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The Antioch Police Department is excited to announce the 55th installment of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from The Antioch Police Department Crime Prevention Commission; Neighborhood Watch Program; Volunteers in Police Service; community volunteers and the Public Works Department.
The 55th Neighborhood Cleanup event will occur on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the neighborhoods surrounding Sycamore Drive. Volunteers should report to the Lowe’s parking lot on the Mahogany Way side.
Volunteers will receive instructions and the equipment necessary to accomplish the goal. The targeted area is within walking distance. Excluding inclement weather, future Neighborhood Cleanup events are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month and the locations will be announced in advance.
Remember, cleaning up your neighborhood can make life better for your family, your neighbors and your community!
The Antioch Rivertown Jamboree, in conjunction with the Delta Boat Racing Association is excited to showcase the Delta Thunder V-Gary Agopian Memorial Powerboat races, formally held in Isleton CA.
The event is at the New Antioch Marina on the weekend of October 4th & 5th. Racing Action runs from 10am-4:00pm.
The race will be a Championship Race featuring the exciting 100 mph Cracker Box Power boats, Sport C boats, SST 45 and the fun to watch high horsepower outboard runabouts.
It will also feature a boat show with folks showing their prized boats as well as numerous water related informational booths.
Admission to this event is free, although donations, sponsorship and advertising spots in the race program guide are needed and welcomed.
Don’t miss this exciting event in historic downtown Antioch. Come out and cheer on your favorite racer.
For more information contact: Inland Marine 925-757-1714
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeltaThunderV
Jeremy Newberry, Aaron Miles head the class
By Steve Dulas
An All-Pro lineman and a World Series champion are among the 2014 class of inductees into the Antioch Legends Sports Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Newberry, an All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection, and Aaron Miles, who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, lead a group of 14 individuals and one team to be honored as the eighth annual Hall of Fame class.
The induction will be celebrated with a dinner, on Saturday, October 11 at Lone Tree Golf and Events Center. The event begins with social hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 and the ceremony at 7. Tickets are $65 each and available from Antioch Sports Legends, P.O. Box 1033, Antioch, CA 94509. For more information, call Eddie Beaudin at 925-383-4979 or Tom Menasco at 925-325-3255.
Newberry, Antioch High, 1995, was All-East Bay and All-Northern California as a senior at Antioch High School after the 1994 season. He went on to be a three-year starter at center at Cal. The 49ers made him a second-round draft pick, and he went onto an 11-year NFL career.
Miles was the East Bay Player of the Year in 1995, batting .520 as he led the Antioch Panthers to a second straight North Coast Section baseball championship. Miles, a three-time All-East Bay selection at second base, played nine seasons in the major leagues. He retired with a .281 career batting average.
The rest of the Class of 2014 includes Manuel Bermudez, baseball; Stacey Johnson, basketball; Christina Conn and Stephen Sanchez, swimming and diving; Mark Butterfield, Mike Lucky and Cal Chaney, football; Dave Kirkpatrick, all-around athlete; Matt Hurd, track and field; John Rebstock, Coach; Brooks Golden, Community Leader; Casey Rhyan, wrestling; and the 1957 Antioch High golf team.
The Sports Legends Hall of Fame celebrates the athletic history of Antioch, from its days as a working town. Its strong allegiance to local sports teams helped produce a rich athletic tradition, nurturing the development of athletes such as Pro Football Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, NFL All-Pro Duane Putnam, and major league baseball players Gene Rounsaville, Alex Sanchez, Jeff Pico and Miles.
These pro superstars, and 114 other distinguished hometown HOF athletes and eight championship teams, have now been permanently honored in a 2,500 square-foot museum display called the Antioch Sports Legends Hall, presented by the Antioch Historical Society. Legends Hall formally opened Oct. 27, 2007. A group of longtime residents and sports boosters has spent nearly nine years working on these dazzling displays, which features valuable memorabilia from the 1920s to the present, wall and video displays honoring current sports pros and the centerpiece of the exhibit, 15 framed placards with the biographies of the Class of 2014. “Sports Legends” inductees will be displayed Oct. 11. Hometown prep standouts from all high school sports and both genders are represented in a variety of different sports, along with coaches and community sports leaders.
