Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 22, 2014 18:05 pm · 3 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

August 22, 2014 18:00 pm · 0 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!


BART riders on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line near Concord can expect daytime delays during the next few weekends and on some weekdays while crews conduct scheduled track work, according to officials with the transit agency.

BART officials said one track will be open in the area of the Concord station as crews work to “replace key components of our system to increase reliability and safety.”

The maintenance work is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday through Tuesday and again during the two following weekends.

During these hours, riders may experience delays of around 10 to 15 minutes, according to BART.

Riders can get automated BART service advisories via phone by signing up at

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John Muir Health’s Concord medical center is the first hospital in Northern California and one of just 20 hospitals in the nation to begin treating patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of heart arrhythmia, with a new procedure that features the FDA cleared FIRMap Catheter.

A heart arrhythmia refers to the disorganization of the electrical impulses in the heart causing an irregular or rapid beat. AFib is an abnormal heart condition affecting more than 2.5 million Americans (more than the population of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland combined) and is considered one of the most common arrhythmia problems in adults over the age of 65. Left untreated, atrial fibrillation can lead to serious consequences such as heart failure or stroke.

“To successfully treat AFib, the actual source must be identified, as well as the triggering cells. The exact areas in the upper chamber of the heart responsible for maintaining fibrillation have historically proven to be elusive resulting in a lower success rate than desired and creating frustration for patients and physicians,” said Susan Eisenberg, M.D., Cardiac Rhythm Center Medical Director at John Muir Health. “Using the FIRMap Catheter and 3D mapping technology, the treatment results are far beyond any medication or surgical procedure previously available. We can now pinpoint the patient-specific source of arrhythmia with accuracy, which is critical as it allows us to address the cause of AFib in a single procedure with a very high rate of success.”

Clinical trials showed that 82.4 percent of patients treated using the FIRMap Catheter and 3D mapping technology were free of AFib after a single procedure versus 44.9 percent of those treated with the standard pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) approach.

After three years, 77.8 percent of patients treated with the FIRM technology were free of AFib compared to 38.5 percent treated with the PVI approach.

“Previously, the treatment options were limited to a one-size fits all approach, which had a much lower success rate and, therefore, would need to be repeated,” said Dr. Eisenberg. “Undergoing the procedure again is inconvenient for patients, means they still are living with AFib, increases their number of doctor visits and raises health care costs.”

John Muir Health has performed the new procedure on 30 patients thus far with excellent results. Suzan Pemberton of Lafayette, recently had her AFib treated using the FIRMap Cather and 3D mapping system.

“I only recently found out that I had AFib,” said Pemberton. “This new treatment technology gives me peace of mind that the source has been found, it has been corrected and I can continue to travel and live my normal life.”

The FIRMap Catheter, developed by Topera, Inc., is an innovative medical device that allows doctors to view specific areas in the heart, which could sustain an arrhythmia. This device, along with a ground-breaking 3D mapping system, has become essential when performing the progressive procedure known as FIRM Guided ablation, which strives to detect and neutralize the source of electrical impulses or “rotors” disrupting the heart’s normal rhythm. Using this technology, the ablation procedure can target a patient-specific area of the heart, which is critical to that patient’s arrhythmia. The precision of the procedure ultimately aims to diminish recurrence rates among patients, thus generating a major feat in arrhythmia technology today.


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Yesterday we told you a Starbucks was planning to build a drive-thru coffee shop on the currently empty lot at the corner of Treat & Clayton in Concord.

Many of you weren’t happy with the news, and said the new business would cause a traffic nightmare near the busy intersection.

If you had to choose, what business would you prefer to see at Treat & Clayton?

Talk about it….


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).


Just a few hours after we warned you about burglars on Olive Dr., a resident of the Concord street had their vehicle broken into.

This video was taken early on Thursday morning, and shows a vehicle burglar on Olive Dr.

The owner of the vehicle says “Video of individual breaking into our car early in the morning. Somehow they were able to open the door without a key. After they went in and stole all the change, they close the door carefully and leave. The next morning when the car was started, the alarm then goes off.”

Although it might look like the vehicle was unlocked, the owner says it wasn’t, which could be very true. USA Today reported earlier this month that “thieves are using electronic ‘scanner boxes’ that allow them mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button.”

If you recognize the person in the video, please call the Concord Police Dept.



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

This week, Concord had 17 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 16, and before that, Concord had 15 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.


A measure by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to allow communities to fund local bike paths and trails is headed to Governor Brown. Senate Bill 1183 opens up a stable funding avenue for local communities to choose to invest in their own active transportation projects.

“SB 1183 gives communities opportunities to improve bikeways and trail networks in an effort to alleviate congestion,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “A study of 35 metropolitan areas in the United States found that for every mile of bike lane per square mile in a city, an additional one percent of the commuting workforce traveled by bike. Upgrading bike infrastructure will help public safety, the environment, and the quality of life in cities across California.”

