60 years ago

Supervisors turn down water petition: The board of supervisors denied "without prejudice" the petition asking for annexation of Brentwood Homes Inc. to the water works district Tuesday after both sides were heard at an open hearing.

The supervisors' session in Martinz was attended by a delegation from Brentwood, which included, besides the subdividers and their attorney, W. Blair Rixon, representative of the city council, chamber of commerce, two members of the water works district board and individual citizens.

The action of the supervisors leaves the question open and permits the petition to be brought before them again.

J. Wesley Curtis, speaking for the city council, stated that the city would favor having the subdivision annexed to the water district, and said the council was doing all it could to promote the city's growth.

"A public utitilites district should be for the people's benefit," Curtis declare. "And if it isn't, something should be done."

25 years ago

East County wants written commitment to BART extension: Area transportation officials are asking the BART board to adopt a written policy to prove its commitment to building an East County extension.

Representatives of the cities and chambers of commerce of Antioch and Pittsburg met last week with Assemblyman Robert Campbell, D-Richmond, BART Director Barclay Simpson, and East County project leader Alan Lee to discuss the BART extension.

"The gist of the meeting is if BART can have a written agreement with San Mateo, then why can't it do the same with East Contra Costa," said Myra Turner, an aide to Campbell.

BART's Director Neil Bianco said he and Simpson would introduce a measure this week to the engineering committee that would instruct the board to come up with a detailed plan to fund extensions. "That's important because East Conty has a reason to have doubts," Bianco said. "This would make it clear that the money coming into BART is going to be spent on specific projects with no chance of it going somewhere else."

A committee studying extensions into Contra Costa has come up with a $425 million plan that could bring BART to Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg. Some of the sources of the money are less certain.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger