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Man with gun shot by Antioch Police officer, early Tuesday morning

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

By Sergeant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

The Antioch Police Department and the Contra Costa County Office of the District Attorney are currently investigating an Officer Involved Shooting. At 12:33 a.m. on Tuesday June 28, 2016, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to a domestic violence call in the 900 block of West 8th Street.

When the officers arrived they were confronted by a 56-year-old male Antioch resident armed with a firearm. Shots were fired by the police and the male was wounded. The suspect was transported to an area hospital and underwent surgery. The suspect is in stable condition at this time. No officers were injured.

This investigation is in its early stages and no further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encour aged to call Detective Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Two arrested for large marijuana grow in Antioch, Saturday

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

By Sergeant Wisecarver, Antioch Police Special Operations Unit

On Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 4:47 p.m., the Antioch Police Department along with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District were dispatched to the 900 block of Burwood Way for the report of a large residential fire. Several homes were damaged from the fire that was rapidly spreading from house to house.

Antioch Police Officers arrived on scene and immediately started evacuating citizens in an attempt to protect them from the fire. During the course of the evacuations, the officers came in contact with Qiao Cen and Qiaohui Cen, both 24 years old, who were at one of the houses in harm’s way. It was determined that these two men were running and indoor hydroponics marijuana grow operation at the home. Qiao Cen and Qiaohui Cen were both arrested on numerous drug charges.

The Antioch Police Department Special Operation Unit was called in and took over the investigation. The detectives discovered over 700 marijuana plants growing in the home as well as more than 17 lbs of manicured marijuana buds. It was determined that the marijuana grow had nothing to do with the fire.

This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact Detective Magana at (925) 779-6943.

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Bank robbery, attempted store robberies, guns, drugs and stabbing, among Antioch Police calls for service highlights for week of June 16-23, 2016

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Antioch Police highlights as published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated June 24, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Weekly Calls for Service, Case Reports and Arrest Data Summary:

Time Period: 06/16/2016 00:00:00 – 06/22/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,641

