The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we will ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

We have people from all over the World who now live in Claycord, so this should be fun to see where everybody’s from.

What city & state were you born in? If you weren’t born in the United States, tell us the city and country.

Talk about it….



Concord Police are responding to Todos Santos Plaza, where two Hispanic males broke out the window of a vehicle on Grant St. (in front of the Farmers’ Market), and stole an item from inside the vehicle, according to a witness.

Both suspects were wearing black t-shirts and black shorts.

They were last seen walking into the parking garage on Grant and Salvio.



A portion of Locust St., between Olympic Blvd. and Botelho Dr. in Walnut Creek has been closed after a person jumped from a parking garage above the Buckhorn Grille.

We’re hearing the person is dead, but that has not been confirmed by Walnut Creek Police.

Use caution if you’re in the area.

UPDATE: The man who died was Concord City Attorney Mark Coon.

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Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Contra Costa County this morning to sign legislation strengthening women’s rights to equal pay for equal work.

Brown will sign the California Fair Pay Act, Senate Bill 358, at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond this morning, according to the governor’s office.

The bill by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, eliminates some loopholes and outdated terms in current state labor codes that make it harder to enforce equal pay provisions and clarifies the burden of proof for claims made under the law, according to proponents.

For instance, under current law a woman who works at a facility in Oakland could not necessarily compare her salary to that of a man who holds the same position for the same company at a facility in Berkeley, proponents said.

The new law would eliminate that “same establishment” requirement for comparison and also make it harder for employers to use irrelevant factors other than gender as a defense by making the requirements for such a defense more specific, proponents said.

The law also prohibits retaliation against employees for disclosing or discussing their own wages or inquiring about other employees’ wages.



A used needle was found by a Claycordian near the old Fresh & Easy building in Concord’s Clayton Valley Shopping Center.

Here’s what she said about the find:




Walnut Creek City Manager Ken Nordhoff’s monthly newsletter has been released.

Click on the image above to view what the city manager has to say about the homeless shelter, the future of aquatics at Heather Farm Park, and much more.


Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) and Health Center leaders are working to reduce the impacts to patient care from the strike called by the California Nurses Association (CNA) for today, October 6 and tomorrow, Wednesday October 7.

“The care and safety of our patients is our top priority and we hope to be able to resolve this as quickly as possible. The Superior Court of California granted us a preliminary injunction requiring some nurses from Detention Services, Inpatient Psychiatric Services and Psychiatric Emergency Services to report to work on the scheduled work action days. An additional 120 positions will be filled by replacement nurses,” said Contra Costa Health Services Director William Walker.

Walker said professional nurses were recruited as replacement workers to ensure essential services are available during the strike.

“All of our replacement nurses meet the requirement for the specialties where they will be assigned and they have received training and orientation to CCRMC and Health Centers for the past two days. Their qualifications were verified prior to their arrival on campus,” said Walker.

CCRMC and Health Centers provide comprehensive medical services to the residents of this County including services to the County most vulnerable and CCRMC is the only public hospital in this County.

“During this work action, we will continue to deliver high-quality health care to our patients. We’re nationally recognized for providing outstanding health care and we always staff to safe standards for patient safety and quality,” said Walker.

RELATED STORY: CoCo County Nurses to Strike – County Sends Memo, Calls Strike “Premature”



A woman was detained at the Concord BART station this morning after jumping on the tracks, according to BART Police.

The incident occurred just after 1am.

Officers responded and located the woman on track number two. Power was dropped and the officers ultimately had to escort the woman back to the platform, where she was detained.

Officers determined that the woman was in need of psychiatric care, and she was transported by ambulance to the County Hospital in Martinez for evaluation and treatment.


A 59-year-old man died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing on Saturday night in unincorporated Contra Costa County, California Highway Patrol officials said.

CHP officers found the motorcyclist, identified today by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as Andrew Rance, after responding at 11:22 p.m. Saturday to a reported crash at 4940 Morgan Territory Road, east of Mt. Diablo.

