Antioch

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The Antioch Chamber of Commerce and the City of Antioch have teamed up to make starting a business in Antioch as easy as ever. We are cutting the red tape and rolling out the red carpet.

A pre-application meeting is available to allow a new business to sit down with key city staff members.

The goal of the meeting will be to help staff better understand the project, identify potential issues, and create a project team that will help streamline the process. The business will create relationships with city staff and know exactly who to contact when questions arise.

Antioch Chamber CEO Sean Wright explained it’s a great opportunity for new businesses to streamline the process of opening in Antioch.

“The Chamber and the City Staff have sat down and looked at some of the hurdles that businesses have to jump through to open in Antioch.  We are working on making it easier for businesses to work with the city,” said Wright.  “This is an opportunity for new businesses that want to locate in Antioch to sit down with the city at no cost and discuss the project. “

The City of Antioch believe that by working together from the start we can make the process easier and faster so that businesses can be more successful earlier and create more jobs for our community.

“It benefits the business in that they create relationships with the staff and get to hear any challenges with zoning, etc. right at the front and they get assigned a city staff member to help them through the process,” said Wright.

This is a program for a business with a solid business plan and a specific site target. For those businesses that are still creating their business plan or trying to get their business dreams off the ground, the Chamber of Commerce offers a Business Plan Course, Score counseling, and access to the Small Business Development Center to help foster your entrepreneurial spirit.

“This is a giant step for Antioch to help become a business friendly community that creates more local jobs for our residents,” said Wright.

Please contact the City of Antioch or the Chamber to see how we can help you create your business of the future.

The City of Antioch and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce are continuing to develop ways to streamline the business permitting process. More updates are expected in the coming months.

On Monday October 27 at approximately 3:00 pm, Antioch Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Imperial Street on a report of a possible marijuana grow house.

While on scene, Patrol officers found Lam Doan, 39 of San Jose, and Phong Ly, 41 of San Jose, fleeing from the residence. Officers arrested Doan and Ly nearby and found the house was completely converted into an illicit, marijuana cultivation operation. Investigators were called and ultimately seized approximately 590 marijuana plants from the home.

The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Special Operations Unit.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6922. You may also text a tip 274637 (crimes) using key word Antioch.

On October 29, the Antioch Police Department conducted an undercover operation at the Massage Center massage parlor. During the operation, an undercover officer paid for a massage and was solicited by Shuping Gao, 49 of Antioch, during the massage to pay for sexual acts.

The incident occurred at 11:00 am on the 2400 Block of Sycamore Drive. Gao was arrested on the prostitution charge and was sent to the CC County Jail.

The undercover operation was conducted after receiving complaints regarding the suspicious activity at the business as well as advertisements from the business on local internet escort sites.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call A/Sgt. Mortimer with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6941. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH

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ANTIOCH, CA – The City of Antioch has released a Status Report on the use of funds the City has received from Measure C, the half-cent sales tax passed by Antioch voters a year ago on November 5th. The Status Report is being mailed to all Antioch residents and a summary will be presented to the City Council by staff at the October 28th City Council Meeting.

Collection of Measure C funds began in April of 2014 and, as of October 15th, $1,706,336 of Measure C funds have been received. The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee has been meeting regularly with the City’s Finance Director to ensure that Measure C funds are being spent as promised. Measure C sunsets in seven years.

City Manager Steve Duran said “Measure C has been a Godsend for the City of Antioch’s efforts to have a safer and cleaner community.”

With approval of the 2014/15 budget, the Antioch City Council directed 100% of the projected $4,300,847 Measure C annual revenues to hiring and equipping more Police Officers, which is well in progress, and augmenting Code Enforcement services.

The City allocated $4,111,947 to the Police Department and $188,900 to Code Enforcement for Fiscal year 2014-2015.

Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando noted “The passage of Measure C in November 2013 has enabled the Antioch Police Department to significantly increase our staffing and effectiveness. This is only possible because Measure C was passed by the citizens of Antioch.”

