Archive for June, 2018

Family Friendly Comedy Show in Brentwood June 30 includes Antioch comedian

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Fun and laughter for the entire family

Finally, a comedy show that caters to the entire family. The Family Friendly Comedy Show, in Brentwood on Saturday, June 30, will be a night filled with food, fun and laughter.

Headlining will be Donald Lacy from BET’s ComicView and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Featuring G. King one of the nation’s funniest and fastest rising comedians, Special Guest Jay Rich straight off the Paul Mooney & Friends Tour, Hosted by Comedian and Award-Winning Actor of Stage and Screen Lenard Jackson from Antioch. Music provided by DJ Oasis.

Saturday June 30, 2018, 8pm doors open at 7pm. Admission $20. at Brentwood Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 757 First Street in Brentwood. Brought to you by Rick Sullivan & C.O.G.H. This is a Rick Sullivan Production.

Producer and Promoter Rick Sullivan believes that there is a desire for comedy shows that cater to the entire family and decided to fill that void. Now parents and kids can come out and enjoy a comedy event together.

For the full line up and tickets for this event, please visit: or contact Rick Sullivan at 510.228.7038. Food and beverages will be available to purchase at the show.

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Free Business Development Incentives Workshop for Antioch businesses Tuesday night

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A free one-hour workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Antioch Community Center. This workshop will help local businesses understand and find incentives for their business retention and expansion efforts.

Location: Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way

Date & Time: June 19, 2018   6:30-8:00pm

This workshop will discuss incentives that help local businesses to access over 100 local, state, federal and private subsidies and expense reduction programs that provide millions in savings that directly impact local businesses.

Antioch businesses may qualify for and access these programs with no out of pocket cost and will have an opportunity to estimate their savings and begin the process of procuring their savings at this workshop. Participating businesses may slash operating costs by 3-10% without significant changes to operations.

Typical business activities targeted for incentives are:

·      New employee hiring

·      New and existing employee training

·      Retention of existing employees

·      Innovation and implementation of new technologies

·      Reduction in facility and operations expenses

·      New startups in Antioch (formed within past five years)

·      Existing companies relocating to Antioch

The City of Antioch is partnering with Optimum Business Solutions, LLC, a Better Business Bureau A+ member and local Antioch resident and CEO, Daniel Herzberg will be conducting the workshop.

Seating is limited, so please arrive early to secure your space. This is open to any business in Antioch, please register on Eventbrite:

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Father’s Day fight between two men in Antioch ends with stabbing, arrest

Monday, June 18th, 2018

By Acting Lieutenant John Fortner #3264, Antioch Police Field Services Division – Patrol

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, at approximately 10:37 AM, police dispatch began receiving phone calls of a fight in the parking lot located at 2950 Delta Fair Boulevard. The fight involved two black adult males. While officers were responding additional information was given that one male victim, age 58 had been stabbed with a knife. After the assault, the victim fell to the ground and the suspect fled on foot.

Officers close to the scene saw the suspect running away and contacted him. The 47-year-old suspect complied with the officers’ commands and he was safely detained. The victim was contacted by police, who started administering first aid as they requested fire department paramedics to respond.

The victim sustained several stab wounds and was transported to a local area hospital. The victim is currently listed in critical condition.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on felony assault charges.

This incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Environmental groups, local supporters announce Sand Creek initiative signatures submitted

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Sand Creek initiative supporters, including Michael Amorosa holding petitions and Don Greibling in sunglasses, present signatures to the Antioch City Clerk’s office on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Richland Communities submitted their initiative signatures a week earlier

On Monday, June 11, fifteen excited volunteers for the “Antioch Community to Save Sand Creek” coalition submitted 5,969 signatures to the Antioch City Clerk’s office to qualify their “Let Antioch Voters Decide” initiative 10 weeks earlier than the August 22 deadline. The group needs 5,092 good signatures and turned in 5,969, or 117%.

However, they were submitted three weeks later than the suggested deadline of May 18 provided to them by City Clerk Arne Simonsen, and a week after the “West Sand Creek” initiative by developer Richland Communities submitted their signature petitions on Monday, June 4. Simonsen said the prima facie count by his office shows Richland has submitted about 7,900 signatures, with about 50 or 60 that were invalidated.

“We’ve reached new heights in preserving the Sand Creek Initiative Area and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Turning in these signatures is further proof that our initiative is what the people of Antioch want,” said Tina Gutilla, one of the Antioch residents who submitted the petition to the city and a member of the Coalition Steering Committee, “Huge congratulations and gratitude to every volunteer who has played a monumental role in making this achievement possible.”

The “Antioch Community to Save Sand Creek” coalition drafted the initiative starting last August. It was submitted to the city for Title and Summary on February 8. The city provided Title and Summary on Feb. 23. Notice was published in the newspaper and signature gathering began March 3. Initiative signature-gathering drives are allowed 180 days, which meant a deadline of August 22. Instead, the coalition submitted its signatures ten weeks early, on Monday, June 11th.