Rance, a Richmond resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.

CHP officials said it appears the rider allowed his motorcycle to travel off the roadway and onto a dirt shoulder, where he lost control and struck a metal drainage culvert.

Rance died despite wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet at the time of the collision, according to the CHP.

The crash is still being investigated, but it doesn’t seem as though other vehicles were involved, CHP officials said.

Anyone with information about the crash or events leading up to it can reach CHP at (925) 646-4980.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Motorcycle Collision on Morgan Territory Rd. in Clayton



On September 23, 2015, Fremont Police Detectives, with the assistance of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Department, arrested 20-year-old San Ramon resident Kwangmin Jin in Champaign, Illinois, for a warrant stemming from a sexual assault investigation.

The following information is from the Fremont Police Dept.:



Governor Jerry Brown has signed the “right to die” bill, making California the 5th state in the Nation to legally end their lives using doctor prescribed drugs.

Click on the play button shown above to watch the video.

QUESTION: What’s your opinion on this?


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Concord Police are in the area of the Concord BART station searching for a woman who tried to open the door of a home on Atlantic St.

The woman, described as a Hispanic female in her 20s with baggy jeans and a sweatshirt tied around her waist, knocked very loudly on the door, and when the homeowner failed to answer, she tried to open the door.

Fortunately, she was not able to get inside the home.

If you have any information, please call the Concord Police Department.

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we will ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

Residents of a small Utah condominium community say they are being fined for American flag displays that their homeowners association considers “exterior decorations” that can only go up around holidays, according to Fox News.

Do you think they should stop complaining, and start playing by the rules of their condo’s HOA, or do you think a person should always be able to fly an American flag, even if it isn’t during a holiday?

Talk about it….


Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s Bill, AB 849, “Causing an Explosion”, has been vetoed by California Governor Jerry Brown.

“This bill would have provided that a person who recklessly causes an explosion is guilty of a public offense. The bill would provide that if the explosion causes great bodily injury, the offense is a felony punishable by incarceration for 2, 4, or 6 years, as specified, or a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year”, according to Government website

The bill states if the explosion causes damages in the amount of $20,000 or more to any structure in which a person was present at the time of the offense or to an inhabited dwelling, the offense is a felony punishable, as specified, or a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, the website reports.

The bill would have also provided that if the explosion causes damages in the amount of $2,000 or more, but less than $20,000, to any structure in which a person was present at the time of the offense or to an inhabited dwelling, the offense is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

Existing law proscribes the crime of arson and provides that a person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned, or aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, a structure, forest land, or property. The crime of arson is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, as specified.

The Governor posted the following letter regarding his decision to veto the bill:


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Thanks to for the heads-up on the veto.



A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Martinez after a traffic stop near Amador Ct. and Tahoe Cir., and police say they’ve recovered property taken during burglaries in several different neighboring cities, including Concord.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer located numerous tools and electronics, and the suspect, 23-year-old Michael Dehaydu, admitted to the officer that some of the items in the vehicle were from recent burglaries he had committed, according to the Martinez Police Department.

Dehaydu was arrested on scene after the officer corroborated some of the items were stolen. Dehaydu also later admitted to having additional stolen property in a storage facility, police said.

Martinez Police Detectives then responded to a storage facility in Pacheco, where more stolen property was recovered, according to police.

Based on the initial stages of this investigation, it appears that property recovered was from crimes committed in several neighboring cities including Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, and Berkeley. It is believed the recovered property could be connected to more than 10 vehicle and residential burglaries, police said.

Dehaydu was transported to the Contra Costa County Jail and booked for numerous charges including Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Burglary. His bail has been set at $130,000.00.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Baillie at 925-372-3451.


Twelve tons of unwanted or expired medicine was collected in Northern California and the Central Valley on Saturday, a day that was dedicated to proper disposal of prescription drugs, federal drug enforcement officials said today.

