A half dozen new bike racks were recently installed at Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, to accommodate those riding their bikes to City meetings or to conduct business at City offices.

“With more residents using bicycles for transportation as well as fitness, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to ride a bike to Civic Center instead of taking the car,” said project coordinator and Fleet Manager Jeff Roubal. The bike racks were paid for by a grant from 511.org and will also benefit employees who choose to bike to work.

Last year, Concord installed new bike racks at 15 City parks and facilities and posted a webpage that makes them easy to find. A handy map on the webpage shows type of rack, maximum number of bikes that can be accommodated and the address.

The new Civic Center racks will soon be added to the website.

To access the bicycle rack webpage, visit www.cityofconcord.org/bike.

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Tuesday Morning, located in the Clayton Valley Shopping Center in Concord, is closing.

The store has been open for over a decade, but will see its last days in the coming weeks.

Who remembers when a baseball card shop and a hardware store were located in that spot?

Thanks to Brian for the picture!

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A special governing board meeting at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord will take place on Wednesday (today), and some in the community are saying the governing board will vote on the termination of an employee.

According to a Tuesday night post on the CVCHS Stakeholders for Transparency website, “the person being targeted for termination at tomorrow’s board meeting is Matthew Rosso. Is it a coincidence that he is running against Diane Bailey? The Executive Director’s actions are reprehensible in every way. We applaud Matthew and his family’s courage and we as a community need to be there tomorrow night to show the David Linzey that we will not stand for this!”

The website also posted a note, which they say came from Matthew Rosso’s facebook page.

“NO MORE paternity leave. So on my 4th day of paternity Im asked to come in and sign some paternity leave paperwork. So I go in with my daughter to show her off. When I arrived I am asked to meet with our Executive Director. I am then told he is asking the board to fire me.

He then claims to not want to hurt my family, so he offers me a small severance if I agree to keep the whole thing quiet and resign. My wife and I decided we can’t abide by such deceptive tactics. So tomorrow at 4:00pm at Clayton Valley Charter’s Library a special meeting is taking place to vote on my dismissal. The night before thanksgiving, OH and only non-interested board members voting.

Not a happy father.”

Rosso’s name does not appear on the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting, however, the agenda does state during the closed session part of the meeting the board will consider “Public Employee: Discipline/Dismissal/Release”

At this time, it is unknown why Rosso is possibly being “targeted for termination”. On the CVCHS website, Rosso is listed as the school’s Director of Information Technology.

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Prosecution and defense attorneys in the federal corruption trial of two San Francisco police officers rested their cases today, clearing the way for the jury to begin deliberating on Monday.

Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill, and Officer Edmond Robles, 47, of Danville, are accused of stealing money and property during searches in 2009 and conspiring to distribute drugs.

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BART Police Officers at the N. Concord BART Station arrested a woman after they recovered her stolen vehicle just after 2-o’clock this morning, according to BART Police (BPD).

BPD says they were investigating the recovered stolen vehicle at the station when they discovered that the registered owner had a no bail warrant for driving while intoxicated.

When the owner arrived to recover the vehicle, she was placed under arrest.

At her request, her recovered vehicle was released to her boyfriend.

No suspects were arrested for stealing the vehicle.

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Bay Area residents will be banned from burning firewood and other solid fuels during the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s third Spare the Air alert of the season on Wednesday.

During the 24-hour “Winter Spare the Air Alert,” residents throughout the region will be barred from using fireplaces, woodstoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices as stagnant weather conditions are expected to cause unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Air district officials say that wood smoke, like cigarette smoke, contain carcinogenic substances that make the air hazardous to breathe.

“Wood smoke is a serious public health problem for residents of the Bay Area,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a prepared statement.

“One fireplace burning in a neighborhood is like one person smoking on an airplane — everyone is impacted,” he said.

Anyone caught violating a Spare the Air alert for the first time will be given the choice of taking a wood smoke awareness class in lieu of a $100 fine.

Second-time offenders will receive a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts will be higher.

The public is asked to check before burning during the Winter Spare the Air season, from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.

The daily burn status can be found at www.baaqmd.gov, at www.sparetheair.org or by calling the air district’s hotline at (877)-4-NO-BURN.

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A vehicle -vs- motorcycle collision has been reported on Concord Ave. at Fremont St., going towards downtown Concord.

Traffic is backed up past the 242 on-ramp.

There is no word yet on injuries.

Use caution if you’re in the area.

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Claycordians, please keep your eyes out for an SUV similar to the one pictured above.

The following information is from the victim:

It was stolen from my driveway in Walnut Creek. It has chrome wheels and a personalized license plate that is FAUXFIL. Please keep an eye out and call the Police if you see it! It also has my logo, Fauxfilled Walls, on the back windows in metallic lettering, but they are faded. It is full of paint supplies.

If you see the SUV, please call the police.

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This Thanksgiving Day menu is from November 25, 1943, and as you can tell, it came from the U.S. Naval Barracks at Port Chicago.

The interesting thing about this menu, other than the fact that it’s 71-years-old, is it was the last Thanksgiving for many of the Sailors who were stationed at Port Chicago, since this it was just a few months before the deadly explosion which killed 320 sailors on July 17, 1944 at Port Chicago.

Click on both pictures above for a much larger view of each photo.

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:

What’s the most amount of money you’ve ever spent at a veterinarian’s office for one visit (including any follow-ups), and what was wrong with your animal?

NOTE: This post isn’t for reviews, so please, no comments on what vet is good, and what vet isn’t. Thanks!

Talk about it….

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This morning just before 2am, a citizen in Walnut Creek reported seeing two people looking into vehicles on Masters Ct., according to the Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD).

