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Antioch Council candidates share views, ideas, experience during forum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By John Crowder

On Tuesday night, September 16, 2014, five of the eight candidates running for the Antioch City Council met at the council chambers to take questions from panelists and residents on their plans for the City if elected. Although each candidate had the opportunity to question and rebut opponents, none did so, resulting in a debate largely devoid of contention.

With moderator Paul Burgarino, Voter Education and Engagement Specialist for Contra Costa County Election Division enforcing the ground rules, panelists Allen Payton, publisher of the Antioch Herald, and Dr. Sean Wright, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce took turns questioning the candidates.

Three candidates were absent from the proceedings. Jeffery Hall-Cottrell, Steven Bado and Lori Ogorchock, the latter two being out of town. Ogorchock sent a surrogate speaker, Bill Chapman, to fill in for her and to read both an opening and closing statement on her behalf. Those candidates attending were Karl Dietzel, Diane Gibson-Gray, Anthony Segovia, Lamar Thorpe, and currently appointed incumbent Tony Tiscareno.

Each candidate began with an opening statement. Chapman, speaking for Lori Ogorchock, noted her 40-year residence in Antioch. He emphasized her leadership skills and history of community service, including her work with Junior Diabetes, the Antioch Unified School District, City Park and fight against blight. Her priorities, he said, would be a revitalized downtown and fully staffed police force.

Lamar Thorpe talked about his experience on the Antioch Economic Development Commission and his current work in education. He related how he had to overcome adversity from the time he was born, in prison, to a mother addicted to crack. He said he joined the Navy after attempting community college, and being forced to leave because of his illiteracy. There, he said, he taught himself to read, and went on to graduate from George Washington University. His focus if elected, he said, would be job creation.

Diane Gibson-Gray said that she was a 50-plus year resident of Antioch. She listed numerous civic and other organizations in Antioch that she has been part of, including her current stint as a board member of the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD), her service as Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch, and time spent on the Antioch Planning Commission. She said she would focus on three areas if elected: Public safety, fiscal responsibility, and economic development.

Tony Tiscareno noted that he had lived in Antioch for 45 years, and that he currently serves on the city council, having been appointed to fill Wade Harper’s seat when he was elected mayor. He said he was concerned that there were not enough recreational opportunities for young people in the city, and that having more for kids to do would help to reduce crime. He said he would take a hands-on approach to bringing volunteers together to work on reducing crime.

Anthony Segovia said that he was born and raised in Antioch, had been involved in broadcast journalism, and currently works in finance. His focus, if elected, would be on crime reduction, downtown redevelopment, and the budget.

Karl Dietzel said that he was a 65-year-old immigrant from Germany. He stated that he lived right in the middle of a the crime-ridden area of Sycamore. Emphasizing his independence, he said that he was not connected to any special interests, would truly represent the average citizen, and would focus on the budget, crime, and economic development.

Early in the forum, Payton asked the candidates what they had accomplished for Antioch. Gibson Gray answered first, saying that she had been involved in replacing the superintendent at AUSD, and, in her role as a board member for the school district, had decreased the amount of deficit spending each year and produced a balanced budget. She also discussed her many community service efforts.

Tiscareno mentioned his work coaching children in sports and his time on the city council.

Segovia said his experience did not compare with the other candidates, but that he did volunteer work and had been involved with youth football.

Dietzel emphasized that he had never held an elected office, but had done work to fight graffiti.

Thorpe stated that he had run Councilwoman Monica Wilson’s campaign, served on the Economic Development Commission, contributed to the “state party,” and was involved with the group ‘Parents Connected’ as a mentor.

Wright asked the candidates about their ideas for generating revenue for the city. In response, Tiscareno spoke about hiring new city manager Steve Duran and said there was a need to bring in more commercial, residential, and light industrial development. He also talked about bringing in a ferry and revitalizing the downtown.

Segovia said he would work with investors to come to the city, and would revitalize the downtown.

