A verbal exchange outside the city’s BART station late Saturday left a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg, Concord police said this morning.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Grant Street where taxicabs line up to pick up BART passengers, said Sgt. S. Donnelly.

Donnelly said the victim and a couple of friends were waiting for a taxi when a car pulled up and the victim exchanged words with the person or persons in the car.

From the car, the shooter fired only one shot and hit the victim.

Police are saying the car was a black or dark-colored 4-door sedan.

Police are in the process of interviewing witnesses and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Concord Police Department.



Winter solstice occurs today at 3:03 pm, marking the point in Earth’s orbit when the North Pole is furthest away from the sun, according to the National Weather Service of the Bay Area.

Today is also the day with the fewest hours of sunlight this year and the start of astronomical winter.

Also, it’s the first day of Summer in Australia.


photo credit: National Weather Service – Bay Area


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) increased its payment of property taxes sharply this year as the utility continued to make significant investments in its gas and electric system to improve safety and reliability.

PG&E recently paid property taxes of more than $172 million to the 49 counties in which it provides service to 16 million Californians. The payment covers the period from July 1 to December 31, 2014. Total payments for the tax year of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 will be $344 million. This is an increase of $27 million – or a nine percent increase – over the prior fiscal year.

“Our timely payment of property taxes helps local governments support essential public services for their residents,” said Mark Caron, PG&E’s Vice President of Taxes. “These payments also reflect the substantial ongoing investments in our gas and electric infrastructure that are creating one of the safest and most reliable utility systems in the country.”

Property taxes paid to East Bay counties include Alameda County, $17,391,238 (up 12 percent from a year ago) and Contra Costa County, $14,777,571 (up 10 percent).

PG&E invested more than $5 billion this year to enhance and upgrade its gas and electrical infrastructure across Northern and Central California. One such investment is the recently completed $28.5 million state-of-the-art electric distribution control center in Fresno. PG&E expects to open two more control centers in Concord and Rocklin.

An economic impact report issued this year shows that PG&E’s investments, purchases and payroll, in addition to the taxes and fees it pays, help drive California’s economy. PG&E contributed $22.2 billion of economic activity and supported nearly 71,600 jobs in its service area in 2012.


A man was shot near the taxi zone at the Downtown Concord BART Station on Saturday night just before 11pm.

The suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a striped beanie with a ball on top. He was in a dark Toyota four-door sedan.

The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.



The De La Salle Spartans are champions once again.

The football team won their 6th State Bowl Title on Saturday night with a 63-42 win over Centennial High School.

The 63 points is the most points the 2014 CIF State Football Open Division Champions have ever scored in a state bowl game.

Earlier on Saturday, the Clayton Valley Charter High School football team lost the Division II Championship game to Redlands by a score of 34-33.

Congratulations to both teams for a great year.


Click on each photo above to view the Concord Police Arrest Report (four pages).

Names of those arrested are not included in the report

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of any possible victim(s).



This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 33 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 18, and before that, Concord had 11 burglaries.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above might not include burglaries that are still under investigation.


Earlier today, we posted a plea from a Claycordian who was asking everybody to keep their eyes out for an envelope with $300, which she lost in the Willows Shopping Center while shopping for Christmas presents.

A few minutes after we posted the news about the lost money, a Claycordian found it, and promptly emailed Claycord.com after he saw the story about the lost cash.

We connected the person who found the money with the person who lost the money, and this is what happened next.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to the wonderful young man who found my money today. I can’t thank him enough, he really saved me. I offered him the $100 reward I talked about earlier, but he said he can’t accept it, because seeing the huge smile on my face and the tears in my eyes was enough of a reward. I told him since he wouldn’t accept the reward then I at least wanted to talk to his mom to tell her what a great kid she has, so he phoned her and I told her. What a surreal day. Thank you also to Claycord for helping to get the word out and helping me get my money back. I will give you a reward too if you want.

No reward needed at all, we’re just excited that your hard earned money is back where it belongs.. Thank you for the sharing the wonderful story, and great job to the young man who really made a difference in somebody’s life today.

Merry Christmas to the both of you.


Claycordians, if you are in the Willows Shopping Center, please keep an eye out for an envelope with $300 in cash.

