Contra Costa County

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Joseph E. Canciamilla, County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters announced last week that the voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is due by 5:00 pm October 20 while vote by mail ballots are due by October 28.

Here are both press releases:

Voter Registration Deadline October 20

Joseph E. Canciamilla, County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, announces that Monday, October 20, 2014 is the voter registration deadline for the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial General Election. New voters, anyone who has moved, or has had a name change must 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, 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 October 20, 2014, or be postmarked by October 20, 2014.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 18 years old by November 4, 2014 and not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. Anyone who becomes a newly naturalized citizen after the October 20, 2014 deadline may register and vote between October 21 and November 4, 2014. 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.

Vote by Mail Deadline is October 28

Joseph E. Canciamilla, the County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, reminds voters that 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 is the deadline for the Elections Office to receive a vote-by-mail ballot request for the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial General Election.

Any registered voter within Contra Costa County may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. A vote-by-mail application is available on the last page of your Sample Ballot Booklet. Vote-by-mail ballots may also be requested by emailing voter.services@vote.cccounty.us. Email requests must include name, date of birth, residence address and mailing address (if different).

Vote-by-mail applications are valid if they are received in the Elections Office by the October 28th deadline. Elections officials encourage voters to submit their application as soon as possible to allow citizens sufficient time to receive, vote and return their ballots before the polls close at 8:00 pm on November 4th.

Voters may also visit the Elections Office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays through Election Day to vote in person or to drop off their ballot. Voters can also use the drop-off boxes for vote-by-mail and absentee ballots located at Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Hercules, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek City Halls during those cities’ business hours.

Voters may also obtain a vote-by-mail ballot in person on Saturday, November 1, 2014, between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Elections Office, which is located at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez.

Any newly naturalized citizen (after October 20, 2014) may register and vote between October 21, 2014 and November 4, 2014, at the Elections Office. Each new citizen must bring their Certificate of Naturalization.

Voters may obtain further information at our website at http://www.cocovote.us/ or by calling the Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or toll free (877) 335-7802.

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MARTINEZ, CA — Mark A. Peterson, District Attorney of Contra Costa County, announces that on October 15, 2014, a grand jury voted to indict defendant Charles Waldo with nine counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. The indictment alleges that while serving time in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility, the defendant solicited and conspired with other inmates to arrange the killing of nine different witnesses that were set to testify against him at an upcoming trial. These ten new charges will be added to the fifty charges the defendant currently faces.

“Protecting witnesses and victims is central to maintaining the integrity of the criminal justice system” said Mr. Peterson. “Our office will aggressively pursue anyone who attempts to thwart the orderly administration of justice.”

The investigation of Mr. Waldo began when the Auto Insurance Fraud Unit of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office received information about a fraudulent auto insurance claim related to an automobile arson.

With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, the investigation expanded and soon involved multiple fraudulent insurance claims related to the arson’s and vandalism’s of five cars over a five year period. The loss from these fraudulent claims exceeds $100,000 dollars.

The investigation also uncovered a series of crimes that occurred at a local business. Mr. Waldo had worked at the business and eventually talked the owner into making him the manager. Once he was in charge of the business it is alleged that Mr. Waldo embezzled over $100,000 dollars from the business and that he stole property from the business, including a $38,000 generator.

As the manager, Waldo was able to force out other employees and replace them with his associates. He directed these associates to commit additional crimes while working for the company such as the theft of recyclable metals and the theft of an electrical transformer.

He also had his associates help construct a 2000 square foot addition to his Pittsburg, CA home. This work occurred while his associates were being paid by, and supposed to be working for, the victim company.

Investigators from the California Department of Insurance established that Waldo was also committing Workers’ Compensation Insurance fraud and tax code violations.

Investigators from the Employment Development Department discovered that Mr. Waldo claimed unemployment insurance benefits for a year after being fired from the victim business. Mr. Waldo claimed these benefits despite the fact that he had secured other employment.

