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November 2011

Daily Life, Shopping

Beware Farmers Market Target Car Parkers

The sign at the Target parking lot on Sundays states, PLEASE NO FARMERS’ MARKET PARKING. And sure enough, here is a chalk marker (albeit on a different day) marking cars on the Target parking lot:

Looks like they’re cracking down. I would make sure you leave within the allotted time, I believe 2 hours. I don’t see what the problem is, parking is in short supply in that farmer’s market location, and it will bring more business and good will to Target as plenty of people will head to Target afterwards.

Real Estate

Tues. Afternoon Rental Option – Walnut Creek

This rental is located at 1200 Newell Hill Place in Walnut Creek.

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The Craigslist ad says:

2 Bedroom
Newell Vista Apartment Homes is proudly managed by FPI Management. We are located next to wonderful downtown Walnut Creek. Newell Vista is in walking distance to a variety of premier dining and retail shops. We offer a variety of floor plans and amenities that meet a wide range of tastes and needs. Pets are welcome! The apartment amenities range from Air Conditioning, Wall to Wall Carpet, Ceiling Fans, Garbage disposals, Dishwashers and Patios or Balconies. The Community Amenities include Elevator, Fitness Center, Parking Garage, Garden Style Setting, On-Site Laundry Facilities, Sparkling Pool,and views. There are Studios, One Bedrooms, Townhouses and more!

This 2br goes for $1575/month. Looking at the map it looks like it would be quite a walk to downtown but doable. Is this a good deal?

Daily Life

Walnut Creek on Ice in Action

Check out the scene at Walnut Creek on Ice over the weekend. Crowded, expensive but fun.

Some difference from past years are that they don’t offer double bladed skates for really young kids. Kids 3 and under are free. McCovey’s has a stand selling real food, and there are more places to site around the rink. Skate time is a maximum of 2 hours. It can get extremely crowded so you may want to check out the video cam to see how crowded it is.


Judging Stores: SF Giants Dugout

The new San Francisco Giants Dugout store opened the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s fully stocked with all kind of Giants knickknacks.

They even have a machine towards the back of the store that can customize a jersey with any name. Customization is free until the end of the year.

Don’t forget the grand opening is set for this Saturday, December 3rd at 10am, where the World Series Trophy will be displayed, among other things.

Daily Life

Downtown Walnut Creek Parking Guide

The Winter Walnut Creek Nutshell newsletter has a great holiday parking guide map that shows both city as well as private parking garages in the downtown area. This is not only useful for holidays. The key takeaway from this map is that most public parking garages cost money, while the private garages are free, usually 3 – 4 hours. Ironic, no? More information on downtown public parking garages can be found on the downtown Walnut Creek site.

Keep in mind that Walnut Creek recently changed their parking meter holidays to include Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents, Columbus and Veterans Day, so you may want to go on these days or a Sunday to try to grab a free street spot. At least most garages have a sign indicating the open spots available. Be careful because sometimes they don’t take into account reserved valet spaces which can lead major annoyances. It’s going to be a trying time parking in Walnut Creek this holiday season like always, so good luck to everyone finding a spot!


Update on Caffe Delle Stelle Remodel

Previously we reported that Caffe Delle Stelle was becoming Cafe of the Stars. However, after talking to more folks it looks like it’s going to be a Greek restaurant called Opa. The remodel looks like it’s going nicely and the tarp has finally been removed. The restaurant location is 1532 N Main St, next to Prima Ristorante.

Crime, Uncategorized

Fights Galore in Downtown Walnut Creek Last Night

Walnut Creek Police were kept busy with a couple of huge fights last night.

The first fight happened at the Dudum’s 1515 Lounge on N. Main St.:

Crime: Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Penal Code 245

Location: 1515 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

Suspect: Arryan Moradkhani
26 year old male
Resident of Danville

On 11/27/11 at approximately 12:43 a.m., officers on foot patrol found a man bleeding from the head and face in front of 1515 Lounge. The subject said he had been hit in the face with a glass during a fight inside the bar. Officers located the suspect nearby and placed him under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim was treated by paramedics for serious lacerations to his face. The suspect was also treated for cuts to his hands before being booked into County Jail in Martinez on $30,000 bail.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department.

The second incident happened at Vice Ultra Lounge at 1251 Arroyo Way:

Crime: Battery/Penal Code section 242
Fighting in Public/Penal Code section 415

Location: 1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek (VICE Lounge)

Suspect: Steven Enriquez-Wyatt
21 year old male
Resident of Bay Point

On 11/27/11 at approximately 1:39 a.m., Walnut Creek Police Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a fight involving 30 people in front of VICE Lounge. Some callers reported one person was stabbed. Officers arrived and found a chaotic scene in the area along Arroyo from Broadway to Civic. Since the club was also closing for the night a large number of bar patrons were also in the area.

Officers located one subject named Steven Enriquez-Wyatt with multiple lacerations on his arms. Witnesses reported seeing Enriquez-Wyatt assaulting a female during a large melee. Officers identified the female victim who wanted to place Enriquez-Wyatt under citizen’s arrest for assault. It was determined Enriquez-Wyatt received his injuries when his arm went threw a window during the fight. He was transported to county hospital in Martinez for treatment before being booked into county jail on $3,000 bail.

Police interviewed another subject that showed up in a local emergency room with multiple lacerations. The injuries may have also been the result of broken glass or possibly some type of assault.

Several subjects involved in this incident fled as the police arrived. Many people contacted at the scene were uncooperative with police. Anyone who witnessed the fight or was a victim is encouraged to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department.

The Walnut Creek Police are looking for witnesses to any of these incidents.


Judging Restaurants – Hubcaps

True to its name, Hubcaps, located at 1548 Bonanza St. in downtown Walnut Creek has car-related pictures and memorabilia hugging the walls everywhere. As you can see from the colored pictures hanging as well, it’s a great place to take kids. Whenever I go I have the Polish sausage meal and it’s been delicious every time. At the end I share chocolate ice cream. They always serve it soft, and that half-melting state always makes for a tastier ice cream.

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