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    After two large sideshows wreaked havoc this past weekend, Antioch police and Mayor Lamar Thorpe issued a stern warning to participants, promising they will use all resources to identify them and be sure they are prosecuted. “These incidents bring great danger to responding officers, participants and bystanders, in the environment as a whole, and let me be clear, violent disruptive behavior will not be tolerated,” interim Antioch Police Chief Steven Ford said at a press conference Monday at 18th and A streets where one of two sideshows took place Saturday night. “As we enter the summer months, we want to remind organizers and participants of sideshows that if you come to Antioch your vehicle will be impounded for 30 days, costing you or your parents $3,000 — and that’s only to get the vehicle out,” Mayor Lamar Thorpe warned. “You will also be issued a citation of $300.” A video widely circulated on social media showed a police vehicle being damaged as bystanders surrounded and began kicking and hitting an officer’s car as he attempted to pursue a participant at...
    Reflecting on Antioch’s 150-year history during his Sesquicentennial State of the City address, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe spoke of change in this once-sleepy river town that has now become one of the fastest-growing cities in Northern California. Speaking from the City Council’s newly remodeled chambers at the address this week, the city’s 41st mayor and second African-American mayor, pointed to the city’s racial diversity and the opportunity it now affords to people of all backgrounds. “As throughout our history, the power of diverse communities working together has always been at the heart and soul of what has led to long-term success,” he said. “And, for those who are uncomfortable with change, this has never been about forgetting any of you. “On the contrary, this has always been about giving others the opportunity to enjoy what you currently enjoy while being able to add their perspectives to the conversation.” Thorpe, who was elected mayor in 2020, said some of those new perspectives come from people such as homeless advocates who have been working to secure homes for the unhoused, youths who...
    Leaders of a campaign to oust Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe say they were robbed of a recall when a professional signature company failed to turn over signed petitions and skipped town with a $23,000 payment it already collected. “The company hired to gather signatures defrauded us,” the committee posted on its Recall Lamar Thorpe Facebook page Wednesday night. Thorpe was served intent to recall papers last fall, with proponents citing a range of reasons, including their belief that the mayor was not supportive of small businesses or the police department. Proponents needed a total of 9,511 signatures by 5 p.m. Wednesday to get the recall initiative on the November ballot, but they were unable to submit them, according to a statement posted on social media that same night. A representative for the group said members realized the fraud during the verification process. They also said another 1,500 signatures that volunteers collected were given to the company to verify as registered voters and were never returned. Attempts to reach the company, which they didn’t name, that they paid to collect and...
    Those joining the Antioch police force could see big signing bonuses – up to $40,000 – and home down payment assistance under a new proposed hiring strategy that Mayor Lamar Thorpe advanced on Monday. Thorpe, in a press conference, said the city is down to 78 officers on duty, with 24 on leave for various reasons, including injuries, and a number of recent paid administrative leaves due to an FBI and District Attorney’s investigation that also affected the Pittsburg Police Department. And, though the department is authorized to hire up to 115 officers, it has been difficult to do so, even more so recently with the national phenomenon of people leaving their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and not being replaced fast enough. “The Great Resignation is impacting various sectors of our economy, resulting in lower productivity and declining morale and the remaining workforce struggling with increased work demands,” Thorpe said, noting the police force has been especially hard hit. The mayor cited a 2021 report by the Police Executive Research Forum noting that nationally there has been a 45%...
    ANTIOCH — After less than two years as Antioch’s mayor, Lamar Thorpe is facing a vigorous recall effort further fueled by the fallout from an early morning drunken driving arrest last month. The highly publicized arrest has sparked calls for him to step down from two of his City Council colleagues, including one who has said she will support recall efforts if he doesn’t resign. In a video posted to social media, Thorpe apologized to the community after admitting he had a drink at dinner and was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence on March 19. A breathalyzer test revealed he had a blood alcohol content higher than 0.08, the legal limit. Now, two council members who have butted heads with the mayor in the past are calling for Thorpe to resign, but the DUI citation is only part of the reason, they say. Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock, in a statement issued the day after the DUI arrest, said Thorpe showed a “lack of control and poor decision-making.” “He stated he is sorry for his actions, well how sorry...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — The mayor of Antioch confirmed in a social media video that he had been cited by police for driving under the influence early Saturday morning and asked his constituents for forgiveness. Sitting on a sofa in a dark suit and directly facing the camera, Mayor Lamar Thorpe promised to “grow and learn” from the experience, saying he takes full responsibility.   “Last night, after having dinner with a friend, I was pulled over by a California Highway Patroller and cited for driving under the influence,” Thorpe said in the video posted to social media. He added, “I hope you can forgive me.” Thorpe was driving a gray Volvo northbound on Interstate 680 near the Monument Boulevard exit at 1:15 a.m. Saturday when he was pulled over, according to a statement from the CHP. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and released from custody at 3:35 a.m., the CHP said. The statement by CHP Golden Gate Division specified that Thorpe’s arrest was completely unrelated to a crash under investigation in the area. ©...
    ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe revealed on Saturday that he was pulled over and cited by the California Highway Patrol early Saturday morning."Good morning, Antioch. I wanted to come before you today because I wanted to share some personal news with you. Last night, after having dinner with a friend, I was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol and cited for driving under the influence. For that, I take full responsibility," he said in a video statement on Twitter Saturday morning.According to the CHP news release, Mayor Thorpe was traveling in a Volvo on Northbound I-680 near Monument Blvd. He was the only driver in the vehicle before he was arrested at 1:27a.m. Saturday.RELATED: Antioch City Council to consider ban on police restraint tactics that pose risk of asphyxiationThe release also said there was an injury collision being investigated in the same area of his arrest, but the two incidents were not related.He was released from jail at 3:35a.m., the CHP said.Mayor Thorpe said under the advice of counsel, he is limited in what he can...
    ANTIOCH — Mayor Lamar Thorpe admitted Saturday that he was cited by authorities earlier in the morning for driving under the influence of alcohol. In a nearly one-minute-long video posted to social media, Thorpe apologized to Antioch residents and promised to “grow and learn” from the incident. “Last night, after having dinner with a friend, I was pulled over by a California Highway Patroller and cited for driving under the influence,” Thorpe said in a video posted to social media. “For that, I take full responsibility.” Thorpe was pulled over at about 1:15 a.m. while driving a gray Volvo northbound on Interstate 680, near the Monument Boulevard exit in Pleasant Hill, according to the California. Officers conducted a DUI investigation before placing Thorpe under arrest. “Although I never felt inhibited by the drink I had with my dinner, I’m deeply sorry for the lapse in judgment and I hope that you can forgive me,” Thorpe said. “Being your mayor is one of the greatest honors of my life and I’m sorry if I have embarrassed you in any way.” In...
    ANTIOCH — Efforts are underway to oust Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and school board President/City Clerk Ellie Householder, both of whom recall proponents accuse of violating the state’s open-meetings law, among other actions they say are questionable. The petition of intent to recall Thorpe was certified on Thursday, so signature gathering can now begin. On Tuesday, Householder was served her second intent to recall notice, this time in her role as Antioch’s city clerk. In early October, she received a notice that there was an official drive to recall her from her seat on the Antioch Unified School District board. Those advocating for her removal from the school board are already collecting signatures to try to qualify the measure for the June ballot. The petition to oust her as city clerk has yet to be certified. Thorpe was served with an intent notice in late September by lead recall proponent Kathy Cabrera. Since then, the city clerk has rejected the petition three times for technical reasons, but last week the authors resubmitted the paperwork for the fourth time with the...
    ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- City officials have talked about it all year and now the City of Antioch could take action on controversial and potentially deadly police restraint tactics like the knee to the neck technique.The mayor will propose a ban on the tactics to the city council Tuesday night.ABC7 News Reporter Amy Hollyfield was in Antioch Monday and spoke with the mayor.The proposal would ban police techniques that can cause asphyxiation, like applying a knee to a person's neck. The death of Angelo Quinto in December really brought the issue to the forefront in Antioch. The 30-year-old was restrained for several minutes until he lost consciousness.RELATED: Family of Bay Area man killed after police put knee to his neck files federal lawsuitFamily members of Quinto, a Navy veteran, say a police officer pressed their knee to his neck for nearly five minutes during a mental health crisis. A federal lawsuit was filed earlier this year against the city of Antioch, its police chief and four police officers.Quinto lost consciousness and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he...