Number of Case Reports: 281

Number of Arrests: 77

Felony: 33

Misdemeanor: 43

Arrests with DUI charge: 1

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

  • ·On 6/23/16 at 1:40 am, security officers performed a check of the vacant Food-Maxx building at 2950 Delta Fair Boulevard. They found a door open and during an interior check located 41 year old Marlon Pitre. When the security guard attempted to detain Pitre he pushed the security guard backwards against a wall. The security guard pepper sprayed Pitre in self-defense and Pitre fled the area on foot. Responding officers located Pitre in the area. Pitre was placed under Citizen’s Arrest by the security guard for the assault and trespassing. Pitre was cite released from the scene and transported to a local hospital for the pepper-spray exposure.
  • ·On 6/23/16 at 12:54 am, officers responded to the area of Mattole Road and Mt. Hamilton Drive on the report of shots fired. During an area check, multiple spent casings were found in the roadway. Nothing was found to be struck by gunfire. A car was said to have been heard speeding away after the shots.
  • ·On 6/22/16 at 11:44 pm, an officer attempted a traffic stop on a truck being driven by 22 year old Jesse Loyola in the area of W. 18th Street near L Street. Loyola failed to yield to the officer and continued to drive south on L Street at the posted speed limit. Loyola entered westbound Highway 4 from L Street and still failed to yield to the officer. A pursuit was initiated and Loyola exited at Somersville Road and headed south. Loyola turned west on Delta Fair Boulevard and as he was in the 3400 block, he threw a stolen .40 caliber Glock pistol and a box of .40 cal ammunition out of his truck. Loyola turned onto School Street and stopped his truck. 20 year old Armando Amaro was a passenger in the truck and fled on foot from the truck into Turner Elementary School. Loyola was arrested as he tried to exit the truck. Amaro was later located after a search and also arrested without incident. Both subjects were sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/22/16 at 10:23 pm, officers were dispatched to a local hospital on the report of a gunshot victim arriving at the location. The victim initially told the hospital that he was shot while attending a party at an unknown location in Antioch. Officers contacted the victim and he told officers he was shot while attending a party in the city of Pittsburg. The Pittsburg police department was notified.
  • ·On 6/22/16 at 4:00 pm, officers responded to the Sports Authority at 5839 Lone Tree Way on the report of a robbery. 36 year old Duane Johnson entered the Sports Authority and selected several items including a backpack. Johnson went to the restroom where he filled the backpack with store items. When Johnson attempted to leave the store, he was contacted by the store security employee. During the contact Johnson shoved the backpack into the chest of the security employee causing the security employee to fall. Johnson then fled the store with other employees in chase. An off-duty police officer was in the area and assisted in detaining Johnson. Duane Johnson was arrested for robbery and for violating the terms of his probation. Johnson was sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/22/16 at 8:37 am, officers responded to the report of an intoxicated subject who was causing a disturbance with his neighbors. 18 year old Chris Revuelta was arrested for being heavily intoxicated.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 10:17 pm, officers responded to the area of 18 W. Madill Street in search of a suspicious truck and trailer. Officers located the truck and trailer in the area. 51 year old David Shoup came outside and claimed ownership of the trailer, which was reported as stolen. Shoup was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 8:24 pm, officers responded to the Shell Gas Station at 2701 Hillcrest Avenue on the report of two subjects who appeared to be passed out in a running vehicle. When officers arrived they located the driver, 30 year old Joseph Lowery, and the passenger, 27 year old Nathan Jones, asleep in the vehicle. Lowery had a large bag of suspected methamphetamine on his lap and there was a digital scale on the center console of the vehicle. Lowery and Jones were both woken up and detained by officers. Jones had a folded piece of paper in his hand that contained suspected powder heroin which he tried to destroy prior to being detained. Lowery also had over $500 in cash. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of suspected heroin in the driver door panel and numerous plastic baggies. Both Lowery and Jones were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and were both arrested. They were both sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 4:51 pm, officers responded to the report of a male riding his bicycle in the middle of the road, chasing cars, and throwing things around. Officers contacted 27 year old Jimmy Salgado, who was extremely intoxicated and found to be on probation. Salgado was arrested due to his intoxication level.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 4:32 pm, 53 year old Carolyn Propes was contacted near 1623 A Street. Propes was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for assault. Propes was arrested and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 12:14 pm, 39 year old Samuel Walls was contacted on Fulton Shipyard Road near the boat ramp after a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. A name check revealed that Walls had several outstanding arrest warrants for DUI. Walls was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 1:41 am, a 47 year old male was driving in the area of E. 18th Street and Blossom Drive when his vehicle drove off the roadway. The driver’s vehicle collided into a light pole, street sign, and two city owned trees. The vehicle was totaled, but there were no injuries.
  • ·On 6/21/16 at 12:25 am, a 27 year old male arrived at local hospital with a large laceration to his arm. The male told officers that he was stabbed in the arm by an unknown male while walking in the area of E. 18th Street and Woodland Drive.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 11:12 pm, an officer contacted 26 year old James Chatman in the parking lot of 924 Fitzuren Road. Chatman was found to be a parolee at large. Chatman was arrested and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 10:03 pm, an officer conducted a traffic stop near Highway 4 at Hillcrest Avenue for a vehicle code violation. 22 year old, Jose Castaneda was the driver and did not have a valid license. He was also on probation for weapons violations. Castaneda was compliant and told officers that he put a gun in his wife’s purse as the traffic stop was being conducted. The gun was located and Castaneda was arrested without incident. Castenada was sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 9:01 pm, officers responded to the area of G Street near W. 13th Street on a report of a physical fight. Upon arrival, officers contacted 28 year old Thomas Palmer. A computer check revealed that Palmer had an outstanding arrest warrant for theft. The arrest warrant was confirmed and Palmer was arrested. Palmer was later released with a new court appearance date.