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Antioch Council to consider temporary moratorium on evictions during special meeting Tuesday night

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Will also discuss potential moratorium on rental increases and new fees

By Allen Payton

At the urging of residents’ concerns who submitted comments for last week’s council meeting, and were read aloud by City Clerk Arne Simonsen, and in response to the governor’s stay at home order, the Antioch City Council will consider an urgency ordinance placing a moratorium on temporary evictions during a special meeting, Tuesday night, March 31, 2020. (See agenda, here: ACC033120Special)

In the council agenda, it reads, “It is recommended that the City Council… adopt the urgency ordinance enacting a temporary moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants financially impacted by the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).”

According to the staff report, “The Ordinance applies to nonpayment eviction notices and unlawful detainer actions based on such notices, that are served or filed on or after March 16, 2020 and until the expiration of this Ordinance.  The Ordinance is currently set to expire on May 31, 2020, or the expiration of the local emergency or the Governor’s proclamation of a state of emergency, whichever is later. The City Council can take further action at a later date if it determines that the moratorium needs to be extended.”

Furthermore, “The Ordinance requires tenants to inform landlords in writing of their inability to pay full rent within 14 days after rent is due after they become aware of a substantial decrease in household income or business income or out-of-pocket medical expenses that would prevent them from paying full rent.”

The staff report also explains that a four-fifths (4/5) vote of the City Council is required for approval.

The council meeting will be held virtually, as the council members and staff stay at home, and can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Op-Ed: Help keep East Bay regional parks safe and open

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

View of Mt. Diablo from the Stewartville Trail in the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve on March 22, 2020. Photos by Allen Payton

A message from East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle

In the Bay Area we are blessed with over a million acres of beautiful public parkland. Californians love to get outdoors to enjoy nature and exercise, in fact they depend on it. For residents and their families it is an essential and fundamental part of their daily lives. Parks make lives better.

We are all currently facing the greatest health pandemic of the last 100 years, and a “Shelter in Place” order that must be taken seriously.

View from the Stewartville Trail on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

We want to help get everyone through this crisis by keeping our parks open, but the safety of the public – and that of our employees – has to be the highest priority. Like you, many of our staff are sheltering in place, taking care of themselves and their loved ones. This creates a significant challenge for keeping our parks open.

We have tried to keep our 73 parks and over 1,300 miles of trails open through this crisis, but what happened this past weekend was unsafe and distressing. Thousands of Bay Area residents headed to nature – overwhelming parks, parking areas, and staff. Overcrowding has already forced many of our fellow park agencies to consider closing.

Our current limited staff is doing its best to keep up with the community’s need to exercise and get outside. However, staff still needs to respond to emergencies, remove hazardous trees, and work on fuels reduction as we prepare, along with CalFire, for another serious fire season. I want to express my appreciation to all park staff everywhere, working hard during this emergency.

Many of our building facilities have been closed for some time to reduce the potential spread of the virus, including children’s play areas and structures, picnic areas, visitor centers, and campgrounds. For health and safety reasons, park restrooms and drinking fountains are also not available.

View of the Senator John A. Nejedly Bridge in Antioch from the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Bend The Curve

We need your help to keep our parks safe for you and our staff. Because of recent park overcrowding, use of picnic areas, and unsafe group gatherings and meet-ups, we have decided to “Temporarily Close” specific parks and park areas from Friday, March 27 through Thursday, April 30. A few parks are fully closed, while only some parking lots and access points are closed at others. We hope this will help us limit overcrowding and help “Bend the Curve.” For up-to-date information on park area closures go to www.ebparks.org/coronavirus.

We are coordinating with health departments daily. If unsafe overcrowding continues, or the public does not maintain social distancing – even for dogs – we may be forced to close additional areas. As Governor Newsom said last Monday, “We can’t bend the curve if everyone is out. I don’t want to close big, beautiful open spaces. But we can’t see what we saw over the weekend.”

I have received many emails, since we announced additional closures, concerned that their favorite park or parking area has been closed, or that restrooms are not open. On behalf of the Park District, I would like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation. We have tried to spread closures across the District as best we can. However, safety is the priority.

The good news: as the largest regional park system in the nation, the vast majority of our parks, open space, and trails remain open, as are our 300-miles of paved regional trails.

If they are to remain open, we need your help. Together we can BEND THE CURVE!

