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The parking garage near the Walnut Creek Library, located at 1644 N. Broadway, will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. seven days a week.

Customers who leave their car in the garage past midnight will not be able to access it until 6 a.m. 

The change is the result of complaints from the public about people sleeping in the garage overnight, as well as increases in car burglaries and vandalism during the early morning hours.

Signs announcing the new operating hours have been posted at the garage.

The City’s other parking garages will remain open 24 hours a day. They are located at 1390 N. Broadway; 1625 N. Locust Street, next to the Lesher Center for the Arts; and 1350 Locust Street.

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As it remains uncertain whether this winter’s Dungeness crab season will ever open for most of California, Gov. Jerry Brown today asked the federal government to declare a commercial fisheries disaster.

Brown sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker asking her to declare a disaster and a commercial fishery failure for the state’s $90 million crab fishing industry, which has been stalled by toxic levels of domoic acid found in crabs off most of the California coast.

Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin caused by algae blooms that accumulates in shellfish and other invertebrates. In November it was discovered in levels that could cause a human health risk. Exposure to humans could cause nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, short-term memory loss, seizures and even death.

The crab season was delayed and has remained closed for most of the state, with only a few fisheries in southern California reopening.

The delay has already cost the California economy up to $48.3 million, according to Brown. Declaring a commercial failure and a disaster for the state’s crab fishing industry would make the fishing community eligible for federal economic assistance.

“Crabs are a vital component of California’s natural resources and provide significant aesthetic, recreational, commercial, cultural and economic benefits to our state,” Brown wrote in his letter. “Economic assistance will be critical for the well-being of our fishing industry and our state.”

Meanwhile, some Bay Area leaders are also finding ways to help fisheries affected by the closure.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said today he is making business assistance available through the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Port of San Francisco was taking on its own relief plan for the crab industry that would waive fees and rent for three months during the upcoming salmon season.

“San Francisco’s Dungeness crab is known around the world, and the delay of crab season has taken a substantial toll on the livelihood of the men and women in the local commercial crab industry,” Lee said in a statement. “This plan will mitigate the economic impact to the small businesses who depend on the crab industry for income and will help families during this time of crisis.”

Some of San Francisco’s fisheries have been particularly hard hit as in addition to this year’s crab season closure, salmon fishing has been impacted by four years of drought, according to Lee’s office.

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Ayers Elementary will hold a public meeting on Wednesday with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) staff about a controversial proposed charter school that was given space to operate on two local campuses.

Rocketship Charter, which tried to open a school in Concord in the Monument corridor, has been denied to operate by the MDUSD and the County Board of Education. They are now appealing to the state.

However, the MDUSD, under proposition 39, is required to provide the charter a facility in which to operate, even though they are against the proposed school.

The MDUSD chose two locations….one on the campus of Ayers Elementary and one on the campus of Silverwood Elementary.

The following information was sent to the parents of children at Ayers Elementary:

Rocketship Charter Informational Meeting

Wednesday, February 10th  – 1:00 pm Multi-Use Room

Come and hear the facts from Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Newling and District Staff.  They will answer questions and help everyone understand the proposal of placing Roceketship Charter School on Ayers campus.  Great opportunity to understand this situation.

Dear Ayers Community,

As most of you are aware Rocketship Charter School is appealing the decision of both MDUSD and the Contra Costa County Office of Education to deny a charter school petition to operate within the boundaries of MDUSD and all of Contra Costa County.

Many members of our community addressed both of these boards, stating that Rocketship was not wanted in this community.  Both boards voted UNANIMOUSLY to deny Rocketship.

If you are interested in sharing your opinion, please write or email the contacts listed at the bottom to express your wishes to deny Rocketships appeal to the state.

Limit your reasoning to not having Rocketship in the community at all!

To see the staff reports of MDUSD and CCBOE that support these agency’s unanimous votes to deny, please follow these links:

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/fe89dc4a-67d2-416b-b4c6-4f51d3378dbb.pdf

http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/cccoe/Board.nsf/vpublic?open

To see the report of why MDUSD has to offer space to Rocketship

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/a7aa0b8c-1e99-41bc-8e07-a00b659de7b1.pdf

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/812c9e07-ce8e-4115-951e-5761468ea908.pdf

To see the proposal Rocketship has sent to the State:  (item 7)

http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cs/accsnotice020916.asp

Additional info regarding Rocketship:

http://www.stoprocketship.com/

http://www.stoprocketship.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CityCouncilPresentation.pdf

RELATED STORY: Despite Denial, MDUSD Gives Proposed Charter School Space to Operate on Two Campuses

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Fantastic picture! Thanks to Ron Stewart for sharing this aerial photo of the Crossings with us. It was taken in the mid-70’s.

If you look close, you can see Ygnacio Valley Road on the right hand side, and Cowell Road at the bottom. The smokestack is there, too!

Click on the picture for a much larger view.

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

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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:

During the Superbowl Halftime Show, one of Beyonce’s dancers held a sign up that said “Justice for Mario Woods”. Woods is the stabbing suspect who was shot and killed by San Francisco Police while holding a knife.

Do you think the Super Bowl Halftime show is a time to make a political statement, and do you think Beyonce should ever be invited back to perform at the Super Bowl?

Talk about it….

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Claycordians, keep an eye out for this Jeep. It belongs to a friend of the person who sent the info, and it was stolen from in front of a Concord home sometime late last night or early this morning.

It has a Michigan license plate in front, and a plate with an American flag and eagle in front.

If you see the vehicle, please contact the Concord Police Department, email news@claycord.com or just leave a note in the comment section below. All tips can remain anonymous.

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If California State University doesn’t reach a contract agreement with its faculty union by April, then 26,000 professors, librarians, counselors and coaches across the 23 CSU campuses are planning a five-day strike.

The strike would take place on April 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19, the California Faculty Association announced today. The union is seeking a 5 percent raise for all faculty but CSU is offering only a 2 percent raise, CFA officials said.

Chancellor Timothy White “and his team of negotiators have failed to respect CSU faculty throughout this entire process,” Kevin Wehr, chair of CFA’s bargaining team and a Sacramento State sociology professor, said in a statement.

Jennifer Eagan, CFA president and a professor at CSU East Bay, said in a statement, “A strike is our last resort and we still hope that the chancellor will invest in the faculty who are the major determinant of our students’ success.”

Negotiations between the union and the university have been ongoing since May 2014 and union members voted to authorize a strike in October.

CSU officials said today they were committed to achieving a resolution with the union but were preparing for a strike. If a strike does happen, they said campuses would remain open.

“Many classes will be offered, and students should check with their instructors regarding the status of their classes,” university officials said in a statement. “The strike should not interfere with students being able to complete their semester and quarter courses and graduate on time.”

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Repairs to several BART station elevator floors resumed today, according to BART officials.

BART officials said elevators at certain stations will be out for one to two days while crews work to repair and replace flooring in elevators.

The work started today and later this week at the Pleasant Hill station’s parking garage and will continue next week at the station elevators at Concord and North Concord.

For a complete list of stations and dates the elevators will be out of service, riders can go to www.bart.gov.

Riders are encouraged to call (510) 834-LIFT (5438) prior to arriving at a station to check if the elevator is in service.

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A man suspected of robbing at least eight businesses in Concord and Walnut Creek within the past month was arrested along with his wife on Friday, according to Concord police.

After releasing surveillance images of the male suspect and providing a description of him, Concord police detectives received a tip that led to the arrest of the Concord couple, police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said.

Blakely said the identities of the man and his wife, who is suspected in a robbery at a Subway in Concord, are not yet being released pending an investigation into their alleged robbery spree.

The man allegedly began the spree on Jan. 15 in Walnut Creek with an afternoon robbery, which police said was a typical time for his robberies, along with early evening hours.

The suspect targeted Leslie’s Pool Supplies at 2971 Ygnacio Valley Road, an area he returned to on Feb. 1 when he robbed Premium Cleaners at 1865 Ygnacio Valley Road.

