Archive for May, 2019

Laugh It Off comedy show fundraiser at Tailgaters Antioch Friday night, May 31

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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In Memoriam: Fundraiser for the family of Phil “The Barber” Youngquist at Lumpy’s Friday

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Phil Youngquist at his barber shop on W. 10th Street.

Phil “The Barber” Youngquist,  owner of Phil’s Barber Shop in Antioch, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, May 25.

A fundraiser will be held for Phil’s family on Friday, May 31st from 5-8 pm at Lumpy’s Diner, Antioch at 5891 Lone Tree Way.

Dinner To Go includes: Spaghetti, salad, roll, cookie and a drink for just $20.

Any and all raffle donations appreciated. Contact Gena 925-550-3750. Let’s help this family out.

Phil was an awesome guy and a huge influence in our community! RIP Phil

All proceeds go to the family…. Please share!

Please see his obituary, below.

Philip Alexander Youngquist

June 27, 1969 – May 25, 2019

Resident of Antioch

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Philip Alexander Youngquist, 49 (Antioch, California), who passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25, 2019, leaving to mourn family and friends.

Survivor Donna of 29 yrs. marriage, Son Randy (Heather), Ellen (fiancé), David Schick, 3 grandsons, 1 step-grandson, parents Lillie Youngquist (Don Forfang), Theodore (Beverly) Youngquist, 2 brothers Thad (Kris), Lief (Deanna), 3 nephews, 1 niece.

There will be a public viewing, Friday, May 31st at 10 am – 12 pm at Higgins Funeral Home, 1310 A St. in Antioch.

Phil was a barber 20 years in Antioch and was well known in the community. He was actively involved in local fishing and hunting clubs.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 – 4 pm, Sunday, June 9, V.F.W. Antioch, CA.

Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Philip Alexander Youngquist to pay them a last tribute.

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Father’s Day Car Show in Rivertown Sunday, June 16

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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Six Antioch students part of UC Merced’s largest graduating class, one with honors

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

More than 1,300 students took part in UC Merced’s Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Students receiving their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored together, with Chancellor Dorothy Leland delivering the keynote addresses in her final commencement as chancellor of UC Merced.

Graduates from Antioch include:

Adebowale Adedeji — B.S. Biological Sciences

Tanvi Sareen — B.S. Cognitive Science

David Satyadi — B.S. Bioengineering

Ashley Tejada — B.S. Biological Sciences

Dominique Unubun — B.A. Psychology

Ryanjit Virk — B.S. Biological Sciences (graduated with high honors)

Members of the 2009 graduating class — the first graduating class in UC Merced’s history — took part in the ceremonies. This year’s graduating class is the largest in UC Merced history.

UC Merced opened in 2005 as the newest member of the University of California system, and is the youngest university to earn a Carnegie research classification. The fastest-growing public university in the nation, UC Merced enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in campus construction and design, and supports high-achieving and dedicated students from the underserved San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The Merced 2020 Project, a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education, will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus and support enrollment growth to 10,000 students. 

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Meet the Press event at Antioch Barnes & Noble Thursday evening

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force to gather public testimony beginning Thursday

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

About impact in city and to provide recommendations to city council

WHAT: As part of a four-part series of public testimony hearings, the Antioch Homeless Encampment Task Force will gather public testimony from regional, county and city agencies, community-based organizations, homeless advocates and volunteers to build the committee’s knowledge base about the impacts of homeless encampments on communities and services. Additionally, the Task Force will examine current efforts that assist homeless residents in meeting basic needs, gain access to services programs and providers, as well as connected with temporary and/or permanent housing.

WHEN & WHERE: On March May 30th, 2019, Nick Rodriguez Center Center, 213 F Street, Antioch.

WHY: In March of 2019, Mayor Pro-Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe requested the establishment of a Homeless Encampment Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to study the growing homeless crisis in Antioch, the effects of homelessness including encampments on the community and temporary measures to alleviate homeless encampments until the completion of the Contra Costa County Care Center.

Task Force Members: Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Council Member Lamar Thorpe

Public Testimony Hearing 1 of 4 Agenda:

Opening Remarks, 8:45 am

Overview of Homelessness in Contra Costa County, 9:00 – 10:00 am

  1. Teri House, City Antioch CDBG/Housing Consultant
  2. LaVonna Martin, Contra Costa County Director, Health, Housing, & Homeless Services

Deep Dive-Contra Costa County/Regional Efforts , 10:15 – 11:15 am

  1. Michael Fisher, Manager, Contra Costa County Core Teams
  2. Armondo Sandoval, CIT Coordinator, BART
  3. Contra Costa County Fire (TBA)
  4. Robert Weston, Project Manager, CoCo Lead Plus, Health Right 360
  5. Steve Ponte, Chief Operating Officer, Tri-Delta Transit

Deep Dive-City of Antioch, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

  1. Tammany Brooks, Chief, Antioch Police Department
  2. Forrest Ebbs, Director, Antioch Community Development Department
  3. George Harding, Manager, Antioch Animal Services
  4. Jon Blanc, Director, Antioch Public Works Department

Meeting Basic Needs-Education, Medical Services, Housing 1:45 – 2:45 pm

  1. Lisa Perry, Homeless Liaison, Antioch Unified School District
  2. Valentino Walker, Sutter Health Rep
  3. T’Sendenia Gage, Program Coordinator, Student Success & Retention, Los Medanos College
  1. Anthony Aiello, Director, East Bay Men’s Recovery Center

Meeting Basic Needs-Food, Closing, Basic Necessities, 5:30-6:30 pm

  1. Ken Kickner, Shower House Ministries
  2. Joleen Lafayette, Executive Director, Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa
  3. Nicole Gardner, Executive Director, Facing Homelessness in Antioch
  4. Ashley Mahan, CEO, Urban Upreach, Inc

Overcoming Homelessness, 6:45 – 7:45 pm

  1. TBA
  2. TBA
  3. TBA
  4. TBA

Please note, each panel will be streamed LIVE on Facebook @lamar.a.thorpe and @joymotts2018. At the conclusion of the hearing, the videos will be made available on YouTube (searchable by panel heading). There will be a 30 day comment period following the live stream. All comments submitted in the comments section of the Facebook and YouTube posts will be reviewed and considered public testimony by the committee. *Following the May 30th public testimony meeting, the task force will meet again on June 10, 2019, to gather additional public testimony from residents. The time and location will be announced at a later time.

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Watch the Warriors win at the Solid Rock Cafe beginning Thursday night

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

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Antioch Council postpones decision on LGBT Pride Month proclamation, flying rainbow flag at city hall

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Allen Payton

At their meeting, last night, upon advice of City Attorney Thomas Smith, the Antioch City Council unanimously voted to postpone a decision on a proclamation recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month in the city and flying the rainbow “pride” flag at city hall. The matter has been moved to the June 11th agenda, which will be the next regular council meeting and the first one in June. ACC052819 LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

“It is more than a proclamation, it is the raising of the flag,” Smith stated. “I would ask for an accompanying resolution and approve them together. I recommend you continue this item and have the city attorney draft a resolution for the raising of the flag recognizing LGBTQ month.”

Each council meeting agenda is set by the mayor and city manager. Items are usually placed on the agenda at the request of a city staff member or council member.

Each council member was asked by the Herald if they had requested that the proclamation be placed on the agenda. Previously, Councilman Lamar Thorpe said he didn’t know how it was placed on the agenda, but that it was proposed by Antioch resident Jack Rednour-Bruckman, the executive director of the Rainbow Center in Concord and that the proposed language came from her.

Mayor Sean Wright suggested asking City Manager Ron Bernal about who requested the flag flying be included in this year’s resolution.

“He spoke to each council member and I am not privy to his discussions with them,” Wright said.

When Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock was asked if she was the one, she responded, “No it was not.” Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts simply answered “no” to the same question. Attempts to reach Councilwoman Monica Wilson with the same question were unsuccessful.

Bernal responded to the same question, “It wasn’t requested by a council member. It was requested by a member of the LGBTQ community.”

