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Antioch to host annual Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 20

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Coastal Cleanup 2014 Antioch to host annual Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 20The 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.

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Delta Advocacy Foundation to host Roddy Roundup Saturday, Sept. 27

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Guests dance at the Roddy Ranch Roundup 1024x768 Delta Advocacy Foundation to host Roddy Roundup Saturday, Sept. 27

Jack Roddy (in cowboy hat) and Donna Roddy (in brown shirt), and guests dance at the 2012 Roddy Ranch Roundup.

Get yer cowboy boots and hat on, practice yer line dancin’ and prepare to enjoy some good, country BBQ cookin’ and live music by California Cowboys, at the semi-annual Roddy Roundup at the Roddy Ranch on Saturday, September 27.

It’s all for a good cause, the Delta Advocacy Foundation, which helps people in need, right here in Antioch and East County.

Tickets sell out fast for this event that’s only held once, every two years at world champion steer wrestler Jack and Donna Roddy’s covered arena.

Reserve yers for just $60 each by email at delta_advocacy@comcast.net.

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Guests enjoy the BBQ steak dinner at the 2012 Roddy Roundup.

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Antioch Police lead effort that arrests 87 during five-day operation

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

the most successful, and largest-scale, operation of this type ever held in East Contra Costa County”

By Chief Allan Cantando

Last week, the Antioch Police Department served as the Command Post for a five-day, multi-agency operation. The primary purpose of this operation was to apprehend people in the eastern region of Contra Costa County who were wanted on outstanding felony warrants.

Over 150 law enforcement personnel participated in this operation from the following agencies: Antioch PD, Pittsburg PD, Brentwood PD, CHP, Concord PD, CCC Sheriff’s Office, Oakley PD, CCC Probation, CCC DA Investigators, West-NET, CDCR Fugitive Apprehension Team, SFPD, Oakland PD, San Rafael PD, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, San Francisco County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, ICE, ATF, DEA, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, Western States Information Network, and the US Marshals Service.

When it was all said and done, this operation proved to be a HUGE success! Here is a synopsis of what we accomplished:

- 87 total arrests

- 1 arrest of a subject wanted for murder

- 1 arrest of a subject wanted for vehicular homicide

- 1 arrest of a subject wanted for vehicular manslaughter

- 11 guns seized

- 6 ounces of cocaine seized

- 2 ounces of marijuana seized

- 75 prescription pills seized

Additionally, CHP officers issued 83 citations, towed 36 vehicles, and recovered 3 stolen vehicles.

This was the most successful, and largest-scale, operation of this type ever held in East Contra Costa County. The communication and teamwork displayed by all involved was absolutely phenomenal.

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all the officers, detectives, marshals, deputies, agents, investigators, dispatchers, jailers, community service officers, analysts, and support/clerical staff who joined together to help make our community safer!

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East Bay Leadership Council of Contra Costa/Tri Valley seeks nominations for annual Philanthropy Awards

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A friendly reminder that the East Bay Leadership Council’s Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards nomination deadline is next Friday, September 5th – only 1 week away! 

Their fourth annual celebration, this is the opportunity to recognize the key individuals and funders who have made a difference to your organization and to our community. This event’s success depends on nominations from the local non-profit community and they need your help to make it a success!

They need your help! All nominations need to come from a non-profit or have a letter of support from a non-profit, so your involvement in nominating deserving companies, organizations and individuals is crucial. Award categories include Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (3 awards based on the size of company), Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker, Outstanding Collaborative Project, Volunteer of the Year, Next Generation Philanthropist, and Lifetime Achievement.

Award recipients will be honored at a special breakfast event on Thursday, November 6, at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. All nominations need to come from a non-profit or have a letter of support from a non-profit, so your involvement in nominating deserving organizations and individuals is crucial. A non-profit organization can make multiple nominations. To access the nomination form and eligibility details, visit Philanthropy Award Nomination Form.  

For more information, contact Amy Maggiore, East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Awards Committee Member at (925) 957-7567 or amym@shelterincofccc.org.

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East County NAACP to host non-violent rally in Antioch this Saturday

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Knowledge is Power Velma Wilson East County NAACP to host non violent rally in Antioch this Saturday

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Special Haven to host golf tournament fundraiser September 6

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 Special Haven to host golf tournament fundraiser September 6

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Meals on Wheels seeks applicants for Outreach Worker in Bay Point, Pittsburg and Antioch

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Program Description:

Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals and daily contact from a dedicated staff and volunteers. The program supports independence while promoting the social, physical, and emotional well-being of seniors.

Position Description

The East County Outreach Worker (ECOW) is primarily responsible for ensuring that meals are delivered to clients. The ECOW directly interacts with clients both in-person and over the phone.

This person will report directly to the Meals on Wheels Program Manager. This is a part-time position, with work time spent in the Walnut Creek office and in the field (Bay Point, Pittsburg and Antioch). 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.

To view the entire job posting click here

All interested persons please send via email only a current resume in Word  document or a pdf
of resume and a cover letter to Sharon Fitzgerald, Meals on Wheels Program Manager. Email:
sfitzgerald@mowsos.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted. Please no phone calls.

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Watchdog: Glad City Council will let voters fill Agopian’s vacant seat, needs to adopt a policy

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Watchdog Logo 300x95 Watchdog: Glad City Council will let voters fill Agopians vacant seat, needs to adopt a policyBy Barbara Zivica

Regrettably Antioch has still not adopted a policy in regard to filling a City Council vacancy since the situation arose in 2000 when Donald Freitas was sworn in as Mayor, leaving a vacant council seat. Shortly thereafter, the council, consisting of then Mayor Mary Rocha (having just lost her bid for county supervisor), Arne Simonsen and Brian Kalinowski voted to appoint council candidate Jim Conley, third-place finisher in the previous month’s election and the only candidate council members could agree on.

Previously, a vacancy had occurred in the Mayor’s seat, in 1994 when Joel Keller was elected to the BART Board mid-way through his term as Mayor. None of the then Council Members, including Mayor Pro Tem Allen Payton, and Council Members Mary Rocha, Elizabeth Rimbault and Ralph Hernandez, could get the necessary three votes for the appointment. So, the council majority chose to appoint former Police Chief Len Herendeen to fill the position for the remaining two years.

A vacancy occurred again in 2008 when Jim Davis was sworn in as Mayor, leaving his prior council seat with two years remaining on his term. Unfortunately, the council did not appoint the third place finisher, Arne Simonsen who was one of 14 applicants to fill the vacant seat. They decided instead to appoint Martha Parsons, the union-backed Democrat fundraising consultant for Torlakson and DeSaulnier.

The options for addressing a vacancy on council remain the same now as they did then:

1) Call a special election to fill the vacant seat.

2) Invite applications for appointment to fill the city council vacancy and establish dates and rules for the application process, or

3) Appoint a person to fill the Council vacancy until the election results in November are certified and the elected council member seated.

According to the city attorney, not appointing someone and waiting for the November election would incur no additional staff time or costs and involve some savings as to the salary and benefits provided council members. The option of appointing someone directly would have the opposite effect.

Thankfully the council agreed unanimously to fill Gary Agopians’s vacant seat through the election process.

The city received fourteen applications but only ten filed their nomination papers by the filing deadline. Eight qualified for the ballot. The city clerk is awaiting verification of signature count for another candidate and one did not qualify due to insufficient number of valid signatures of registered Antioch voters.

Councilman Tony Tiscareno is one of the qualified applicants. He was appointed by the council to complete Wade Harper’s term when Harper was elected mayor in 2012, midway through his first term on the council. Tiscareno must run for election this November in order to retain his council seat.

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