Category: Contra Costa County

  • Contra Costa County: Fireworks Could Result in $5,000 Worth of Fines

    Contra Costa County: Fireworks Could Result in $5,000 Worth of Fines

    The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to remind all residents of the county that we are a “fireworks –free zone” and the sale, possession or use of fireworks of all types and sizes are banned in the county and unincorporated areas.  Offenders could face between $500 to $5,000 worth of fines […]

  • Avoid the 25 Anti-DUI Task Force Cracking Down On Impaired Drivers this Fourth of July

    Avoid the 25 Anti-DUI Task Force Cracking Down On Impaired Drivers this Fourth of July

    If your going to drink and drive this 4th of July, think twice as the Contra Costa County will be stepping up DUI enforcement in an effort to encourage folks to drive responsibly. Here is a copy of a press release that went out from the Contra Costa County Sheriffs office today. We realize you […]

  • County Assessor: Assessed Value Increases 3.45%

    County Assessor: Assessed Value Increases 3.45%

    Here is some good news for a change as the economy is slowly improving  as assessed values are on the rise in Contra Costa County. According to a letter sent to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors dated July 1, County Assessor Gus Kramer has shared that the tax base for 2013-2014 is over […]

  • ConFire Tidbits: What Else Occurred During The Kirker Pass Fire

    ConFire Tidbits: What Else Occurred During The Kirker Pass Fire

    Vito Impastato provided a reality check last night by providing information about what other services the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District provided to the County as they fought two-large vegetation fires. Remember, just because there is a large fire, it doesn’t mean other incidents stop. Kirker Pass burned nearly 500 acres and was fully […]

  • ConFire: Pool Safety Day Encourages Parents to Be Diligent Around Water

    ConFire: Pool Safety Day Encourages Parents to Be Diligent Around Water

    In an effort to make the community more aware of water and pool safety, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District held a water day at the Prewett Family Water Park in Antioch. “The pool safety event came about after losing 13-kids over a 6-year period. 9 of them were in this area (East County) […]

  • Opening of Marsh Landing Generation Station Celebrated

    On Wednesday June 19, NRG hosted a Marsh Landing Generation Station Commencement of Operation Ceremony to celebrate the launch of the facility. With this facility going online, it allowed for the retiring of two 1960s-era stations. During the construction of the facility, it created 600 local jobs and will provide enough electricity for 650,000 homes. […]

  • Saturday: Senator DeSaulnier to Host Mobile Office Hours in Bay Point

    On Saturday June 22, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will be hosting mobile office hours in Bay Point at the Ambrose Community Center between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  It is an opportunity for East County to visit with the Senator one-on-one and ask specific questions or just say hello and see what is going on […]

  • FBI: Arrest Made in the “Button Down Bandit” Investigation

    A suspect has been arrested in two local bank robberies in East County as the FBI and multiple local police departments announced the arrest of James Quindale Page, 42, of Pittsburg California.  If you recall, on May 29, the Bank of America  on Main Street inside the Lucky’s grocery store was hit. Meanwhile, just last […]

  • East Bay Regional Parks Kicks Off 2nd Sunday Series At Big Break

    East Bay Regional Parks Kicks Off 2nd Sunday Series At Big Break

    The East Bay Regional Park District kicked off their first of three Second Sunday in the Park at Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta last night with a “Watery Wildness” night which highlighted some of the deltas magnificent animals and ecosystem. The event included games, bird watching, a scavenger hunt and  some action around […]

  • Firefighters Help Raise $12k for MDA During “Fill the Boot”

    Firefighters Help Raise $12k for MDA During “Fill the Boot”

    Kudos go out to Contra Costa County and their generosity as the “Fill the Boot” charity drive this past week raised over $12,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Proceeds will help fund research, provide community services and educate the public on muscular dystrophy and other diseases of the nervous and muscular systems The event […]

  • Contra Costa Hepatitis A Case May be Linked to Townsend Farms Frozen Berries

    Contra Costa Hepatitis A Case May be Linked to Townsend Farms Frozen Berries

    Contra Costa County Public Health Officials have issued a warning over the weekend regarding Hepatitis A which may be linked to Townsend Farm Frozen Berries.  This appears to be a multistate outbreak which the berries are sold at Costco stores. Here is the Press Release that went out June 2, 2013. Contra Costa hepatitis A […]

  • Contra Costa County Fair Now Open

    Contra Costa County Fair Now Open

    The Contra Costa County Fair opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony provided by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce to go along with lots of smiles as children anxiously awaited the doors opening. In front of a crowd of a couple hundred, staff from Congressman Jerry McNerney and Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office were on hand […]

  • Contra Costa County: Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Crackdown

    Contra Costa County: Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Crackdown

    EastCountyToday wishes everyone a safe holiday weekend and if your going to drink, please do so responsibly as we received this Press Release from the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office about its DUI task force being ramped up this weekend to go along with other law enforcement agencies. Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Crackdown High […]

  • AMR Trains 570 People During CPR Challenge Day in Contra Costa County

    AMR Trains 570 People During CPR Challenge Day in Contra Costa County

    American Medical Response (AMR) set out to break a world record on May 22 to train as many of people as possible in compression-only CPR within a 24-hour span. The event was part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week as well as the World CPR Challenge Day to train as many […]

  • CHP Officer Injured After Vehicle Makes “U-Turn”

    CHP Officer Injured After Vehicle Makes “U-Turn”

    At 12:27 pm Saturday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle was airlifted to a hospital with a head injury after hitting a car on Marsh Creek Road near Deer Valley Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County. According to investigators, a vehicle made a “U-turn” in front of the officer, who couldn’t stop […]