The following information is from WCPD:

Officers responded and set up a perimeter and used a K-9 team to track the suspects. Isidro Figueroa was contacted and admitted to stealing items from a vehicle in the parking lot.

He was also in possession of Methamphetamine. A short time later, officers contacted and arrested Jose Chavez for possession of a loaded firearm with an altered serial number and possession of a switchblade knife.

Chavez was also in possession of numerous burglary tools. Figueroa was booked at the Walnut Creek Police Department and Chavez was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

photos: courtesy of the Walnut Creek Police

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A woman who was killed in a multi-car crash on Interstate Highway 680 near Martinez last week has been identified as 66-year-old Patricia Campbell of San Jose, a Contra Costa County coroner’s deputy said today.

Campbell was a passenger in one of several vehicles involved in a crash that happened during last Tuesday’s evening commute around 5:15 p.m. on southbound Highway 680 north of state Highway 4, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision shut down all southbound lanes on the freeway for about two hours.

CHP Officer John Fransen said it appeared the San Jose woman was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The force of the crash caused one of the vehicles to roll over and left one person temporarily trapped, according to the CHP.

Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several other people were injured in the crash but the CHP has not disclosed the extent of their injuries.

Fransen said Campbell is one of several people not wearing a seatbelt to have died in Contra Costa County crashes in recent months.

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Everyday we get tips about door-to-door solicitors, and it seems like everyday, the “solicitors” get a little more aggressive.

Here’s a tip received on Monday night from a resident in N. Concord.

I live off of Grant Street on Fairfield Ave. in Concord.  A suspicious tall, white man just knocked on our door in a  manner that sounds like a rhythm like a family member would knock.  Then he stood away from the door in an attempt to make you open it to see who is there.  He was holding a bottle of windex and some kind of tools like wrenches. He asked if the man or lady of the house was home. I told him we don’t accept solicitors and he “left”.

Minutes later I turned on the light near the door and he knocked again. This time in a different rhythm.  I ran and got my boyfriend. He answered this time with a taser and this time the man asked if his parents were home.  I think he was just knocking to cover having been standing on our porch to begin with.

Don’t be afraid to call the police if you feel like something is suspicious.

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Bay Area residents will be banned from burning firewood and other solid fuels during the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s second Spare the Air alert of the season on Tuesday.

During the 24-hour “Winter Spare the Air Alert,” residents throughout the region will be barred from using fireplaces, woodstoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices as stagnant weather conditions are expected to cause unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Air district officials say that wood smoke, like cigarette smoke, contain carcinogenic substances that make the air hazardous to breathe.

“Wood smoke is a serious public health problem for residents of the Bay Area,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a prepared statement.

“One fireplace burning in a neighborhood is like one person smoking on an airplane — everyone is impacted,” he said.

Anyone caught violating a Spare the Air alert for the first time will be given the choice of taking a wood smoke awareness class in lieu of a $100 fine.

Second-time offenders will receive a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts will be higher.

The public is asked to check before burning during the Winter Spare the Air season, from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.

The daily burn status can be found at www.baaqmd.gov, at www.sparetheair.org or by calling the air district’s hotline at (877)-4-NO-BURN.

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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:  Awesome news, Claycordians! After five months of effort on the part of reader Linda H., who first reported the problem, Concord Traffic Czar Ray Kuzbari, Park Services and the Jammer, has great news!

Kuzbari reported: “I just wanted you to know that our Parks Services crews have completed trimming trees in the vicinity of Park-n-Shop in response to readers’ comments. This work has resulted in much improved sight visibility of the traffic signal indications at Sutter Street when approaching from westbound Willow Pass Road.”

And here’s confirmation from Linda H.:

COMMUTER: The trees on westbound Willow Pass Road from Galindo to Fry Way blocking the sightline to the traffic signals have been trimmed.

It’s finally been done.  What a huge difference it makes.  Thank you so much for your persistence.

–Linda H.

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Crews have capped a gas leak prompted by a construction crew dig-in near Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill this morning, a utility spokeswoman said.

A worker operating an excavator appears to have struck and ruptured a 1.25-inch natural gas line on Golf Club Road at Old Quarry Road around 8:30 a.m., according to PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.

Crews were able to stop the flow of gas around 10:30 a.m. and remained on scene as of 11:30 a.m. to repair the ruptured line, she said.

No evacuations were reported in the area but police temporarily closed part of Golf Club Road as crews worked to cap the leak.

PG&E encourages anyone planning a digging project to call 811 before getting started to have underground utility lines marked, regardless of the size of the job.

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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:

Last week, an employee at a Safeway store in Chico was fired for following and confronting a young shoplifter. The employee was apparently friends with the suspect’s parents, and knew the suspect. Since then, after public outcry over the firing of the 30+ year employee, he has been reinstated.

Do you think employees who confront shoplifters should be punished or fired, and do you think shoplifting will increase at Safeway now that everybody is hearing about their policy on shoplifting?

Talk about it….

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A construction crew dig-in caused a gas leak that remains uncapped near Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill this morning, according to a utility spokeswoman and fire dispatchers.

A worker operating an excavator appears to have struck and ruptured a 1.25-inch natural gas line on Golf Club Road at Old Quarry Road, according to PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.

Crews arrived on the scene a short time later and are working to cap the leak.

No evacuations were reported in the area but police have closed part of Golf Club Road and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

PG&E encourages anyone planning a digging project to call 811 before getting started to have underground utility lines marked, regardless of the size of the job.

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Officers from the Concord Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Nov.28 and Nov.29 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

Concord Police Traffic Sgt. K. Carlson stated, “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so drive sober or get pulled over!”

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed nine lives in Concord and resulted in 68 injury crashes harming 71 of our friends and neighbors.

Conservatively, a fatality can cost you $1.4 million, an injury collision can cost $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9,000.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!

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