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Over 1,800 calls for service in Antioch Police highlights for May 12-18, 2016

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Antioch Police highlights as published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated May 20, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service and Arrest Data Summary:

Time Period: 05/12/16 00:00:00 – 05/18/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,829

Number of Case Reports: 319

Number of Arrests: 87

Felony: 41

Misdemeanor: 46

Infraction: 0

Arrests with DUI charge: 2

The data is based upon unaudited CAD/RMS data at time of report generation.

  • ·On 5/19/16 at 6:00 am, officers made a vehicle stop on a Honda with no plates driving slowly in the 500 block of W 14th St. 34 year old Roberto Martinez exited the vehicle and fled into a nearby address. 36 year old Alfred Nobblet was contacted as the driver. He was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun and narcotics. He was taken into custody without incident. Martinez was found to have multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. A perimeter was set up and during a K-9 search; he was found hiding in a neighbor’s basement. He gave up quickly when challenged by the K-9. Both were booked and transported to county jail for weapons and narcotics charges.
  • ·On 5/19/16 at 12:30 am, 35 year old Jacqualine Box was driving west bound on E. Tregallas Rd. when she turned into 7-11, ran off the roadway and collided with a tree. She then backed up and continued to drive west bound; however, her front tire came off the rim preventing her from continuing. A passerby called to report the accident. Upon arrival, officers found Box walking around her vehicle. She stated she had just come from Applebee’s and believed she was in Brentwood. She showed signs of being under the influence and was found to have a preliminary blood alcohol content of .233. She was arrested and eventually booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/18/16 at 11:16 pm, officers conducted a vehicle stop on 47 year old Chandler Colquitt and 36 year old Charmaine King at 2301 Sycamore Dr. after seeing what was believed to be a narcotic transaction that had just occurred when another subject they recognized approached the vehicle’s open driver’s door window. The subject saw the officers and fled into the complex on foot and was not located. During the vehicle stop, Colquitt was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and later cite released.
  • ·On 5/18/16 at 10:00 pm, APD units responded to the report of a vehicle that had been travelling south bound on Cavallo Rd. and left the roadway and crashed into the rear yard of 141 East Madill Street. The driver and solo occupant of the truck was ejected and found under the truck. He was pronounced deceased on scene. His identity could not be confirmed and is pending coroner identification. APD traffic units responded to take over the investigation.
  • ·On 5/18/16 at 1:09 pm, officers were dispatched to 1900 block of Dennis Dr. for subjects smoking marijuana on the side of a residence. The officers arrived on scene and contacted 18 year old Emiliano Rodriguez in the middle of the street. Rodriguez nervously told an officer that he needed to get something from his car and started walking towards a black Ford parked at the curb. The officer attempted to grab Rodriguez but Rodriguez pulled away from the officer and quickly went to the passenger side of the Ford and reached inside. The officer drew his gun and ordered Rodriguez out of the car. The other officer grabbed Rodriguez and attempted to handcuff him but Rodriguez became combative and attempted to pull away from the officer. Rodriguez was eventually taken into custody. Rodriguez was issued a citation and released for resisting arrest.
  • ·On 5/17/17 at 10:28 pm, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for vehicle code violations at the 1800 block of A St. When the driver, 21 year old Antoine Cooper, opened the glove box to retrieve some paperwork, the officer noticed a handgun inside. Cooper was taken into custody without incident. The semi-automatic pistol had a fully loaded magazine with one round in the chamber. The officer contacted the owner of the gun, who turned out to be Cooper’s cousin. Cooper and his cousin were at a gun range earlier and forgot the gun was in the glove box. Cooper was arrested and cite released.
  • ·On 5/17/16 at 7:30 pm, 27 year old Curtis Brown was contacted during a pedestrian stop at West 9th St. and K St. He was found to have an active warrant for his arrest and taken into custody. He was later booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/17/16 at 12:47 pm, on 5/9/2016, a woman was robbed of her cellular phone by a man armed with a gun. Today, the victim called and stated that she saw the suspect who robbed her at 2301 Sycamore Drive. 28 year old Emmanuel Easter fled on foot when patrol officers arrived and the victim pointed him out identifying him as the man who robbed her. Easter was able to run to W 18th Street by crossing the railroad tracks. A perimeter was set up and an officer with a K-9 conducted yard to yard searches. Easter was apprehended by the K-9 in the rear yard of a home on Crestview Drive. Easter continued to fight after being found by the K-9, but was taken into custody. He was medically cleared at the hospital and later sent to county jail. The victim’s cell phone was recovered.
  • ·On 5/17/16 at 8:12 am, someone lit two garbage cans on fire at the City Park. During the investigation it was learned that someone was seen throwing things in the garbage cans around the time of the fires. Contra Costa County Fire Inspectors arrived to assist with the investigation. Due to the amount of cigarette butts in the garbage can area the Fire Inspectors did not believe they had probable cause for the suspect. He was interviewed and released.
