A Concord resident emailed Claycord.com, saying a man was spotted masturbating after following three girls in the Clayton Valley Highlands neighborhood of Concord on Sunday night.

Here’s what she said.

At 9:15pm on Sunday, July 5th a mid 20s male in a silver/gray mid size SUV was in the State Streets of Concord following 3 girls. He drove by them several times and the last time he turned on his interior lights, lifted his groin and was showing himself and masturbating.

She says police were called and a report was made.

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No major injuries were reported during a vehicle collision in Concord on Sunday night.

The collision occurred on Concord Blvd. at Colfax St. around 6pm.

Two vehicles were involved; a blue Honda Pilot and a silver Nissan, which is pictured above, according to Concord Police.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Thanks to Marty K. for the photo.

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Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Rangers will lead the group in songs, skits and stories to celebrate the legacy of John Muir, one of the greatest naturalists and conservationists the United States has ever known.

No reservations are required. Meet at the front gate of the John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, in Martinez, CA (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring the whole family! There will be something for everyone. Come with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows and a desire to have a good time. Rangers will direct you from the gate to the fire ring. If it rains heavily, the program will be canceled.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title “Father of the National Parks”.

The John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu or call (925) 228-8860.

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Concord Police are searching for five suspects after an attempted robbery at Macy’s in the Sunvalley Mall in Concord on Sunday.

The crime occurred at about 5pm. The suspects were confronted by security, and started to fight before fleeing the scene.

While they were running out, one suspect dropped a social security card, and an EBT (food stamp) card.

The suspects are described as two black males and three black females. They tried to steal about 15 items before fleeing northbound on Contra Costa Blvd. in a U-Haul van.

Concord Police are on scene, and are searching the surrounding area for the suspects.

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A fire in the women’s bathroom at the Safeway on Contra Costa Blvd. (near the mall) was extinguished by sprinklers just after 4pm on Sunday.

The blaze is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported, and the store was evacuated while the fire department made sure the fire was no longer burning.

Thanks to Debbie Goodenough for the picture.

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In the month of July the agapanthus begins to bloom. It is perfect timing since the flowers of the agapanthus look like fireworks in the sky.

Agapanthus blooms are round shaped clusters of tubular or bell shaped flowers which stand on sturdy stalks.

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The Concord Police Department conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Thursday, July 02, 2015 from 1930 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., as part of the City of Concord’s commitment to public safety.

This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the City of Concord.  This checkpoint was in conjunction with Contra Costa County’s AVOID 25 program.

The location of Thursday’s checkpoint was on Monument Blvd. at Oak Grove.

The goal of the DUI Checkpoint was to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.

The results of the DUI Checkpoint were as follows:

  • 625 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 625 Drivers screened at the checkpoint
  • 2 DUI Suspects Arrested
  • 1 Vehicle towed from the checkpoint

These enforcement efforts were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AVOID 25.

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!

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Look at those beautiful photos.

The top four are of the fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, and the bottom four are from the show at DVC in Pleasant Hill.

Click on each one for a much larger view.

Thanks to the talented photographers for sharing your pictures with us.

photo credit: top four – GoGo Gomez Photography
photo credit: bottom four – Through the Looking Glass Photography

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier presented gold, silver, and bronze medals to Congressional Award winners at Concord City Hall this week.

The honorees received medals for participating in the Congressional Award program and demonstrating an outstanding commitment to community service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration.

“The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. We are honored to have 13 students in our Congressional district earn this distinctive award by dedicating hundreds of hours to improving their community and achieving their personal goals. These students represent the next generation of leaders in the East Bay,” said DeSaulnier.

Congressman DeSaulnier awarded medals to Sarah Rockwood from Orinda, Joseph Narcisse from Danville, Mícheál and Casey Riggs from Walnut Creek, Jared Wong from Danville, and Ryan and Derek Tsao from Pleasant Hill. Medal winners need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service in addition to achieving personal goals in physical fitness, personal development, and exploration.

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The second annual 4th of July Festival and Fireworks went off with a bang at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord tonight.

