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    Voters in Contra Costa who previously have not cast their ballots by mail will get that chance in November, and they don’t need to take any steps to make it happen. Every registered voter in the county will have a ballot sent to them before Nov. 3, according to a statement sent out Wednesday by Debi Cooper, the county clerk-recorder and registrar of voters. Direct mail to residents who have not voted by mail previously will arrive starting this week informing those residents of their option to vote by mail, Cooper said. Cooper said all but about 25% of county voters already have cast their ballots by mail in previous elections. They will not be receiving a notification in the...
    It’s essential that voters along the northern Contra Costa waterfront from Pinole to Antioch pay close attention when they mark their ballots in the Nov. 3 race for county supervisor. Federal Glover deserves reelection in the District 5 runoff. His opponent, county Assessor Gus Kramer, doesn’t deserve to hold any public office — not his current one nor the one he’s seeking. It’s that simple. In March, Glover garnered 49.87% of the vote in the three-way race, falling just shy of the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. The rest of the ballots were nearly evenly split between two challengers with Kramer eking out the second spot for November. First elected in 2000, Glover has been a solid, soft-spoken...
    PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — Fire crews extinguished a blaze that ignited inside a massive pile of debris at the Transfer Station in Pittsburg early Monday morning, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was reported at about 3:20 a.m. at the facility at 1300 Loveridge Road, adjacent to the Mt. Diablo Recycling Center, fire officials said. Battalion 8 crews working to extinguish a fire at the #Pittsburg transfer station. Cause under investigation. #LoveridgeIC pic.twitter.com/2hoBFrZRl0 — Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) August 3, 2020 Sprinklers in the transfer station initially prevented the fire from spreading until fire crews arrived to fully extinguished the blaze. Firefighters were remaining on scene to watch and extinguish hot spots...
    4518 Lilac Ridge Road, San Ramon; $2.25 million; 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in 5,443 square feet; built in 2003 on 0.24 acres; Summit Bridge home at Gale Ranch borders the Bridges Golf Course; house features hardwood floors, travertine, marble inlays, new carpet, crown molding, plantation shutters and fresh interior paint; interior courtyard has a fireplace; guest suite located on the main level; eat-in kitchen boasts granite counters, two islands and high-end appliances; 2-room master bedroom includes a private terrace; backyard, which overlooks the golf course fairway, features a patio, garden beds, fruit trees, outdoor lighting, arbor and outdoor dining area. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    SAN PABLO — County leaders called for more effort from residents on the final day of what’s been the worst month in California during the coronavirus pandemic. The state has seen 15 days with more than 100 deaths from COVID-19, according to data compiled by this news organization. Before July, only 100 or more deaths in a day were recorded only six times. “If we don’t get serious now, ashes, ashes, we all fall down,” said Dr. Desmond Carson, a hospital doctor who said he has seen the repercussions of folks being too casual with social-distancing guidelines. Carson questioned why — if the National Guard was deployed for protests — they weren’t responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The National Guard...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    A Contra Costa County resident who struck a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy with the door of a vehicle at Cache Creek Casino before leading officers on a 50-mile pursuit will remain behind bars. The District Attorney’s Office reported that 56-year-old Phillip Arasa appeared before a two-commissioner panel of the Board of Parole Hearings for his first lifer parole hearing on Thursday. Arasa was sentenced to 29 years-to-life in state prison in 2007. Arasa is serving his sentence at Mule Creek State Prison. At the time of the crime, Arasa was a resident of Contra Costa County. The hearing commissioners were Michele Minor and Thomas Sparks. According to the DA’s Office, on Dec.13, 2001, deputies were called to the Cache Creek...
    Contra Costa County officials are warning residents that if they should get some seeds in the mail unexpectedly, they should not plant them,. They’re … well, seedy. “They could be weeds,” said Matt Slattengren, the agricultural commissioner and weights-and-measures director for Contra Costa County. “They could be diseases, they could be viruses. We just don’t know yet.” The strange seeds began arriving throughout the United States in recent weeks, and the packages appear to be from China, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though the Chinese foreign ministry has said the postmarks are forged. The labels often indicate the packages contain jewelry. All 50 states have issued warnings about the seeds, concerned that they could be an invasive plant...
    SAN RAMON (KPIX) – Residents in Contra Costa County now have to mask up pay up. County supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance, on Tuesday, that allows city and county officials to cite people who don’t wear masks, or don’t keep a distance of at least 6 feet. Group gatherings can also be cited. Lawmakers said the emergency ordinance was necessary to encourage compliance with public health orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people in San Ramon were already abiding by the mask ordinance at a shopping mall. “I don’t mind wearing it. I don’t want to be the bad guy,“ said one shopper. The fines will cost an individual $100 dollars for a first offense,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday used its emergency powers under state law to pass a new ordinance that establishes fines for violations of COVID-19 public health orders including the wearing of face coverings. Violations of coronavirus pandemic public health orders can also pertain to inadequate social distancing and group gatherings. The Board unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2020-21 effective immediately after determining it was necessary to provide an alternative to criminal enforcement of public health orders that will augment the ability of Contra Costa County and other local agencies to ensure compliance with public health orders and slow the spread of COVID-19. “Many people are following the Health Orders, but we need to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    MARTINEZ — Former Contra Costa County elections chief Joseph Canciamilla pleaded not guilty Monday to 34 felony charges for illegally spending campaign funds for several years. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office had charged Canciamilla in June with 30 counts of perjury involving campaign disclosure statements and four counts of personal grand theft of campaign funds spent on a vacation in Asia, airfare, restaurants and other personal expenses. According to the complaint, Canciamilla illegally spent $261,800.68 of his campaign funds in all. Canciamilla, who remains free on his own recognizance, did not appear in court on Monday. His attorney Michael Rains entered the plea on his behalf. Canciamilla’s next court date — in Contra Costa County Superior Court —...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Former Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla pleaded not guilty Monday morning to 34 felony counts of grand theft and perjury related to allegations he illegally used nearly $262,000 from election campaign accounts to pay off a personal loan and for travel and other luxuries. Canciamilla did not appear at Monday’s brief arraignment in Contra Costa County Superior Court. His attorney, Michael Rains, said Canciamilla is out of state, and remains free on his own recognizance. Rains entered the pleas in front of Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Laurel Brady. The district attorney’s office in June had charged Canciamilla, 65, with 30 counts of felony perjury for allegedly making misstatements on 30 separate campaign...
    Contra Costa could soon become the third Bay Area county to authorize administrative citations for anyone violating public health orders. A vote on the proposed ordinance, which is similar to those in Marin and Napa counties, is on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for their meeting Tuesday. It would give city and county officials the ability to cite social distancing scofflaws with fines starting at $100 for individuals and as high as $1,000 for businesses for each violation. Staff members began putting together the proposal following their meeting two weeks ago, July 14. In the time since, the Boards of Supervisors in Napa and Marin counties approved similar orders, though there are some differences. The Napa County order, the first...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. -- Evacuations have been lifted along Holland Tract Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County as firefighters put out the last remains of a vegetation fire Monday, a fire spokesman said.The evacuations had been lifted at around 8 p.m. in the area just east of Oakley where 75 acres burned, Steve Aubert, spokesman for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, said.The first report of the fire was made to firefighters at 2:14 p.m. off Tranquility Bay Road. Fortunately, the fire was burning in open vegetation, Aubert said.No one was injured and no structures were damaged, he said.At least one home had been threatened in the fire that was being driven by severe winds.
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Crews are battling a fast-moving grass fire being driven by strong winds in East Contra Costa County.In a tweet sent out by the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, the fire has burned at least 40 acres and is 0% contained.Evacuations are underway on Holland Tract Road which is near the town of Knightsen. Update: 3:42 the Holland Tract fire is wind driven and has grown to over 20 acres. A type 3 strike team (5, 4x4 fire engines) are responding from, San Ramon, Moraga, Concord, and Antioch. Off duty ECCFPD personnel are asked to return to work. Here is video of fire conditions. pic.twitter.com/LSmsStiKP3— ECCFPD (@ECCFPD) July 20, 2020Several strike teams from San...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Crews are battling a fast-moving grass fire being driven by strong winds in East Contra Costa County.In a tweet sent out by the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, the fire is being dubbed the Holland Tract fire and has already burned at least 20 acres near Knightsen. Update: 3:42 the Holland Tract fire is wind driven and has grown to over 20 acres. A type 3 strike team (5, 4x4 fire engines) are responding from, San Ramon, Moraga, Concord, and Antioch. Off duty ECCFPD personnel are asked to return to work. Here is video of fire conditions. pic.twitter.com/LSmsStiKP3— ECCFPD (@ECCFPD) July 20, 2020Several strike teams from San Ramon, Moraga, Concord, and Antioch to...
