Bani Kollo will leave police chief position

The city's top cop is leaving.

Oakley Police Chief Bani Kollo will be taking another assignment Jan. 6 now that the county has promoted him from lieutenant to the rank of captain.

The city contracts with Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department for police services.

Kollo, who has been with the department since 1991, has overseen Oakley's officers for the past 3½ years.

City officials and the sheriff's office will be screening applicants for police chief and are expected to make a decision next month.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff


Jack Gaughan named citizen of the year

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has named Jack Gaughan its citizen of the year for his work in the arts in 2013.

Gaughan was owner of an art gallery in downtown Brentwood and most recently has been working to establish a permanent space for a theater.

He will be honored along with Gursky Ranch, business of the year, at a dinner Jan. 18 at Trilogy at the Vineyards.

Register on line or email Pre paid reservations only.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff


MLK scholarship deadline nears

The city of Antioch and the Antioch Unified School District are accepting submissions for the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and scholarship program.

The scholarship is open to middle and high school students in the Antioch Unified School District. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 8. Deliver submissions to the AUSD office, 510 G St. The Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration will be 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Deer Valley High School Theater, 4700 Lone Tree Way.

Scholarships will be presented at the MLK event at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Antioch High's Beede Auditorium, 700 W. 18 St.

The event is sponsored by the city of Antioch, Antioch Unified School District, Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, Republic Services, Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades, and the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

Applications are available at

For information, call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897 or by email at

-- Nan Hargis, Staff


Zumba classes begin next month

Those planning to get rid of the extra jiggle they're acquiring over the holidays can sign up for the city's Zumba classes next month.

Oakley's recreation department will offer the exercise sessions for teens and adults starting Jan. 2.

The six weeks of aerobic classes featuring Latin dance moves will be 6 to 7 p.m. and cost $55 for Oakley residents, $65 for nonresidents.

Also starting in January is a "creative movement" dance class for children that encourages them to improvise moves while they improve motor skills.

Open to youngsters ages 3 to 6, the six-week session will be 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. starting Jan. 9.

Cost is $60 for residents, $70 for nonresidents.

Older children are invited to experiment with their feet in "Urban Jazz Dance," a class that will expose them to ballet as well as lyrical and modern styles along with music ranging from jazz, rhythm and blues and pop to funk. Open to ages 7 to 13, the 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. class also starts Jan. 9.

Cost is $60 for residents, $70 for non-residents.

To register and for more information, call 925-625-7041 or email

To register and for more information, call 925-625-7041 or email

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff


Santa to pose with pets as fundraiser

What better excuse to show off your furry family member than in a Christmas card posing with Santa or the whole family -- or even if you just want a festive holiday photo to put on the fireplace.

The Homeless Animal Response Program invites all to bring their pets to Petsmart and Pet Food Express for pictures with Santa. Bring your smart phone or camera and take a picture of your pet for a donation of $5. If want to have the family in the picture, volunteers will be on hand to help you out.

The photos will be taken from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at Pet Food Express, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Proceeds will benefit the program. For more information about HARP, go to or call 925-431-8546.

-- Nan Hargis, Staff


Applicants sought for oversight committee

This city is looking for a few civic-minded men and women to serve on a committee that keeps tabs on where funds from a recently approved sales tax measure are spent.

The seven-member board will be responsible for reviewing a public audit of Measure C, along with tracking money received and how it is spent.

The committee will publicly report its findings, including indicating how the funds are being used to address the City Council's stated priorities of public safety and code enforcement.

At least one member of the oversight board will be required to have a financial, accounting or auditing background. The board will meet at least twice a year.

Those interested should apply to the City Clerk's office by 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2014. Committee members will have to file documents disclosing financial interests.

The committee will be appointed to staggered terms: four members for four-year terms and three for two-year terms.

For more information, visit Applications are also available at the city clerk's office in City Hall, 200 H St.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff