By Joel Keller, District 2 Director, Bay Area Rapid Transit District
The BART Board will consider both BART to Antioch fares and BART to Antioch parking fees at a public hearing on November 16th meeting. On December 7th, the Board will be asked to approve the BART to Antioch fares and parking fees.
The proposal will extend BART’s distance-based fare structure for the Pittsburg Center Station and the Antioch station, resulting in a 15 cent increase at Pittsburg Center and an 80 cent increase at Antioch.
Sample BART to Antioch Fares:
Pittsburg/Bay Point to Embarcadero: $6.70
Pittsburg Center to Embarcadero: $6.85
Antioch to Embarcadero: $7.50
There will be 262 parking spaces on Bliss Avenue near Railroad Avenue serving the Pittsburg Center Station and 1012 parking spaces at the Antioch Station.
The parking fees are proposed to be effective upon commencement of operation of the Pittsburg Center and Antioch stations as follows:
Daily Fee Parking: $3.00 per day
Permit Fee Parking:
Monthly Reserved Permit: $105 per month
Single Day Reserved Permit: $6.00 per day
Airport/Long-Term Permit: $7.00 per day
Your opinion is valued and you can contact me directly at Joel.Keller@bart.gov or 510-915-7925 or you can let the entire Board know your thoughts by emailing BoardOfDirectors@BART.gov or calling 510-464-6095.
District 2 includes Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg and portions of Concord and unincorporated Contra Costa County.
Between the 12-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax and being able to earn $2 credit each trip, there’s never been a better time to trade your solo commute for a shared ride. Whether you fill an empty seat in your car or catch a ride as a passenger, carpooling is a great way to save money.
Thanks to a partnership between 511 Contra Costa and Scoop, when you use the Scoop app to match with another commuter for your ride to work, you get a $2 credit. As long as your trip starts or ends in Contra Costa, each person in the carpool will receive a $2 credit. Passengers will see the credit automatically applied to their trip, while drivers can cash out the credits they earn.
If you commute to Concord, Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre or Dublin/Pleasanton BART using Scoop, you also get guaranteed parking! (Passengers: use the code CCTA05 to get an additional $5 in Scoop credit – the combined $7 in credit covers the cost of most first rides.)
As part of a carpool, you’ll have access to the HOV lanes and can use the I-680 and I-580 Express Lanes toll-free. (Note: If you’re crossing the Bay Bridge, the Scoop app will match you with two other commuters so you can use the HOV lanes.) If you’re driving to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART, Concord BART or Dublin/Pleasanton BART Stations you’re also guaranteed parking if you arrive before 10am and parking is free.
It’s time to give sharing the ride to work a try.
1. Download the Scoop app
2. Enter your account information
3. Use the Scoop app to carpool
$5 SCOOP CREDIT: Enter the code CCTA05 in the Scoop app to get a $5 credit towards your first ride.
To download the Scoop app and get a $5 first-time rider credit, visit our Scoop Special Offer page.Read More
“The need for a healthcare district board of directors has come and gone.” – Supervisor Federal Glover
By Daniel Borsuk
The little heard of governmental entity dubbed the Contra Costa Local Agency Formational Commission (CCLAFCo) will consider either at its February or April 2018 meeting a resolution unanimously passed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to dissolve the financially troubled Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (LMCHD).
Established in 1963 by the state legislature to sort out local governmental agency boundary issues and other inter-county government problems, every county in the state has a local agency formation commission. The CCLAFCo consists of seven voting members, with two members representing the board of supervisors, two members representing city councils, two representing special district boards and one public member.
In this instance, Board of Supervisors Chair Federal Glover, who represents Pittsburg and Bay Point which are the two communities served by LMCHD, and District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen have already voted to dissolve the LMCHD and both serve on the CCLAFCo board and will have a second opportunity to vote on the issue when it comes before the commission. District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis of Brentwood also serves as an alternate to the CCLAFCo only when either Glover or Andersen cannot attend a meeting.
On its face there seems to be a potential conflict of interest or perhaps not.
CCLAFCo Executive Administrator Lou Anne Texeira told the Herald that when this item comes up, the two supervisors can vote on the issue and will not have to recuse themselves as long as they have no financial stake in their action.
“There is no law or rule that bars them from voting on the matter again,” Texeira said. “They do have the option to recuse themselves when the matter comes up for a vote if they so choose to do so.”
“All of this will be considered before LAFCo,” said Glover before the supervisors’ vote. “The need for a healthcare district board of directors has come and gone. I accept the staff’s recommendation.”
At Tuesday’s supervisors meeting, the decision to approve the County Administrator’s Office recommendation took less than 20 minutes.
LMCHD Executive Director Godfrey L. Wilson admitted he was caught off guard that the board of supervisors were considering dissolving the financially struggling healthcare district in this manner by placing the issue on the board’s agenda.
Recent financial data indicates the healthcare district that serves Pittsburg and Bay Point is not perking along well. The district had healthcare grant programs, which are the district’s core operation of $268,569 or 25 percent of total revenues of $1,060,330. At the same time, district financial records show general administration costs, including board member stipends represented 33 percent of the district’s expenses or $345,383.
When asked what way CCLAFCo may vote when the issues come before that panel next year, LMCHD Executive Director Wilson responded in an unoptimistic manner, “I think some people have already made up their minds on that issue.”
The county health department that has operated the Pittsburg Health Clinic at the 130,000-square foot building at 2311 Loveridge Road since 1998 will continue to operate the health clinic that is the most successful clinic in the county treating more than 100,000 patients a year.
The county has paid $100,000 a year in rent to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for use of the Loveridge Road property. In addition, the county has paid the state $24 million for capital improvements to the building on Loveridge Road.
The county-run Pittsburg Health Center accounts for 65 percent of all clinic visits in East Contra Costa County. The clinic provides primary adult care as well as pediatrics care, audiology, orthopedics, podiatry, and dental care services.Read More
Three of four winning teams were from Contra Costa: California High of San Ramon, Miramonte High of Orinda and Campolindo High of Moraga
Instead of taking part in their schools’ football games, dances, and other fun weekend activities, 360 Bay Area high school students (representing 70 countries) buckled down this past Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 and Saturday to discuss and provide workable solutions to many of our world’s biggest challenges, at the 27th annual Contra Costa County Model United Nations (UN) Conference, held at Diablo Valley College.
This academic event is produced and directed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and coordinated by Kevin Felix Chan, of Best Delegate, along with members of the Model United Nations Club at U.C. Davis. The two-day event enhances high school students’ understanding of the United Nations and its role in global issues. Participating students (delegates) each represent a nation and negotiate on that country’s behalf.
Bay Area high school teams participating in this year’s Contra Costa County Model UN were: Acalanes High (Lafayette), Athenian High (Danville), Berean Christian (Walnut Creek), California High (San Ramon), Campolindo High (Moraga), Carondelet High (Concord), De La Salle High (Concord), Deer Valley High (Antioch), Dougherty Valley High (San Ramon), Foothill High (Pleasanton), Liberty High (Brentwood), Lycée de Francais San Francisco (San Francisco), Miramonte High (Orinda), and Northgate High (Walnut Creek).
During the conference, delegates debated international issues in 10 committees, including Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Women (UN Women), World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Topics discussed will include Biological and Chemical Weapons, The Question of North Korea, Access to Clean Water and Sanitation, Children in Armed Conflict, and many more. For a complete list of committees and detailed topics, please visit this Web page.
This year, California High earned the Outstanding Large Delegation Crystal Gavel Award, with Foothill High following with Exceptional Large Delegation Plaque. Miramonte High received the Outstanding Small Delegation Crystal Gavel Award, and Campolindo High brought home the Exceptional Small Delegation Plaque. Numerous individual awards were earned, and will be listed on the Model UN Web page in the very near future.
“We are pleased to see so many high school students throughout our county and the Bay Area take advantage of our Model UN program,” says Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata. “Model UN is an excellent opportunity for students to display all the hard work and preparation they have put in, as they successfully discuss, persuade, and work with fellow committee members on real-world problems and complex international relations. The skills they are currently refining with this program will be the same ones they’ll use in college and/or in their future careers.”
This academic event also offers students an opportunity to gain substantive knowledge about the cultures and policies of the countries they represent. They can learn the mechanisms for peaceful resolution of disputes, while at the same time honing their interpersonal skills. They must practice writing and speaking skills in order to persuade delegates from other attending schools.
Kevin Chan reported that the 35 U.C. Davis Model UN Club volunteers who presided over the Committee Meetings were extremely impressed with their younger brothers and sisters who share a tremendous interest in international affairs.
