Archive for June, 2011

13th Annual Delta Blues Festival

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Support The 13th Annual Delta Blues Festival – A Free Event – All Ages Welcome
One Day Only – Saturday, September 17, 2011 from Noon to 7:30 p.m. in Antioch’s Rivertown District off 2nd street between “G” and “I” streets on the San Joaquin Delta.

We want to remain a free, not-for-profit event and need your help. We have posted a PayPal link on our website. Your tax-deductible donation can help this festival survive and continue to be a gift to the community.

Festival Artist Line-Up
• Sugar Ray & the Bluetones featuring Monster Mike Welch
• Chris Cobb Band
• Zydeco Flames
• Steve Freund Trio with special guest Jan Fanucchi
• Wendy DeWitt
• Shad Harris & the Groovenators.

For Festival Info: www.DeltaBluesFestival.net or call the Hotline: (925) 698-8024. Also follow us on FACEBOOK. The Delta Blues Festival proudly supports the San Joaquin Delta Community.

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones featuring Monster Mike Welch

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Free Business Training Workshop

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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Antioch Chamber Mixer at Healing Center

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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Report Crimes Online

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Antioch Police Department is proud to announce it will be providing a new online police reporting option for the public. This web-based reporting system will allow the public to file certain incident types (thefts, vehicle burglary, lost property, hit & run, graffiti, vandalisms, identity theft etc.) over the internet at their convenience.

The Antioch Police Department expects this internet-based reporting service to be very popular among citizens who have come to expect police services to be provided immediately and conveniently online.

The service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report upon submitting the report. The report will be reviewed by police personnel and once approved the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost.

The report will transfer into the Antioch Police Departments Records Management System and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis ability as if the report had been filed by a police officer.

This web-based reporting option will allow officers more time to address community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the internet.

The Antioch Police Department will be using the Desk Officer Online Reporting System from San Ramon-based software company Coplogic, Inc. (www.Coplogic.com).

The web based crime reporting service is available at the City of Antioch Police Department Web Site at http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/Police/

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DeSaulnier Anti-Smoking Bill Passes Committee

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Today the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee passed SB 575, which is sponsored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who represents the Seventh Senate District, which includes Antioch and most of Contra Costa County. The bill is designed to eliminate loopholes in the state’s smokefree workplace law.

While once the leader in protecting workers from the toxic effects of secondhand smoke, California has fallen far behind, according to DeSaulnier. Because of loopholes, thousands of California workers and patrons of certain businesses continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke.

“It is time to bring California’s once ground-breaking smokefree workplace law into the 21st Century,” said DeSaulnier. “Twenty-five states have surpassed California’s law and we should be ashamed. This bill will bring us up to par with other states”

SB 575 would remove the current exemptions in the smokefree workplace law that allow smoking in certain areas of a hotel/motel lobby and meeting and banquet rooms, warehouses, break rooms, businesses with five or fewer employees, owner-operated businesses and other specified locations.

“Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in United States,” said Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord). “Californians go to work to earn an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, not to breathe in toxic air. Yet, one in seven members of the workforce continues to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work. This bill helps assure a healthy workplace for all Californians.”

This bill is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the Health Officers Association of California. It will next be sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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Antioch Road Condition Drops to ‘Fair’

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The condition of Antioch’s 616 miles of roadway was dropped to “fair” this year in a Bay Area annual pothole survey. The latest rating of 69 (out of a possible 100) places Antioch pretty much in the middle of the pack in the Bay Area. But it dropped the city out of a “good” rating of 70, which Antioch had for the previous three years.

The Bay Area jurisdiction with the highest-ranked pavement in 2010 is Brentwood, with a score of 86. This is the third straight year that this city in eastern Contra Costa County has finished at the top of the regional list. Brentwood’s 2010 score was a one-point improvement over its 2009 score of 85.

PCI scores of 90 or higher are considered “excellent.” These are newly built or resurfaced streets that show little or no distress. Pavement with a PCI score in the 80 to 89 range is characterized as “very good,” and shows only slight or moderate distress, requiring mostly preventive maintenance. The “good” category ranges from 70 to 79, while streets with PCI scores in the “fair” (60-69) range are becoming worn to the point where rehabilitation may be needed
to prevent rapid deterioration. Because major repairs cost five to 10 times more than routine maintenance, these streets are at an especially critical stage.

The condition of pavement on the Bay Area’s 42,500 lane-miles of local streets and roads is only fair at best, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon. Data released today by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) puts the region’s 2010
pavement condition index (PCI) score at 66 out of a maximum possible 100 points, as computed on a three-year moving average basis. This is unchanged from the 2009 reading, and is within two points of readings going back to 2006, leaving the region mired in a mediocre-quality range.

The 2010 pavement assessment is contained in a new MTC report on the region’s streets and roads. Titled “The Pothole Report: Can the Bay Area Have Better Roads?”, the report supplements the agency’s annual jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction ranking of the PCI scores of the Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 cities with a handy primer on the cost and life-cycle of pavement.

The report looks at some of the key factors that affect the condition of our roads, and catalogs the persistent and daunting challenges that confront public works departments in the region, including a serious need for greater funding. On a somewhat brighter note, The Pothole Report spotlights trends and technologies that make it possible to imagine a future where roads are not only smoother, but also safer and greener.

“The report documents the difficulties we face in maintaining our pavement, and identifies some promising new approaches,” said MTC Chair and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier. “That’s why we subtitled the report with a question. For a while now, the Bay Area has barely been holding its ground in terms of pavement quality. Clearly, we could do a better job. Whether we take the necessary steps is up to us as a region.”

The Bay Area locality with the lowest-ranked pavement in 2010 was the Solano County city of Rio Vista, which had a PCI score of 42, down three points from its ranking in 2009. Near the bottom is Orinda with a rating of 49.

MTC’s new Pothole Report is available online at www.mtc.ca.gov/library/pothole_report/. The report contains 2010 pavement conditions (based on the latest three-year moving averages) for all Bay Area counties and cities, as well as conditions for prior years.

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Three Serial Robbery Suspects Arrested

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

UPDATE: On June 23 the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office filed several felony counts against the below serial robbery suspects.
1) Maurice Brunson – Charged with 5 felonies plus enhancements
2) Erick Daigle – Charged with 19 felonies plus enhancements
3) Gyovanni Daigle – Charged with 15 felonies plus enhancements

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On June 20 at 9:49 p.m. Antioch Police detectives conducted surveillance on people suspected of committing numerous armed robberies in Antioch over the past several weeks as well as several other armed robberies in Contra Costa County, including Brentwood, Pittsburg, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Pacheco and Alamo.

Detectives saw Gyovanni Daigle, 20, Erick Daigle, 18, both of Antioch, and Maurice Brunson, 19, of Bay Point in a white Ford Thunderbird park behind the Domino’s Pizza on Buchanan Road. They watched as Erick Daigle and Brunson placed bandanas over their faces and robbed the restaurant at gun point, according to police. Detectives were able to alert Antioch Police patrol units who assisted in taking all three suspects into custody as they fled the scene.

A firearm, bandanas, and cash taken in the robbery were recovered from the Thunderbird and its occupants. Upon being interviewed, the Daigle brothers admitted to robbing three 7-11 stores in Antioch on May 28 and June 14, according to police. All three were booked at Martinez County Jail on robbery charges.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Santiago Castillo at (925) 779-6933.

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Man Killed by Own Car

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

On June 20 at 2:23 p.m. police responded to an accident in the 3700 block of Gentrytown Drive involving a vehicle that had been parked on an incline and in neutral.

A 68-year-old Antioch man had pulled the emergency brake release thinking it was the hood release, and the vehicle began rolling backwards. While trying to stop the vehicle’s movement the victim fell and was run over by the front tire of the vehicle. He sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Police are withholding his name at this time.

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