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American Legion Post 161 to hold blood drive in Antioch Saturday, April 11

Friday, April 3rd, 2020


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Amid California shelter in place, White Pony Express continues to deliver rescued food to those in need

Friday, March 27th, 2020

By Steven Spraitzar, Public Relations, White Pony Express

White Pony Express (WPE), the Pleasant Hill food rescue group, announces that its programs are continuing to operate under Contra Costa County’s stringent requirements to contain the spread of COVID-19.   Specifically, WPE wishes to let the public know that:

  • White Pony Express remains OPEN for business. It continues to rescue nutritious fresh food from supermarkets and restaurants and deliver it free to those in need in our communities.
  • WPE’s School Food Pantry Program is continuing to deliver food to free-lunch schools in the county. However, because the schools have closed, this food is now being taken to alternative distribution sites where the food is being made available to the school families.
  • Volunteers are urgently needed as some volunteers wish to self-isolate.
  • Those who wish to volunteer can sign up at
  • Financial donations are also needed so WPE can continue providing nutritious food to hungry people. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so by visiting WPE’s website at
  • WPE will make limited deliveries of needed clothing for the foreseeable future.
  • No donations of clothing will be accepted while the shelter-in-place order is in effect.
  • WPE has implemented stringent health guidelines in place to protect its volunteers. These protocols (hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, gloves, social distancing, etc.) are now a part of all WPE’s food and clothing operations.

ABOUT WPE:  WPE is a volunteer-powered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Pleasant Hill, CA, which helps people move from the margins to the mainstream by providing free food and clothing in a loving and respectful manner.

Dr. Carol Weyland Conner founded WPE in September 2013 when she was troubled that in an area with such an abundance of food, many thousands were going hungry, while at the same time food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food. From this insight, the Food Rescue program was born. In a little over 6 years, WPE has rescued and delivered more than 10.5 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food, free of charge, that would otherwise go to waste. This is equivalent to 8,750,000 meals.

In 2014 the White Pony General Store was added to provide high quality clothing, toys, and books to the underserved in our communities—all free of charge. Since that time, the General Store has given away over 512,000 items to those in need.

For more on WPE, visit

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Antioch school district adds third location for grab and go meals beginning Wednesday

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

From Antioch Unified School District


We are seeing a steady increase in the number of families needing grab and go meals. As a result, Mission Elementary will begin grab and go meals beginning Wednesday, March 25th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Mission Elementary is located at 1711 Mission Drive in Antioch.

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County announces sites for donating protective equipment and supplies for healthcare providers

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Donations will be accepted beginning Tuesday

By Kim McCarl, Communications Officer, Contra Costa Health Services

Contra Costa County announced, today the opening of three donation sites for protective medical supplies in West County, Central County and East County. The Regional Center of the East Bay, which serves developmentally disabled residents of Contra Costa and Alameda counties, will be distributing medical gloves donated by Facebook along with other medical equipment.
On Tuesday, March 24, Contra Costa Health Services will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to donate only the following types of protective medical supplies:

  • Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields
  • Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol or bleach based (unopened). NO baby wipes.
  • N-95 and surgical masks (in unopened containers/boxes)
  • Medical gowns: Disposable gowns, as well as cloth surgical and hospital gowns in good condition

Donation centers will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at:

  • West County: 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules
  • Central County: 1750 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill
  • East County: 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch

Recognizing the urgent need all healthcare providers have for protective equipment, Facebook donated 350,000 medical gloves that will be distributed throughout Contra Costa County. Their donation is one example of the commitment organizations of all sizes have to support readiness efforts.
Please call the Contra Costa Health Services call center at 844-729-8410 with questions about what protective equipment will be accepted. Donation sites will be staffed by county employees.

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Tell someone in Antioch you love them and why with a Happy Easter or Appreciation ad in our April issue – deadline is Monday

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Payment by credit or credit card or Zelle accepted.

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2020 Contra Costa County Fair canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

By Joe Brengle, CEO Contra Costa County Event Park

ANTIOCH – As a major event facility, The Contra Costa Event Park has been monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. There is no higher priority than the safety of our Fairgrounds family, patrons, vendors, promoters and sponsors at the Contra Costa Event Park. Due to this ongoing situation the Contra Costa Event Park Board of Directors met last night and unanimously voted to cancel the 2020 Contra Costa County Fair scheduled for May 14 – 17.

