Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CDBG
How does the City provide grants to help the community?

The City of Antioch provides grants to non-profit and governmental agencies to provide social service programs, infrastructure improvements and economic development programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In fiscal year 2013-14, the City’s CDBG allocation from HUD is $737,881.

Detail of all allocations and projects funded with CDBG funds can be found in the 2013-14 Action Plan under “Reports” at the bottom of this page.

 

Where can I find funding priorities and funded agencies and projects?

In order to receive annual allocations, jurisdictions must prepare and submit to HUD a variety of reports, all of which are advertised and available for public review. Following is a summary to help you locate the information you may be seeking:

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) – This document includes an analysis of local factors that may impact fair housing choice, identification of specific impediments to fair housing choice, and a plan to address those impediments. The AI is one of several ways in which Consortium member are fulfilling their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing, and assure equal access to services and programs it provides or assists.

5-Year Consolidated Plan for 2010-15 – The Consolidated Plan is a detailed planning document that provides a needs assessment, describes the City’s non-housing community development needs, its housing needs and market conditions, sets out a five-year strategy identifying priorities and available resources and establishes a One-Year Action Plan that outlines intended uses of the resources. Extensive public outreach is conducted and input received in order to determine funding priorities for the five-year period. To view Antioch’s priorities for funding projects, please see Appendix 6 – Priority Needs Tables.

Annual Action Plans – Action Plans are subsidiary documents to the five-year Consolidated Plan and provide a summary of the federal CDBG and local funding available to fund actions, activities, and programs to address the priority needs and specific objectives identified in the Consolidated Plan. Action Plans for this current Consolidated Plan period are for fiscal years (FY) 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15. The Action Plan tells the public what activities have been chosen that year to address the needs (as identified in the ConPlan) of Antioch’s lower income residents and areas.
Annual Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (CAPER) – The CAPER details the accomplishments of actions that were proposed in the Action Plan, including the number of people who received services.

How can CDBG funding be used?

The primary purpose of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of lower income. CDBG funds cannot be given to individuals directly. The City utilizes the CDBG program to improve the quality of life and physical conditions in its lower income areas, and to benefit lower income residents throughout Antioch by funding nonprofit and public agencies to provide services and improvements.

How are funds allocated?

Federal funds are allocated annually to entitlement communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a wide range of community development activities that benefit lower income persons and households.  In Contra Costa County, all HUD-funded activities are coordinated through the Contra Costa County CDBG/HOME Consortium (Consortium), which includes the cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, and the Urban County. Consortium members jointly prepared the five year FY 2010-15 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and also coordinate and collaborate in the CDBG application process and monitoring practices.

Beginning in 2013, the Consortium is moving to a two-year/three-year funding cycle within each five year Consolidated Plan. Applications are solicited for a two-year funding period during the first two years of each Consolidated Plan, then new applications are solicited for the remaining three year period of the five-year plan.  For the 2010-15 Consolidated Plan, existing service providers who have contracts with the City of Antioch will have those contracts renewed for FY 2014-15, the third and final year of this ConPlan.

The Consortium operates on a two-year funding cycle. 

The City of Antioch will be soliciting new grant applications in early October 2014, for two-year funding for fiscal years 2015-16 and 16-17. The fiscal year begins on July 1 of each year. On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the City will join with the other Consortium member to issue a call for proposals for programs, projects and activities that will help meet priority needs as listed in the applicable Consolidated Plan. Applications will be due in early December 2014 and NO applications will be accepted before that time. In Antioch, all applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Antioch City Council in February and March, and projects are approved for funding at a public hearing usually held in late April or early May.

For more information about applying for CDBG funds visitwww.ccreach.org or call the City of Antioch’s CDBG consultant at (925) 779-7037.

In Antioch, all applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Antioch City Council, and projects are approved for funding at a public hearing usually held in early May.

Who can I contact for help?

CDBG Program – 925-779-7037
CDBG Consultant – Teri House
Email: CDBG@ci.antioch.ca.us; Fax (925) 779-7034

City Offices: Third and “H” Streets, P.O. Box 5007   Antioch, CA 94531-5007

City Attorneys Office
What does the City Attorney do?

