60 years ago

Sheriff asks delay on pinball ordinance: At the request of Sheriff James N. Long, passage of a county ordinance prohibiting the playing of pinball machines by minors has been deferred for at least two weeks by the supervisors. The ordinance was presented to the board by Francis W. Collins, district attorney, after a protest came to the board from Judge Donald L. Creedon of the Pinole-Hurcules-Rodeo judicial district. Judge Credon explained that he wrote the letter after receiving complaints from "civic- minded citizens" who charged that "there is a wide misuse of pinball machines in this area, and that it was a well-recognized fact that the games "pay off." Sheriff Long requested that action on the ordinance be delayed to give him additional time to study the measure.

25 years ago

Council halts sale of bricks for fishing pier: The sale of personalized bricks that would have decorated the Antioch fishing pier came to an abrupt end Tuesday as the city council decided, 3-2, to prohibit the bricks from being sold.

The 200 people who purchased bricks will be reimbursed, said Barbara Elliot, coordinator of the "Own a Piece of the Dock" program. Elliot is also looking for alternative sites for the bricks and may offer buyers the option of placing them elsewhere.

The "Own a Piece of the Dock" program is $28,000 in debt. Elliot would have to sell 1,000 bricks to break even.


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"I'm shocked that anyone would spend $28,000 if so few bricks were sold," said Councilwoman Cathryn Freitas. The majority of the council also feared the city would be liable for bricks that might eventually become cracked or broken while on the pier. Councilwoman Barbara Price and Mary Rocha voted to have the brick sale continue. Mayor Joel Keller and Councilman Frank Stone and Freitas support City Manager Lee Walton's recommendation that the program be terminated.

The program would have involved paving the pier with 3,500 bricks inscribed with a personal messages. The sale of bricks kicked off in June with the council's blessing.

Continuing the brick sales wouldn't hurt anyone, Elliot argued. "If anything, it promotes civic pride" she told council members. She predicted sales would rise during the Rivertown Jamboree.

-- Brentwood and Daily Ledger news files