Dietzel noted that, according to a recent letter sent out by the city manager, we are in a “severe fiscal crisis.” He said Antioch is on the verge of bankruptcy, and that we need to have an Economic Development Director, set up a collections department, and privatize city investments that were losing money, such as Prewett Ranch, the animal shelter, and the golf course.

Thorpe said that passing Measure O would be a good step, but that the most important action would be to create jobs which would, in turn, generate more sales tax revenue.

Gibson-Gray also emphasized her support for Measure O, and spoke about needing regional development, and perhaps more large retail units.

In response to a question from Burgarino, all candidates expressed their support for Measure O.

A question from the floor asked what the candidates considered the most significant problem facing Antioch, and what they would do to solve it. In response, Thorpe referenced jobs, while the other candidates all focused on crime.

Another question noted that police services are currently 73% of the city budget, and asked how they planned to handle negotiations with the police department when their contract came up for review. Gibson-Gray and Segovia both said there was a need for concessions on the part of the department. (According to the city finance department, the cost of a police officer is now about $200,000 per year.) Tiscareno said it was best left to the negotiating team, while Thorpe emphasized the need to retain good quality officers, stating there could be no compromise on that. Dietzel spoke about getting Measure O in place, and said we need to buy locally.

Other areas covered during the session included homelessness, illegal dumping, dealing with feral cats, relating to a diverse community, and more.

The complete forum can be seen on Comcast Local Cable Channel 24 and on the Antioch Chamber of Commerce website at www.AntiochChamber.com. The schedule will be posted on the Antioch Herald website, www.antiochherald.com.

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Measure O advocates dominate opponents in forum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By John Crowder

On Tuesday night, September 16, 2014, proponents of Measure O, a proposal to place a tax on residential landlords in the city of Antioch, clearly dominated their opponents in an election forum cosponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and the Antioch Herald.

Speaking in favor of the measure were former Antioch mayor Don Freitas, chairman of Antioch Residents for Fairness-Yes on Measure O, and local Realtor Mark Jordan. Representing the opposition were Alex Aliferis, Executive Director, Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, and Wayne Cook, a longtime Antioch resident and senior citizen.

During opening statements, each side framed their case. Freitas explained that the idea for the tax originated with a citizen’s group, the Friday Morning Breakfast Club (FMBC), and that its purpose was to provide a stable source of revenue for the city. Speaking for the opposition, Cook characterized it as an unfair assessment that would place fixed-income seniors in jeopardy.

The format for the debate had two panelists, Dr. Sean Wright, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Allen Payton, Publisher of the Antioch Herald, asking questions of the two sides. Questions taken from the audience and submitted on cards were also worked into the debate by the panelists. Paul Burgarino of the County Elections Department was the Moderator.

The questions began with Wright asking the proponents how the fee structure was determined, and how much money the tax was expected to generate for the city. Jordan responded that the fees were compromise numbers, worked out between FMBC and city staff. Aliferis said the city council “claims” it will raise $2.1 million.

Participants were questioned by Payton as to how the money would be spent. Aliferis stated that the money would go to the general fund, and there was no guarantee of additional police officers. He said that, even with Measure C, the city had not gained any additional police presence. Freitas said that, while 20 additional officers had been hired, because of retirements and attrition, the number of new officers was low. Even so, he pointed out that the city council was keeping their commitment to spend 100% of Measure C money on police and code enforcement. He agreed that the money would go to the general fund, but emphasized that the general fund includes money for police officer salaries.

Referencing their campaign literature, Payton asked the opponents of Measure O to name businesses who were on the record in opposition to the landlord tax. Unable to name any, Aliferis instead said that it would hurt seniors. This tactic did not work in his favor, however, as the audience (comprised mostly of seniors) expressed their displeasure with his response. It also opened the door for Freitas to produce statistics showing that most seniors in Antioch, about 75%, would feel no effect from the tax increase. Jordan was later able to build on this theme when he emphasized that rents are based on what the market will bear, and that landlords simply do not itemize expenses in establishing rental fees. The debate regarding the effect of the measure on seniors culminated with Freitas asking seniors in the audience who had been involved with writing the measure to stand, further emphasizing his point that seniors stood to benefit from the tax initiative because they would be getting a safer city.

