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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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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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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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Black History Month Event, Feb. 2: America’s Got Talent Finalist Lawrence Beamen and The Lion’s Den at Southern Café

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, the Southern Café is blending a night of historical Negro spirituals inspired by singer Paul Robeson by America’s Got Talent Finalist Lawrence Beamen. Lyrical hip hop duo The Lion’s Den will also perform their latest hits.

This memorable night will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018. General admission tickets are $25, and doors open at 5:30pm. For $40 you will receive priority VIP seating followed by a Meet & Greet with the artist at 7:00pm; Entertainment begins at 8:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit His Presence Christian Worship Center’s Youth Department.

For general information contact the Southern Cafe at (925) 754-1172. To purchase tickets visit: www.lawrence-beamen.eventbrite.com.

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifThe Southern Café is located at 400 G Street in Antioch, California’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

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Kids Club at Somersville Towne Center next Saturday, Jan. 20

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration in Antioch Monday, Jan. 18

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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NAACP East County Branch to host Martin Luther King Day Prayer Breakfast in Pittsburg, Monday, Jan. 15

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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Antioch to celebrate Black History Month during African American Heritage Night at the Warriors game Feb. 8

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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