Commuters Avoiding Concord Park & Ride Lot Due To Trash, Car Break-Ins, Homeless CampA popular Park & Ride lot in Concord has turned into a dumping ground. Many drivers said they avoid parking there because of the homeless people who live there, trash, and car break-ins.
Charges Dismissed In Criminal Cases Involving Disgraced Antioch Police SergeantContra Costa County prosecutors announced on Thursday they will dismiss charges in three criminal cases that involved a fired Antioch police sergeant after his internal affairs report became public under California's new police transparency law.
State Expands Insurance Protections In Contra Costa, Solano Wildfire AreasMore than a million California homes are now protected under a new law that temporarily bans insurance companies from dropping customers in areas affected by recent wildfires, officials announced Wednesday.
Contra Costa County Eyes Short-Term Rental OrdinanceA prospective ordinance governing short-term rentals in unincorporated parts of Contra Costa County is scheduled to be discussed.
CoCo County Draws Would-Be Homeowners From Around Bay AreaAbout two-thirds of the homes in Contra Costa County are occupied by their owners, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. One of the main reasons is affordability, relative to other Bay Area counties.
Contra Costa Supervisors Select Prospective Operators To Apply For Cannabis Business PermitsContra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday selected prospective operators to apply to move forward in a permitting process for the county's first adult-use cannabis stores and commercial grow operations in unincorporated areas.
East Bay Gang War: Last 2 Of 15 Defendants Plead No Contest To Attempted MurderOn Wednesday, the last two defendants in the "Operation Omega Red" case pleaded no contest to charges of attempted murder with gang-related enhancements, the last of 15 defendants in a case involving a gang war between Nortenos and Surenos in central and eastern Contra Costa.
Contra Costa County Norteno Gang Crackdown Ends With 15 ConvictionsA Contra Costa County gang crackdown, launched in 2016 and targeting violent Norteno gang members and their associates, has resulted in 15 individuals being convicted of felony offenses including attempted murder, transporting weapons and selling drugs, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Suspect In Castro Valley Crime Spree Arrested After Police PursuitA suspect in a Castro Valley robbery and burglary was arrested following a late Tuesday night police pursuit and crash, authorities said.
Ex-Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Admits Pocketing $130K In Campaign Funds, May Face ChargesLongtime Contra Costa County politician Joe Canciamilla is facing possible criminal charges after agreeing to pay $150,000 in state fines for misusing campaign funds.
Alameda, Contra Costa Officials Announce Illegal Dumping CrackdownTop prosecutors and elected officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties joined together Wednesday to announce new funding and strategies aimed at preventing illegal dumping and waste.