Additional crimes on the original case include:

  • Multiple counts of felony vandalism: The investigation showed that after being fired from his job, Mr. Waldo drove to the location of the business, and to the homes of several employees, where he punctured the tires of all the large commercial trucks that were crucial to the operation of the business.
  • Brandishing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm;
  • Violating a restraining order;
  • A high speed chase through central Contra Costa County;

The new allegations came to light when a witness was alerted that a “hit” had been put out on him. The District Attorney’s office promptly started an investigation which led to two witnesses and one document. The document was a hit list that included nine names, the order in which they were to be killed, and suggested methods by which the murders were to occur. The methods included staged car accidents, drug overdoses and robberies that had “gone bad”.

The defendant will be arraigned on these new charges on October 17th. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in jail.

Information and photo provided by Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

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Tobacco companies and their products have cost Contra Costa $540 million dollars, according to a new study just released by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP).  Contra Costa ranks ninth in the state for the highest cost of smoking and ninth for the most direct healthcare costs attributable to smoking.   While the smoking rate in California has decreased by 50 percent over the last two decades, the price tag for tobacco use continues to increase in the state and Contra Costa County because of inflation and the rising cost of healthcare, the report explains.

The TRDRP-funded “Cost of Smoking in California” report—which was recently completed by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers, Drs. Wendy Max and HaiYen Sung—analyzes the economic burden of smoking, including direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death. The report is the third in a series of reports on California smoking-attributable costs, following reports done in 1989 and 1999.

Overall, the total cost of smoking per pack in California is $17.46. Tax revenues generated by tobacco sales do not compensate for the costs imposed by smoking. According to the report, smoking costs $21 for every $1 of cigarette tax revenue generated.

Mary Jaccodine, Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition Co-Chair, said the report shows that despite progress in the fight against smoking, tobacco use still has a huge cost to society. “It’s more than an economic cost.  There is a huge human cost. You can’t put a price on the suffering caused by tobacco-related disease and death,” Jaccodine said. “We also know that ninety percent of all adults who smoke, began smoking as children.  Right now, the industry is spending 90% of their marketing dollars in the retail environment. If we want these numbers to look better in ten years, we have to look at what is marketed and sold in the stores children pass on the way to school.”

Cigarette smoking is known to be a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and in California, accounting for one out of seven deaths. Smoking still accounts for more deaths than deaths from many other causes:

  • 17 times the deaths from AIDS
  • 5 times the deaths from diabetes
  • 5 times the deaths from influenza and pneumonia
  • 3 times the deaths from unintentional injuries
  • 3 times the deaths from Alzheimer’s disease

Significant strides have been made in tobacco control, resulting in smoking-attributable deaths decreasing by 20 percent throughout the state since the last report.  Much of the progress in Contra Costa is due to local tobacco control laws that reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and youth access to tobacco, said Jaccodine.

“Contra Costa has been at the forefront of tobacco control since the 1980’s. There is still a lot of work to do, but I’m optimistic that we will continue to make great progress. When our Coalition started thirty years ago, secondhand smoke protections seemed radical and now ten communities in our County have them.  Our next frontier is tackling tobacco industry influences in the retail environment.  I can’t wait to see what kind of progress we have made when the next Cost of Smoking Report comes out.”

To read the “Cost of Smoking” report, visit http://www.trdrp.org/ or http://www.trdrp.org/funded-research/cost-smoking-ca.html

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(Contra Costa County) – There are many infectious illnesses managed every day by healthcare professionals, across the U.S. The healthcare community – including American Medical Response (AMR) – is trained, equipped and ready to care for these patients safely – even in the case of an illness previously not found in our country, such as Ebola. Each day healthcare professionals use appropriate protective equipment and infection control principles to protect themselves, their patients and our communities from transmissible disease.

“AMR clinicians and collaborating partners have been monitoring the evolving Ebola issue for the past several weeks and have developed additional resources, training materials as well as implementing a 24-hour response center to assist all of our caregivers,” stated Ed Racht, M.D., AMR Chief Medical Officer. “In addition, in accordance with CDC guidelines, AMR and Contra Costa County health officials have initiated specific screening protocols, to include questions in the patient’s electronic patient record that help clinicians identify patients at risk of having Ebola.”

“AMR employees in Contra Costa County are trained in the necessary precautions to protect against blood and body fluid contamination from infectious diseases and viruses, including Ebola. It is important for people to remember that Ebola is not transmitted by air. It is passed on through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual.”