Another question Payton raised was whether or not the city council had gone back on their word by putting the rental tax on the ballot after enlisting the support of apartment owners for the passage of Measure C last year. Freitas responded that if both measures had been on the ballot last year, they would have failed. He said that the understanding was always that the rental tax would be revisited. He went on to say that the FMBC had made many overtures to the apartment owners to reach a compromise, but they were unwilling to make any concessions regarding a tax.

Throughout the debate, it was apparent that Freitas and Jordan had prepared for the event; their talking points were well-rehearsed, and they had statistics to back up their positions. On the other hand, the opponents were frequently silent for long periods, and sometimes had little or no response to a question. When Freitas asked his opponents when they “would stop lying” in their campaign tactics, it appeared to take Cook off guard. Cook said that he would find out if someone on his side was lying, and, if so, put a stop to it.

The full debate will be shown on Comcast Local Cable Channel 24 and on the Antioch Chamber of Commerce website at www.AntiochChamber.com. The schedule will be published on the Antioch Herald website, www.antiochherald.com.

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Code enforcement, police, feral cat issues addressed at recent Antioch Council meetings

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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By John Crowder

At the two most recent Antioch city council meetings issues of code enforcement and police matters continued to dominate in public comments and presentations.

Code enforcement, particularly with respect to the feral cat problem, and trash dumping, were the focus of comments and concerns expressed by residents at the August 26th council meeting. At the September 9th meeting, the use of social media by the Antioch Police Department (APD) was the main topic.

At the last council meeting in August, six people addressed the council regarding enforcement of the ban on feeding feral cats on public property. Their attendance at the meeting was prompted by the citing of a volunteer, Ray Zeeb, a 35-year resident of Antioch, who has, along with others, been feeding the feral cats for some time. Zeeb complained that he was ticketed for the activity even though he had understood that the city had agreed to a moratorium on enforcement of the ordinance banning the feeding of feral cats for six months, beginning three months ago.

I got the first ticket for feeding feral cats,” he said, as he held up the citation.

Karen Kops, president of Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP), an all-volunteer 501(c)3 animal welfare organization, also spoke about the citation. Kops stated that the volunteers had reached an agreement with the city to allow them to continue to feed the cats for 6 months. “We went into the trial period in good faith,” she stated, but said the ticket was given to Zeeb with no warning.

Kops said that the trap, neuter, and release (TNR) program they had implemented had been going on during the aforementioned trial period, and that approximately 80 cats had been spayed and neutered in that time. She said the real problem was people dumping cats in the area.

Kops also decried the discovery of a cat that had been severely burned and had to be euthanized, saying her organization, along with others, was offering a reward for information about the incident.

Kenneth Clark, a resident of Antioch since 1971, also spoke to the council, expressing his concern with the condition of Marchetti Park.

I pick up trash in that park three to five times per week,” he said.

He went on to say that people were cutting the fence in order to create a shortcut to Hudson Court. He requested the council repair the fence and cut the shrubbery in the area, which he said was overgrown and provided cover for individuals cutting the fence.

Lori Cook, one of Antioch’s Citizens of the Year, recognized for her blight fighting activities, was also back before the council. She spoke about her latest crusade, the removal of clothing and other donation boxes from areas throughout the city. Cook talked about the many cleanups that she and her group, “Cleaning Up Antioch One House At A Time” had conducted. Cook has been advocating for the removal of the donation boxes because they are broken into and their contents strewn about the area, further contributing to the impression of Antioch as a dumping ground.

Finally, resident Sam Kashabi expressed concern that the city was preventing him from putting security on his two-acre property to stop dumping, prostitution, and homeless people from invading his land. He told the council that he wants to place on-site security there, but says the city won’t allow it.

Even the city dumps there garbage on West Texas Street,” he said. “I’d like to have a permit to put somebody there.”

City Manager Steve Duran said he would meet with Kashabi to discuss the matter.