Model UN differs from other CCCOE academic-event programs, such as Mock Trial, in that it is not so much a competition as it is an event. Participants are commended for outstanding committee work and certificates are awarded to committee rapporteurs. Individual delegate winners are recognized for their debate skills, leadership skills, knowledge of the issues, and presentation of key resolutions. The event closes with a ceremony that recognizes the outstanding delegates.Read More
From the Concord Police Facebook Page
Concord Police Officers have made several arrests in the below described homicide that occurred yesterday near Olympic High School in our downtown. The individuals arrested have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Police are not seeking any additional suspects at this time. They are exploring all avenues to explain the motive in this case. There were multiple individuals in the suspect vehicle.
Further information was available at a press conference that was held today, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM in front of the Concord Police Department at 1350 Galindo St in Concord. It can be viewed on the CPD Facebook page, here.
Original Post: We are currently investigating a shooting that occurred at 1:32 PM, near Olympic High School, at the corner of Salvio Street and Beach Street. Our investigation reveals that after school let out for the day, a passenger in an unknown black sedan, exited the suspect vehicle and approached a group of individuals off campus. The suspect shot at one of the individuals, as the others ran for safety. The victim ran onto the campus of Olympic High School where he was medically treated by staff, paramedics and police. There are no other injured people. The victim was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.
If you were a witness to the shooting and have not been contacted by a CPD officer, please contact the Concord Police Department at 925-671-3333.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.Read More
By Bryan Scott
The Brentwood City Council has an opportunity coming up, an opportunity to take actions that will improve the safety of the over 60,000 current, and future, city residents.
East County is suffering from a dire public safety emergency due to the underfunding of the regional fire district, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD). The district once had as many as eight stations, but now there are only three, with nine firefighters on duty at any time.
This meager force serves a region of over 249 square-miles, with over 115,000 residents.
Brentwood is conducting a Strategic Planning Workshop/Special City Council Meeting on November 16 and 17 at the Community Center, 35 Oak Street. Contact Diane Williams, Executive Assistant, City Manager’s Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the agenda and further details.
At this workshop the Council will be working on the city’s Strategic Plan. The current Strategic Plan includes six Focus Areas, with 19 Goals under these focus areas. Focus Areas include Infrastructure, Economic Development, Land Use Planning, Community and Neighborhood Services, Fiscal Stability and Operational Management, and Public Safety.
It is during the Public Safety discussions that the City Council can take action to improve the safety of all city residents by deciding to move forward with the investigation and acquisition of additional ambulance hours, through an addendum to the existing County ambulance contract.
The City’s General Plan, which sets the vision for Brentwood, specifies that all emergency calls receive a three-to-five-minute response. Due to budget cuts and fire station closures the 90% response times provided by ECCPFD for Brentwood are about ten minutes, according to ECCFPD’s September Operations Report.
The global standards agency for the fire services industry is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). After considerable scientific research their NFPA 1710 Standard suggests response times of four or five minutes.
The City Council recognizes the problem. Earlier this year a Council Fire and Medical Services Ad Hoc Committee recommended that the City spend over $1 million per year for three years to keep a fourth fire station open. During March and April this Committee worked to move this proposal forward, getting ECCFPD Board approval for the action.
But bowing to a request from the firefighters’ union, and other political pressures, on April 25 the City Council reversed itself. The issue died without a motion.
The previous Strategic Planning Workshop was held in September, 2015. That session, too, was held over several days at the Community Center, and the first topic discussed was funding for the fire district. The Council agreed to set aside $1 million to investigate the situation and do something.
While there has been extensive investigation in the intervening years, nothing has been done to alter the structural funding problem that puts ECCFPD at the lowest allocation rate of all fire districts in the County, even though East County is experiencing the greatest residential and commercial growth.
Residents of Brentwood and East County will have an opportunity to speak at the beginning of the Workshop. Prior to the Workshop residents should contact their City Council, by phone, by email, or by letter, and tell them that Public Safety ought to be the number one priority of local government.
Yes, engaging with regional transportation partners is important, but is it more important than saving lives?
Yes, maintaining and operating parks, trails and recreation facilities is important, but is it as important as getting an ambulance to a heart attack victim, in time to save a life?
Brentwood residents should make their opinions heard.
The City Council needs to fund an increase in ambulance hours.