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 5:40 pm, officers responded to Gumaro’s Auto Repair at 1705 Auto Center Drive on a report of a structure fire. The fire started to the rear of the business in a small field and quickly spread to the business and two residential homes causing major damage. The Fire Department requested our assistance for traffic control. The corporation yard and VIPS were also called for assistance. The fire appears to have started in or around a storage box to the rear of the business. Fire Investigators were on scene and advised it appeared to be accidental and not arson.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 11:58 am, 50 year old Kevin Addington and the victim engaged in a verbal argument over which one was going to occupy the intersection of A St. and Hwy 4 for panhandling. Addington armed himself with softball sized rocks from the center median and threw it at the victim, striking him on the ribs causing an abrasion. The assault was witnessed by officers and after interviews; Addington was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 6/20/16 at 8:21 am, an officer was in the area of A St. and W 19th St. when he attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration. The vehicle quickly took off from the officer and drove south bound in the north bound lanes of A St. The officer did not pursue due to the minor traffic violation. It was later determined during follow up that the vehicle was cold plated. The officer later was able to identify the driver who had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest to including a parole violation. The subject and vehicle are still outstanding.
  • ·On 6/19/16 at 12:42 pm, officers responded to Amber Dr. and Cavallo Road on the report of shots fired. The reporting party called 911 reporting that someone was shooting at her nephew. When officers arrived, the reporting party had left the area, but the nephew was eventually located. He said he was at the intersection of E 18th St. and Cavallo Rd. when an older model silver sedan pulled up next to him occupied by several males. The vehicle pulled up next to him and fired 6-8 shots at his vehicle. He was only struck by breaking glass and declined medical attention. The vehicle fled the area and was not located.
  • ·On 6/19/16 at 4:48 am, 26 year old Nathan Watson was contacted dancing and running in the middle of East 18th St near Olive Dr. He was ordered to the curb, but instead began removing clothing and became verbally aggressive toward officers. Watson displayed signs of being under the influence. He began to physically resist as officers attempted to handcuff him. He was taken into custody and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 6/18/16 at 5:45 pm, 40 year old Sherry Ann Russ entered the Dollar General at 20 West Tenth St. and handed a cashier a note demanding cash and threatening that she had a gun. The incident was witnessed by several employees and captured on surveillance video. The employees refused to give her any cash. Dumbfounded, Russ left the store wearing distinctive clothing and a few hours later, an officer located her standing in front of 1313 “A” St. wearing the same clothing. He attempted to speak with Russ, but she backed away while reaching into her back pocket. He quickly gained control of Russ and ordered her several times to sit down and she refused. Russ tried to pull away and removed a pair of scissors from her pocket, but the officer was able to take Russ into custody before she could do anything. Witnesses positively identified Russ as the responsible. She was booked at county jail for robbery.
  • ·On 6/18/16 at 5:20 am, the victim was awakened by a subject attempting to start his van in the 2800 block of Vista Way. He confronted a subject in his van, but the subject had managed to get it started. When the victim attempted to stop the subject from driving away, he was run over. The victim suffered a minor injury to his leg. The subject fled and was not located. The van was entered into the stolen vehicle system and surrounding agencies were notified.
  • ·On 6/17/16 at 10:02 pm, officers responded with CCC Fire to the 4500 block of Deer Meadow Way for a house fire. The house was fully engulfed upon arrival. CCC Fire put out the fire, but the house was a total loss. Arson investigators responded and determined the fire appeared to be arson. The arson investigators took over the investigation. The actual owner of the property is not known at this time.
  • ·On 6/17 at 7:37 pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Wexler Peak Way for a report of a male passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. CCC Fire responded to the scene and located 57 year old Calvin McKinley passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running. CCC Fire removed the keys from the ignition and detained McKinley until APD could arrive. Upon arrival, it was determined McKinley was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest for DUI. He was transported to APD where he tested over the legal limit. McKinley was booked at APD and later transported to county jail for a sobering period.
  • ·On 6/17/16 at 5:31 am, area residents called regarding a subject looking into cars near Rubye Dr. and Kean Ave. 35 year old Nicole Farner was contacted and found to have a warrant for her arrest for drug and vehicle code violations. She was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 6/16/16 at 11:10 pm, officers responded to an audible alarm at Tux of Class, 43 East 18th St. On arrival, two of the front windows were found to be damaged. An unknown subject attempted to gain entry by using a tool to break the windows at the lower left corners. There were no witnesses or video. No entry was made.
  • ·On 6/16/16 at 2:42 pm, last week, Code Enforcement red tagged 1 Helmuth Lane. We’ve received numerous complaints since then of people breaking into the house illegally. Today, 50 year old Tracy Mello and 55 year old Stephen King were located inside of the house and issued citations for trespassing and warned not to return or they’d be sent to county jail the next time.
  • ·On 6/16/16 at 10:02 am, an adult female approached a bank teller at the Wells Fargo Bank inside Safeway on Deer Valley Rd. and told the teller she was robbing the bank. The teller handed the female an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled the scene on foot. An officer located a previous bulletin with a suspect matching the description of the Antioch suspect who had robbed a bank in San Francisco. This case is still under investigation.
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Relatives find Antioch man suffering from gunshot wound in his house, Saturday night

