POA -vs- EDI – Anti-Birsan Mailer Arrives in Mailboxes Throughout Claycord

October 27, 2012 21:00 pm · 282 comments

It’s the talk of the town right now, and if you’ve read your snail mail today, then we’re sure you’ve seen it.

Here’s a little background. Concord resident Ed Birsan is running for one of the two open seats on the Concord City Council, and he’s not being endorsed by the Concord Police Officers Association (POA).

The POA sent out a mailer saying Birsan, who claims to be a Concord small business owner, actually registered his business in San Francisco, and not Concord. They also say he is misleading the public by listing his name on the ballot as “Ed Birsan”, when his full name is Edi Ersalesi Birsan.

Ed Birsan, who also goes by his real name, Edi, declined to comment, but did email his supporters, saying the San Francisco address listed in the flyer is where his treasurer lives. He also stated that he does in fact have a Concord Business License, and provided a copy to Claycord.com (pictured below). Birsan also lives in Concord, according to his website, www.EdiBirsan.com, and his business license.

The Concord POA was contacted regarding the controversial mailer, which is also the first real “hit piece” of the local election.

The POA issued the following statement to Claycord.com.

The important issue for voters to know is this: Ed Birsan, Edi Birsan, Edi Ersalesi Birsan or whomever he is calling himself at the time, is not what he says he is. He purports to be a ‘Concord Business Owner’ on the election ballot, which is misleading to the voters. Mr. Birsan’s business is officially registered with the Secretary of State at 584 Castro Street in San Francisco.

See below from the Secretary of State’s website online as viewed today, October 26, 2012:

Entity Name: E.D.I., INC.

Entity Number: C2170949

Date Filed: 07/22/1999

Status: ACTIVE

Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA

Entity Address: 584 CASTRO ST #514

Entity City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94114

Birsan says he plans to send out a mailer next week responding to the claim by the Concord POA.

The anti-Birsan mailer states it was not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate. So in other words, the candidates who signed the fair campaign pledge act earlier this year did not approve this mailer.

EdiBirsan October 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM

1. My Concord Business License clearly states that my place of business is 950 Alla Ave. CONCORD. That I have a SF private post office box for maybe corporate papers and billing might be related to the fact that the person who does the billing/books lives in SF.
2. That I have a middle name is truly shocking I know. I wonder what they would say about Dan Helix having a middle name?
3. My name is explained on my campaign website http://www.EdBirsan.com and has been up since the last election.

Bill Goodwin October 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Well anyone the Concord police don’t want is exactly who I’ll vote for!!
So, does the POA not recognize “Bill” if the name is William? “Joe” for Joseph, “Ted” for theodore, “Bob” for Robert… Or do they only care when the nickname is short for a Middle Eastern sounding name?? Hard to not say it’s racist when they really flaunt it like it matters!!

ChampagneKitty October 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Thank you so much for posting this, Mr. Mayor, so we can all see how ugly the Concord POA is.

jake October 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

oooohhh he has a foreign sounding name, how evil… yeah that was sarcasm.

momo October 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM

These kind of flyers are so ridiculous! I was already planning to vote for Ed, but if I wasn’t, after reading something as stupid as this I definitely would!

anonymous October 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM

How could the Concord Police Association stoop this low? Who’s really behind the disgusting mailer? Did the POA actually pay to print and mail this to all Concord residents?

Harry October 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM

How is this mailer informative? As the Mayor said in the text of the story it’s a hit piece. The CPOA endorses Tim McGallian and if he’s OK with this non informative mailer then he won’t be getting my vote.

Walnut All Day October 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Thank you claycord for keeping us informed. :-)Voting right now is confusing. I’m 26 and want to make my vote count.

@ Edi Birsan October 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Is there a benefit or advantage to registering your business in SF vs. Concord? For example, I assume fees may be involved which would benefit SF instead of Concord? I would just like to understand if Concord is losing out on anything by you registering your Concord business out if town. Reminds me of the people who live in California but keep their cars registered in Nevada or Oregon because it is cheaper.