    CLAYTON (CBS SF) — The driver of a cement truck was hospitalized early Sunday with serious injuries following a frightening crash on a rural roadway near Clayton. The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District said wood debris in the road was being cited as the possible cause of an overturned cement truck that trapped the driver inside for more than an hour Saturday. Units from the district, Cal Fire, and the Contra Costa Fire Protection District were called to the scene at 16200 Marsh Creek Road west of the Palms Mobile Home Park shortly after noon, closed the roadway in both directions and worked for an hour to stabilize the truck before extricating the driver. The driver was then...
    DANVILLE (KPIX 5) — Newly-reopened businesses in Contra Costa County have shut down again, leaving workers struggling to make ends meet, and forcing some hairstylists to take their business underground. Donald Kolinski has turned his backyard into a barbershop. “So now I’m cutting friends hair in the backyard making no money,” said Kolinski. His Danville salon was shut down Wednesday in the Contra Costa County rollback. But Kolinski says he is taking matters into his own hands, literally. But he says cutting his friends’ hair won’t pay the bills. “You’re not making any money on $2,000 unemployment,” said Kolinski. “It doesn’t pay the mortgage. We’re going to go have to go underground.” His wife, Vicky, is also a hairstylist. Financial...
    A moratorium to protect renters from eviction and certain rent increases during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in effect in Contra Costa County through September. The county’s Board of Supervisors extended the ordinance at a special meeting Tuesday night. The moratorium applies to residents and small businesses and applies to all 19 cities and unincorporated areas in the county. “The emergency is not over with the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic impact our residents face has not subsided,” Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Candace Andersen said in a statement. “We sincerely hope passage of this new ordinance to extend the eviction protection and rent freeze will continue to protect renters and small businesses, even as landlords and renters work together to have...
    Facing funding cuts from city and state sources impacted by the COVID-19’s economic fallout, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved cutting 26 jobs across the county library system and the county’s Department of Child Support Services. The move comes after the Walnut Creek City Council indicated it would not pay to fund the additional 21 hours per week that it has paid to keep both the downtown Walnut Creek Library and the Ygnacio Valley Library open. The county pays for a baseline 35 hours per week of service at each of the libraries in its system. Some cities have chosen to pay to keep libraries open for additional hours on top of that, but as the...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will proceed with pursuing a half-cent, 20-year sales tax measure for November’s general election ballot, though it could be derailed if a bill now languishing in Sacramento isn’t passed by the end of July. The tax would raise an estimated $81 million a year to pay for county services including Health and Emergency Services, Safety Net Services, Housing and Early Childhood Services. The supervisors will be presented with proposed ballot measure language at their July 28 meeting, and will have to approve a measure at that same meeting to allow enough time to get the measure on the November ballot. County Supervisor Candace Andersen of Danville was the sole...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the weekend’s top coronavirus and reopening-related stories. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors South City Pre-Teen Invents Virus-Blocking, ‘Safe Touch’ Utility Device SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — Ever since the pandemic began, scientists have been trying to get a handle on preventing the spread of the disease. It looks like a 12-year-old kid may have beaten them to it. These days, people are looking for ways to keep from touching the same objects as everyone else. As a little kid, Mizan Rupan-Tompkins had a...
    CONCORD (KPIX) — A rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted Contra Costa County to once again cancel all indoor church services just days after they were allowed to reopen. In the Bible, God tests the faith of a man named Job by subjecting him to one misfortune after another. In the story, there is the line: “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” They know how that feels at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Concord. “We were so excited — hopeful, you know?” said Fr. Ismael Gutierrez. Sunday was a day parishioners were looking forward to for months: the first indoor Mass since the stay-at-home began. They had been holding drive-in services in the school parking lot...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A fire burning near the Contra Costa County Health Department in Martinez has left a large plume of smoke over the city.Smoke can be seen from the Cummings Skyway.The fire is broke out near 4003 Alhambra Way in Martinez, which is about two miles from the Contra Costa County courthouse.A protest is planned for Sunday afternoon not far from where the fire is burning.Several thousand people are expected to peacefully protest in response to racist incidents in the city.Stay with ABC7 News on this developing story
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF/AP) — After weeks of gathering to worship, Contra Costa County churchgoers enjoyed their final day of services inside local churches Sunday as restrictions were being reimposed during a surge in COVID-19 cases. County officials announced that starting Sunday night indoor worship services are again prohibited. The culprit — a recent surge in new cases. The 7-day average number of new cases in the county jumped from 38 to 146 in one month’s time, according to county data. Hospitalized patients increased from 17 to 54 during the same period. “I think the public health officials in Contra Costa County are being sort of careful in not wanting Contra Costa County to go the wrong way. Of course...