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

By Sergeant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Biglow Drive on the report of residents returning home and finding their relative, a 43 year old Antioch man, on the floor inside the home and suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he is being treated. His status at this time is critical.

Antioch Police Detectives were called to the scene and are actively working the investigation. No further information will be released at this time as we are in the early stages of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6922. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Another shooting on Highway 4, in Bay Point area, Friday night

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

On Friday night, June 24, 2016 at about 9 PM, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred on Highway 4 in the Bay Point area. Deputies were advised the victim vehicle was located at a convenience store on Willow Pass Road.

Deputies arrived and spoke to the driver and passenger. The driver said he was heading westbound on Highway 4 just before the San Marco Boulevard exit when someone shot at his car. Deputies saw evidence that the car was struck by a bullet.

The passenger, who appeared to be hit by glass fragments, was taken to a local hospital.

This shooting is being investigated by the Office of the Sheriff and California Highway Patrol.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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Antioch Council honors Leo Fontana with Key to the City, approves community cameras

Friday, June 24th, 2016

By Nick Goodrich

At the Tuesday, June 14th, the Antioch City Council met to recognize an Antioch resident for his community involvement, and approved cameras throughout the city, among other things.

The Antioch City Council opened the meeting with a proclamation in honor of Leo Fontana, longtime Antioch resident and involved community leader.

Fontana arrived in Antioch in 1942, and has since been known to be a pioneering businessman and caring resident. He served on the Antioch Parks and Recreation Commission from 1950-1963, the Planning Commission from 1968-1978, and City from 1982-1986. Some of his many other projects and activities in service to the Antioch community include Delta advocacy, the Antioch Senior Center, and the Antioch Historical Society Museum’s Sports Legends program.

Following the reading of the proclamation he was presented with a Key to the City.

“It’s a matter of recognizing your community and living to your community, and I think that’s what I try to do,” Fontana stated. “Antioch is really known as a community that has a lot of volunteers, and so I acknowledge all the volunteers, including the people that have served on the Council, and the different Commissions in the Community. They are the ones that really make the community.”

Council Approves Cameras

Later in the meeting, Police Chief Allan Cantando was once again before the council to speak on the issue of community cameras.

In previous council meetings, Cantando had proposed a plan to install a license plate reader camera system at certain Antioch intersections and on streets that have been known to be crime hotspots in the past. The council subsequently gave approval for him to move ahead with the camera request.

“These cameras, as we’ve talked about before, are going to improve our police efforts in the Sycamore corridor,” Cantando told the council members.

The camera systems, to be installed by Odin Systems, will cost the city a total of $161,171 for agreements with Odin Systems and Lear Auto and Electric.

Cantando also noted that the plan would call for fewer cameras than initially suggested by staff, saving the city some money that otherwise would have gone toward the project.

The plan will include camera installations at the corners of L Street and Sycamore Drive, Auto Center and Sycamore, and Auto Center and Mahogany Way.