If passed, the initiative would:

  • Limit the extent and amount of development in a 3 square mile (1,850-acre) area between Kaiser/Deer Valley Road and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve;
  • Require a vote to allow any major development in the initiative area;
  • Protect the existing Urban Limit Line;
  • Decrease impacts on city services including police, crime, fire, water, and schools;
  • Dramatically decrease projected traffic increases;
  • Preserve nature, open spaces, and historic qualities;
  • Maintain agriculture;
  • Protect the Sand Creek stream corridor;
  • Help focus city investments, revitalization and economic development on existing neighborhoods, downtown and along the waterfront.

Sand Creek initiative supporters bring their boxes of signed petitions to the Antioch City Clerk’s office.

The coalition had great success gathering signatures. It held more than two dozen events, hikes, forums and other activities, and attended another dozen community events. It organized signature collecting shifts every weekend day and then on weekday ones as well. More than 150 volunteers signed up for two-to-four-hour shifts, some of them every single week. The Steering Committee held weekly meetings in person, and weekly debrief phone calls after each weekend’s efforts.

Tina Gutilla, one of our angels, managed all of the materials, keeping track of every single petition. Juan Pablo Galvan and Margaret Kruse scheduled volunteer shifts. Thousands of Fact Sheets were distributed. Social media increased dramatically.

Dick Schneider, Margaret Kruse, and Lesley Hunt are the real unsung heroes; they evaluated almost 9,000 signatures in order to remove non-Antioch residents, bad signatures, and duplicates.

Then “The Ranch” project developer Richland Communities created a second competing initiative, the “West Sand Creek” initiative, using paid signature gatherers, and which includes a development agreement approving Richland’s 1,100-unit “The Ranch” project.

The more aggressive paid signature gatherers competed for locations, upset store managers, and made things more confusing for the public.  But they also used the same message of “limit development, save our hills, reduce traffic” as the coalition, reinforcing our public education effort. The developers turned in their competing measure last week.  We turned ours in this week, ten weeks earlier than the August deadline.

In total, more than 150 volunteers collected almost 9,000 signatures (173%) to reach the goal of 5,092 valid registered voters.

Next Steps

Now that the signatures have been submitted, the Antioch City Clerk’s office transfers the petitions to the County Elections Department for verification. If the initiative qualifies with enough signatures, the Antioch City Council has the option of adopting the measure into law or placing it on the ballot.

“We’ve been out there, signature collecting since the beginning of March, and all that very hard work is now paying off. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has walked their neighborhoods, stood in front of stores, reviewed name lists, spread the word and donated their time and energy in all sorts of different ways. This was truly a ton of work. We’re definitely planning a big thank you party to celebrate,” said Juan Pablo Galvan, Save Mount Diablo Land Use Manager, who helped organize the campaign.

“While this grueling phase of the Antioch campaign is over,” said Galvan, “there’s still work ahead. We need to make sure the Initiative is adopted or makes it on the ballot, fend off any potential frivolous legal challenges, and so on. But make no mistake, this is a huge win and cause for great celebration.”

Lesley Hunt of the California Native Plant Society expressed the hope that “the citizens of Antioch will use the opportunity this initiative represents to take control of development in the West Sand Creek area. They can vote for more houses, or they can vote to keep the land the way it is.”

“This has been a challenging, but incredible worth-while journey this spring, gathering signatures and meeting hundreds of people who are in great favor of saving one of the last unspoiled open-spaces in Antioch,” said Michael Amorosa, a Coalition Steering Committee member and one of the three required Antioch residents who were signatories for the effort. “I had the pleasure and privilege of working with some dynamite volunteers to hopefully put another feather in our cap for our town’s quality of life as we are one step closer in saving the prettiest three miles in Antioch. I am very proud to be part of this initiative process.”

“On behalf of Save Mount Diablo, I want to thank all the wonderful Antioch residents, incredible volunteers, staff, and coalition partners for stepping up to help collect enough signatures for an Initiative to give Antioch residents the ability to better protect one of its two most significant natural features, the Sand Creek Focus Area,” said Ted Clement, Save Mount Diablo Executive Director, “It helps distinguish Antioch as a desirable place to live, work and visit, which will be critical for Antioch’s economic well-being long-term. Antioch is blessed with the beautiful Delta area to the north and the Sand Creek Focus Area to the south. These distinguishing natural features should not be taken for granted.”

“Sierra Club is happy to have helped collect enough signatures for the Sand Creek Area Protection Initiative to qualify for the ballot,” said Dick Schneider, a Sierra Club volunteer who helped draft the initiative, “We believe that given the choice, Antioch voters will protect their remaining open space and prevent the massive traffic congestion that sprawling development in the Sand Creek area would bring about. We look forward to helping pass this important legislation when it appears on the ballot.”

“Many Antioch residents love their city and they’ve found their voice in city government. We supported the formation of a powerful grassroots coalition, residents have plugged in. They’re committed to the public having a say in development and quality of life issues” said Meredith Hendricks, Save Mount Diablo Director of Land Programs.