  • ·On 5/17/16 at 2:15 am, officers responded to Chevron at 3201 Delta Fair Blvd. on a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted 36 year old Gregorio Yarborough. A computer check revealed Yarborough had several local and out of state warrants, one of which was a homicide warrant out of Louisiana. Yarborough was taken into custody without incident and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/16/16 at 11:57 pm, officers responded to the County Square Market at 2711 Hillcrest Ave. on a report of a vehicle collision with a male subject laying in the street unconscious. Officers arrived and learned 32 year old Lila Penn and her passenger had been drinking earlier at a friend’s house. Penn admitted she was driving west on Larkspur St. when she lost control of her vehicle and collided into the soundwall. The passenger was found unresponsive and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Penn was found to be intoxicated with minor injuries and she too was transported to the hospital. A blood sample was obtained from Penn. Due to the length of time at the hospital, Penn was later released pending further investigation.
  • ·On 5/16/16 at 11:22 pm, officers responded to the Antioch Toyota dealership on a report of a male subject breaking windows and ripping off mirrors and windshield wipers from the new vehicles in the parking lot. Officers arrived and located the subject who was later identified as 32 year old Fredrick Dycus. Dycus stated he was disrespected by an employee at the Days Inn and wanted to “retaliate against America” so he decided to vandalize the vehicles. The manager of the dealership responded and advised the damage was in excess of $15,000. Dycus was booked into county jail for felony vandalism.
  • ·On 5/16/16 at 4:53 am, an officer contacted two subjects inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Country Manor Park at 2800 Asilomar Dr. One of the subjects, 23 year old Ross Unzell, had a no bail felony warrant for his arrest. Unzell was arrested and booked into county jail without incident.
  • ·On 5/15/16 at 9:07 pm, an officer conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Texas St. and Batacao Ln. on a vehicle driven by 23 year old Osvaldo Lopez for having a headlight out. While the officer was speaking to Lopez at the driver door, his cover officer could see a revolver on the floorboard at Lopez’s feet. Lopez was detained without incident. The revolver was found to be fully loaded and registered to an elderly female from South Gate. Lopez was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/15/16 at 7:26 pm, the victim and 26 year old Todd Allen live a few houses from each other on West 7th Street. They got into an argument over Allen trying to show the victim a picture on his cell phone. During the argument Allen struck the victim on the head with a sock that contained an unknown metal item. The victim sustained a serious cut to the back of his head that was bleeding heavily. Allen fled the scene and was not located. The victim and his wife both identified Allen in a photo lineup. A few hours later, Allen’s grandmother called APD to advise that Allen returned home. Officers responded to the residence and Allen was detained trying to flee from the side garage door as officers were knocking on the front door. Allen was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/15/16 at 4:27 pm, 34 year old Blas Sulvaran was driving his vehicle east bound on W 5th St. when he veered from the roadway and collided with a parked vehicle. Sulvaran placed his vehicle in reverse and then fled the scene. He drove to his residence which was just a short distance away on W 5th St. A witness to the collision called APD and maintained a visual on Sulvaran until we arrived. Sulvaran was detained and found to be heavily intoxicated. He failed a preliminary alcohol screening device and was placed under arrest for DUI. Sulvaran was booked at county jail.
  • ·On 5/15/16 at 8:10 am, an officer was on an unrelated call for service in the area of E. Tregallas Rd. and Hillcrest Av. When he saw an older model Honda Accord pass by him. The driver made eye contact and sped away at a high rate of speed. The officer located the Honda abandoned at Deer Valley Rd. and Davison Dr. Witnesses described the driver, 21 year old Richard Wilcox, and officers located him in the bathroom of the nearby McDonalds. Officers contacted the registered owner of the vehicle and discovered the Honda was an unreported stolen vehicle. Wilcox was arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/15/16 at 4:28 am, Officers were dispatched to the Goodwill store for an alarm. 58 year old Steven Gilbert was contacted in the area and found to have a parole violation warrant for burglary out of Lake County. Gilbert was arrested and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 5/15/15 at 2:04 am, 45 year old Joseph Buccellato was under the influence of drugs and running from imaginary enemies who wanted to kill him. He went to Raley’s on Lone Tree Way but the doors were locked. Upset that the employees wouldn’t open the doors for him, he smashed the front door window with a metal trash can lid. Buccellato waited for officers to arrive where he was subsequently arrested for being under the influence of drugs and vandalism. He was treated at the hospital for minor cuts to his arms and then transported to county jail.
  • ·On 5/14/16 at 4:26 pm, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango in the area of A St. and W. 6th St. The vehicle was driven by 44 year old David Bledsoe. The vehicle came back clear and Bledsoe was allowed to be on his way. Later in the shift, another officer was dispatched to a stolen vehicle report at the 3200 block of Ashley Way. He recognized the vehicle as the one Bledsoe was driving earlier. The officer located Bledsoe again; this time driving the vehicle in the area of Service Rd. and Evergreen St. A traffic stop was conducted and Bledsoe was arrested without incident. Parole was contacted and a hold was placed on Bledsoe. He was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/14/16 at 2:36 pm, officers were dispatched to a collision near the intersection of Dennis Dr. and Kean Av. An officer was nearby and observed a vehicle with major front end damage driving from the area at a high rate of speed. The officer was able to catch up with the vehicle and conduct an enforcement stop. 27 year old Armani Shankles was the sole occupant and found to be heavily intoxicated and extremely uncooperative. Officers responded to the original call location and found a parked car that had been hit by Shankles. The front bumper from Shankles vehicle fell off and was left at the crash scene. Shankles was arrested for DUI and