Archive for January, 2018

East County March for Equality & Unification in Antioch Saturday, Jan. 27

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, there will be an East County March for Equality and Unification. Starting at 10 AM at the Somersville Towne Center mall, 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch, community members will gather and proceed down Delta Fair Blvd.  The march will end at Los Medanos College, culminating with a rally that ends at 1:00 PM. During the rally, there will be multiple speakers from various faith groups and civic groups.

This march is a positive event to foster equality for all and unification across the diverse makeup of the East County communities. The march, crossing between the two cities of Antioch and Pittsburg, signifies a connection between all the communities within East County. We are stronger together than apart.

The march is sponsored by the East County Branch of the NAACP, Indivisible East Contra Costa County, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Contra Costa County and Todos Unidos.

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Murder, other charges filed against driver of stolen vehicle in Wednesday crash in Antioch

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Bail set at $1,130,000 for Pittsburg resident Noe Saucedo

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Noe Saucedo arrest photo. By Contra Costa County Sheriff

Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office this afternoon filed formal charges against Noe Saucedo, the suspect who drove a stolen pick-up truck on Wednesday that crashed into another vehicle on Somersville Road in Antioch. He is being charged with murder, felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of hero-in. 23-year-old Saucedo of Pittsburg remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility. He is being held in lieu of $1,130,000 bail.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing by the Contra Costa County D.A.’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Antioch Police Department and the Office of the Sheriff per the officer-involved protocol. Investigators are trying to determine why suspect Saucedo stole the Ford F-250 pick-up truck in Pittsburg, why he accelerated away from a Deputy Sheriff who was following him, and why he ran through a red light at the intersection of Somersville Road and the eastbound Highway 4 off-ramp before colliding into another vehicle. In addition, tests are being conducted to determine if Saucedo was impaired in any way.

Yesterday, the four-year-old girl who was killed in the vehicle collision was identified as Lenexy Cordoza. Her two-year-old sister and mother remain at the hospital.

“Clearly, suspect Saucedo took a series of actions that led to this tragedy,” said Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston. “We are saddened by the loss of life and offer our deepest sympathies to the family.”

Anyone with any information on this incident or who may have witnessed it is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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Nominations now open for annual community awards at Antioch Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala March 9

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce annually celebrates the best of Antioch for their contributions in developing the social and economic well-being of our community.

Friday, March 9, 2018

6:00 PM Hors d’Oeurvres

Silent Auction

7:00 PM Dinner

7:45 Program Begins

Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center

4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch CA 94531

Cost Per Person: $75 per Person or

Cost Per Table: $700 for a table of eight.

Dress: Cocktail Attire

The Chamber is pleased to open nominations for 2017 in the following categories:

Youth of the Year Download Youth of the Year Nomination Form

Non-profit of the Year Download Non-profit of the Year Nomination Form

Citizen of the Year – Most Impact Download Citizen of the Year – Most Impact – Nomination Form

Citizen of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Download Citizen of the Year – Lifetime Achievement – Nomination Form

Small Business of the Year Download Small Business of the Year Nomination Form

Large Business of the Year Download Large Business of the Year Nomination Form

Green Business of the Year – this will be the first year for this award, and the winner will be selected and presented by Delta Diablo Sanitation District Download Green Business of the Year Nomination Form Nomination forms must be completed and received by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce no later than Friday, January 26, 2018. Please complete these forms and fax to 925.757.5286.  You can also send by email to frontdeskadmin@antiochchamber.com

Or mail it to:

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, 101 H Street, Unit 4, Antioch CA 94509

 

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Work to be done on Kirker Pass Road Jan. 24 & 25

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Contra Costa County Public Works Department will perform roadwork on Kirker Pass Road at the intersection of Hess Road (south) on Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 and 25, 2018, weather permitting, to replace the center-divide crash cushion system. 

Traffic will be controlled with temporary single-lane closures reducing the two lanes to a single lane in both directions.  Turning left from Kirker Pass Road (southbound) onto Hess Road will not be permitted during the work.  The lane closures will occur between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Changeable message sign boards and other construction signs will be placed in advance of the work.      

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CHP Motorcycle Officer injured by DUI driver on Monday recovering from surgery on legs

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Pittsburg woman arrested on multiple counts

Officer Martin Lendway following surgery on his legs. Photo by CHP-Contra Costa

By CHP – Contra Costa

In a post on the CHP – Contra Costa Facebook page on Wednesday it states, “Officer Martin Lendway is a true CHP MOTOR with Blue & Gold running through his veins!! He had successful surgery on both legs and has started his long road to recovery. We truly appreciate everyone’s warm wishes and thoughts & prayers. We are grateful for such a supportive community.”  In a previous post on Tuesday, it states, “THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY Join us in our thoughts and prayers as Officer Lendway goes into surgery today for his injuries and wishing him a safe & speedy recovery. Thank you for all your support, we greatly appreciate it.”

On Monday, January 15, 2018 at about 6:15pm, a Contra Costa CHP Motorcycle Officer, Officer Lendway #19914, was on scene assisting citizens involved in a non-injury two vehicle traffic collision at SR-4 eastbound and Port Chicago Highway.

Officer Lendway assisted the vehicles involved (a black 2013 Ford F-150 and a silver 2014 Lexus ES350) off the roadway and to the center median area where information could be exchanged. Officer Lendway then parked his CHP Motorcycle behind the vehicles with its rear emergency red and blue lights activated to warn traffic and then walked up to help the motorists.

CHP Officer Martin Lendway and friend. Photo by CHP-Contra Costa

Officer Lendway stood next to the Lexus while helping the motorist, which was parked just in front of the Ford F-150. Meanwhile, the driver of a black 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer was driving off the roadway and within the center median passing all traffic, and approaching Officer Lendway’s parked motorcycle. But the driver of the Chevrolet continued and collided into the CHP motorcycle, launching it to the right into the lanes of traffic. The driver continued and drove the Chevrolet directly into the back of the parked Ford F-150, catapulting it forward into Officer Lendway and the Lexus. The Ford partially landed on top of Officer Lendway, causing major injuries. Then in an attempt to avoid the CHP motorcycle that was launched into the lanes of traffic, a blue 2005 Subaru Legacy and a silver 2001 Dodge Ram both swerved to avoid it and collided with each other. Six vehicles in total were involved.

CHP personnel and emergency personnel quickly arrived on scene and began treating Officer Lendway for his injuries. He was then transported to a local Hospital for major injuries but thankfully non-life threatening.

The female driver of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Tammy Peggy Louise Walker of Pittsburg, DOB 10-29-1965, was investigated by CHP Officers while on scene for DUI and subsequently arrested for suspicion of FELONY DUI causing great bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence. Walker was taken to a local hospital, treated and released. Then Walker was taken to the Martinez Detention Facility where she was booked for the following charges;

-2 counts of FELONY DUI causing great bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence

Tammy Peggy Louise Walker arrest photo. Courtesy of KRON4

-Vehicular reckless driving causing bodily injury

-Assault on a peace officer causing great bodily injury

-Driving on a SUSPENDED driver license for a PRIOR DUI conviction and causing great bodily injury to another person

Alcohol and DUI driving are factors in this collision. It is still under investigation. And if there are more people that witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it or the Chevrolet Trailblazer just prior to the collision, please contact Contra Costa CHP in Martinez, (925) 646-4980, Thank you and thank you to those citizens that stopped and help render aid to Officer Lendway.

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UPDATE: Pittsburg man arrested, 4-year-old girl dies from stolen vehicle collision in Antioch Wednesday

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The two pickup trucks involved in a fatal collision in Antioch on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Screenshot of video by S.J. Guerrero from Facebook, courtesy of ABC7 News.

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Noe Saucedo arrest photo. By Contra Costa County Sheriff

The suspect who drove a stolen vehicle that collided into another vehicle on Somersville Road in Antioch was arrested. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility after being interviewed by detectives. (See news footage of the scene on the ABC7 website, here.)

He is identified as 23-year-old Noe Saucedo of Pittsburg. He was booked on one count of murder and two counts of felony evading. He is being held in lieu of $1,050,000 bail.

This afternoon a 4-year-old girl who was injured in the collision was pronounced deceased at the hospital. She is not being identified.