It’s what they were elected to do.
Scott is a Brentwood resident and Co-Chair of East County Voters for Equal Protection, a non-partisan citizens action committee striving to improve funding for the ECCFPD. He can be reached at email@example.com, or 925-418-4428. The group’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/EastCountyVoters/.Read More
The Contra Costa Community College District has announced the selection of four finalists for the position of President of Diablo Valley College (DVC). The finalists are: Susan Lamb, Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. and Joanne Russell, Ph.D.
Four separate public forums have been scheduled for November 13-16, 2017. The forums will begin at 2:00 p.m. and last 45 minutes. At each forum, the finalist will make statements and answer questions. The forums are open to the broad community, students, faculty and staff and will be held in DVC’s Diablo Room, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Please visit http://www.4cd.edu/ for further details regarding the upcoming forums.
Susan Lamb has worked in higher education for 30 years and in the California Community College system for more than 25 years. Most recently, Ms. Lamb served as the Interim Chancellor of City College of San Francisco where she provided the leadership to move the college within a two-year period from Restoration Status to reaffirmation of accreditation for the full seven-year cycle. In order to achieve this goal, she worked with the college leadership to implement services at all college locations and to clarify and codify decision-making and governance systems within the college to increase transparency and effectiveness. She also collaborated with state legislators, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, members of the Board of Supervisors, and the leadership of the faculty and classified unions to develop and implement a Promise Program called Free City for the fall 2017 semester, to extend and increase the college’s parcel tax, and to encourage the passage of five years of state restorative growth funding for the college. Before City College of San Francisco, Ms. Lamb, worked within the Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) at both Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College. She served as the Vice President of Instruction at Diablo Valley College for six years.
Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D. is a passionate supporter of student success and equity and a committed educator who has served the California Community Colleges for more than 26 years. Kimberlee’s career path includes service as a “freeway flyer” adjunct faculty, a tenured Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean of STEM at Santa Rosa Junior College. She served as the Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Research and Interim President at Foothill College from 2011-2016 before joining San Mateo County Community College District where she is currently the Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning. Kimberlee holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a master’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of California, Davis. An accomplished public speaker, she has presented to the Statewide Academic Senate and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She has served on a number of accreditation site teams and currently serves as a member of the technical assistance committee for the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, a member of the Board of the Association for California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and Co-Chair of the Management Development Committee.
Dr. Christopher M. Reber has devoted his entire 36-year career to postsecondary education. He is currently President of Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) near Pittsburgh, PA, where he is leading new initiatives in support of a student-centered learning environment; strategic enrollment management; regional partnerships; and a culture of planning, assessment and improvement. Dr. Reber has championed the development of nationally distinctive CCBC High School Academies; more than 600 articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities nationwide; and new program development that addresses high priority workforce and economic development needs throughout western Pennsylvania. Under his leadership CCBC has been chosen as an Aspen 150 Institution and has become known as the tristate workforce development leader in a rapidly emerging economic and industrial transformation. Prior to joining CCBC, Dr. Reber served for 12 years as Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University. He led the college to achieve enrollment growth and helped faculty develop new programs supported by a diverse network of partnerships. The college offered stackable credentials including certificates, associate degrees, applied baccalaureates and graduate degrees. Dr. Reber led the development and approval of Clarion University’s first doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Dr. Reber’s career also includes 18 years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he served on the senior management team as the Chief Development, University Relations and Alumni Relations Officer during a successful $50 million capital campaign; and Chief Student Affairs Officer during a period of significant college growth. Earlier in his career he led continuing and cooperative education programs at Lakeland Community College near Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Reber strives to be a servant leader in his work and community engagement. He is passionate about the educational imperative to promote social justice and access to underserved communities. Throughout his career he has provided leadership and support for diversity, including the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CCBC; participation on Clarion University’s Diversity Strategic Planning Committee; and creation and leadership of Penn State Erie’s Diversity and Educational Equity Committee. He is currently a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Dr. Reber holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where he was named “Graduate Student of the Year;” and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Reber lives in Ellwood City, PA with his partner, Kerry Stetler. He is the father of two children: Jonathan, age 21, and Katherine, age 19.