“This is our first wave of community cameras, and we are going to evaluate this program after its implementation to see what our successes are, and any concerns that are identified,” he added.

Cantando, at the request of Mayor Wade Harper, explained that freeway cameras – which would cover off- and on-ramps – are being looked into by the APD, as well.

“I will bring that up toward the end, as a future agenda item,” Harper said.

City Manager Steve Duran added that the funds used to put the camera systems in place will come from Measure C, which has been a point of some tension between the council and Antioch residents in recent meetings, regarding ambiguities in the usage of funds by the city.

Placing camera systems in hotspots in an effort to help the police solve and prevent crimes could be argued an appropriate use of Measure C funds, however, as the measure emphasized bolstering police efforts.

The council approved the request for funding on a 5-0 vote, and the city will begin the process of installing the systems.

“We’ve been waiting for this, I think it’s a great idea,” said Harper. “About time.”

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Antioch School Board votes to hire Stephanie Anello as new superintendent on split vote

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
New Antioch schools Superintendent Stephanie Anello smiles to the applause of the audience following the vote to hire her by the Board, at their meeting, Wednesday night, June 22, 2016.

New Antioch schools Superintendent Stephanie Anello smiles to the applause of the audience, along with Trustee Alonzo Terry, following the vote to hire her by the Antioch School Board, at their meeting, Wednesday night, June 22, 2016.

By Allen Payton

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the Antioch School Board finalized the process for hiring a new superintendent for the district by voting 3-1-1 to hire Interim Superintendent Stephanie Anello.

Four of the board members spent months working to fill the position made vacant by the early, what some believe was the forced, retirement of Dr. Don Gill, by hiring of a search firm at the cost of $29,000, reviewing 20 applicants and interviewing seven of them and multiple, closed sessions deliberating. They finally settled on Anello as the consensus candidate and spent more time in closed door meetings negotiating her salary and compensation package and announced their selection on June 13.

The newest board member, Alonzo Terry, was appointed in May but didn’t take his seat until June 8, after a required one month provisional appointment period had passed, so he was unable to participate in any board meetings until then. He was the one vote to abstain.

Before the vote, two members of the public spoke.

“At this point, as part of the city council…I think you made an excellent choice,” said Antioch Councilwoman Mary Rocha, who is a former school board member.

Another resident spoke about Anello, as well.

“She’s always willing to give you the time and listen,” said Nayeli Salazar. “She’s always kept her word. I just want to thank her for all of that.”

Then the board members offered their comments about Anello, the contract and the process.

“A lot of work went into this contract…given the budget numbers,” said Board Member Debra Vinson. “This board’s looking at a level of high accountability. I’m looking forward to working with Ms. Anello. We’re behind the eight ball. I’m hoping we can push the reset button.”

“I’d like to echo those words,” stated Board Vice President Walter Ruehlig. “The process was very rigorous…where neither party was really happy.

“That’s an indication it was fruitful. Stephanie has had a 24-year probation with the district,” he continued to with a chuckle, and laughter from the audience. “I’ve heard this was pre-ordained, rigged. All I can do is laugh. We all went in with a completely open mind. If we could have found a better candidate, we would have chosen them in a heartbeat.”

Terry stated he wasn’t on the board during the process and “I have to depend and count on my colleagues.”

Board President Diane Gibson-Gray argued in favor of the contract, comparing the financial components with those paid to Gill.

“I said the cream would have to rise to the top,” she said. “We spent $29,000 on Leadership Associates and it rose to the top.”

She then shared the figures of a $250,000 salary for Gill, compared to $225,940 for Anello; a car allowance of $5,400 for Gill compared to $3,600 for Anello, “tel com” expense of $1,500 and bonus of $7,500 for Gill compared to zero in both categories for Anello.

Vinson offered additional comments.

“We had several very qualified candidates,” she stated. “We tried to do what’s in the best interest of the district. We hope to…really move forward.”

Terry then offered more comments on the contract, as well.

“It was difficult for me,” he shared. “We did a comparison. We hit her with some hardballs. I was surprised she took it. I was shocked.”

