BRENTWOOD

Brentwood takes steps to lease city-owned ag property

Nonprofit educational groups, nonprofit agricultural groups and for-profit farmers are encouraged to attend a stakeholder informational meeting in January to learn more about potential leasing options of the proposed Nail Agricultural Park.

The city's seven-acre parcel located at 3900 Sellers Ave. will likely be leased to one or more community organizations for the possible development of community gardens, orchards or demonstration crops. The Green Living Coalition has expressed interest in developing the site and other groups that could take part in utilizing the land are the UC Cooperative Extension, East Contra Costa Historical Society, 4-H, FFA and agricultural programs on local high school campuses, according to city officials.

After the meeting is held, city officials are planning for a release of a request for proposals from interested parties. The proposed length of the lease will be five years with two five-year renewable options.

Among the lease conditions are that the project complements the neighboring historical society's museum. All of the future proposals must include a business plan and all major site improvements would be paid for by the lessee.

-- Paula King

ANTIOCH

Friends of Animal Services shares fees

The Friends of Animal Services will pay $100 toward adoption and neutering/spaying fees for animals adopted during December.

The shelter at Second an L streets. For more information, see www.FriendsofAnimalServices.org.


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-- Judith Prieve, Staff

ANTIOCH

Police group offers free bowling for children

Local kids ages 10 to 15 are invited to come out next week for a night of bowling and free food.

The Antioch Police Activities League is hosting a cosmic bowling night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Delta Bowl, 3300 Delta Fair Blvd. Bowling starts at 7, but registration is at 6:30.

The event is open to the first 150 Antioch students. Student identification cards are required.

In addition to free shoe rental and lane time, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.

The police activities league is focused on providing children in middle school with mentors and positive experiences through fun activities.

"This is an opportunity for us to reach out to the families in the community and let them know what (the program) is about," said Antioch police Lt. Tammany Brooks. "The officers have a great time hanging out with the kids in this fun environment."

For more information, call 925-779-6875 or visit AntiochPAL@ci.antioch.ca.us.

-- Paul Burgarino

Discovery Bay

CSD board to consider increasing compensation

Despite emphasizing a reluctance to go forward, Community Services District directors agreed last week to consider increasing their compensation.

Board members can receive a stipend of $100 a day for up to six days a month. State law allows the water district governing boards to increase pay by up to 5 percent for each calendar year since the last adjustment.

The last time the board increased its compensation was in 2002, when the limit went from $25 to $100, director Ray Tetreault said.

Given that information at its Dec. 5 meeting, the Discovery Bay board asked to see how the numbers would bear out.

All directors said they are on the board to serve the community, not for the money.

Board members are reimbursed for mileage, travel and other business-related expense, but not phone expensed, paper, toner and other miscellaneous costs.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

BRENTWOOD

Temporary bridge going up on San Jose Avenue

BRENTWOOD -- Local drivers that use San Jose Avenue may want to find a different route the next two weeks.

Contractors for the project to widen Highway 4 from two to four lanes through Brentwood will be erecting a temporary bridge over San Jose starting Monday, according to a Contra Costa Transportation Authority news release.

Traffic controls will be enforced on San Jose between St. Regis Avenue and Santa Margarita Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Dec. 21.

Motorists are advised to expect up to 15-minute delays and should allow extra travel time.

For more information, call 925-206-3002 or visit http://widensr4.org.

-- Paul Burgarino