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Antioch Rivertown businesses to stay open late during Friday night Shop Hop, June 24

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Antioch Mayor Harper offers good news, positive outlook, new downtown design concepts at annual State of the City lunch

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Mayor Harper presented a design concept of townhomes on the old lumber company lot in downtown, during his annual State of the City presentation on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Mayor Harper presented a design concept of townhomes on the old lumber company lot in downtown, during his annual State of the City presentation on Friday, May 27, 2016.

By Allen Payton

At the annual State of the City lunch, hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and attended by about 200 business owners and community leaders on Friday, May 27, 2016 Antioch Mayor Wade Harper shared information about the progress the city has made over the past year as well as the challenges we face.

Chamber CEO Dr. Sean Wright introduced the mayor by stating “There are many exciting things happening in Antioch and at the Chamber, as well.”

Harper then thanked the city staff and his fellow council members.

“They do a wonderful job,” he stated. “They’ve had to do more with less through the years.”

He presented a slide show covering various aspects of the city’s efforts.

The first slide stated: “Antioch has recently grown to be the second largest city in Contra Costa County, with a population of approximately 112,968 according to recent state of California estimates.

A side view design concept of the townhomes on the old lumber company site in downtown.

A side view design concept of the townhomes on the old lumber company site in downtown.

Antioch is the ‘Gateway to the Delta’ and the economic as well as geographic center of East County.

Antioch is Business and Family Friendly. We encourage businesses and families to come grow with us!”

“The city’s finances have improved,” Harper stated. “Crime has decreased. We want to keep that up.”
He also shared some downsides.

“Homelessness has become a bigger problem,” he said. “City staff is working with cross-departmental task forces. This is a real problem we’re working on.”

“We are balancing our efforts with quality of life enhancements,” Harper added. “Reducing crime has always been our top priority…reducing blight, increasing economic development.”

He spoke of the weekly reports by City Manager Steve Duran as examples of being “the most transparent.”

Harper then stated the city will be “ending the fiscal year slightly over budget by about $800,000.”

He then spoke about the reduction in crime between the first quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of this year, that Police Chief Allan Cantando reported at a recent council meeting.

“Police services take up about 71% of the General Fund budget,” Harper stated.

Waldie Plaza event center design concept from the air.

Waldie Plaza event center design concept from the air.

Then he spoke about the use of Measure C funds.

“All of the funds…used for police services and code enforcement,” he said. “There’s no fudging on the numbers. We put the honest numbers out there.”

He spoke of the addition of one Code Enforcement Officer and Manager, and the hiring of the Blight Abatement Crew.

“It’s like the Bay Bridge,” stated Harper. “We have to keep at it.”

He spoke of “enhancing quality of life” with parks and the new “All Abilities Playground for children and families at the Prewett community park,” the new playground structure at Contra Loma Park, family campfire, Jr. Giants which includes 600 youth, Jr. Warriors with 200 youth, recreational pre-school affecting 500 children and the kids fishing derby.

Then Harper spoke about the recent improvements to Highway 4 including the interchange with Highway 160, and the new BART station that is to be ready by spring, 2018.

“Every time I drive by I get excited because I can see it getting built,” he shared. “I can see progress.”

Then he spoke about economic development advancements.

“This is the part I get excited about,” Harper said.

He then read highlights from the list of new businesses and space that has been leased up in town.

Waldie Plaza design concept from the ground.

Waldie Plaza design concept from the ground.

Harper spoke of the WalMart expansion with the new grocery section, and the addition of Hurricane Grill & Wings, the new Taco Bell at 18th and A Streets, the remodeled Denny’s on Lone Tree, Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in the former Sizzler location, and Southern Café in downtown, in the former Bases Loaded location.

“I try to get my fix regularly with Southern Café,” he joked.

He also spoke of the “nice, new, huge health club, City Sports, on Lone Tree” as well as the anticipated new restaurant “Plates in Rivertown,” Panda Express with a drive-through on Auto Center Drive, and Kangazoom soon to open in the former Golf n Games on 4th Street.

Harper said the city has “fewer vacancies overall” then mentioned the addition of Limitless Kitchen & Bath leasing up 4,400 square feet of showroom and warehouse, Alegre Trucking leasing 9.5 acres on Wilbur, WalMart leased 39,000 square feet of warehouse space and a solar distributor leasing 99,000 square feet in Antioch.

He shared that “Rivertown currently has over 80 active businesses,” that “Somersville Town Center is under new management,” that “G St. Mercantile was voted the number one antique store” in Antioch, and that “Strategic Threat Management patrols downtown.”

Then the mayor showed some design concepts of a townhome project for the old lumber yard lot, as well as concepts for an expanded event center at Waldie Plaza, across from City Hall.

Harper then compared Antioch to a patient in the hospital.

“The patient is getting regular treatment and checkups,” he stated. “It is on the way to a very healthy recovery.”

“I give this council accolades and kudos for all the hard work,” Harper concluded. “The council is everywhere. The City of Antioch is in good hands.”

Wright followed Harper’s presentation with a motivational speech of his own.

“There are multiple reasons to live in Antioch,” he said. “Business is coming. We’re having 10 new members join the Chamber each month.”

“We’re Antioch and we have people who live this city,” Wright continued. “We are a vibrant, viable, wonderful community.”

“People are going to move here to play on the Delta,” he shared. “They’re going to move here in the next year in droves, because we have affordable housing, here. We’re a community on the rise.”