Vinson also argued for the contract.

“Look at the contract,” Vinson added. “Look at the details. If there was a difficulty (with the previous superintendent) there was 24 months. We limited that to nine months,” referring to the severance package portion of the contract.

Ruehlig then stressed another difference in Anello’s contract.

“Stephanie agreed to a two-year contract,” he said. “Standard in the industry is four years.”

Navarro then offered a different point of view and a critique of the process.

“I’m the one vote that’s not in support,” he stated. “It was not a predestined decision. I did try to warn the board if we did have an internal candidate to save the money.

“We lost a board member. I asked the board…we should accelerate to appoint the seat,” Navarro added, referring to the vacancy created by former member Claire Smith who resigned abruptly in March. “We went along with a four-member instead of a five-member (board).”

“My support is a thousand percent with Stephanie,” he continued, but said his opposition “is because of the issue of the contract. I applaud the board’s austerity. The numbers are generous. Superintendent salaries average $149,000 to $189,000 nationwide. We’re temporary custodians making long term decisions. It’s very generous with regards to the district. We’re in decline (referring to declining enrollment, which was reported earlier in the meeting).”

“Mine’s more of a vote to a clear conscience,” he concluded.

Ruehlig responded.

“I respect that,” he said. “I’ve always respected Fernando. There was no guarantee Stephanie was going to accept the position. We truly didn’t know. We had a long, long final session…to get to the final decision. It was a prudent decision.”

Vinson also offered additional arguments in favor of Anello and the contract.

“We had several qualified candidates,” she reiterated. “I understand Mr. Navarro’s position because I was there.”

She then spoke of two other candidates presented by the search firm and that they had to “look at what’s in the best interest of the district” and “a fit for the district.”

“To be a team player, sometimes you have to let your ideas go,” Vinson added.

Navarro responded.

“This is a team operation,” he said. “To have a full board, to not rush into anything like this.”

Then following their comments, Gibson-Gray, Ruehlig and Vinson voted in favor of the contract and to hire Anello, Navarro voted against, and Terry voted to abstain.

“All I can say is congratulations,” stated Gibson-Gray, after the vote and during the applause of the audience.

Anello responded.

“I’m just really honored to serve the district in this capacity,” she said. “I thank you for the opportunity and look forward to continuing the work that is going on in the district and…some long overdue changes.”

“If at the end of two years, if we find we’re not good dance partners, then the board has the opportunity to make a decision, then,” she added. “I never want to be a block.”

“We look forward to two years, if not more,” Gibson-Gray responded, which drew laughter from the audience.

A press release from the district, on June 13th, announced the board’s selection:

“After a full search using Leadership Associates, the board selected Ms. Anello not only due to her extensive experience during her 18 years of employment with Antioch Unified School District, but also her seven months of on-the-job accomplishments as the Interim Superintendent.

Her experience in AUSD as a classroom Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, Director, Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent, makes Anello uniquely qualified to lead the District.

Since taking the helm in November, Anello has successfully negotiated teacher and classified contracts, taken decisive action to integrate Special Education students into current and new AUSD programs by opening the Bidwell Center and has made several difficult decisions to better align spending with current revenues.

Additionally, during the last seven months she has successfully ensured that District initiatives are more publicly transparent. While doing so, she has adeptly employed positive social media, and established robust media relationships and city partnerships to highlight the many positive activities happening in our schools.

Ms. Anello has lived in the community since 1990. She has two adult sons, both of whom attended AUSD schools.”

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Antioch Parks & Recreation Commission hears downtown event center proposal for Waldie Plaza site

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Top view from river

Top view from southwestFrom City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report, dated June 17, 2016:

“Thursday evening, I attended the Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting to hear the item on the initial draft conceptual plans for the redesign and renovation of Waldie Plaza and the discussion of changing the name to Waldie Plaza & Event Center.

The Commission provided a positive reception overall and good feedback, which will inform a revised draft.

This item will be brought to the City Council for discussion and direction at a later date.”

To view the complete presentation slides, click here: Waldie Plaza presentation 0616

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