Denominational Fellowship Concert in Antioch Saturday night

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A Night of Inter-Denominational Fellowship Concert with Gospel singer Dave Crandall, will be held at the Flood Gate Ministry Church, in Antioch, this Saturday night.

Dave Crandall

Date: January 25th, 2014

Place: 605 Madill & G Street

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE. An offering will be taken

Everyone is invited to be a part of this uplifting evening as we worship God through music as one body.

Noche de Congregación Inter Denominacional con el cantante cristiano Dave Crandall.  Unete a nosotros y se parte de este evento vivificador en el cual alabaremos a Dios a través de la música como una sola iglesia.

For more information about Dave Crandall, click here. For more information about Flood Gate Ministry Church visit website at;www.floodgateministry.com.

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Antioch Council chides City Clerk Simonsen over absence

Monday, January 20th, 2014

By John Crowder

At the January 14, 2014 meeting of the Antioch City Council, City Clerk Arne Simonsen, got his hand slapped by the council for being absent from his duties since October 28th. The council adopted a resolution stating that if an elected official were absent for more than one month unrelated to his or her own medical condition, then the official would be encouraged to return salary, car allowance, and communication allowance (if any) to the City for the period of absence.

It was approved by Mayor Wade Harper, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha and Council Members Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno. Councilman Gary Agopian left the meeting before the item was discussed.

One Antioch resident Karl Dietzel addressed the council about the matter, speaking out against what he called “your inflated salaries and benefits packages.” He suggested that each elected official be required to submit a monthly itemized expense report as a consent calendar item. He then stated that he would like to see the City Clerk resign.

Following public comments, Rocha spoke about the proposed resolution.

I pulled this item out,” she said, “but it wasn’t directly to the City Clerk itself, it was in place of ourselves.”

She then went on to mention times when she had missed Council meetings in order to attend to personal matters. She also stated, “It has to be related to a health issue, and personal issue, as well.”

After further discussion and advice from Lynn Tracy Nerland, the City Attorney, the Council, passed the resolution and directed her to draft a proposed ordinance with respect to the issue of absences.

Simonsen, who was at the meeting and fulfilling his duties, did not speak at the meeting about the item or his absence from town over the holiday season, which appeared to trigger the resolution.

A former Antioch City Council Member from 2000 to 2008, Simonsen was elected City Clerk in November, 2012. The position was made part-time in 2008.

As City Clerk, he currently receives a monthly stipend of $941.20 and a transportation allowance of $350 which is the same amount provided to each member of the Council and City Treasurer Donna Conley, the only other elected positions in the city government. Much discretion is given to each of the elected officials, with respect to how his or her duties should be fulfilled and there is no time requirements for any of the positions.

However, Simonsen has been notable for two reasons. First, upon election he immediately took steps to increase public access to the City Clerk’s office by moving his office back to the first floor in City Hall where the public can more readily meet with him. Second, he has kept office hours almost daily, and has filled in during times when his deputy has been absent.

When asked about his absence, Simonsen stated that he had been out of the country since the end of October due to a family issue, but noted that he stayed abreast of city business over the Internet during that time. He missed three council meetings during that time, but the Deputy City Clerk was at the meetings to handle the duties. Simonsen and his wife, who is from Scotland and has family there, own property in and have traveled to that country, many times in the past.

When asked why he spends so much time at City Hall even though it is not required of him, he said, “I believe in open government, and that means that the public must have access to government offices and officials in order to make good decisions.”

Prior to the council meeting, he had offered to reimburse Antioch the stipend he had received during his absence. With respect to the time he was away he said, “Family comes first, no matter what.”

In addition to the time he spends at City Hall, Simonsen is an appointee to several League of California Cities committees relating to city governance, including the Administrative Services Policy Committee and the Employee Relations Committee. As a member of these committees, he is frequently required to travel to sometimes days-long meetings. He also travels to other meetings related to development of the skills necessary for fulfilling the duties of City Clerk.

Simonsen said he uses the transportation allowance to attend the committee meetings to which he has been appointed and that he has never asked for reimbursement for costs above his monthly stipend.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Two more potential, high-profile candidates say no to running for Miller’s seat in Congress

Monday, January 20th, 2014

By Allen Payton

Following Congressman George Miller’s retirement announcement last week, two candidates who have been suggested as potential candidates for California’s 11th District, which Miller represents and includes part of Antioch, have said they won’t be running.

