Contra Costa County

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According to the Lake County Sheriffs Department, San Pablo Police Commander David Krastof, 47, was arrested at 11:48 pm Sunday for a DUI.

In response, San Pablo Police Chief Lisa Rosale stated Commander Krastof has been placed on administrative leave and his peace officer powers have been suspended.

The following statement by San Pablo Police has been issued:

SAN PABLO, CA – On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the San Pablo Police Department was notified that an off-duty San Pablo police officer was arrested for misdemeanor DUI.

San Pablo Police Chief Lisa Rosales stated “We take these matters very seriously. We expect all San Pablo police employees to comply with the law. We are committed to holding San Pablo Police Department employees accountable for their actions, and will conduct a thorough personnel investigation.”

The involved employee has been placed on administrative leave and his peace officer powers have been suspended. An administrative investigation has commenced.

The San Pablo Police Department is unable to provide additional information at this time.

According to the Lake County Sheriffs Office website, Krastof is scheduled to appear in court on July 7 according to the Sheriffs website.

According to the San Pablo Police Department website, Commander Krastof is responsible for the Services Division including Internal Affairs, investigations, budget, department audits, and general administrative duties.

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With the Memorial Day weekend and the opening of boating season, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Services Unit would like to remind boaters to be safe, alert and obey the rules.

“By following the rules, having proper gear and equipment and boating safely, everyone can enjoy the Delta,” said Lieutenant Jose Beltran of the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, 11 marine patrol units from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be conducting a boating safety enforcement operation called Delta Blitz on Sunday, May 24, 2015. The multi-agency operation is intended to promote safe boating through education and strict enforcement on the waterways.

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit would like to remind boaters of the following rules:

  • All vessels must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person. The life jacket must fit the person intending to wear it. Children under 13 must wear a life jacket.
  • You must be 16 years old or older to operate a power boat or personal watercraft. All persons on a personal watercraft are required to wear an approved life jacket.
  • Boats over 16 feet are required to have a throwable flotation device which must be readily accessible.
  • Always travel at a safe speed. Slow down in narrow channels and blind areas and navigate on the right side of the waterway. At a cross waterway, the boat on the right has the right of way.
  • Blue Light law — Any vessel approaching, overtaking, being approached, or being over-taken by a moving law enforcement vessel operating with a siren or an illuminated blue light, or any vessel approaching a stationary law enforcement vessel displaying an illuminated blue light, shall immediately slow. Boaters cannot make a wake near a law enforcement vessel displaying a blue light.
  • Always have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, warm clothing, cell phone, VHF radio and chart. Boaters are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Dispatch at (925) 646-2441 for emergencies on the water. Be sure to file a float plan before you depart.

Boating under the influence (B.U.I.) enforcement will be a high priority. Those arrested for B.U.I. will face the same consequences as those who drive a motor vehicle under the influence, including fines and possible incarceration.

The ‘ABC’s of Boating’, a handbook of boating rules, is available from most boating shops. The Marine Services Unit will be distributing them this weekend as well. Boaters can also go to the California Department of Boating and Waterways website –dbw.ca.gov – for more boating safety information.

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That is the question daunting an estimated 1.8 million California swimming pool owners who, along with the rest of us, are facing tough choices on how to conserve water. As the Golden State turns brown due to California’s extreme drought, swimming pool owners must decide – do they risk hefty fines to keep swimming pools full and useable, let them sit, or do away with them all together? In some cases, the choice is personal, but a number of cities are mandating the answer. At the same time, it turns out there’s more than the state’s much-needed water at stake, this is also a question of public health.

Mosquitoes need just two tablespoons of water in which to lay up to 400 eggs. Multiply that by a swimming pool and one pool can produce 1 million mosquitoes. And because young mosquitoes stay at the surface of the water to breathe air, a partially-filled neglected swimming pool can still produce just as many mosquitoes as a completely full pool. Many of us learned that lesson the hard way during the recent national foreclosure crisis, when more than one thousand swimming pools across Contra Costa County were abandoned resulting in neglected swimming pools producing mosquitoes capable of spreading West Nile virus. These mosquitoes can affect people up to five miles away from the pool’s location. Today, the problem is not the foreclosure crisis. It is property owners grappling with new state mandated water restrictions who run the risk of creating another and possibly larger scale public health issue if they don’t take important precautions.

Ultimately, the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District recommends swimming pool owners keep all pools and spas maintained to prevent mosquitoes, and covered when not in use to conserve water. Mosquitoes prefer slightly dirty, still water and so a chlorinated and filtered swimming pool or spa looks inviting to humans, but it deters mosquitoes. According to swimming pool service organizations, maintaining a swimming pool year-round reduces the cost of supplies and the California Pool & Spa Association cites independent studies that contend well-maintained swimming pools and spas use less water than traditional landscaping.

On the other hand, pool and spa owners who do not maintain their water features during the winter and have traditionally drained and refilled their pools each spring face bigger issues this year. With some cities prohibiting residents from refilling pools, the question is: do pool owners let them sit or should they get rid of the pools? Recent news reports show how some pool owners are opting to demolish their pools, replacing them with patios or artificial turf to prevent water use. Meanwhile, pool owners who decide to let pool water sit create a risk of producing mosquitoes that can spread mosquito-borne illness.The key is to keep even small amounts of pool water free of mosquitoes. Fortunately, we can help.

The District’s mosquitofish program provides county residents with free mosquito-eating fish for use in ponds, neglected swimming pools and spas, horse troughs and other water features. Residents are responsible for mosquito control on their own properties and using mosquitofish together with other methods will result in the best control. Our fish biologist raises one million fish every year for this program, and so there are plenty of fish to go around. Each fish can eat up to 500 larvae a day making them an efficient, natural way to prevent mosquitoes from maturing into adults capable of spreading diseases such as West Nile virus. Fish are available for pick up at the District’s office in Concord, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In order to protect public health, we must prevent standing water that allows mosquitoes to flourish. In this, we can ensure that the California drought doesn’t become a public health crisis as well.

Source:
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District

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Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer defeated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the Special Election to fill Mark DeSaulniers vacant seat Tuesday.

With 100% precincts reporting, Glazer scored 60,824 votes (54.6%) to Bonilla’s 50,569 (45.4%).

Here is a statement released by Steve Glazer last night:

Today we saw that people are more important — and more powerful — than special interests, and that’s a great message for our state to hear. Our campaign struck a chord with voters frustrated by the gridlock and dysfunction in Sacramento. They want leaders who are more pragmatic than partisan, more focused on answers than ambition.

One new state senator can’t change California government on his own, but I hope to work with my colleagues to restore confidence in public policymaking and advance progressive ideals in ways that are financially responsible.

This election offered voters a clear choice. I promised to be an independent thinker committed to solving problems and serving my district. I will work hard to make sure the voters are always proud of their decision.

I am grateful for everyone who participates in our democracy and especially for the volunteers and voters who believed in my message. Thank you!

Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

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A traffic accident on 242 in Concord at Olivera Rd has caused the California Highway Patrol to issue a SIG Alert in both directions Tuesday night. The accident came in at 8:15 after a big rig ended up on its side causing heavy traffic and CHP is encouraging commuters to avoid the area.

For more photos, visit Claycord.com

Update per CHP (5/20/15)

Tuesday night, at approximately 8:10 PM, Highway 242 was shut down in both directions and a Sigalert was issued for approximately 2 hours due to a traffic collision involving a big rig and a Mercedes.

The collision occurred when the big rig’s left front tire blew out while it was traveling southbound on the freeway, causing the vehicle to swerve to the left and strike the center dividing wall. The semi slid a short distance after hitting the wall and struck a concrete support pillar at the Olivera Road over-crossing.

The truck bed then overturned spilling the contents onto the freeway. The Mercedes, which was also traveling southbound, sustained minor damage when falling debris from the truck impacted its front bumper.

Unfortunately, the driver of the big rig was severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

This traffic collision is pending further investigation and anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to please contact the CHP-Contra Costa Office at 925.646.4980.

