Monthly Archives: June 2012

How Stockton Went Bust

In February 2012, Stockton, California voted to enter bankruptcy mediation. Stockton is one of California’s 20 largest cities, and its bankruptcy would be the nation’s largest in history. Its story highlights the pressures on local governments in the aftermath of … Continue reading

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ECCFPD – Process for Changing from Appointed to Elected Board

At last night’s Board meeting there was a discussion item how and when to proceed with the process of changing from an appointed to an elected board. The current board consists of nine members, four from Brentwood, three from Oakley … Continue reading

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Humanity escapes the solar system: Voyager 1 signals that it has reached the edge of interstellar space – 11billion miles away

From the Daily Mail With absolutely no attempt at hyperbole at all, it is fair to say that this is one of – if not the – biggest achievement of the human race. For, as we speak, an object conceived … Continue reading

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In memory of William “Willie” West

William “Willie” West was born on April 24, 1956. In 1989, Willie began his fire service career with Lockheed Missiles and Space as a firefighter. In November 2002, he was hired by the East Contra Costa FPD as a firefighter. … Continue reading

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Three Fire Stations to Close

On June 5, 2012; the District’s Parcel Tax (Measure S) was rejected by the voters within the District. Due to the sharp decline in property taxes since 2008, the District has been operating by relying on its reserves, which are … Continue reading

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Mourns the Loss of Fire Fighter William West

This morning, surrounded by his fellow firefighters and family, Engineer William West, peacefully died at home. Willie is survived Jennifer Piper, Carmen Piper, his father Royal West, sisters Sandra Aguirre and Bonnie Showwalter, and his brother Robert West. Willie began … Continue reading

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Big Break Visitor Center

After over 20 years of discussions and planning and nearly $15 million in expenditures it’s nearly ready.  The Board of Directors for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) held their monthly board meeting at Big Break Regional Shoreline in … Continue reading

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