When asked, immediately prior to the beginning of the council meeting, if that’s how it works, if a member of the community can send a request for a proclamation to the city manager for him and the mayor to place on the agenda, Bernal did not respond.

Prior to the council’s vote on the matter, members of the public spoke offering their differing opinions.

“It would be…elevating one group’s acts above all others,” said Daniel Patton. “Flags mean different things to different people. The city council should not arbitrarily use flag poles for political expression…whether it be agenda driven. When will the city fly the Christian flag? I serve as a minister at…Threshing Floor Tabernacle. Would it be viewed and welcome, too with all the resolutions?”

“I’ve been a homeowner in Antioch for 16 years. I am middle class. I am an average white male and you fly my flag every day,” Mark Foley said. “I support the staff recommendation. We should not close doors. Let’s be all inclusive. Raise the flag.”

Robin Kluslitz (sp?) was next to speak, saying, “I grew up in Antioch…Class of 2005. When I was growing up there were no positive symbols in Antioch for the LGBT community. When government agency raises the pride flag elected officials are exercising their government speech.”

“The very first house my domestic partner and I purchased was in Antioch. We’ve enjoyed living here,” said Joey Smith. “But there was something missing. We had to leave…to feel comfortable in our relationship outside our home. Eventually we ended up leaving. Your decision…to raise the flag and acknowledge this month is meaningful. Being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall it’s time. Does Antioch want to be a city that is absolutely inclusive of all residents? Does Antioch want to risk losing residents…who don’t feel welcome? Antioch was not the place for me to welcome because I did not feel welcome. Do what is going to be an inclusive and right action. Fly the flag.”

Jack Rednour, the author of the proclamation, spoke next.

“I live here. I pay taxes, here. I run a small business, here. I’m also the Executive Director for the Rainbow Center,” she stated. “East County is underserved. One in four pre-teens commit suicide who are LGBTQ… there are many Christians who are LGBTQ. This isn’t about religion. This is about fulfilling that vision. It’s already been decided. There’s Black History Month, there’s Autism Awareness Month. This is not to exclude, but to include. Show that Antioch is a diverse city that celebrates everyone.”

Rednour then offered to provide a rainbow flag for use by the city, for free.

Written comments by Diana Patton were read by Mayor Wright. “If a flag other than the American flag is to be flown, that the council consider other flags fly, as well,” she wrote.

“I can’t stand by, not saying anything,” said Lauren Posada. “This is my life. This is my heart. With this resolution being brought out…the flag will not be raised without your approval. According to the Bible the rainbow was a promise set in the sky that He would not flood the earth, again. It represents God’s mercy. Telling me to embrace something that violates my convictions is not inclusive. Please, don’t shove your political ideologies down my (throat). I’m asking that you not raise this flag that is dismissive and contrary to my beliefs.”

Nicole Castro was the final public speaker on the matter. “There’s so many differences of opinion. I would ask that you would take everyone’s different opinions into consideration. It’s not about religion. As a believer I celebrate Easter. But I would not think to ask you to fly the Christian flag because I celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, not the Easter Bunny,” she said. “We are a diverse people and want to be inclusive. You stay neutral on this very controversial issue. If you say yes to them, you have to say yes to everyone else. It opens a mess. This is about representing Antioch as a whole, not just a select group. You have to stay neutral.”

The council then took up the matter.

“The mistake of the city is the proclamation contains a resolution,” said Wright.

“It’s a matter of flying the flag that should be separate,” responded City Attorney Smith. “Raising the flag would be a separate item.”

Wilson asked “when would this be coming back to council?”

“I can bring it to the next meeting,” Smith replied.

“I think we need to vote on the council on raising the flag,” said Ogorchock.

“The matter of raising the flag…I should say two things. These types of legal questions, I would generally draft a legal opinion on,” Smith added. “Government speech has a choice means, when you raise the flag you’re speaking as a government speaker or choose to remain silent.

Ogorchock made the motion to postpone. Motts seconded the motion and it passed on a 5-0 vote.

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