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Antioch Councilwoman Again Calls for Ceasefire Resolution or Israel-Hamas War

by CC News

On Tuesday, Antioch City Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker yet again called for a ceasefire resolution for the Israel-Hamas War.

“I am asking again for this council to pass a resolution supporting a ceasefire,” stated Torres-Walker. “I am asking for that to come back to a regular council meeting agenda, not a special meeting because I also know my colleague Councilmember Barbanica has expressed no extra meetings but also people have other things going on in their lives… special meetings are sometimes difficult for councilmembers. This needs to be priority at a regular council meeting, not at a special meeting. I will keep asking until it comes back.”

The move comes as Torres-Walker did not even show up to the special meeting on March 19 where the council was set to discuss the ceasefire. Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe was the only member of the city council at the dais when the meeting was called to order.

The move also comes as Governor Gavin Newsom condemned the ongoing and horrific loss of innocent civilian life in Gaza. He also supports President Joe Biden’s call for an immediate ceasefire as part of a deal to secure desperately needed relief for Gazan civilians and the release of hostages


With no quorum, the meeting was called and then adjourned in under a minute with councilmembers Mike Barbanica, Lori Ogorchock, Tamisha Torres-Walker and Monica Wilson all absent. For the meeting to occur, at least three members of the city council need to be in attendance.

Back on October 26, without specifically naming Gaza and Israel, Antioch City Councilmember Tamisha Torres-Walker called for a ceasefire and urged leaders to condemn all terrorist actions on both sides.

“Passive leadership is confusing, and it lacks pointedness. We should be reflecting what the world is going through right now and condemn all terrorist actions on both sides of the issue facing the Muslim and the Jewish community. We should all be calling for a ceasefire on all sides. We should be condemning colonialism in all its forms. In this moment we should be finding ways locally to be bringing together the Muslim and Jewish community and the discussion on how we build unity at the basic level. Free Palestine until its backwards, condemn terrorist actions on all sides and ceasefire.”

Her comments came during council communications but no future agenda item request were issued that night.

Antioch Agrees to Purchase 800 W 2nd Street

On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council voted 4-1 (Lori Ogorchock dissenting) to purchase 800 W 2nd Street for a sale price of $1.83 million. The property consists of approximately 0.29 acres of land, all together with improvements of an approximately 9,898 square feet 2-story office building and gated parking lot. The acquisition of this Property is desirable due to its proximity to City Hall. The intended use of Property would be for the City’s use and purposes, which include office space for city departments that currently have space constraints.

Staff is recommending the budgeted ARPA funds for the Public Safety and Community Resources Department building be used to complete purchase of the property at 800 W. 2nd Street—a department currently staffed with 15 people.


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ThatGuy March 27, 2024 - 6:57 am

I wonder if Israel would stop the warm because Walker was able to get this resolution passed? She’s a go getter and really puts the effort in where it’s needed.

pittsburger March 27, 2024 - 7:30 am

what about a ceasefire in the little Gaza of east county? you people in Antioch deserve better, but then again, you elected them.

The Truth March 27, 2024 - 8:19 am

Stop wasting time on issues we can’t help or resolve

MODERATE March 27, 2024 - 8:27 am

Observing this city council in action (?!) is like watching one of those old Keystone Kops reels.

Arne March 27, 2024 - 12:08 pm

Walker needs to focus on a cease-fire in Antioch!!! You were not elected to get involved in foreign affairs.

Hairy Bosch March 27, 2024 - 2:01 pm

This is what her constituents voted for. Can’t complain.

Enough is enough March 28, 2024 - 5:02 am

A ceasefire declaration from someone who fires a gun in her front yard. Sounds as logical as ever.

WPR March 28, 2024 - 9:08 am

ONLY focus for council should be bringing back law and order to Antioch.
Citizens of Antioch you deserve so much better than woke grandstanding by political ladder climbers.

Street Sweeper March 28, 2024 - 4:23 pm

Worried about this while the city is going to shit and a 187 this am. Makes perfect sense.

FOOS March 29, 2024 - 11:27 pm

Our city has bigger problems that need attention. The Council’s focus should be on rebuilding our PD, stop the bleeding of businesses, reduce vagrancy, improve safety on our streets. And the list goes on. Grandstanding and being stylish in order to get attention does nothing for Antioch. Israel has a right to defend itself contrary to what some say. But, our Council passing a resolution isn’t going to influence their decision or commitment to protecting its citizens. Antioch is dying, focus on that.


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