Building on a sit-in staged by House Democrats in the nation’s capitol last week, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Bay Area congressional delegation gathered on Wednesday in San Francisco to call for House Republicans to allow a vote on gun control bills.

The rally at San Francisco General Hospital brought Pelosi and U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee, Mike Thompson, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell together with gun control advocates, gun violence survivors and local leaders as part of a national day of action on gun violence prevention.

The event is one of many held around the country calling for a vote on federal bills that would expand background check requirements for gun purchases and prohibit those on the federal “no fly” list from buying
guns, according to event organizers.

Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said last week’s sit-in was held after Democrats were told there would be a “moment of silence” for victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre in the House but no vote on gun control legislation.

“People said no longer shall we have on the floor of the house a moment of silence following a tragedy that is just that, a moment of silence and no action,” she said. “Our message to our leadership is, give us a vote.
No more silence.”

Thompson, D-St. Helena, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has put forward bipartisan legislation that would require background checks when purchasing guns online or at a gunshow, closing what proponents call a loophole in current laws.

Thompson said background checks work to prevent gun violence, and called on congress to “put partisan politics aside and do what it takes to help keep our communities safe.”

“Because whether its in a movie theater, or on a college campus, or at an elementary school, in a church, in a nightclub, or on the streets of our cities– we’ve lost too many innocent lives to gun violence and we can’t sit back and do nothing while more lives are cut short,” Thompson said.

Separately, Lee has also put forward legislation that would remove restrictions on sharing information among law enforcement agencies about gun theft and bad-actor gun dealers, and also remove current restrictions
prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control from studying gun violence as a public health threat.



Farm Bureau Market on Farm Bureau Rd. in Concord was once again a victim of theft.

Two years after an ATM was stolen from outside the market, thieves took 12 propane tanks that were locked up this week.

On Wednesday morning just before 1-o’clock, the Concord Police Department responded the store regarding a suspicious circumstance. The caller stated that approximately five minutes earlier, unknown suspects had stolen propane tanks from the business and fled in an unknown type SUV towards Clayton Rd.

Officers arrived and found the exterior metal container used to store the propane tanks (with a lock) had been cut, possibly with a pair of bolt cutters.


There were no signs of forced entry into the business, according to police. Officers conducted an area check for the suspects, but were unable to locate them.

Farm Bureau Market tells Claycord.com they suffered about $1,000 in damages.

Anybody with information should call the Concord Police Department.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Thieves Steal ATM from Farm Bureau Market in Concord


A vegetation fire that was rapidly growing on the edge of Martinez’s city limits this afternoon has been contained, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.

The fire was first reported near Rankin Park in Martinez shortly before 4 p.m., according to the fire district. It quickly grew to five acres.

At 5 p.m., Fire Inspector Ryan Bain said that responding crews had stopped the forward progress of the blaze and contained it at five acres.

No structures have been damaged by the blaze, he added.

Additional details were not provided.

photo credit: Andrew Lastrico



A five-acre vegetation fire is burning in Martinez, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The Rankin Fire, which is in the hills above Buckley St., is growing quickly.

Air resources are on their way to the scene.

photo credit: Contra Costa County Fire Protection District


On Tuesday June 28th at approximately 2:45 pm, Oakley Police units were dispatched to an auto -vs- pedestrian collision on East Cypress Rd near Bethel Island Rd. When they arrived, officers found two victims with major injuries.

One victim, a 15 year old girl, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. A second girl, age 16, was transported via helicopter to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with major injuries.

According to Oakley Police, the driver of the vehicle, Kristina Salvitti a 50 year old female with a last known address in Walnut Creek, remained at the scene and was cooperative with authorities. The preliminary investigation determined the two teens were walking East along East Cypress Rd. on the right shoulder of the roadway. Salvitti was traveling East along Easy Cypress Rd in her vehicle.

Police say Salvitte veered off the roadway striking the girls, the vehicle continued for several hundred feet before finally coming to a stop.

“Ms. Salvitti displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Ultimately, she was arrested and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence,” said police chief Chris Thorsen in a press release.

As of this morning, the victim transported to the hospital is in critical but stable condition.

Members of the Oakley Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit continue to follow up on the incident. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office upon completion of the investigation and receipt of all laboratory results.

This case resulted in severe traffic congestion along East Cypress Rd and in the area of Bethel Island. We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we worked through the processing of the crime scene.

This story was originally posted on EastCountyToday.net. Please visit them for more news from Oakley, Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood and Bay Point.


Two suspects were arrested in Concord on Tuesday for allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash that injured a 12-year-old girl, a police spokesman said.

The girl suffered a minor head injury as a result of the crash, which Concord police officers responded to at 5:36 p.m. in the area of Denkinger Court and Denkinger Road, Cpl. Christopher Blakely said.

Police were told that three vehicles were involved in the collision and that two occupants from one of the vehicles had fled the scene on foot prior to the arrival of officers.

An alert witness saw the two suspects run into a home and directed officers to the location.

The suspects, identified as 28-year-old Eli Rudnick and 23-year-old Kayla Tindall, were taken into custody with the help of a K-9 unit, according to police.

The vehicle the suspects fled from allegedly contained a loaded handgun as well as property believed to be stolen, according to police.

The 12-year-old girl was the only person to suffer injuries in the collision, Blakely said. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.



Construction of the new shopping center at Oak Grove Rd. & Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek is causing a major traffic delay on Ygnacio today.

Westbound Ygnacio is backed up past Cowell Rd. in Concord, and we’re getting reports that it’s taking over an hour to get from Cowell Rd. to Oak Grove Rd.

Many drivers are turning around in the center median because of the delay.

If you plan to travel into Walnut Creek via Ygnacio today, you should make other plans.

Construction and traffic delays are supposed to last until late-September.

Thanks to Dan for the photo.


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

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Besides California, what’s your favorite state in the United States? Tell us why you like it so much.

Talk about it….


Police are looking for three suspects connected to an armed robbery at a business in Pleasant Hill early this morning.

At 1:34 a.m. the Pleasant Hill Police Department received a silent alarm distress notification from a 7-11 convenience store located at 601 Patterson Drive, according to police.

Police said officers responded and determined that an armed robbery had occurred.

A clerk told officers three black men entered the store wearing all black clothing, and two of the men produced handguns before stealing an unknown amount of cash and merchandise.

Police said the suspects were last seen fleeing the area on foot.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Pleasant Hill police at 925-288-4600.


A year ago, when the severity of California’s drought was becoming very apparent, Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) customers cut their water use in May by 27 percent when compared to 2013.

That was a remarkable result, but one year later the water savings are even more amazing.

This May, our customers cut their water used by 38 percent when compared to the same year, 2013. Clearly, you have found more ways to save water in the past year and we applaud your efforts. Water saved today is water we have available for the uncertain tomorrow.

What is CCWD Asking Customers to Do Now?

The winter brought us rain and snow that has improved water supplies for the coming year.

While mandatory conservation requirements have been lifted, CCWD’s Board of Directors adopted permanent prohibitions that target wasteful use of water, including:

  • You are not allowed to water your outdoor landscape during the day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • You cannot water your outdoor landscape when it is raining, or up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • You are not allowed to have excessive water running off your landscape onto pavement.
  • No washing driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, patios or other outdoor area, unless the failure to do so would create a hazard to the health and safety of any individual or the public.


A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries during a hit & run vehicle collision on Denkinger Rd. in Concord on Tuesday evening, according to the Concord Police Department.

After the collision, the two suspects fled to a nearby residence and were quickly captured by officers.

Stolen property and a handgun were located inside the suspects’ vehicle, according to police.

The identity of the suspects hasn’t been released at this time.

Thanks to Kat Bishop for the photos.



This little river otter was putting on a show on the canal trail in Pleasant Hill today.

Thanks to Cindy for sharing this photo with us.


Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced he will host a regional Bay Area Cancer Moonshot Summit to focus on accelerating progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment on Wednesday, June 29th at John Muir Medical Center in Concord.

The event will include panel discussions with cancer researchers, doctors, survivors, and advocates. This summit, and others like it across the country, will be held in conjunction with the first-of-its-kind national conference hosted by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. The Vice President will participate in the summit by making remarks via video and conference call.

“Since publically sharing my cancer diagnosis earlier this year, I have been deeply touched by the personal stories so many have shared, and I hope to put these experiences into action. It is important voices across the entire cancer community are represented as we double down on our efforts to find a cure,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Bay Area Cancer Moonshot Summit:

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Conference Room
2540 East Street
Concord, CA 94520
(Main Entrance on Almond Ave.)

This event is open to the public.

Members of the public should RSVP to ca11.rsvp@mail.house.gov


This photo came from our fellow Claycordian named Jason. As you can tell, it’s of the construction of Mr. Steak, which was located in the Dianda Plaza Shopping Center on Clayton Road in Concord, where El Pollo Loco is currently located.

The restaurant was closed down and demolished in the 1990s.

Thanks for the photo, Jason!

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: news@claycord.com. It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

Click on the tag below titled “Claycord Online Museum” to view other items!


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

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Does it bother you when you breathe-in secondhand smoke from somebody on the street or around your workplace?

Talk about it….



They were expecting to see Finding Dory, but instead saw the horrific trailer for a Rated-R animated film.

The mistake led to the viewing of the “Sausage Party” trailer for the PG crowd in mid-June at Brenden Theatre in Concord.

READ THE STATEMENT FROM BRENDEN THEATRE: http://bayareanewstalk.com/concord-movie-theatre-apologizes-for-showing-sausage-party-trailer-for-finding-dory-crowd/


Lake Temescal in Oakland has been closed for swimming until further notice because of an outbreak of toxic algae in the water, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

The park district announced the closure Monday evening at the lake located in the Oakland hills near the interchange between state Highways 24 and 13.

The park surrounding the lake remains open for fishing, picnicking, hiking and other activities.

The park district’s other lakes for swimming — Quarry Lakes in Fremont, Lake Anza in Berkeley, Lake Del Valle in Livermore, Cull Canyon in Castro Valley, Contra Loma in Antioch and Don Castro in Hayward — remain open.

Park district officials said exposure to toxic algae can cause rashes, skin or eye irritation, allergic reactions or gastrointestinal problems, and can also be fatal to dogs.

An update on conditions at the park district’s lakes can be found by visiting http://www.ebparks.org/features/Toxic_Algae_Update.



A Claycordian is concerned about the safety of her and her family due to people living in the canal below her house on Detroit Ave. in Concord.

We’ve had some serious issues with homeless people and people in general in the canal. We stress and worry because we’ve had people climbing on the fence next to our house.

I’ve had to call the cops a few times because they where fighting down in the canal. Concord Police came and said they would have them removed, but it’s been two weeks. We had the same issue before they have a whole big encampment right under the bridge.

Look at all that garbage.

We’ll keep you updated, and will let you know when they’re removed.