    Contra Costa County health officials enacted tighter restrictions Sunday on public gatherings in response to growing concerns about the rise of novel coronavirus cases. The updated guidelines, announced Saturday by the county health director, temporarily prohibited indoor worship services. It also directed the use of facial coverings while dining outdoors except when eating and drinking. Health officials took the action after seeing 8.04 percent of COVID-19 tests in the past seven days return with positive results. Officials have seen a steady increase in cases since June 20, according to the health department directive. Additional restrictions were ordered for some businesses and activities that were previously cleared for operation because they present a high risk for disease transmission, according to the...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — A rise in positive cases of COVID-19 in Contra Costa Country has triggered public health officials to reconsider pausing reopening activities and tightening its mask requirements. Official say that more than 8% of COVID-19 tests are now returning positive. In mid June, the positivity rate was 4%. “I think the public health officials in Contra Costa County are being sort of careful in not wanting Contra Costa County to go the wrong way. Of course you know Contra Costa was on the watchlist for awhile, then it got off, and now they’re kind of looking at things more seriously once again,” said UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. Concord resident Rachelle Kamm said its not...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Novel coronavirus cases have spiked in Contra Costa County.The latest data shows over 8% of people tested in the last 7 days came back positive with the virus. MEDIA RELEASE: More than 8% of Contra Costa COVID-19 Tests Now Positive https://t.co/gfUpSYeZAD— Contra Costa Health Services (@CoCoHealth) July 11, 2020In hopes to slow the spread, the county has implemented several new changes.CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: Some restaurant owners outraged after Alameda County suspends outdoor diningNumber one, effective Sunday at 11:59 p.m. all indoor religious gatherings will be banned."We're probably less than 10% capacity and huge space everyone was spread out and no singing. Everything right along with the guidelines so it's just disappointing that services won't be...
    As the rate of positive COVID-19 test results is on the rise in Contra Costa County, health officials are issuing new rules, including barring indoor worship services and requiring outdoor diners to wear masks at all times except when Effective 11:59 p.m. Sunday, indoor worship services will be temporarily banned, officials from Contra Costa Health Services announced Saturday afternoon. Outdoor worship services or cultural ceremonies will continue to be allowed, along with social protests, with no limit on size, as long as people keep distance between them and wear face masks. Outdoor dining is still allowed, but staff and customers have to wear face masks or coverings at all times “except when putting food and drink in the mouth,” the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    142 Midship Way, Hercules; $1.4 million; 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in 4,732 square feet; built in 2001 on 0.5 acres; meticulously maintained features 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms and a chef’s kitchen; more than 30 fruit trees on property; includes steam shower and dry sauna; backyard has a pool and jacuzzi; solar system stores enough electricity to power the house, pool, heat and warm water. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Two Californians have been charged with a hate crime for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural, numerous sources reported. Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism after they covered up the mural in front of a courthouse with paint on July 4, KRON 4 reported Tuesday.  Anderson was caught on camera by a witness using black paint to cover the mural, which was permitted by the city and was painted the day of the vandalism. The mural was restored after being vandalized.(RELATED: Black Lives Matter’ Has Been Explicit About Its Goals. These Are Their Demands) If convicted, Anderson and Nelson face up to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Santa Clara County is off the state’s watch list, but a Bay Area neighbor is back on, hammering home the notion that there’s no guarantee it will stay that way. The list of counties that Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials are monitoring in partnership with local leaders grew by six, from 19 late last week to 23 to begin the week. New to the list: Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey and San Diego. Back on the list: Contra Costa. If the math doesn’t add up, allow the governor to explain. “When I last left you on Thursday, there were 19 counties on that list. Today we have 23 counties,” Newsom said at his daily video news conference. “You...
