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2013年8月28日 (水)

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"Oscar wanted to put it up," said Ariel Perez, an Antioch resident who works at the fast-food restaurant. "It's a good idea."
FORMER REPORTER REMEMBERED: It's not always easy for an aggressive investigative reporter to win praise from the public officials whose actions he scrutinizes. But former Contra Costa Times environmental reporter Mike Taugher, who died last month while snorkeling off the coast of Maui, gained widespread respect for his probing, incisive coverage on a range of topics.
That's been illustrated the past few weeks by the many public officials who have honored his work. The Oakland City Council adjourned a recent meeting in his honor at the request of Councilman Dan Kalb, an environmentalist who remembered getting calls from Taugher about stories.
"He was a wonderful guy, had a young family," Kalb told the council. "I'm just shocked that somebody who had so much life ahead of him would pass away so quickly by an accident."
Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Piepho praised Taugher's legacy as an environmental reporter who focused on the health of the Delta as the Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting in his honor last week.
On Thursday, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla adjourned the Assembly in Taugher's honor.
U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney honored Taugher on the floor of Congress:
"For many years, Mike worked as the environmental reporter for the Contra Costa Times. His deep knowledge and tireless pursuit of articles earned Mike the respect of readers, citizens, and other journalists in addition to numerous awards. ... His commitment to these issues was a benefit for all Californians."
Staff writers Elisabeth Nardi, Matthew Artz and Paul Burgarino contributed to this column.

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