The Fair Board realizes that the individual’s most affected by this cancellation is the youth livestock exhibitors of our county. The Fair Board did approve to let a committee of Contra Costa County 4H and FFA parents work on a Youth Fair where these youth livestock exhibitors could show and auction their animals. The Fair Board agreed to provide support to this committee as needed. If the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Contra Costa County Health Department, or the Governor of California lengthen the current restrictions and orders, it is possible that a Youth Fair will not take place. At this time dates for Youth Fair are yet to be determined.

We thank the community for your continued support during these challenging times.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Contra Costa County Fair May 13 – 16.

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Antioch Mayor Wright provides update on city’s Coronavirus response

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

March 19, 2020

Dear Antioch community:

I would like to share with you that your City Government is actively working through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic to continue to maintain Antioch safety, to limit the spread of the virus, and to sustain vital City services, including the Police Department.  I have been on calls with State, County and Local officials.

Yesterday, the Mayor’s and City Managers of East Contra Costa County met on a conference call regarding measures to help the elderly get the essential resources while staying safe and supporting our local hospitals with supplies.

Our City staff has been working vigorously to enforce policies and arrangements recommended by the State of California and the Contra Costa County Public Health Department. Such actions include but are not limited to the cancellation or rescheduling of non-governmental City events and meetings, and limitation or deferral of non-essential services, to minimize the exposure to COVID-19, and to focus our City’s resources on meeting fundamental needs.

In response to this pandemic and the Contra Costa County Health Officer’s order, On March 17th, City Manager Ron Bernal, enacted a Local State of Emergency. By taking this action, we have positioned our city to potentially be able to access state and federal funds in the event financial losses occur a result of COVID-19.

Under the current health order, and our State of Emergency, all non-essential commission and board meetings will be postponed until after April 7th, unless otherwise noted, while all City Council meetings will be held via technology to allow remote Council, staff and public participation.

COVID-19 has evolved into a threatening worldwide pandemic, reaching numerous communities and effecting everyday life. The City of Antioch will continue to provide essential services, doing whatever we can to help, while also following the shelter in-place order in an effort to continue protecting our community.

Although, this is a daunting time, together we will prevail. Now more than ever, we must come together as a community. We must do all we can to help with social distancing to protect our loved ones that may be in danger.  As many are confused and worried about the health of the community and the impacts to our families.  I have attached a Resource page with links with information to keep us all up to date regarding the County, State and programs set up to help us through to a healthy future.


Mayor Sean Wright

COVID-19 Resources

The City of Antioch understands that the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order instituted by Contra Costa County in collaboration with five other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley may present financial challenges for local businesses and out of work families. To help mitigate these challenges and help you stay as informed as possible, the City has highlighted a variety of resources that you can pursue during this difficult time.

Contra Costa County latest updates-

For the latest updates and answers to Frequently Asked Questions

State Updates

For the latest updates from the State of CA

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-

For the latest updates from the CDC

Resources and Guidance for Employers and Workers

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. This site is trying to make it easier and spread awareness through a centralized source of info. Use the guidance on this site to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. The program offers an interest rate of 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for non-profit organizations, with long-term repayments up to a maximum of 30 years. The deadline for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

Businesses can apply on the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance website (  For application assistance, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may dial (800) 877-8339.



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Antioch family and co-workers offer free flowers from wholesale flower business while they last

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Erika Ortiz (center front) and co-workers of Ortiz Wholesale Flowers in San Francisco are giving away bundles of flowers to each family who wants one from her home in Antioch.

By Allen Payton

Antioch resident Erika Ortiz, her family and co-workers, who operate Ortiz Wholesale Flowers in the San Francisco Flower Mart, are offering a literal truck load of free flowers to anyone who wants them, as long as supplies last.

With the shelter in place order in San Francisco, Contra Costa and four other Bay Area counties, they can’t operate their “non-essential” business. Instead of just throwing away their flowers, they’re giving them away.

If you want a bundle, stop by 1013 Burwoood Way in Antioch and pick one up on your way to or from the store, today.

Ortiz Wholesale Flowers is located in Stalls #24 and # 31A at the flower mart located at 644 Brannan St Ste 24, San Francisco, CA 94107 you can reach them at (415) 724-4967.


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