Photo by Laurie Abrao Pate

Detail Information
8:47 PM 26 [67] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 AMERICAN TOW 800-794-8122 SD 215
8:43 PM 25 [66] B19-241B NEED EVIDENCE TOW / SEE IF AMERCIAN CAN SET UP / WILL KEEP BAY POINT ON SCENE
8:34 PM 24 [61] ^**UPDATE SIGALERT** HEAVY TRAFFIC BOTH DIRETIONS ON 242, USE 680 TO 4 TO AVOID DELAYS NB AND 4 TO 680 TO AVOID DELAYS SB.
8:30 PM 23 [57] 19-M2 HAVE TRAFFIC GOING BY ON RHS ON SB SIDE
8:28 PM 22 [53] ^**ISSUE SIGALERT** LANES BLOCKED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TO OVETURNED BIG RIG AND DEBRIS, USE CAUTION AND EXPECT DELAYS.
8:27 PM 21 [50] [Notification] [CHP]-TASK .308 TMCGG, *** ISSUE SIG ALERT – BOTH NB AND SB ON SR242 AT GRANT = BIG RIG ON ITS SIDE
8:26 PM 20 [48] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 BAY POINT TOW ON EXPEDITE W/HEAVY RIG 925-682-5920 SD 220
8:25 PM 19 [47] B19-241B FIRE 97 ANOTHER VEH INV ON SB BUT IS 1182
8:25 PM 18 [46] BIG RIG ON NB SIDE
8:24 PM 17 [45] B19-241B ONLY VEH INV IS THE BIG RIG
8:24 PM 16 [44] B19-241B SIG ALERT NEEDED FOR BOTH DIRECTIONS
8:23 PM 15 [41] 1039 DOTCC
8:23 PM 14 [40] B19-241B 1185 ON EXPEDITE
8:23 PM 13 [39] B19-241B DEBRIS IN SB 1/2/3 LANES AND CALTRANS IS 97
8:22 PM 12 [38] B19-241B BIG RIG AND 2 VEHS 1/2 BLOCKED
8:18 PM 11 [33] BIG RIG VS OVERPASS , PER MY CALLER
8:17 PM 10 [31] [Notification] [CHP]-PER ANOTHER LRG PEICES OF CEMENT FELL FROM OVERPASS AND IS BLOCKING BOTH DOT SB/NB 242 *** BIG RIG BLOCKING LANES AND IS SLUMPED OVER BUT RP BELIEVES HE’S STILL ALIVE / XFERED IN BY CONCORD PD W/ 1141 ENRT
8:17 PM 9 [30] PER A WIT, BIG RIG HIT THE WALL, SOLO TC AS FAR AS SHE COULD TELL
8:17 PM 8 [28] SOME DEBRIS MAY HAVE GONE TO SB LN’S
8:16 PM 7 [13] PER NEARBY RESIDENT – HEARD TC – POSS NB 242 AT OLIVERA // CAN SEE TRFC STOPPED OF FWY
8:16 PM 6 [20] [1] BIG RIG INTO CD –
8:16 PM 5 [22] [Appended, 20:16:37] [1] BIG RIG VS OVERPASS AND DRIVER APPEARS SLUMPED OVER
8:15 PM 4 [16] [Appended, 20:16:22] [3] INV IN BGE MERZ ON RHS / 1182
8:15 PM 3 [9] [1] UNK VEH TC – BLKG UNK LANES – RP HEARD ONLY FROM NEARBY RESIDENCE
8:14 PM 2 [15] [Appended, 20:16:22] [2] TIRE OR OTHER DEBRIS HIT HER VEH
8:14 PM 1 [14] [Appended, 20:16:22] [1] SEMI TK VS CD

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Steve Glazer continues to hold a lead over Susan Bonilla Tuesday Night as election results continue to come in. With 93,076 votes counted, Glazer has 50,734 (54.50%) of the vote. Bonilla has 42,342 (45.50%).

The election results were calculated as of 9:40 pm per the States website.

The winner of tonight’s race will replace Mark DeSaulnier in the California State Senate after he won a seat in Congress to replace George Miller.

Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

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According to the East Bay Regional Park District, crews are trying to rescue a horse who fell down an embankment on the Spengler Trail around 12:30 pm.

The horse became stuck in a tree after falling an estimated 30 feet and as of 3:30 pm crews were still working the incident. The rider was not injured in the accident.

A veterinarian was on scene and is prepared to euthanize if needed.

Update – At 5:52 pm, the East Bay Regional Park District firefighters stated the horse did not survive its injuries.

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Photos by the East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department

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(Contra Costa County)– If a person crumpled to the ground near you, would you know what to do?

On May 20, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, American Medical Response (AMR) operations across the country will train thousands of people to save lives through compression only CPR.

Compression-only CPR is easy to learn and has the ability to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive
until paramedics arrive.

While our paramedics often get to an emergency quickly, during cardiac arrest immediate action can make the difference. Compression-onlyCPR can help save lives and is easy to perform. We hope that schools, businesses and other groups will take this opportunity to get trained in compression-only CPR at no cost, making our community an even safer place to live. The compression only technique only takes five minutes to learn.

Hands-Only CPR training will be held on May 20th from 12:00pm-4:30pm at the following locations:

  • Hiltop Mall 2200 Hiltop Mall Road, Richmond, CA 94806 ( near Jcpenny and Walmart)
  • Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center 40 Crescent Drive Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (near Sweet Tomatoes)
  • Lumpy’s Diner 5891 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA (Grab a 911 burger)

To find out more about compression-only CPR or the event, please visit www.amr.net/CPR or call Alicia
Moore at (888) 267-6591 x6

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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MARTINEZ –The Contra Costa Elections Office Monday returned a proposed Petition to recall Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff to the proponents, finding upon a detailed review that the draft contained several substantive errors and technical problems.

The proponents may correct and resubmit a revised petition for review prior to May 28th.

The review is required by Election Code 11042 prior to signature gathering to ensure that the petition is complete, accurate and meets the requirement of the law. The draft petition was submitted to the Elections Office on May 12, 2015.

According to the county, to move a recall forward, more than 11,000 signatures in District 4 would need to be collected within 160 days. If it goes to an election, it could cost the County $500,000. If Mitchoff is recalled, her replacement would serve out the remainder of her term which ends in 2018.

A copy of the letter to the proponents describing the errors as well as the outlining necessary changes is posted below:

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WALNUT CREEK, CA – As Bike to Work Day 2015 arrives, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) continues to deliver new bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout Contra Costa.

From improving bicycle access at Central Avenue and Liberty Street in El Cerrito to installing a new bike lane on Stone Valley Road in Alamo, CCTA continues to enable vital safety improvements that successfully build upon the county’s network of key bicycle routes and programs. The agency is responsible for delivering nearly $22 million in pedestrian, bicycle, and trail investments throughout Contra Costa which is funded by the county’s half-cent transportation sales tax (Measure J), in addition to securing more than $60 million in federal funding to support walking and biking since 2009.

“We are continuing to deliver programs and projects that make our streets safer for all road users,” stated CCTA Chair Julie Pierce. “These improvements are helping to smooth traffic, improve air quality, and expand access to recreational trails, providing Contra Costa residents with reliable alternatives when commuting to work, school, or wherever they’re headed in the county.”

One major component of CCTA’s investments in bicycle infrastructure is the Safe Routes to School program. The program is focused on creating safer conditions in drop-off and pick-up zones at schools and encouraging more bicycling and walking among K-12 students. CCTA has worked with local health, education, and safety organizations, as well as directly with schools, cities and local transportation agencies to develop and implement these changes. In recent federal grant cycles, CCTA has been able to provide approximately $5.6 million for Safe Routes to Schools, supporting 18 new projects across 11 cities countywide.

“Children and families deserve safe streets and the choice to walk and bike to school,” Chair Pierce added. “Their safety and the opportunity for healthy activities are easily worth the investments we are making.”

To learn more about the county’s bicycle infrastructure and future investment plans, CCTA encourages members of the public to stop by the CCTA/511 Contra Costa energizer station today at the intersection of the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal Trails in Walnut Creek for “Smoother Streets and Smoothies” to commemorate Bike to Work Day. Please note, this event is weather permitting.

Completed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects and plans funded by Measure J include the following:

  • Central Avenue and Liberty Street Streetscape Improvements in El Cerrito
  • San Pablo Corridor Complete Streets Plan for El Cerrito
  • Oak Park Boulevard/Patterson Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project in Pleasant Hill
  • Shell Avenue Bicycle / Pedestrian Improvement Project in Martinez
  • Alhambra Valley Road Sidewalk Gap Closure Project in Martinez
  • Adaptive Service Analysis Plan for County Connection
  • Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study between Lafayette and Walnut Creek
  • Stone Valley Road Bike Lane Gap Closure in Alamo
  • Martinez to Crockett Segment: SF Bay Trail
  • Reconstruction of the Contra Costa Canal Trail from Citrus Avenue to Oak Grove Road in Concord
  • Repair Iron Horse Trail at Lincoln Avenue in Walnut Creek
  • Repair and Rehabilitate Delta-de Anza and Marsh Creek Trails in East County

Completed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects made possible with Federal funding include the following:

  • Barrett Avenue Bicycle Lanes in Richmond
  • Monument Shared Use Trail in Concord
  • Central Ave & Liberty St Streetscape Improvements in El Cerrito
  • Downtown Pedestrian, Bicycle & Streetscape Improvements in Lafayette
  • Montalvin Manor Pedestrian and Transit Access Improvements in Contra Costa County
  • Lisa Lane Sidewalk Project in Pleasant Hill
  • Safe Routes to School Projects at elementary schools in Richmond
  • Brentwood School Area Safety Improvements
  • Moraga Way Pedestrian Pathway in Orinda

About The Contra Costa Transportation Authority 

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts. CCTA is responsible for maintaining and improving the county’s transportation system by planning, funding, and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable. More information about CCTA can be found online at ccta.net.