Contra Costa Today Episodes

#101: A Chat with Manny Soliz, District 1 Antioch City Council Candidate

In this episode, I chat with Manny Soliz Jr. who is a candidate for Antioch City Council is District 1. We talk about a...

#100: A Chat with Sandra White, District 4 Antioch City Council Candidate

On this episode, I chat with Sandra White who is a running for Antioch City Council in District 4. White is an Antioch Crime...

#99: A Chat with Tony Tiscareno, District 2 Antioch City Council Candidate

On this episode, I chat with Tony Tiscareno who is running for Antioch City Council in District 2. He previously served on the council...

#98: A Chat with Faye Maloney, Candidate for Brentwood City Council

On this episode, I chat with Faye Maloney, a police sergeant at a local police department in the San Francisco Bay Area who is...

#97: A Chat with Karen Rarey, Candidate for City of Brentwood Mayor

On this episode, I chat with Brentwood City Councilwoman Karen Rarey, who is running for Brentwood Mayor this fall. We go over a series...

#96: A Chat with Janell Proctor, Assembly District 14 Candidate

On this episode, I chat with Republican Candidate Janell Proctor who is running for California State Assembly District 14 against Tim Grayson. We get...

#95: A Chat with Jovita Mendoza, Candidate for Brentwood City Council

On this episode, I chat with Jovita Mendoza who is running for Brentwood City Council in District 1. We get into her platform where...

#94: A Chat with Ryan Raimondi, Mayor Candidate for City of Brentwood

On this episode, I chat with Ryan Raimondi who is running for Mayor of the City of Brentwod at just 18-years-old. Ryan shares why...

#93: A Chat With Tamisha Walker, Antioch City Council Candidate in District 1

On this episode, I chat with Tamisha Walker, candidate for Antioch City Council, District 1 where we talk about a variety of issues from...

#92: A Chat on Social Media Strategies

On this episode, we chat about social media strategy with Samantha Semans of Ten10Social, Hillary Dittmore of Socially Hilary and Michael Pohl of Bay...

#91: Reaction to Antioch Proposal to Spend $1 Million to House Homeless in a...

On this episode, we discuss a proposal by Antioch City council members Joy Motts and Lamar Thorpe that would spend $1 million on 32-rooms...

#90: A chat with Political Consultant Mary Jo Rossi Ahead of 2020 Elections

On this episode, I chat with political consultant Mary Jo Rossi of Rossi Communications ahead of the 2020 election as candidates begin to announce....

#89: Ariel Ryan Shares Experience of Being African American Growing Up in Brentwood, Calls...

On this episode, I chat with Ariel Ryan who spoke at the Brentwood City Council meeting sharing her experience of being an African American...

#88: A Chat With Congressman Jerry McNerney

On this episode, I chat with Congressman Jerry McNerney after he attended a Juneteenth Celebration in the City of Antioch. We get into the...

#87: Immediate Reaction to Antioch City Council Vote on Rejecting Ad-Hoc Committee for Police...

On this episode, Ken Turnage II and I sit down and provide our immediate reactions to the Antioch City Council vote Thursday night where...

#86: Wedel Talks about Walnut Creek Protests, Police Department and City Budget

In this episode, I chat with Walnut Creek City Councilmember Justin Wedel who provides a first hand take on the recent Walnut Creek Protests...

#85: East Contra Costa Fire Chief Brian Helmick Talks Reduction of Fire Services

On this episode, I chat with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Chief Brian Helmick who discusses his recent announcement that Starting July...

#84: Allie Sealey Drops in from Nashville for a Chat, New Single Dropping June...

On this episode, I chat with Allie Sealey who is in town from Nashville as we shotgun approach this chat on a variety of...

#83: Ironhouse Sanitary District GM Talks Proposed Rate Increases, Bio Solids and More

On this episode, I chat with Chad Davison, the General Manager for the Ironhouse Sanitary District who serves ratepayers in both the City of...

#82: Pittsburg Mayor Jelani Killings on Protests and More

On this episode, I chat with City of Pittsburg Mayor Jelani Killings on the peaceful marches around East Contra Costa County and about their...

#81: Sue Higgins Talks Multiple Sclerosis, COVID-19 and City of Oakley Issues

In this episode, Oakley City Councilmember Sue Higgins talks about her dealings with Multiple Sclerosis and highlights World MS Day... we also talk about...

#80: Rebecca Barrett Talks Community College Issues, K-12 Education and More

On this episode, I chat with Rebecca Barrett who is the President of the Contra Costa Community College District Board of Trustees. We ping-pong...

#79: BART Director Debora Allen Talks Budget, Ridership and Other Issues

On this episode, I chat with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Director Debora Allen on a variety of topics from the budget,...