The rest of the class of 2014 includes:
Butterfield (Antioch, 1991) passed for 3,957 yards in three seasons at Antioch, with 28 TDs in his last two seasons, then went on to earn second-team All-Pac-10 at Stanford in 1995. He reached the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
Lucky (Antioch, 1994), an All-State tight end in 1993, caught 53 passes for 1,000 yards and 16 TDs in two years for Antioch and earned a scholarship to Arizona. A two-year starter for the Wildcats, he played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Chaney (Antioch, 1954), a two-way lineman, was selected Most Valuable Player of Antioch’s 1953 team, and earned All-Metro and All-Northern California honors, and was later named to the Antioch Ledgers’s All-Time Team from 1950-67.
Bermudez (Antioch, 1995), a pitcher, was 11-1 in 1995 with a career record of 39-9, and was a two-time All-East Bay selection. He went on to pitch 11 seasons in the minor leagues.
Johnson (Antioch, 1991) averaged 27 points a game, 11 times scoring 30 points or more, en route to 1991 East Bay Player of the Year honors. She went on to play for Arizona State and Houston. Conn (Antioch, 1993) won the 1993 NCS diving championship with a record score of 471.20 which stood for 20 years, and was a three-time High School All-America. Sanchez (Antioch, 1991) was a three-time High School All-America in the 500-yard freestyle and twice in the individual medley. His record time in the 1990 NCS individual medley final stood for seven years.
Kirkpatrick (Antioch, 1958) was first-team all-league in football and basketball, was second-team all-league in baseball, and also competed in the hurdles and the long jump for the track team.
Hurd (Antioch, 1996) still holds the school record for the high jump, 6 feet, 8 inches. Rebstock was a legendary fastpitch softball pitcher who later coached for 22 years at Antioch and Deer Valley, winning one NCS softball title.
Golden served the community for 29 years as a teacher, coach and administrator, was elected to the school board and volunteered in the community. Rhyan (Antioch, 1988) took third in the state and led the team with 20 pins during the Panthers’ run to the 1988 CIF State wrestling championship.
The 1957 Antioch High golf team went undefeated, beating seven-time champion Acalanes in the County Championship tournament.
Dear Antioch Resident,
I have been on board as Antioch’s City Manager since January 7th and this letter is to provide you with an update on the City’s recent activities and financial condition.
This effort is part of the City’s Strategic Plan, as follows: “Strategy L-1: Improve community communications and trust in City government and keep the community well informed as to the activities of the City departments.” Along the same lines, we have also implemented written Weekly Reports and Monthly Reports. All these documents are on the City website: www.ci.antioch.ca.us.
The City Council and staff have been very busy the last several months. In January we held four Community Cafés as part of the citywide Strategic Plan development. These were great opportunities for the Council and staff to meet residents who don’t usually have the time to come out to a Council meeting. We gathered a lot of good information from folks on the direction they’d like to see the City head over the next few years. The Council adopted the Strategic Plan on June 10th.
The Council also adopted the fiscal year 2014/15 budget in June. This is the first year that Measure C funding is included in the budget. The Council allocated 100% of the Measure C revenue, projected at $4,489,747 for this fiscal year, to the Police Department and Code Enforcement. This is the planned use of Measure C funds for the seven year life of the measure. The breakdown for 2014/15 is $4,300,847 to Police, and $188,900 to Code Enforcement. Code Enforcement is bringing on another Code Enforcement Officer with their allocation. The Police Department’s goal is to bring the number of sworn Officer staffing up to 97 this fiscal year and to 104 within two years. Unfortunately, retirements and other separations are keeping us from gaining ground quickly. Since January 2013 we’ve hired 26 Officers, but have only gained a net of 4 due to retirements and other separations. Public safety and Police Officer hiring remain our top priorities. The budget document is also available on the City’s website.