General Advice:

Infectious illnesses are one of the most frequent causes of doctors’ visits with varying symptoms ranging from runny nose, sore throat, cough, to breathing difficulty and fatigue. In the United States, these are the most common cause of missing school or work. In the case of Ebola, the precautions are similar for other infectious diseases. AMR offers the following prevention advice:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with a potentially infected person’s blood or body fluids
  • Properly clean common objects touched by individuals who may be infectious such as telephones, refrigerator door, computers, stair railings or door handles
  • Refrain from touching your nose, mouth or eyes
  • Get a flu shot. While unrelated to the Ebola virus, it’s vitally important to remain healthy and not transmit other infectious diseases that may have initial symptoms similar to Ebola
  • Consult your healthcare provider for questions about your health or any symptoms that concern you

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.

About American Medical Response

American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 18,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs,

RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 3 million patients nationwide each year. AMR’s Contra Costa County division employs over 350 professionals and transports over 60,000 patients annually. The company is a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, which is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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Following a months-long investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort (CASE) team confiscated more than 70 guns and arrested a suspect.

The investigation, involving the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Walnut Creek Police Department, Pittsburg Police Department, Concord Police Department, CHP, California Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, started in July 2014. The investigation was launched because the suspect was allegedly trafficking guns.

Last week law enforcement officers carried out two search warrants, one at a home on Raymond Drive in Pacheco and another on 62nd Avenue in Oakland. In total, more than 70 guns were confiscated at the Pacheco residence including assault rifles, .50 caliber rifles, other rifles, pistols and shotguns. In addition, more than 100 magazines were seized, including 60 hi-capacity ones. Several hundred thousand rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

Law enforcement officers arrested 26-year-old Alex Conley of Oakland. He was booked on numerous violations that include — felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal transfer of firearms, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. He is currently being held in county jail without bail. The investigation is continuing.

The arrest and seizure was a result of an investigation by CASE, a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, local law enforcement agencies and the California Department of Justice. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.

Information and photograph provided by the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office

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CONCORD, CALIFORNIA – The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District received reports of three more people testing positive for West Nile virus and is reporting another dead bird and mosquito sample as well.

“These people were most likely infected in August or September, with symptoms presenting themselves usually three to 14 days later. That, combined with doctor’s visits, a thorough investigation including travel history, testing and notification to the various agencies takes time and is why cases are announced at a later date,” said Steve Schutz, Ph.D., scientific program manager for the District. “Our District is notified by the local health department of locations where human infections may have occurred and we respond immediately, even before travel history is known, to conduct thorough surveillance and control, if needed, in those areas.”

The District works collaboratively with the health department due to the nature of vectors — animals or insects that transmit disease or cause discomfort to people. All questions concerning human cases should be directed to the state or local health department.

Other West Nile virus activity continues in Contra Costa County. The District reports today that another group of mosquitoes from an agricultural area east of Discovery Bay tested positive for West Nile virus as well as one dead bird from Alamo. All 2014 West Nile virus vector activity can be found on the District’s website.

According to the California West Nile Virus website, so far this year compared to the same time last year there are 488 human cases compared to 236 last year, 2275 dead birds compared to 1168 last year, 3139 mosquito samples compared to 2440 last year, and 382 chickens compared to 425 last year .

Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:

  • Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can’t begin their lives without water.
  • Defend yourself against mosquitoes by using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.
  • Report neglected swimming pools by calling 925-771-6195 or visiting www.ContraCostaMosquito.com.  Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away.
  • Report dead birds to the state hotline: 1-877-968-2473. All reports are crucial, even if the bird does not meet criteria for testing.

Since 2005, 52 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 2006, two people died from the disease. Recent studies have shown that the majority of cases are not diagnosed and are grossly underreported. For 2014, a total of five people, 23 groups of mosquitoes, 14 chickens and 43 dead birds have tested positive for the virus.

Visit the District’s website or click on these links for current West Nile virus activity  or to receive automatic emails for when the District fogs for adult mosquitoes.

Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord. Call the District to report mosquito problems at (925) 771-6195 or visit their office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.

