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Martinez CA, — On March 1, at 10:00 a.m., Officers from the Pinole Police Department were called to an address on Silverado Drive in Pinole California, to a report of a severe dog attack.  They located the bite victim at that location, a 40 year old woman, suffering from multiple and severe bite injuries.

The victim was airlifted to the John Muir Trauma Center for emergency medical treatment after suffering injuries to her face, arms and legs.

The initial investigation confirmed that the attacking dog lives with the victim and other adults, in the same household. The dog, “Blinky”, a 9 ½ year old Pit Bull mix,  reportedly began the attack, while some type of unrelated medical emergency was said to being occurring at the home.   “Blinky” was stabbed several times and hit with a baseball bat several times in an attempt to bring the attack to an end.  “Blinky” was also pepper-sprayed by the Pinole Police.

Department when he re-entered the home as first aid was being provided to the victim.  Contra Costa County Animal Services impounded the animal and transported it to the Martinez California Animal Shelter for veterinary care.  Animal Services subsequently euthanized the dog Sunday evening, to provide tissue samples for rabies testing.

 

In minor bite cases, animals are quarantined for at least ten days, to assist in determining whether or not the victim should seek rabies treatment.  In cases of severe multiple bites, or bites above the shoulders, tissue samples are used to provide a quicker indication of the presence of the rabies virus in the biting animal.

 

Contra Costa County Animal Services continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this case.

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Richmond — Police in Richmond announced that another loaded firearm is off the streets after a bicyclist was found carrying a loaded shotgun under his clothes.

A RIchmond Police Officer stopped the suspect riding his bicycle illegally. During the contact with the suspect, the officer saw portions of a rifle/shotgun sticking out of the shirt he was wearing. The RPD officer was able to arrest the suspect and take the loaded pistol grip shotgun away.

A search of the suspect revealed numerous packages of illegal drugs on him.

Richmond police reported that nobody was hurt from this potentially violent encounter with a suspect armed with a loaded, pistol grip shotgun.

The department noted it was proud of their officer’s observation skills, judgement and good tactics. Because of the officer’s actions, the community is safer with one less loaded shotgun on the street. GREAT JOB!

If you see a suspicious person in your neighborhood or anyone in possession of a firearm illegally, please report it and if you choose, you may remain anonymous. Call 911 if it is an emergency or (510)233-1214.

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The competitive bidding process opened this week for a new contract to provide emergency ambulance service throughout much of Contra Costa County, a step toward identifying the county’s main provider beginning in 2016.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) seeks a 5-year contract with a qualified ambulance provider to serve all parts of the county, excluding areas served by the San Ramon Valley and Moraga-Orinda fire districts, with a 5-year renewal option based on performance.

American Medical Response has provided the service for several decades in Contra Costa. The current contract expires at the end of 2015.

The new request for proposals (RFP) requires bidders to respond to two different service models: One similar to the county’s current model, and another with extensive strategies to optimize services while matching emergency ambulance service levels to patient need.

The strategies are based on recommendations in the EMS Modernization Project Report, a review of county emergency medical service delivery ordered by the Board of Supervisors in 2012. They are intended to reduce the chance that the county will need to subsidize the ambulance provider.

To read the report, visit cchealth.org/ems/pdf/2014-EMS-System-Modernization-Study.pdf.

Bidders must also demonstrate their qualifications, fiscal sustainability and ability to meet rigorous patient care, safety and quality criteria developed by the CCHS Emergency Medical Services Division (EMS) and its consultant, Fitch & Associates, including response time, staffing and equipment requirements, engagement with the healthcare system and ability to support fire-first medical response.

The Board will select its preferred service model when it selects a bidder.
EMS formally issued the RFP on Feb. 27, 2015. Bids are due May 21, 2015 at 4 p.m.
For a timeline of the RFP process and links to electronic documents, including the RFP, visit cchealth.org/ems/rfp.php.

Editors Note:
American Medical Response, the current holder of the contract, as well as Contra Costa County Fire Protection District are likely to bid on the contract given past statements at Board of Supervisor meetings.

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The following information is from San Mateo County Health System warning about a possible exposure of measles on BART Trains.

What YOU Can Do to Stay Measles-Free

All the recent news about measles is a good reminder to make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on all your vaccinations.

