We received this question and answer the other day from a fellow Claycordian: “When is 6:40 a.m. ever an acceptable time to be using a leaf blower? Friday is according to the guy across the street.”

To answer your question, the City of Concord has no noise ordinance, but they do say “there are no specific time restrictions for loud and unreasonable noise. A person’s peace can be disturbed at any time, but is the noise unreasonable given the time of day?”

Some would say “yes”, leaf-blowing at 6:30 a.m. is unreasonable, but it’s not illegal.

View the information below from the City of Concord on how to deal with excessive noise.

noise1

noise2

{ 54 comments }

bart_board

BART wants to give passengers more options to hold on.

At its meeting Thursday morning, the agency’s Board of Directors will consider allocating $311,850 for purchasing 35,000 new hanging hand straps to install in its cars, bringing the number of hand straps from 30 per car to 80, according to BART officials.

Only one company filed sufficient paperwork to bid on the contract when it was advertised in March, Bentech, which said it can provide the hand straps for $8.10 each.

At least one board member, Rebecca Saltzman, already expressed her support for the move on Twitter.

“I’m short and can’t reach overhead bars, and sometimes can’t find available hand strap,” Saltzman wrote.

{ 51 comments }

elections

In an effort to ensure that every Contra Costa vote is counted completely and accurately, technicians from the Elections Division are in the process of testing all pieces of the voting equipment that will be used in the June 7th, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.

The central-count voting system for vote-by-mail ballots and the scanners for paper ballots located at each polling place are being tested for logic and accuracy. The AutoMARK ballot-marking equipment aimed at helping the visually impaired vote is also tested at this time since it interacts with those counting systems.

The series of tests starts by charging all of the machines to make sure they are in working order and functioning properly, followed by a series of test ballots running through each machine to make sure they are properly programmed and pick up the intended ballot marks.

There are seven central count machines that will record results for approximately 400,000 vote-by-mail ballot cards, along with about 300 ballot scanners at polling places throughout the county.

The public is always invited to check out the testing in action. The Public Demonstration of the testing of the M650 Central Count Ballot Scanners is scheduled for 9:00 am on May 27th at the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office, 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. Visitors are asked to check-in at the Elections lobby.

For more information, call 925-335-7800.

{ 8 comments }

2016-05-25_135301

A 24-year-old Hercules resident has been arrested in Concord for commercial burglary, according to the Concord Police Department.

On Monday, at 12:12 p.m., Officers were dispatched to 2300 Clayton Road in regards to a grand theft. An employee called police to report that a male, wearing an orange construction vest, entered the business and stole a laptop, according to police.

Officers conducted an area check and was unable to locate the suspect.

On Tuesday, at 11:26 a.m., security from the business once again called police to report that the suspect returned and tried to steal another laptop.

Security attempted to detain the male suspect, however he was able to break free and run to Concord BART, according to police.

Information was passed along to BART Police and they were able to locate the suspect on a BART train in Walnut Creek.

Concord Police responded and placed the suspect under arrest.

Concord Police identified the suspect as 24 year-old Hercules resident Duane Hooper.

He was booked at the Concord Jail on a single charge of commercial burglary, police said.

{ 40 comments }

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:

In your opinion, if a person murders a pregnant woman, no matter how far along she is in her pregnancy, do you think the suspect should be tried for the murder of two people?

Talk about it.

{ 70 comments }

Contra Costa residents soon won’t have to rush to purchase copies of important documents before the normal close of the business day, as the County’s Clerk-Recorder Division will stay open late one day a week during the summer months.

From June 2nd through September 29th, the County Clerk-Recorder’s office will be open late on Thursday evenings.

The office will be open from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez.

The customer service windows normally close at 4:30 pm.

“We want to provide a courtesy for our residents who work and find it difficult to make it here before 4:30,” said Joe Canciamilla, the County’s Clerk-Recorder.

The Extended Hours program debuted last August and proved to be very popular during its two month run. Based on its popularity, the Clerk-Recorder staff decided to continue the program for a longer period of time.

By holding longer hours in the summer, customers are able to take advantage of the extra daylight. 248 customers were helped during the 8 weeks of extended hours last August and September, an average of 31 per evening.

Summer is an important time for parents to obtain birth certificates for school, those seeking documents for traveling and a popular season for weddings.

