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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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

Talk about it….

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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/

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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.

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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.

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Concord Police have arrested the men they say are responsible for the June 22 armed robbery at the Shell gas station on the corner of Olivera Rd. and Port Chicago Hwy.

Security cameras captured the robbery, and the next day, police say they were able to identify Concord residents Elvir Redzic and Aleksandar Kukuruzovic as the suspects and were able to determine where they were hiding.

Arrest warrants were obtained for both suspects and Detectives were able to safely arrest both individuals, according to police.

The gun used in the crime was located and determined to be a BB gun, police said.

The case was filed on Monday with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office and both suspects remain in custody on robbery charges.

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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday because of expected unhealthy air conditions in the region.

The alert is a result of forecasted temperatures nearing 100 degrees in some parts of the Bay Area combining with light winds and vehicle exhaust to create unhealthy amounts of ozone, air district officials said.

The alert is the fifth issued this month.

“The purpose of a Spare the Air alert is two-fold. First, we are alerting Bay Area residents that air quality is expected to be unhealthy and to take precautions to protect their health,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

“Second, we ask them to reduce pollution by taking transit, carpooling, walking or biking, instead of driving alone,” Broadbent said.

Bay Area residents can visit www.stacommutetips.org to find a list of commute programs and incentives available to them.

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A group of Concord residents who have been locked in a battle with a property manager are asking city leaders today to consider adopting tenant protection policies.

The tenants are gathering an hour before a Housing and Economic Development Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers and will be arguing for the need for rent control and just cause for eviction
policies in Concord.

Four of the leaders among the tenants are allegedly being evicted from their residences after refusing to pay rent increases and making demands of Steven Pinza, who manages their Concord property through a subsidiary of The Pinza Group.

The nonprofit Tenants Together has been assisting Concord tenants beginning with an effort in March to stop a 30 percent rent increase at an eight-unit housing complex at 1127 Virginia Lane.

Bodhi Family Investment LLC, the property’s owner, responded to the tenants organizing a rent strike by suspending the increase. Pinza also ceased to be the property manager there, according to Tenants Together.

But the organization alleges that Pinza threatened residents and attempted to enter apartments even after he stopped being property manager of
that housing complex.

Pinza continued with similar behavior, according to the organization, when apartment complexes near 1127 Virginia Lane joined in the protest by refusing to pay their respective pay rent increases and making demands for regular maintenance.

The tenants are also asking for something to be done about alleged bed bug, cockroach and rat infestations at Pinza’s properties, according to Tenants Together.

“There aren’t many housing options so he thinks he can just not make repairs and raise rents however much he wants,” Eduardo Torres, a Tenants Together organizer, said in a statement. “The city must act to protect its residents.”

Pinza did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.

The four tenants who are being evicted by Pinza’s company have launched a fundraising page to cover legal costs associated with fighting the eviction at http://bit.ly/concordfour.

Their eviction trial date is slated for July 6. Another gathering will be held before that date, according to Tenants Together.

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Daiso Japan, which is basically Japan’s version of the Dollar Tree, will be opening in the old Tony Roma’s building next to Fuddrucker’s in the Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd. in Concord.

The store sells everything for $1.50 (unless marked otherwise).

Your thoughts?

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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.

Do you let your child (under 13-years-old) watch PG13 or Rated-R movies?

Talk about it….

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Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year to address the recent concerns highlighted in the historic, Vergara v. California case, pertaining to grossly ineffective teachers in our California schools.

Assembly Bill 934, which was introduced as a robust and comprehensive bill that would ensure greater support for public school teachers to improve the quality of education for every student, has now been narrowed in scope as a result of the onslaught of opposition from both sides – the teacher unions and education reform groups.

“The current version of AB 934 reflects the enduring political battle between two sides unwilling to work together to find a common ground for the benefit of all students in our state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I will remain committed to supporting and protecting quality teachers, while also addressing the problem of persistently ineffective teachers, and still believe there is a workable solution for students despite the overwhelming disagreement from both sides.”

AB 934, which is now a more focused bill, still offers a significant and impactful solution.  Specifically, this bill:

  • Develops highly effective teachers at the beginning of their careers by increasing the probationary period from two to three years.
  • Provides additional coaching and mentoring for beginning teachers to improve classroom performance.
  • Increases school administrator accountability and leadership development through new requirements regarding training, planning and induction.
  • Authorizes local school districts to negotiate an alternative, streamlined teacher dismissal process, which is currently prohibited by state law.

“It is clear that there must be vast improvements to better meet the needs of all students in our state,” continued Bonilla.  “Reducing the scope of the bill, while still including substantial changes regarding teacher probation and dismissal, administrator training and accountability, and preserving local collective bargaining rights, will make foundational changes to state law.  I have confidence in my colleagues to stand up against the political forces and do what is right for students in California.”

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A female suspect has been arrested at Walnut Creek BART after she poured water on two train riders.

A records check of the suspect revealed an outstanding felony no-bail warrant held by San Francisco Police for a supervision release violation.

The suspect was placed under arrest for the warrant, and the victims did not wish to pursue a complaint.

The suspect was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on the warrant.

Police did not release the identity of the suspect.

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On Sunday at about 4:00 p.m., Concord Police Officers were dispatched to the Sunvalley Mall to investigate an in-progress stolen vehicle attempt.

Upon arrival, officers determine that a mall security officer made contact with a suspect who appeared to be stealing a vehicle parked on mall property. The security officer attempted to remove the suspect from the vehicle and during the altercation, an additional suspect arrived in a second vehicle, picking the suspect up and fleeing the area prior to police arrival, making the attempt unsuccessful, according to Concord Police.

Further investigation revealed the getaway vehicle, a 2011 Honda CRV, was reported stolen to Concord Police earlier Sunday.

At this time, no suspects have been taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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HAM Radio enthusiasts gathered at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek this weekend to “DX”. This is when they attempt to communicate with far away stations on multiple frequencies.

The 24 hour yearly event lasted until 10:59 a.m. Sunday, and went on at locations throughout the World.

The participants camped all night, trying to contact as many other HAMs as possible.

Check out www.MDARC.org for more about the annual Field Day.

Thanks to Craig Cannon for the photos.

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A Corvette was destroyed during a fire on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill on Sunday.

No injuries were reported.

Thanks to Traci for the photo above.

And thanks to Tracey for the video below.

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As summer begins and the drought in California continues, burn permits for the Bay Area and surrounding areas will suspended starting Monday, Cal Fire officials announced Thursday.

Permits for outdoor burning have been suspended in Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties.

Additionally, Colusa, Lake, Mendocino and Yolo counties, as well as parts of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, are included in the suspension, according to Cal Fire officials.

The suspension starts Monday at 12:01 a.m. and bans all outdoor burning. Exceptions, however, include campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission.

Since the beginning of the year, Cal Fire firefighters have responded to about 2,100 wildfires throughout the state, which have burned a total of 23,000 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

In addition to the suspension of the burn permits, Cal Fire officials are advising residents to prepare for wildfires in their area, according to Cal Fire officials.

“As conditions across California are drying out further, we must take every step to prevent new wildfires from sparking,” Cal Fire director Chief Ken Pimlott said. “Residents must ensure they have defensible space by removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation from around their homes, but do so safely.”

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