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Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force to gather public testimony beginning Thursday

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

About impact in city and to provide recommendations to city council

WHAT: As part of a four-part series of public testimony hearings, the Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force will gather public testimony from regional, county and city agencies, community-based organizations, homeless advocates and volunteers to build the committee’s knowledge base about the impacts of homeless encampments on communities and services. Additionally, the Task Force will examine current efforts that assist homeless residents in meeting basic needs, gain access to services programs and providers, as well as connected with temporary and/or permanent housing.

WHEN & WHERE: On March May 30th, 2019, Nick Rodriguez Center Center, 213 F Street, Antioch.

WHY: In March of 2019, Mayor Pro-Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe requested the establishment of a Homeless Encampment Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to study the growing homeless crisis in Antioch, the effects of homelessness including encampments on the community and temporary measures to alleviate homeless encampments until the completion of the Contra Costa County Care Center.

Task Force Members: Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe

Public Testimony Hearing 1 of 4 Agenda:

Opening Remarks, 8:45 am

Overview of Homelessness in Contra Costa County, 9:00 – 10:00 am

  1. Teri House, City Antioch CDBG/Housing Consultant
  2. LaVonna Martin, Contra Costa County Director, Health, Housing, & Homeless Services

Deep Dive-Contra Costa County/Regional Efforts , 10:15 – 11:15 am

  1. Michael Fisher, Manager, Contra Costa County Core Teams
  2. Armondo Sandoval, CIT Coordinator, BART
  3. Contra Costa County Fire (TBA)
  4. Robert Weston, Project Manager, CoCo Lead Plus, Health Right 360
  5. Steve Ponte, Chief Operating Officer, Tri-Delta Transit

Deep Dive-City of Antioch, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

  1. Tammany Brooks, Chief, Antioch Police Department
  2. Forrest Ebbs, Director, Antioch Community Development Department
  3. George Harding, Manager, Antioch Animal Services
  4. Jon Blanc, Director, Antioch Public Works Department

Meeting Basic Needs-Education, Medical Services, Housing 1:45 – 2:45 pm

  1. Lisa Perry, Homeless Liaison, Antioch Unified School District
  2. Valentino Walker, Sutter Health Rep
  3. T’Sendenia Gage, Program Coordinator, Student Success & Retention, Los Medanos College
  1. Anthony Aiello, Director, East Bay Men’s Recovery Center

Meeting Basic Needs-Food, Closing, Basic Necessities, 5:30-6:30 pm

  1. Ken Kickner, Shower House Ministries
  2. Joleen Lafayette, Executive Director, Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa
  3. Nicole Gardner, Executive Director, Facing Homelessness in Antioch
  4. Ashley Mahan, CEO, Urban Upreach, Inc

Overcoming Homelessness, 6:45 – 7:45 pm

  1. TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA

Please note, each panel will be streamed LIVE on Facebook @lamar.a.thorpe and @joymotts2018. At the conclusion of the hearing, the videos will be made available on YouTube (searchable by panel heading). There will be a 30 day comment period following the live stream. All comments submitted in the comments section of the Facebook and YouTube posts will be reviewed and considered public testimony by the committee. *Following the May 30th public testimony meeting, the task force will meet again on June 10, 2019, to gather additional public testimony from residents. The time and location will be announced at a later time.

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Job Fair at TreVista Antioch Wed. May 22

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Memorial Day Weekend activities in Antioch May 25-27

Monday, May 20th, 2019

This year Antioch is excited to host a whole weekend of enjoyment for our local community for Memorial Day.

The weekend starts off with the first eight Antioch Veterans Memorial Banners being displayed on L Street. The ceremony starts at 9:00 A.M. and will be held at the Antioch Veterans Memorial at the Antioch Marina. We also want to let people know that they can visit www.deltaveteransgroup.org to download an application for the Veteran Memorial Banner program.

Veterans Memorial Banners will be flown the length of L St. from 10th St. north to the Veterans Memorial at the entrance of the marina. A total of 34 Memorial Banners will be hung. The Memorial Banners will hang until it is torn or worn at which time the Banner will be retired by the Antioch Veterans Community with dignity and respect, the applicant will be notified at that time.

