Mona’s Burgers & Shakes Opening Late September in Oak Grove Plaza in Concord

Oak Grove Plaza, Concord

Thanks to everyone who sent word about 54 Mint Ristorante closing their Oak Grove Plaza Concord location recently. (The are still open in downtown Walnut Creek). Mona’s Burgers & Shakes, which opened in the Palos Verdes Mall back in 2014 in Walnut Creek will be opening their second location here sometime in late September. Check out their menu here.

Daily Life

“I just want them to stop with the leaf blower”

From Flickr user deanhochman

A reader asks:

I recently moved into the new Agora apartment complex across from Kaiser in Walnut Creek. Tonight was my first night spent sleeping here after moving in, and while everything seemed great, I was woken up at 2am by a large noise. Looking out my window, I saw it was a man with a leaf blower in the Ross shopping center with a truck for cleaning up the parking lot. While I’ve seen those trucks before and they don’t make much noise, the leaf blower woke me up fast and was loud, even through my thick windows.

I researched further and the city forbids any kind of leaf blower or similar device, residential or commercial, from 8a to 7p (9a to 7p weekends). I’d like to know how to get in touch with the management company and/or owners of this shopping center, or who to contact with a noise complaint, but I’m not sure how to go about this process.

Any ideas? Definitely can’t sleep if this happens every night. I just want them to stop with the leaf blower, simple as that, as I’m sure someone is unaware of the ordinance (and/or that people are sleeping across the creek).

PS. It happened again tonight at 1am. The truck is almost as loud as the lead blower. They both seem prohibited according to the city code.

I’ve found what I believe to be the part of the city that is supposed to handle this, but I obviously would prefer to deal with the slow workings of government after just trying to tell the management company to tell the cleaners they can’t do what they’re doing.

Things to Do

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Opens in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Earlier this year we learned that the entertainment center Round 1 Bowling & Amusement would be opening in the Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord and they have now opened. (Thanks to a reader for pointing this out). In addition to arcade, bowling and karaoke rooms, they also offer billiards, a couple of ping pong tables, darts, a food and drink section and more, including purikura machines. It’s huge! I noticed quite a few Japanese imported arcade games. The amount of games on the floor is overwhelming. I kept looking around finding something I wanted to try. Anyone check this place out? What are your favorite games?


Plenty of photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Update: Suspect Arrested for Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide


Glad the cops caught him.

Update from Walnut Creek PD:

The Walnut Creek Police Department identified the responsible for the killing of Courtney Brown as Larry Griffin, 24 years old, living in Bay Point.

Today, at approximately 1730 hours, Central County Regional SWAT Team (comprised of Walnut Creek Police, San Ramon Police, Martinez Police, Pleasant Hill Police and BART Police) conducted a search warrant on Michael Place in Bay Point and arrested Larry Griffin for homicide. Griffin was taken into custody without incident (see attached photo of Griffin). There were no injuries sustained during the operation.

Larry Griffin will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for homicide (PC 187). Walnut Creek Police Detectives will be requesting Griffin be held without bail.

We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Update on Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide

Via Google maps

Previously we learned about a homicide in downtown Walnut Creek early Saturday morning. The Walnut Creek police have posted an update below.

From the Walnut Creek PD:

Early this morning at 1:28 AM our officers heard sounds of gunfire coming from Locust Street. Our Communications Center also began to receive calls of shots fired on Locust Street at Cypress Street.
Our Officers immediately responded to the location and found Courtney Brown suffering from three gunshot wounds to his back. Officers had him immediately transferred by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Sadly, Mr. Brown leaves behind a daughter and fiancé. Courtney Brown was 38 years old and was a resident of the Bay Area. It appears he was a patron at Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill prior to the shooting.
At the time of the shooting both Redux Lounge and Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill were closing and patrons were coming out of the night clubs.
Witnesses reported seeing the shooting and said the responsible was an African American male in his twenties, approximately 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. The responsible was last seen running west on Cypress towards California Boulevard and then South on California Boulevard. Officers and K9’s searched the area but were unable to locate the responsible.
Walnut Creek Police Detectives are following up on multiple leads and this is an extremely active investigation. All information thus far indicates this was not a random event.
We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Murder in Downtown Walnut Creek Late Last Night

Via Google maps

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 8/27/16 at 0128 hours, Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Locust Street and Cypress Street. Officers located one male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. No other persons were injured during this incident.

Witnesses reported a black male suspect was last seen running from the scene of the shooting. At this point this appears to be an isolated incident. Walnut Creek Police Detectives are actively investigating this case.

We are not releasing the name of the victim at this time pending notification of their family. We will be releasing more information as it becomes available.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.


Looking for Tarantula Love on Mount Diablo on Sept. 3rd & 4th

Looking for Tarantula Love on Mount Diablo:

Mount Diablo State Park
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Saturday, September 3rd & Sunday, September 4th, 2016
5:00pm – 7:30pm | $6/car (exact change)

Join MDIA naturalists Jim Holmes, Michael Marchiano and its team of docents for a talk about Tarantulas followed by a leisurely 2.5 to 3 mile walk to see the male spiders looking for a mate. These often maligned, feared spiders are completely harmless to humans. Learn why they’re only visible as the summer wanes, where they live, what they eat, how they survive. Bring water, snacks, camera, flashlight and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area at 96 Mitchell Canyon Road; $6/car with exact change only. Reserve early as the walks fill up quickly; limited to 25 people each.