SB 1183 authorizes a city, county or regional park district to ask the voters to approve a motor vehicle registration surcharge of up to five dollars. This surcharge would require 2/3 local voter approval. The bill requires the local agency to use these revenues for improvements to paved and natural surface trails, including existing and new bikeways and trail networks, and for associated maintenance purposes. Administrative costs are capped at 5% of revenues.

SB 1183 gives communities a new choice and mechanism for supporting local bike infrastructure. Investing in bicycle infrastructure and promoting cycling draws new money to local economies by attracting, residents, visitors, and businesses.

The East Bay Regional Park District is the sponsor of SB 1183.



What: Tarantula love is in the autumn air. From now through October, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association and other local organizations offer guided, family-friendly treks to find hairy, harmless Tarantulas crawling the mountain looking for mates.

Although this large, furry arachnid spends much of its time hidden in burrows, every autumn the male Tarantulas emerge from their homes in search of a mate. A 19th Century scientific expedition described Mount Diablo’s Tarantulas as “attaining the size of a half grown mouse, possessing fangs the size of a rattlesnake’s, and delivering a bite generally considered fatal.” Is this the gruesome truth or just arachnophobia? Time to find out.

Tarantulas on the Move:

Sunday, August 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn about and look for Mount Diablo’s gentle giants, the California Tarantula, on this moderate three-mile, two-hour hike with naturalist Michael Marchiano. These often maligned and feared spiders are completely harmless to man. Learn why they’re only visible in the fall, where they live, what they eat, how they survive. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area; $6/car. Reservations required at Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.

Tarantula Treks:

  • Saturday, September 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Join eight-legged divas Mia and Scarlet for spider talk before taking a slow two-three mile walk to find Tarantulas and other crepuscular critters, including scorpions, owls, and bats in their natural environment. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center; $6/car. Reservations required  or

Arachnophobia or How I Learned to Love Tarantulas:

  • Saturday, September 13, 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 14, 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 20, 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 11, 4 p.m.

Learn about and look for Mount Diablo’s gentle giants, the California Tarantula, on this slow three-mile, two-hour hike with naturalist Michael Marchiano. These often maligned and feared spiders are completely harmless to man. Learn why they’re only visible in the fall, where they live, what they eat, how they survive. Bring water, snacks, camera, binoculars and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area; $6/car.

Reservations required at Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.

NOTE: Rain cancels all hikes.

About Tarantulas:

Tarantulas’ sizes range from as small as a fingernail to as big as a dinner plate. Tarantulas are carnivores. They eat a wide variety of insects, especially larger ones such as crickets and grasshoppers, June beetles, cicadas and caterpillars. Legend and lore paints them as much more dangerous and frightening than they really are. In fact, they’re essentially harmless to humans. The hikes, led by naturalists, travel over moderate terrain, during which hikers will learn to identify Tarantula burrows and site Tarantulas along the way.

Tarantulas may live for years – most species take two to five years to reach adulthood, but some species may take up to 10 years to reach full maturity. Upon reaching adulthood, males typically have a one to one-and-a-half year period left to live and will immediately go in search of a female with which to mate. Female Tarantulas have been known to reach 30 to 40 years of age, and have survived on water alone for up to two years. All Tarantulas are venomous, but only some species have venom that, while not known to have ever produced human fatalities, can produce extreme discomfort over a period of several days.

The Tarantula treks are a fascinating way to enjoy these creatures on magnificent Mount Diablo, while respecting their space and habitat.



The UPS Store recently received a government bulletin regarding a broad-based malware intrusion targeting retailers in the United States, including their store on Crescent Dr. in Pleasant Hill.

The following information is from the UPS Store:

The UPS Store takes seriously its responsibility to protect customer information and immediately launched an internal review, implemented system enhancements and engaged an IT security firm.

An assessment by The UPS Store and the IT security firm revealed the presence of this malware on computer systems at 51 locations in 24 states (about 1%) of 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the United States. Based on the current assessment, the earliest evidence of the presence of this malware at any location is January 20, 2014. For most The UPS Store locations, based on our current assessment, the period of exposure to this malware began after March 26, 2014. This malware was eliminated as of August 11, 2014 and customers can shop securely at The UPS Store.

We apologize for any inconvenience and impact this incident may have had on our customers. The UPS Store is offering identity protection and credit monitoring services to impacted customers. In order to take advantage of this service, please visit In addition, customers are encouraged to closely monitor their card account activity and take other steps to help protect themselves outlined in the customer letter below. The UPS Store representatives are available at 1-855-731-6016 for additional assistance.

To read more about this breach, please click ON THIS LINK.


Title:  Featured Artist – George Curtis

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George Curtis of Clayton works with watercolors and also oils, creating lovely florals, landscapes and portraits. On Thursdays starting tonight at 6pm, he’ll be teaching one-hour Watercolor Basics classes for adults at Diamond Terrace. Each class is on a drop-in basis and includes all supplies for just $15.

It must be a full circle moment for him to be teaching at a retirement community, since he first learned to paint at the age of nine by taking classes at a retirement home where he and his family were volunteers…a nice way to give back!

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Why do you think your choice is the right one?

Talk about it….


Two victims were kidnapped, robbed and shot at in Martinez on Wednesday night, police said.

Dispatchers received a call around 8 p.m. from a man saying he was a victim of a robbery, according to Martinez police Sgt. Steve Gaul.

The victim was driving away from a business in the 4600 block of Pacheco Boulevard and had a passenger in the car when the suspect entered a rear passenger door and brandished a handgun, Gaul said.

The suspect ordered the victim to continue driving, pistol-whipped the passenger in the head and stole the wallets of both the driver and passenger, according to Gaul.

The suspect ordered the victim to stop in the 1300 block of Marina Vista Avenue, where he exited the car and fired several shots at the victims’ vehicle as it drove away.

The vehicle was struck twice but neither person inside the car was hit, Gaul said.

The passenger received minor injuries from being pistol-whipped,but declined medical treatment.

The suspect, who is described as a white man around 20 years old with short hair who was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, has not been located.

Anyone who was a witness or who has any information is urged to call Detective Sgt. Dave Mathers at (925) 372-3450.



The empty lot at the corner of Treat Blvd. & Clayton Rd. in Concord might soon be full, thanks to Starbucks.

Starbucks wants to build a 2,000 food drive-thru coffee shop on the corner of the busy intersection.

The lot, which used to house a Shell gas station, has been empty for several years.

This is in the very early stages of planning, and the City of Concord still has to approved the proposed project in order for it to move forward.

If approved, the Starbucks near Clayton & Glazier would close.

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments.


Residents of Olive Dr. in Concord (and surrounding area), keep an eye out, and watch for burglars in your neighborhood.

Here’s an email received from an anonymous Claycordian….

As I was getting ready for work this morning around 4:30 am my car and my neighbor’s car were broken into. I believe I saw the suspect’s vehicle. It was a late eighties early nineties Nissan truck painted silver/gray with a handmade wooden rack on the back. Claycord residents beware. I was also told a vehicle matching that description had been spotted on our street a few days earlier. Likely casing the area.

Thanks for the heads-up, and sorry about your vehicle.


Police said foul play does not appear to be involved in the death of a 20-year-old Concord man who was involved in a fight in Danville over the weekend.

A family member found Devin Knoll dead inside an apartment in the 5000 block of Valley Crest Drive at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to Concord police Lt. David Hughes.

Hughes said there were no signs of foul play and that Knoll’s cause of death was not readily apparent.

The Contra Costa County coroner’s office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests to help determine the cause of his death.

Investigators learned that Knoll had been involved in a physical fight in Danville over the weekend and looked into the possibility that his death might be related.

Danville police Detective Sgt. Jason Haynes said few details were available about the fight but that knives and guns were apparently not used.

Hughes said the preliminary results of the police investigation into Knoll’s death indicate that it was “medical in nature, and not the result of a criminal act.”


A measure by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to encourage the formation of Social Purpose Corporations is headed to Governor Brown. This bill strengthens previous efforts by Senator DeSaulnier to encourage companies to incorporate with a special purpose.

“It is important that California provide options to socially conscious entrepreneurs,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “This bill will help encourage the formation of businesses driven to do more than just maximize profits for their shareholders. SB 1301 ensures that California remains on the forefront of promoting socially conscious business practices.”

Senator DeSaulnier carried legislation (SB 201) in 2011 to establish a new corporate form—a Flexible Purpose Corporation. This new corporate form integrated the for-profit philosophy of the traditional corporation along with a “special purpose” mission to encourage and expressly permit companies to pursue one or more charitable or public purpose activities in addition to creating economic value for shareholders. Washington and Delaware followed California’s lead in creating similar corporate forms.

SB 1301 renames Flexible Purpose Corporations as Social Purpose Corporations, to more accurately reflect the spirit of the law. SB 1301 seeks to strengthen and clean up the corporate code created under SB 201, by clarifying that directors of Social Purpose Corporations are required—and not just encouraged—to consider a special purpose. This bill also cleans up California code to better conform to other states’ guidelines and new corporate laws that have proven successful in encouraging companies to incorporate with a special mission.

According to the Secretary of State, a total of 62 Flexible Purpose Corporations have been formed since January 1, 2012.



Concord Police are investigating the possibility that a 20-year-old man’s death on Tuesday is linked to a fight in Danville over the weekend, police said today.

Officers in Concord received a report at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday of an unattended death in the 5000 block of Valley Crest Drive, according to Concord police Lt. Ivan Menchaca.

The victim’s name has not been released and his cause of death has not been determined, although Menchaca said it doesn’t appear the man was shot or stabbed.

Detectives are working to determine whether his death is related to a fight in Danville over the weekend, Danville police Detective Sgt. Jason Haynes said.

Haynes said few details are available about the fight, but that it does not appear that guns or knives were used.

He declined to discuss the case further, saying the investigation into the fight and any possible link to the death in Concord is ongoing.