Here’s a note we received a few minutes ago from a Claycordian.

I just lost the only money I have to spend for Christmas. I had worked so hard for this money to buy my family gifts this year, and in the process of taking my baby out of the car, it must have fallen out of my purse, or it might have fallen out while walking in the parking lot. It is totally my fault and I take full responsibility, but if anybody finds the money, I am offering a $100 reward to get my $300 back. I lost it in the parking lot near REI. I was parked on the back fence near the I-680. I lost it today around 12:45pm.

If you found the money, please contact news@claycord.com and we’ll get you in contact with the person who lost the money.


A woman was killed and a man was injured in a shooting in Martinez on Friday night, a police sergeant said today.

Officers responded to a report of a female shot in the 1900 block of Boynton Avenue around 9:30 p.m., Martinez police Detective Sgt. Dave Mathers said.

Arriving officers found an 18-year-old woman and 25-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds, Mathers said.

Emergency crews also responded and rendered aid to both victims, he said.

The woman, later identified as Judith Lee-Rene Bean, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The man was transported to a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Mathers.

Coincidentally, the murder victim’s brother, Eric, was tortured and murdered on Dec.20, 2009. Several people were convicted for his killing. It is unknown at this time if the two cases are related.

Police are investigating the incident and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact Martinez police Detective Ryan Baillie at (925) 372-3451 or at RBaillie@CityOfMartinez.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call (925) 372-3457.



A local Chocolate Factory, Rachel Dunn Chocolates, which is based in Concord, says they are NOT affected by a deadly listeria outbreak, which has been linked to caramel apples.

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria infestions. Joint investigation efforts indicate that commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples are the likely source.

The commercially made caramel apples suspected in this outbreak are mass produced by large manufacturers and have been sold to national grocery retailers. They are processed with sticks (which pierce the apple peels), and are prepared well in advance and sent through the supply and distribution chain for extended periods of time before eventually getting to consumers.

Concord-based Chocolatier Rachel Dunn Chocolates, famous for its 3-pound Giant Caramel Apple, is not involved in the outbreak, according to its owner. “Our Unbelievable Apples have never been made with sticks,” owner Rachel Dunn said.

“We are a family owned Chocolatier, and our artisanal chocolate shop does not make products for mass distribution, or intended for long shelf life. We make our giant caramel apples without a stick on purpose. When you pierce the skin of an apple, you’ve broken its natural protective barrier. We make our giant Unbelievable Apples daily, and immediately sell them in our factory store, or ship them that day to gift recipients all over the country to enjoy,” said Dunn.

This is the busiest season for Dunn’s Unbelievable Apples, which accounts for 70% of their Holiday sales.

Out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends that U.S. consumers not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided. These products are made with sticks and could have a shelf life of more than one month.

Rachel Dunn Chocolates is located at 1021 Detroit Ave. in Concord, behind Costco.


The Concord Moose lodge, located at 1805 Broadway in Downtown Concord, has collected about 300 coats for the homeless and needy families in our community so far this holiday season, and they’re still not finished.


Moose Governor Eric Fives says the lodge will accept coats until Monday.

Good job, Moose Lodge, and thanks to Craig Cannon for the photos and the video.

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Hi Pet Loving Claycordians!

This really is a heartbreaking, yet urgent, plea for help for dogs and cats at the shelter. The phenomena known as “holiday dumping” is in FULL swing. There is NO room left at the two VERY full Contra Costa shelters. The Pinole shelter has had 80+ dogs in less than 40 kennels. Martinez is simply overflowing. Unfortunately, that means that dogs that don’t kennel well (stressed), have an illness, behavior issue, or have been there “too long,” may be put down. Did you see the KTVU report? Pets Dumped at Contra Costa shelter at alarming rate. On some days, the shelter receives close to 30 dogs! One day!

Every dog and cat in the shelter has a story. Every one had an owner. Here are just 6 of the 50+/- dogs available today at the Martinez shelter. If you’ve been thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, please consider a visit to the shelter. Don’t buy a dog or puppy as a surprise for someone – ever. We want these to be forever adoptions. We don’t want these dogs to ever be returned to the shelter. An adoption should be forever. And don’t buy from Craigslist or backyard breeders. Visit our shelters or any local rescue!