    The night sky may have been ablaze with fireworks on the Fourth of July across Northern California, but fire crews were busy on the ground as dozens of fires were reported. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said Sunday that between 7 p.m. on midnight on July 4, fire crews responded to 67 fires. "In spite of dozens of structures threatened, not a single home was lost," the agency said. LOS ANGELES POLICE REPORT 'OUTRAGEOUS NUMBER' OF FOURTH OF JULY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS CALLS A peak of new fires was reported in the 9 p.m. hour, when fire crews responded to 30 reported blazes. Dozens of structures were threatened by fires in Contra Costa County in Northern California on...
    A young East Bay man, struggling with schizophrenia and addiction, breaks his sobriety and fatally overdoses on drugs after COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders cut him off from in-person meetings with his therapist. Teens suffer breakdowns over their loss of contact with school and friends. Black residents, including the mother of a police shooting victim, find themselves emotionally devastated all over again by images of George Floyd being killed by Minneapolis officers. These are among the stories that have begun to emerge as Bay Area residents endure the growing psychological toll of an unprecedented and prolonged global pandemic, civil unrest and uncertainty about the country’s future. Bay Area mental health specialists and crisis line managers say they have seen an increasing number...
    125 La Sonoma Way, Alamo; $2.85 million; 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms in 5,447 square feet; built in 2008 on 0.51 acres; spacious home is built for indoor-outdoor living; custom details include travertine and hardwood floors, custom built-in cabinetry and plantation shutters, surround sound inside and out; entry features natural stone and hardwood floors; two master suites, one upstairs and one downstairs; also features formal living and dining rooms, office/library, bonus room, two family rooms and chef’s kitchen open to dining area; renovated backyard boasts designed hardscaping, outdoor kitchen, pebble surface pool with 6-foot sheer descent waterfall from spa; located near Iron Horse Trail, shopping and schools. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Contra Costa County fire crews are responding to multiple fires reported on Saturday night.Fire officials say crews have responded to more than 50 hours in the 9 p.m. hour some of which were sparked by fireworks. Con Fire is currently on scene 12 grass, vegetation and structure fires across the District. In the 9 pm hour we have responded to more than 50 fires. Due to the overwhelming volume of fires we are reducing responses to all but structure fires. #confiresafe4th— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 5, 2020Contra Costa County Fire sent out a tweet Saturday night saying due to an unprecedented demand of fire calls, it's only dispatching single engines out to non-structure...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Contra Costa County fire crews are responding to multiple fires reported on Saturday.Officials are reporting a vegetation fire Merle Ave in Martinez and a structure fire on Miner Ave in San Pablo, the fire department said on Twitter. Both fires have vegetation burning very near homes and it is unknown whether fireworks were involved. Con Fire is responding to a vegetation fire Merle Ave in Martinez and a structure fire on Miner Ave in San Pablo. Both fires have vegetation burning very near homes. Unknown fireworks involvement. Please avid areas to allow first responders access. #confiresafe4th— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 5, 2020Fire crews were also on the scene of four other fires in...
    CONCORD (KPIX) — After a very busy Friday night, Contra Costa Fire Protection District is bracing for a hectic Fourth of July. “Yesterday we had 13 different fires — three of which we know were caused by fireworks,” explained Capt. Tracie Dutter with Contra Costa Fire. “So we had a pretty busy evening.” The evening was busy — even with extra staff on duty in anticipation of trouble. Like much of the Bay Area this county has seen an explosion of illegal fireworks in recent weeks. “Loud, every night,” said Luis Arroyo. “It’s just been a lot of fireworks.” With a sweeping hillside panorama from his Pittsburg home, Arroyo can see the show every year. “Compared to over 20 years,...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Firefighters in Contra Costa County put out more than a dozen fires overnight Friday leading into the Fourth of July holiday, several of which they say were caused by illegal fireworks.In total, the Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to 13 fires, three of which were known to be caused by fireworks.The fireworks-caused fires were in Bay Point, Richmond and Pittsburg, the department said on Twitter.RELATED: July 4th: What's allowed and what's not in CaliforniaSeven of the fires burned vegetation and the others burned cars, homes and another structure, according to the fire department. Four more fires including two vehicles and two homes, all in #Concord. The 4th in a 30 minute span, firefighters...