transported to the hospital for medical clearance. He became uncooperative at the hospital and had to be placed in a restraint device. His CDL was suspended from a prior DUI and he was on probation for weapons charges out of Alameda County. Shankles was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/14/16 at 11:23 am, officers were called the area of 100 Railroad Av. for a welfare check on a male running through the area claiming he is being chased. Officers made contact with 25 year old Nathan Watson who was found to be under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and his probation was violated. He was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/14/16 at 8:00 am, the victim was driving on 18th Street when 26 year old James Tillman threw a rock at the victim’s vehicle for some unknown reason. The rock caused minor damage. Officers made contact with Tillman at Romi’s Liquors at E. 18th St. and Cavallo Rd. and he fled on foot. He was caught near 18th St. and Woodland Dr. where he struggled with two officers. The officers took Tillman into custody. During a search of his person, officers located a small amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. He is also on felony probation. Tillman was later booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/14/16 at 12:15 am, an officer was in the area of Hillcrest Ave and S. Lake Dr, when he attempted to stop a Honda Accord driven by 44 year old Frederick Simarro. Simarro led the officer on a pursuit around Lake Alhambra. The Honda showed to be a reported stolen vehicle out of Pittsburg. Simarro came to a stop in front of 19 N. lake Dr. and fled on foot. The officer made a K-9 announcement and Simarro immediately complied with the officer’s commands fearing he would be bit by the K-9. Simarro was taken into custody without incident. Simarro is on parole and was transported directly to county on several felony charges.
  • ·On 5/13/15 at 11:30 pm, Contra Costa Fire declared a mass casualty incident (MCI) when they arrived and were advised employees of Wal-Mart on Lone Tree Way had been exposed to carbon monoxide. Turns out there was only 1 employee exposed and he declined medical. The leak was isolated to a soda machine supply bottle used by McDonalds located inside Wal-Mart that had a bad valve. The leak set off detectors in the front of the store. The bottle was removed and the store was declared safe by PG&E and Contra Costa Fire. Employees were allowed to return to work.
  • ·On 5/13/16 at 11:13 pm, a subject driving a Toyota pickup was westbound on William Reed Dr. when they drove over the curb and sidewalk, just missing a pole and striking several vehicles and a fence in the 200 block. The driver fled and was not immediately located. A short time later, the responsible truck was located in front of the ABC Rendezvous. 36 year old Ryan Spencer is the owner of the truck and was in front of the bar. He matched the description of the driver involved in this incident. He was detained and an in-field line-up was done. A witness was unable to identify Spencer as the driver, but did identify his truck. Spencer denied any involvement in the collisions and refused to say if anyone else was driving his truck. Spencer was heavily intoxicated at the time of contact and belligerent. He was taken into custody for public intoxication and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/13/16 at 4:49 pm, an officer was in the area of 316 W. 20th St on routine patrol. The officer saw 48 year old Ryan Luton, whom he knew from prior contacts. Luton was checked for wants and the officer discovered an arrest warrant, which was issued today for vandalism. Luton was taken into custody without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 5/13/16 at 4:41 am, an Uber driver called because he brought 37 year old Robert Pontoon to Antioch at the Chevron station in the 2400 block of A St. and now Pontoon would not wake up or get out of the car. Officers arrived and woke Pontoon up. He exited the vehicle and charged one officer with his fists clinched. Pontoon was taken into custody and found to have 3 large baggies of marijuana. He was later booked into county jail.
  • On 5/13/16 at 1:04 am, Brentwood PD became involved in a pursuit of a reckless driver westbound Lone Tree Way near Empire Ave. The driver headed into Antioch and pulled into the Wal-Mart lot. The driver only stopped after losing control of his vehicle and colliding into a pole in front of Wal-Mart. The driver and passenger fled on foot at this point. An Antioch officer was in the area and responded to assist in the foot pursuit. The APD officer tackled the driver and took him into custody without incident. Brentwood PD took over the arrest and APD took no further action. CHP responded at BPD request and handled the collision.
  • ·On 5/13/16 at 12:21 am, an officer was doing an area check and witnessed 19 year old Joel Acevedo-Camarena doing “donuts” in his Mustang at the intersection of James Donlon Blvd. and Metcalf St. A vehicle stop was conducted and the driver, Acevedo-Camarena and his passenger 19 year old David Gaspar were both arrested. A second vehicle that was watching fled the area and was not located. Both subjects were cited and released. Acevedo-Camarena’s vehicle was towed and held for 30-days.
  • ·On 5/13/16 at 12:21 am, 22 year old Dominique Grogans was contacted during a vehicle stop in the area of Benton St. and Bitter St. and found to have the no bail warrant for his arrest for hit and run. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into county jail.
  • On 5/12/16 at 7:17 pm, officers were dispatched 1 Helmuth Lane on a report of a possible fight between 44 year old Frank Mello and another male. Upon arrival, officers contacted Mello and discovered he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Mello was taken into custody without incident and later sent to county jail. The fight was determined to be unfounded.
  • On 5/12/16 at 10:30 am, 21 year old Trezell Heckard was contacted on a car stop at Hillcrest Av. and Wildflower Dr. and found to have a felony warrant for his arrest. He was cooperative and arrested. He was later transported to the county jail.
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Antioch Council hears more complaints about use of Measure C funds, Cantando reports city at 91 officers

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

City staff says 100% is going to police, code enforcement, but funds being transferred out to administration, other departments under city’s Cost Allocation Plan

By Allen Payton

At their meeting on Tuesday, May 10th, the Antioch City Council once again heard complaints from residents, including a former Oversight Committee member, about the use of Measure C’s half-cent sales tax money, after hearing a report from Police Chief Allan Cantando that violent crime is down over last year, but that police staffing was at only 91 sworn officers.

In addition, the Council voted unanimously to contribute $20,000 to the annual July 4th celebration.

Police Chief’s Report – APD 1st Qtr 2016 Crime Stats Report

As previously reported, Cantando shared that Part I crimes – the violent crimes reported to the FBI – have decreased by 9.7% in the first quarter of 2016 over the first quarter of 2015. He then shared statistics on police hiring.

“We are now at 91 officers,” Cantando stated. “We lost one officer after the latest shooting of an officer. Not the one who was shot. But he realized how dangerous this job was.”

He then reported that the department had hired 36 officers, had 15 Retirements, seven resignations and five separations.

“Other departments in our county are having a much more difficult time in hiring, than we are,” he added.

Response times for Part I crimes have decreased from 10 minutes 36 seconds in 2014 to 10 minutes, two seconds in 2016.

“With the response times going up and down, can you elaborate a little bit more?,” Councilwoman Monica Wilson asked.

Cantando responded “When we were in 2008 our response time…was seven minutes, five seconds. That’s when we had the most officers on the street.”

“On the response times, do you have a goal in mind,” asked Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock.

“I’d love the response times to be in the sevens,” he stated. “There are only so many officers available on the street at a time. This is something this city will have to consider. The City of Richmond has 95 more officers than we do. Is 102 enough?”

Cantando also shared about an addition to the parking lot of the Antioch Police Station, for safer online transactions.

“I’m going to give credit to Councilwoman Wilson on this,” he said. “Another city beat us to the punch,” referring to Pittsburg.

He then spoke of “an exchange zone for people who use Craigslist, to use our parking lot to do business.”

“Hopefully, that will be in place in the next few weeks,” Cantando added.