#78: Steve Aubert Talks New East Contra Costa Fire App, Weed Abatement Rules

In this episode, I chat with Steve Aubert, Fire Marshal with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District who talks about their new ECCFPD...

#77: Rick Lemyre Stop in for a Chat Before His Big Move to Georgia

On this episode, I chat with former Editor at the Brentwood Press Rick Lemyre who is leaving Brentwood, CA for Georgia. Just a simple...

#76: Tim Ogden Talks New Job as City Manager for Brentwood

On this episode, I chat with newly hired Brentwood City Manager Tim Ogden where we get into a variety of topics from the impact...

#75: CSEA President Josh Isenbarger Talks Job Layoffs at Antioch Unified School District

On this episode, ahead of layoff notices, I chat with Josh Isenbarger who is the president of the CSEA in Antioch for the Antioch...

#74: Trevor Frey Talks Refinancing, Mortgage Interest Rates, Forbearance and More

On this episode, I chat with Trevor Frey, a loan officer, at Supreme Lending in Brentwood. We get into some industry news and talk...

#73: Jennifer Fink on Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

On this episode, I chat with Jennifer Fink of Fading Memories, an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support show, where we talk about dealing with Alzheimer’s during...

#72: Seana Fippin Chats About Brentwood Strong

On this episode, I chat with Seana Fippin who was one of the creators of Brentwood Strong serving the residents of Brentwood with food...

#71: Rotarian Shares Trip to Africa to Volunteer Only to be Forced Back Under...

On this episode, I chat with Tirrell Muhammad of the Antioch Rotary Club traveled to Africa and was forced to come back early due...

#70: Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton Provides Update

On this episode, I chat with Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton, who talks us through what has been going on in the...

#069: Ken Turnage Talks Creation of Business Association

On this episode, I chat with local business owner Ken Turnage II who is working to form a Business Alliance group to advocate for...

#068: East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Talks Fire Response During COVID-19 Pandemic

On this episode, I chat with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ross Macumber about the fire districts responding during the coronavirus...

#067: Brentwood Police Chief Talks Community Policing During COVID-19

On this episode, I chat with Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen about how the police department is dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact...

#066: Wolfgang Croskey Talks Helping Local Business in Response to COVID-19

On this episode, I chat with Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce CEO Wolfgang Croskey about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting business owners. We chat...

#065: Diane Burgis Talks Contra Costa County Response to COVID-19

On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Diane Burgis about the county response to COVID-19. Burgs talks about the...

#064: Joel Bryant Talks City of Brentwood Response to COVID-19

On this episode, I chat with Joel Bryant, Vice Mayor of the City of Brentwood, who shares what Brentwood is doing in response to...

#063: Sean Trambley Talks About His Campaign for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor...

On this episode, I chat with City of Martinez Planning Commissioner Sean Trambley who is running for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor in...

#062: Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn Talks Brentwood Measure L

On this episode, I chat with Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn on their proposed development in the City of Brentwood which has become Measure...

#061: Seth Adams of Save Mt. Diablo Talks Brentwood Measure L

On this episode, I chat with Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo on Brentwood Measure L. Adams is Land Conservation Director for Save Mount...

#060: Claryssa Wilson Talks School Supply Giveaway in Antioch

On this episode, I chat with Claryssa Wilson, 18 of Antioch, who is hosting her 7th Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Giveaway on...

#059: Steve Aubert Talks Fire Prevention and 4th of July Fireworks

On this episode, I chat with Steve Aubert, who is the Fire Marshal for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. We get into...

#058: Male Youth Empowerment Program with Antioch Rotary

On this episode, I chat with Tirrell Muhammad of the Antioch Rotary Club about the Male Youth Empowerment Program with the Antioch Unified School...

Episode 057: Antioch Chamber CEO Talks Economic Development

On this episode, I chat with Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Pagano on the recent approval of the Somersville Economic Opportunity Plan in...

Episode 056: Angela Lowrey Talks Communication

On this episode, I chat with Angela Lowrey who is the Public Information Manager for Delta Diablo where she was just named the states...

Episode 055: Joe Canciamilla Chats County Elections and More

On this episode, I chat with Joe Canciamilla who is the Clerk-Recorder and Registar of Voters for Contra Costa County. Canciamilla began his career...

Episode 054: A Chat on Impact of California Gun and Ammo Laws

On this episode, I chat with Hugh Henderson, a former law enforcement officer and Fire Chief on his new career in firearms at Hook,...

Episode 053: Harvest Time Brentwood Talks Upcoming Cherry Season

On this episode, I chat with the folks from Harvest Time Brentwood about the upcoming cherry season. I actually interview three different guests in...

Episode 052: Jennifer Fink Talks Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

On this episode, I chat with Jennifer Fink who launched a podcast called Fading Memories, an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support show. We get into how...