    Fourth of July fireworks and dangerously dry conditions fueled a busy night for Contra Costa County firefighters, who battled more than a dozen blazes in a seven-hour span overnight Friday. Authorities are bringing on extra firefighters as they brace for another busy night Saturday, fearing the potential for a small grass fire to grow into a devastating blaze. Four more fires including two vehicles and two homes, all in #Concord. The 4th in a 30 minute span, firefighters arrived to find a fully involved building spreading to trees and grass. Fire was under control in about 15 minutes. No injuries to occupants or firefighters. #BelAirIC pic.twitter.com/tSaTzIvi6b — Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 4, 2020 Between 6 p.m. on Friday...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — A wildfire erupted in the tender-dry hills near Highway 4 in Contra Costa County late Wednesday, growing to several acres and two alarms before firefighters were able to gain control. Authorities said the blaze broke out off Evora Rd. near Willow Pass and Hwy 4 in the foothills just east of Concord late Wednesday and quickly advanced toward Bay Point. Crews from Contra Costa County and Calfire raced to the scene to battle the rapidly advancing flames in the steep terrain. Gusty winds also were fanning the fire. Early Thursday, they were able to halt the advance and begin containment. Around 1 a.m. the flames were mostly out and crews were focusing on mopping up hot...
    SAN QUENTIN (CBS SF) – Joseph S. Cordova, who was sentenced to San Quentin’s Death Row for the murder of a Contra Costa County 8-year-old girl, has been found dead in his cell, according to state prison officials. Cordova, 75, was found unresponsive in his single cell on July 1 at 4:08 p.m., prison officials said. Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. He was pronounced deceased at 4:22 p.m. Officials said there were no signs of trauma; his cause of death and COVID-19 status will be determined by the Marin County Coroner. Cordova was sentenced to death in Contra Costa County on May 11, 2007, for the rape and murder of eight-year-old Cannie Melinda Bullock in San...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- It's been like the Fourth of July almost every night in many Bay Area cities, especially in the East Bay, where on Wednesday fire and police officials showed the public exactly how even a small sparkler can create a huge problem.From the ignition of a few sparklers in a gutter to fully engulfed, it took just four minutes in a demonstration for those initial sparks to turn into a potentially deadly attic and roof fire.RELATED: July 4th: What's allowed and what's not in California"We all know that we're in the throws of fire season," said Lewis Broschard, the Fire Chief of Contra Costa County. "It's just now July 1, but we've been very busy...
    BYRON, Calif. -- A 27-year-old man died after a rollover crash off Byron Highway in eastern Contra Costa County early Monday morning, according to officials.The Contra Costa Coroner's Office identified him as 27-year-old Curtis Denton Jr. from Antioch, better known as prominent Bay Area rapper Young Kurt, according to The Mercury News. pic.twitter.com/3jHy2s1sFF— TheRealYoungCurt (@YoungCurt) June 25, 2020Around 2 a.m., officers responded to Byron Highway just north of Holey Road and found Denton lying on the dirt shoulder outside of a 2019 Dodge Charger.He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Antioch, but died of his injuries there, CHP said.Investigators determined that Denton was speeding southbound on Byron Highway and didn't navigate a turn in the roadway, striking the...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — A 27-yar-old Antioch man who died after a rollover crash off of Byron Highway in eastern Contra Costa County early Monday morning has been identified by the county coroner’s office as Curtis Denton Jr., a local rapper known as Young Curt. California Highway Patrol officers had responded at 2:04 a.m. to Byron Highway just north of Holey Road and found Denton lying on the dirt shoulder outside of a 2019 Dodge Charger. An ambulance took him to a hospital in Antioch but he died of his injuries there. Investigators determined Denton was speeding south on Byron Highway and didn’t navigate a turn in the roadway, striking the dirt shoulder and rolling the vehicle over several times,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County announced Monday it would delay any more reopening of businesses and activities planned for July 1 as COVID-19 outbreaks soar in the county. The decision comes a day after Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a number of counties to close down bars and recommended to other counties, including Contra Costa and Santa Clara, to not reopen bars. The county was slated to open bars, indoor dining, gyms, outdoor leisure activities, personal services, and hotels for tourism on July 1. “With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission,” said a statement from Contra Costa Health...
    Tri-Valley restaurateur Rodney Worth has closed Worth Ranch in San Ramon and the 10-year-old Prickly Pear Cantina in Danville. As first reported by Patch, Worth cited that the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s “harsh business climate” contributed to his decision. He also said that the fallout from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power shutoffs in late 2019 contributed to his decision to close. Worth Ranch was known for its beef and pork programs. Pictured: The burnt ends starter, photographed in 2016. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)  The weekend power shutoffs were devastating to the restaurant, Worth said. He didn’t want to pass on the rising costs of beef and pork to customers at Worth Ranch, which opened four years ago...
