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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Cooling Center to Open 8/14

Outdoor thermometer over 100 degrees

The City of Concord is making plans to open the Concord Senior Center (2727 Parkside Circle) as a cooling center daily from Friday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 18, when summer temperatures are expected to soar. 

The cooling center will be op...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

City Offers Grant Funding for Concord's Small Businesses

Small Business Grant Program

The City of Concord has created its own Small Business Grant Program, which will provide $5,000 grants through CARES Act funding for 130 local small businesses that have experienced a negative financial impact from the global pandemic.  

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City of Concord Small Business Grant Program News & Announcements
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Homelessness & Mental Health Discussion

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UPDATE: Watch the meeting here!

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Please join us on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a community conversation about homelessness and mental health. This is a follow-up to Concord’s July 15 Council Study Session on Police Policies, Practices...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Sewer Rate Increases Reduced

Central Sanitation sewage treatment plant

Thanks to low-interest loans and a new capital expenditure plan by Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San), the cities of Concord and Clayton have decreased previously adopted rates for sewer service fees.

Instead of raising rates $45 per year...

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Updated Fee Schedule News & Announcements
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Eviction Moratorium Extended to Sept. 30

Housing

UPDATED - JULY 20, 2020

The City of Concord’s urgency ordinance and eviction moratorium has been extended through September 30, 2020. 

On June 30, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-71-20, which extends the Executive Order N-28-20 t...

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More details about the moratorium News & Announcements
Posted on: July 13, 2020

New Closures Ordered for Contra Costa

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Contra Costa County is one of at least 30 counties that have remained on the California Department of Public Health’s county monitoring list for three or more consecutive days. In response, Governor Newsom has ordered that the following business...
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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Candidate Nomination Papers Available By Appointment

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Nomination papers for seats on the Concord City Council in Districts 2 and 4 will be available by appointment starting Monday, July 13.

Because the City of Concord has declared a local state of emergency due to COVID-19 and is closed to the public, candida...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

How to Provide Public Comment

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Looking to provide a public comment at an upcoming City Council meeting? We know there has been some confusion about how to do this since public meetings went "virtual" in the era of COVID-19. Please check out the updated instructions on our Pub...
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Public Meetings News & Announcements
Posted on: July 6, 2020

July 15 Meeting to Address Police Policies

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UPDATE: This meeting will be translated into Spanish. To listen in Spanish, log on to the Zoom meeting, click on "Interpretation" in the bottom toolbar and select "Spanish."
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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Join Us for a Virtual Parade

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While we can’t all be together this Independence Day, we hope you’ll consider celebrating with us as we enjoy a virtual neighbor parade and local music beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday, July 4. You can watch on Concord TV (Comcast 28,...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Fireworks are Illegal

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Don’t let fireworks ruin this Independence Day! On July 1, the Concord Police Department along with other local law enforcement agencies, joined the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are N...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Fuel Reduction Project Reduces Fire Danger

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The City of Concord and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District have announced a fuel reduction project on the northeast side of the City in the area bordered by Lincoln Drive and Bailey Road. The program is designed to improve wildfire safety for re...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

County Delays Reopening Timeline

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Contra Costa Health Services has announced that it will postpone its COVID-19 reopening timeline.

Prior to this announcement, CCHS had planned to allow bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness cente...

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June 29 Press Release News & Announcements
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Chief Responds to "8 Can't Wait"

Police Chief Mark Bustillos

Concord Police Chief Mark Bustillos released this letter to the community on June 16, 2020 in response to questions about the national "8 Can’t Wait" campaign related to police use-of-force policies.
"As the new Chief of Police for...
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Read the full letter from Chief Bustillos News & Announcements
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Concord Helps Restaurants, Businesses to Expand Outdoor Spaces

Concord Forward

Concord Makes it Easier for Restaurants, Businesses to Expand Outdoor Spaces 

City ordinance eases restrictions on local businesses 

Concord, Calif. (June 12, 2020) -- The Concord City Council on Tuesday...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Police Chief Bustillos' Message to the Community

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In response to several questions that the City has received regarding the Concord Police Department’s policing tactics, Chief Mark Bustillos issued this letter to the community on June 5, 2020.

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Chief Bustillos' Message to the Community News & Announcements
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Updated Health Order Loosens Restrictions

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Contra Costa County residents may again enjoy outdoor swimming pools, outdoor seating at restaurants and dog parks under an updated health order. The order, effective at 5 p.m. on June 5, also allows for outdoor religious services of up to 100 people, ind...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Smoking Prohibited in Multiunit Housing

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Earlier this year, the Concord City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping in and around multiunit and attached housing units. This restriction applies to both interior and exterior areas (patios, balconies, decks or porches) of renta...

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Smoking Regulations FAQs News & Announcements
Posted on: June 6, 2020

Road Closures Adjacent to Todos Santos Plaza

Map of Todos Santos Plaza

The Concord Police Department is aware of a planned protest this afternoon, June 6, in Todos Santos Plaza. They have taken measures to ensure everyone’s safety.  

The streets immediately adjacent to the plaza will be shut down to vehicle...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Retail Stores & Suppliers to Reopen

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Thanks to progress made in containing the spread of COVID-19, Contra Costa County will relax restrictions in its shelter-in-place order to allow retail stores and their suppliers to reopen.

On May 19 at 6 a.m., retail stores in Contra Costa County may offe...

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Contra Costa County's COVID-19 Website News & Announcements
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Listos CA Offers Multilingual Tip Sheets

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The Listos (Ready) California Preparedness campaign’s Public Health Tip Sheets are now available in multiple languages and can be accessed on the City’s new Listos resources web page. In addition to these tools, people can also find re...
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Tip Sheets & Resources News & Announcements
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Health Order Still in Effect

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Contra Costa Health Services has announced that its May 4 Health Order extending the shelter-in-place order remains in effect. While the order eased restrictions on activities such as construction projects, real estate transactions, and outdoor businesses...

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Health Department FAQs News & Announcements
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Be Counted, Concord!

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The Census helps California get the national resources and representation we need. Please help our state by ensuring that you and all members of your household are counted. Complete the 2020 Census online at 2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Stay-Home Order Extended to May 31

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Seven Bay Area public health departments, including Contra Costa Health Services, have extended the existing shelter-in-place orders through May 31.

The new orders ease restrictions on construction projects, real estate transactions, outdoor businesses, an...

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County Health Orders News & Announcements
Posted on: April 27, 2020

New Resources for Local Businesses

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its historic economic disruption, the City of Concord has implemented a variety of new programs and resources to help sustain and support local businesses. As the risks of COVID-19 heightened in March, Concord was among the ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Concord Urges Residents to Use Parks Responsibly

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As springtime temperatures begin to rise and people are eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, Concord officials are reminding residents to follow local health orders requiring social distancing of at least six feet.

All City parks remain closed for ...

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City Park Dos & Don'ts News & Announcements
Posted on: April 8, 2020

Community Rating System Reduces Flood Insurance Cost

Neighborhood Flood

For owners of properties in a flood zone, the cost of flood insurance premiums can be staggering, so what can the City of Concord do to help?

Since 2007, the City has participated in the Community Rating System (CRS), which is part of the National Flood In...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Details about Eviction Moratorium

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The Concord City Council on March 25 took an important step to protect residential and commercial tenants who may experience economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council voted unanimously to adopt an urgency ordinance imposing a temp...

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Eviction Moratorium Flyer News & Announcements
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Chief Swanger Retires

Police Chief Guy Swanger

After a 36-year career in law enforcement and nine years as Chief of Police for the City of Concord, Chief Guy Swanger officially retired on April 2, 2020. His colleagues and the community bid him farewell as he begins the next chapter of his life, which ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Stay Home Order Extended to May 3

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Health officials in Contra Costa County and six other Bay Area communities have officially extended the current stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020 in an effort to  preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.

The previous order was s...

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COVID-19 Information from the City of Concord News & Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Concord City Council Declines to Extend Agreement with Lennar

Naval Base

Concord, Calif. (March 25, 2020) -- The Concord City Council on Tuesday met via video conference to discuss its response to a letter it received in January from Lennar Concord, LLC, the master developer of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

Lennar p...

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News Release News & Announcements
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Concord Announces New Police Chief

Police Chief Mark Bustillos

Concord City Manager Valerie Barone announced that she has hired Mark Bustillos to serve as the City’s next Chief of Police. Bustillos, who will be sworn in on Monday, April 6, will replace retiring Chief Guy Swanger.  

The community is ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Local Restaurants Open for Take-Out and Delivery

ConcordEats

Concord, CA (March 24, 2020) - The City of Concord, Concord Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Concord have partnered together to provide a list of open Concord restaurants providing take-out and delivery services to the community during the Shelter-in-Place ...