He also hit two other Walnut Creek businesses, NorCal Swim Shop and a Casper’s Hot Dogs, Concord police said.

In Concord, the suspect robbed a Subway at 4701 Clayton Road on Jan. 19 and returned to that same location on Feb.1 for another robbery.

Between then, he hit another Subway shop on Monument Boulevard on Jan. 29, police said. His wife also allegedly robbed a Subway on Concord Boulevard.

Before his arrest Friday, he was tied to a Baskin-Robbins robbery last Wednesday night at 5100 Clayton Road.

No other details about the case were immediately available today.

RELATED STORY w/PHOTOS: UPDATE: PHOTOS: Concord, Walnut Creek Police Seek Information on Armed Serial Robbery Suspect

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Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on Claycord.com.

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This Claycord.com column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.

Email your questions to trafficjammin@claycord.com.

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Claycordians reacted with ire to the recent story of an SUV driver who bumped the car behind her “very lightly” while backing up with a cell phone in one hand. One of the issues that arose was the so-called 5 mph rule:

COMMUTER: Today’s bumpers are all rated for 5 mph. That means you can crash into another bumper at 5 mph and there will be no damage. Feel free to drive off. Anything 5 mph or less is not considered an accident.

–PH Resident

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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:

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial yesterday?

Here are a few from yesterday, but if you have another favorite, let us know in the comment section below.

Talk about it….

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Agents from the Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort (CASE) team arrested a suspect following a months-long investigation into the illegal transfer of firearms, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.

37-year-old Richard Poor of Martinez was arrested on Thursday following the serving of search and arrest warrants at a residence on the 100 block of Sherrod Court in Vallejo, the Office of the Sheriff said.

CASE began investigating Poor in November 2015 for allegedly trafficking guns illegally, and undercover agents were able to purchase a number of weapons from him that included .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a sawed-off 20 gauge shotgun with a box of ammunition, according to the Office of the Sheriff.

Poor was booked into the county jail in Martinez on various charges including felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal transfer of firearms, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and conspiracy, the Office of the Sheriff said.

He is being held in lieu of $710,000 bail.

The CASE Team is a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department and Walnut Creek Police Department. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.

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Concord Police conducted saturation patrols on Super Bowl Sunday.

During the saturation patrols, extra officers are deployed on city streets to search for those breaking the law.

The results are listed below:

  • 53 Traffic stops conducted
  • 15 DUI/SFST investigations conducted
  • 0 DUI arrests
  • 1 Criminal Arrests
  • 28 Citations issued for other vehicle code violations
  • 1 Vehicle impounded

The patrol was conducted between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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ACCIDENTS:

  • Marsh Creek Rd./Regency.  (01/28/16 – 0703 hrs.)

ARRESTS:

  • 1508 Kirker Pass Rd.  Possess Controlled Substance Paraphernalia.  A 27 year old Concord male was arrested after being contacted by officers. He was released on his signed notice to appear.  (01/29/16 – 11:00 hrs.)
  • Regency Dr./Marsh Creek Rd.  DUI.  A 24 year old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to the Concord Police Department for booking.  (01/30/16 – 02:03 hrs.)
  • Keller Ridge Dr./Crow Pl.  DUI.  A 49 year old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to the Concord Police Department for booking.  (01/30/16 – 22:00 hrs.)
  • 5431 Clayton Rd.  Shoplifting.  A 34 year old Hayward male was detained after being contacted by officers and later released.  (01/31/16 – 23:08 hrs.)

BURGLARIES/THEFTS:

  • 6003 Golden Eagle Wy. Burglary.  (02/02/16 – 16:55 hrs.)

VANDALISMS:

  • None.

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Click on each link below to read the Martinez Police activity log.

The Martinez Police weekly activity log will be posted every weekend on Claycord.com.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

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Click on each link below to read the Walnut Creek Police activity log.

The Walnut Creek Police activity log will be posted weekly on Claycord.com.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

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