Since October 31, 2013, the Antioch Police Department has expanded from 97 employees to 116 employees, a net increase of 19.6% (as of October 13, 2014). Sworn Personnel increased from 76 to 91, a net increase of 19.7%, in the same time period.

Chief Cantando further stated “Our goal is to reach 97 sworn personnel by June 30, 2015 and 104 sworn personnel by June 30, 2016. That’s an increase of 28 sworn officers. We plan to bring on five new Police Officers in November, so we are well on our way to reaching our staffing goals.”

Antioch’s crime statistics through September 30, 2014, show a 9.8% reduction in violent crime when compared to the same period last year.

Mayor Wade Harper stated “There has been a lot of misinformation being spread around about what the City is doing with the funds from Measure C, so it’s nice to have the indisputable facts in this Status Report that clearly demonstrate my colleagues and I have kept the promises we made to the community.”

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The Antioch Police Department said Saturday that a 51-year-old bicyclist has died as a result of his injuries from a crash on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The incident occured at 3:57 pm in the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road.

No further information was released as the incident is still under investigation.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Original Press Release from Oct. 21

On 10/21/14 at approximately 3:57 pm the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road for a report of an Auto vs Bicyclist collision.

Upon arrival officers located the injured bicyclist and began to administer first aid. The male bicyclist, a 51 year old Antioch resident, was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he was in surgery and listed in critical condition.

The adult female driver of the vehicle was un-injured, remained on scene and is cooperating fully with this investigation.

Preliminary information obtained from both the driver and witnesses suggest that the injured bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the center median of Hillcrest Avenue into opposing traffic. As he approached to within approximately 200 feet of the intersection with East Tregallas Road he abruptly veered across the three lanes of traffic and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

Based on obtained statements and evidence at the scene, it appears as if the driver of the vehicle was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the collision. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in this collision as it relates to the driver of the vehicle. The level of impairment on the part of the bicyclist is unknown at this time.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

After two-weeks of sub-1,500 calls for service, the Antioch Police Department had 1,557 calls for service between October 13-19.  The previous two weeks they had 1,485 and 1,489 calls. Due to the high number of calls, we have broken down the stats to a sampling of some of the higher-priority calls.

Arson

  • 10/15 – Shannondale & Knollcrest
  • 10/16 – Lone Tree 7 Sagebrush

Assault

  • 10/13 – Lone Tree Way & Hillcrest
  • 10/13 – Sheppard & Null
  • 10/13 – D St. & Railroad (245PC)
  • 10/14 – Pillsbury & Spaulding
  • 10/14 – Lawton & Russell
  • 10/15 – W. 5th & K St.
  • 10/15 – Sterling Hills Dr. & Sterling Hills Ct.
  • 10/15 – Lone Tree Way & Ridgerock
  • 10/15 – Lone Tree Way & Ridgerock (245PC)
  • 10/16 – Lone Tree Way & Ridgrock (245PC)
  • 10/16 – J St. & W. 9th
  • 10/16 – Lone Tree & Riderock
  • 10/17 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/17 – Delta Fair & Fairview
  • 10/17 – Delta Fair & Somersville
  • 10/17 – Finch & Osprey Dr.
  • 10/17 – G St. & W. 16th
  • 10/18 – Royal Links Ct. & Royal Links Cir.
  • 10/19 – Lone Tree Way & Ridgerock (245PC)
  • 10/19 – Wilbur & Orchard Ln
  • 10/19 – San Jose & Delta Fair
  • 10/19 – Heacock & Carbondale

 