As of February 26, 2015, San Mateo County has four confirmed cases of measles –a highly contagious virus that spreads easily through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

People in San Mateo County and neighboring counties may have been exposed to measles while the latest San Mateo County resident to be diagnosed with measles was infectious.

Some BART riders may have been exposed to measles when the San Mateo County resident commuted on February 20th from the Millbrae station (boarding at 4:30 pm) to Civic Center in San Francisco (exiting around 5:00 pm) while infectious. While the risk of contracting measles by being exposed on BART is low, Bay Area residents should be aware and watch for symptoms if they are not vaccinated.

What can you to do help prevent the spread of measles?

The best way for you to protect yourself, your family and the entire community from measles is to get vaccinated against it.

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is a tested, safe and is very effective. The first dose of the vaccine is recommended for infants over 1 year old. The second dose is usually given when kids are 4 or 5 years old, before they enter kindergarten.

To get vaccinated, contact your doctor or check out one of our free or low-cost vaccine clinics all over San Mateo County—many don’t require an appointment.

People born before 1957 do not need to be vaccinated against measles because they are very likely to have already had measles, which means they have immunity to the disease. If you aren’t sure, you can get tested to see if you have immunity, so talk to your healthcare provider.

While the risk of developing measles after being around someone with measles for just a short amount of time is low, it’s still a good idea to make sure you know if you’ve been vaccinated, and if not, to talk with your doctor about getting vaccinated.

It’s important to get vaccinated no matter what, but traveling to other countries can put you at extra risk for measles. Make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your measles vaccinations before you go.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Measles symptoms begin with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and a rash. The rash usually appears first on the face, along the hairline, and behind the ears and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Once infected, people are usually contagious for 4 days before and 4 days after their rash first appears.

Complications from measles can include diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia and even death. And infants, pregnant women and people with weaker immune systems are more at risk to get these complications.

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County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Joseph E. Canciamilla announces that vote-by-mail ballots for the March 17, 2015 7th State Senatorial District Special Primary Election were mailed the week of February 16th. Ballots were mailed to those registered voters who previously requested vote-by-mail ballots and to those living in precincts designated as mail ballot only.

The 7th Senatorial District includes voters in East Contra Costa, the Lamorinda and San Ramon Valley areas, Concord, Walnut Creek and Clayton. To view a map of the 7th Senatorial District, go to http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/district-map.

Registered voters who expect a vote-by-mail ballot and have not received it by February 26, 2015, please call (925) 335-7800 to confirm they are vote-by-mail voters or to request a replacement ballot.

We encourage voters to vote and return their vote-by-mail ballots as early as possible. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day to qualify for counting. Ballots may be returned via mail, dropped off at the Elections Office at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez, or they may be dropped off at participating City Clerks Offices during normal business hours (Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek).

Any voter who wishes to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter for future elections may obtain information from our website at http://www.cocovote.us/voting/vote-by-mail/ or by calling the Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or toll free (877) 335-7802. Voters may also sign and return the vote-by-mail application on the last page of their Sample Ballot Booklet.

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Violations include diversion of construction funds, taking excessive down payments, contracting without a license and failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa District Attorney Mark A. Peterson announced today the filing of 34 criminal charges against landscape contractor, Adan Rivas. Mr. Rivas is alleged to have defrauded 11 local families.   A $139,000 arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Mr. Rivas is said to have approached multiple families and solicited work for landscape and tree removal services. After agreements were made for the scope of the work to be performed, he would take an excessive down payment. He would then abandon the jobs and fail to return the owners’ money.

The District Attorney’s office is trying to put a stop to this crime spree. District Attorney Mark Peterson commented, “These families are looking to hire someone to help them; instead, they are getting nothing but messed up yards and depleted bank accounts.”

Senior Inspector Al Cofer of the District Attorney’s Office Consumer Fraud Unit conducted the investigation. Most of the crimes occurred in the cities of Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Lafayette, Orinda, and Walnut Creek. It is believed that there are additional unreported victims. People who have recently dealt with Adan Rivas are encouraged to contact Investigator Al Cofer at the District Attorney’s office at acofer@contracostada.org.

This case is being handled by Deputy District Attorney William Murphy (925) 957-8786

Fiscal Responsibility:

Per the Voter Information pamphlet for the special election in Senate District 7 (SD7), Joan Buchanan commits to being Fiscally Responsible and Steve Glazer says he’s a Fiscal Conservative.   All the candidate’s statements say they want balanced budgets.