The City is actively looking for economic development opportunities. The Downtown/ Rivertown area has been primed for redevelopment for several years. With the downturn in the economy, capital investments dried up. But, now that the economy is improving, things are looking up. The City’s Strategic Plan calls for updating and implemenAntioch City Manager writes first letter to the communityting the 2006 Downtown Plan. The City has issued a Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/P) for City-owned sites on the east end of downtown. The vision for this location is market-rate, for-sale, transit-oriented residential development. The deadline for developer qualifications and proposals is November 3, 2014. In the meantime, the City will be conducting focus groups to get community input. Once we have a viable proposal, two community cafes are planned to get input on the specifics of the proposal.
The City, having recently obtained full ownership, is now marketing the former Humphrey’s restaurant, located at the beautiful downtown marina. We are seeking an experienced, well financed, restaurateur to renovate the building and bring a quality destination restaurant.
Also related to Downtown/Rivertown revitalization, the City was awarded a $429,000 grant from the California Strategic Growth Council for a Downtown/Rivertown Specific Plan. This plan will analyze the potential development opportunities, especially as they relate to transit-oriented development, creating jobs, and increasing economic vitality. This effort will complement the downtown east project.
Eight months into this job, the most repeated concern I have heard from people is “why can’t Antioch afford more staff, especially Police Officers?” The answer is easy; but solving the problem is hard. Antioch continues to face a severe fiscal crisis. We do not have a spending problem. We have a revenue problem.
Although the citizens passed Measure C in November, 2013, revenues are still inadequate to provide acceptable levels of service to the community and we continue to be among the poorest city governments in the County. With Measure C, our budgeted General Fund revenue for fiscal year 2014/15 is $43,046,381. With a population of 106,455, that puts our per capita revenue at only $404.36. Compare this to our neighboring cities of Brentwood at $817.35 and Pittsburg at $555.84. Comparable sized cities Concord and Richmond are at $681.68 and $1255.75 – a General Fund three times as large as Antioch’s. Since 2007, the City has cut staffing and expenses by over 30%, instituting furlough Fridays and cutting upper management salaries by 10%.
This revenue problem is why the City Council put Measure O on the November ballot. In 2013 a citizens group requested that the City Council add the rental or leasing of residential property to the business license ordinance at a rate of $240 per unit per year. At that time, the City Council decided to only bring one measure forward, and elected to move ahead with the sales tax ordinance (Measure C). This year, Measure O will ensure that residential landlords pay a Business License Tax based on the number of units rented. The rate structure is $250 per year for single family dwelling rentals, and $150 per year for multi-family rental units. In addition, the minimum Business License Tax is proposed to go from $25, where it was in the 1960’s, to $100 (except for non-professional home based businesses, which will remain at $25). Detailed information is on the City web site.
The City Council and City staff are dedicated to making Antioch the best community we can, and we want to hear from you, our residents. Of course, you can connect with the Council at any Council meeting or by e-mail. I also encourage you to contact me directly to share your thoughts or to ask any questions. I can be reached at email@example.com. I always look forward to your feedback.
The 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, from 9 AM to noon. The event is expected to draw more than 70,000 volunteers who will combat marine debris at over 800 locations throughout the state by removing the trash that has accumulated on California’s beaches and inland shorelines over the past year. Get out there, join the effort in Antioch.
Last year, over 100 participants volunteered There are three locations to choose from: Antioch Marina, Prewett Park & Fulton Shipyard. Select your location when you complete your registration (see link below). Last year over 100 participants came together to clean along the Delta and create awareness of why trash so damaging to our aquatic and coastal areas.
Coastal Cleanup Day provides a way for tens of thousands of Californians to remove trash from our environments, but also reinforces that each of us, as consumers of goods and producers of those goods, has a responsibility to reduce, prevent, and clean up marine debris.
Many citizens of Antioch have been committed to local cleanups, such as the monthly Antioch Police Department efforts the first Saturday of each month, Facebook pages Empower Antioch and Cleaning Up Antioch, One House at Time and the annual Keep Antioch Beautiful. The local Coastal Cleanup event in September is one more opportunity to volunteer to improve our community.
For more information, and to register to volunteer, visit www.art4antioch.org/Coastal-Cleanup.asp or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org. or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or Julie Haas-Wajdowicz at (925) 779-7097.