    Contra Costa County health officials are putting the brakes on the reopening of a slew of businesses and activities as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations from the illness rise. The county’s reopening plan was supposed to allow for the July 1 reopening of bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor restaurant dining, gyms, museums and other indoor activities, and hotels for tourism and individual travel. Now, however, those businesses will stay closed until there is at least a week of “stable” case numbers, hospitalizations, and the percent of positive COVID-19 tests, according to a written announcement from the county. According to county health officials, the week-long average number of people with COVID-19 in...
    One man is dead after his vehicle rolled over on a highway in east Contra Costa County early Monday morning, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers arrived on the scene on Byron Highway just south of Brentwood around 2 a.m., where they found an overturned vehicle and a man on the side of the road. Officers called in medical support from East Contra Costa Fire, which landed a medical helicopter at the scene to transport the victim to a nearby hospital. The vehicle was mangled by the time authorities reached the scene. When a tow truck arrived to remove it, the car was missing parts of its roof, front bumper and some wheels, according to CHP. This is a breaking...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen says she and her colleagues will heed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s warning and not give local bars approval to reopen on July 1st. On Sunday, alarmed at increases in new cases and hospitalizations, Newsom ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties to immediately close and urged eight others including Contra Costa and Santa Clara to follow suit voluntarily. “We were slated to open them on July 1st, but given the governor’s announcement, we will definitely not be opening bars on July 1st,” Andersen told KPIX 5, citing contact tracing as one of the biggest challenges. “It is very difficult in a bar where you have lots of people...
    CONCORD (KPIX) — After several weeks of what felt like moving forward, this week felt like a setback. Multiple counties decided or are now considering a reopening pause. While it is another blow for some businesses, health experts support a cautious approach. “My wife and I were talking about it and it does seem like a setback,” said Ralphie Martinez, owner of Martinez Elite Fitness. “Only because it seemed like we were on the verge, we were about to reopen.” Contra Costa County is rethinking its reopening timeline and that means another possible setback for Ralphie Martinez. He thought he might finally be back in business come July 1. “Then the reins were pulled back,” Martinez said. “On our business,...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Contra Costa County health officials are evaluating whether the county should continue its current reopening timeline. On Friday they revealed a spike in COVID-19 cases in the county."My biggest concern, is that we start using beds that are not ICU beds for patients. We have to start using nurses who are not trained for ICU, and we are going to choose who lives and who dies," said UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.In the last week, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in this county has increased 42 percent.Without a vaccine Dr. Chin Hong is highly concerned about the pressure more cases will have on the local healthcare system.RELATED: Gov. Newsom tells...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Health authorities in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties are reassessing their timelines to continue reopening sectors of the economy because of data showing an increasing spread of coronavirus cases. The two counties are among 15 counties in California that have been put on a state watch list for “targeted engagement” and additional resources from the state to manage its pandemic response. One of the counties on the watch list is Imperial County, which has been advised to roll back its phased reopening plans back to the original stay-at-home order because of the surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Both Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties are reporting increases in hospitalizations. In Contra Costa, the rise...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    An Antioch man died in a drowning in Tuolumne County on Tuesday night, the second resident from eastern Contra Costa County to die that way in 10 days. A Brentwood resident drowned in Calaveras County on June 13. Authorities identified the man who drowned Tuesday as 19-year-old Alvin Reyes Jr. Deputies from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, as well as search-and-rescue members and a dive team pulled Reyes from the Rainbow Pools in Groveland after he fell in and did not resurface, authorities said. No other information on that drowning was released. The sheriff’s office is still investigating. Authorities identified the other drowning victim as 26-year-old Nicholas Sullivan. He died while out on a boat excursion at the New Hogan...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — As more Contra Costa County residents are being tested for the coronavirus, it has become clearer that an increasing proportion of those who test positive are young, between 20 and 50 years old, county health officials said Tuesday. Also those officials warned that cases are rising among all groups. “We’re seeing a rise in all indicators, regionally and in the Bay Area,” said Anna Roth, director of Contra Costa County Health Services. That fact, she said, makes it important for county residents to remember there is still a serious pandemic going on. There were 343 new COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County in the past week, Roth said, about a week ahead of the July 1...