Claycord.com was proud to be the main media sponsor for the festival and fireworks, which were brought to you by the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation (Tim McGallian), the Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council (title sponsor), Digital AVS, Pacific Service Credit Union and many more.

Thanks to the thousands and thousands who attended. We hope you had a wonderful time.

Let’s do it again next year!

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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).

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

The last number in some of the addresses have 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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Fireworks are ready, and the gates open at 4pm for the 2nd annual Independence Day festival & fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School in Downtown Concord.

Admission is free, however, there is a charge for games, jumphouses and food.

Pop-up tents, animals, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed.

You can go after 4pm to lay down a blanket or chair to reserve a spot for the fireworks show, which starts after 9pm.

Have a great time.

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The City of Clayton celebrated Independence Day with their annual parade this morning.

The parade started on Center St., went down Oak, up Main St. and ended on Marsh Creek Rd. near Stranahan Circle.

Click on each photo for a much larger view.

photo credit: Jenny Wood Pierce – Claycord.com

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Don’t use illegal fireworks.

If you want to see fireworks, there are plenty of options in Contra Costa County, including the festival & fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord.

Enjoy the night.

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A coalition of public defenders and community organizations in Contra Costa Country that formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement are hoping to reduce what they claim are racial inequalities in the county’s criminal justice system.

The group, called the Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition, is scheduled to meet with the Board of Supervisors’ public protection committee on Monday to discuss a list of six recommendations for the county to implement.

The coalition formed in the wake of a national call to action in response to the deaths of several black men at the hands of white police officers last year, coalition member and Deputy Public Defender Jeff Landau said.

But the group was further catalyzed by District Attorney Mark Peterson’s response to a demonstration held by members of the Public Defender’s Office in Dec. 2014 that called for racial equality in the criminal justice system.

Peterson issued a four-page rebuttal of comments made by Public Defender Robin Lipetzky denying there is systemic racism in the prosecutor’s office.

“We don’t consider race in our charging decisions,” Peterson wrote in December. “Unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that these crimes are perpetrated disproportionately by poor people of color, and it’s equally true that these violent crimes are perpetrated disproportionately upon poor people of color.”

Coalition member and Deputy Public Defender Kaylie Simon said many in her office were “outraged” by not only the blatant racism but also the less direct forms of racism they see on a daily basis.

“Rather than the (District Attorney) saying we would recognize that racism, outwardly saying this doesn’t exist and that we’re a colorblind county that’s somehow different from the rest of the country, that solidified what we see and what we feel in the county on a daily basis,” she said.

The group sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors in April asking them to not only formally recognize systemic racism in the county’s criminal justice system but to also take steps to eliminate racial inequalities.

The letter enumerates six steps the county could take to help reduce racism in the justice system, including requiring employees participate in mandatory annual implicit bias training, conducting audits of arrests and prosecutions and generating a public report, and establishing a civilian police review board and civilian police complaint intake.

The letter also calls for restoring parity in compensation between the District Attorney and Public Defender positions, implementing policies and funding programs to increase proportional representation of people of color sitting on juries, and adopting a resolution to “take all necessary measures to reduce systemic and unwarranted racial disparities in our criminal justice system.”

Ensuring that data is collected and the racial inequalities are documented is key to beginning the conversation, said Tamisha Walker, a coalition member and an organizer with the Safe Return Project.

“You need hard data, you need proof and evidence that (racial bias) is happening,” Walker said. “Not only do we have testimonies, but we’ll be able to have statistics and numbers and data to not just prove to Peterson and the county supervisors but to narrate a new story of how our criminal justice system needs to be transformed.”

Coalition members said they are hoping for a receptive audience from the committee members, who would then take the recommendations to the full board for support.

“We hope everyone in the room will be able to recognize that there is racism in the county and to recognize that these recommendations could be something that’s actually helpful,” Simon said. “And, we hope they will listen to the voices of the community and of people of color in the community who have experienced racism in the county’s criminal justice system and take them seriously.”

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Happy Independence Day!

We hope you all have a great, safe & fun day!

For information on FIREWORKS in Claycord, CLICK HERE.

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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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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.

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