60 years ago

Pinball ordinance asked by judge: Adoption of an ordinance to prohibit minors from playing pinball machines in Contra Costa County has been urged by Judge Donald F. Creedon of the Pinole-Hercules-Rodeo judicial district. In a letter to the supervisors this week he charged that there is wide misuse of pinball machines and that it is "well-recognized fact that the games pay off, and that children from toddlers on up are permitted to put their nickels in the machines."

Judge Creedon added that he himself had seen young players stand on tiptoe to watch the machines work.

25 years ago

East county residents appeal special Marsh Creek tax: A group of East County residents filed a last-minute appeal Thursday in an effort to keep the county's flood control district form levying a special tax on future development along Marsh Creek.

Brentwood resident Gene Dickey filed the appeal on behalf of the Brentwood Group, which he said consists of East County area residents. Dickey said Friday he opposes the county's decision not to prepare for the Marsh Creek Watershed Study.

Dickey said any future widening of Marsh Creek, which runs from Mount Diablo eastward to south of Oakley, could have "massive downstream" consequences. He claimed part of the project requires moving a creek bridge along Dainty Avenue and closing the railroad tracks near Railroad Avenue in Brentwood.


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County engineers, however, say the Marsh Creek Watershed Study involves no actual land movement. Civil Engineer Steve Kersevan said that the study simply divides the area of Marsh Creek runs through into five districts. Future developments in each of those districts would be assessed a fee to pay for the flood control improvements along the creek. Other waterways included in the watershed study are Sand Creek, Dry Creek and Deer Creek.

No flood control work would be done until development occurs, said Kersevan.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files

Normally his department's decisions -- such as the conclusion that an environmental report on the watershed study in not needed -- aren't challenged, Kersevan said. He wasn't sure why Dickey was challenging this one.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files