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View the list of restaurants News & Announcements
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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The City of Concord understands that the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order may present financial challenges for local businesses. To help mitigate these challenges, the City has created the COVID-19 Business Resources page, which highlights a variety of res...

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Business Resources Page News & Announcements
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Concord Declares State of Emergency

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Concord City Manager Valerie Barone today declared a local state of emergency in response to the public health crisis resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The City also opened its emergency operations center (EOC) at the lowest activation l...

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Full press release News & Announcements
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Response to COVID-19

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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on March 10 declared a state of emergency for the County in an effort to address the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

During its meeting, the supervisors emphasized that “everyone play...

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City's Response to COVID-19 News & Announcements
Posted on: February 24, 2020

New BART Schedule

Concord BART Station

On February 10, 2020, BART released a new train schedule which improves service to Concord riders. BART has been rolling out the new 775 Fleet of the Future trains and anticipates providing 10 car lengths for all Transbay train runs in the coming months. ...

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Current BART Schedules News & Announcements
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Monitoring News of COVID-19

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The City of Concord is aware of and monitoring the news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its possible transmission in Northern California.  City officials are following the guidance of the Contra Costa County Health Services Department.

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Contra Costa Health Department News & Announcements
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Mid-Year Budget Review 2/25

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The City Council is set to receive a mid-year budget review at its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 25. In addition to looking at the City’s current-year financial situation, staff will present information about Concord’s long-rang...

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Feb. 25, 2020 City Council Agenda News & Announcements
Posted on: February 5, 2020

State of the City

Mayor Tim McGallian

On January 29, Mayor Tim McGallian delivered the State of the City address at the 35th annual Mayor’s Luncheon hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. 

Mayor McGallian highlighted the City’s recent accomplishments, d...

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2020 State of the City speech News & Announcements
Posted on: November 14, 2019

New Online Tools & Survey

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The City of Concord recently launched new online tools to help explain Concord’s budget challenges and allow people to explore the City’s budget through an interactive web feature.

The City also released a community survey and is seeking feedback on how re...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: August 22, 2019

Welcome to Permit Pal- New Online Tools for the Permit Center

Permit Pal

Every Monday through Friday, the Permit Center at Concord’s City Hall is visited by dozens of residents and business people who are at various stages of residential or commercial building projects. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to make changes to you...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: August 29, 2019

Preparing for the Unexpected

Emergency Kit

Extreme weather events such as earthquakes, wildfires and heat waves can strike without warning, so it is important to remain cautious and prepared at all times.

The City of Concord encourages residents to be proactive and create a family emergency prepare...

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Learn more about emergency preparedness planning News & Announcements
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Text-to-911 Available Sept. 16

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Beginning on September 16, the Concord Police Department’s emergency dispatchers will be able to receive text messages on 911. Callers who are unable to make a traditional voice call can now use their cell phone to send emergency text messages to 911, whi...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Sunday, Dec. 15: Concord's Official Tree-Lighting

Christmas TSP

This Sunday, Dec. 15, join the City of Concord in welcoming the holiday season in Todos Santos Plaza with a number of traditional festivities including an official tree-lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Mayor’s sing-along and a special visit from ...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

City Recruiting Candidates for Measure Q Oversight Committee

Chamber Interior

At its November 5 meeting, the Concord City Council announced the recruitment of three positions on the City’s Measure Q Oversight Committee to serve four-year terms ending December 31, 2023. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 3, 2020, at 5:...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Veterans Day Ceremony and 7th Annual Softball Tournament

Veterans Day Flyer

This Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, the County Veterans Services Office, in partnership with the City of Concord, will be hosting its 7th Annual Veterans Day Invitational Softball Tournament at Willow Pass Park (2748 E. Olivera Road at Salvio Street)....

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Holiday Serving Opportunity

Be a Santa to a Senior flyer

Share the holiday spirit with the City of Concord and take part in the 2019 Be A Santa to a Senior service program. Together, the local Home Instead Senior Care office, the Concord Commission on Aging and the Concord Senior Center are collaborating with r...

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News & Announcements
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Community Meetings Announced

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Concord residents and members of the business community are invited to participate in one of three scheduled Community Conversations to learn about what the City has done to address its immediate budget challenges and what can be done to maintain the loca...

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Census 2020 Outreach and Assistance Grant Applications

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Contra Costa County is now accepting applications for the Census 2020 Outreach and Assistance Grants through a Request for Proposals (RFP). This grant opportunity is available to tax-exempt organizations, schools and public agencies that encourage partici...

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