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Denny’s in Antioch will celebrate its recent remodeling by serving up an all-day Grand Celebration on Friday, April 22, beginning at 8 a.m. 4823 Lone Tree Way, the newly-renovated restaurant offers diners a first look at its all-new, locally-inspired design and updated features.
Denny’s has undergone an extensive top-to-bottom interior renovation, complete with a hint of Antioch flavor. The recently-reopened diner will feature an exclusive Antioch mural, in addition to updated booths, chairs and tables. Modern wall accents, hardwood floor tiles, a fresh coat of paint and landscaping ensure guests will enjoy an all-new Denny’s from every angle.
To kick off the grand re-opening festivities, Denny’s will offer select diner classics at a reduced price from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on April 22. For only $2.99, guests can enjoy Denny’s Original Slam®, which includes two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, two bacon strips and sausage links. Incredible values will also be available during lunch, dinner and anytime in between with The Super Bird® for 3.99 and the Country-Fried Steak Dinner for $5.99. Hundreds of additional prizes, including complimentary cups of Denny’s new signature coffee blends for one month with the purchase of a limited-edition Denny’s mug, will be given away during the celebration.
“Today’s reopening is not only an exciting day for the residents of Antioch, but for all of us at Denny’s, as well,” said Jim Kidwell, District Manager. “We’ve been a key part of this community for many years, and we couldn’t think of a better way to thank our friends and neighbors for their continued support than with a Grand Celebration.”
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Antioch Denny’s will continue to serve great food at affordable prices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night in a relaxed, friendly environment. Denny’s is also known for providing its customers with tremendous value, including these great deals:
- $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu® – Denny’s all day, every day value menu lets guests choose from 16 dishes at affordable prices, including traditional favorites as well as several new a la carte items.
- Kids Eat Free – Guests can receive up to two free kids meal for children ages 10 and under with the purchase of each adult entrée. The offer is good from 4 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays; menu items and prices may vary.
- “Fit Fare” – Delicious choices that are good for you, too. Denny’s “Fit Fare” options feature healthy choices like egg whites and hearty wheat breads that can be substituted into any meal for no extra charge. Using the expansive Build Your Own Grand Slam® menu, diners have more than 250 ways to build a meal with 550 calories or less, and 32 ways to build a meal of 400 calories or less. With plenty of simple substitutions and healthy “Fit Fare” entrees found throughout the lunch and dinner menu, Denny’s makes it easy for you to eat well on the go.
- Free Birthday Grand Slam®– Celebrate your special day with a free Original Grand Slam® meal at participating Denny’s restaurants. The Original Grand Slam® offer is free for the birthday guy or gal who can show proof that it’s their birthday, and is good for dine-in only.
- AARP Members Save 15 Percent – Show your AARP membership card at participating Denny’s restaurants and save 15 percent off your total check all day, every day.
About Denny’s Corp.
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Chile, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.
New “Next-Generation” Office design to better serve community
AAA Northern California announces a new location and updated design for its AAA Antioch branch office. The branch is now open for business as of today, Monday, March 14. This “Next-Generation” design features digital interactive areas that make waiting more productive and informative for members.
“AAA is dedicated to servicing its members with the expertise and quality they have come to expect,” says Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “The Next Generation design provides our members with a new way of doing business that will enable them to experience what AAA has to offer on a whole new level of service.”
AAA Antioch retail office is in the Slatten Ranch Shopping Center and provides a destination for members who will be able to access adjacent well-known retail shops and local restaurants. AAA Antioch has also extended its hours of service to include Saturdays. This will provide AAA members with access to all AAA services, and uniquely, DMV transactions. Hours of operations are Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm.
The new address is:
Slatten Ranch Shopping Center
5799 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
AAA Antioch is a full-service branch office staffed with AAA insurance agents, providing life, auto and home insurance, AAA memberships, and AAA travel assistance. Free maps and tour books will also be available free of charge to all members.
A ribbon cutting and official opening of the new location will occur sometime later, Harris mentioned.
AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to more than 4.3 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 116 years ago.
Bill aims to boost ADA compliance through notification to improve access for all patrons, give businesses more time to comply
Stockton, CA – Standing with small business advocates and community leaders, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced new legislation to promote greater compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) accessibility standards within the business community. ADA accessibility compliance lawsuits have hit the Stockton area particularly hard, with some businesses forced to shut down, relocate, or payout large settlements. New York, Alabama, Florida, and Pennsylvania are among other states also affected by ADA-related lawsuit abuse.
The COMPLI (Correcting Obstructions to Mediate, Prevent, and Limit Inaccessibility) Act, H.R.4719, focuses on increasing ADA accessibility compliance among businesses to prevent predatory lawsuits from “high-frequency litigants” that hurt small businesses while not always bringing resolution the accessibility issue.