Services provided during the extra hours will include copies of marriage licenses, copies of birth certificates and death certificates, document copies, and professional filings. Document costs are available on the County Clerk-Recorder website at www.ccclerkrec.us.

Wedding ceremonies will also be available by appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 925-335-7900 or visit www.ccclerkrec.us.

{ 8 comments }

sanders

Bernie Sanders supporters posted “Honk for Bernie” signs on a Hwy.4 overpass near I-680 on Tuesday.

If you had to honk for somebody, who would it be?

  • Sanders?
  • Clinton?
  • Trump?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Thanks to Gerardo for the photo.

{ 168 comments }

At least one person was injured tonight in the latest shooting on Interstate Highway 80, according to the California Highway Patrol, this time in Hercules.

The shooting was reported at 9:16 p.m. on the eastbound side of Highway 80 just west of state Highway 4. Officers arrived on scene and confirmed that a shooting did occur at that location.

Details about the victim’s condition were not immediately available.

A Sig-alert was issued for eastbound Highway 80 at 9:37 p.m. due to police activity. Two eastbound lanes have been closed just west of Highway 4 and four lanes have been closed at Pinole Valley Road.

Traffic in the area remains heavy and drivers are advised to expect delays, according to the CHP.

Tonight’s shooting is the latest in a series of roughly 20 that have occurred on East Bay highways since November.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com

{ 13 comments }

San Francisco supervisors today unanimously approved an update to the Sanctuary City policy that places strict limits on communication by local law enforcement with federal immigration authorities.

The revised policy allows law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials about a criminal suspect only if the suspect is being held on a serious felony and has been convicted of a violent felony in the past seven years, certain types of serious felonies in the past five years or three separate felonies in the past five years.

Supervisor John Avalos introduced the legislation this year following controversy over the fatal 2015 shooting of Kate Steinle, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had been released from custody a short time earlier.

The shooting sparked national criticism of San Francisco’s Sanctuary City policies, which are intended to encourage cooperation and trust between police and immigrant communities. Then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi came under fire for his decision to release Lopez-Sanchez without notifying federal authorities and current Sheriff Vickie Hennessey, who was then running for office, promised a review of sheriff’s department procedures.

The final legislation approved today was the result of lengthy negotiations, and passed with the full support of the board, Hennessey and other city officials.

“What’s significant about this legislation is that we’re united on it,” Avalos said. “That’s a better place to be if we’re going to uphold a Sanctuary City policy in the face of political pressure.”

{ 24 comments }

mugshot

The man wanted in connection with the murder of Concord resident Poinsettia Parks, has been taken into custody.

Concord Police confirm to Claycord.com Erick Lamar Nelson surrendered to authorities today in Reno, Nevada.

The body of Parks was found floating in the duck pond at Newhall Park in Concord in the very early morning hours of May 16.

Concord Police Detectives are in Reno conducting follow up with Nelson.

He remains in custody at the Washoe County Jail pending extradition to California.

photo: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

{ 77 comments }

This year’s Memorial Day weekend is expected to bring out the second-highest travel volume for this holiday ever, and the most travelers since 2005.

Californians are expected to make a mad dash to enjoy a long awaited holiday getaway, according to AAA’s latest holiday travel forecast.

AAA’s travel survey projects more than 4.6 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday weekend. This represents an increase of 2.5 percent from last year’s record highs.

“The beginning of summer has officially begun with millions of Californians ready to hit the roads, spurred by lower gas prices and growing optimism in the country’s economy,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “This season’s record high travel volume is a good barometer as to what we can expect for the rest of the year.”

AAA projects that more than 3.9 million Californians will drive this upcoming holiday weekend, a 2.7 percent increase from last year. Air travel will increase by 2.4 percent compared to 2015 figures, with just over 426,000 Californians intending to fly to their holiday getaways. Approximately 284,000 state residents are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, such as rail, bus and watercraft. This represents a 0.2 percent decrease compared with 2015.

Nationally, AAA estimates that more than 38 million people will journey 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend, representing a 1.9 percent increase compared to last year.

The AAA Leisure Travel Index shows that hotel rates at AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase by seven percent from a year ago, averaging $183 per night. Weekend car rentals rates will average $62 per day, the same as last year. Airfares are falling 26 percent for the top 40 domestic flight routes, averaging $165.

