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Glazer’s “California Promise” bill to improve four-year graduation rates at CSU campuses

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Bill, which offers priority registration and academic advising to students, passes key legislative hurdle

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Sen. Steve Glazer’s groundbreaking legislation to smooth the way for California State University students to graduate in four years.

Senate Bill 412, establishing the “California Promise,” proposes to boost CSU’s 4-year graduation rate which, at 18.6 percent, is 25 percent lower than the national average for comparable public universities. Some CSU campuses’ four-year graduation rates hover at or below 10 percent.

Glazer’s bill was jointly-authored with Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. It now awaits further action in the Senate.

“This legislation will allow CSU students to break through the logjam that has left too many students with graduation roadblocks and high debt,” said Glazer, D-Orinda, a former CSU Trustee.

Senator de Leon said: “Since 2015, the Senate has fought for access, affordability and completion for California students in higher education. SB 412 is an important piece of this agenda. I am proud to joint-author this bill, which will help California students, particularly those from low-income families, complete college in four years.”

Under the California Promise program, CSU students would be offered priority registration and academic advising as long as they commit to completing 30 semester units each year and meet any other guidelines set by individual campuses.

Low-income, underrepresented or first-generation college students who fulfill the requirements would be guaranteed admission into California Promise programs. Qualified community college transfer students would also be guaranteed slots in the California Promise.

CSU Trustees would be required to develop and implement a California Promise program at a minimum of eight CSU campuses and at 15 CSU campuses for qualifying transfer students beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. More campuses would be added in future years.

CSU students and their families pay up to $26,000 per year in tuition, books and living expenses for every extra year in college, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity.

“We know that our CSU leadership is committed to student success,” Glazer said. “The California Promise will add to the effort, giving students the tools and setting a pathway for better results.

“This program’s success will save students and their families hundreds of millions of dollars every year,” Glazer added. “It will free up seats for new students, save the state money and get better qualified students into the workforce sooner. It is projected that we will be one million degrees short in meeting industry demand in the next ten years. This program will help us meet that need.”

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Car hits power pole in Antioch causing outage Tuesday morning, driver flees

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

By Sergeant Dimitri Barakos #2176, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at approximately 2:23 a.m. the Antioch Police Department received a call of a traffic collision on East 18th Street at the intersection with Parsons Lane. Officers determined that the driver of the vehicle involved in this collision was traveling west bound on East 18th Street west of Blossom Drive in the vehicle.

The vehicle veered from a direct course of travel and struck the north curb of East 18th Street and then a wooden PG&E power pole that was on the north sidewalk of East 18th Street at Parsons Lane. The power pole was snapped in two just above the base, which caused power to go out in the East 18th Street and Cavallo Road corridor. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was not  located.

No other occupants were found in the vehicle. Local hospitals were notified of the collision in case the driver sought medical treatment. PG&E personnel responded to fix the pole and restore power.

The case is still under investigation. You may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Guns, drugs, stolen cars, assault, burglary, theft among Antioch Police calls, August 11-17, 2016

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Following are the Antioch Police calls for service highlights as published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated August 19, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service & Arrest Data Summary:

Time Period: 08/11/16 00:00:00 – 08/17/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,692

Number of Case Reports: 272

Number of Arrests: 80

Felony: 36

Misdemeanor: 44

Arrests with DUI charge: 1

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

  • ·On 8/11/16 at 10:12 am an officer was on Sycamore Drive when a black Honda saw his patrol car and quickly pulled into the rear alley in the 1200 block of Sycamore Drive. The two female occupants got out and the passenger, 28 year old Nathalie Moala, fled on foot. The license plate came back clear and Moala was stopped on Sycamore Drive. Moala was found to have two warrants for her arrest. The Honda’s VIN was checked and found to be reported stolen. Officer Joannides arrived on scene and recognized the vehicle because she had seen 35 year old Dawanna Hall driving the car earlier. Hall was contacted on Manzanita Way and found to have a warrant for stolen property. Moala and Hall were sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/11/16 at 11:00 pm a male had just arrived home from work and had parked in his driveway on Prewett Ranch Drive. As he was exiting his car, four males approached him. One of the males pointed a small revolver to his head and demanded his property. The victim gave them his phone and wallet and they fled in a nearby waiting vehicle. The victim was not injured.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 1:46 am the Quickstop clerk on West Tregallas Road called to complain about 28 year old Shane Stange being on his property bothering customers. Stange has been told he was not welcome at this business and per his probation terms, he cannot solicit or loiter at or near any business that sells alcohol. This was Stange’s second time to be contacted for a similar complaint. The previous call was at Lone Tree Liquors. Stange was taken into custody without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 10:12 am officers were dispatched to Antioch Produce on A Street for 26 year old Nathan Watson who is a transient refusing to leave the parking lot. Watson has been warned numerous times not to loiter in front of the business. Watson was arrested and transported to county on likely to continue.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 1:40 pm Contra Loma Estates security guard called dispatch to report 23 year old Kawan Hardy trespassing on the property. The guard reported that Hardy has been warned numerous times not to be on the property and demanded that we take a citizen’s arrest. Hardy was arrested, transported to the Antioch Police Department, where he was issued a citation and released on his signed promise to appear in court.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 10:12 pm officers were investigating a report of a man with a gun call at 1824 Cavallo Road. Officers parked their vehicles in the Romi’s parking lot and walked to 1824 Cavallo Road to investigate. An ambulance company was in the area and informed the officers that there was a male going crazy next to their patrol vehicles. Officers responded back to their vehicles to see 22 year old Taylor Wessman jumping on the roof to patrol vehicle 1236. When Wessman saw the officers approach, he stepped down onto the trunk and then down off the car. Wessman attempted to flee, however, he was taken to the ground by officers and a struggle ensued. Officers were able to eventually get Wessman into handcuffs. The roof and trunk to vehicle 1236 was caved in. The estimated damage to the patrol vehicle was approximately $1,000. Wessman was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 1:35 am 40 year old Derrick Lause was seen travelling on a motorcycle southbound on Deer Valley at a speed estimated over 80MPH. A short time passed and an officer spotted Lause travelling westbound on Bluerock Drive, but lost sight of him. Turns out, Lause had turned onto Rocky Point and was spotted again when he ran the red light in excess of 60 MPH and crossed Deer Valley Road. He almost collided with an officer who was northbound Deer Valley Road. Lause’s motorcycle had a very loud exhaust and it was heard most of the time during this incident. When it could not be heard anymore, officers began an area check and located Lause attempting to pull his downed motorcycle from underneath a truck. Lause had lost control of the bike attempting a turn at high speed. Lause suffered only minor injuries, but was extremely intoxicated. The truck he hit suffered no damage, but the motorcycle was extensively damaged. Lause was taken into custody and it was learned he was currently on probation for several prior DUI’s. Lause was cleared at a hospital and later booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 5:34 pm an officer was on routine patrol in the area of W. 7th St, when he observed 26 year old Todd Allen in front of a residence. The officer knew Allen had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. Allen was contacted and arrested without incident. Allen was transported to county jail on the warrant.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 9:30 am officers responded to the report that 34 year old David Thomason was in the intersection of W 9th and J Streets trying to fight everyone he saw. Officers arrived on scene and Thomason was immediately uncooperative. He was also extremely intoxicated and suffering from multiple injuries from an earlier incident. Prior to this incident, Thomason had had called APD to report that he had been robbed by subjects in the neighborhood. He refused to identify any of the responsibles that were known to him or cooperate with officers. He walked inside his apartment and closed the door. This time, he decided to take matters into his own hands and ended up getting assaulted again. He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment for his facial injuries. While at the hospital he remained uncooperative to the point that medical staff sedated him. He was going to be held for an extended period and was released. As of this writing, he is still sleeping it off.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 11:35 am an officer was providing extra patrol at Cruisers Saloon on A Street, when he saw 24 year old Thomas Costa inside the bar. The officer knew Costa to have just returned from Oregon and to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Costa was contacted inside the bar and arrested without incident. Costa was booked into county jail on the warrant.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 11:14 am an officer conducted a traffic stop on Cavallo Road and contacted 34 year old Glenn Hopson and 30 year old Chase Yancey. The officer obtained a consent to search the vehicle. During the search officers located two pill bottles containing heroin in the front compartment of the car and tar heroin in a backpack in the trunk of the vehicle. Indicia was located linking the narcotics to both Hopson and Yancey. Both admitted having possession of the heroin. Both were cited and released in the field.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 3:30 pm officers responded to a video alarm at Jim’s Auto Body on W. 10th Street for a subject seen inside the fenced yard of the business. Arriving officers located 33 year old Moises Sanchez inside the yard in the process of burglarizing vehicles that were there for repairs. Sanchez was arrested without incident and booked at county jail.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 11:38 pm 39 year old Bobby Brown was causing a disturbance on San Gregorio Court and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. Brown was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/15/16 at 2:24 pm officers were dispatched to Sylvia’s Restaurant on Lone Tree Way for the report of an unwanted guest who damaged the window by throwing a rock through it. 36 year old Trent Albright then walked across the street to an open space behind the Quick Stop on W. Tregallas and lit dry grass on fire. Witnesses observed Albright start the fire and followed him as he fled the area. Officers contacted Albright a short distance away and he was positively identified as starting the quarter acre grass fire. There were no injuries or any structures damaged. Fire Investigators arrived and assisted with the investigation. Albright was arrested without incident and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/15/16 at 5:30 pm a 32 year old transient male took a bicycle that he said had been abandoned at Heidorn Park for a few days. The bicycle belonged to 20 year old Travon Jackson, who began looking for his bike with several other people. 38 year old Lavenia Holmes drove Jackson and three other males around the area as they looked for the bike. They located the transient and the bike near the 7-11 on Lone Tree Way. All of the subjects confronted the transient who returned the bike to Jackson and told them that an unknown person had sold him the bike. Jackson and the unknown males demanded the transient come with them in their car to help find whoever sold him the bike. The transient refused and began running away from them. Holmes drove their car in pursuit of the transient up Hillcrest Avenue. Once they caught up with him, all of the males jumped out of the car and assaulted him. The victim sustained a large laceration to his head, as well as various small cuts and abrasions to his upper body. Jackson and Holmes were located in the responsible vehicle nearby. Both were identified by the victim and placed under arrest. The other responsibles were not located.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 2:03 am 49 year old Zolton Scott was contacted during a traffic enforcement stop on West 10th Street. A probation search of Scott’s vehicle revealed 3.3 grams of meth. Scott was issued a citation.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 7:57 am officers contacted 53 year old Jose Sansen in the area of the Quick Stop on Sycamore Drive. A computer check showed he is on probation for drugs and is a sex registrant. Sansen had listed his address at 15 S. Lake Dr. #B over the past two years on his 290 PC registration forms. While he was being detained, Officers went to the S. Lake address to conduct a compliance check and verify his residency. The homeowner was contacted and advised he knows Sansen and knows that he is a sex registrant, but has never allowed him to live at the address. Sansen was ultimately arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 12:20 pm an officer was driving through the Delta Fair Food Maxx lot when he noticed 29 year old Felipe Gonzalez standing near the Super Wine and Liquor store. The officer recognized Gonzalez and knew he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As the officer attempted to contact Gonzalez, he fled out of the parking lot and into the Elderwinds apartment complex. A perimeter was quickly set up and Officer McDonald and his K9 conducted a track. The K9 tracked right to where Gonzalez was hiding. Gonzalez did not comply and was apprehended (bit) by the K9. Gonzalez was taken into custody without further incident. Gonzalez was medically cleared and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 2:26 pm Sears Security noticed 39 year old Steven Davenport inside Sears today and detained him as he attempted to steal approximately $124 in clothing. Davenport is on probation for theft related charges and was booked at county jail.
  • ·On 8/17/16 at 8:23 am officers were dispatched to 510 W. 10th Street because a neighbor was reporting that someone from 510 W. 10th Street was stealing water. It was determined that 510 W. 10th Street was a vacant building that 25 year old Jesse Perry and a 17 year old male were squatting in. Perry was found to have three warrants for his arrest. The 17 year old originally used his cousin’s name but was identified through fingerprints and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The building was searched and over 70 debit/credit cards, multiple stolen checks, driver licenses, multiple laptops, cell phones, tablets, a credit card reader were located. They also located a filing cabinet stolen during a burglary in Brentwood from DDS Jeffery Haug. It was determined that Bingham and the 17 year old were involved in a large scale identity theft ring. They were both arrested on numerous fraud charges and for the warrants. Perry was sent to county jail and the 17 year old was sent to juvenile hall.
  • ·On 8/17/16 at 9:49 pm an officer attempted a car stop for a vehicle with incorrect plates on Manzanita Way. When he activated his lights the vehicle fled towards Century Blvd. The vehicle continued back into Antioch on Delta Fair and the pursuit was terminated near Gentrytown Drive due to it becoming a hazard. The vehicle had two stolen plates and was occupied by one male who is still outstanding.
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Water theft leads to arrest of two in Antioch following discovery of large scale indentify theft ring

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

According to the Antioch Police calls for service summary in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report, dated August 19, 2016 – On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:23 am officers were dispatched to 510 W. 10th Street because a neighbor was reporting that someone from 510 W. 10th Street was stealing water. It was determined that 510 W. 10th Street was a vacant building that 25 year old Jesse Perry and a 17 year old male were squatting in. Perry was found to have three warrants for his arrest.

The 17 year old originally used his cousin’s name but was identified through fingerprints and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The building was searched and over 70 debit/credit cards, multiple stolen checks, driver licenses, multiple laptops, cell phones, tablets, a credit card reader were located. They also located a filing cabinet stolen during a burglary in Brentwood from DDS Jeffery Haug.

It was determined that Bingham and the 17 year old were involved in a large scale identity theft ring. They were both arrested on numerous fraud charges and for the warrants. Perry was sent to county jail and the 17 year old was sent to juvenile hall.

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Save The Yard supporters file papers for second try at initiative

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

By Allen Payton

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, as the old saying goes. The proponents of what has become known as the Save The Yard effort, to create a park and event center on the former Antioch Lumber Company site in downtown, are following that advice.

According to Antioch City Manager’s Weekly Report, dated August 19th: On Monday, August 15th Joy Motts, the representative for the proponent, Jim Lanter, submitted a revised request for a “Title and Summary” for a revised Initiative Ordinance based on inconsistencies found by the City Attorney on Friday, August 12th. The proponent had been given the opportunity by the City Attorney and City Clerk/Elections Official to leave the initiative Ordinance as submitted on August 12th or to resubmit with corrections and that the City Clerk/Elections Official would waive a new Filing Fee. It was immediately sent to the City Attorney who has up to 15 days to prepare a “Title and Summary” and present it to the City Clerk/Elections Official for delivery to the proponent.

According to Motts, the proponents have 180 days to gather signatures from at least 10% of the registered voters in Antioch during the latest election. That figure is 46,677 as of June 25, 2016. If so, the initiative will be placed on the November, 2017 ballot. However, if they gather signatures of at last 15% of the registered voters, a special election can be called, which would occur sometime, next spring.

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City of Tracy says Harper resigned, didn’t retire as police lieutenant, as he claims; Harper disagrees

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Ballot designation challenge must be filed by Monday, August 22

By Allen Payton

After he was elected Mayor of Antioch in 2012, Wade Harper stated that he had retired as a lieutenant with the Tracy Police Department to serve as mayor full time. However, he was only age 48 at the time and his retirement payments wouldn’t begin until after he turned 50. With 24 years as a police officer in El Cerrito and then Tracy, his retirement at 3% times the number of years he worked is equal to 72% of his final year’s salary.

The pay for his part-time position as mayor, is only $942 per month in the form of a stipend, plus $450 transportation allowance, a $100 per month communication allowance, plus medical benefits, which is far less than his monthly pension.

So the question arose of why would a police officer retire almost two years before being eligible to collect on his retirement?

It was confirmed this week, that Harper did not actually retire in 2013 from the City of Tracy Police Department, as he has claimed. Instead, he resigned, according to City of Tracy staff.

“Mr. Harper did in fact resign in 2013,” said Kim Dunaway with the City of Tracy Human Resources Department.

When asked again, “so, he didn’t retire?” she replied, “No. He resigned.”

Allegations about the reasons for Harper’s resignation have not yet been verified.

But, Harper has continued the misrepresentation about the end of his law enforcement career. In his ballot statement during his campaign for County Supervisor in this year’s June primary election, he wrote “24-year law enforcement veteran police manager (retired).” His ballot designation was “Mayor/Retired Policeman.” His ballot designation for his re-election campaign is also “Mayor/Retired Policeman.” 2016 Harper Supervisor Ballot Statement  Harper 2016 Mayor Ballot Designation Worksheet

The only way to force a candidate to change their ballot designation once it has been accepted by either the County Clerk or City Clerk is in court. A challenge must occur within 10 calendar days after filing closed and anyone can challenge it. Filing closed on Friday, August 12, so a challenge in court must occur by Monday, August 22.

When reached for comment about the issue and why Harper was allowed to use the term “Retired Policeman” in his ballot designation for the County Supervisor’s race in June, County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla responded by email.

“For city council races the city clerks are the elections officials and would be the ones to decide on ballot designations,” he said. “For us we rely on what the candidates provide on their ballot worksheets. We have no authority to investigate.”

“The code allows for ten days for someone to challenge a statement or designation from the date filing closes,” Canciamilla added. “They have to go to court for a writ of mandate.”

City Clerk Arne Simonsen confirmed the 10 day challenge period and what he did to verify Harper’s information.

While Harper is receiving his retirement pay through the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and used that on his “Justification for use of proposed ballot designation,” according to Antioch City Clerk Arne Simonsen.

“I had based my approval on his use of Retired Policeman in the Supervisor’s race,” he said. “I called PERS to verify he is receiving his retirement pay.”

Asked if he called the City of Tracy to verify, Simonsen responded, “I did not call the City of Tracy.”

He then showed a copy of Harper’s Ballot Designation Worksheet, which is a public document and can be seen, here:

Harper wrote “I am currently a PERS retiree after serving in law enforcement 24 years.” However, he did not provide any contact names, phone numbers or email addresses for Simonsen’s office to verify the information.

When asked if another candidate could not use the term “retired” in his ballot designation because he was laid off, why could Harper use the term if he resigned from police work before he had reached retirement age, and is now employed as a teacher at Antioch High School, Simonsen replied, “Obviously both the County Elections Office and I believed that he was a retired police officer.”

Two of Harper’s three challengers responded to the news. All three were asked if they planned to challenge his ballot designation in court, but none were willing to commit to doing so, yet.

“It’s unfortunate that Wade has lied to the community, once again,” said Gil Murrillo.

When asked when else he believed Harper had lied to the community Murrillo replied, “Not fulfilling his zero tolerance for crime commitment and his promise of 22 more police officers.”

Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock also responded.

“I’m in awe, actually,” she said. “I don’t know that I personally want to challenge it. He has to live with himself. I’m totally shocked. I’m befuddled to be honest. I don’t know what the reasoning is. I’m just sad. I don’t know why anyone would not tell the truth.”

Wright had no comment, at this time.