Newsweek October 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Picture reminds me of that Michelle Bachman cover of Newsweek

ChampagneKitty October 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

to Walnut All Day: Voting can be confusing no matter what your age is! It is important to vote, though. It’s heartening to know that you care about your vote.

Thank you mayor October 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Thanks for posting the mailer. Now we can all be on the same page in our discussions.

Mari October 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Well thank you CPOA. I was leaning towards voting for Ed, but wasn’t sure. Now you just made my choice much easier. I’ve made up my mind and Ed has my vote. phew, now on to the other many decisions on my ballot. Maybe I should just see who is endorsed by CPOA and go the opposite way? CPOA you are doing a very bad job of representing our police officers.

Gil October 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM

The Concord POA’s endorsed candidates Dan Helix and Tim McGallian will not be getting my vote specifically because of this racist mailer. I already wasn’t planning on voting for Helix, but I had no strong feelings on McGallian before this mailer. Now I do, so good job, POA!

ChampagneKitty October 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

to “@ Edi Birsan” #9: As Edi said in #1, it’s just where his bookkeeper happens to live. Edi lives and works out of his home in Concord, when he isn’t doing community work.

Joe Stevens 34 year resident of Concord October 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM


ChampagneKitty October 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM

That is a terrible picture of Edi. For those of you who haven’t met him, he does not look like a zombie, the way this picture depicts.

KAD October 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM

The POA must consider Birsan a threat to their endorsed candidates this election. Why did they not do a mailing like this the last election when Birsan was running for the City Council? I guess it was not important to them then because they did not think he had a chance of winning then, but he does now. This is a disgrace to Concord. Shame on the POA. The voters in Concord, who attend City Council meetings and know Ed Birsan , understand his name change and his company. Ed Birsan does a lot of work for this City and he deserves to be rewarded for his hard work.

ClaycordAnon October 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Sounds like the POA mailer is DOA. They need to get a life. Pathetic move POA. Edi is a good guy and he cares about the city and want to improve it. What will the POA want next? Ask for his birth records?? Give me a break!

Edi's legendary gamer status? October 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Wikipedia says Edi is a legendary Diplomacy player. I’m interested in knowing more about this “hobby” he has as I didn’t see anything about it on his website. Sounds intriguing.

JW October 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM

This mailer makes the POA look like a bunch of whining babies. I hope it backfires on them!

No Excuses October 27, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Two years ago the POA endorsed their police chaplain, Tim Grayson, of the Calvary Apostolic Church. He won one of the three open seats, but Edi ran a fairly close 4th. Grayson has been a reasonably decent representative of the city.

While the Christian spirit does not seem to rank very high on the POA scoreboard, I would be interested to know how the Reverand Grayson feels about the hit-squad tactics being employed by the POA this time around.

Cuppa Coffee October 27, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Now I might vote ONLY for Ed Birsan so my vote has more impact. (At least it seems as though that would be wise. What do the rest of you think?)

Babs October 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

well, I guess I can’t support McDs and Jack in the Box, or Taco Bell cause I bet money they are registered in another state but have Concord business licenses, too.

I think the POA, Helix and Tim need to get their money back from their campaign mgr Mary Jo Rossi….cause they all blew this one.

And I still say if you have organizations that endorses your campaign and you have no control over your own campaign how are you going to run a city….are they going to be pulling your chains on that, too. Or are they going to be running the city for you. We already have council members that the POA put in place and ook what that has gotten us. They take cash instead of medical and only stop when it’s found out. And get a better pension/medical than our city workers.

Mr. Bassman October 27, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Well, that’s one way to show how afraid you are that your bought and paid for candidates might not win! Nicely done POA… Edi, I think your server crashed, trying to get to your website and the request times out. If you read this, I have just one question for you that will help me decide on election day who gets my vote; what’s your stand on U.N. agenda 21, and Concord being a participating city? Thanks!

LOL October 27, 2012 at 2:02 AM

the POA is the Donald Trump of Concord!