Just to share one story of a dog pictured above . . . Alexis was surrendered to the shelter after her owner, a former shelter volunteer, passed away. She is a good girl. Not used to small children but for a family of teens and above, wow, what a great dog! She’s got some good training and she lived with a kitty, who just got adopted today! It’s now time for Alexis to find her forever! Alexis is a 6 year old German Shepherd mix. All the volunteers love her! All the dogs pictured here are volunteer favorites!

There are several Facebook and Twitter groups/accounts that share these shelter animals routinely. Including of course, Smart Paws. Some of the photos you see are taken by dedicated community volunteers who run other pages on Facebook i.e Memoirs of a Dog and Homes for Pets Connection. Like us ALL online, and please help share the animals you see. You never know where that connection will be found. The shelter has very few resources to expose these animals to the masses, but together, we have the power of sheer numbers. Think about it. Start by liking: Smart Paws Facebook Page. Then SHARE!

This week, at the moment of this posting, there are over 200 dogs at the Contra Costa shelters! Way too many.

If you go to the Smart Paws FACEBOOK page, like us and look for this same collage, we will have the link to each of these pup’s www.PetHarbor.com profile (you can also search all dogs at the shelters at Pet Harbor).

December shelter promotion: Free spay/neuter for all pit bull or pit bull mix. All cats and kittens $50.

You can visit and adopt dogs, cats and bunnies at either shelter (Martinez or Pinole). The Martinez shelter is located at 4800 Imhoff Place. You can call them at (925) 335-8300. Shelter hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-3pm. If you are interested in a dog or cat you see online, please don’t wait. If you can’t go down right away, call them and let them know you are interested in a particular animal as they can add a note to the file. There are no guarantees of a happy outcome for pets at the shelter, but with your help, we can do more! We can share this information. We can adopt. We can foster. We can save lives and make a difference.


The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory today for parts of the Bay Area.

The advisory is in effect until 3 p.m. today and includes the North Bay coastal areas.

Large surf combined with an increasing high tide may result in some coastal flooding this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Large breaking waves along the coast will likely produce hazardous conditions on the beach and in the surf zone, NWS officials said.

There is also an increased likelihood for dangerous rip currents and erosion, according to NWS officials.

Waves could reach up 15 to 18 feet, and breakers of bigger than 25 feet are possible, NWS officials said.



Click on the photo above to check out what’s happening this week in beautiful Downtown Martinez!

We’ll post this every Saturday on Claycord.com.


Claycord – Talk About Whatever

December 19, 2014 18:10 pm · 69 comments


Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such as an earthquake), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.


Claycord – Talk About Politics

December 19, 2014 18:05 pm · 57 comments


This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!



This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!


CCWD Customers Using 24% Less Water

December 19, 2014 16:00 pm · 13 comments

Between April and November, Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) customers used 24 percent less water than their historical average.

The following information is from CCWD:

This is a great holiday gift for all CCWD customers, because we’re continuing to save water that we can use next year.

The 24 percent figure is down one percent from the April through October period, but remains well above the 15 percent target the District asked its customers to aim for. Water use is compared to the District’s historic average from 2005-2007.

Even though it’s raining and snowing in December, we’re still not out of the three-year drought by any means.

As one radio commentator said, it’s as if we’ve finished the first lap of the Indy 500. We’re doing well, but we’ve got a long ways to go. Also, two years ago at this time, we received more precipitation in the Northern Sierra (the source of most of the runoff that CCWD pumps from the Delta). But dry months in January and February kept that water year well below average.

So keep saving. We’re sure you’ve turned off your automatic sprinklers by now. Please continue to do what you have been doing to save water in the house; keep showers short and wash full loads of clothes

Thinking About Saving Rain Water?

Interested in harvesting that rain water to use for your plants later this year? We have a resource that can help answer all your questions.

If you see water waste, such as the prohibited activities listed below, let us know right away.

  • watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • causing excessive flooding or runoff
  • washing a vehicle without a shutoff nozzle
  • using a hose to wash hard surfaces
  • operating a non-re circulating decorative fountain.

For more information, visit www.ccwater.com.