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Click on the image above to view the City of Pleasant Hill’s Weekly Update.

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The Walnut Creek BART Station has closed this afternoon due to equipment burning on the track, according to a BART spokeswoman.

Officials first reported the closure in an advisory sent out
at about 3:10 p.m.

Equipment on a track caught fire, which caused the closure,
according to spokeswoman Alicia Trost.

At least one train was taken out of service, Trost said.

The incident is causing major delays in the Pittsburg/Bay Point
and San Francisco directions, officials said.

A bus bridge has been requested for passengers at the station.

No estimate for when the station would reopen was given.

UPDATE: The station is back open.

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Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and its partners invite the public to learn more about the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers at several free community events planned during the 24th Annual World Breastfeeding Week, August 1st through August 7th.

The Contra Costa Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will host celebrations at public health centers across the county featuring breastfeeding education, referrals, community resources and free diapers. Special events will also be held at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez and various churches in Pittsburg.

WHEN & WHERE: Monday, August 1: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Rd., Pittsburg.

Tuesday, August 2: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Health Center, 171 Sand Creek Rd., Suite A, Brentwood

Tuesday, August 2: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC), 2500 Alhambra Road, Martinez
Prizes will be awarded to departments in Health Services who accommodate breastfeeding at worksites for employees and patients.  The Contra Costa WIC Program will staff a “Lactation Station” offering lactation supplies and hands-on advice for nursing moms. The CCRMC Farmers’ Market will join the fun in the parking lot with other vendors providing breastfeeding and health information.

Wednesday, August 3: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Concord WIC Site, 2355 Stanwell Circle, Concord
Prizes will be awarded to departments in Health Services who accommodate breastfeeding at worksites for employees and patients.  The Contra Costa WIC Program will staff a “lactation station” which offers lactation supplies and hands-on advice for nursing moms.

Thursday, August 4: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richmond WIC Site, 100 38th Street in Richmond. Line dancing, infant massage classes and tea for family and friends of pregnant women, adding to the fun.

Saturday, August 6:  Moms and families are welcome at the Contra Costa County Community Baby Shower, focused on fighting health disparities affecting African Americans, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stewart Memorial Christian Methodist Church on 580 Front Street, and the First Baptist Church of Pittsburg on 204 Odessa Avenue.  If you are pregnant and African American, you can register by calling 707-319-7489 or register online at cccbabyshower2016.eventbrite.com.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit cchealth.org/wic/breastfeeding

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

This week, Concord had 15 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 11, and before that, Concord had 10 burglaries.

The last number in some of the addresses has been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above only includes approved reports. Some burglary reports might not be written or completely approved, which is why they are not included in this post.

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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.

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A helicopter is circling above the Park Highlands/Balhan Dr. area of Concord.

Police are attempting to contact a man who’s inside a nearby home. A woman and a baby just came out of the home.

We’re working on getting further details.

UPDATE: The man has been taken into custody. This appears to have been a domestic situation, however that has not been confirmed. Helicopter is leaving.

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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 a shooting, earthquake, etc.), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.

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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.

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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.

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host six town hall meetings in the communities of Richmond, Danville, Orinda, Rossmoor, Concord, and Pittsburg during the month of August.

“Hearing directly from the residents of Contra Costa County helps make me a better representative. It is my hope that these town hall meetings will serve as a place for constituents to share their thoughts and opinions on issues important to our community. I invite you to join me at a town hall meeting to listen to a Congressional update on key policy issues, learn about our legislative work in Congress, and discuss the broad range of services we can provide,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Richmond Town Hall

Monday, August 1, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Richmond City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
First Floor
Richmond, CA 94804

Danville Town Hall

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Veterans Memorial Building
Community Hall
400 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526

Orinda Town Hall

Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.)
Orinda Library Auditorium
26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563

Rossmoor Town Hall

Saturday, August 6, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.)
Rossmoor, Fireside Room
1001 Golden Rain Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Concord Town Hall

Monday, August 8, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Concord City Council Chambers
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519

Pittsburg Town Hall

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane
Pittsburg, CA 94565

For more information or to request ADA accommodations, please email CA11.RSVP@mail.house.gov or call (925) 933-2660

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The Contra Costa Area office of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight in an unincorporated area of Martinez.

This safety event will be conducted from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked, and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested, according to the CHP.

In addition, officers will conduct driver’s license checks on motorists stopped at the checkpoint.

The event is part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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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 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….

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A federal judge in San Francisco gave preliminary approval to a $14.7 billion settlement with automaker Volkswagen in a pollution cheating scandal.

The action by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer clears the way for notices of the settlement to go out to people who bought or leased 475,000 diesel-fueled Volkswagens or Audis with two-liter engines in the United States between 2009 and 2015.

The next step in the case is an Oct. 18 fairness hearing at which Breyer may give final approval, allowing buyback and repair provisions of the agreement to go into effect.

Volkswagen owners and lessees who don’t like the settlement can submit objections or opt out of the settlement.

Breyer wrote in a 32-page ruling, “The settlement is sufficiently fair, adequate, and reasonable to the 2.0-liter diesel engine vehicle consumers to move forward with class notice.”

The liter number refers to cylinder space.

A settlement has not been reached for about 80,000 larger vehicles with three-liter engines.

Under the pact, Volkswagen will provide a $10 billion fund to compensate owners, who can either sell the cars back to Volkswagen or accept a not-yet-developed fix of the emissions cheating devices in their vehicles.

Owners will receive an additional $5,100 to $10,000 cash payment and those who leased Volkswagens will receive $3,500 and can terminate their leases, according to attorney Elizabeth Cabraser of San Francisco.

