CONFIRMED: DUI Checkpoint Tonight in Concord


If you would like to be notified of future DUI checkpoints, like us on facebook! Concord Police Department will be holding a DUI checkpoint tonight. Make sure if you’re drinking tonight to drive responsibly. Tonight’s checkpoint will be held at Clayton Rd and Ayers Rd in Concord. Checkpoint run from 09:00pm to 01:30am.

Monday Blues? Free Comedy Show Ahead


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Sports Basement in Walnut Creek is teaming up with True Hustle Entertainment again for the 3rd annual Comedy Night on August 22nd.

True Hustle Entertainment is guaranteed to make you laugh, and possibly leave with stomach pain. Check out to learn more!

Show will start at 6:30 PM, so be sure to get here early to grab a good seat!

Warning: Some material may not be suitable for children.

Click here for more information and to RVSP!

CONFIRMED: DUI Checkpoint Tonight In Brentwood


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There’s a DUI checkpoint tonight in Brentwood! The checkpoint will run from 7pm – 1am. It will be located at Sandcreek Rd & Highland Way in Brentwood.

If you would like to be updated on DUI checkpoints in Contra Costa, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you joining our email list, Facebook page, twitter feed or bookmark us and check back often!

 We will continue to make people of Contra Costa County aware of DUI Checkpoints, Smog Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and other travel related events. As far as we know, DiabloReporter.com is the ONLY site that gives out specific times and locations of checkpoints in the County.

Law enforcement throughout Contra Costa County will be cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend. As part of the Avoid the 25, the anti-DUI task force will deploy officers countywide to arrest drunk drivers and keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired.

People making plans for weekend trips and parties are encouraged to use a designated sober driver to prevent arrests or accidents. Drive safe and be responsible.

To report a checkpoints or for more information on the legalities concerning checkpoints, please visit or DUI page. If you happen to drive through the checkpoint tonight, send us your pictures or videos to diabloreporter@hush.com or submit the info here and we would be happy to share them with the rest of the community!

Tonight’s Concord DUI Checkpoint Rescheduled for Aug 23


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Tonight’s DUI checkpoint is canceled and has been rescheduled for Saturday August 23, 2014. We will be releasing the times and locations of the checkpoints soon! Stay Informed!

If you would like to updated on DUI checkpoints in Contra Costa, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you joining our email list, Facebook page, twitter feed or bookmark us and check back often!

 We will continue to make people of Contra Costa County aware of DUI Checkpoints, Smog Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and other travel related events. As far as we know, DiabloReporter.com is the ONLY site that gives out specific times and locations of checkpoints in the County.

Law enforcement throughout Contra Costa County will be cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend. As part of the Avoid the 25, the anti-DUI task force will deploy officers countywide to arrest drunk drivers and keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired.

People making plans for weekend trips and parties are encouraged to use a designated sober driver to prevent arrests or accidents. Drive safe and be responsible.

To report a checkpoints or for more information on the legalities concerning checkpoints, please visit or DUI page. If you happen to drive through the checkpoint tonight, send us your pictures or videos to diabloreporter@hush.com or submit the info here and we would be happy to share them with the rest of the community!

Drive In Hosts Free Movie Night – August 28th


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West Wind Theaters (off Solano Drive in Concord) is hosting their FREE ADMISSION night on Thursday, August 28, 2014. The featured movies are Blended, Dragon 2, Captain America 2, Think Like a Man & Maleficent.

Note: Not all movies are playing at each location and West Wind Drive In has not released which of the above featured movies will be playing. We will post the movie schedule when it becomes available.

Other activities include a live band, games and well stocked concession stands. Gates open at 6:00pm and the first movie starts at 8:00pm. Pack the picnic basket, grab an ice chest and enjoy a fun night out. Visit the West Wind Theaters for more information.

Check out the trailers below for a sneak preview:

Like freebies? Join us on Facebook, Twitter or bookmark us at DiabloReporter.com to stay informed on all the best local freebies!

Have you seen any these movies yet? Do you have a favorite? Which ones would you like to see play at the West Wind Drive Ins? Comment Below!

Hotsy Totsy $15 Spray Tan Event – Sunday!


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Hotsy Totsy is heating things up this summer! They welcome you to experience full service tanning and style. The newly open salon is offer $15 Spray Tans this Sunday!

The gorgeous  salon features multiple private tanning rooms, a spray tan room, refreshment area and even has a vanity area for you to fresh up before you leave. Hotsy Totsy also provides UV tanning and airbrush spray tanning.

Hotsy Totsy’s friendly, professional staff is ready to help you with all your tanning needs. They offer outstanding customer service and are getting rave reviews as seen on Hotsy Totsy’s Yelp Review!

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FREEBIE: Try Hotsy Totsy’s UV tanning session for free to all new customers! Just stop by and let tanning specialist Kat and Ashley help you get that gorgeous summer glow!

BONUS:  If you purchase a One Month Unlimited package and mention “Diablo Reporter” when you come in you will receive a tanning lotion (up to $30 in value) FREE!

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For more information on Hotsy Totsy Tanning visit their Facebook Page or their Google + Page. Call for an appointment (925) 387-5015, walk ins welcome.

DUI Checkpoints This Friday & Saturday – Stay Informed!


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We have officially entered into DUI Checkpoint season.  There will be DUI checkpoints on BOTH Friday & Saturday in multiple cities around the East Bay! We will be releasing the times and locations of the checkpoints soon! Stay Informed!

If you would like to updated on DUI checkpoints in Contra Costa, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you joining our email list, Facebook page, twitter feed or bookmark us and check back often!

 We will continue to make people of Contra Costa County aware of DUI Checkpoints, Smog Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and other travel related events. As far as we know, DiabloReporter.com is the ONLY site that gives out specific times and locations of checkpoints in the County.

Law enforcement throughout Contra Costa County will be cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend. As part of the Avoid the 25, the anti-DUI task force will deploy officers countywide to arrest drunk drivers and keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired.

People making plans for weekend trips and parties are encouraged to use a designated sober driver to prevent arrests or accidents. Drive safe and be responsible.

To report a checkpoints or for more information on the legalities concerning checkpoints, please visit or DUI page. If you happen to drive through the checkpoint tonight, send us your pictures or videos to diabloreporter@hush.com or submit the info here and we would be happy to share them with the rest of the community!

Westboro Baptist Church Visits Bay Area Today


wbc3The Westboro Baptist Church is here in the Bay Area today to protest several tech companies.

Here’s is their schedule and their reasonings for protesting.

Facebook in Menlo Park, CA    August 12, 2014  11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

They are protesting Mark Zuckerberg’s and his financial backing of gay pride parades here locally and around the world.

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They are protesting Instagram and other social media because they feel that social media encourages self worship because people can “posting their every thought, every event or as in Instagram’s case possibly a picture of their every body part”, according to their website.

GooglePlex in Mountain View, CA    August 12, 2014  12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

We aren’t sure why they are protesting at GooglePlex today. The website only says positive things about Google such as “Thank you, Google for helping the humble servants of God at WBC to send His words worldwide.”

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Apple in Cupertino, CA    August 12, 2014  1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

According to their website, WBC feels that Apple could have taken an anti-gay stance but failed and are pushing the agenda further. Also they feel that many “worship Steve Jobs and that he should have used his fame and influence to tell the world to obey God.”

Skype in Palo Alto, CA    August 12, 2014  2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

They are protesting Skype because Niklas Zennstrom, one of Skype’s two Scandinavian founders, was born in Sweden. The Swedish government, after throwing Pastor Ake Green in jail for preaching the truth about homosexuality, banned WBC from their country.

YouTube in San Bruno, CA    August 12, 2014  3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 WBC is protesting the popular video site due to “filthy” content.  They claim that Youtube’s  “community guidelines state that your freedom of speech does not extend to speaking against homosexuals”.  Also according to their website, Youtube “has a long history of removing anything that is biblically correct, including Bible verses quoted verbatim.”

Twitter in San Francisco, CA    August 12, 2014  3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

They are protesting Twitter for the same reason they protested Instagram.

Pinterest in San Francisco, CA    August 12, 2014  4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

“WBC will picket online pin-board company Pinterest in religious protest because when  Pinterest won the Best New Startup award in 2011 the founders didn’t use that platform to utter one word of truth about what God” according to their website.

Reddit in San Francisco, CA    August 12, 2014  5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

“WBC will picket Reddit to remind you that the only thing Reddit should be used for is to publish the word of God to every creature.  The only thing Steve and Alex should be doing is using the platform God gave them to warn their neighbor to put away their filthy idols and repent of their grievous sins against their creator.   In 2012, Alex was named one of the “top 10 most influential activists” by The Daily Dot. Every day, they should be using Reddit to teach this generation to fear God and keep His Commandments.”

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The Westboro Baptist Church also has a beef with Robin Williams. According to a recent CBS article “the WBC signs included “Robin is in hell,” and describing him as an “enabler” of the LGBT. The group even tried to start the hashtag #PicketFuneral within hours of his death.”

A protest of Williams’ memorial is not on the group’s official schedule, however formal plans had yet to be announced Tuesday.

For more information about Westboro Baptist Church, visit their site.

What are your thoughts on WBC? Do you agree? Disagree? Is social media an outlet for evil or life changing technology?

Free Admission to National Parks – Aug 25


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Anyone looking to explore a national park for free in 2014 should mark his or her calendar. The National Park Service has nine fee-free days on the calendar in 2014. On the dates, all 401 national parks will offer free admission, though only 133 usually charge admission, according to the National Park Service (NPS). See the list below for this years dates and plan a trip to your local park. If you’re active military or family, you can also get a FREE Annual Pass to the National Parks.

Mark your calendar for these free fee days in 2014:

  • Sept. 27 for National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 for Veterans Day

While entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees are waived on these days, some fees — such as those collected by third parties — will not be waived.

For anyone looking for a national park, here are a few parks to consider visiting when the fees are waived:

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Yosemite National Park: With its stunning glacier-sculpted geology, abundant wildlife and world-class recreational opportunities, Yosemite, 200 miles east of San Francisco, is one of the crown jewels of America’s national park system. Yosemite’s granite wonderland was carved by massive glaciers around three million years ago, when ice covered all but the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada.

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Sequoia National Park: Sequoia is home to the largest tree in the world, by volume. Redwoods are taller, but giant sequoias win for sheer mass: the General Sherman’s trunk has a volume of 1,487 cubic metres and is estimated to weigh over 2,000 tonnes. Sequoia also boasts 4,421m Mount Whitney, the high point of the John Muir Trail, which runs through Sequoia on its way up to Yosemite.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lassen National Park: The park is capped by 10,462-foot Lassen Peak, the world’s largest volcanic dome. Lassen’s 1915 blast makes it one of only two volcanoes to have erupted in the continental US in the 20th century (the other being Washington’s Mount Saint Helens in 1980). After the eruption, which laid waste to vast swaths of surrounding land, Lassen Volcanic national park was created to preserve the devastated areas for future observation and study. Visiting the area now, nearly 100 years later, is a dramatic lesson in the Earth’s own healing powers; it still bears vast scars of hardened lava, but between the rocks, the flora and fauna are flourishing.

“National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value; they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release. “…Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite.”

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Need Help Paying Your Electric Bill?


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 Sometimes, especially in this economy, most of us will experience moments of economic hardship. Families who need help paying their PG&E bill may benefit from a variety of organizations and programs who offer assistance in paying for utilities such as electric and gas. These organizations and programs offers economic assistance that, unlike loans, do not require repayment. There are many programs to choose from and you can qualify for multiple assistance programs at the same time. This programs are only available to U.S. Citizens.

LIEAP Program                   

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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant is funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and provides two basic types of services. Eligible low-income persons, via local governmental and nonprofit organizations, can receive financial help to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings, and/or have their dwellings weatherized to make them more energy-efficient. This is accomplished through these program components:

  • The Weatherization Program provides free weatherization services to improve the energy efficiency of homes, including attic insulation, weather-stripping, minor housing repairs, and related energy conservation measures.
  • The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides payments for weather-related or energy-related emergencies (including PG&E bill payments).

In order to qualify for help through the LIHEAP program, applicants must meet basic guidelines. Interested applicants may apply directly through their local Department of Health and Human Services or click here for more information.

Salvation Army – REACH

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The Salvation Army, working in a direct partnership with PG&E, has established a program to help low-income families pay their electric bills. The program, Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) offers  help to people who are in danger of losing their gas or electric services as a result of non-payment. In order to qualify for help through the REACH program, applicants must have experienced an unforeseen and unavoidable hardship, such as a major illness or involuntary job loss, which has prevented them from being able to make their payment.

The Salvation Army determines if customers are eligible for REACH help. To qualify for REACH, an applicant’s must meet basic guidelines. Generally, recipients can receive REACH help only once within a 18-month period, but exceptions can be made for seniors, the physically challenged and the terminally ill.To apply for REACH assistance in your area contact the Salvation Army at 1 (800) 933-9677 or click here for more information.

CARE Program

PG&E offers help to low-income and medically needy people through a program that allows qualifying families to receive a discount on the costs of their electric bills. The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program gives economically qualifying families help in paying their electric bill through discounted rates and payment extension arrangements to help avoid disconnection of services due to inability to pay. To qualify for the CARE program, applicants must meet basic guidelines. Interested residents can apply for this program directly through PG&E. To learn more click here.

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To apply, click here if you are a residential single family customer.

FERA – Family Electric Rate Assistance Program

Families whose household income slightly exceeds the low-income energy program allowances will qualify to receive FERA discounts, which bills some of their electricity usage at a lower rate. FERA is available for customers of Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Click here if you are a residential single family customer.

Energy Savings Assistance Program

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PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program provides income-qualified renters and homeowners with easy, free solutions to help manage their energy use and save money on their monthly energy bills. To see the basic qualification guidelines, click here.

You may be eligible for the following services provided by PG&E:
  • Improvements to your house, apartment or mobile home including compact fluorescent lights, caulking, shower heads, minor home repair and much more.
  • Replacement of your old refrigerator, furnace and/or water heater1.
  • Energy savings tips.

Medical Allowance  – PG&E Program

If you or any full-time resident of your household requires the regular use of a medical life-support device that is essential to support the life of a full-time resident of the household, or if a full-time resident of the household is a paraplegic, hemiplegic, or quadriplegic person, and/or if a full-time resident of the household is a multiple sclerosis/scleroderma patient, you may be eligible for a special medical allowance that may lower your monthly electric bill. For more information, check PG&E’s website.