Mosquito Samples: 23

n Date Reported City Cross Streets Species
1 6/23/14 Knightsen Holland Tract Area Culex tarsalis
2 7/7/14 Discovery Bay Cherry Hills Drive Culex pipiens
3 7/7/14 Martinez I-680 x Waterfront Road Culex tarsalis
4 7/14/14 Discovery Bay Cherry Hills Drive x Marina Road Culex pipiens
5 7/16/14 Discovery Bay Bixler road x Balfour Road Culex pipiens
6 7/17/14 Discovery Bay Cherry Hills Drive x Wayfarer Drive Culex tarsalis
7 7/23/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract Levee Culex tarsalis
8 8/6/14 Discovery Bay Point of Timber Road x Bixler Road Culex pipiens
9 8/12/14 Discovery Bay Highway 4 x Western Farms Ranch Road Culex pipiens
10 8/13/14 Concord David Avenue x Cayce Court Culex tarsalis
11 8/19/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract SE Culex pipiens
12 8/19/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex pipiens
13 8/19/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex tarsalis
14 8/19/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex tarsalis
15 8/20/14 Discovery Bay Bixler Road x Point of Timber Road Culex pipiens
16 8/18/14 Discovery Bay Cherry Hills Drive Culex pipiens
17 8/25/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex pipiens
18 8/26/14 Discovery Bay Bixler Rd. x Point of Timber Rd. Culex pipiens
19 8/27/14 Discovery Bay Willow Lake Rd. x Beaver Ln. Culex pipiens
20 9/11/14 Brentwood Orwood Tract Culex pipiens
21 9/16/14 Discovery Bay Agricultural Area Culex pipiens
22 9/22/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex tarsalis
23 10/6/14 Discovery Bay Byron Tract NW Culex pipiens

Dead Birds: 43

n Date Reported City Cross Streets Species
1 4/23/14 Alamo Danville Blvd. x Camille Ave. American Crow
2 5/18/14 Pleasant Hill Monument Blvd. x Mohr Ln. American Crow
3 6/9/14 San Ramon Norris Canyon Rd. x Bollinger Canyon Rd. American Crow
4 614/14 Oakley Empire Ave. x Main St. American Crow
5 6/17/14 Oakley Empire Ave. x Hemlock Dr. American Crow
6 6/17/14 Oakley Empire Ave. x Hemlock Dr. American Crow
7 6/20/14 Brentwood Lone Tree Wy x O’Hara Ave. American Crow
8 6/25/14 Antioch Hillcrest Ave. x Sunset. Dr. American Crow
9 6/26/14 San Ramon Bollinger Canyon Rd. x Norris Canyon Rd. American Crow
10 7/2/14 Bethel Island Bethel Island Rd. x Gateway Rd. American Crow
11 7/9/14 Walnut Creek Arroyo Wy. x N. Broadway American Crow
12 7/10/14 Oakley Kay Ave. x O’Hara Ave. Western Scrub Jay
13 7/13/14 Antioch Camby Rd. x G St. Western Scrub Jay
14 7/14/14 Brentwood Foothill Dr. x Balfour Rd. American Crow
15 7/16/14 Danville Hartford Rd. x Danville Blvd. American Crow
16 7/17/14 Antioch Hargrove St. x E. 18th St. American Crow
17 7/17/14 Brentwood Minnesota Ave. x Windmeadows Dr. Western Scrub Jay
18 7/21/14 Antioch Judsonville Dr. x Hansen Dr. Western Scrub Jay
19 7/23/14 Concord Bancroft Rd. x Hookston Rd. Western Scrub Jay
20 7/29/14 Pinole Mann Drive X Appian Way Western Scrub Jay
21 8/6/14 Concord Ryan Road x Wilmore Avenue American Crow
22 8/6/14 Alamo Stone Valley Road x Roundhill Road American Crow
23 8/7/14 Danville Montcrest Place x Love Lane Western Scrub Jay
24 8/7/14 Discovery Bay Cherry Hills Dr. x Wayfarer Dr. American Crow
25 8/10/14 Concord David Ave. x Getoun Dr. American Crow
26 8/11/14 Brentwood Burghley Ln. x Centennial Dr. American Crow
27 8/20/14 Concord Treat Blvd. x San Simeon Dr. American Crow
28 8/21/14 Walnut Creek Oak Rd. x Jones Rd. American Crow
29 8/21/14 Concord Whitman Rd. x W Gilardy Dr. American Crow
30 8/27/14 Walnut Creek Bancroft Rd. x Treat Blvd. American Crow
31 8/28/14 Danville Harlan Dr. x St. Helena Dr. American Crow
32 9/2/14 Walnut Creek Walnut Ave. x Warwick Dr. Western Scrub Jay
33 9/2/14 Oakley Empire Ave. x Truman Ln. American Crow
34 9/2/14 Brentwood Forest View Common x Central Blvd. American Crow
35 9/4/14 Brentwood Payne Ave. x Walnut Blvd. Western Scrub Jay
36 9/8/14 San Ramon Broadmoor Dr. x Pine Valley Rd. American Crow
37 9/8/14 Orinda Altamount Dr. x Moraga Wy. Stellar’s Jay
38 9/12/14 Danville Verona Ave. x Love Ln. American Crow
39 9/15/14 San Ramon Ascot Dr. x Broadmoor Dr. American Crow
40 9/21/14 Danville Camino Ramon x El Capitan Dr. American Crow
41 9/24/14 Discovery Bay Clubhouse Dr. x Edgeview Dr. American Crow
42 9/29/14 Martinez Glacier Dr. x Olympic Dr. Western Scrub Jay
43 10/8/14 Alamo Royal Oaks Dr. x Peake Pl. American Crow

