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Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2293, which protects passengers, drivers and the general public by clarifying insurance coverage for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, was approved yesterday by the Senate with a 30-4 vote and this evening by the Assembly with a 70-0 vote.  AB 2293 is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk where it requires his signature before the bill becomes law.

“AB 2293 is a testament to good public policy.  I have worked hard to assure that consumers and TNC drivers are protected, while also allowing this innovative business model to thrive,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord).  “This bill creates a policy that is both affordable and flexible, but still ensures corporate accountability.  My ultimate goal was to demonstrate that business innovation and consumer protection are not mutually exclusive, while also facilitating the maturation of this new industry into our economy.”

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As we previously reported, a plane made an emergency landing at the Concord Naval Weapons station this evening.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Both Craig Cannon and one of our friendly photographers named “ratstalker” were able to capture a few images, and “ratstalker” has a few more details about the emergency landing.

The aircraft was an older ercoupe in absolutely stellar condition. Pilot reported possible fire, north of the field. Tower told ConFire the aircraft was down “on a rd near hwy 4″. The plane landed between the Kinne Bridge Overcrossing and Lynwood Dr. The pilot did a bang up job landing. Doesn’t look like ANY damage to aircraft! He was obviously OK, talking on phone, I was the first person there. Sheriff helicopter overhead about the same time I got there.

Thanks again to “ratstalker” and to Craig Cannon for the pictures!

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ConFire is reporting a plane is down near Willow Pass Rd. in Concord.

Fortunately, nobody was injured.

No other details are currently available.

UPDATE, 6:25pm: ConFire is saying a skilled pilot made an emergency landing on the Naval Weapons Station property.

photo credit: twitter.com/ContraCostaFire

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Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 29, 2014 17:58 pm · 137 comments

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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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Claycord – Talk About Politics

August 29, 2014 17:58 pm · 184 comments

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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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A Walnut Creek police officer arrested in Richmond earlier this month after allegedly donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat has been placed on administrative leave, police said today.

Gregory Thompson, 53, of Martinez, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 16 in Richmond, where he allegedly used a bat to attack a woman walking in a residential neighborhood, according to Richmond police Capt. Bisa French.

Contra Costa County prosecutors are reviewing the case and expect to make a decision about possible charges next week, said Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove said, who declined to comment further on the case.

Walnut Creek police Capt. Mark Perlite said Thompson was placed on administrative leave immediately after the department learned of his arrest.

Perlite said Thompson is a 30-year veteran of the police department and was most recently working as a patrol officer.

Walnut Creek police are conducting their own investigation into Thompson’s arrest, he said.

The arrest happened after police received multiple reports around 2 a.m. on Aug. 16 of a woman screaming and a man with a bat in the 4000 block of Clinton Avenue, according to French.

She said when officers arrived on the scene, a witness pointed out Thompson, who was sitting inside his parked car.

He was not wearing a police uniform or in a police patrol car at the time of the alleged assault.

While speaking with Thompson officers noticed a mask on the vehicle’s floorboard. A search of the car also turned up a bat, two guns and zip ties, she said.

Thompson, who identified himself as a police officer, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and felony vandalism, according to police.

He was taken to county jail in Richmond and released the following day on bail.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the beating and was expected to recover, French said.

The woman told police that her car had run out of gas nearby and that she was looking for assistance when Thompson allegedly attacked her.

Police were unable to locate a second woman who was also reportedly struck by Thompson when she intervened to try to stop the attack, French said.

RELATED STORY: Walnut Creek Police Officer Arrested for Allegedly Beating Woman with Baseball Bat

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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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A Walnut Creek police officer was arrested after allegedly donning a mask and beating a woman with a bat in Richmond earlier this month, a police captain said today.

Gregory Thompson, 53, of Martinez, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 16 in Richmond, where he allegedly used a baseball bat to attack a woman walking in a residential neighborhood, according to Richmond police Capt. Bisa French.

He was not wearing a police uniform or in a police patrol car at the time of the alleged assault, she said.

Neither prosecutors nor Walnut Creek police Chief Thomas Chaplin were immediately available for comment on the case this morning.

The arrest happened after police received multiple calls around 2 a.m. on Aug. 16 about a woman screaming and a man with a bat, according to French. She said when officers arrived on the scene, a witness pointed out Thompson, who was sitting inside his parked car.

While talking with Thompson officers noticed a mask on the vehicle’s floorboard. A search of the car also turned up a bat, two guns and zip ties, French said.

Thompson, who identified himself as a police officer, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and felony vandalism, police said.

He was taken to county jail in Richmond and released the following day on bail.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the attack and was expected to recover, French said.

She said police were unable to locate a second woman who was also reportedly struck by Thompson when she intervened to try to stop the attack.

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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, what is the most dangerous road in Claycord? (not counting Hwy.680, Hwy.24 or Hwy.4)

Talk about it….

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A bill by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to provide more stringent guidelines on the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools is headed to the Governor.

“Our young people deserve to be protected from harmful pesticides when they are at school,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Families should be assured that their children are not exposed to pesticides unless absolutely necessary. SB 1405 will promote the usage of preventative measures at school sites that can lessen the need for toxic pesticides. If pesticides must be used on campuses, employees should receive the proper training to apply them in the safest manner possible.”

The National Academy of Sciences reports that children are more susceptible to chemicals than adults and estimates that 50 percent of lifetime pesticide exposure occurs at a young age.

Under SB 1405 school sites will report all pesticide use to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Current law only requires professional applicators to report their use. This bill also requires anyone—including school staff and professional pest control applicators—using pesticides on school sites to undergo an annual training on integrated pest management and the safe usage of pesticides.

