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Posted on: May 27, 2020

County Opens Cooling Centers

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To cool off on days of extreme heat, the Contra Costa Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) has opened some offices as cooling centers. 

They will be open May 27, 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Water and charging stations are availab...

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Tips for Beating the Heat 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: 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 4, 2020

Cancellation of Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series Cancelled

Concord Announces Cancellation of Summer Concert Series

 Concord, Calif. (May 4, 2020) – The City of Concord announced today that it has canceled its popular summer concert series, Music & Market and Tuesday Night Blues.



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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 5, 2020

Construction Permit & Inspection Update

May 4 Updates Revised

The City of Concord’s Community & Economic Development Department announced that beginning on May 4, ALL construction project types are allowed and ALL inspections will be performed in Concord, in accordance with the County’s lates...

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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 or call 1-844-330-2020

The Census...

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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 23, 2020

Drive-Through COVID Testing Sites Now Open

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Contra Costa residents who have a fever, cough or similar symptoms can make an appointment for free COVID-19 testing at one of four new drive-through sites around the county.

The sites, opened April 22 by Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), are available ...

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Contra Costa Health Services News & Announcements
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Newsletter Highlights Response Efforts

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As we continue to shelter at home during the coronavirus pandemic, we want to take a moment to thank you for abiding by the rules put forth by our health officials. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, only leaving for groceries, essential wo...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Virtual Permit Center Introduced

Building Official Ryan Pursley

The City of Concord’s Chief Building Official, Ryan Pursley, released a video message wishing residents and customers good health and safety during these uncertain times. “The City is striving to keep you and our employees safe, while ...

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News & Announcements
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

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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 26, 2020

Concord City Council Takes Steps to Protect the Vulnerable


Concord, Calif. (March 26, 2020) – The Concord City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions and rent increases, for both residential and commercial properties, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

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More details about the moratorium News & Announcements
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Concord City Council Declines to Extend Agreement with Lennar

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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


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 17, 2020

Mayor McGallian’s Letter to the Community

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March 17, 2020

Dear Concord Community,

I write you as your Mayor and on behalf of the full Concord City Council. During these unsettling times, we must come together and do what’s best for our community as a whole. We understand that some of you m...

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Additional information News & Announcements
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place

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Contra Costa County, in collaboration with five other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, has issued a shelter-in-place order to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and remain in effect through April 7, 2020.

The order defines essential activi...

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Concord's COVID-19 Web 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 25, 2020

2020 Census

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Get counted! Starting March 12, households will begin receiving their 2020 Census invitation. The 2020 Census is your chance to participate in the once-a-decade count. The results will determine how much funding local communities receive for key public se...

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2020 Census Online Video Guides 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: January 24, 2020

Concord Dog Parks to Close for Maintenance

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The City of Concord’s two dog parks are scheduled to be closed for annual turf renovation and general maintenance.

Newhall Park Paw Patch dog park will be closed from Wednesday, February 5 through Thursday, March 26, 2020.

The City’s Bal...

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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

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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

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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

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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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