Measure C Report – Measure C Report 051016

City staff provided a report on the use of the City’s Measure C half-cent sales tax, from the Citizens’ Oversight Committee and the council heard complaints about the use of those funds for things other than police and code enforcement, and transparency in reporting. That prompted a discussion among council, staff and the public.

“You’re increasing the citywide administration by 37%, but the police department increased by only 8%,” said former Oversight Committee member Sal Sbranti.

He then reminded the council of the stated purposes of Measure C, to “reduce 9-11 response, increase the number of police officers and improve Code Enforcement.”

“Also blight reduction was added to that,” interjected Mayor Wade Harper.

“Police personnel budget only goes up 14% citywide. That’s bunk,” Sbranti stated.

“It’s outside our purview,” he continued. “You asked us to sit down and make sure the money is going into those three things.”

City Manager Steve Duran responded, speaking of the city’s Cost Allocation Plan, in which each department helps pay for other departments that provide services to it.

“Of course when you got off furloughs and people got their raised, the allocation went up,” he stated. “Selective cherry picking of numbers to make it look as if something’s gone awry…we’re not going to let people do that.”

Resident David Redford complained about the lack of transparency.

“Each of you has expressed a strong focus…more transparency, more accuracy, more definition in reporting,” he stated. “Nowhere in his report does it show 10 officers increase in the police force.”

Redford then mentioned “a new initiative will be filed” that will include a “penalty clause” and moving the Measure C funds “into a trust.”

In response, Duran said “The net number is the right number to put out there. You start with a base of 82 (sworn officers).”

Ogorchock asked staff, “If 82 is our base line, then 10 officers…can’t we show that these are Measure C funds and spending htem as the council promised?”

City Finance Director Dawn Merchant responded by explaining the amount of funds transferring out of the police department to administration and other departments, under the allocation plan, which the council adopted in 2005.

“Citywide costs to the police department decreased 8%, then 13%” she stated referring to years prior to the passage of Measure C. “Fiscal Year ‘13 it went up 7%. Fiscal Year ’14 it went up 11%. Fiscal Year ’15 it went up 15%. Fiscal Year ’16 it did increase 24%. But that’s for a full year of furloughs.”

Councilwoman Mary Rocha asked “If it doesn’t come out of the cost of police, where would it come out of?”

Merchant replied, “It would cause the City Manager’s budget to increase.”

“You could see other departments minused,” added Rocha.

Duran chimed in.

“Those costs don’t go away,” he stated. “The costs are still there and you still have to pay for them. You funded 102 sworn officers and some more CSO’s. You funded 20 more officers out o that 100% that went to police. Even though you’ve hired 36, you’re at a net 10. This is like debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.”

A defiant Duran said, “The bottom line is 100% of the money is going to where it’s supposed to go.”

Sbranti wasn’t satisfied with the responses.

“What stops you from going up to 25% (in the Cost Allocation Plan)?” he asked. “It wasn’t until the second year that I started saying ‘wait’.”

Wilson asked “When the (Oversight) committee was formed, did we explain this is the purview of the committee?”

“The mayor explained to us our role,” Sbranti responded. “How do we determine Measure C monies. Anything above $28.447 million (in the police department budget) is automatically Measure C money.”

Wilson then asked about the formula for cost allocation.

“What is the formula that we use? It’s not the same for each department across the board,” she said.

Merchant explained about the city audit in 2005 and that “it’s not a set formula across the board. It hasn’t been updated since.”

Harper tried to quell the disagreement.

“I hope we all want the same thing, which is a safer community and more police,” he said. “The funds are being intermeshed. We understand it’s not easy to say this bullet was not purchased with Measure C funds.”

Councilman Tony Tiscareno offered his thoughts on the matter.

“It’s not that I’m confused. But I remember voting to have 100% of Measure C funds go to the police department,” he said. “The issue is that we could identify every dollar. It’s my opinion we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing with Measure C funds.”

Harper called for more transparency and directed his comments to Sbranti and the committee members.

“Hopefully we can be more transparent,” he said. “Hopefully we haven’t acted defensive. Because you did what we asked you to do.”

Public Comments

During public comments earlier in the evening, Gary Kingsbury provided an overview on the proposed Antioch homeless shelter project

Regarding the homeless population, he said “the county went down but Antioch and East Contra Costa County went up 33% to 164 of visible homeless in the city.”

“We need to make this problem as real as possible to people,” Kingsbury added. He then invited people to a meeting of how people can get involved, including “outreach and services, not just the shelter for women and children.”

