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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s popular In-N-Out hamburger chain is in trouble with yet another San Francisco Bay Area county over its failure to verify the vaccination cards of people choosing to dine-in with their double-doubles, shakes and fries. A spokesperson for Contra Costa County’s environmental health division said that the department received repeated complaints from residents saying that...
    PLEASANT HILL — Contra Costa County’s health department has fined In-N-Out Burger $750 for not checking if customers were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before allowing them to dine inside. The popular burger chain’s Pleasant Hill location twice violated the rules, which require restaurants to ask customers 12 and older for vaccination cards or proof that they tested negative for the...
    One month after Contra Costa County ended its ban on evictions, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to direct an additional $71 million in federal funding to rental assistance for struggling tenants. Through the state-run program, tenants who live in the county can receive help with their rent payments. The county has additionally put some of the program’s funding...
    WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) — Dozens of cats and dogs were removed from a Danville home on Friday. The Contra Costa Animal Services labeled it a hoarding situation but the homeowner said the pets are part of a non-profit rescue and were waiting to be adopted. “I just want the public to know this was not a hoarding situation,” said Bob...
    Starting Nov. 1, Contra Costa County will lift mask mandates in certain indoor settings where everyone can verify they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the county’s health department announced. Citing a decline in case and hospitalization rates, Contra Costa Health Services said “controlled spaces” that aren’t open to the general public — including offices, gyms, employee vehicles, indoor college classes and...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Fire crews are responding to a five-acre vegetation fire burning in the eastern part of Contra Costa County, according to authorities. The Cal Fire SCU unit tweeted about the fire at around 12:45 p.m.  The so-called Orwood Incident is burning near the town of Orwood north of Discovery Bay. Firefighters are battling a 5...
    BAY POINT (CBS SF) – Authorities in Contra Costa County are searching for four people suspected of assault with a deadly weapon after multiple people were attacked with a BB gun in Bay Point on Tuesday, including an attack that injured a 12-year-old girl. According to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was walking home from school on...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Health officials in Contra Costa County announced that indoor mask requirements will be eased in some settings where everyone is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in November. Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county’s health officer, said the easing of requirements comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declining following the Delta variant surge over the summer....
    RICHMOND — Six weeks after his arrest in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend and her family, the stepson of Contra Costa’s District Attorney has been charged with kidnapping, child abduction, felony battery, and other offenses in a nine-count criminal complaint. Ahkai Bernstine, 22, was charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors, all related to the Aug. 29 incident...
    Misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines developed to protect against it constitutes a “public health crisis,” the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors declared Tuesday, drawing a backlash from numerous residents. In a statement they unanimously passed, the supervisors asserted the vaccines have met rigorous scientific standards and skepticism about the danger posed by COVID-19 has “created a culture of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and across California as well as the country due in part to the emergence of the highly-contagious delta variant.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...
    In the span of just a few seconds, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Hall pulled his cruiser in front of a slow-moving sedan, got out and unloaded 10 rounds, striking and killing Laudemer Arboleda, the Newark man behind the wheel. Three years later, the outcome of Hall’s trial on manslaughter charges may reverberate long after any verdict is read. Bay...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office has located a Stockton man that deputies say killed his girlfriend and stabbed her mother. D’Angelo Webb has been located in the Contra Costa community of Bay Point. San Joaquin County deputies are working with Contra Costa deputies, and at this time there is no additional information. READ MORE: Logan Webb's...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions on Thursday announced a consensus on criteria to lift health orders requiring face coverings in most indoor public spaces. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley will lift the indoor masking requirement in public spaces not subject...
    A former Contra Costa sheriff’s sergeant testified Tuesday that he was concerned about being shot by one of his deputies nearly three years ago as a slow-speed chase through Danville came to an abrupt, bloody, end in a fatal shooting. The testimony came as the manslaughter trial of Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy Andrew Hall entered its second day, with...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN) – Contra Costa County’s rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations are down, and health officials are currently working out details to possibly modify the standing health order requiring people in restaurants and gyms to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test and wear masks while inside. Dr. Ori Tzvieli, the medical director of the county...
    HERCULES — The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s division identified a driver who died in a collision on a connector ramp over the weekend. Just before 1:25 a.m. Sunday, California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a collision at the ramp connection westbound Highway 4 with westbound Interstate 80 and arrived to find a multi-vehicle collision blocking the...