Sentinel Chicken Flocks: 3 (14 chickens)

Note: Chickens do not die from West Nile virus. They develop antibodies to the virus which is detected in their blood.

# of Chickens out of 10 (10 per Flock) Date Bled Area
1/10 6/16/14 Holland Tract
3/10 6/30/14 Holland Tract
1/10 7/14/14 Holland Tract
1/10 7/14/14 Oakley
1/10 7/28/14 Holland Tract
1/10 8/11/14 Holland Tract
1/10 8/11/14 Oakley
3/10 8/11/14 Walnut Creek
1/10 8/25/14 Walnut Creek
1/10 9/22/14 Holland Tract

Horses: 0

n Date Reported City Dead/Euthanized

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Identity Theft is a significant issue that affected over 13 million US citizens last year, nearly 2 million in California alone. The total cost of identity theft is almost $20 million, and can take months to years to fix.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, CHP officers working a special enforcement operation in Oakland made a traffic stop on a vehicle for speed and a broken headlight. Upon contacting the driver, officers discovered he was driving without a valid driver license, and was on parole. A search of the driver’s vehicle led to the discovery of over $10,000 in cash, and over 170 stolen or fraudulent credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards.

This is just one identity thief. Every two seconds in this country, someone’s identity is stolen. You can keep yourself safe from identity theft by taking several simple precautions.

* Never share your full Social Security number, personal information, or financial information via social media, email, or unsecure web pages.
* Always shred any paperwork that contains personal information prior to discarding.
* When in public, take only the identification, credit and debit cards, and cash you need. Leave other items in a secure location at home.
* Promptly retrieve your mail, or install a locking mailbox. When sending outgoing mail, hand-deliver it to a post office drop location.
* Monitor your monthly bank account and credit card statements. Report suspicious activity at once to your financial institution.
* When conducting transactions over the internet, make sure the “Lock” icon is present and that you are utilizing an “https://” web page. This ensures your information will be sent through the internet safely.
* Avoid conducting financial or business transactions when utilizing public wifi hotspots. Unscrupulous individuals may be able to discover your private information.
* Consider removing personal information from social media accounts, such as addresses, telephones, and other information. Increase your privacy settings so this information is only accessible to those you trust.

If you are the victim of identity theft, take these steps immediately:
1) Place an “Initial Fraud Alert” with one of the three credit reporting agencies.
2) Order your free copy of your credit report.
3) File an “Identity Theft Report” with the Federal Trade Commission at: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-2

Detailed information about #IdentityTheft can be found on our allied agencies’ websites:

Federal Trade Commission: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

California Attorney General’s Office: http://oag.ca.gov/idtheft

Together, we can help put a stop to identity theft and can keep our identities safe!

