Contra Costa County

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Photo by Pirru Ktm

At 2:30 pm Thursday, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and CALFIRE responded to the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department gun range for a report of a vegetation fire.

Upon arrival, Battalion Chief 5 located a 3-acre fire with moderate spread and moderate slope. The fire was also burning up from the gun range over to the hill wards the Delta Valley Ranch rehabilitation camp.

By 3:00 pm, a Shelter in place was in order for Diablo Valley Ranch while the fire had grown to 5-acres.

The fire was limited to 11 acres with several fence posts damaged. The probable cause was listed as gunfire from Sheriffs gun range.

According to ECCFPD Chief Hugh Henderson, the District had two of its three engine crews on duty committed to the incident for over four hours.

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Photo by CHP Contra Costa

Most people chose to tread the delicate line between life and death as concernedly as possible, carefully balancing between two paradigms, despite the inescapable understanding one is always sacrificed for the other.

Many of us have faith that the line between life and death is in direct relationship with the line that separates right from wrong.

Who among us are called to hold the line against the harm of evil seeking to destroy the benevolence of life? Who among us are called to put our lives on the line for such a calling? There is a correlation here, because we all are…

Today we pay our respects in honoring the legacy of one such man who followed the call.

the-line-3Sergeant Scott Lunger chose to protect others despite the inherent dangers he faced each day he set out to perform this good work and uphold right. He was 48 years old, a father of two, and a 15 year veteran with the Hayward Police Department. Scott lived in Brentwood, where he was well respected and loved.

He held the line until he breathed in and exhaled his last breath during the early morning hours of July 22, 2015. At 3:15 AM, that fateful Wednesday, Sergeant Lunger and another officer had conducted an enforcement stop on a Chevy Silverado that had been swerving erratically. The driver unexpectedly opened fire on Sergeant Lunger, who was mortally wounded as he approached the truck.

the-line-2Today those of us who wish to honor his sacrifice form a long line that seemingly stretches in precession from Alameda County to Contra Costa County. Yet, in absolute truth, this line stretches beyond worldly bonds as far as East is to the West, dissolves from line of division, and into the intended Devine.

“There is no greater love than this…”

Sergeant Scott Lunger, we honor your life, your family, your service, and your sacrifice.

Posted via CHP-Contra Costa County

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District will close the Transbay Tube between Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend of August 1 and August 2, 2015 for critical track maintenance, repairs and upgrades. There will be NO BART train service between Oakland and San Francisco this weekend.

A limited bus bridge will be established between San Francisco and Oakland, however this is intended as a “lifeline service” to those with no other options. The bus bridge will add a 1-2 hour delay to the normal BART ride between SF and Oakland.

The Transbay Tube services an estimated 80,000 riders traveling between San Francisco and Oakland during a typical weekend. Without this service, motorists can expect more cars on the road and additional congestion throughout the Bay Area.

The CHP encourages motorists to plan ahead and allow for additional travel time for any travel that involves the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge or the San Mateo Bridge. Consider alternate routes which avoid the Bay Bridge if possible. If your weekend plans include a drive between San Francisco and Oakland, ensure your vehicle is in proper working order, and that you have sufficient fuel in case of major delays.

The CHP will deploy additional officers to patrol areas of increased congestion. Our goal will be to keep the roadways moving by promptly clearing traffic hazards and collisions, and to increase enforcement of violations which are most likely to cause crashes and increase delays. The Freeway Service Patrol will also be in service during daylight hours Saturday and Sunday to assist disabled motorists and those involved in collisions.

During the Transbay Tube closure, Caltrans will restrict access to the West Grand Avenue on-ramp Oakland to buses only. The West Grand Avenue on-ramp to I-580 E/B will be closed.

• We ask for the public’s help in lessening the traffic impact across the region by planning ahead:

o If your trip into or out of San Francisco is non-essential, consider changing your plans to an alternate weekend.
o Consider using alternate bridges, including the San Mateo Bridge, to get to your destination.
o Plan for increased travel times and longer delays, especially at junctions and the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza.
o Report disabled vehicles, traffic hazards, and collisions to the CHP by calling 9-1-1 so that officers can address incidents as quickly as possible.
o If you are involved in a minor collision with no injuries, please clear the lanes of traffic and move to the shoulder or off the freeway as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your help and assistance in keeping the Bay Area moving!
For more information regarding the closure, click here: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150624-0

At 11:04 am Thursday, East Contra Costra Costa fire and neighboring fire districts responded to a report of a vegetation fire on Vasco Road near the county line.

By 11:29, am the fire was estimated around 15-acres near the windmill project by staff at Los Vaqueros Reservoir as fire crews were still trying to make access.

Responding agencies included East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, Alameda County Fire, CALFIRE.

CALFIRE reported at 3:56pm the fire was 100 percent contained at 195 acres.