Auto Theft

  • 10/13 – Clayburn & Longview
  • 10/13 – San Jose & Delta Fair
  • 10/13 – Cavallo & Gary
  • 10/13 – Imperial Way & Ridgeline Dr.
  • 10/13 – Enea Way & St. Frances Dr.
  • 10/13 – Lone Tree Way & Sagebrush
  • 10/13 – Mica Ct. & Galenez way
  • 10/14 – Hobart Ct. & Dillard
  • 10/14 – Hap Arnold Way & Burwood
  • 10/14 – James Donlon & Contra Loma
  • 10/14 – Carmona & Lucena Way
  • 10/14 – Rio Grande & San Jose
  • 10/15 – Bryan & McGinley
  • 10/15 – Manzanita & Mahogany Way
  • 10/15 – A St. & W. 20th
  • 10/16 – Elk Dr. & Buckskin
  • 10/16 – Rutgers & Vermont Ln.
  • 10/17 – Butternut & Almondridge
  • 10/17 – Linden & Spanos
  • 10/17 – Rathdrum & Ashbourne
  • 10/17 – Aster & Tulip
  • 10/17 – Fairview & Delta Fair
  • 10/17 – San Jose & Vista Pl.
  • 10/18 – Viera & Wilbur
  • 10/18 – Sycamore & Banyan
  • 10/18 – W. 10th & Diamond
  • 10/18 – Lone Tree Way & Muirwood
  • 10/19 – Buck Mountain & Tioga Pass
  • 10/19 – Cataline & Brisdale
  • 10/19 – DiMaggio & Morton
  • 10/19 – Leitrim & Rosscommon Way
  • 10/19 – Banyan & Mahogany
  • 10/19 – San Carlos & Contra Loma
  • 10/19 – Mountaire & Ashley

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Burglary – Auto

  • 10/17 – Rathdrum & Ashbourne

 

Burglary – Business

  • 10/14 – A St. & W 20th

 

Burglary – Residential

  • 10/13 – Sweeney Rd & Garrow
  • 10/13 – Pearlite & Crystal Way
  • 10/13 – Putnam & Ponderosa Way
  • 10/13 – Wilbur & Marie
  • 10/13 – Del Favero & Ridgerock
  • 10/14 – Graphite Ct. & Carpinteria
  • 10/14 – Springwood & Dogwood
  • 10/15 – Carmona & Lopez Dr.
  • 10/16 – Markley Creek & Summit
  • 10/16 – DiMaggio & Gentrytwon
  • 10/16 – Vender Ct. & Crater Peak
  • 10/16 – Barcelona Cir & Buchanan Rd.
  • 10/17 – Alvarado & Reseda
  • 10/17 – Mayflower & Dandelion Cir.
  • 10/18 – Flintrock & Stoney
  • 10/18 – Palm Beach Way & Greensboro
  • 10/18 – Banyan & Mahogany Way
  • 10/19 – Claudia & L St.

 

DUI

  • 10/18 – Cordoba & Canto

Grand Theft

  • 10/13 – Sunview & Hazelbrook Ct.
  • 10/14 – Lone Tree & Jeffery
  • 10/15 – Lone Tree Way & Indian Hills

IMG_3115Narcotics Violation

  • 10/14 – Wilbur & Cavallo
  • 10/15 – W. 18th & L St.
  • 10/15 – W. 10th & Auto Center Dr.
  • 10/15 – Auto Center & Sycamore
  • 10/15 – W. Lake PL. & W. Lake Dr.
  • 10/15 – Marie & Bart Ave.
  • 10/16 – W. 10th & E. St.
  • 10/16 – Sycamore & Auto Center
  • 10/17 – Somersville & Bradley
  • 10/17 – L St. & W 14th
  • 10/18 – W. 18th & L St.
  • 10/18 – Somersville & Banyan

IMG_2802Robbery & Attempts

  • 10/13 – Somersville & Bradley
  • 10/15 – Toyon & Indian Hills (Armed)
  • 10/15 – Longview & G St. (Armed)
  • 10/15 – W. 4th & O St.
  • 10/16 – Carter & Harding
  • 10/16 – Lone Tree & Sagebrush
  • 10/17 – Deer Valley & Hillcrest (Strong arm)
  • 10/17 – Deer Valley & Indian Hills (Armed)
  • 10/18 – Lone Tree & Mokelumne Dr.