Harper responded by email with the following statement:

“Thanks for making me aware of the rumblings.  This is the answer to your question.  During a speed dating type meet and greet sponsored by the chamber of commerce in 2012 I was asked if I were to get an emergency call from the City of Antioch and the Tracy Police Department, which would I respond to.  I was a full-time lieutenant at the time.  While running for mayor at that time I could not say the City of Antioch would be the priority.  Once elected to the mayor’s position I decided to take an early retirement and focus on being mayor.  I was able to utilize my retirement savings from ICMA and my CALPERS retirement the following year.  I left the city of Tracy, in good standing, to serve the citizens of Antioch.  I was celebrated with a luncheon and was honored.  I am an ICMA & CALPERS retiree.  I welcome any challenge to my retirement status and designation by any of my opponents.  I served am happy to serve.  I have attached my service retirement 10-99R form.  Feel free to use it.  I redacted my social security number and payment amount, which is above $90,000 for my combined service at the Emeryville Police Department. The Tracy Police Department as a state employee.

Campaign season is in full effect.” Harper PERS 1099R form redacted

When asked additional questions regarding the allegations surrounding his resignation, Harper responded “You have my statement. I was not forced to resign.”

Please check back later for further details.

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Frazier proposes gas tax increase to fund new transportation plan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Allen Payton

State Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and State Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) presented a $7.4-billion transportation plan late Wednesday, which includes an increase of 17 cents per gallon in the state gas tax, to help pay for it. The plan would also increase the tax on diesel by 30 cents per gallon and introduce a $165 annual fee on electric cars.

The Frazier-Beall plan also includes streamlining the environmental process for repairing existing transportation infrastructure and a new Office of Transportation inspector general to oversee spending.

The pair’s proposal is in response to a report about the condition of California’s roads, highways and bridges, also released on Wednesday. See the entire report, here – TRIP_Report_August_2016

Frazier issued the following statement on Thursday:

Yesterday, The Road Information Program (TRIP) released a report detailing the current status of California’s transportation system, confirming Assemblymember Frazier’s (D – Oakley) claims that road conditions will continue to worsen without passing a transportation funding plan.

“The information released in yesterday’s report further demonstrates the desperate need to repair California’s transportation system,” stated Frazier. “This cannot be accomplished without fixing the current, outdated funding structure.”

The report details the existing condition of California’s transportation infrastructure and examines future mobility needs with an increase in population and goods movement. Included in the study is the vital role our roads, highways and bridges have on economic growth and overall quality of life. The report uncovered that deteriorating roads cost Californians $56.6 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic crashes.

“I’ve spent the past year calling for a comprehensive funding fix. If we fail to act on this now, the condition of our roads will continue on this downward trajectory,” stated Frazier. “Our residents deserve a transportation system that works for all Californians. It’s time that the Legislature comes together to pass a thoughtful, sustainable plan. To that end, I’ve worked with Senator Beall to put forth a plan that will address these concerns.”

The report concluded that addressing these significant transportation issues is essential for California to remain competitive and accommodate the demands of a modern society.

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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County school board member Belle denied diversion program, continues to fight DA prosecution for ballot statement lie

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Jeff Belle, source Contra Costa County Board of Education

Jeff Belle, source Contra Costa County Board of Education

By Allen Payton

County School Board Member Jeff Belle, who has been charged and is being prosecuted for lying on his ballot statement during his 2014 campaign, was denied a request for participation in a diversion program in July.

In his 2014 campaign ballot statement, Belle claimed to have a college degree, but he didn’t at the time.

In July, he filed a motion to compel diversion. Belled wanted to enter a new Contra Costa District Attorney program designed to divert people from the criminal justice system. However, the DA’s office filed a response and turned him down.

Belle then requested the court to demand that the DA comply with his request, but it was also declined.

A pre-trial conference to discuss a resolution of the case was scheduled, but Belle’s attorney was unable to attend. So, it was postponed eight weeks at Belle’s request, until sometime in late September or early October.

He continues to fight the charge over which he has plead not guilty and faces trial. The maximum penalty Belle faces is a $1,000 fine and no jail time. It’s a fine only misdemeanor.

Attempts to reach Belle for this article were unsuccessful.

For more information about this case, please see the articles here and here.

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