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Vol. 10, No. 51 YOUR HOMETOWN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER December 17, 2010
FOR MOVIE TIMES SEE PAGE 5A
He can boot field goals and defend soccer goals, but this Falcon athlete is prized for his leadership goals. Page 1B
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A local business is going above and beyond to help kids enjoy a playful holiday.
Treasured chestgo to news/WebExtras!
The countys Retirement Board is looking for a citizen who isnt the retiring type.
Take a seatgo to news/press releases
Contra Lomas trails got a healthy workout in the 34th annual Fun Run.
In the runninggo to multimedia/videos
Plus: Calendar ............................ 19BClassifieds ......................... 12BCop Logs ............................17AEntertainment ...................4AFood .................................... 10BHealth & Beauty ................ 8B Milestones .......................... 9BOpinion ..............................16ASports ................................... 1B
Holiday happeningsIn the cold of December, East County becomes a hotbed of holiday activity. Check out the highlights. Page 4A
Falcon field of dreams
Freedoms torn-up turf will soon to be transformed from terrible to terrific. Page 10A
Frazier: Lets get down to business
Community mourns PTA president
Jim Frazier wears many hats. He is the president of the Oakley Kiwanis Club, vice pres-ident of the nonprofi t Friends of Oakley, and co-founder of the statewide charity The Net-work of Care. On Tuesday, Fra-zier added mayor of Oakley to his resum.
Entering his third year on the council, Frazier has climbed the ladder of public service rep-resenting Oakley, serving his fi rst term as a councilman in 2009, then as vice mayor, and at Tuesdays council meeting, as is Oakley tradition, ascending to the role of mayor.
Following his appointment, Frazier thanked fellow council members for their vote of con-fi dence and said hes ready to take on the challenges of lead-ing the city into 2011.
Im here to say that I am proudly here to serve you, our great city of Oakley, as your mayor and will do so with loy-alty and pride, Frazier said. These are duties that I do not take lightly. I thank my fel-low council members for their
service, and with that, lets get down to business.
After being sworn in as mayor, Frazier outlined a list of goals for 2011, including the completion of the relocation of Fire Station 93, which will in-clude an emergency prepared-
ness center; the opening of La Clinica; the addition of gateway welcome signs and way-fi nd-ing signs to city streets; and the acquisition of properties along Main Street that will help move the Downtown Specifi c Plan forward.
Also on his to-do list are the installation of the connection between the Highway 4 Bypass and Highway 160; a slew of city road improvements and park enhancements; and securing
by Samie HartleyStaff Writer
see Frazier page 22A
Jim Frazier, center, and Kevin Romick take the oath of of ce at Tuesdays council meeting. Frazier will preside over the Oakley City Council as mayor, and Romick will serve as vice mayor.
Members of the Oakley Union School District and the community at large continue to mourn the loss of Gehringer El-ementary PTA President Alyssa Skye, who died suddenly last week in an early morning auto-mobile accident.
Skye, 40, was driving one of three vehicles involved in a collision on I-880 near San Le-andro on Thursday, Dec. 9. The Oakley resident was president of
the PTA and an active volunteer at Gehringer, where her son is a student.
Alyssa was just a very kind, very giving person, said Gehringer Principal Maria Bor-danaro. She volunteered in the classroom and then became PTA president this year. She was a wonderful part of our commu-nity.
The outdoor enthusiast and mother of three was a well-known presence at Gehringer,
Photo by Samie Hartley
by Ruth RobertsStaff Writer
see Mourns page 22APhoto by Beth WitrogenALYSSA SKYE
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A Brentwood police offi cer is recovering after being knocked unconscious during a struggle with an allegedly drunk driver early Sunday.
According to police, 21-year-old Brentwood resi-dent Jason Kruenegal was stopped about 2 a.m. in a parking lot on Walnut Boulevard near Oak Street. As he was questioned about whether he had been drinking, Kruenegal allegedly ran away. Police chased him, catch-ing up with him in a nearby alley, where a struggle en-sued.
Lt. Tom Hansen said an offi cer involved in the struggle sustained a head injury and was knocked un-conscious. When the offi cer did not respond to his radio, a request for assistance from neighboring agencies was broadcast.
Offi cers from Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Contra Costa County Sheriffs Offi ce, Rio Vista and California Highway Patrol responded to the area. After an extensive search, Kruenegal was taken into custody. A passenger who was in the car when the stop occurred was not ar-rested.
Hansen said initial reports that the offi cer had been shot were inaccurate, and that no shots had been fi red during the incident. The offi cer was treated and released from the hospital and is expected to fully recover.
Kruenegal, who was jailed in lieu of $155,000 bail, is facing charges of assault on a peace offi cer, DUI and possible possession of steroids.
Assaulted officer recoveringAfter leading the fi eld of candidates during the November election, newly
sworn-in City Councilman Steve Barr was selected by his colleagues to serve as vice mayor for the next two years.
Barr and Joel Bryant took their seats at the Brentwood council dais Tuesday and got right down to busi-ness. In a series of 5-0 votes, the council purchased development rights to a trio of properties, spending a total of $1.8 million to secure development rights on three parcels of land. Part of the citys Ag Preservation plan, the acquisition of the rights on 161 acres of prime, Class A farmland just outside the citys bor-ders means those parcels will continue to be farmed in perpetuity.
Prior to the new councilmen tak-ing their s