StillConfused October 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

So I’m still confused. Most of what I read on this site is pro-police. Living in Concord, I do feel safe compared to a lot of other cities in the County (that I can afford anyway). I like the work product I see from the cops. I want to back them. While this is obviously dirty politics, is that anything new? It’s election time folks. This mailer from the POA, odd, but I pretty much just dismissed it. Clearly none of the candidates endorse it. Names and addresses don’t matter to me. The granddaddy mailer, that gave me the crepes! If his grandchild was 7 it would have been cute. I’m just going wild card here, Roseanne Barr for Concord Council!!! I might be the minority, but whatever. I’m still a no on the direction Edi wanst to go with our city.

Wow October 27, 2012 at 3:08 AM

This flier is ugly and ridiculous and borderline racist. Who is voting based on a name? Shame on you POA!!! I don’t care if Mr. Bursin has a business in San Francisco and/or in Concord either! I’d like to know where he stands on certain issues. The POA doorsn’t give any of that info though. Do they think we’re too stupid to care about what matters and vote purely based on an ad with an unflattering photo with a racist undertone? Maybe Mr. Bursin intends to help strengthen our local economy by doing away with waste! If he’s a successful businesman, my guess is yes.

@KAD October 27, 2012 at 4:23 AM

I thought elections were to select the best possible individual
to help shape and guide the direction of the city. I didn’t realize
elections/ seats on city council were rewards for doing work in the community.

Indeed October 27, 2012 at 4:50 AM

@ JW I hope so too ! The POA are indeed whining !

emily October 27, 2012 at 5:33 AM

@ I’m really heartened to see that visitors here can see right through this trash. Makes me wonder if the Concord police can be trusted to treat all citizens as equal under the law.
Every good thing I go to in Concord, Mr Birsan’s there, working behind the scenes to make it happen. He got my vote.

I Love Concord October 27, 2012 at 5:43 AM

I just got the mailer. I do think it’s questionable when a candidate says he’s something on the ballot and it is not true. I do not know Ed Birsan but he has lost my vote.

pcheck October 27, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Couldn’t agree more with the comments here. Ed or Edi or whatever you call him has been the only candidate how had the time to come to my neighborhood and speak with me directly about the issues facing Concord and what he’ll do to help. I liked what I heard, he seemed to me to be a straight shooter and really cares about our community. I already voted for him absentee. As for this hit piece well it is nothing less then disgusting!

steve weir October 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Not wanting to get to far into this, but we all know that “Willard” Romney is runnng for President.

Anon. Y. Mous. October 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM

This is the type of crap you have to put up with in life. He should be glad he doesn’t have potential John Birch society or anti-UN nutjobs to worry about, because of his name. Is he for raising the fence height to 7 still? I love it how the code here was or is 6 feet height limit for fences and the garbage has to be behind a 6 foot fence, hidden. As an engineer demanding an exactly 6 foot tall fence falls into the catagory of debating whether you can pull a string exactly straight. Every darn person in our neighborhood has their garbage in front. Atleast we only keep our green waste in front behind green plants. I love it how a bunch of seniors complained that they shouldn’t pay full price for garbage service, since they didn’t use the full capacity of the bin and now we all have to pay more, including them. That falls into the same catagory as “medicare only pays 80%.”

Cy Nical October 27, 2012 at 6:29 AM

I’d like to think most Concord cops weren’t aware of and wouldn’t approve of this hit piece and hopefully they;ll remove the people responsible.
With this one action they’ve undone years of good work and will bring scrutiny on all their actions.

Jen October 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM

This disgusts me.

Edi Birsan is a wonderful human being. He would never misrepresent himself. I cannot believe that money was spent on this empty claim,, even racist, garbage.

I’m with everyone else here. Don’t vote for anyone who is endorsed by this POA. Who are they, anyway?.

burnbabyburn October 27, 2012 at 6:47 AM

They are obviously worried about their pensions. I don’t support anyone endorsed by the POA.

the Shi ite October 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Well Dammit to H3LL!!! Not His name? Looks like his name to me – Sort of like BARRY SOETERO and He is still in Office!!!

This mailer is childish, now wonder why CPD has a bunch of FLAKES like Heinneman and the other Sue happy freeloaders.

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM

CPOA needs to re-examine their leadership!! Bad decision at a pretty good cost too!!

WOW October 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I cannot believe this came from CPD.