    MARTINEZ — Did Deputy Andrew Hall gun down a mentally ill man moments after thrusting himself into a slow-moving car chase, in violation of Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office guidelines? Or was Hall trying to save his life during a nightmarish encounter that left him with only seconds to act? Those conflicting narratives emerged Monday as prosecutors opened their case against...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Proof-of-vaccine rule hurts Contra Costa Contra Costa County’s health authority has just hobbled the county’s restaurant and gym businesses. Unelected bureaucrats have now demanded that they either violate their customers’ federal medical privacy rights or deny them service. In my opinion, this is an illegal...
    HERCULES (BCN) — A man who died in a three-car collision on Interstate Highway 80 in Hercules over the weekend has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 28-year-old Richmond resident Vladimir Pineda Gomez. The collision occurred around 1:25 a.m. early Sunday morning when a Honda Accord rear-ended a Toyota Yaris and both cars spun out of...
    A man was hospitalized in critical condition and a house suffered an estimated $150,000 worth of damage in separate weekend East Contra Costa County fires, authorities said. Shortly before 11:10 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to reports of a grass fire behind a home in the 2400 block of Santa Barbara Court in Discovery Bay. After some firefighters worked to extinguish...
    Contra Costa County deputies arrested a 47-year-old man following an early Saturday morning homicide in Bay Point. Deputies were called to a domestic disturbance just after midnight on Island View Drive, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. When they arrived, they found a man and a woman in the street. The woman was injured and transported to a...
    One person was killed and another was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash on San Pablo Dam Road near El Sobrante. The two-car crash was reported at around 11:15 a.m. north of Bear Creek Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. A white Honda Civic was traveling south with three occupants when it hit a red Toyota Tacoma traveling north...
    By Tom Peele | EdSource During a six-hour closed-door meeting, trustees of the Contra Costa Community College District voted to allow Bryan Reece to return to his job as chancellor while an investigation continues of an undisclosed personnel matter. Board President Andy Li emerged from the meeting shortly after midnight Friday to announce that “the board voted to bring the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and across California as well as the country due in part to the emergence of the highly-contagious delta variant.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...
    West Contra Costa Unified’s school board on Thursday established a requirement that all students ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In a series of decisions, the board voted 4-1 to mandate vaccinations for all eligible students, as well as staff, volunteers and outside vendors. Trustee Jamela Smith-Folds cast the dissenting vote on all three proposals, citing discomfort...
    By Thomas Peele | EdSource The chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District and two top administrators have been placed on paid administrative leave for reasons that have not been made public. Chancellor Bryan Reece was suspended with pay Sept. 14 following a closed-door session of the district’s board of trustees.  Dio Shipp, the district’s head of human resources,...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF/BCN) — At a special meeting this Thursday, the West Contra Costa Unified School District plans to discuss the possibility of mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff. The school board at the 6:30 p.m. meeting will review and consider three possible resolutions. The first would be to mandate vaccinations for employees and volunteers. READ MORE:...
    West Contra Costa Unified is considering joining a few other East Bay school districts in requiring students 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At a 6:30 p.m. special meeting Thursday, the board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to mandate that all eligible students as well as district staff, volunteers, contractors and even the trustees...
    SAN PABLO — California Highway Patrol officers have closed several Interstate 80 lanes in unincorporated San Pablo after a body was found on the roadway Tuesday night, authorities said. Shortly before 8:55 p.m., officers responded to reports of a possible vehicle-vs.-pedestrian collision in westbound I-80 lanes east of the Richmond Parkway exit in unincorporated San Pablo, and arrived to find...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A former Pinole police officer is facing charges of unlawfully videotaping himself during a sexual encounter with a woman without her consent. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office said in a release that 24-year-old Anthony Vasquez had a hidden camera in the bedroom of his home in Hercules and recorded the victim without her knowledge or...
    A pedestrian and driver died in separate and unrelated collisions Sunday on Interstate 680, authorities said. Shortly after 7:50 p.m., officers responded to reports of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision in southbound I-680 lanes north of the Marina Vista exit and arrived to find a pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said in a social-media post Sunday night....
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – A second bird in Contra Costa County and another group of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus, county vector control officials said Friday. The bird was found in San Pablo and the mosquitoes were in a trap in Oakley. It’s the first dead bird this year in San Pablo to have West Nile...
