Part of the group’s rebirthing process was its annual breakfast, held Tuesday, which brought several top law enforcement officers to Humphrey’s on the Delta in Antioch to address concerns about public safety.
Pittsburg Police Capt. Brian Addington, acting Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando, Oakley Police Chief Bani Kollo and Sheriff David Livingston broke bread and spoke to Delta 2000 members and residents about what each city is doing to keep the streets safe, despite the budget crunch. Each explained his role in the community, pointing out successes and laying out a plan for what his department is doing.
“As everybody at every one of these tables knows either personally or professionally or both,” Kollo said, “revenues seem to be down in every aspect of our lives, making things challenging.”
Cantando and Addington were happy to point out that violent crime has been on the decline in both of their cities. Cantando noted in a press release that from January to March of this year, 18.8 percent fewer violent crimes occurred than in the same period a year ago. He credited greater resident involvement in programs such as neighborhood watch for the improved statistics. Addington said crime in Pittsburg is the lowest it’s been since the FBI started tracking statistics in the city in 1960.
Also in attendance were Contra Costa County supervisors Federal Glover and Mary Piepho, Congressman John Garamendi and representatives from the offices of Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywomen Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla.
Glover spoke glowingly about the work Delta 2000 has done, noting that nonprofit organizations have been crucial to the success of the community.
“I see that Delta 2000 is continuing to do the work they committed to doing years and years ago,” Glover said. “Those nonprofit agencies are the safety net to our community, making sure that with the services that the county can’t deliver or the cities can’t deliver, they fill that gap. Delta 2000 has helped many of those nonprofits become successful.”
Delta 2000, comprising Antioch, Oakley and Pittsburg, is a resource center for nonprofits, helping them gain 501(c)3 tax exempt status and reviewing grants. Located at the Rivertown Resource Center at 301 W. 10th St., it serves as a hub for those organizations to find vital resources to keep going.
Executive Director Suzie Dove pointed out that Delta 2000 originally housed eight nonprofit organizations and now represents 24 grassroots programs, such as the Elderly Wish Foundation and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.
“We’re kind of a diamond in the rough,” Dove said. “We were very creative in finding a way to keep this going, but also to keep rents really low for the nonprofit sector. When it comes to budget cuts, we are the very first to be hit.”