The City Council appoints the City Attorney as its chief legal counsel.  The City Attorney’s Office serves as “corporate” legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and City staff on contractual, regulatory and litigation matters.  These matters typically include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interests; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; municipal utilities; procurement and other internal services; code enforcement; and resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents.

As the City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal advice to individuals in the City of Antioch, you are directed to the following resources for private legal assistance:

Contra Costa County Bar Referral Service for a referral to a private attorney at
925-827-5700 or www.cccba.org.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Virtual Self-Help Law Center at
www.cc-courthelp.org.

California Courts Online Self-Help Center at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp.

State Bar of California publications at www.calbar.ca.gov.

  • “Kids & the Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents”
  • “When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers”
  • “Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians”
Does the City Attorney prosecute criminal activity?

The City Attorney’s Office does not typically prosecute criminal activity other than violations of the Municipal Code in certain situations.  For information about criminal matters, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 925-957-2218 or by mail at P.O. Box 670, Martinez, CA  94553.

City Clerks Office
How do I request records/documents from the City
When can I put up political signs and what are the requirements?

ANTIOCH MUNICIPAL CODE
Title 9 Planning and Zoning
§ 9-5.518  TEMPORARY SIGNS.
(A)     Temporary sign defined.  TEMPORARY SIGN shall mean any sign, handbill, or poster which is placed to advertise or announce a specific event, or which pertains to a particular event or occurrence, or which is not designed or intended to be placed permanently.  Examples of temporary signs include, but are not limited to, signs, handbills, or posters relating to garage sales, political candidates or ballot measures, concerts, “swap meets,” and the like.

(B)     Legislative findings.  The Council finds as follows:

(1)      Aside from this section, temporary signs are not regulated by this article and are therefore not subject to design review or approval as to their size, shape, color, design, or placement.  The lack of regulation of temporary signs has in the past led to visual clutter within the community and aesthetic blight.  At times, temporary signs pose traffic safety hazards.

(2)      Property and facilities located within the public right-of-way, such as utility poles, benches, hydrants, bridges, sidewalks, and similar structures, are not by tradition or designation a forum for communication by the general public, and the Council wishes to preserve such structures for their intended purposes, which is the safe, efficient, and pleasant movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the operation of utility systems.

(3)      The regulations and prohibitions specified in this section are necessary to preserve items located within the public right-of-way for their intended purposes and to prevent the visual clutter, blight, and traffic safety hazards caused by temporary signs therein.

(C)     Posting prohibited.  No person shall paint, mark, write on, post or otherwise affix, erect, construct, maintain, paste, nail, tack, or otherwise fasten or affix any temporary sign on any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb, street lamp post, pole, bench, hydrant, tree, shrub, bridge, or electric light or power or telephone wire pole, or wire appurtenance thereof, or upon any street sign or traffic sign, or upon any other object located within the public right-of-way which is not maintained for the purpose of communications by temporary signs by the general public.

(D)     Exceptions.  This section shall not prevent a public officer or employee from posting notices as required by law, such as notices of street abandonment or notices of proposed assessment district proceedings, as required by the Streets and Highways Code of the state or other statutory authority.  This section shall also not prevent the Director of Public Works from issuing an encroachment permit for the erection of banners pertaining to noncommercial and nonpolitical community events, such as parades, fairs, and community celebrations.  This section shall also not pertain to structures located within the right-of-way which by tradition or designation are used for the purpose of communication by the general public.  Such structures shall include kiosks, bulletin boards, benches upon which advertising is authorized, newspaper racks, and billboards as authorized by this Code.

(E)      Sign distance.  No temporary sign over three feet in height located on private property shall be erected or placed at the intersection of any street or within the segment created by drawing an imaginary line between points 50 feet back from where the curb lines of the intersection quadrant intersect.

(F)      Removal.

(1)      Temporary signs not prohibited by this section shall be removed within 14 calendar days after the event to which they relate occurs.