Resident Fred Rouse who is planning on running for city council in November asked the council to “Please allow some citizens to monitor dispatch calls. There’s still a number of sane minded citizens.” He suggested “a 20-minute delay in broadcasting” and to “certify some citizens to listen. Allow Neighborhood Watch captains to listen” and that they could “only listen to the dispatch side of the calls.”

Rouse also asked that the police department “provide news outlets with the feeds” and “only for major incidents.”

“Breathe some air back into the Neighborhood Watch Program,” he added and then asked for training for people when they call 9-11.”

Another resident for 25 years in southeast Antioch spoke asking for an off-leash dog area in Country Manor Park.

The next meeting of the Antioch City Council will be tomorrow night, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at West 2nd and H Streets in downtown. Meetings can be viewed on Comcast local cable access channel 24 or via live stream on the city’s website at

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Union, developer money in large contribution reports for District 3 Supervisor candidates, committees

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

By Allen Payton

Campaigns are required to file reports of contributions received by their campaigns of $2,000 or more, within 24 hours of receiving them, between March 9 and June 7, 2016. The rules changed in the county, this year, increasing from $1,000 to $2,000. However, the form provided by the County Elections Office had the old information on it and some candidates weren’t informed of the change. So, some of their reports reflect contributions of less than $2,000.

Some of the contributions that can be seen in the reports, known as 497 forms, below have been reported previously, on the regularly scheduled financial reports – 460 forms – for the period January 1 through April 23, 2016.

On the 497 forms submitted by each candidate and political action committee, they show East Bay Regional Parks District Board Member Diane Burgis received the most in reportable contributions, since the last, regular reporting period, with $2,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.) 302 Community Candidates PAC which is based in Martinez, $2,000 from the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 TJ Anthony PAC Fund based in San Francisco and $1,675 from the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #342, which is based in Concord.

The I.B.E.W. 497 report shows both the contribution to Burgis, as well as a $2,000 contribution to the campaign committee for Lori Ogorchock for Mayor – 2016. Filing for the election for Mayor of Antioch doesn’t open until July.

The 497’s also show both Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson (which she previously reported) received the maximum contribution of $1,675 from Richland Communities, a developer seeking to build between 1,100 and 1,600 homes in the Sand Creek area near Kaiser on Deer Valley Road in Antioch.

Wilson’s 497’s also show the previously reported contribution of $5,000 from the California Nurses Association PAC, the maximum allowed by a broad based political action committee.

Oakley Councilman Doug Hardcastleshowed a $1,500 loan to himself that he previously reported. Neither Brentwood Councilman Steve Barr nor NAACP East County Branch President Odessa Lefrancois submitted any 497 forms.

The latest reporting period ended this last Saturday, May 21 and 460 form reports are due this Thursday, May 26. Contributions of $100 or more will appear on those forms.

District 3 includes most of Antioch.

Burgis 497′s

Hardcastle 497

Harper 497′s

Wilson 497′s

IBEW 497 – Burgis & Ogorchock

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Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs contribute $40,000 to help Avila Farias in District 5 Supervisor race

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

By Allen Payton

Campaigns are required to file reports of contributions received by their campaigns of $2,000 or more, within 24 hours of receiving them, between March 9 and June 7, 2016. The rules changed in the county, this year, increasing from $1,000 to $2,000. However, the form provided by the County Elections Office had the old information on it and some candidates weren’t informed of the change. So, some of their reports reflect contributions of less than $2,000.

Some of the contributions that can be seen in the reports, known as 497 forms, below have been reported previously, on the regularly scheduled financial reports – 460 forms – for the period January 1 through April 23, 2016.

Martinez Vice Mayor Anamarie Avila Farias and Supervisor Federal Glover were the only candidates to submitted the 497 forms.

However, the specifically formed Contra Costa Families for Responsible Leadership Supporting Anamarie Avila Farias for Supervisor committee submitted a 497 report showing it had received $35,000 from the Contra Costa County DSA (Deputy Sheriffs Association) Independent Expenditure PAC. Of those funds $12,908.60 was spent for the design, printing and postage for a mailer in support of Avila Farias and another $15,000 on research, which could be for polling, as reported on the newly formed committee’s 496 Independent Expenditure Report.

The Deputy Sheriffs also contributed the maximum of $5,000 directly to Avila Farias’ campaign committee which she reported on a 497 report.

So far those are the largest contribution and independent expenditures of anyone or organization in reported in the District 5 Supervisor’s race.

When asked if she had any comment on the large amount of money spent on her behalf, Avila Farias  replied “I can’t control outside spending for me or against me. So, I don’t pay attention to it.”