    Some followers of Hazy Barbecue’s Instagram didn’t take kindly to an announcement Tuesday that the Danville restaurant would begin checking indoor diners for proof that they got their COVID-19 shots. The post was immediately flooded with so much vitriolic condemnation that the restaurant shut down the comments altogether. It was a rough start to Hazy Barbecue’s attempt to comply with...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County joined San Francisco and Berkeley Wednesday in requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test at the door to step inside certain businesses. The order applies to businesses where people remove face coverings to eat or drink indoors, such as restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. It also applies to all...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Wednesday, a new vaccine requirement will go into place in Contra Costa County. The health order says people 12 and older must show either proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test from the past three days if they plan on eating inside a restaurant or working out at a gym.RELATED: Some businesses already...
    Contra Costa County tenants who don’t pay their rent could be kicked out of their homes after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to not extend an eviction ban enacted in the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic. The board’s action also prevents tenants from letting unauthorized people live with them for pandemic-related reasons.  Meanwhile, a similar reprieve for...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF) – The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office said no charges will be filed against three Richmond Police officers involved in a 2019 fatal shooting of a man who was attacking family members with a knife. According to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Officers Danielle Evans, Terrance Jackson and Jeffrey Tyner acted lawfully during the confrontation...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN) – Contra Costa County health officials on Tuesday used their regular COVID-19 briefing time before the Board of Supervisors to implore — sometimes emotionally — people to get vaccinated. County health services director Anna Roth said COVID-19 just surpassed the 1918 Spanish Flu as the deadliest pandemic in U.S. history. She said one in 500 Americans...
    By Tony Hicks Bay City News Foundation The Contra Costa Fire Protection District will annex the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, both districts announced Monday. Each district’s board of directors approved the move, which now must be submitted to the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for formal approval. The move will bring 128,000 residents of...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF/BCN) — Fire officials announced Monday that the Contra Costa Fire Protection District will annex the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. Each district’s board of directors approved the move, which now must be submitted to the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for formal approval. READ MORE: Authorities Search For Missing 17-Year-Old Swimmer North...
    BETHEL ISLAND (BCN/CBS SF) — A motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital following a collision with a car Monday afternoon in unincorporated Contra Costa County near Bethel Island, fire officials said. The collision was reported at 12:37 p.m. on Bethel Island Road at Dutch Slough, according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. Firefighters responded to the crash and...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Ulta Beauty is being forced to pay up over hazardous waste violations at five stores in Contra Costa County.The retailer is being penalized $752,000.Some of that money will go to environmental projects.The settlement follows an investigation of Ulta stores' improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste.Ulta has adopted new employee training programs and...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN) – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider adopting a new urgency ordinance extending a temporary prohibition on certain evictions of residential and small-business commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current ordinance is set to expire Sept. 30. If adopted, the ordinance would continue the county’s temporary prohibition on no-fault...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday overturned the convictions of three Black men over a 2012 double slaying in Contra Costa County, saying prosecutors dismissed a Black woman from the jury pool for racial reasons. The prosecutor in the Contra Costa County case inappropriately questioned the 25-year-old woman’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and...
    Bay Area health officers should follow the lead of Contra Costa County public health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano and recommend school districts mandate vaccinations for all eligible students. It’s the surest way to keep Bay Area classrooms open throughout the rest of the school year. Farnitano on Friday recommended that West Contra Costa Unified School District proceed with a proposal...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In a major decision that accuses Contra Costa prosecutors of racism during the jury selection process, an appeals court has overturned the 2016 double murder convictions of three men who had been sentenced to life in the shooting deaths of an East Bay couple. The 70-page decision, issued Friday, says that the lead prosecutor in the murder...
    BRENTWOOD (BCN) — Police in Brentwood say there may be additional victims of a man recently indicted on federal child pornography charges. The suspect, identified as Matthew Pelton, 48, from Kelseyville, has been accused of sex offenses involving children and was indicted on federal charges including the manufacturing of child pornography, according to the Brentwood Police Department. READ MORE: County Health...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano added his voice Friday to those supporting a proposal that all eligible students, teachers and staff in the West Contra Costa Unified School District be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. School board members Demetrio Gonzalez-Hoy and Otheree Christian say they will bring a resolution to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and across California as well as the country due in part to the emergence of the highly-contagious delta variant.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...