(2)      Any temporary sign posted or otherwise affixed in violation of this section may be removed by officers of the Police, Building Inspection, or Public Works Departments or by the Code Enforcement Officer.  Signs removed by city employees shall be taken to the Maintenance Service Center.  The employee removing the sign shall immediately attempt to notify the owner of the sign, if such can be ascertained.  In cases where a sign contains the name of a printing firm or political candidate, the Department shall also immediately attempt to notify such firm or candidate of the fact of removal, the location of the sign, and the procedure for retrieving the sign.

(G)     Retrieval of signs.  Any person desiring to retrieve a sign removed by the city may do so upon the payment of an administrative fine as specified by resolution.  In lieu of paying such administrative fine, such person may retrieve a sign upon signing a promise to appear upon a citation issued to him or her for the violation of this section.  If a person wishes to contest the fact that a sign was placed in violation of this section prior to paying the fine or signing the citation, he or she shall have the right to an administrative hearing before the Director of Public Works.  If the Director of Public Works finds that the sign was lawfully posted, he shall return the sign without an administrative penalty or the issuance of a citation.

(H)     Destruction of signs.  Any temporary sign removed by the city may be considered abandoned if it is not retrieved within 15 calendar days after the date of such removal and may be disposed of by the city without liability to any person.
(Ord. 918-C-S, passed 5-28-96)

Who is eligible to register to Vote?

The California Election Codes states every person who legally resides in the State of California and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, is eligible to register to vote under Section 2 of Article II of the California Constitution.

Who should complete a Voters Registration Form?

Anyone who meets the above eligibility criteria and:

  • Is not now registered in the County;
  • Has changed his/her place of residence since last registering;
  • Wishes to change his/her political party; or
  • Has changed his/her name since last registering.
How do I register to Vote?

Registration forms are available at the following Antioch locations: City Clerk’s Office, 200 H Street; Legislative Offices, 420 Third Street, or; Contra Costa County Library, 501 W. 18th Street.

Registration forms are also available at the Contra Costa County Election Office, 555 Escobar Street, Martinez (925) 335-7800, Martinez  http://www.cocovote.us/

Code Enforcement
I received a Notice of Violation, now what?

A Notice of Violation is not a citation, and does not have any fines or fees associated with it. You have until the date noted on the notice to correct all violations. If you receive a violation notice, contact the assigned Code Enforcement Officer to discuss the violation and determine what steps are necessary to bring your property into compliance.

Abatement

If a property owner fails to correct a violation and the City is compelled to correct the violation by abatement, the property owner will be billed for the cost of the abatement plus 35% or $250 (whichever is greater).

What if I ignore the Notice of Violation?

If a violation remains after the date noted on the notice, you may receive an Administrative Citation in an amount not to exceed $1000 for each day that the violation remains. Re-inspection fees are added to the Administrative Citation.

How do I pay administrative fines and fees?

Payments for administrative fines and fees, including cost of abatement by City, can be made in person Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm at the City of Antioch Finance Department located on the First Floor of City Hall at 200 H Street, Antioch, CA or by mail to:

City of Antioch
Attn: Finance Department
PO Box 5007
Antioch, CA 94531

I received a citation, now what?

If you receive a citation, you must correct the violations noted on the citation AND pay all fines and fees by the date listed on the citation. Violations that have not been corrected by the date noted on the citation may result in additional citations and administrative fees, and/or legal action up to an including abatement by the City.

Environment C and D
PACE (Environment)
What is property assessed clean energy financing?

Property assessed clean energy, or PACE, financing allows property owners to fund energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects with little or no up-front costs. With PACE, residential and commercial property owners living within a participating district can finance up to 100% of their project and pay it back over time as a voluntary property tax assessment through their existing property tax bill.

Why use PACE financing?

First, by offering up to 100% financing on qualifying improvements, PACE can eliminate the need to pay out of pocket for your project. Second, depending upon the type of improvements installed, repayment may be amortized for a period of up to 20 years, keeping your monthly payments low enough that your utility savings may exceed your payment, creating a net positive cash flow. Third, the interest may be tax deductible. Finally, because PACE ties the loan to the property and not an individual, the loan may transfer upon sale or refinancing of the property. In other words, you may not need to be concerned about recouping the cost of your improvements if you decide to sell the property before the loan is repaid.

Who can take advantage of PACE?

In general, PACE programs offer competitive financing terms to property owners with at least some equity in their home or business and have not been delinquent on their property tax or mortgage payments. For further details concerning property eligibility (residential, commercial and municipal) and financing terms, contact the individual PACE providers are also eligible.

Which property types can access PACE?

PACE financing can be used for residential, commercial, multi-family, industrial or municipal properties. CaliforniaFirst offers programs for all property types. Hero Program is for residential only and Figtree is for all commercial property types, including office, industrial, agriculture, retail, hotel, and multi-family. Non-profits and houses of worship are also eligible.

What products and improvements can be financed with PACE?

Eligible products that can be financed with PACE may vary by individual PACE providers and administrators. In general, most products that can be permanently affixed to a property and reduce on-site electric, gas or water consumption will be considered eligible. Some examples include attic insulation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacements; solar photovoltaic and thermal systems; and low-flow toilets.

Property owners wishing to finance an energy efficiency, water conservation or renewable energy project through a PACE program need to find a contractor that is signed up to participate in the programs. Each program has their own process for participating with contractors and the list of participating contractors differs. Property owners are responsible for doing their own research and deciding which program and which contractor they choose to go with. At this time, if residential property owners have improvements they wish to finance right now, their only option is CaliforniaFirst.

What happens if an owner sells the property?

Since it’s an assessment on the property, it would of course be disclosed and the new buyer would have to negotiate whether to have the seller pay it off or continue the assessment.

What is the length of payment? The program is structured to tie the term of the assessments to the useful life of the measure. Terms typically range between 5 and 20 years.

Are there any financing options beside PACE programs? Visit the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Clean Energy Financing Programs page.

Marina
What are your rates for a berth and what does that include?
  • Our fiercely competitive rates for berthing are $5.75 per foot uncovered berths and $7.25 per foot covered berths.
  • Minimum size berth uncovered is 24’ feet, covered is 32’ feet. We charge by the berth size or the vessel’s length whichever is greater.
  • Berth rental includes water, electricity is metered. 20 and 30 amp service is available.
  • Computer controlled access gates and on-site Marina Office open 7 Days a week.
  • Access to exclusive Berther restrooms and showers.
  • Coin operated laundry facility on site.
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
  • Chevron Marina Fuel Dock dispensing diesel, Mid-grade gasoline, and oil products at competitive prices.
  • Free waste pumpout station.
Do you have a Boat Launch Ramp?

Yes, The Antioch Marina has a boat launch ramp. The charge is $5 per launch for vehicles with trailers (all vehicles with a trailer must have a valid launch permit). There is a self pay station on-site. Each launch permit is valid for 24 hours. You may purchase up to 3 permits totaling 72 hours max. Annual passes are also available for purchase in the Marina Office for $100 (valid from January to December). Small non-motorized vessels such as kayaks do not require a launch fee unless you have a vehicle with trailer. Parking lot space is ample and well lit.

Public Works
How do I establish service for water?

Utility Billing

 

Begin the process by contacting the Customer Service Department at (925) 779-7060. To open an account, or to inquire on an account, or inquire about our new online service.  We can also provide help on reading your meter or determining if you have a water leak. Water service for new accounts can generally be started on the same day. Requests made after 3:00 p.m. may be effected on the following day. There is no weekend or holiday service.
Is a deposit required to establish water service?
The City does require deposits on most accounts, both residential and commercial. These deposits are refundable upon termination of the account, less outstanding charges, or after 18 months of maintaining the account in good standing at which point the deposit will be credited to the account. Allow up to three weeks for deposit refunds.
When are the bills for water/sewer mailed and when are they due?

Water bills and monthly sewer maintenance charges are billed every month. Bills are mailed by cycle and are due upon receipt & delinquent after 15 days from the created date.
How do I make a water payment?
Payments for water service may be made at City Hall at the First Floor Customer Service Counter, at a conveniently located drive-up drop box located in the City Hall parking lot, or using our new online payment service. Payments may be mailed to the City of Antioch, P.O. Box 5008, Antioch, CA 94531-5008.
Can I have my payment automatically deducted from my checking account?

The City is currently working to offer this option for automatic payments via credit card or checking account. At this time it is not an available option.
How are water rates and monthly maintenance charges determined?
Water rates and monthly maintenance charges are set annually by council action and are available in the City of Antioch Master Fee, which may be purchased for $6 or may be found at the Antioch Public Library.
How do I establish service for garbage?
Contact Allied Waste Services at (925) 685-4711 or online at http://alliedwasteservicesofcontracostacounty.com/.

Water Park
What time do you open?

Offices open at 8:30 am Mon-Fri 11:00 am on weekends Park opens at 11:00 a.m during the summer Park is open Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend.

What time do you close?

Registration desk closes at 5pm. Park closes at 6pm.

When does the season end?

Labor Day weekend

How much is the entry fee?

Weekdays $14, Weekends $16, After 4pm $8

Do I have to pay if I am not swimming?

Yes. The Park is admission based so you will need to pay to enter.

Are there discounts?

Yes!

Military $8 (active military member only – must show valid ID)

Senior $8 (must show valid ID for discount)

Children under 30 inches tall are free

How old must you be to receive the senior discount?

62 with ID

How much do lockers cost?

Small is $3, Large is $5

All lockers are a 1 time use

Can I bring food into the park?

Yes!

However, no glass or alcohol, BBQ or Hot plates, knives or weapons

Do you sell sunscreen? How much?

Yes $4

Do you sell swim diapers? How much?

Yes $2

Small, medium, large (child only)

Do you sell goggles?

Yes $5

Do you sell/have tampons?

Yes, the machine is located in the front women’s bathroom.

They are 25 cents

Tell me about your group reservations;

I. We have large group and small group discounted tickets.
II. Large group tickets are offered to groups of 50 or more Monday-Friday ONLY at $11 per ticket.
III. Small group tickets are offered to groups of 10 or more at $12 per ticket on weekdays and $14 per ticket on weekend.
IV. All groups must fill out a reservation form and make payment three day prior to your group reservation.
V. Additional tickets may be purchased on the day of at the discounted rate for groups that have unexpected last minute guests.

Do you have party packages?

I. We offer food packages, shade areas and seating areas.
II. The food package includes a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a refillable party cup which gets you free refills all summer! Cost: additional $5 per ticket
III. Food packages are only available as an add on to group tickets.
IV. Seating areas are available. We have 4 picnic areas for groups. Available from 11:00am-2:15pm ($35), 2:45pm-6:00pm ($35), or all day for $65.
V. Shade structures are also available for those looking to take in a little less sun. We have 3 small shade structures with no table or chairs underneath. $50 per structure per day.
VI. Party packages must be planned and paid for at least three days before the reservation date. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the discounted rate the day of. .

How do I reserve discounted tickets?

Check out the “Birthday and Groups” tab on the website or stop by the Water Park to complete a reservation application.

Once your application is complete, submit payment It’s that simple!

Please note: payment must be made at least three days prior to your event For example, if your party is on a Saturday your payment deadline would be Wednesday by 5:00pm.

How tall do you have to be in order to ride the slides without a life vest?

At least 48”

If under 42” a lifejacket is recommended but not required

What do you offer at the Diablo Diner?

Chips, hotdogs, corndogs, nachos, ice cream, soda, Icee’s, candy and more.

Prices range between $1-$7

How much is a season pass?

Resident $74, nonresident $90

How much is one swim lesson session?

Swim lessons typically consist of 8 classes but can vary based on time of year and day of the week.

Prices range: $76 for groups/ $120 for semi-privates/ $164 for private.

Do you have family restrooms?

Yes by the lap pool past the first aid and break room (past the small fence, across from Lap Pool).

What is not allowed in the park?

We do not allow alcohol, glass or knives into the park. Mylar balloons are not allowed inside of the park due to the power lines that are above the water park, it is a safety issue. Barbeques and hot plates will not be allowed into the park, it is a fire hazard. Animals are not allowed in the park due to health codes.

What are Mylar Balloons?

When do you start hiring staff?

January. We continue hiring through April and are always accepting applications for lifeguards.

Are there in and out privileges?

Yes! In and out privileges are available WITH WRISTBAND.