During the September 9th meeting, Police Captain Tammany Brooks illustrated a new method that has been implemented by the Antioch Police Department (APD) for interacting with the public. APD has now become the first law enforcement agency in Contra Costa County, and only the 15th such agency in the state, to develop and implement a phone application, entitled Police Application for Public Notification, to connect with the department that can be downloaded onto any cell phone.

Captain Brooks said, “Since Chief Cantando took the helm of the department just over three years ago, one of his primary visions has been to improve the relationship between the police department and the community we serve.” He talked about APD utilizing social media as part of the outreach effort, and noted that APD has currently over 4500 friends on Facebook.

Today I’m proud to unveil the next step in keeping the public connected with the Antioch Police Department…instead of telling you about it, I’d like to show you.” “I’m going to show you the Antioch Police Department Mobile Application for Smartphones. It’s available for free download through the Apple store, and through Google Play, and people can stay connected, wherever they are, through mobile access to news, crime maps, social media alerts, and more.”

Brooks went on to say that, with this application, you have the ability to file an online report, to submit a tip for a crime that has already occurred, to look at crime maps, and many other features, including a scanner and an alert function. Brooks also noted that no taxpayer money was spent developing the application, but that the money had come from asset forfeiture.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the city council will take place on Tuesday, September 23. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, 3rd and H Streets in downtown, starting at 7:00 p.m. or they can be viewed live at www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/citycouncilmeetings.htm.

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Brutal fight part of history of violence at Dallas Ranch Middle School

Monday, September 15th, 2014

By John Crowder

A brutal fight at Dallas Ranch Middle School last week between two 8th grade girls was caught on a student’s cell phone and the video made its way to the internet and to Bay Area news station KRON, channel 4, which has run several segments on the story.

In the video, (which can be viewed by clicking here) one of the girls gets the other down to the ground, and then uses her boot to smash her head into the concrete walkway. Other students can be seen on the video near the two fighters, using their cell phones to film the scuffle.

Since the story first aired, more parents have come forward complaining of fights occurring “every day” on the campus.

Dallas Ranch has a long history of violent incidents occurring on the campus. Last year, as reported in the Herald on different occasions, parents, students, and teachers addressed the Antioch School Board about violence at the school.

At the March 26th school board meeting, student Taylor Donaldson spoke about three P.E. teachers no longer teaching because of violent incidents.

I’m afraid our school is turning into a disaster,” he said.

At the January 22nd school board meeting, several staff members from DRMS addressed the board with concerns about student violence. At that time, two P.E. teachers vowed not to return to the school as long as a student who had physically attacked one of them was allowed to remain on campus. Following this most recent incident, teachers at the school are once again speaking up, saying they are afraid to go to work, and that they are continuing to be physically attacked by students.

A former teacher’s assistant, Kathy Arroyo, was featured on one of the Channel 4 segments discussing a two-year old incident at the school where she says she tried to intervene in a fight between students. She ended up in the hospital with her back having to be fused together. In the news segment she laments, “nothing’s changed.” Speaking to parents, she said, “There is violence at that school, and they have a right to be concerned.”

In response to this most recent incident, DRMS Principal Ed Dacus states that the two students involved in the incident were disciplined, and that, due to the nature of the matter, the Antioch Police Department was involved.

We were able to grab as many of the kid’s cell phones, and, trying to prevent this type of video getting out, because it does lead to cyberbullying,” he added.

Bob Sanchez, the school district’s Director of Student Support Services, also weighed in on the matter. He is quoted as saying that, in spite of the fight, Dallas Ranch is one of the best schools in the district. He also talked about steps being taken by the district to address the problem.

We are in the process of getting people to come and train us on certain issues like this,” he said.

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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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Chamber, Herald to co-host forums for local candidates, Measure O in September

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Tuesday & Thursday, September 16 & 18, Antioch Council Chambers

By Allen Payton

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce and the Antioch Herald will co-host two nights of forums for the eight candidates vying for two seats on the Antioch City Council, the four candidates seeking the two seats on the Antioch School Board, the four candidates, two each for the two districts that included Antioch on the County School Board, as well as Measure O, the Antioch business license tax on the November ballot.