“I’m concentrating on my efforts to meet voters by going door-to-door, through phone calls and the mailbox and it’s going very well,” she added.

Her 497 reports also show new contributions, since the last reporting period, of $1,675 from Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Candidate PAC, $1,675 each from DeNova Homes in Concord and Lori Sanson of Walnut Creek, $1,600 each from General Contractor James Busby and Scott Busby Construction, $1,000 from International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 TJ Anthony PAC Fund. Her reports also show previously reported contributions of $5,000 from the United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County and $1,675 from Antioch Councilman Tony Tiscareno.

Glover’s reports

Glover also submitted 497’s showing new contributions of $5,000 from the California Nurses Association PAC, $4,000 from the Building Industry Association’s BUILD JOBS PAC, $1,675 from the Teamsters’ DRIVE Committee in Washington DC, $1,675 from the Contra Costa Coalition for Business and Jobs, $1,650 from the Pittsburg Police Benefit Association, $1,000 from the Northern California District Council of Laborers PAC, and $1,675 each from a variety of individuals and businesses including, County Clerk Joe Canciamilla’s campaign committee, Dr. Laura Canciamilla’s school board campaign committee, and an accounting firm in Carson City, Nevada that specializes in the solid waste industry.

Glover’s reports also show previously reported large contributions of $5,000 from the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local Union 302 PAC, $2,000 from the Operating Engineers Local 3, $1,675 from U.A. (United Association) Local 342 P.A.C. Fund, $1,500 from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, $1,000 from the Laborers International Union of North America Local No. 324, $2,000 from Bisio and Dunivan, a property management company in Martinez, and another $1,000 from Joanne Dunivan-Bisio at the same address as Bisio and Dunivan.

The latest reporting period ended this last Saturday, May 21 and 460 reports are due this Thursday, May 26. Contributions of $100 or more will appear on those forms.

District 5 includes most of the section of Antioch north of Highway 4.

Avila Farias 497′s

Glover 497′s

IE supporting Avila Farias 497 & 496

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Man’s car struck by gunshot during drive-by in Antioch, Friday morning

Friday, May 20th, 2016

By Corporal James Stenger 3604, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to the area of 4545 Delta Fair Boulevard on the report of a shooting. Several callers reported hearing approximately four gun shots. Witnesses stated that an approximately 20-year-old white male shot at least four rounds at a vehicle traveling eastbound on Delta Fair Boulevard.

The suspect fled on foot eastbound on Delta Fair Boulevard after the shooting. The suspect discarded a firearm in a sewer drain as he was running. The firearm was recovered by officers.

A 40-year-old male victim was located a short time later and it was determined that one round struck this victim’s vehicle. The victim was not injured as a result of the shooting.

This incident is currently under investigation.

This preliminary information is made available by the Field Services Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Body of black man, possible missing person, recovered from canal in Antioch, Thursday morning

Friday, May 20th, 2016

By Sergeant John Fortner #3264, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

In the early morning hours of Thursday, May 19, 2016, a citizen walking the Delta de Anza Regional Trail along the canal called in a body floating in the water, near James Donlon Blvd. and Nightingale Drive. At 8:53 a.m. Officers responded to the scene and confirmed the report. Based on the immediate signs at the scene the subject appeared to be deceased, and a recovery operation was initiated.

The Contra Costa County Fire District, Contra Costa County Water District and the East Bay Regional Parks PD responded to assist. A command post was established, and the affected area was closed down and cordoned off. Through a coordinated effort the body was safely retrieved and then removed from the canal.

The Fire District activated a swift-water rescue team, which is part of their Technical Rescue services. Once the body was safely and carefully removed from the canal the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department-Office of the Coroner was notified and responded.

A fully clothed black male adult was recovered from the water. The Deputy Coroner took custody of the body and is working on the identification of the subject. This incident is currently an on-going and active investigation.

Although this case preliminarily matches a Missing Persons report on file, the police department is not ruling out any options and a full investigation is being conducted.

The Antioch Police Department would like to thank all the organizations that responded to assist and the cooperative and concerned citizens at the scene. In maintaining the integrity of the investigation, and out of respect for the family of the deceased, no further information will be released at this time pending the identification of the subject.

This preliminary information is made available by the Field Services Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Contra Costa Transportation Authority releases draft 30-year transportation funding plan

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Board Unanimously Adopts Visionary Transportation Expenditure Plan; Business and Environmental Groups Declare Support

Walnut Creek, CA – The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Board unanimously adopted a transformative plan for the next 30 years at last night’s board meeting.