The investigation into this collision is ongoing. Earlier, the countywide officer-involved protocol was invoked. The investigation is being handled by the D.A.’s Office, Office of the Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, and Antioch PD.

At about 12:47 this afternoon, the Office of the Sheriff received information of a stolen vehicle in Pittsburg. A Deputy Sheriff spotted the stolen vehicle, a Ford F-250 pickup truck on Bailey Road. The Deputy followed the vehicle as it headed eastbound on Highway 4. The Deputy did not activate the emergency lights on his vehicle.

As the suspect took the Somersville Road exit, he immediately accelerated at a high rate of speed. The Deputy then activated the emergency lights on his vehicle. Moments later, the suspect vehicle went through a red light at Somersville Road and collided into a Ford F-150 that was heading southbound.

Three people, including two children, were injured in the F-150. A 2-year-old and her mother remain in the hospital.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

 

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Survey results: Antioch residents say crime and homelessness are biggest problems facing city, willing to pay more in taxes

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The top seven issues facing Antioch according to residents during a phone survey last fall.

Questions won’t be released until Special Council Workshop this Saturday, Jan. 20

By Allen Payton

Antioch City Manager Ron Bernal recently released the results of a taxpayer funded survey commissioned by his office last fall, which asked a variety of questions about issues such as police staffing and how to pay for it. The survey, conducted in October by the city’s public opinion firm Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, known as FM3 Research, was commissioned to assess resident perspectives on their quality of life, including community priorities and needs.

From October 18-24, 2017, FM3 completed 400 telephone interviews (on both landlines and cell phones) in English and Spanish with randomly selected likely November 2018 voters in the City of Antioch.

Referred to as a “Quality of Life community survey”, it shows Antioch residents want the City to do a better job improving public safety, and “maintaining and enhancing the community’s quality of life to reach the City’s full potential as a safe, clean, beautiful place to live,” according to the press release.

Mayor Sean Wright said he was not aware of the survey before it was done and paid for out of funds Bernal can use at his discretion.

Questions included asking residents if they would be willing to increase the current half-cent sales tax to a full one cent sales tax. While specific results for that question were not provided, the survey highlights (see below) show that 36% of respondents would definitely support a general sales tax measure, 27% would probably support it, and 4% were undecided but leaned toward yes in support of such a measure, for a total of 66% saying “yes” in some form. A general sales tax would only require a 50% plus one majority of voters to pass.

Main Highlights

The main results of the survey also show the following:

  • Public safety, homelessness and blight are seen as the biggest problems facing the City.
  • Seven in ten see a need for additional funding for services residents need and want.
  • Respondents were asked about several potential revenue measures, with a cannabis tax showing support over the needed threshold.
  • The most highly valued spending priorities of the proposed finance measure included public safety, water quality, financial stability and economic development.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this study,” said City Manager Ron Bernal. “It is very important to our new City leadership team that we invest in every neighborhood in our City, to ensure that every resident receives quality service.”

Residents strongly prioritize maintaining 911 police response and police officers patrolling City streets; ensuring water quality and safety; attracting and retaining businesses; and maintaining youth violence prevention programs.

Eighty-three percent of respondents also indicated maintaining Antioch’s financial stability was a top priority, with 70% agreeing that the City needs additional funding.

“I know the community continues to be concerned about crime in general, gangs and youth violence,” said Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks. “We must maintain 911 emergency response and increase investment in code enforcement.”

“This community feedback is extremely helpful. We want to continue to engage the public on these quality of life issues,” said City Manager Bernal. “These perspectives not only inform our City Council goal-setting, service delivery and budget planning, but help us to improve transparency and teamwork by making the community a true partner in our efforts to achieve government accountability, trust, safe neighborhoods and quality of life for all residents.”

“The Final Study including questions will be presented at the City Council Goal-Setting workshop on January 20th,” said FM3 Partner & COO Curtis Below. “FM3 will be there making the presentation and fielding questions from the Council.”

The following memo from FM3 “summarizes some of the key findings from that research. Antioch 2017 City Survey Highlights revised

Overall, many shared concerns about crime, homelessness, blight and the economy locally – and seven in ten perceived a need for additional funding to provide services that residents need and deserve. Overwhelming majorities rated a variety of services as important to them personally, including public safety, water quality, financial stability, gang prevention, and economic development. Accordingly, asked about several potential revenue measures, a cannabis tax and a sales tax yielded support above their required vote thresholds.