But influencing where the money goes is just as important as a balanced budget.  Note that Susan Bonilla is running for a Senate seat when she’s just been re-elected to the Assembly.  If Bonilla’s elected, it triggers a special election for her vacated Assembly seat.  The price tag to Contra Costa County is upwards of $1.5 million dollars (based on the Registrar of Voters estimated cost of the Primary and General election for the current SD7 special election).

So, Bonilla is willing to cause a $1.5 million additional cost to the county for one step up the ladder of her political career.  Is this Fiscally Conservative or Responsible?  To create a balanced budget, that special election money has to come from somewhere.  What County programs and services will be shortchanged to make that happen?

Thank you for your consideration,

Sue Hamill
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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San Pablo—On Wednesday, February 18, over 30 members and staff of Public Employees Union, Local 1 rallied in front of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) to send a strong message to hospital leadership, community leaders, and residents of West County that closure of this facility is not an option. Rally attendees walked a procession around DMC’s circular driveway alternately chanting, “When the community is under attack, what do we do,” and “Stand up, fight back!”

When Local 1 members and staff marched on to the sidewalk in front of DMC, many drivers passing by honked in solidarity and in support of the rally cry, “DMC saves lives; Save DMC!”

DMC is the only public hospital between Berkeley and Vallejo. Over 250,000 residents of West Contra Costa County cities like El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Kensington, Hercules, Rodeo and Crockett rely on DMC to provide necessary health and wellness services. DMC also serves 80,000 uninsured and underinsured patients every year. These are necessary medical services which the most vulnerable in the community would not otherwise be able to attain.

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Peter Nguyen, General Manager of Local 1 said, “Somebody mentioned that it would take a miracle to keep this place open. Therein is the problem. It should not require a miracle for leaders in this area to understand they need to provide adequate and affordable health care to this underserved community.”

“Our hospital saves lives,” said Brenda Bagby, a patient accounts representative for DMC for over 30 years, and a Local 1 member. “The next public hospital is 17 miles away…if Doctors closes, it will mean a lot of lives.”

In an email, Kathy White, Interim CEO of DMC informed staff on Friday, February 13 that DMC had lost its creditor, and would not have enough funding to keep the hospital open beyond March 1. On Tuesday, February 17, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) letters sent by Bob Redlo, DMC’s Vice President of Labor Relations, started arriving. The letter outlined wind-down procedures, stating potentially 50% of employees “will be affected by the closure and will be laid off, commencing on April 15, 2015, and continuing through the final reduction of services by July 15, 2015.”

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MARTINEZ, CA – The citizens of Contra Costa County have been given a gift. The gift comes in the form of 18 extremely active and dedicated seniors that want to give back to their community.

They provide a visual presence around local school zones to keep our kids safe. They assist in the instruction of traffic safety programs, they help maintain patrol vehicles, they keep our mission critical equipment operating, and they help process essential paperwork. They are our unsung heroes who give so selflessly so that others can live in a safer world.

They never ask for accolades, instead they feel rewarded by the knowledge they are making a difference. They no longer have to work for a living, yet they feel the calling to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Their reward lies in their labor; they are the closely knit men and women of the Senior Volunteer Program at the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Area Office.

On behalf of the citizens of Contra Costa County and the California Highway Patrol we say thank you for your thousands of hours of voluntary service to our great community.

If you or someone you know would like to become a Senior Volunteer with the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Area Office please call 925-646-4980 or visit our office in person at 5001 Blum Road, Martinez, California 94553. Our office hours are Monday through Friday (Closed on Federal and State Holidays) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We hope to see you at one of our presentations.

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County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Joseph E. Canciamilla, announces that Monday, March 2, 2015 is the voter registration deadline for the March 17, 2015 7th State Senatorial District Special Primary Election. New voters must register and anyone who has moved or has had a name change must re-register.

Voters may register online at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/. Voters may also obtain registration forms at government offices including City or County Offices and DMV locations. The completed form must be delivered to the Contra Costa County Elections Office at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez no later than 5:00 pm on March 2, 2015, or be postmarked by March 2, 2015.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 18 years old by March 17, 2015 and not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. Anyone who becomes a newly naturalized citizen after the March 2, 2015 deadline may register and vote between March 3 and March 17, 2015.

New citizens may register at the Contra Costa County Elections Office at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez and must present his or her Certificate of Naturalization.