“I have heard from numerous local businesses who were forced to shut down, lay off employees, pay out large settlements, or change locations because of repeated lawsuits and threats of lawsuits that leave these businesses with little to no financial resources or time to fix the problem and become compliant,” said McNerney. “My COMPLI Act would give businesses a 90-day period after notification of a potential infraction to correct the access barrier. Increasing ADA compliance among the business community is good for the local economy, and it is something we can achieve while at the same time ensuring that aggrieved individuals are still able to bring lawsuits against businesses for ADA infractions. The ADA gives equal rights and access to individuals with disabilities, and I want to make sure everyone has equal access to enjoy the businesses within our communities.”
The COMPLI Act will require a potential plaintiff or aggrieved individual to provide written notice to the owner of the business, by certified mail, which identifies the specific ADA violation and the date and time the individual experienced the barrier.
Some of the most common ADA infractions include: not having enough accessible parking spaces; having non-compliant or missing parking signs; and issues related to loading zones and van accessible aisles.
McNerney’s legislation provides the business owner 90 days from the date of notification that a barrier exists to correct the barrier, before any lawsuit or demand letter can be issued. A business owner may qualify for an additional 30 day extension if he or she attempts in “good faith” to remedy an access barrier but is unsuccessful within the original 90 day compliance period.
Good faith can be determined if the business owner has: secured the appropriate construction permits and hired contractors to complete construction; or has begun construction and has worked to minimize delays in completion.
The business owner must also notify its customers of the ADA violation while it is in the process of correcting the barrier. Businesses must provide this notification to customers within 15 days after receipt of an ADA violation notice.
The California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) found that 54 percent of all ADA accessibility claims filed in California came from just two law firms, and 46 percent of those claims were filed by only 14 plaintiffs.
“As someone who has used a manual wheelchair for the past 17-years, I understand and appreciate the significance of the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, as a defense attorney I understand that the ADA is severely abused and has become a money making scheme for a small handful of attorneys and serial plaintiffs,” said Rachelle Golden, an ADA defense attorney.
The COMPLI Act defines a “high-frequency litigant” as an individual who has brought 10 or more civil actions alleging ADA violations within the previous 12-month period. The bill aims to limit a high-frequency litigant’s ability to repeatedly file lawsuits in bad faith and encourages business owners to invest in updating their properties to meet the accessibility standards of the ADA.
The legislation also prohibits damages from being awarded to plaintiffs who were not denied reasonable access or reasonable use to a facility because of an ADA violation, in an attempt to curb “drive-by” plaintiffs” that prey on businesses without ever entering them or attempting to engage them in a business transaction.
Lastly, the bill requires the Department of Justice to submit a report to Congress two years after the bill is enacted, which:
· Determines how many people were categorized as a “high frequency litigant” during the two year period in each state
· Provides analysis on whether the bill’s provisions had an effect on the number of ADA accessibility lawsuits filed
· Provides analysis on whether the bill’s provisions have negatively impacted an individual’s ability to bring a legitimate, good-faith accessibility claim
· Recommends whether an attorney’s fee cap should be introduced in the future to reduce ADA abuse
“Most businesses are unaware of what violations they potentially have on their property, and when served with a complaint, they are forced with a decision to fight against the lawsuit, or close their doors. Most often, complaints allege minor, if not trivial violations, that are easily correctable without much difficulty or expense. It is imperative that federal legislature catch up with California state law and provide a notice and opportunity to cure before a lawsuit can be commenced. The COMPLI Act would allow businesses the opportunity to learn of and correct ADA violations before they are forced to engage in costly litigation,” added Golden.
The COMPLI Act is supported by small business and small business advocacy groups.
The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors took action on Thursday, February 25, 2016 to “support in concept” Congressman McNerney’s new bill to protect businesses and the community from “drive by lawsuits” in regards to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Harassment and threats by the unscrupulous is not the way to accomplish full compliance! Fairness and cooperation will allow businesses to fully comply with the law if given a fair chance. It is important that the State of California follows the lead of Congressman McNerney and does the same,” said Judith Buethe, President of the Greater Stockton Chamber for 2015/16 and owner of Judith Buethe Communications.
Compliance with ADA has also hit many Antioch businesses including Celia’s Mexican Restaurant and the owners of the building where the New Beer Garden is located on West Second Street. The latter had to cut a doorway in the old, brick building and install a new handicap-access door.
“The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is excited to support the new legislation that Congressman McNerney is bringing forth to update the Americans with Disabilities Act to give our businesses the opportunity to improve their facilities in a timely manner and avoid unlawful suits that are ruining their businesses, the jobs they create, and the ability to support their family,” said Sean Wright, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
Excessive ADA compliance lawsuits forced Chuck’s Hamburgers in Stockton to relocate after 55 years of service at the same location.
“I believe that this particular law was a good one when written. The problem lies with the few people that take advantage of the loophole. I’d like to thank Rep. McNerney for his support on such delicate matters,” said Steve Grant, owner of Chuck’s Hamburgers. “I felt that this law wouldn’t be seen for the negative impact it has on our communities and small businesses because it is lawyer versus lawyer and they manipulate the law. I’d like to thank Rep. McNerney for asking people like me to share my experience and offering small business owners hope that laws such as this will be changed.”
