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Antioch City Manager writes first letter to the community

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

September, 2014

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 sduran@ci.antioch.ca.us. I always look forward to your feedback.

Sincerely,

Steven Duran

City Manager

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Remember 9/11 Memorial Concert in downtown Antioch Thursday evening

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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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
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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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