Also, check our website before you go to see updates on any closures. Be sure to “go” before you go and wash your hands before and after your visit a park or trail. Bring hand sanitizer if you have it.

While the park district normally allows dogs off leash in many parks, because of the high use, for public safety and to maintain social distancing, the district is asking that dogs be on a leash.

Robert Doyle is general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District. Doyle has been with the Park District since 1975 and has served as General Manager since 2011. The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest park district of its kind in the United States with 73 regional parks on over 125,000 acres of open space.

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Park District closes regional parks, restricts parking to limit overcrowding for public and staff safety; trails still open

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Additionally, park picnic areas are closed, and all group gatherings prohibited.

By Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor, East Bay Regional Park District

The COVID-19 health emergency remains a serious and evolving situation. This past weekend, the Park District saw more people in parks than on a busy holiday. “We can’t bend the curve if everyone is out. I don’t want to close big, beautiful open spaces. But we can’t see what we saw over the weekend,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday. On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Newsom ordered temporary closures for vehicular traffic at State parks in five California counties: Los Angeles County, Marin County, San Mateo County, Sonoma County, and San Diego County.

Unsafe overcrowding is a concern. While the Park District hopes to keep parks and trails open, some closures are necessary to limit overcrowding and maintain social distancing. The list below of parks, developed park areas, parking lots, and entrance points will be closed beginning Friday, March 27, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020. Trails will remain accessible on a walk-in, bike-in basis.

“We are all in this together,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “We want to help everyone during this crisis by keeping parks open, but safety of the public and our employees is our top priority.”

“If parks are too crowded, please help us keep people safe by going home,” added Doyle.

Ways the public can help keep parks open include:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from other people
  • No picnicking, groups, gatherings, or meetups (only immediate households should be together)
  • Pack-in, pack-out trash, including dog poop (there is limited trash collection during COVID-19)

Park visitation and park use will continue to be monitored closely, with additional closures possible. Currently, state and county health departments have told us they want East Bay Regional Parks to remain open and accessible for outdoor activity if possible. However, it may also be necessary to close more park areas based on overcrowding or additional orders from State or local health agencies.

We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Keeping parks open for the public is challenging with limited staffing and the Park District is doing its best to balance the requirements of State and local health agencies’ “Shelter in Place” orders, and the community’s need for exercise and stress relief.

The public is encouraged to check ebparks.org for up-to-date information on closures.

COVID-19 CLOSURES THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020:

(All picnic areas, restrooms, water fountains, swim facilities/areas, playgrounds, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, sports fields, kiosks, and reservable facilities are closed.)

NEW CLOSURES BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 27:

  • Black Diamond – Upper Parking Lot Closed (Parking available at Sidney Flat)
  • Castle Rock Recreation Area Closed
  • Contra Loma Closed (Trails Open from Frederickson Lane)
  • Crown Beach – Otis Parking Lot Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Del Valle Closed (Trail Access from Arroyo Staging Area Only)
  • Diablo Foothills (Limited Parking for Trail Access)
  • Garin/Dry Creek – Meyer’s Garden Closed
  • Point Isabel – Main Parking Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only
  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional ParkRedwood Road Gate Closed
  • Piedmont Stables (Boarders Allowed to Care for Horses)
  • Roberts Regional Recreation Main Park Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Shadow Cliffs Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve – Tunnel Road Entrance Closed (All Other Access Points Open)
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness Closed
  • Tilden Botanic Garden – Garden Closed

PREVIOUS CLOSURES (STILL IN EFFECT):

Anthony Chabot Closures

  • Marciel Gate
  • Chabot Equestrian Center Parking Lot (Boarders Allowed for Care for Horses)
  • Skyline Stables (Boarders Allowed for Care for Horses)

Ardenwood Closures

  • Ardenwood Closed

Bay Point Shoreline Closures

  • Closed Due to Construction

Big Break Closures

  • Big Break Visitor Center

Black Diamond Closures

  • Mine Closed
  • Sidney Flats Visitor Center
  • Greathouse Visitor Center

Briones Closures

  • Bear Creek Staging Area

Regional Trails Closures

  • Lafayette-Moraga Old Moraga Ranch Trail (Closed due to Landslide)

Coyote Hills Closures

  • Main Parking Lots
  • Coyote Hills Visitor Center

Crown Beach Closures

  • McKay Parking Lot (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Crab Cove Visitor Center

Del Valle Closures

  • Del Valle Visitor Center

Garin/Dry Creek/Pioneer Closures

  • Visitor Center
  • Apple Orchard

Lake Chabot Closures

  • Boat Ramp (No Boating/No Quagga Inspection)

Lake Temescal Closures

  • South Parking Lot

Leona Canyon Closures

  • Main Staging Area

MLK Shoreline Closures

  • Tidewater Staging Area
  • Tidewater Outdoor Recreation Office
  • Tidewater Oakland Strokes Operations

Quarry Lakes Closures

  • Boat Ramp (No Boating/No Quagga Inspection)

Sunol Closures

  • Sunol Visitor Center

Tidewater Closures (See MLK Shoreline)

  • All Areas Closed

Tilden Closures

  • All Picnic Areas Along Lake Anza and Brook roads
  • Fern Picnic Area Parking
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot, Playground, and Picnic Area
  • Lone Oak Parking Area
  • Lakeview Parking Lot
  • Mineral Springs Parking Lot – No Trails
  • Lake Anza Road and Parking Area
  • Tilden Golf Course
  • Golf Course Gated Lot (Bottom Half)
  • Steam Trains/Golden Gate Live Steamers
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Native Here Nursery
  • South Park Drive (Continued Newt Closure Past April 1)

Tilden Botanic Garden Closures

  • Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Tilden Nature Area Closures

  • Tilden Nature Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Tilden Little Farm
  • Environmental Education Center
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot

Wildcat Canyon Closures

  • Walk-In Entrance Trail into the Alvarado Picnic Area

The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and over 1,300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and environmental education. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Antioch crime reports for week of March 22-28, 2020

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Screenshot of Antioch Crime Reports map for March 22-28, 2020.

From CrimeReports.com

Latest to earliest.

SATURDAY

Breaking & Entering – 1100 Block BUCHANAN RD AND BALBOA CT

03/28/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002750 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

Assault – 3100 Block LONE TREE WY AND ROBERT ST

03/28/2020 2AM

Case No: 20002747 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

FRIDAY

Assault – 500 Block W TREGALLAS RD AND DOLORES ST

03/27/2020 11PM

Case No: 20002744 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Assault – 900 Block PUTNAM ST AND CASTLEFORD DR

03/27/2020 8PM

Case No: 20002743 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Vehicle Recovery – 3300 Block BUCHANAN RD AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/27/2020 9AM

Case No: 20002729 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO RECOVERED – STOLEN

THURSDAY

Proactive Policing – LEMONTREE WY AND PEPPERTREE WY

03/26/2020 1PM

Case No: 20002731 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: MISC OUTSIDE ASSIST

WEDNESDAY

Traffic – CONTRA LOMA BL AND HWY 4 HY – (See related article)

03/25/2020 9PM

Case No: 20002711 Agency: Antioch Police Department

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT FATAL

Breaking & Entering – 2600 Block SOMERSVILLE RD AND BUCHANAN RD

03/25/2020 6PM

Case No: 20002716 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

TUESDAY

Assault – 2400 Block MAHOGANY WY AND SPANOS ST

03/24/2020 6PM

Case No: 20002683 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Assault – 3000 Block S APPLE CT AND SEQUOIA DR

03/24/2020 3PM

Case No: 20002679 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Assault – 3000 Block S APPLE CT AND SEQUOIA DR

03/24/2020 3PM

Case No: 20002679 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, SIMPLE – 243 PC

Breaking & Entering

1 Block BRADLEY LN AND MARK LN

03/24/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002675 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY RESIDENCE – 459 PC

Other – JAMES DONLON BL AND TABORA DR

03/24/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002673 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: DEATH REPORT-UNKNOWN CAUSES

Other – 1100 Block JAMES DONLON BL AND CONTRA LOMA BL

03/24/2020 9AM

Case No: 20002669 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: RESTRAINING/COURT ORDER VIOLATIONS

Breaking & Entering – 3200 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/24/2020 6AM

Case No: 20002668 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

MONDAY

Assault – 3900 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND FAIRVIEW DR

03/23/2020 2PM

Case No: 20002656

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Other – 2400 Block SEQUOIA DR AND REDWOOD DR