Vandalism

  • 10/13 – L St & W. 5th
  • 10/13 – E. 18th & Highway 4
  • 10/13 – Marigold & Prewett Ranch
  • 10/14 – Deer Valley & Davison
  • 10/16 – Hailstone & Caldera
  • 10/16 – Lone Tree Way & Bypass
  • 10/16 – Catanzaro & Willowbrook
  • 10/16 – Baker Ct. & Gentrytown
  • 10/16 – Heather Ct. & Heather Dr.
  • 10/16 – Somersville & Bradley
  • 10/17 – F St. & W. 5th St.
  • 10/18 – W. 18th & A St.

IMG_2701Warrant

  • 10/13 – W. 10th & Diamond
  • 10/13 – L St & W. 3rd
  • 10/13 – L St. & W. 9th
  • 10/13 – L St. & W 3rd
  • 10/14 – W. 8th & I St.
  • 10/14 – Braemar & Hidden Glenn
  • 10/14 – Laurel & Bypass Highway 4
  • 10/15 – L St. & W 3rd
  • 10/15 – Sunset & Davison
  • 10/15 – Rainier & Sunset
  • 10/15 – Auto Center & Sycamore
  • 10/15 – Peppertree & Lemontree
  • 10/16 – W. 9th & K St.
  • 10/16 – G St. & W 7th
  • 10/16 – W. 1st & I St.
  • 10/17 – Camby & Clearbrook
  • 10/17 – Somersville & Bradley
  • 10/17 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/17 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/17 – G St. & W. Madill
  • 10/17 – F St. & W. 14th
  • 10/17 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/18 – Spanos & Linden Way
  • 10/18 – W. 10th & Diamond
  • 10/18 – Hidden Glen & Durness
  • 10/18 – W. 4th & O St.
  • 10/18 – Peachtree & Silverado
  • 10/18 – Faria St. & Alcala

 

Weapons Violation

  • 10/16 – Rodeo Ct. & Woodbridge
  • 10/17 – Gallagher & G St.
  • 10/19 – E. 18th & A St.

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Two local realtors hold the lead in the fundraising race for Antioch City Council according to documents provided by city clerk Arne Simonsen.

Tony Tiscareno has raised a total of $31,409 with Lori Ogorchock having raised $10,541.

Meanwhile, Lamar Thorpe is third in fundraising with $8,750 while Diane Gibson-Gray has raised $7,175 which includes a $5,000 she loaned to her campaign. Gibson-Gray has also not been actively seeking special interest money.

Karl Dietzel, Jeffrey Hall-Cottrell and Steven Bado have all reported $0 funds raised according to documents.

According to Simonsen, Anthony Segovia has failed to submit his Pre-Election Campaign Finance Report by October 6. The clerks office has sent him two emails requesting submission, but as of October 20 he has not submitted a report.

Measure O Campaign

  • Yes on Measure 0 – $7,012
  • No on Measure O – $75,000

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On Thursday, the Antioch High School Bike Club and Street Smarts hosted Assemblyman Jim Frazier and the Bay Area BikeMobile for a cycling festival.

The event offered many activities including free bicycle repairs and a BMX show to several hundred people in attendance. Due to the large attendance, there was not enough time to repair bicycles so a second event had to be tentatively scheduled for November 18.

“This is an important community program that empowers individuals to practice safe and ecofriendly transportation options,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “BikeMobile has shown overwhelming dedication to utilizing transportation resources in regions where they are most needed, and I applaud Antioch youth for the positive contributions they are making to the local area through their public service.”

The Bay Area’s newest BikeMobile is on the move, out to fix bicycles in all corners of the San Francisco Bay Area. The repair shop on wheels is tuning up bikes free of charge for trips to school, to work and around the neighborhood. And the service goes way beyond fixing a flat — they help youths repair their bikes and keep them in good repair, teach mechanics and how to ride safely, and provide free refurbished bicycles and accessories when available.