{ 4 comments }

Alpine Pastry & Cakes is legendary in Claycord, so here’s a little history (click on the images above).

This menu was offered by Alpine before Luigi’s Deli came to Terminal shopping center on Clayton Rd. in Concord (near BART).

Not many people know this, but Alpine used to fry their own donuts over near the four-corners area (Monument & Oak Grove), and distributed them amongst their three stores.

A lot of the original cakes and pastries are still made to this day with the same recipe!

This menu is also on display at their new location – 1848 Willow Pass Road in Concord.

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

{ 10 comments }

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:

It was announced this week that Sports Authority plans to close ALL of its stores, including the one on Concord Ave. in Concord (near Sam’s Club).

Once it closes, what do you think should move in? (keep in mind, the Sport’s Authority building has about 150 parking spots, and the Sam’s Club building across the lot has close to 400 parking spots).

Talk about it.

{ 139 comments }

clayton

The City of Clayton has proposed a tax measure for residents to vote on in the upcoming June 7 election.

Clayton’s Measure H would extend for another 10 years an existing property tax assessment that supports trail
maintenance, roadway landscaping and open-space weed abatement.

Originally introduced in 1997, the tax was renewed in 2007 and is due for another renewal.

Daniel Richardson, chair on the Yes on Measure H Committee, said the specialized $1 million assessment is essential for the small city, which has a budget of only around $4 million.

“It’s a tiny city but we have nice trails and landscaping, which helps define the character of Clayton,” Richardson said. “And this goes 100 percent to paying for that work.”

“There’s no way we could absorb the cost otherwise,” he added.

{ 21 comments }

images

Local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 23 – June 5 in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use.

This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes.  In California, more than a half million people travel our roadways at grave risk without proper restraints. These facts gravely highlight the need for increased education, awareness and enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.

This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a “Coast to Coast” seat belt education and enforcement effort with the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement around the I-10, I-40, I-70 and I-80 corridors. Additionally, law enforcement agencies statewide are joining the Click It or Ticket effort to emphasize the “Coast to Coast” seat belt safety awareness campaign in all 50 states.

“As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens, from the East to the West Coast,” said Chief Guy Swanger, Concord Police Department. “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.”

In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationally were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

{ 16 comments }

{ 3 comments }

Concord Moose Lodge 567 gave three $1,000 scholarships to local high school students tonight.

In order to receive the Moose Scholarship students must be on the honor roll, be outstanding in community service, and academic achievement.

The Concord Moose Family Center has been gifting local students with these scholarships for more than 25 years. The three students are Mackennzie Chandler from Mt. Diablo High School, Donald Hollars from Concord High School and Anthony Cannon from College Park High School.

Lodge Governor David Hoover and Administrator Erick Fives presented, the Chairman is Jeff Brogan.

Congratulations to the students.

photo credit: Craig Cannon

{ 5 comments }

fallen

The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms (Chapter 20) are pleased and proud to announce a new project to honor our fallen Warriors.

16 Soldiers, Marines and Airmen from 11 local high schools died in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The high schools are: Antioch, Berean Christian, Clayton Valley, College Park, Concord, De la Salle, Las Lomas, Liberty, Mt. Diablo, Olympic and Ygnacio Valley.

Our goal is to place a granite memorial at each of these high schools that will include the names of our fallen Heroes from each school. The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms are very proud to be able to bring this honor and remembrance to reality so that generations to come will know of the sacrifices that were made here at home for their freedoms. We shall never forget.

Each memorial will cost approximately $5,000. To facilitate raising funds for this project, a GoFundMe account has been opened, so that anyone who wishes to donate may do so with a credit card. See gofundme.com/23ta7d84. Checks made out to CCBSM are also welcome and should be mailed to P.O. Box 6379, Concord, CA 94524. Donors should note “High School Memorials” in the memo area.

For more information, contact Loretta Masnada at loretta@ccbluestarmoms.org, 925-686-3944, or Carol Prell, cprell@ccbluestarmoms.org, 925-683-2433.

{ 3 comments }

chevron

Workers are preparing the demolish the old Chevron building on Diamond Blvd. to get ready to construct a 375,000 square foot shopping center.

retail2

The center would be located where Chevron currently stands, next to the Willows Shopping Center and across from Hometown Buffet.

The site was acquired by CenterCal in November of 2015, and the project proposes [CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY....]

{ 70 comments }