Address/Location
California Highway Patrol – Golden Gate Division
1551 Benicia Road
Vallejo, CA 94591

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1

The City of Walnut Creek Recreation Department announced today that the new All Abilities Playground opening date is set for Saturday, October 25. 

A community celebration of the grand opening of the All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park. Pre-event festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 10 a.m.

For more information about the new playground, visit http://www.wccivicpride.org/#!

You may also visit the City of Walnut Creek on Facebook by clicking here.

Via the Website, here is more information about the Park:

Signature Play Areas

Walnut Creek’s All Abilities Playground will be 30,000 square feet in size and is being designed to fully address the needs of the whole child by intentionally addressing the physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and sensory needs of all children, including the estimated 10-20 percent of our children who have some type of disability.

The new playground will have distinct play areas that will appeal to a range of ages, from toddlers to children as old as 12 years of age.

  • 2-5-Year-Old Play Area (learn more)
  • 5-12-Year-Old Play Area (learn more)
  • Multi-Age, All-Abilities Play Area: Centrally located between the two age-group areas, this area has a large multi-element ramped structure
  • Free-Play Climbing Hill: Also centrally located, this area will have concrete ball elements, facilitating free, unstructured play for all ages
  • Sand Play Lot
  • Swing Set Zone, featuring both traditional swings and accessible bucket swings

All-Abilities Features

If the private fundraising effort is successful, the playground will have all of the following features:

  • Shock-absorbent, resilient-surface pathways and flooring  beneath all play equipment, allowing children and their caregivers with mobility challenges to move around the playground easily
  • Structures and equipment with wider ramps, allowing children to get the greatest use and enjoyment from the playground
  • Ramped structures, which allow children to have a sense of elevation
  • Climbing structures that allow children of all abilities to challenge themselves
  • Abundance of ground-level play opportunities
  • Swing set zone with tot swings and high-back special-needs swings
  • Sound and sensory equipment throughout
  • Shaded play structures, providing more protection from heat and sun
  • Benches within the play zones, so parents can sit close to where children play

Park Location

The All Abilities Playground will be located in an area surrounded by mature shade trees and adjacent to picnic areas and approved ADA-compliant restrooms and parking facilities. As part of the project, the City will make a number of accessibility improvements to the park, including the addition of more van accessible parking spaces and other parking lot upgrades as well as the creation of accessible pathways to the public spaces and playground.

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On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gave the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The public brought their pills for disposal at several locations.

The Office of the Sheriff collected a total of 311 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. from the home medicine cabinet.

The public’s enormous response to DEA’s eight previous National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription drugs. Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

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MARTINEZ – Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) confirmed today that a county resident was diagnosed with enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68), a virus that causes respiratory illness.

The case was confirmed through laboratory testing. The case involves a person under the age of 18 who was hospitalized but has since recovered from the disease. No other information will be released about the case.

CCHS has been working closely with the California Department of Public Health, neighboring public health agencies and local medical providers to monitor the spread of EV-D68 and ensure that residents have the information they need to prevent the disease and recognize its symptoms. Health Services will also be distributing information to schools regarding prevention of EV-D68.

Enteroviruses are a very common kind of virus, with more than 100 different species identified. This enterovirus, EV-D68, has been reported across the United States in 2014, including several Bay Area counties.

“This virus is circulating, and it is important for people to take some simple precautions to keep themselves healthy, said Erika Jenssen, Communicable Disease Programs Chief for CCHS’s Public Health Division. “Washing hands with soap and water, making sure children stay home from school if they are sick, and avoiding close contact with sick people are all ways we can reduce our chances of spreading EV-D68.”

For most people, the symptoms are mild and may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body aches. Severe symptoms include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Children and teenagers are most likely to become ill from EV-D68, and children with asthma may have more serious disease. Adults can also become infected, but are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

There is no vaccine for EV-D68 or specific treatment, other than management of symptoms. It is important to take precautions to avoid infection.

  • Wash hands with soap frequently, including after using the restroom. Alcohol-based hand cleaners do not kill enteroviruses.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as toys and door handles, especially if someone is sick.

 

More information about EV-D68 can be found at cchealth.org/enterovirus.