03/23/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002647

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: DEATH REPORT-NATURAL

SUNDAY

Breaking & Entering – 2200 Block BUCHANAN RD AND GENTRYTOWN DR

03/22/2020 11PM

Case No: 20002646

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: BURGLARY BUSINESS – 459 PC

Property Crime – 2500 Block SOMERSVILLE RD AND BUCHANAN RD

03/22/2020 1PM

Case No: 20002682

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: VANDALISM- 594 PC

Assault

2700 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SAN JOSE DR

03/22/2020 10AM

Case No: 20002637

Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: ASSAULT, AGRAVATED – 245 PC

Other – 3500 Block SWALLOW WY AND LOVEBIRD WY

03/22/2020 8AM

Case No: 20002634 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: RUNAWAY JUVENILE

Theft of Vehicle – 3100 Block PONDEROSA WY AND RIO GRANDE DR

03/22/2020 7AM

Case No: 20002635 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO THEFT – 10851 VC

Theft of Vehicle – 3300 Block DELTA FAIR BL AND SOMERSVILLE RD

03/22/2020 5AM

Case No: 20002638 Agency: Antioch Police Department

Description: AUTO THEFT – 10851 VC

 

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Sunday Update: 175 cases, 3 deaths from COVID-19 in Contra Costa County

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

As of Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Contra Costa Health Services is reporting a total of 168 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths from the virus in the county. The totals are updated daily and based on preliminary reporting. Numbers may change based on additional findings.

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Contra Costa Fire seeks public’s help identifying Antioch arson suspect

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Security camera screenshots of Antioch arson suspect. Photos: ConFire

By Steve Hill, Public Information Officer, ConFire

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s Fire Investigation Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a recent Antioch arson fire.

Anyone with information about the pictured suspect is asked to call the Con Fire Arson. Tip Line at 1-866-50-ARSON (7766).

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Contra Costa Superior Court remains closed through April 30, update on acceptance of filings

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

By Matt J. Malone, Public Information Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

The Court has requested authorization from the Chief Justice to continue its closure through April 30, 2020 and will issue a further release with details as to what Court operations will resume during any extended closure period.

While Court offices and facilities remain closed, the Court will begin accepting certain urgent filings as follows:

Emergency Criminal and Juvenile Matters. The Court will accept filings for emergency criminal and juvenile matters only beginning March 30, 2020.

o Criminal filings will be accepted via a drop box placed at the Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.

o Juvenile filings will be accepted via a drop box at the Walnut Creek Courthouse.

o “Emergency matters” will be specifically defined in Emergency Local Rules which will be posted on the Court’s website as soon as possible.

All other matters EXCEPT Traffic and Unlawful Detainer matters. The Court will begin accepting certain filings for these matters on April 6, 2020. Emergency Local Rules governing these filings will be posted to the Court’s website by April 1, 2020.

o Civil and Family filings will be accepted at a drop box placed at the Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.

o Family filings only will also be accepted via a drop box at the front of the Family Law building in Martinez.

Unlawful Detainer matters may not be filed at this time.

Traffic matters will not be handled at this time. If you seek to pay or challenge a traffic ticket, the Court remains closed. Please contact the Court upon reopening. No Court penalties or fines accrue during the closure.

Additional drop boxes available at branch courts. Beginning April 6, drop boxes will also be made available at both the Pittsburg and Richmond branch courts only for filings in case types heard at those locations.

Acceptance of filings by mail/delivery. The Court will accept approved filings, as defined by the case-type Emergency Local Rules, by mail or other delivery such as FedEx. Couriers will not have access to Court facilities, only to the drop boxes.

The Court will not schedule hearings or reset hearings that were scheduled during the closure period until the Court reopens, with the exception of urgent matters described above and those to be set forth in Emergency Local Rules. The Court will inform you of the rescheduled hearing date. Please do not call the Court asking for a date.

The Court will be closed completely on March 31, 2020, in observance of the Cesar Chavez holiday.

As with its initial closure, the Court’s request for a continued emergency order and limited closure is not in response to a specific notice of exposure at any Court facility or to any Court staff.

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Friday Update: 151 cases, 2 deaths from COVID-19 in Contra Costa County

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Coronavirus. CDC image.

As of Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:08 p.m. Contra Costa Health Services is reporting a total of 151 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths from the virus in the county. The totals are updated daily and are based on preliminary reporting. Numbers may change based on additional findings.

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