Editorial: An Open Letter to the Keyboard Commandos

To those on social media who believe they can say anything they want and believe there are no consequences to opinions expressed, I urge...

Chief Helmick: ECCFPD Improving Transparency, Education and Outreach Communications

Brentwood - For those who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet or hold a discussion with, my name is Brian Helmick...

Chief Helmick: The Fire District Must Begin to Build Solid Foundation

The following was submitted for publication by East Consta Costa Fire Protection District Fire Chief Brian Helmick Brentwood - As Fire Chief, I am tasked...

Keusch: Grand Jury Report on Antioch Animal Services Latest Document to Encourage Change

Depending on whom you ask Antioch Animal Services has needed change for some time. Some say decades, some say years and others say they are...

Letter: D&K Automotive Repair Thanks Police and Firefighters After Fire

Hello friends On June 28, 2017 while vacationing with my family, I was made aware that our family business was on fire. A fire...

Labor Groups Encourage Fairness and Transparency in Selection of Interim District Attorney

A letter was sent to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors by Labor Groups urging transparency and fairness in the appointment of the...

Letter: Resident Supports Antioch’s Potential Move Towards Community Choice Energy

The following letter to the editor was submitted by Harry Thurston On June 13 the Antioch City Council will decide whether to join the Community...

Op Ed: Ruehlig Praises Deer Valley HS on Becoming a State Honor Roll School

The following was submitted by Walter Ruehlig, President of the Antioch School Board I can say, with all honesty, that the recent recognition of both...

Letter: Writer Discusses Contra Costa Jail Expansion, The Conversation We Need

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Judith Tannenbaum At the Mental Health Panel in Brentwood on May 13, Claudia Jimenez of the...

Letter: Oakley Police Chief Talks Fireworks

The following was submitted by Oakley Police Chief Chris Thorsen As I write this, we are approximately two months from the July 4th celebration. Each...

Letter: East Contra Costa Fire District Funding Gridlock Must End Soon

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Michael R. Dupray Currently we have only 4 fire stations and 36 firefighters for the entire...

Op-Ed: Romick Explains Relationship Between Cities and Fire Districts

The following was submitted by Oakley Councilman Kevin Romick I’ve recently read and heard comments regarding the relationship between cities and fire districts. These comments...

Letter: Former Director Talks About ECCFPD Future, Asks Board President to Step Down

The following letter was provided by Stephen Smith, a Brentwood resident and former Board of Director on the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. This...

Letter: Bell Explains Why She Declined East Contra Costa Fire Reappointment

The following was submitted by Meghan Bell, former East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Director. Tuesday, April 25th I requested the Oakley City...

Editorial: Fire District Should Hit Pause on “Brentwood Only” Fire Option, Then Reset

With Brentwood set to likely approve its Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday that would supplement funding for a fire station in the downtown Brentwood...

Op-Ed: Oakley Councilman Offers Thoughts on East Contra Costa Fire

The following was submitted by Oakley City Councilman Kevin Romick for publication. Providing fire services is not a function of the city of Oakley or...

Op Ed: EBRPD is Not the Answer for East County Fire District’s Funding Challenges

This is a Local Problem in need of a Local Solution For 80+ years, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) has been well known for...

Mayor Pro Tem Invites Antioch Residents to Speak Up About Development

The following was submitted for publication by Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe I understand that as a city government, we have horrible track record...

County Supervisors Say Twin Tunnels Prevent State from Genuine Water Solutions

This winter and spring may forever be known – like many fishermen would say – as “the one that got away.” Over the past two...

Silky Sahnan: Setting Goals in 2017

The beginning of the year is a great time for goal-setting—not just because it gives you a reason to hit your personal “reset button,”...