Archive for February, 2020

Antioch to receive five FEMA trailers for homeless Saturday morning

Friday, February 28th, 2020

In the City of Antioch’s effort to reduce homelessness, city officials applied to the Governor’s Office to be selected for five FEMA trailers that can be used to support homeless individuals and families. The City was selected to receive all five of the total 100 trailers the state is distributing. (See related article).

The trailers are part of Governor Newsom’s efforts to combat the homeless crisis in the state. They will be managed by a non-profit homeless service provider to be selected by competitive bid through the county. The five Antioch will be receiving can each provide emergency housing for three to four  people.

Contra Costa Health Services’ Division of Health, Housing and Homeless Services (H3) will work with those who will temporarily call the trailers home. H3 integrates housing and homeless services within the health system and coordinates housing and homeless services across county government and in the community. As the administrator for the homeless Continuum of Care, H3 works with key partners such as the nonprofit homeless and housing services providers, law enforcement and cities to develop innovative and community-specific strategies to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Where the trailers will be located in Antioch has yet to be decided.

The trailers will be delivered at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at the City of Antioch Maintenance Yard, at 1201 W. 4th Street.

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Motorcyclist suffers major injuries in Antioch accident Thursday evening

Friday, February 28th, 2020

By Sergeant Matthew Harger #3305, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at approximately 5:25 pm, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to Oakley Road and Willow Avenue regarding a solo motorcycle collision. Upon arriving on scene Antioch Police Officers located the 44-year-old male motorcycle driver down in the roadway suffering from major injuries. American Medical Response Ambulance and Contra Costa Consolidated Fire Department personnel were on scene administering first aid until the driver was transported by helicopter to a local hospital. The motorcycle driver is currently in critical condition with life threatening injuries.

Antioch Police Traffic Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the collision investigation.

The preliminary investigation appears to indicate the motorcycle driver lost control of the motorcycle and collided with the ground. There were no other vehicles involved in this collision.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Traffic Officer Padilla at (925) 779-6900 ext. 85319 or bpadilla@ci.antioch.ca.us.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441 or You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch coffee roaster partners with Brentwood distillery to create new adult beverage

Friday, February 28th, 2020

The country’s first zero-sugar coffee liqueur: CoffeeBooze

Based in Brentwood, California, Bay Area Distilling Company is proud to launch the country’s first distilled spirit coffee product, named BADBRO’s CoffeeBooze.™  Aimed at the health concerns of today’s consumers, CoffeeBooze is an all-natural product that combines the signature medium roast coffee from local Antioch roaster, Big House Beans, with award-winning artisan craft distilled spirits to create a zero-sugar cold brew beverage set to launch on March 1, 2020.

Combining everyone’s favorite drinks—coffee and alcohol—CoffeeBooze (35% ABV-70 Proof) is a natural, sure to generate quite a “buzz” in the health-conscious consumer market, especially for those on the popular low-carb Keto diet.    The local distiller and coffee roaster, both award-winning artisans in their respective crafts, decided to collaborate to produce this new specialty coffee in a cold brew style, made with meticulously roasted, ethically-sourced coffee beans and grain neutral spirits—complete with no sugar, corn syrup or artificial ingredients.    The makers added organic cacao and organic vanilla bean to enhance the coffee profile of their delicious cold brew beverage, featuring notes of Baker’s Chocolate and Currant.

“We wanted to disrupt the liqueur space and replace the old sugary stuff with a revolutionary option,” the curators of CoffeeBooze explain.

“For decades, the industry has force fed its customers high sugar, corn syrupy, low-ABV coffee liqueur products, many containing well over 20 grams of sugar per 1.5-ounce shot,” Bay Area Distilling Company founder Donny LaFlamme asserts.   “Beyond all that unhealthy sugar, the White Russian of yesterday was laden with artificial flavors, artificial colors, and gut-harmful emulsifiers not fit for a ‘fit’ human’s consumption. Who needs “fake booze” when you can have a clean, all-natural alternative!”

CoffeeBooze is expected to be on Bay Area shelves soon at Total Wine & More stores and at a growing list of select retailers and drinking establishments throughout California.  Bay Area Distilling Company is based in Brentwood, CA, where it produces Golden State Vodka, Golden State Corn Whiskey, and Golden State Bourbon Whiskey (all Platinum SIP Award Medalists).  Made with world-famous Brentwood sweet corn, all Golden State spirits are gluten-free and contain no added sugar.  BADBRO’s is a joint venture involving Bay Area Distilling Company and a private curator, and the first of several anticipated future private label brands in niche market categories.  Big House Beans is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based coffee roaster and wholesaler with cafes in Brentwood as well as Walnut Creek and Oakland (both coming soon).

For more details and/or delicious, low-carb CoffeeBooze cocktail recipes, follow CoffeeBooze on Instagram or visit coffeebooze.com and sign up for their newsletter.  Inquiries may also be directed to Donny LaFlamme, Bay Area Distilling Company Founder/Distiller, 415-509-6885.

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Want to serve on the county’s Treasury Oversight Committee?