  • May 22: Contra Costa County EMS Provider Offers Free CPR Training

    Contra Costa County — If a person crumpled to the ground near you, would you know what to do? If that person was unconscious, what would you do next? On May 22, in observation of National Emergency Medical Services Week, American Medical Response (AMR) operations across the country along with community partners will train thousands […]

  • CHP Offers Free Safe Driving Classes for Seniors

    CHP Offers Free Safe Driving Classes for Seniors

    State Senator Mark DeSaulnier gets credit for sending out information on the California Highway Patrol  and the Department of Motor Vehicles hosting four classes for safe driving aimed at seniors. The “Age Well Drive Smart” class is a two hour program designed to help Contra Costa County’s senior drivers. Free Safe Driving Classes for Seniors […]

  • Votes Have Consequences: Pittsburg Fire Station #87 to Close in July

    Votes Have Consequences: Pittsburg Fire Station #87 to Close in July

    East County will become very thin in fire service beginning in July as the Board of Supervisors voted to close Contra Costa Fire Protection District Station 87 in Pittsburg on July 1 and another unnamed station in January as part of the district’s ongoing service reduction and fire station closure plan. This comes after a […]

  • Decoy Operations: Oakley Liquor Store Loses Alcohol License

    Decoy Operations: Oakley Liquor Store Loses Alcohol License

    During the month of April, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff conducted operations at establishments that sell alcohol which resulted in an Oakley establishment losing its liquor license for a period of 45-days. The liquor store is located on the 3300 block of Main Street in downtown Oakley. According to a Press Release […]

  • Vince Wells: “Enough is Enough” on Fire Station Closures

    Vince Wells, the President of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, says “enough is enough” as this Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will be presented with a recommended budget that includes closing two more fire stations for Fiscal Year 2013/2014. In our opinion, this is an unacceptable recommendation […]

  • Bonilla Awarded Legislator Of The Year By California Association of County Veterans Service Officers

    Bonilla Awarded Legislator Of The Year By California Association of County Veterans Service Officers

    Here is some nice news out of Concord as Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced yesterday she was awarded the Legislator of the Year by the California Association of County Veterans Services Officers. According to the release, California has the largest population of veterans in the nation with over 37,000 veterans returning each year. Kudos to her […]

  • “Cup of Joe” with Assemblyman Fraziers Scheduled

    Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) is inviting his constituents to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while discussing District issues on three separate occasions. He will be in Antioch ad Dad’s Cafe on April 27 between 8-10 am. Saturday, April 20, 2013 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Black Bear Diner 111 Sunset Ave. Suisun […]

  • ECCFPD Recruits Train for Wildfires

    You may have seen the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District out in a field near JC Penny’s the last few days, have no fear as they were training the new recruits that will be helping re-open the Brentwood Station in May. The recruits were performing wild fire and brush fires drills as part of […]

  • Deadline for Submissions for 2013 Congressional Art Competition Approaching

    Deadline for Submissions for 2013 Congressional Art Competition Approaching

    Stockton, Calif. – Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) reminds high school students of the fast-approaching deadline for submissions for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.  The competition is part of the nationwide annual Congressional Art Competition intended to showcase the artistic talents and abilities of students all across the country. “I walk past the impressive artwork every […]

  • Tonight: Watch a Replay of DeSaulnier Budget Town Hall

    Tonight: Watch a Replay of DeSaulnier Budget Town Hall

    Senator Mark DeSaulnier recently held a total of four Budget Town Halls in mid-March to discuss the states budget. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, the Senators office announced today that they taped them and it will air tonight  at 8:00 pm. Comcast – Channel 27 Astound – Channel 32 AT&T U-verse- Channel […]

  • DeSaulnier to Host Summer Resources Fair Today

    DeSaulnier to Host Summer Resources Fair Today

    If you happen to be headed towards the Concord area today, feel free to go by and see State Senator Mark DeSaulnier a visit as he will be hosting a Summer Resources Fair for his constituents. Participants at the fair will provide information on summer activities for children including: enrichment programs, performing arts, preschools, daycare, […]

  • Nominations Sought for People Who Combat Alcohol & Drug Abuse

    The Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board of Contra Costa County is seeking nominations for the 2013 “People Who Make a Difference” Awards, which recognizes individuals and groups who have contributed significantly toward combating alcohol and other drug abuse in Contra Costa communities. Nomination forms are due April 5. Nominees must meet one or more […]

  • CONFIRE: Chief Louder to Retire in October

    CONFIRE: Chief Louder to Retire in October

    It’s a sad day in Contra Costa County  as Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Daryl Louder has decided to retire. The positive here is that he has given the county plenty of time to find a replacement and allow for a transition period. The bad part, he is a solid chief who was […]

  • Sheriff’s Office Arrests Registered Sex Offender at Carnival

    Sheriff’s Office Arrests Registered Sex Offender at Carnival

    Kudos go out to the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office for nabbing a registered sex offender at a carnival on Thursday which is against the law. This is a perfectly good reminder for all parents to ensure their kids are supervised at all times at events such as a carnival which his supposed to have […]

  • Contra Costa County Probation Department Sweep Nets 10 Arrests

    Contra Costa County Probation Department Sweep Nets 10 Arrests

    Kudos go out to the Contra Costa County Probation Department and multiple other agencies who participated in making our County a little safer yesterday after sweep in East Contra Costa County resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of 2 guns and drug paraphernalia. I look forward to future sweeps which will continue to be […]