    Antioch police are investigating the fatal shooting of a young teenage girl Wednesday evening. Details were sketchy but Contra Costa County Fire and AMR were called to the scene on Oak Haven Way in southeast Antioch at 7:01 p.m. Several hours later, Mayor Lamar Thorpe confirmed that police informed him a 13-year-old had died at a home. The girl was the second teenager to die within the week by gunfire in the city. An 18-year-old, whom police have not yet identified, what fatally shot on Sunset Lane on May 7. The mayor said that he went to the southeast Antioch neighborhood where a small, emotionally charged crowd had gathered. “As a parent of an 11-year-old, it’s emotionally difficult to learn about these kinds of incidents,” he wrote on Facebook. “You literally can’t stop thinking about your own child.” Thorpe praised Antioch police for working “to keep things peaceful” and displaying “incredible restraint under very difficult circumstances.” While there the mayor said he also saw the girl’s mother who was demanding answers about the tragedy. “This is an unfortunate situation as...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — Antioch city officials gathered Wednesday to announce a series of efforts the city is taking on to honor the Asian American community and distance the city from its racist past. As attacks on Asian Americans continue across the nation, it’s inspired officials like Mayor Lamar Thorpe to speak out and take action. Among the plans in the city of 100,000 people is to reestablish the historic Chinatown district in the city’s downtown area, a giant mural celebrating the local Asian community and an apology from the city for terrorizing Asian immigrants years ago. READ MORE: Stanford Medicine Launching COVID-19 Vaccine Study On Children 5 Years Old And Under At the press conference, Thorpe said these announcements came as the nation faces a serious uptick in attack on Asian Americans. Antioch Mayor Thorpe speaks at press conference regarding city re-establishing Chinatown district. (KPIX) “Every day it seems like all of us are witnesses to some of the most jarring headlines on social media, in our local and national television news outlets, and our newspapers ,” Thorpe said....
    ANTIOCH — Recognizing the wrongs against Chinese-Americans suffered at the hands of Antioch’s early residents, Mayor Lamar Thorpe on Wednesday apologized for that and introduced a series of proposals to make amends. “We’re in the middle of a national awakening that has been spun out of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate,” Thorpe said, standing in downtown Waldie Plaza, where Antioch’s Chinatown once stood. “Every day, it seems like all of us are witnesses to some of the most jarring headlines on social media and local and national television news outlets and the newspapers.” As example, Thorpe pointed to the recent violent attack and robbery of two older Asian women at the local County Square Market, the city’s only Asian grocery. Police are still investigating that incident to determine if it was a hate crime, he said. Crimes against Asian-Americans cannot be tolerated, the mayor added, noting the city must make amends with its past and never ignore or normalize such behavior. “I’m glad I learned a lot about Antioch’s troubled history when I first moved here from folks like...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF/BCN) — The Antioch City Council unanimously approved a $1.4 million contract Tuesday night that allows them to purchase bodycams and in-car cameras for the city’s police department. The five-year bodycam contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. was the leading proposal of Mayor Lamar Thorpe’s platform of police reforms he brought before the council following the in-custody death of Angelo Quinto in December and another in-custody death in February. READ MORE: Car Smashes Into CVS Pharmacy In San Jose Following the 5-0 vote approving the bodycam contract, Thorpe hailed the victory by saying, “Ten years overdue.” Antioch police were one of the last Bay Area departments without bodycams. Police Chief Tammany Brooks said, “I want to thank the council from the bottom of my heart.” Axon representatives said they hoped to have all Antioch officers and patrol cars equipped by August. The cost of the bodycam contract will be paid from the city’s general funds reserve, according to City Manager Ron Bernal. Mayor Thorpe emphasized that the expenditure will not translate into cuts for police or other city...
    Mental health will be the focal point for police reform, along with increased police transparency and community involvement, in a proposal Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe unveiled on Monday. Thorpe, who campaigned on police reform, outlined his proposed measures, which also included the establishment of an independent oversight commission to review police complaints, adding police body and dashboard cameras, and improving training and hiring practices and more, during the morning news conference at City Hall. “This is a conversation that started post George Floyd, and frankly since the murder of George Floyd, there is a national and global awakening that has made the streets of our nation the epicenter of expression, frustration and hope, including right here in Antioch,” the mayor said. Thorpe blamed “political rhetoric” that has divided the city in the past year, which included misinformation continually promulgated on social media, for keeping reform from moving forward. “Quite frankly, if our police department is going to do the same thing 10, 20 years from now, we have all failed as a city because we did not evolve with the times,...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Shifting attitudes on local police reform, development, homelessness and other issues combined to end the public service of a number of officials in Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood and Oakley in the wake of the November election. The vote totals in Antioch led to the election of City Council member Lamar Thorpe as mayor, the second African-American mayor in the city’s history. He defeated incumbent Mayor Sean Wright by 4,569 votes. Two other long-term officials also lost their jobs. Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts, who had previously served on the local school district, lost by 291 votes to challenger Tamisha Walker. And Ellie Householder beat City Clerk Arne Simonsen by a slim 30 votes. Simonsen had served in the position since 2012. Antioch City Council members Lori Ogorchock and Monica Wilson won their re-election races. Ogorchock won with 34 percent of the vote against three challengers. Wilson came in with a 55 percent winning rate against two other candidates. Mike Barbanica, a former police lieutenant, won the race for District 2 with 53 percent against Tony...
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