“Our goal is to get people riding again and more confident about how to do repairs,” said Tommy Bensko of Local Motion, the company implementing the Bay Area BikeMobile program through June 2015.

The Bay Area BikeMobile launched in March 2014 with the help of a $480,000 grant from the Spare the Air Youth program, which is funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) with funds from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.

The Bay Area BikeMobile launched in March 2014 with the help of a $480,000 grant from the Spare the Air Youth program, which is funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) with funds from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.

For more information about the Spare the Air Youth Program, a partnership between MTC and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, visit sparetheairyouth.org. MTC is the regional transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area.

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The following is a letter from Antioch Mayor Wade Harper who had seven days to respond after being served with a Petition to Recall him from office. He is asking the community to reject the recall effort and instead fight together to improve the city.

During the October 14 City Council Meeting, Rich Buongiorno, a 66-year Antioch resident, told the Mayor that he was given the opportunity to resign and did not so he was being recalled.

“Mr. Mayor you are being recalled,” said Buongiorno. “I know that is not pleasant and I certainly understand that and I know right now you are probably ready to lash out. I know you are more of a man than that. I think you really should do what is good for the city of Antioch. And that is to step down.”

The mayor responded during the Mayors Comment portion of the meeting with an 11-minute explanation of his accomplishments. The transcript can be read in full by clicking here.

Mayor Harpers Response to Recall Petition

As your Mayor and retired Police Lieutenant, reducing crime is my top priority. Our families deserve to feel safe, that’s why I led the effort to approve Measure C – so Antioch would have funds to hire more police officers.

Our community united and we hired 10 officers (Mike Perez, Kyle Smith, JB Hulleman, Marcos Torres, Kenneth Krein, Scott Duggar, Amel Sahnic, Takkeo-Vann, Ben Padilla, and Matt Allendorph), with 4 more currently in the academy- a total of 14 new crime-fighting officers.

The cost of this recall may be up to $198,944.50 which could fund another 2 officers to make our streets safer.

Under my leadership, our Police Department conducts weekly crime suppression operations – one which resulted in 87 arrests in just a five-day period. Nothing is more important than keeping our neighborhoods and children safe. But to achieve that goal, its going to take all of us working together. It time to end divisiveness.

I respectfully ask the Antioch community to ban together, to reject this recall, so we can continue to fight together.

Mayor Wade Harper.

Below is the official letter – note, we have hidden the Mayors home address.

Harper Response to Recall

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Recently the Antioch Police Department has received reports of fraud involving the use of Green Dot cards. Victims have been contacted by telephone under various rouses: receiving calls from subjects representing themselves as family members who are in trouble and need assistance or by persons presenting themselves as agents of the court or a government agency.

Specifically offenders have called victims representing themselves as family members who have been arrested and need bail money, or have represented themselves as agents with the IRS who have knowledge of or claim the victim owes back taxes.

The offenders provide the victim with a dollar amount needed to pay a debt or to help the family member. Victims are instructed to purchase and load Green Dot cards with moneys to pay the fraudulent fee. Once the cards are loaded, the victim is instructed to call the offender and provide the Green Dot card number. When the offender receives the Green Dot card number they are able to withdraw monies virtually undetected.

The offender sometimes provides the victim with a telephone number for contact. Often the number does not have a local area code. The telephone numbers are active, but many times are computer generated telephone numbers or “burner” phones. This means these numbers are untraceable.

If you receive any calls where a person poses as a family member in trouble, you should immediately end the call and recontact the represented family member to verify they made the call. Remember if a person is arrested and needs bail posted, you must seek the aid of a Bail Bond service. Further, most local and federal authorities will not have citizens load Green Dot cards to pay bills.

If you receive such a call, seek additional information such as the office address, full name of person you’re speaking with, his/her supervisor’s name and office telephone number. You should further attempt to verify this information via internet search and/or by calling the agency directly.

Lastly, DO NOT provide personal information over the telephone, even if you’re asked to verify personal information.