“Remember, Antioch is the place to be,” Wright concluded.

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Publisher’s comments regarding The Wilson Watch ad in our June print edition

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Allen Payton, Publisher

It has come to my attention that some people think the full-page ad about Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson who is currently a candidate for Supervisor, entitled “The Wilson Watch” in the June, 2016 issue of the Antioch Herald was paid for by me or was from the Doug Hardcastle for Supervisor campaign. This is to clearly state that it was not paid for by me, nor by anyone associated with Doug Hardcastle or his campaign, for which I am a paid consultant, as I explained in the March, 2016 print edition of the Antioch Herald.

The ad was purchased by a party who chose to place it in the paper, and remain anonymous, which is why I required the words “Paid Advertisement” be placed at the top of the ad.

While the purchaser is not required to be identified, because the ad is not considered a political advertisement under state law, as it does not advocate for or against a candidate, I informed the purchaser that if I am legally required to provide their name(s), I will. They accepted that fact before placing the ad.

Refusing to run such an ad would be considered censorship. However, neither I nor the Antioch Herald accepts any responsibility for the content of the ad.

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Sidewalk Sale in Antioch’s downtown Rivertown on Saturday

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Rivertown May 2016

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Delta Fresh Foods family market opens in Antioch

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Harley DeLano with scissors, celebrates the opening of his new store with Antioch community and business leaders, on Thursday morning, May 12, 2016.

Harley DeLano with scissors, celebrates the opening of his new store with Antioch community and business leaders, on Thursday morning, May 12, 2016.

Delta Fresh Foods offers organic and natural produce.

Delta Fresh Foods offers organic and natural produce.

By Allen Payton

Following a few speeches and ribbon cutting, attended by Antioch community leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce, owner Harley Allen and his son General Manager Dennis DeLano officially opened their new Delta Fresh Foods on Thursday morning, May 12.

“I want to welcome Harley and Delta Fresh Foods,” said Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock on behalf of the City Council. “Thank you for hiring locally. Welcome to Antioch.”

Jack Monroe of the Antioch Chamber offered his welcome.

“On behalf of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, we’d like to welcome Harley and Delta Fresh Foods to the community,” he said. “Having worked in the grocery business for 35 years, I can tell you the displays are awesome, the selection is wonderful.”

“You have a wonderful store and we wish you many years of success,” Monroe added.

Antioch business owner and resident Kym Kelley made the first purchase at the new store.

Antioch business owner and resident Kym Kelley made the first purchase at the new store.

Harley DeLano offered his thoughts.

“We’re very happy to be here in Antioch,” he said. “We are a different kind of store. We find out what the people want and get it for them at a price that is value and make a few bucks in the meantime.”

“We hired about 45 people from the area about 40 from Antioch,” DeLano added.

Residents, who were waiting with their shopping carts for the ribbon cutting ceremony to conclude, filed into the store to begin shopping.

The store, located at 4036 Lone Tree Way at Golf Course Road, in the former Fresh and Easy location, is open 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., daily. They offer organic and natural produce and food, a hot bakery, high-end craft beers, a full selection of wine, breakfast and lunch items to eat in or take out, plus smiling cashiers to serve you.

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Delta Fresh Foods in Antioch to hold Grand Opening Thursday, May 12

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Delta Fresh Foods storeAntioch’s newest grocery store, Delta Fresh Foods will hold its Grand Opening, this Thursday, May 12. Located in the former Fresh n Easy store, the new family market will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. every day.

The store offers smiling staff and cashiers, organic and natural produce and other food items, plus daily breakfast and lunch for eating there or taking out.

Stop by Thursday at 4036 Lone Tree Way at the corner of Golf Course Road in Antioch.

Store staff make last minute preparations for the Grand Opening on Thursday.

Store staff make last minute preparations for the Grand Opening on Thursday.

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Relocated AAA Antioch Branch Grand Opening event, Saturday

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Fun- filled day to celebrate new “Next Generation” office design

WHAT:          AAA Northern California announces the grand opening of its new location and newly designed AAA Antioch branch office that is now open to the public. This “Next Generation” design features digital interative areas that make waiting more productive and informative for members. AAA Antioch is a full service branch office staffed with AAA insurance agents providing life, auto, home insurance, AAA memberships, and AAA travel assistance. Free maps and tour books will also be available free of charge to all members. DMV services are now available Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

WHEN:          Saturday, April 30, 2016

11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

11:00 am -Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:30 am.- 12:30 pm –Vida Blue, former A’s & Giants player Meet & Greet

12:30 pm -1:30 pm SF Giants Mascot Lou Seal Meet & Greet

WHERE:       AAA Antioch Branch Office  Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, 5799 Lone Tree Way, Antioch

AAA Antioch Grand Opening Event activities include:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. with city officials and AAA executives.

Meet & Greet with Oakland A’s legend and SF Giants pitcher alum Vida Blue and SF Giants Mascot Lou Seal

Live broadcast  by 10.7.7 “The Bone” radio station

Food truck tastings – Road Dog’s Weenie Wagon

Contra Costa Fire Department representatives

Baseball games and giveaways throughout the day

WHY:             AAA is dedicated to servicing its members with the expertise and quality they have come to expect. AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 4.5 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded 116 years ago.

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Meet A’s legend Vida Blue, Giants’ Lou Seal at Grand Opening of new Antioch AAA office, April 30

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

AAA G O Bash

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