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Antioch School Board Trustee Diane Gibson-Gray endorsed by Antioch Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Diane Gibson-Gray

Diane Gibson-Gray

By Allen Payton

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, announced, today that the Board of Directors has voted to formally endorse Antioch School Board Trustee Diane Gibson-Gray for re-election in November.

“Diane has the experience and the leadership to move the Antioch Unified School District toward overall improvement and success as the primary educational resource for our City of Antioch,” said Richard Pagano, Chamber Board Chairman, President & COO. “Diane Gibson-Gray has provided critical leadership and direction as a Board of Trustee for the Antioch Unified School District for two terms and we endorse her re-election to that Board.”

In a press release from the Chamber, it offered additional reasons for their endorsement.

“Gibson-Gray has served as a board member for the Antioch Chamber of Commerce for the past six years. During that time she has been a part of reestablishing the Antioch Chamber of Commerce in both mission and effectiveness. The board has witnessed Diane’s dedication to the Chamber’s Gala, the summer concert series for the Arts & Cultural Foundation and her ability to understand and help oversee important financial decisions,” the press release stated.

Gibson-Gray is running for her third term on the school board.

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is made up of about 350 Antioch area member businesses and organizations and is the largest Chamber in East County.

9/23/16 UPDATE: Asked if the board held interviews of any or all of the other candidates for school board, or if the Chamber will make any additional endorsements for the other two seats up for election, this year, Terry Ramus, chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs/Economic Development Committee responded.

“While the Chamber may make additional endorsements, it wasn’t our intent to interview all of the candidates,” he said.

The election is November 8.

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End-of-Summer Rivertown Sidewalk Sale, this Saturday, September 24

Monday, September 19th, 2016

rivertown_sidewalk_sale

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Governor signs Assemblymember Frazier’s bill to create certainty for small businesses

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Sacramento, CA On Wednesday, September 14, Governor Brown signed into law AB 326 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley), which sets a 30-day deadline that the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) must reimburse a collateral deposit by an employer in a Division of Labor Standards Enforcement prevailing wage dispute.

“I applaud the Governor for signing AB 326 to bring fairness to the prevailing wage dispute process,” said Frazier. “As a former general contractor, I know first-hand that tying up cash can place innocent employers in jeopardy of losing their business or creating financial hardship.”

Current law requires that in cases where a contractor has been accused of prevailing wage violations, the contractor must post a cash deposit with the DIR equivalent to the full amount of the assessment plus penalties. AB 326 would ensure that the contractor is reimbursed in a timely manner.

“We cannot thank Assemblymember Frazier enough for stepping up on this issue,” said Tom Holsman, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of California. “There have been instances when contractors have not received their cash deposits back for months, even though a settlement had been arrived at, or the contractor had been fully exonerated.”

AB 326 had the support of the Associated General Contractors of California and San Diego, Associated Builders & Contractors of California, Construction Employers’ Association, Southern California Contractors Association, and California Association of Specialty Contractors. This bill passed through the Legislature with widespread bipartisan support and will become effective on January 1, 2017.

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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Antioch Chamber of Commerce endorses their CEO, Sean Wright for Mayor

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Dr. Sean Wright

Dr. Sean Wright

By Allen Payton

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday, that by a vote of the Board of the Directors, it “formally endorses Dr. Sean Wright for Mayor of Antioch” and that “this is the first candidate the Chamber has endorsed in six years.”

“Dr. Sean Wright has been the CEO of the Antioch Chamber for the past six years.  He has been a champion for business, education, the City of Antioch and the East Contra Costa region,” said Chamber Board Chairman Richard Pagano. “Sean has utilized his skills, knowledge and work ethic to bring the Chamber back from financial distress and he is what the City of Antioch needs right now.  We know who he is, what he stands for, and share his vision for the future of Antioch.”

The announcement further stated “The Antioch Chamber of Commerce believes Sean Wright has proven his commitment to supporting and growing the Antioch business community in the past, and will continue this into the future as Mayor.  More than any other candidate, he has the capacity to lead the City of Antioch toward a greater level of success, and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce fully endorses Sean Wright for the office of Mayor of Antioch.”

Wright, who is also a chiropractor in Antioch, is not a member of the Board of Directors. Attempts to reach him for comment for this report were unsuccessful before publication time.

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is made up of about 350 Antioch area member businesses and organizations and is the largest Chamber in East County. The Chamber is a 501c6 non-profit business league, and according to IRS rules, the organization can participate directly or indirectly, or intervene, in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, so long as that is not its primary activity.

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Tailgaters offers discounts for Fantasy Football fans

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Tailgaters Fantasy Football

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Family entertainment, miniature golf business, Kangazoom, now open in Antioch

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Kangazoom AH ad 4th 08-16

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Free Back-To-School haircuts, backpacks and supplies at Antioch barbershop, Sunday

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

HIMC Back To School

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Enjoy wines at 14 Rivertown merchants during Wine Walk on Saturday, August 6

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Rivertown Wine Walk

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