An integrated pest management plan focuses on long-term preventative measures to solve pest problems with the least amount of hazards to people and the environment. SB 1405 requires school sites to have a written integrated pest management plan in place. This practice has already been successfully implemented by the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Clara Unified School District, without significant cost burdens.

This is Senator DeSaulnier’s third attempt to regulate the use of pesticides on school sites. He previously authored SB1157 in 2010 and SB 394 in 2011.

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

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A person is in custody this morning for driving under the influence after a head-on vehicle collision on Willow Pass Rd., near the Kinne Bridge Overcrossing (prior to Hwy.4) in Concord.

The collision occurred just after 11pm on Thursday night.

Concord Police say serious, but non-life threatening injuries were reported. The driver of the Honda Accord was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, and the passenger in the Honda was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

The driver of the Mercedes SUV sustained a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

Police say the Honda driver was driving on the wrong side of the road on the bridge when he crashed head-on into the victim’s vehicle.

The suspects identity has not been released at this time.

This crash occurred just a few feet away from where a woman and her baby were killed by an alleged drunk driver in June of this year. The driver in that case is facing murder charges.

Thanks to Andrew for the picture of the collision.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Head-On Collision on Willow Pass Rd. Near the Kinne Bridge Overcrossing

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Concord Police & ConFire are responding to a head-on collision on Willow Pass Rd. between Lynwood Dr. and the Kinne Bridge Overcrossing.

Willow Pass Rd. is being shut down.

No other details are available at this time.

UPDATE: One person is trapped. Others are injured.

UPDATE x2: The EB highway-4 offramp to Willow Pass Rd. has been shut down.

UPDATE x3: The collision involved a white Mercedes SUV and a Honda Accord.

UPDATE, x4: The driver of the Honda Accord has been arrested for DUI.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Driver Arrested for DUI Following Head-On Injury Collision on Willow Pass Rd.

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65 people have been arrested for DUI in Contra Costa County’s “Avoid the 25″ DUI crackdown.

The following is from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff:

Avoid the 25 Anti-DUI Task Force Reminds Everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Agenices involved in the Avoid the 25 summer mobilization that started on August 15, 2014 have so far made at least 65 arrests for DUI. There have been 12 DUI related collisions.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force is aggressively looking for impaired drivers on streets, roads and freeways throughout Contra Costa County. During the mobilization, motorists will see DUI/Drivers license checkpoints, a multi-agency anti-DUI strike team, local roving anti-DUI saturation patrols, a DUI warrant/probation sweep going after offenders with outstanding DUI warrants, and a DUI court-sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by a judge not to drive.

The Avoid the 25 anti-DUI task force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app – DDVIPCA.COM – aimed at thanking sober designated drivers with perks and free offers.

The mobilization runs through Labor Day weekend.

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Lowe’s Home Centers was ordered to pay a $1.6 million settlement in a California consumer protection action for allegations that it was selling building materials advertised with the wrong dimensions, the Marin County District Attorney’s Office said today.

They alleged that Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, sold structural dimension building products that described product dimensions that were not the actual dimensions — incorrectly advertising the length, width, depth or thickness of building materials, according to Marin County prosecutors.

In some cases, the inaccurate labeling was because of inaccurate dimensions provided by the manufacturers or other suppliers.

Lowe’s must remove the products from sale or correct the false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate product descriptions. The company must also pay $1.47 million in civil penalties and the costs of the investigation, prosecutors said.

The company will also pay another $150,000 for future consumer protection investigations.

Marin prosecutors said that Lowe’s was cooperative with the investigation and has already implemented better policies and procedures to keep misleading or inaccurate product descriptions out of its advertisements.

“Consumers should expect when making product purchases that retailers are providing accurate information especially when misinformation could adversely affect building products that more often than not rely on precise measurements,” Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said in a statement.

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Margie Sheldon was born and raised in Concord, then moved to New York City right after high school to study at The Culinary Institute. After living and working for several years in New York, she traveled for a year and recently moved back to Concord.

LF (Lisa Fulmer):  When did you start doing photography and what do you love most about it?

MS (Margie Sheldon):  During college, I started taking pictures of what I had made while studying baking and learning the art of food styling. After graduating, I moved to New York City to work – the city’s excessive energy and incessant flow of life (combined with no longer working in the kitchen) inspired my photography to quickly change to a more urban landscape. Over the last year, I have transitioned to capturing my travels and everyday life. I like to stop and appreciate the hidden beauty of things you would normally just walk right past.

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BART this morning launched a new app available for Apple and Android devices that will enable riders to more easily report crimes and suspicious activities to transit police.

BART Watch is free to download from the agency’s website www.bart.gov, as well as the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“This new technology will allow us to partner with our riders so they can ‘see something, say something’ and help us keep the system safer and more secure,” BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said in a statement.

The app will also be offered in Spanish and Chinese. Riders will be able to use BART Watch to send a text message of what they are seeing. There is an option to attach a picture to the text message.

The app also allows riders to call BART police directly or send text reports anonymously.

In areas with no cellular service, a text message sent will be delivered once the rider goes to an area with service.

The app has pull-down menus that lets riders choose which report they want to send, including a crime in progress, an illegally parked
vehicle, disruptive behavior, a robbery or theft, an unattended bag or package and vandalism.

The reports will go directly to BART police dispatch to be prioritized for response.

BART police will also use the app to send alerts out to riders.

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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.

What is the most you’ve ever paid for gas & electric in one month?

Talk about it….

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While on patrol, an officer observed a male subject urinating on the platform this week at the Pleasant Hill BART station.

A warrant check revealed that the subject had a Felony warrant for $30K for Burglary.

The subject was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility after a Sergeant approved the arrest.

The man’s name has not been released at this time.

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