NotInConcord October 27, 2012 at 7:16 AM

I think this whole mailer is kinda weak (it wouldn’t sway my vote either way but I don’t live in Concord) but how much more publicity and reach is it getting now that it was featured on Claycord??

Steve (Steven, Stephan) whatever... October 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Everyone, please do yourself and the city of Concord a favor by casting only one vote for ‘Edi Birsan’ this coming election… It equals two votes if you only cast one.

The POA is a POS October 27, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Mayor where can we call or email the POA to get them to hear from citizens how wrong this is.

Come on people if we all call at all hours of the day we can harass them back.

sleeplessinwc October 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I am shocked and a little confused. As I recall from the previous election, and from Edi’s own city hall “rants”, he is a strong supporter of Concord PD and has even fought to re-introduce the Monument substation. Other than political favoritism, what could be the true motive behind this poor attempt at a smear campaign?

SK October 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM

All the expense that the POA put out for this mailer to let us know about Ed’s SF business address, and yet they fully supported Helen Allen even when she was LIVING in Roseville. The POA has no problem supporting liar politicians when it is convenient for them.

They are just annoyed with Ed because he hasn’t knuckled under to the Concord political machine. Good for Ed!

LB October 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Why is the CPOA afraid of this person? Do they not realize that when you spread dirt against others, that people have a tendency to vote against the dirt spreaders? The CPOA should seriously fire the idiot that came up with this idea.

Jojo Potato October 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM

I guess the POA figures some good old fashioned racism would do the trick. Too bad I vote in Walnut Creek or I’d be voting for Ed all the way.

bumper October 27, 2012 at 7:54 AM

How is it racist?

Ecapri October 27, 2012 at 7:58 AM

I have known Edi for years, as we are in Rotary together. Every week, Edi truly amazes me with his dedication to Concord – the community, the residents, and local causes. If you don’t know Edi already, get to know him. You, too, will be amazed by his dedication to Concord!

Domestic CEO October 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Edi is a good guy and has been helping Concord for years, he has had his finger on the Pulse of Concord and has been listening to the People for a long time now. The POA put out this crud because Edi cannot be bought. He will tell you like it is and sticks to what he believes is right. That scares the Popo, they can’t control him. 😉

My vote is for Edi

Voter October 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Thanks CPOA, you made up my mind. Ed you have my vote. Good Luck.

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I want to know who’s REALLY behind this mailer. Obviously someone at the POA was stupid enough to approve this, but who thought of it and paid for it? C’mon mayor, dig into this and find out the truth.

I can’t believe some adult didn’t look at the proof and say “Maybe we’ve gone too far” before it was sent out. Unbelievably bad move!

Palermo October 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

So Mr. Birsan is Italian and Greek, but we are meant to think what, he is an Arab terrorist? I hate politics in general but this seems to be a new low. Anybody who can read can see his business is in Concord.

Charles-the-cat October 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Wow. I’d love to hear from the Concord POA on this.

Note to POA: When you do come up with an explanation, be aware that nobody is going to buy the weasley “this was done by an outside consultant” crap that you’re already working on. Also be aware that the “single, rouge member” excuse isn’t going to fly either.

@ClaycordAnon – lol

Beacon October 27, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Sorry for the naive questions, but why is Mr. Birsan a threat to the Concord police department? Is it his fiscal position or something else? Is the POA the union or some other group the police officers pay dues to join? The POA comes off as extremely xenophobic. This raises a big red flag this aligns with the beliefs and attitude of the police officers.

Charles-the-cat October 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Clarification: I know that the POA already responded to claycord.com. What I meant to say is that I suspect they’ll be following up with a more mealy-mouthed explanation (ie, the traditional throwing under the bus ceremony).

Edi is anti a lot of things.. October 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM

But I have to ask, if he is anti 3 @50 pension, wants to get rid of police positions so he can reopen field offices (specifically in his own neigborhood first), and stated publically that he would take away vested pensions, why does he have his picture with a police shirt on, and another picture standing next to a police car?

And what is this “diplomacy” game he is so famous for?