The proposed $2.9 billion Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) is the culmination of months of extensive public outreach, stakeholder engagement, and advocate input.  The plan focuses on innovative strategies and new technologies to promote a strong economy, protect the environment, and enhance the quality of life for all of Contra Costa’s diverse communities.

“We have moved from a Measure C, which started us on a path of tying transportation and development.  That was the first big step.  Then Measure J went further along that line,” said CCTA Commissioner and Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich.  “That’s why we are sitting here tonight talking about trying to do something different.  We are putting more money than we ever have – in real dollars – into bike and pedestrian projects.  And we are going to do it in a smart way.  I know people want to define transformative in different ways – this is a big deal.

“This plan is the result of serious thought, care and effort to take into account the vast array of input that we’ve had, and to make compromises and stretch in areas that are uncomfortable,” said CCTA Commissioner and Pleasant Hill Councilmember David Durant.  “It’s an honor to be here with this group of people, working on something like this.  This process is the most inclusive that I’ve ever seen.”

The proposed plan contains unprecedented funding for new technologies and for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in every part of the county.  It commits substantial funding to improve BART service, increase access to BART stations, and add new BART cars.  It also significantly increases direct funding to local municipalities to maintain and repair local streets and roads.

At the meeting, advocates for the business, environment, and disabled communities spoke up in support of the plan and thanked the board for their leadership and inclusiveness in its development.

“The process has been very inclusionary and considerate,” said Debbie Toth, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services of Northern California.  “I’m incredibly grateful for the support that we’ve had in the arena of accessible transportation for everyone.”

“We are in support of the proposed plan,” said Dave Campbell, Advocacy Director of Bike East Bay.  “Thank you for your support for better bicycling!”

“The goal of this measure is to improve transportation and to improve mobility – the movement of people and goods in Contra Costa County.  There are significant improvements [in the plan] that will be made by this measure across modes,” said Kristin Connelly, President and CEO of the East Bay Leadership Council.

The plan will now be presented to each of the cities for review and approval, before a final plan is adopted by the Board and then submitted to the Board of Supervisors for final approval and submission to the November 2016 ballot.

“There is $117 million for East County Corridor projects,” said Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick who is one of East County’s representatives on the CCTA Board. “Right now there is a $17 million improvement for Vasco Road. We don’t have the money to build a brand new four-lane freeway. It’s about a $1 billion project.”

“Sure we can get some state and federal matching funds. But not unless we put in a whole lot ourselves,” he added. “It will help us eliminate the cul-de-sac feeling we’re experiencing, now.”

“The people who spoke to us said get the trucks off Camino Diablo and out of downtown Byron,” he added. “So that became the top priority. We will make safety improvements to Vasco Road and the Byron Highway.”

Chair of Transplan, the East County division of the CCTA, Doug Hardcastle said, “While the plan doesn’t include funds for Route 239 from Brentwood to Tracy, the $117 million is a very nice first step. It’s been something in the plans for over 40 years.”

“Armstrong to Vasco will be a new road and will be a catalyst for bringing jobs to the Byron Airport and area,” he added.

No other region in the county is collecting a developer fee for the state and federal highways, like East County has been for the past 25 years. Those funds have helped pay for the Highway 4 Bypass and other regional roads. It is currently $20,000 per new home. Suggestions have been made to Concord that they also collect a developer fee on the new homes that are planned for the reuse of the Concord Naval Weapons Station to help pay for improvements to Highways 4 and 242.

About The Contra Costa Transportation Authority

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts.  CCTA is responsible for planning, funding and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go.  CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable.  More information about CCTA is available at

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Antioch Police release names of shooter, Officer shot in head, May 4th

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Mario Serrano

Mario Serrano

By Tom Fuhrmann, Investigations Bureau Sergeant, Antioch Police

Some of you have been following up to confirm information that one news source reported on yesterday as to the identity of the subject arrested for shooting at two Antioch Police Officers and injuring one of them. The man arrested for the crime spree on May 4th was 25 year old Mario Serrano of Antioch.

Officer Thomas Smith was injured by the gunfire from Serrano and has subsequently recovered from his injuries. Officer Scott Duggar was also fired upon by Serrano, but was not struck. Both Officers returned fire before Serrano ran out of ammunition and surrendered to the officers.

Serrano was not struck by the officers returning fire.

This press release is intended to identify the subject arrested and the two police officers involved. The Antioch Police Department will not be releasing additional information on the investigation at this time. This preliminary information is made available by the Investigations Bureau.

You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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