This will provide the voters in Antioch the opportunity to ask questions of and learn more about the candidates and Measure O, to make a more informed decision before they vote,” said Chamber CEO Dr. Sean Wright.

The first two forums will be held on Tuesday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a debate on Measure O from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., followed by the city council candidates’ forum from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

The forums for the two school board races will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, starting with the County School Board candidates at 7:00 p.m, followed by the Antioch School Board candidates at 8:00 p.m.

Both nights will be held at the Antioch City Council Chambers, 3rd and H Streets in downtown Antioch. Be sure to bring your questions and submit them at the beginning of the meeting.

The format will include an opportunity for the candidates to ask each other questions and challenge each the responses from their opponents.

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DeSaulnier Social Purpose Corporations bill headed to Governor

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A measure by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to encourage the formation of Social Purpose Corporations is headed to Governor Brown. This bill strengthens previous efforts by Senator DeSaulnier to encourage companies to incorporate with a special purpose.

It is important that California provide options to socially conscious entrepreneurs,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “This bill will help encourage the formation of businesses driven to do more than just maximize profits for their shareholders. SB 1301 ensures that California remains on the forefront of promoting socially conscious business practices.”

Senator DeSaulnier carried legislation (SB 201) in 2011 to establish a new corporate form—a Flexible Purpose Corporation. This new corporate form integrated the for-profit philosophy of the traditional corporation along with a “special purpose” mission to encourage and expressly permit companies to pursue one or more charitable or public purpose activities in addition to creating economic value for shareholders. Washington and Delaware followed California’s lead in creating similar corporate forms.

SB 1301 renames Flexible Purpose Corporations as Social Purpose Corporations, to more accurately reflect the spirit of the law. SB 1301 seeks to strengthen and clean up the corporate code created under SB 201, by clarifying that directors of Social Purpose Corporations are required—and not just encouraged—to consider a special purpose. This bill also cleans up California code to better conform to other states’ guidelines and new corporate laws that have proven successful in encouraging companies to incorporate with a special mission.

According to the Secretary of State, a total of 62 Flexible Purpose Corporations have been formed since January 1, 2012.

To learn more or contact Senator Mark DeSaulnier visit http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/.

DeSaulnier (D-Concord) represents the Seventh Senate District, which includes most of Contra Costa County and parts of Alameda County.

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Give input on county transportation options at Thursday workshop or online

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

What do you want in Contra Costa? BART? Buses? Bikes? Roads? Ferries?

In an effort to obtain greater input on the transportation needs and priorities of county residents the Contra Costa Transportation Authority will host a workshop this Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the Pittsburg City Council Chambers located in the Pittsburg Civic Center at 65 Civic Avenue.

The Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan, or CTP, is one of the key planning tools called for in the Measure J Growth Management Program (GMP). Specifically, Measure J requires the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to:

Support efforts to develop and maintain an ongoing planning process with the cities and the County through the funding and development of a Comprehensive Transportation Plan

The CTP provides the overall direction for achieving and maintaining a balanced and functional transportation system within Contra Costa – including a series of strategies and implementing actions – while strengthening links between land use decisions and transportation. It outlines the Authority’s vision for Contra Costa and it establishes goals, strategies, specific projects, and other actions for achieving that vision.

The Authority adopted its first Countywide Plan in 1995. The first major update to the Plan was adopted in July 2000. The second major update, which helped define the Measure J Expenditure Plan and GMP, was adopted in May 2004. The third update was adopted in 2009.

During 2014, the Authority will undertake a fourth update to the CTP. The 2014 Issues and Opportunities brochure, (available for download on the CCTA website, below) sets the stage for the 2014 Update.

If you can’t attend Thursday night’s meeting, you can participate online by sharing your ideas and seeing what other ideas have been submitted by visiting www.keepcontracostamoving.net, and calling (925) 256-4720 or emailing 2014CTP@ccta.net to get a copy of the survey mailed to you.

For more information on the CTP, visit http://ccta.net/_resources/detail/11/1.

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