Friday, February 28th, 2020

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking an individual with sound knowledge and experience in the field of public and private finance to serve on the Treasury Oversight Committee (Committee) in the Public Representative Seat #3.  To be considered, candidates must be County residents, may not be employed by an entity that has contributed to the reelection campaign of the County Treasurer or a member of the Board of Supervisors in the previous three years, may not directly or indirectly raise money for the County Treasurer or a member of the Board of Supervisors while a member of the Committee, and may not work for bond underwriters, bond counsel, security brokerages or dealers, or financial services firms with whom the County Treasurer does business, either during his or her tenure on the committee or for one year after leaving the Committee. (Government Code §27132.3).

The Committee meets at 3:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month following each quarter at 625 Court Street, Room B001, Martinez, CA 94553.  Each meeting lasts approximately one hour.  The Committee’s duties include reviewing and monitoring the County Treasurer’s annual investment policy, and ensuring an annual audit is conducted to determine the County Treasurer is in compliance with Government Code §§27130-27137. The annual audits, meeting agendas and minutes of the Committee are available online. Members of the Committee receive no compensation for their service.  The Board of Supervisors will appoint the selected individual to complete the four-year term on May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2024.

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 335-1900 or by clicking on the following link: Application Form.  Applications should be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553 no later than Friday, March 27, 2020 by 5 p.m.  More information about the Treasury Oversight Committee can be obtained by calling Russell Watts at (925) 957-2888 or visiting the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Treasury Oversight Committee webpage.

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Boy struck by car, killed crossing street in Antioch Thursday night

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Photo by KTVU Fox2 News.

By Sergeant Matthew Harger #3305, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at approximately 6:45 pm, Antioch Police Department Officers were dispatched to Lone Tree Way just east of Deer Valley Road regarding a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arriving on scene Antioch Police Officers located the 11-year-old male in the roadway suffering from major injuries and he was eventually pronounced deceased at the scene by Contra Costa Consolidated Fire Department personnel.

Another victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries according to post on Twitter by the Con Fire Public Information Officer.

Antioch Police Traffic Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The involved driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be involved at this time.

The preliminary investigation appears to indicate the victim was crossing Lone Tree Way outside of a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Traffic Officer Johnsen at (925) 779-6900 ext. 84265 or ejohnsen@ci.antioch.ca.us.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441 or You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Antioch High student arrested for possessing firearm magazine on school grounds

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Discovered during investigation of but unrelated to lock down incident

By Lieutenant D. Bittner #3252, Antioch Police Watch Commander Community Policing Bureau

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at approximately 10:18 am, Antioch High School staff members made the Antioch Police Department aware of information provided by a student concerning three individuals on campus possibly armed with weapons. The school was placed on lockdown by school staff and the Antioch Police Department assisted the school in attempting to locate the individuals. (See related article).

The information provided by the student could not be substantiated and the lockdown was later lifted once the school was determined to be safe. An unloaded pistol magazine was located on a student during an unrelated incident that occurred while officers were on campus. The student was detained and placed under arrest for possessing a firearm magazine on school grounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Want to serve on the county Airport Land Use Commission?

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

County Board of Supervisors Appointee #1 

The County is seeking individuals interested in serving on Contra Costa County’s Airport Land Use Commission (“ALUC”).  The Commission’s role and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Formulate land use policies that restrict the development of lands to assure compatibility with planned operations of public use airports;
  • Review the general plans of local agencies for consistency with the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan; and
  • Review proposed modification to the airport master plans for consistency with the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan.

Commission members are expected to attend at least one meeting per month. Regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Department of Conservation and Development Zoning Administrator Room at 30 Muir Road, Martinez, CA 94553.  At times there may be additional background studies, occasional field trips and extra meetings.  Members shall serve without compensation, and during the term of office, each member shall reside or work in Contra Costa County.

Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County.

There are seven members on the ALUC. There is currently one vacancy for a commissioner appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Appointed members are required to comply with the Fair Political Practices Commission reporting requirements under State law. The term of office for each member is four years, and or until the appointment of a successor.

Applications can be obtained at the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors website www.contracosta.ca.gov/3418, or by calling them at (925) 335-1900.  They should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, in Room 106 of the County Administration Building at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553, or emailed to ClerkoftheBoard@cob.cccounty.us.  The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020.

For further information, please call Jamar Stamps, ALUC staff, with the Department of Conservation & Development, Transportation Planning Division, at (925) 674-7832.

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Antioch High placed on lockdown due to another possible gun incident Thursday morning, student found with empty magazine clip

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

By Allen Payton

The following was posted on the Antioch High School Facebook page late Thursday morning, Feb. 27:

“Good morning,

This is Antioch High School with an important safety announcement. A short time ago, a student reported that he saw a possible weapon on campus. As a precaution the school has been placed on lockdown and police are on campus. We will update you when the lockdown is lifted.

Thank you!”

Then, at about 12:40 p.m. the following was posted:

“THE LATEST NEWS!

This is Antioch High School with an update on this morning’s incident. The lockdown at Antioch High School has been lifted and all students are safe. Earlier this morning, a student reported that he saw a weapon on campus. The school immediately initiated lockdown procedures and notified police. APD did a thorough search of the campus and no weapons were located. However, a student was found to have an empty magazine clip that he reported he had shown to other students.

Thank you for patience as we work to make our school as safe as possible for all students.

Thank you!”

In response, Antioch School Board Trustee said “I am asking (Superintendent) Stephanie (Anello) to fill the School Resource Officer vacancy and meet with the CDE (California Department of Education) Director of School Emergency Planning and Safety. This is unbelievable these incidents keep occurring.”

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