CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 20, 2022) — Bargaining teams for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the Mt. Diablo Education Association have reached a tentative agreement, averting a potential strike. Both sides say the settlement is the best path forward at this time.
Key vote for fire merger: Contra Costa County’s Local Agency Formation Commission has unanimously approved annexation of the East County Fire Protection District to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Consolidation is expected by July 1.
“(Annexation) has rightly been characterized as a historic achievement, resolving service deficits that have plagued East County for decades,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis.
Working to limit trash: A bill introduced in the state Assembly would drastically increase the fines for illegal dumping. Those caught would also have to pay for cleanup and could lose their business licenses. Meanwhile, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department is planning more surveillance cameras in the Marsh Creek/Morgan Territory to Deer Valley/Camino Diablo area to help curb the trash piles.
The race for DA: Incumbent District Attorney Diana Becton is locked in a key battle with long-time prosecutor Mary Knox. Becton wants to find other programs to help those accused of crime, while Knox “wants to protect the victims.”
Development controversy: The Faria/Southwest Hills project will be back in court this week, after Discovery Builders asked for a new trial following a Contra Costa County Superior Court ruling that halted the plan. The land in unincorporated Pittsburg overlooks the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.
Questions about James Kirker: The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is looking into renaming Kirker Pass Road after Daniel Kelly published an article claiming Kirker killed more than a hundred Native Americans in Mexico in the 1840s.
Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:
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