This is an open letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors issued by a resident living in Knightsen
Dear Board of Supervisors:
For the past 10 years, the residents of Knightsen have been dealing with large scale illegal (unpermitted) parties that have only increased in size and frequency over the years and to the detriment of the quality of life in our small rural town that once was a quiet peaceful community.
These illegal parties are mostly on the weekends (starting on Friday night) and will commence anytime from noon and go until 3:00 am in the morning. Many times there are three or four illegal parties in different locations of Knightsen with hundreds of people in attendance at each one happening on the same day/night.
These illegal parties consist of multiple live bands with amplified music which can be heard miles away, bright overhead lights (sometimes flashing, strobe or projected), serving and consumption of food and alcohol (unpermitted and not monitored by health dept) parking, driving, smoking on dry grass areas (fire danger), people loitering in the streets (sometimes have even been seen laying in the roadways in the dark) destruction of neighboring properties, trash remnants left on the streets, irrigation canals and sides of our roads, parking in and along private roads that block traffic and emergency vehicle access, and of course the drunk drivers who come and go throughout the event.
Over those past 10 years (and especially the past 5 years) residents of Knightsen have filed complaints, attended meetings, wrote emails, called the Contra Costa County Sheriff, worked with code enforcement and pleaded with the county through the office of Supervisor Diane Burgis to stop these intrusive and uncontrolled events.
The residents of Knightsen who are directly affected by these massive parties/events have followed the ‘instructions’ given to us by Supervisor Burgis office which entails:
- Calling the sheriff and providing the location of the event
- Having the sheriff call back after going to the event location and providing a report number of the incident (so you cannot remain anonymous)
- Waiting until Monday after the event and then contacting code enforcement to provide them with the report number given by sheriff
- A letter is generated to the property owner.
- Nothing happens and the parties continue at the same locations, week after week, year after year.
Let’s start off by saying, the county has made the residents of Knightsen (who are really the victims of these events) responsible to also patrol the events and put their own safety at risk by doing so. Residents have been threatened by the hosts of these parties and now fear retaliation so most have stopped reporting the events. The sheriff dept has reported at the Knightsen Town Council Meetings that it is TOO DANGEROUS for them to enter the parties/events so many times do not even respond to the calls. Well if it’s too dangerous for the police, isn’t it too dangerous for the residents as well?
And yet the county expects the residents of Knightsen to police the events, deal with the consequences and continues to ignore our pleas for help.
On the weekend of 9/4, there were two very large events…One on Friday night held on Eagle Lane, (reportedly heard two miles away) and one on Saturday night held on the 8000 block of the Byron Highway. As you know, the Byron Highway event ended in tragedy with two young teenagers dying and one being arrested for drunk driving. Without much concern for the loss of lives, or even a reprieve in honor or respect for those killed on the Byron Highway, the very next weekend on the night of 9/11, two more parties were held on the Byron Highway between Penny Lane and Sunset Rd, directly across the street from each other.
So I ask Supervisor Diane Burgis, will you NOW do something about these illegal parties, or do more people have to die before any action will be taken by you and the county? Again, we the residents of Knightsen have been complaining, cooperating and doing EVERYTHING you have asked us to do and yet we STILL have our lives disrupted, our right to peace and quiet stomped on, our properties and communities destroyed and now lives have been taken….ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Your inaction has now costs lives. When will you do something to stop these illegal parties?
Knightsen resident since 1998