Among the survey’s specific key findings were the following:

Public safety, homelessness and blight are seen as the biggest problems facing the City. When asked to rank a series of potential problems on a scale of “extremely serious,” “very serious,” “somewhat serious” or “not too serious,” 71 identified crime, in general as “extremely” or “very serious,” and 65 percent said the same for both homelessness and gangs and youth violence. Other issues seen as top problems involved blight and illegal dumping, an empty downtown, a lack of good-paying 

Seven in ten see a need for additional funding for services residents need and want. Reflecting their perception of the seriousness of a variety of local challenges, a strong majority of respondents (70%) said that they see at least “some need” for additional City funding – and more than one-third (35%) see a “great need.”Respondents were asked about several potential revenue measures, with a cannabis tax showing support over the needed threshold. By contrast, a conceptual utility users tax, bond measure, and parcel tax each fell short of their required passage threshold. (EDITOR’s NOTE: The Council has voted to prevent any recreational marijuana/cannabis related businesses from operating or delivering their products in Antioch).

 

Two-thirds supported a potential general-purpose sales tax measure. In this survey, two-thirds (66%) of respondents expressed support for a potential sales tax measure, with more than one-third “definitely” voting yes. Fewer than half as many (30 percent) said they would vote “no” on the measure, with just 4 percent undecided. Such a measure would require a majority vote to pass.The most highly valued spending priorities of the proposed finance measure included public safety, water quality, financial stability and economic development. Survey respondents were asked to rank a series of proposed spending priorities and measure provisions in order of importance. As shown in Figure 5, respondents prioritized maintaining 911 emergency response and maintaining the number of police officers patrolling City streets most highly. In conclusion, the survey results suggest concerns about fundamental issues facing the City, such as crime, homelessness, and job opportunities. Most see at least some need for additional funding for the City to provide services residents need and deserve. At the same time, a strong majority appears open to supporting a local revenue measure, with maintenance of public safety services their highest priority for new funding.

Methodology: From October 18-24, 2017, FM3 completed 400 telephone interviews (on both landlines and cell phones) in English and Spanish with randomly selected likely November 2018 voters in the City of Antioch. The margin of sampling error for the study is ±4.9% at the 95% confidence level; margins of error for population subgroups within the sample will be higher (e.g., ±6.9% for half the sample). Due to rounding, not all totals will sum to 100%.

Special Council Workshop

The Strategic Plan and Goal Setting Workshop will be held this Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. in the Antioch Community Center at Prewett Park, 4703 Lone Tree Way.

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Driver of stolen pickup causes collision injuring four in Antioch Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Scene of the head-on collision on Somersville Road near Highway 4 in Antioch, Wednesday, Jan. 17. Screenshot by Belinda Sedano from Facebook, courtesy of ABC7 News.

Screenshot by Belinda Sedano from Facebook, courtesy of ABC7 News.

At about 12:47 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Office of the Sheriff received information of a stolen vehicle in Pittsburg. A Deputy Sheriff spotted the stolen vehicle, a Ford F-250 pickup truck on Bailey Road. The Deputy followed the vehicle as it headed eastbound on Highway 4. The Deputy did not activate the emergency lights on his vehicle.

As the suspect took the Somersville Road exit, he immediately accelerated at a high speed. The Deputy then activated the emergency lights on his vehicle. Moments later, the suspect vehicle went through a red light at Somersville Road and collided into a Ford F-150 that was heading southbound.

Three people, including two children, were injured in the F-150. They were taken to local hospitals. The suspect, a 23-year-old Pittsburg resident, was also taken to a hospital. He is not being identified at this time.

Screenshot by S.J. Gerrero from Facebook, courtesy of ABC7 News.

According to Antioch Police Lt. Tarra Mendes, Antioch Police Officers responded to assist the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. The incident caused the closure of North and Southbound Somersville Road as well as the Eastbound Highway 4 off ramp to Somersville Road.

The countywide officer-involved protocol was invoked. The investigation is being handled by the D.A.’s Office, Office of the Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, and Antioch PD.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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