OAKLEY

Council to fill vacancy on fire district board

The City Council is scheduled to fill a seat on the East Contra Costa Fire District board next month.

At its Aug. 12 meeting, council members are expected to appoint someone to the seat that fire district Director Kevin Bouillon recently announced that he'll be vacating in mid-August because he's moving out of the area.

In addition, the term on a second seat currently held by Director Ronald Johansen is set to expire in October.

Bouillon, Johansen and Jonathan Michaelson are Oakley's representatives on the fire district's nine-member board of directors, all of whom are appointed by their respective cities or the county.

Michaelson's seat does not expire until April 2017; terms are staggered to preserve the knowledge of district operations that incumbents acquire over time.

The terms of two other directors -- Cheryl Morgan and Bob Kenny -- expired in February, but they are remaining in office until the county board of supervisors appoints replacements. The county interviewed half a dozen applicants this week and is scheduled to make a decision July 29.

Individuals interested in representing the city on the fire board can obtain an application form from the city's website at www.ci.oakley.ca.us, request one by emailing vreonis@ci.oakley.ca.us, or get one by going to City Hall at 3231 Main St.


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The completed forms must be submitted by 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Applicants are advised to attend the Aug. 12 City Council meeting to be interviewed.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

OAKLEY

Free movie under the stars at City Hall

It's another night under the stars for Oakley residents in the mood to see a free movie.

The city will show "Despicable Me 2" on July 26, another installment in its free summer movie series.

The film will be shown after dark in the parking lot at City Hall, 3231 Main St., because the usual Civic Center Plaza venue is being renovated.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

A snack bar will sell snacks and drinks.

For more information, call Cindy at 925-625-7044 or email coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

ANTIOCH

Summer vacation photo contest extended

The city of of Antioch's environmental department has extended its summer vacation photo contest. Partnering with Republic Services, the contest encourages residents to share "What I Did on My Vacation" photos.

Julie Haas-Wajdowicz, environmental resource coordinator, wants recyclers to join in the EcoAntioch contest, which helps promote "conservation and recycling."

It runs through July 31.

The rules: Take a picture of you recycling on vacation or staycation and post to EcoAntioch on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #ecoantioch and #vacayrecycler.

The photos with the most "likes" will win four Prewett Water Park Passes (a $56 value). For more information, email jhaaswajdowicz@ci.antioch.ca.us.

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent

PITTSBURG

DMV office closed for renovation

The Department of Motor Vehicles' Pittsburg office in the Highlands Square Shopping Center closed Friday afternoon for renovation.

The Buchanan Road office is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 29, said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

Gonzalez said the 30-year-old office needs renovating, including new flooring, paint and replacing furniture. Other repairs will include re-striping the parking lot and addressing any handicapped accessibility issues, she said.

The DMV closes local field offices for maintenance frequently, Gonzalez said. The Concord office has been closed since April 11, and is also scheduled to reopen in late September.

The 34 employees at the Pittsburg office will be sent to other local offices to help offsets the increased demand

Local residents are encouraged to visit the El Cerrito, Oakland, Tracy or Vallejo field office for any DMV inquiries, Gonzalez said. The Walnut Creek office is also an option, though it is extremely crowded with customers resulting from the Concord closure, she said.

Another option is going online to renew registration and driver's licenses, change addresses, or request a personal driver record.

Visit www.dmv.ca.gov.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

BYRON

Patriots Jet Team hosts fundraiser

The Patriots Jet Team Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser next month to strengthen schools' science and math curriculum.

The gala will be 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Patriots Jet Center at Byron Airport, 760 Osprey Court, Byron.

Tickets are $100 per person; guests also can purchase entire tables. All proceeds will benefit the Patriots Jet Team Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit that offers classes in aviation science out of a hangar to foster public school students' interest in technology, engineering and math.

Along with dinner and cocktails, attendees can participate in silent and live auctions, see an MiG-17 fighter jet up close, and check out exhibits from the foundation's Aerospace Academy.

The keynote speaker is Jose Hernandez, a former NASA astronaut and founder of Reaching for the Stars Foundation in Stockton.

Hernandez, who was raised as a migrant farmworker, will describe his struggle to become an electrical engineer and astronaut, as well as his efforts to interest disadvantaged youth in math and science with hands-on activities.

To buy tickets, go to www.pjtf.org.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff

BART

Free rides for field trips

BART is partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide free rides for field trips for Bay Area students for the 2014-15 school year.

About 40,000 students (up to age 18), teachers and chaperones will get the chance to win the transportation. Beginning in August, Bay Area schools may apply for free BART rides for educational field trips online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit www.bart.gov/fieldstrips

-- Trine Gallegos, Correspondent