Cabraser was appointed by Breyer as the lead lawyer in hundreds of cases filed by consumers nationwide and consolidated in Breyer’s court for judicial efficiency.

The settlement resolves those cases and two other lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.

Volkswagen began marketing the diesel vehicles in 2008 as “clean” cars with low emissions of pollutions.

In September, it admitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board that the cars were in fact equipped with defeat devices that registered low emissions when the cars were tested, but turned off the controls when the vehicles were driven normally.

The vehicles released up to 40 times the allowed limit of nitrogen oxides, Breyer noted in his ruling.

The settlement also includes Volkswagen payments of $2 billion for investments in zero emissions technology and $2.7 million to states nationwide to mitigate pollution.

Cabraser said in a statement, “We have designed a settlement that places consumers, the owners and lessees in a central, decisive role.”

Volkswagen stated, “The parties believe that the proposed settlement program will provide a fair, reasonable and adequate resolution for affected Volkswagen and Audi customers.”

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Legislation requiring car dealers to install vehicle license plates instead of paper tags on newly bought vehicles was signed into law by the governor earlier this week.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees Bay Area regional transportation planning and financing, supported Assembly Bill 516 from Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, D-San Francisco, saying it would help catch toll evaders and other lawbreakers.

The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday after getting approved by the Legislature last month, requires the state Department of Motor Vehicles to develop a system by 2019 to allow dealers to electronically report the sale of a vehicle and provide a temporary paper license plate identifying the vehicle.

The MTC estimates that the Bay Area loses roughly $9 million annually in uncollected tolls, while toll roads and express lanes in Southern California lose about $10 million per year.

“Not only will the bill provide critical information to law enforcement agencies to help solve crimes, it will also return millions of dollars in revenue to Californians,” Mullin said in a statement.

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A fifth consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Friday because of continued unhealthy levels of ozone expected in the region.

Persistent high temperatures and light winds in inland parts of the Bay Area combined with vehicle exhaust and smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County have prompted the multiple alerts in a row.

There have been 13 Spare the Air alerts in all this summer season because of unhealthy levels of ozone, otherwise known as smog, air district officials said.

“A string of Spare the Air alerts is a reminder that we need to re-think how we commute to and from work,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Traffic congestion from so many solo drivers is a major contributor to smog here in the Bay Area and it’s a problem we have the power to change.”

Air district officials encourage residents to drive less or drive electric vehicles. Bay Area residents can visit www.stacommutetips.org to find a list of commute programs in their area.

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The man found dead on Willow Pass Rd. on Wednesday afternoon was likely struck by a vehicle that fled the scene earlier that day, according to the Concord Police Department.

At about 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, a citizen reported a possible deceased person on Willow Pass Rd. north of Lynwood Dr. near the fence bordering the Concord Naval Weapons Station property.

Officers responded and located a deceased adult male, who has since been identified as 28-year-old Bay Point resident Frank Fernandez.

Concord Police say the investigation indicates the victim was likely struck by a vehicle while walking on Willow Pass Rd. The collision is being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run, and at this time, the collision is believed to have taken place between 2:30 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Concord Police Department is asking for help from the public with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to call Traffic Investigator Lee Lawrence at 925-671-5097.

This is the second fatal hit and run collision involving a pedestrian in Concord within the past few days. On July 24, 62-year-old Concord resident Marie Chellino was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene on Hwy.242 near Olivera Rd.

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Several bags of animal body parts were found on Bailey Rd. between Bay Point and Concord on Wednesday morning, and although it was reported by many people on social media that the parts included those of dogs, cats and raccoons, Contra Costa County Animal Control says that wasn’t the case.

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Animal Control Spokesman Steve Burdo tells Claycord.com nine clear plastic large garbage bags contained full or partial carcasses of chickens and goats. The other four bags held red party cups, water bottles, plastic plates and silverware, according to Burdo.

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Authorities believe that the plastic bags were likely the remnants of a party recently held in the area, and there was no evidence of animal cruelty.

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No identifying marks or other indicators were left in or on the bags that would allow them to further investigate, according to Burdo.

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A light in the sky on the West Coast Wednesday night was the body of a Chinese rocket re-entering the earth’s atmosphere, a military official said today.

The Chinese CZ-7 rocket body, which was the size of a school bus, re-entered earth’s atmosphere at 9:36 p.m. Pacific time, according to Capt. Nicholas Mercurio, a spokesman for the Joint Functional Component Command for Space.

The JFCC is part of the U.S. Strategic Command to help defend America and its allies from attack.

Given the size of the rocket body, some pieces of it may have survived re-entry but it’s unlikely it posed any threat to people, Mercurio said.

More than 16,000 man-made objects in orbit around the earth are tracked by the JFCC, but it stops tracking them once they re-enter the atmosphere. The only way defense officials would know where a piece of the rocket body hit the ground is if someone brought a piece of it to them.

Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center staff astronomer Ben Burress said there were no reports of any injuries or damage.

The Chinese launched the rocket on June 25.

Mercurio said U.S. officials confirmed that the light was the body of the Chinese rocket, despite initial claims that it was a meteor.

The U.S. tracks the some 16,000 man-made objects in orbit because “space is so valuable,” Mercurio said.

About 1,300 satellites orbit the earth and the rest is considered junk, according to Mercurio.

Residents can get predictions of objects re-entering the earth’s atmosphere for free at www.space-track.org.

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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.

In your opinion, which is better, tap water or bottled water? Or, do you think they both taste the same?

Talk about it….

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