 

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Sgt. Lunger's family escorted from Brentwood July 29, 2015. Photo by Art Michel

Traffic Impacts Expected Due To Funeral for Hayward Police Department Sergeant

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Sergeant Scott Lunger of the Hayward Police Department was murdered while making a traffic enforcement stop on an erratic driver. A funeral service will be held to mourn the loss of Sergeant Lunger on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Services will be held at the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA), beginning promptly at 10:00 AM.

Funeral services are open to the public. Public access to the Oracle Arena will be via the Main Gate. Members of the public are encouraged to use public transportation. BART provides direct service to the Oracle Arena via the Coliseum Station, and the gates to the footbridge will be open to permit the public access to the Arena.

Traffic in the region will be severely impacted up until the beginning of the ceremony. Motorists are asked to utilize alternate routes which avoid Interstate 880 when possible.

Three law enforcement processions will take place Thursday which will impact traffic throughout the region.

At 8:00 AM, a procession of Hayward Police Department officers and families will travel to Oracle Arena along Interstate 880. Expect freeway and on-ramp closures along I-880 N/B between Winton Avenue and the Oracle Arena.

At 8:45 AM, a procession of law enforcement officers will escort Sergeant Lunger from the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward to the Oracle Arena. Expect roadway, freeway, and on-ramp closures along SR-238/Mission Blvd., I-238 N/B, and I-880 N/B.

At approximately 1:00 PM, a procession of law enforcement officers will escort Sergeant Lunger from the Oracle Arena to his final resting place in Brentwood. Expect freeway, on-ramp, and roadway closures along I-880 S/B, I-238 S/B, I-580 E/B, and Vasco Road.

Members of the public wishing to pay tribute to Sergeant Lunger along the procession routes are asked to do so from safe locations, such as freeway overpass sidewalks and sidewalks along city streets. Under no circumstances should people stop on the freeway or in the roadway to pay tribute.

Summary of Traffic Impacts:

8:00 AM Procession – Hayward Police Department Officers and Families to Oracle Arena
– Interstate 880 N/B from Winton Avenue to the Oracle Arena
o Freeway and on-ramp closures along route.

8:45 AM Procession – Escort for Sergeant Lunger from Chapel of the Chimes to Oracle Arena
– SR-238 / Mission Boulevard from Chapel of the Chimes (32992 Mission Blvd.) to I-238
– Interstate 238 N/B from I-580 to I-880
– Interstate 880 N/B from I-238 to the Oracle Arena
o Freeway, roadway, and on-ramp closures along route.

1:00 PM Procession – Escort for Sergeant Lunger from Oracle Arena to cemetery in Brentwood
– Interstate 880 S/B from the Oracle Arena to I-238
– Interstate 238 S/B from I-880 to I-580
– Interstate 580 E/B from I-238 to Vasco Road
– Vasco Road from I-580 to SR-4
– Various roads in Brentwood

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The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement warning that temperatures will be very warm to hot in East Contra Costa County today and tomorrow. Today, temperatures will be over 100 degrees.

Current temperatures as of 9:30 am / Expected High

  • Antioch: 80 / 108
  • Brentwood” 83 / 108
  • Discovery Bay: 83 / 107
  • Oakley: 81 / 107
  • Pittsburg: 79 / 106

By Friday, cooling will begin, however, subtropical moisture moving from the south will result in more muggy or humid conditions

Here is a look at the alert:

...VERY WARM TO HOT INLAND TEMPERATURES EXPECTED ONCE AGAIN TODAY
AND TOMORROW....

HIGH PRESSURE POSITIONED OVER THE WEST COAST WILL MAINTAIN HOT
TEMPERATURES AROUND THE FORECAST AREA ONCE AGAIN TODAY...ESPECIALLY
AT INLAND LOCATIONS. TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE HOTTEST DAY OF
THIS WARM SPELL WITH SOME COOLING EXPECTED BY THURSDAY.
WIDESPREAD HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 90S ARE FORECAST TODAY FOR THE
INLAND AREAS...WITH THE WARMEST INTERIOR VALLEYS EXPECTED TO REACH
OR EXCEED 100 DEGREES. HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
ALONG THE COAST ARE FORECAST TO RANGE FROM THE MID 70S TO MID
80S.

ANYONE WHO WILL BE WORKING OR SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE TODAY OR THURSDAY
SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR VERY WARM TO HOT CONDITIONS. WHEN
POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AN SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS ALONE
IN PARKED VEHICLES.

GRADUAL COOLING IS EXPECTED IN ALL AREAS LATE IN THE WEEK AND
INTO NEXT WEEKEND. HOWEVER...INCREASING SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE
MOVING UP FROM THE SOUTH LATE IN THE WEEK WILL RESULT IN SOMEWHAT
MUGGY HUMID CONDITIONS BY FRIDAY...WHICH WILL MEAN CONTINUED
DISCOMFORT...ESPECIALLY FOR INLAND AREAS. IN ADDITION A FEW
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY OCCUR OVER THE FORECAST AREA AS THE
MONSOON MOISTURE PASSES THROUGH THE REGION. INITIALLY THE
THUNDERSTORM THREAT WILL BEGIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN MONTEREY AND
SAN BENITO COUNTIES SPREADING NORTHWARD ON FRIDAY.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION FOR POSSIBLE
ADVISORIES OR WARNINGS RELATED TO THIS UPCOMING HEAT EVENT.