She continued, “I also strongly feel that this land cannot be mitigated for with some other property – containing tons of rare wildlife & riparian centurion oaks, and with vast extensive views from all angles that the Lone Tree Valley & Sand Creek corridor only provides in this special corner of Antioch; It is unmatched anywhere in Antioch and the citizens of Antioch, and in all of East Co-Co-County, will be thankful if we preserve it.”

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Father’s Day Car Show in Rivertown Sunday, June 17

Friday, June 15th, 2018

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Graves concedes to Becton in District Attorney race

Friday, June 15th, 2018

By Allen Payton

In the face of interim appointed District Attorney Diana Becton’s growing lead, her main opponent in the June election, on Thursday Supervising Assistant D.A. Paul Graves sent out a letter to his supporters conceding the race.

Becton now has 921 more votes than is needed to win, with 50.49% of the vote, up from 50.01% in the last update on June 8. The County Clerk’s office announced on Wednesday that they have approximately 10,000 ballots left to count and that some of those might be disqualified.

In addition to thanking his supporters, during a brief interview Friday morning, Graves also thanked those who voted for him.

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Nearly all the votes have been counted, and although it is very close, it is unlikely we will have a runoff in November. This afternoon, I called Diana Becton to congratulate her on her expected election as District Attorney.

I am grateful for the support of Contra Costa’s law enforcement community and firefighters, Marc Klaas, and the support and confidence of my fellow prosecutors.

I have been especially moved by the survivors who have reached out to reconnect, and in doing so reminded me why I am a prosecutor. Most of all, I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from friends and my family, most of whom already knew that I was probably a better prosecutor than a politician.

I want to say to all my supporters that your dedication to this campaign has been humbling and inspiring, and I complete this chapter knowing that I would do it all over again for the privilege of fighting the good fight alongside you all. We didn’t just fight for “change,” we fought for the right change, and I know that we will continue to fight for the safety of our communities and justice for crime victims.

Most of all, we can be proud of our effort and that we maintained our integrity throughout this election, including the appointment process. The District Attorney’s office is an office built on trust, and we met our obligation to the people of Contra Costa with the type of campaign we ran from start to finish – armed with real knowledge, focused on real issues, and fueled by real, local grassroots support.

Now we must come together and support our newly-elected District Attorney for the sake of Contra Costa residents who are counting on us to put politics aside for their benefit and safety. This campaign has ended, but our worthy cause continues in our courtrooms every day.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,

Paul Graves

According to County Clerk-Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla, the final election results are expected to be announced next Friday, June 22 by 5:00 p.m. Please check back later for that final update.

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Antioch to hold Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom commemorating the end of slavery in America Saturday, June 16

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The history of Juneteenth


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two-and-a-half-year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these versions could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question   For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

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Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill searches for a great chef

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill building has a new look. Photo by Allen Payton

Help us find a great chef for our restaurant. Please share.

Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill – Antioch’s newest waterfront dining location, expected to open later this summer at the former Humphrey’s location – is seeking an experienced and passionate Chef de Cuisine to lead our culinary team. You will be working directly with our Executive Chef to create new menu items as well as be responsible for the day to day operation of our kitchen.


Individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and must be able to demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the position.

2. Excellent interpersonal skills with subordinates and superiors

3. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment is required.

4. Ability to effectively problem solve

5. Ability to ensure perform proper food prep and presentation, no short cuts

6. Ability to hire quality employees as well as train, support, motivate and develop employees

7. Dependability and follow through.

8. Knowledge of food and beverage operations and equipment is required.

9. Flexible schedule,

10. Dependable transportation

11. Certain physical requirements including standing for long periods, tolerance of extreme temperatures, ability to lift / push / pull 50 lbs, ability to properly and safely use all kitchen tools and equipment

12. Maintain a professional demeanor with superiors, subordinates, peers, vendors and guests at all times. Lead by example setting a high standard for yourself and others.

13. Food safety certification (Training provided)

14. Harassment Training Certification (Training Provided)

15. Basic computer knowledge including, email, internet, Word and Excel

16. Ability to read, write and speak English

17. Good Math Skills

18. Ability to understand and properly execute recipes

19. Ability to perform basic cleaning and sanitation practices

20. Ability to handle a knife and other sharp objects with extreme caution and skill

21. Ability to handle food safely

22. Ability to convert measurements

23. Ability to work as a team player and communicate with co-workers effectively

We are looking for someone with at least three years’ experience as a sous chef / chef de cuisine in an upscale environment with extensive experience working with a wide variety of seafood. This is a working management position and requires availability on weekends and holidays. Must be able to place food orders, write back of house schedules, set pars and production and process fresh meats and seafoods. Our ideal candidate will excel working in a team environment. Our top priority is coaching and developing hourly team member to increase skill set and execution of menu items.

Email resume to for consideration.

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