Saturday was the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 10th iteration of its Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a national event. There were 169 collection sites manned by 108 different agencies that took in the 12 tons in the Central Valley and Northern California generally.

More than 150 tons of prescription drugs have been collected since the event was introduced in 2010.

Keeping unused or expired medicine in home cabinets makes these drugs susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to the DEA.

And the DEA reports that disposing of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or simply throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA officials said that those who properly disposed of prescription drugs on Saturday “made their community and home safer.”



Invite your family, friends & neighbors to join us for the 2nd Annual Veterans Day 5K/10K Run/Walk, Saturday, November 7th, 2015 presented by Contra Costa Blue Star Moms CA Chapter 20.

This event was created to raise awareness and show support for our many local veterans and raise money to provide support for active duty service personnel, promote patriotism, assist Veterans organizations and assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.

All proceeds from this race benefit local veterans programs Contra Costa Blue Star Moms supports in our area.

This professionally timed 6.2 mile (10K) and 3.1 mile (5K) Run/Walk is a flat and fast out and back course route that starts in Hillcrest Park on the Delta DeAnza Trail, heads out onto the Iron Horse Trail and then loops back into Hillcrest Park ending in the park.

There will be a portapotty & 2 aid stations on the 10K course (1 on the 5K course) with water and electrolyte drinks.

All registered participants receive a short sleeve event T-shirt (shirts not guaranteed after October 30th) and a dog tag finishers’ medal! **Dri-fit shirts available for pre-registered participants prior to November 2nd for additional $7.00.

A parent or guardian must be present with children (under 18) to register & sign release form.

Entry Fees:

On-Line Entry Fees for 5K & 10K-$30.00 before October 18th, $35.00 after October 18th to November 5th at 10am.

Mail-in Entry Fees for both 5K/10K-$30.00 postmarked by October 18th, $35.00 postmarked by November 2nd.

In Person Registration:  Receive $5.00 off your entry fee when you register in person through November 2nd at RoadRunner Sports in Concord or Sports Basement in Walnut Creek (at Sports Basement you will also receive a 10% off shopping pass when you sign up and 5% of the purchase price comes back to CCBSM!)

Last Minute Registration: Last minute registration is available at Early Packet Pick-up at RoadRunner Sports in Concord on Friday, November 6th from 4pm-7pm and on Race Day starting at 7am. $40.00

Prize awards to top 3 Male & Female Finishers in both races & for top Male & Female Veterans in both races!

Before & after the race, enjoy food & beverages provided by Costco, Grocery Outlet, Sunrise Bagels, Peet’s Coffee and Bills Ace Hardware.

Free parking available at the park and nearby parking lots next to the park.  Look for the signs.

Day of Race Registration: 7am-8am

Race Day:  Veteran’s Day Ceremony 8:15am-8:30am

Races Start: 8:30am

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Contra Costa County’s coordinated approach to addressing the devastating impacts of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking has been given a financial boost and vote of confidence with the announcement this week of two significant federal grants.

United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch announced $44 million in grant funding for programs across the country that combat human trafficking and support survivors.

Contra Costa County, considered to be among the leaders nationwide in its efforts to end domestic violence and human trafficking, was awarded a $727,364 three year grant so it can build upon its efforts of identifying victims and providing services for children and adults trapped in labor and sex trafficking. Zero Tolerance Chair, Devorah Levine says, “This grant is an endorsement of our accomplishments. It’s our responsibility to understand how modern day slavery exists in our community and how to best help victims.”

Also announced this week, another $26 million dollars for programs nationwide dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Contra Costa County received a $900,000, three year grant for its programs working with victims and perpetrators. Says Levine, “We are making progress, and an opportunity like this grant, helps catapult our efforts to reach more people.” The money will be used to advocate for victims, offer assistance with restraining orders and law enforcement training. Hiring a full time probation officer to monitor 35-40 high risk domestic violence probationers is among the strategies planned to deescalate violence.