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson said last Friday, that he’s focused on his reelection, which is on the ballot in June, and won’t be running for Congress.

Another high-profile individual, who is known nationally, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg, who lives in the district issued the following statement, on January 14.

I believe I can best use my skills, experience, and the public platform I have been given as an advocate for the traveling public and for promoting safety in general and I am not considering a run for public office,” Sullenberg said.

He’s known as the Hero of the Hudson for the emergency landing in the Hudson River, of the U.S. Airways plane he was piloting, five years ago, last week.

The 62-year-old native of Danville is a best-selling author and has received honors from both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. He is now an airline safety advocate.

So far, only State Senator Mark DeSaulnier on the Democrat side and on the Republican side, retired federal immigration Judge Tue Phan-Quang, who lives in Danville, have announced they will seek the open congressional seat, for which filing opens February 10th. More information about the judge can be learned from a Youtube video, by clicking here.

The voter registration figures for the district are 49.5% Democrat, 25% Republican and 21% independent.

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Antioch accident, Saturday evening

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

By Acting Lieutenant Don La Due, Antioch Police Field Services Division

On Saturday, January 18, 2014 at approximately 5:00 P.M., the Antioch Police Department responded to a report a motorcycle collision in the 1900 block of Calaveras Circle. When officers arrived, they found the solo male rider in the street with major injuries.

No other vehicles were involved and the 48-year-old male rider was not wearing a helmet. The rider was transported to an area hospital by ambulance in critical condition. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation and it’s not known if drugs or alcohol were involved at this time.

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

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Man barricades himself in Antioch apartment, Saturday, surrenders without incident

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

By Sergeant Santiago Castillo, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

Earlier today, at approximately 10:17 A.M., the Antioch Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way after a resident called from work requesting a security check of their apartment as their alarm was notifying them of an open front door. When officers arrived, they observed a male inside the apartment who abruptly shut and locked the front door barricading himself inside.

The homeowner indicated that nobody should be in the apartment, so a perimeter was set up around the apartment building. Officers were ultimately able to make verbal contact with the male inside who stated he lived in the apartment. After talking with the male, he peacefully surrendered himself and was taken into custody. Indicia and personal property was located inside the apartment belonging to the male indicating he may have standing in the apartment.

No further information (including the arrested party’s name) is being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, they are encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. They may also text an anonymous tip to 274637(CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH in the body of the text.

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Applicants sought for Antioch Board of Administrative Appeals

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Board Member (partial term expiring March 2016)

Alternate Board Member (2-year term)

The Board of Administrative Appeals consists of five members and one alternate to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by a majority of the Council. The alternate member shall serve a term of two years.

The Board hears appeals regarding administrative decisions by any official of the city.

The Board meets on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers; or on other dates as needed. Members of the Board of Administrative Appeals are required to file an annual “Statement of Economic Interest”.

To be considered for this volunteer position, a completed application must be received in the office of the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014.

An application is available at www.ci.antioch.ca.us and at the City Clerk’s Counter.

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Antioch applicants sought for Contra Costa Library Commission

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Antioch City Council is seeking candidates for its representative to the Contra Costa County Library Commission.

Additional information regarding the responsibilities and duties at available online at http://guides.ccclib.org/commission

The Commission normally meets on the fourth Thursday of every other month starting in January at 7:00 p.m. at the Library Administration, 75 Santa Barbara Blvd., Pleasant Hill.

To be considered for this volunteer position, a completed application must be received in the office of the Antioch City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Applications are available online at www.ci.antioch.ca.us and at the City Clerk’s Counter.

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Antioch applicants sought for vacancy on Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control Board of Trustees

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Antioch City Council is seeking candidates for its representative to the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control Board of Trustees.

Additional information regarding the responsibilities and duties at available online at www.ContraCostaMosquito.com.

The Board meets on the Second Monday of every other month starting in January at 7:00 p.m. at the District office at 155 Mason Circle, Concord.

To be considered for this volunteer position, a completed application must be received in the office of the Antioch City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Applications are available online at www.ci.antioch.ca.us and at the City Clerk’s Counter.

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