Delta Softball Tournament of Heroes (FREE Team Registration www.deltaveterans group.org) at the Antioch Community Park May 25th and 26th, 2018. Both days start at 8 A.M. Saturday there will be an Opening Ceremony at 8 A.M. on Field One. This is a co-ed double elimination tournament and is a family friendly event. You do not need to be a veteran to play. For the kids there will be a Tee-Ball Longest Hit competition (6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13).

On Monday the 27th, as in the past, there will be a Motorcycle Parade from downtown to the Oak View Cemetery in Antioch, where we will hold our Memorial Day services starting at 10 A.M. This year our keynote speaker will be Disabled American Veterans Past National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster. Mrs. Metcalf-Foster is the daughter of a Buffalo Soldier, a retired U.S. Army 1st SGT, and the first woman to be elected as National Commander for a major veterans service organization. She will also be the first female keynote speaker for Antioch’s Memorial Day Celebration.

That will be followed by a free BBQ at the Antioch VFW hosted by the Antioch VFW Post 6435 located on the corner of E. 18th Street and Fulton Shipyard Road.

Also on Monday, the Antioch Water Park is offering free admission to active and retired military personnel with current ID. The water park is located at 4701 Lone Tree Way inside Prewett Park.

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Battle of the Badges Antioch vs. Pittsburg police basketball fundraiser for Special Olympics Tuesday, May 21

Friday, May 17th, 2019

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TreVista to host seminar on Advanced Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney May 28

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

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Tickets available for Antioch’s annual State of the City lunch Friday, May 17

Friday, May 10th, 2019

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Delta Learning Center to hold ribbon cutting, “passing the torch” celebration May 15

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The Delta Learning Center is honoring the twelve-year legacy of Tara Schleder McKnight, Executive Director of the Delta Learning Center, as she passes the torch to the new Executive Director, Shannon Starzyk. McKnight is leaving her position to join her husband who has moved his golf accessory business to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Under McKnight’s leadership the DLC expanded its support from foundations with continued support of local service organizations. The DLC was also able to offer tuition assistance to low income students; this flexibility is at the heart of the Delta Learning Center’s mission. As a service organization this has allowed the DLC to truly address individual family needs and provides a unique and valuable service to our community. Most other local tutoring options are businesses as opposed to nonprofits – or tutor with non-credentialed volunteers in group settings. During the great recession the Delta Learning Center came close to closing its doors – but the dedicated staff under McKnight’s leadership and board came up with creative ideas and grants that kept the DLC solvent.

Shannon Starzyk comes to the Delta Learning Center as a parent of three children who have benefited from the DLC’s program. Starzyk has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University, a Masters of Social Welfare in Child/Adolescent Social Welfare Policy at UCLA, Manga Cum Laude and has pursued a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California. Starzyk has numerous training certifications. She is the owner operator of Starzyk Instruction Services, which provides training to Public Service Safety instructors throughout the State of California. Starzyk is the widow of a Martinez police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

The Delta Learning Center is Contra Costa County’s only nonprofit tutoring center with one on one tutoring and fully credentialed teachers. Since its start in 1976, more than 25,000 students have enrolled at DLC for help with their education. This is the 30th Anniversary of moving into to their building, which was specifically designed for tutoring and built by donations from the East County Community. Over the years DLC has been supported by grants from foundations and local business, gifts from service clubs and individuals, the City of Antioch and nominal fees for service.

The ribbon cutting and pass the torch ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at 275 W. Tregallas Road, across from the Post Office, in Antioch. The entire community is invited to stop by, particularly past board members, clients and supporters.

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Recreation activities roll to Antioch parks this summer

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Kids and families will enjoy “Rollin’ with Rec” this summer during community events and special pop-up recreation programs scheduled at City parks around town. Thanks to one-time revenue funds and a joint public agency partnership with Tri-Delta Transit, the City of Antioch now has a mobile recreation bus that will visit City parks and community events. Sports equipment, large size games such as Jenga, arts & crafts, and a host of other recreation goodies will travel in the van so that kids can enjoy outdoor fun and healthy activities close to home.

City officials will introduce and unveil the bus at the Recreation & Health Expo on Saturday, May 11, 2019. A ribbon-cutting will take place that day at 9:45 am at the Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way. All residents are invited to come join City Officials and get a sneak peek at the van.

For more information about summer programs and the mobile van, call the Recreation Department at 925-776-3050.

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