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A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday July 29, which is the second one of the season, and second day in a row, as its being forecasted that the air quality will be unhealthy.

Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.

To help prevent smog this summer, please:

  • Bike to work or around town
  • Take public transit
  • Telecommute
  • Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers
  • Reduce household energy use
  • Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue
  • Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray

High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees.  To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.


 

During the summer months when ground-level ozone, or “smog,” becomes a pollution problem, the Air District issues Spare the Air Alerts for days on which air quality is forecast to be unhealthy.

These advisories are posted on our website with our daily air quality forecasts, recorded on our 1 (800) HELP AIR forecast phone line, announced in local newspapers, and broadcast on local TV and radio stations.  The EnviroFlash AirAlert email system also notifies registered Bay Area subscribers.

In the Bay Area, the summer Spare the Air season generally runs from April through October when clear skies, hot temperatures, lighter than usual winds, and strong temperature inversions combine to create smoggy conditions.  Spare the Air Alerts are declared for days forecast to have ozone concentrations that exceed federal health-based standards.

On these Spare the Air days, we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution – such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays.  People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.

  • Learn more about the health effects of ozone.
  • View historical “box scores” listing the number of times ozone standards have been exceeded on an annual basis in the Bay Area.
  • Watch Bay Area Ozone Animations showing smog activity on selected days.
  • Read the Spare the Air FAQs.

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The Contra Costa County DA’s Office has formally charged Aaron Goode with assault with a deadly weapon with a great bodily injury enhancement after Office of the Sheriff Detectives presented their case this afternoon.

Goode was arrested near Interstate 680 and Highway 4 Saturday morning at about 4:30 AM by an Office of the Sheriff K-9 unit, which was following up on the stabbing case. Goode was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

At about 1:30 AM last Thursday, Deputies were dispatched to a report of a stabbing at the 7-Eleven convenience store on the 5800 block of Pacheco Boulevard near Center Avenue.

When Deputies arrived they made contact with a store clerk who was suffering from stab wounds. Apparently a customer, later identified as Goode, attacked the clerk after being told to leave the store.

The fire department and an ambulance arrived to treat the victim, who was later transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He was treated and released.

Goode, a 37-year-old transient, is currently being held without bail.

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A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday, July 28, which is the first of the season as its being forecasted that the air quality will be unhealthy.

Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.

To help prevent smog this summer, please:

  • Bike to work or around town
  • Take public transit
  • Telecommute
  • Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers
  • Reduce household energy use
  • Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue
  • Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray

High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees.  To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.


 

During the summer months when ground-level ozone, or “smog,” becomes a pollution problem, the Air District issues Spare the Air Alerts for days on which air quality is forecast to be unhealthy.

These advisories are posted on our website with our daily air quality forecasts, recorded on our 1 (800) HELP AIR forecast phone line, announced in local newspapers, and broadcast on local TV and radio stations.  The EnviroFlash AirAlert email system also notifies registered Bay Area subscribers.

In the Bay Area, the summer Spare the Air season generally runs from April through October when clear skies, hot temperatures, lighter than usual winds, and strong temperature inversions combine to create smoggy conditions.  Spare the Air Alerts are declared for days forecast to have ozone concentrations that exceed federal health-based standards.

On these Spare the Air days, we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution – such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays.  People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.

  • Learn more about the health effects of ozone.
  • View historical “box scores” listing the number of times ozone standards have been exceeded on an annual basis in the Bay Area.
  • Watch Bay Area Ozone Animations showing smog activity on selected days.
  • Read the Spare the Air FAQs.

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Here is a look at this weeks construction schedule on Highway 4 which will bring Highway 4 Lane Closures between Pittsburg and Antioch. The HOV lane of the State Route 4 westbound on ramp at Sand Creek Road will be closed through July 31, 2015.

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES:
There are no full freeway closures planned for this week.

HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES:

State Route 4:
There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Railroad Avenue and Loveridge Road on Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Bailey Road and Loveridge Road on Monday through Thursday from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm.

State Route 160:
There will be highway lane closures in the northbound direction of State Route 160 between the State Route 4/State Route 160 connecter ramp and Main Street on Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm.

RAMP CLOSURES:

State Route 4:
The HOV lane of the State Route 4 westbound on ramp at Sand Creek Road will be closed through July 31, 2015.

State Route 160:

There are no ramp closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

LOCAL STREET CLOSURES:

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of Contra Loma Boulevard/L Street between Saint Francis Drive and Lemon Tree Way on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.