“We are excited about the introduction of the COMPLI Act. This is a necessary bill to ensure that the intent of the ADA is unchanged while providing relief to business to come into compliance without frivolous lawsuits closing their doors. We believe this is a great opportunity for the ADA community to work together with the business community to better educate business on the needs and partner on compliance. We look forward to supporting Congressman McNerney on these efforts and advocating for the bill’s passage,” said Bob Gutierrez, Chairman-elect of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so very glad Congressman McNerney has authored this badly needed bill,” said Pat Patrick, President and CEO of the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce. “Small businesses have been unfairly singled out and targeted by predatory lawyers taking advantage of ADA laws. The law without an enforcement clause has become an unfortunate opportunity for predatory lawyers. The provisions in Congressman McNerney’s ADA bill will give small businesses a 90-window to bring their business into ADA compliance.”
“This bill will allow businesses the opportunity to comply with ADA irregularities within a reasonable 90-day period without the burdensome legal costs of a civil suit. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and this bill would protect them from predatory lawyers and individuals who target them to obtain a financial settlement. CVACC supports Congressman McNerney on this legislation,” said Dennis Lee, CEO and President of the Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce.
“The California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau fully supports Congressman Jerry McNerney’s COMPLI Act. ADA abuses cost local businesses much time and money. We feel this legislation will help curb some of the excesses,” said Bill Wells, Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau.
The COMPLI Act is now referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.
Rep. Jerry McNerney serves California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of Antioch and Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.
Earn & Learn East Bay celebrated the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Sean Wright as one of three Champions ‘On The Rise’ award winners in 2016 for their support of Education in our community.
“The Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and you as its CEO, are being honored for the countless ways you engage with Antioch Unified School District in its Linked Learning efforts–whether encouraging business engagement in our schools, providing technical assistance and support to Linked Learning pathways, lending a leadership voice to the Linked Learning statewide expansion, or coordinating business/education events to showcase our students and their demonstration of skills, you are to be commended for the passion and dedication you deliver every day to ensure student success,” said April Treece Director of the STEM Workforce Initiative of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership to Wright.
The Award was given on Friday, March 4th at the Hilton Concord at the Earn & Learn Kick-Off Breakfast with Principal of Antioch High School Louie Rocha and Principal of Deer Valley High School Ken Gardner in attendance.
About Earn & Learn East Bay
Earn & Learn East Bay connects employers to regional efforts designed to help grow our future workforce. We place students and young adults ages 16-24 in meaningful workplace experiences including summer jobs, internships and apprenticeships or in industry-led summer learning experiences. To create these opportunities, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Economic Partnership and the Earn & Learn East Bay team rely largely on the support of local employers and community-based organizations.
Our efforts to create summer youth employment and enrichment experiences build off of a strong foundation that has provided more than 1,000 summer opportunities over the past five years. Our goal for 2016 is to connect at least 500 young people to jobs, internships and other high -quality work-based learning experiences, such as industry-led summer camps focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Benefits to employer partners:
- ·The opportunity to build your future workforce.
- ·The chance to showcase your industry and organization, including positive publicity as a partner supporting Earn & Learn East Bay (through publications, website, news media and special events).
- ·Direct impact on strengthening communities in the East Bay region.
Benefits to youth:
- ·Hands-on career and technical skills as well as life skills, such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking.
- ·Networking and relationship-building skills, and mentorships with industry professionals.
- ·Access to income and upward mobility, which can break the cycle of poverty.
- ·Newfound confidence in skills and abilities.
How it works:
- ·Learning goals are agreed upon by the youth participant, the employer partner, and a member of the Earn & Learn team, who also works with the participant throughout the summer.
- ·Youth typically work part time or full time over the summer months and earn minimum wage.
- ·The Earn & Learn team connects eligible youth to meaningful work experiences in a variety of industries.
- ·Contracted youth service providers can also serve as the employer of record, providing wages and covering insurance costs.
- ·Limited funds may be available to sponsor youth at your place of business. To find out how you can get involved, please visit www.earnlearneastbay.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for Your Favorite Antioch Businesses for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and You’ll be Entered to Win Prizes from Local Businesses!
Our annual awards program is back to recognize those Antioch businesses, which the people like most.
The 2016 Antioch People’s Choice Awards will honor the best businesses as determined by your votes.
Be sure to see the official ballot on pages 13 and 14 of this issue, cut it out, write in your choices and mail or drop it off at our office at 101 H Street, Waldie Plaza, Suite 3 in downtown Antioch.
Ballots must be received by Friday, March 11 to be counted.
Winning businesses will be announced in our April issue and be given special decals for their business windows, and be able to use one of the logos, above in their advertising, throughout the year.
One ballot per person. Copies are accepted. Ballots will be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from local businesses.
Download a copy of the ballot, here: 2016 People’s Choice ballot web