Dr. Joanne Russell is presently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Kingsborough Community College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College that is part of the City University of New York in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, she was Provost Fellow for Community College Access Programs and Workforce Development at the State University of New York System Administration, responsible for working with SUNY’s community colleges to scale initiatives that increase access, success, completion and workforce development. She has spent over 25 years working in higher education in various faculty and administrative roles, including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Westchester Community College in New York and Dean of Academic Affairs at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. She has provided leadership for equity initiatives, college strategic planning, resource development, regional and programmatic accreditation, general education reform, developmental education redesign, high school partnership work, workforce development, program development and expansion, and extensive hiring of faculty and staff. Dr. Russell has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director of many grant-funded initiatives to strengthen student access and success. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1984 from the University of Connecticut.
About Diablo Valley College
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. For nearly 70 years, Diablo Valley College has provided quality education to the community it serves. The larger of DVC’s two campuses is located in Pleasant Hill while the newer San Ramon Campus serves the south county in Dougherty Valley. Between its two campuses, DVC serves more than 22,000 students each semester with a wide variety of program options. DVC is not only recognized as one of California’s best community colleges, but it also leads the state in transfer to four-year institutions. For more about DVC, visit www.dvc.edu.
About the College District
The Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) is one of the largest multi-college community college districts in California. The CCCCD serves a population of 1,019,640 people, and its boundaries encompass all but 48 of the 734-square-mile land area of Contra Costa County. The District is home to Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, as well as educational centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District headquarters is located in downtown Martinez.Read More
By Jonathan Lance, Communications Specialist, Contra Costa County Office of Education
On Thursday, October 26, 459 student athletes hit the football field at Liberty High School for the annual Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program Soccer Events. The student athletes’ ages ranged from kindergarten to transition students (ages 18-22), with 271 males and 188 females.
Throughout the busy morning and early afternoon, the student athletes took part in soccer skills drills or tournament play, or both. The day was filled with plenty of determination, encouragement, and celebration in achievement – plus a lot of smiles.
Sherri Roberti, Contra Costa County Office of Education’s (CCCOE) Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program coordinator and special education teacher, said, “We would like to thank Liberty High School’s teacher, Summer Rodriguez, who always does a fabulous job of helping to organize her Leadership Students, who serve as event volunteers.” Roberti continues, “Summer and her students worked tirelessly throughout the entire day. She and Liberty High School graciously hosts two events per year, [soccer and track] and do a wonderful job with both!”
The event’s East County participating special education classes came from the following schools: Krey, Los Medanos, and Turner elementary schools; Hillview, Martin Luther King, Edna Hill, O’Hara Park, Park, and Rancho Medanos middle schools; Antioch, Deer Valley, Freedom, Heritage, Liberty, and Pittsburg high schools; and Deer Valley, Gateway Program, Heritage, and Liberty transition schools.
The Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program is a unique education program in K-12 schools. It unifies students with and without disabilities through sports and whole-school involvement activities that provide them with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all students.Read More
y Jimmy Lee, Public Information Office, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
The Blackhawk Homeowners Association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspects involved in a string of burglaries in Blackhawk.
On Friday, November 3, 2017, at about 7:30 PM, Blackhawk Police Services received a report of a burglary on the 5400 block of Blackhawk Drive. Three suspects apparently entered a residence and took personal property and valuables. See images be-low. The suspects match the descriptions of those who committed previous burglaries.
Anyone with any information on this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Blackhawk Police Services at (925) 736-1018 or the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.Read More
By Jimmy Lee, Public Information Officer, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Please note that there have been a number of these cases throughout the Bay Area. Always keep your valuables with you at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and report suspicious people to law enforcement.
On Saturday at about 2:42 PM, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff received reports of a strong arm robbery at a coffeehouse on the 3200 block of Danville Boulevard in Alamo.
The victim was sitting at a table using her laptop when three people entered the coffeehouse, took the laptop and ran. They got into a waiting vehicle in the parking lot.
Deputies broadcast the description of the suspect vehicle, which fled northbound on Danville Boulevard. An Orinda police officer located the vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 24. Four suspects were detained after the vehicle was stopped. They were positively identified as the suspects. The laptop was returned to the victim.
Two of the suspects are juveniles and were taken to Juvenile Hall. Two adults were taken to Martinez Detention Facility. 19-year-old Nequwan Taylor of Oakland and 18-year-old Isaiah Taylor (residence unknown) were booked on the following charges: robbery, burglary, and conspiracy. Each one is being held in lieu of $220,000 bail.Read More