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Man shot in Antioch, Monday night, police search for suspects

Monday, November 9th, 2015

By Sergeant T. Schnitzius #2840, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On November 9, 2015 at approximately 6:37 P.M. Antioch Police responded to calls of shots fired at a small apartment complex in the 300 block of West 20th Street. While enroute another citizen called to report a male had been shot. Upon arrival Officers located an adult 31-year-old male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was awake and cooperative with Officers. The suspect(s) are still outstanding and Officers are working on developing possible suspect leads.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

If you witnessed this incident and/or have information please contact the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6900. You may also submit an anonymous tip by texting 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Contra Costa County to celebrate and honor veterans during ceremony, Tuesday

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Veterans, families and friends invited to attend

Public is invited to a special ceremony from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on Tuesday, November 10
2015 marks 50 years since the beginning of the Vietnam War, and 40 years since the end of the conflict. Veterans from the Vietnam era as well as those who have served before and since are invited to share in the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors annual recognition of the contributions of our veterans.
The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, in the Board Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez, and will last until noon.

Keynote speaker Steve Burchik chronicled a year in Vietnam through the lens of a camera, and his work is on display in the County Administration building this month. Now a county resident, the former Army infantryman will share his unique perspective of his tour of duty.
Gold Star father and Discovery Bay resident Kevin Graves will preview the upcoming documentary “The Longest Road,” which focuses on the plight of the two million displaced Kurds in the Middle East.

In addition, there will be special recognition for a County veteran who has contributed significantly to the annual ceremonies.

County Veterans Service Officer Nathan Johnson invites veterans who arrive early to gather in the conference room next to the Board Chamber for refreshments, and enjoy the photography display in the lobby.

Contra Costa County is home to more than 65,000 veterans, with 500 service men and women returning home to our area each year after completing their military service. The Board of Supervisors pays tribute and gives thanks each year to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.

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Antioch veteran to speak at Veterans Day Observance at Los Medanos College, Tuesday

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

PITTSBURG: Los Medanos College (LMC) will hold a Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., on the LMC Student Services Center Patio. The college is hosting this event to honor its student veterans and all of the men and women of the Armed Forces for their service, bravery, and sacrifice. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Complimentary parking is available in Lots A and B.

The program will feature the Brentwood VFW Marine Color Guard, guest speakers, representatives from LMC’s Veterans Services, and musical selections to mark the occasion. Light refreshments will also be served.

Among the guest speakers will be three honored veterans:

  • Mr. Dale Cook, retired Army Corporal; is a decorated World War II veteran, who served in the Army Infantry in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He is an Iwo Jima survivor, and was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon. Following his military service, Mr. Cook went on to work for the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency as Director of Public Relations.

  • Mr. Justin Kerns, U.S. Army veteran and Antioch resident; served in the U.S. Army for ten years, five years in Infantry and five years in aviation as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief in the California National Guard. In total, Mr. Kerns served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is President of the recently reconstituted LMC Veterans Club.

  • Mr. Anthony Amador, former Navy serviceman and current LMC student veteran, served as an Electronics Technician on a Navy submarine during Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). He is Vice President of the LMC Veterans Club.

Please join us to salute the men and women of the Armed Forces for their brave service.

For more information about the event or Veterans Services at LMC, please visit or contact Tamara Green at (925) 473-7498,

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Congressman DeSaulnier hosts “Veterans’ Meet and Greet” on eve of Veterans Day

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) will host a “Veterans’ Meet and Greet” in the City of Concord on Tuesday, November 10th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This is an opportunity for local veterans and their families to meet with the Congressman, share their thoughts, and ask questions. Members of the congressman’s Veterans Advisory Board, a group of former service members from across branches of the service, will also be in attendance.

The event will be held at the Concord Veterans Center, 1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 106, Concord. To RSVP, for more information or to request ADA accommodations please contact: or call (925) 933-2660.

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Congressman DeSaulnier to host Town Hall Meeting in Pittsburg, Monday, Nov. 9th

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will host a town hall meeting in Pittsburg on Monday, November 9th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This is the ninth public forum hosted by Congressman DeSaulnier since taking office in January. Town halls are one part of DeSaulnier’s efforts to be accessible to constituents. He is also holding mobile district office hours and listening tours across the district.

As we wrap up the legislative year, I invite residents to a Congressional update with information on the federal budget, the six-year transportation bill, and other key issues of importance,”  said DeSaulnier. “This is an opportunity to hear about the work we are doing on behalf of the district and to ask questions and share ideas. We will also discuss the broad range of constituent services my office can provide.

  • What: Congressman DeSaulnier’s Town Hall Meeting in Pittsburg

  • When: Monday, November 9, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Check-in begins at 6:00 pm.

  • Where: Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565.

For more information or to request ADA accommodations: Please email or call (925) 933-2660.

DeSaulnier represents part of Antioch in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Antioch School Board hears Deer Valley High football coaches, students speak against accusations, approves new Math-Intensive program for Deer Valley students

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

By Nick Goodrich

On Wednesday night, October 28, students and coaches with the Deer Valley High School football program, turned out in force to the Antioch School Board meeting, to protest accusations made against them, involving an incident with the Pittsburg High School band, earlier in the month.

Videos were posted on social media of the football game between Deer Valley and Pittsburg on Friday, October 16th, apparently showing Deer Valley football players and coaches interrupting the Pittsburg band, as they performed their routine before the game. Later claims made by band members and parents alleged that band members were pushed, spit on, and harassed by both Deer Valley players and coaches.

However, the Deer Valley students and coaching staff said that the incident was a misunderstanding and in no way occurred as it had been portrayed on social media. The Board agreed, stating that the incident was blown out of proportion, but stood firm in the decision to place Head Coach Robert Hubbard on administrative leave pending a full investigation.

We have to remind everyone that Coach Hubbard will have to remain on leave until the investigation is complete,” said Board President Claire Smith.

Many of the comments by students and coaches present at the meeting centered on Hubbard, who they say has had “a great impact” on students and players both on and off the field, and who also teaches a special needs class at Deer Valley. He has served as the DVHS football program’s head coach since July of this year, following the departure of previous coach Richard Woods.

During the meeting, the Board also voted 3-0 to approve a new math intensive tutoring program for Deer Valley students, developed by Antioch residents John Crowder and Angel Luevano. The program, which will be available after school for three hours every school day, places a special emphasis on students struggling in their current Algebra 1 classes.

Students in the program will work with tutors on their current class work, while also catching up with work they have learned in the past but may have forgotten. Testing will occur at each students’ entry to determine which skills need to be worked on with each individual, and will continue throughout the program. Once a student is deemed through testing to have sufficient knowledge of the subjects being learned in class, he or she will graduate the program, opening up the spot for another student to be brought on board. As many as twenty-four students at a time can participate. The Board members said they excited to vote the program in, and expects to see positive results with Algebra 1 students at Deer Valley.

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Clipper® expands to Tri Delta Transit, other East Bay bus services, starting Sunday

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Clipper CardTransit Card accepted Nov. 1 on Tri Delta Transit, County Connection, WestCAT, Wheels

Clipper, the all-in-one transit fare payment card already accepted on 13 Bay Area transit systems, is expanding this Sunday, Nov. 1, to four more bus services in the East Bay: Tri Delta Transit, County Connection, WestCAT and Wheels. The four transit agencies will accept Clipper cards loaded with cash value as well as a range of 31-day passes good for local or express travel.

This is a major benefit both for people who ride the bus to BART as well as those who rely on the bus for local trips,” said MTC Commissioner, County Connection board member and Orinda City Councilmember Amy Rein Worth. “I am pleased that MTC and the transit operators have worked together so well to make Clipper available to more East Bay transit riders.”

Clipper already is accepted on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, FAST, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Marin Transit, Muni, SamTrans, SF Bay Ferry, SolTrans, Vacaville City Coach, VINE and VTA.

Clipper is so convenient. You don’t have to worry about exact change, and if you ride BART, you get the same transfer discounts without having to keep track of paper transfers,” said Alameda County Supervisor and MTC Commissioner Scott Haggerty, who also serves as a board member of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, which operates the Wheels transit service. “You can set it up to automatically reload, and you can use your transit benefits to load value on the card. These features make Clipper a much more attractive option than cash.”

Clipper is used for fare payment on nearly half of all transit trips in the Bay Area. Last month, Clipper was used for an average of more than 800,000 trips each weekday. About one-third of all registered Clipper cards are signed up for Autoload, which automatically reloads value on the card when it runs low.

The Clipper network will expand again in 2016 to Union City Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County Transit. Clipper will be the sole fare payment method used by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) when it begins operation in late 2016.

Clipper is a service provided by Bay Area transit operators and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about Clipper, go to or call Clipper Customer Service at 877.878.8883.

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Assemblyman Frazier named 2015 Legislator of the Year by veterans organization

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Assemblyman Jim Frazier

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) has selected California Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) as the recipients of the Motomu Nakasako Legislator of the Year awards for 2015. CACVSO has also selected Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to receive the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual Sacramento Training Conference in February 2016.

The Motomu Nakasako Award is named after “Mote” Nakasako, a Los Angeles County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) who was constantly involved in legislation to improve the lives of veterans at the local, state, and federal levels. He was a decorated member of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of World War II’s most decorated units. Mr. Nakasako joined the Army and volunteered for combat duty from the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley)

Assuming office in 2013, Assemblyman Frazier hit the ground running and quickly let it be known that he would support veterans. Frazier’s uncle died of complications from Agent Orange exposure resulting from his service in Vietnam.

After a two year effort, he pushed through the VETERAN designation on the California driver’s license bill, a longtime goal of the veterans community. AB 935, which will take effect on November 11, 2015, will require DMV to print the word “VETERAN” on the face of a driver’s license or identification card issued to a person who makes that request. Frazier authored three bills in a two year period to make this happen.

Assemblyman Frazier was the major sponsor and participant of the 25th Anniversary of the CA Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol. He used his own funds to bring the “Wall That Heals” Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to the State Capitol in 2014. In November of that year, he participated in the ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance for the Global War on Terror at the Capitol on Veterans Day.

According to Pete Conaty, Governmental Advocate for the CACVSO, “California’s veterans and the professionals who assist them are indeed fortunate to have such staunch champions in the Legislature as Speaker Atkins, Senator Roth, and Assemblyman Frazier”.

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) was established in 1945 and they are responsible for assisting veterans in filing for federal benefits, claim development, claim filing advocacy, and case management services to our respective veteran’ populations. This vital segment of our population encompasses an ever increasing aging veterans’ population composed of WWII and Korean veterans and their survivors, as well as veterans from our most recent wars. County Veterans Service Offices are also responsible for screening veterans and their dependents (by means of the State Mandated Welfare Referral Program) that have applied for Cal WORKS, food stamps, Medi-Cal, and other public assistance benefits.

Frazier represents Antioch, other parts of East County and a portion of Solano County in the State Assembly.

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