    Health officials in Contra Costa County plan to continue ahead with reopening plans next week even as new case totals in the county tick upward. At a county supervisors’ meeting Tuesday afternoon Dr. Sara Levin, a deputy health officer, said the county is reopening hotels for tourism on July 1 as planned, along with bars, gyms, indoor dining and more. The county is still planning to open up more broadly two weeks later, adding facial skincare facilities, movie theaters and card rooms to the list. Contra Costa County has reported 18 new deaths in the last week, an alarming count when forging ahead on reopening, but health services director Anna Roth said 16 of those cases are in long-term care...
    Contra Costa County reported 92 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the most ever reported in a single day in the county. That comes on a day where at least four Bay Area counties reported no new fatalities from the virus. Contra Costa County’s 92 new COVID-19 cases bring its total to 2,240 cases. The second-highest single day case total in the county was on June 9, when the county reported 68 new cases. On Friday, the county also reported the most tests every — 2,448, followed by 2,016 new tests on May 19 — and the positive rate ticked up slightly to 3.2 percent. It’s not clear how many of the tests reported on Friday were positive. Contra Costa County...
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    CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- As I waited outside Concord's Main Event Barber Shop, a mom and her preteen son walked up.He had an impressive mane of dark curly hair that hadn't been cut in a while.LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look likeIt has been a very, very long time since I challenged a barber to take down that much hair.Now when I go to the Main Event Barbershop it's for what I call the middle-age trim."So how you been Mr. E? You been okay?"Owner Jeremy Carrier has been calling me Mr. E in his soft Louisiana drawl for more than a decade now - cutting my hair and my two sons'. It's the first day back behind...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif (KGO) -- Hair salons are now allowed to open in Contra Costa County, although they look different than they did before the shutdown.At Insignia Salon in Walnut Creek, clients had their temperature checked Wednesday before walking in. They then squirted sanitizer on their hands before heading to their chair, which had shower curtains on either side to separate them from other clients.RELATED: Santa Clara County says it has no reopening date for hair salons, nail salons and gyms"I am impressed. I didn't expect any of this," said Michelle Moskowitz as she gestured to the shower curtains. She and her stylist both wore masks. Her stylist also had a plastic shield over her face and wore gloves."I was...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Contra Costa County is easing shelter-in-place restrictions, even as the County Health Department posts increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.Hair salons and barbershops are all currently closed along San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. But on Wednesday morning, a new health order allows the businesses to reopen throughout Contra Costa County.LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look likeSwimmers will be allowed back in the pool, as long as they follow state guidelines and limit the number of swimmers to 1 person per 75 square feet.The county has also given the go-ahead for larger religious gatherings. As many as 100 people will be allowed to attend a funeral or other service...
    Contra Costa County supervisors decided Tuesday to slash operating hours across the county’s library system and eliminate dozens of full- and part-time jobs after cities indicated they can’t afford to supplement their funding. While most branches will operate at least 35 hours a week — the baseline service level that countywide property tax revenue pays for — many would be closed several more hours a week or entire days. The Antioch Library will continue operating 35 hours a week as it does now, for example, but only over five days and close on Sundays and Mondays. The Brentwood Library’s hours will be reduced from 56 hours a week to 35, closing on Sundays and Mondays while opening later and closing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday...
    CONTRA COSTA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- One Bay Area county is moving full speed ahead into Phase 3 of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Contra Costa County revealed its timeline for reopening bars, gyms, bowling alleys and more businesses by July 1.The East Bay county has already been moving a bit faster than neighboring Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Outdoor dining, outdoor pools, dog parks, outdoor religious services and single family camping are all already allowed in Contra Costa as of Friday.On Monday, the county revealed more is on the way soon. Starting June 17, hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen.Then on July 1, a slew of businesses will be allowed to reopen: bars, gyms,...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Retailers in downtown Walnut Creek are still covered in plywood despite the county easing restrictions on the health order.Starting Wednesday, shopping inside stores is allowed in Contra Costa County. But while many store owners said they couldn't afford to be closed, they now feel they can't afford to be open. They are still worried about vandals destroying their buildings and stealing their merchandise after the looting that happened on Sunday. They are also worried about safety.RELATED: Retailers clean up after Sunday demonstration in Walnut Creek as police brace for more lootingJin Fillinger says she has been waiting for this day since she was forced to close her boutique, Jinny's, in March. But Wednesday, she said...