I don't think that there is anyone out there who hasn't noticed that we've had some fairly warm days recently.

I particularly noticed it in my PG&E bill when I had to turn on the air conditioning late in the afternoon, otherwise it would have been an uncomfortable night trying to get to sleep.

And that warm weather signals the upcoming end of the school year as our students sit the state exams and upcoming class finals.

It was disturbing when a misguided 16-year-old reportedly was responsible for several bomb threat calls, which totally disrupted the studies of several thousand Deer Valley High School students and the district's loss of Average Daily Attendance revenue.

While there have been incidents throughout the city that had kept our police officers busy, it was encouraging to welcome aboard three new officers last month and another two will be sworn in later this month.

The police department also welcomed aboard three newly hired Community Service Officers who will be taking up some of the more routine duties that will free up sworn officers to patrol our streets.

To dispel the myth that there is no code enforcement in Antioch, there are four fully qualified Code Enforcement Officers who are out and about every business day. I know that they are making great progress by the number of liens coming through my office to have the city seal affixed before they are filed with the County Recorder's office.


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But what I most look forward to in the month of May is the Contra Costa County Fair.

It was back in the early 1960s that I was wearing my white 4-H uniform and showing my lambs, having my vegetables judged and participating in the PG&E cooking contests at the fairgrounds in Antioch.

Back in those days, the fair was held on the last weekend in July and you can imagine how hot it was. Those of us with livestock used to camp just behind the livestock area during the fair.

But several years ago there were conflicts with other county fairs being held at the same time and being able to get the carnival rides and concessions. So the decision was made to move the Contra Costa County Fair to the last weekend in May.

The sad part of that decision was that school was still in session, most crops were not ready for showing and lambs would not be ready for market, which really hurt 4-H and FFA participation. You see, lambing takes place in spring and it takes about six months of rearing for them to be ready for showing.

Yet, it is a great time for showing most other livestock, including cattle, swine, chickens, turkeys, goats and rabbits.

I know when I go through those fairground gates, the first place I head for is the livestock area of my youth, which is named for the farm adviser I had as a 4-H member back in the 1960s.

The Contra Costa County Fair will be held May 30 through June 2 at the fairgrounds in Antioch on West 10th Street.

Advance tickets and ride wristbands can be purchased at the fairground before May 29 at significant discounts. And military and seniors over age 62 get in free on Thursday!

To find out more about this safe, fun, family-friendly event, there is more information at the fair's website (www.contracostafair.com).

I look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Arne Simonsen is the Antioch City Clerk. He can be contacted at asimonsen@ci.antioch.ca.us.

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