According to my neighbor...a retired CPD officer. October 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM

CPOA is mostly a good-old-boy network. Younger officers feel compelled to go along with the program so as not to damage their promotion potential. civilian. They have a Green Dreamers club which civilians can join and get a window sticker, which they think will protect them from being pulled over for traffic violations.

Another reason... October 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

… to vote yes on prop32

Schmee October 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM

These are the same tactics that work well In the Republican Party. Mis direct idiots to pointless issues so they don’t see what’s really important.

debdvo October 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I was so disgusted at the mailer. I am an Edi fan. My husbands middle name is Florian, not exactly american mainstream…so what. Edi does so much volunteer work it would put them all to shame. I am really disappointed by the Concord Police Assoc.

Roberto October 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The behavior of the CPOA disgusts me. I am glad I moved to Martinez.

dl October 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I’m actually shocked that so many people read the political trash that comes in the mail. All of it goes immediately to my recycling bin.

94598 October 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

If the Corrupt CPD does not endorse him- this is exactly who I want on Council.

Ed- you have my vote- clean up the PD when you get there.

Lee White October 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This explains why I don’t vote. Public employee unions have trashed this state from one end to the other. My wife and I are moving to a suburb of Austin, Texas, next year because we’re sick and tired of paying top dollar for rent, utilities, food, medicine, gasoline, on and on ad nauseum to live in a place where homeless scream at one another at all hours and thugs of every stripe pollute our streets.

The unions don’t seem to realize — or care — that when government has to pay them fat salaries and huge pensions that make it unprofitable to work past age 50, it can’t afford to hire enough officers to keep the peace. Just look at how the CHP is having to step in to help Oakland and Stockton. That means fewer cops on our freeways to stop the rampant gun and drug running that goes on every day.

I can tell you this much: If I did vote, I’d vote for Birsan. This town has had 40 years worth of Dan Helix. Unless you’re a POA (or some other union) member, can you really say with a straight face that the town is better as a result?

Joe Stevens 34 year resident of Concord October 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Let us talk about not being honest. Dan Helix has signs that say “re-elect” Dan Helix, as if we elected him the first time. He was appointed. He might have been elected 50 years ago, but that time has passed. He did not get “elected” to this council, he was appointed. Will the Concord POS, errrr, POA be sending out mailers about that?

B. Willson October 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

1. If you’re endorsed by the CPOA – you DON’T have my vote.
2. If you’re endorsed by ANY unions – you DON’T have my vote
3. Anyone running for re-election does NOT have my vote.
4. Yes on 32 – No on everything else.

Feckin Irish Mouse October 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

And remember people…………..Tim McGallian has a less than stellar family from ANTIOCH endorsing him…..they use a family memebers address so thier kids can go to school in Concord………….Yeah so much or honesty and family values…………………My opinion of Tim has just been flushed down the toilet
Edi has always had my support………………………..And to those that have aligned themselves with the POA remember when you sleep with dogs you might end up rolling in dog crap

Feckin Irish Mouse October 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Oh and Lee White – things ain’t soooo rosy in Texas. Just ask all the “Texans” that are living in Tahoe working ARRA road pojects for the State of Nevada…………….They will tell you a different story. Most are planning to stay in Nevada.

JCM October 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I am a long time member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce. I have also always supported the Concord Police Association.

I planned to vote for Dan Helix and Tim McGallian, but after reading this, I will only vote for one person, and that person is Ed Birsan. The PA has lost all my support. My wife feels the same way.

I just checked my sample ballot. Both Tim McGallian and Dan Helix go by Tim and Dan, do they have longer, real names, such as Timothy and Daniel? If they do, how is that any different that Edi shortening his name to Ed?


Clayton-ite October 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

#1 the good news is the layout of this allows for people who just skim to think this is an endorsement for Ed. His name is prominent and his photo (however distorted) is prominent… all their other blah blah blah is secondary.

#2 beware of someone who distorts the truth (nevermind their distortion of images) ?? And all they could come up with is he has a business address in SF and he has a middle name

I think whoever is on this POA is a few ponies shy of a petting zoo. This makes them look idiotic and juvenile. I support police, but I will never look at the POA the same way again.

I don’t know anything about Edi other than what I’ve read here. Anna the Lemon Lady and many mutual friends like him personally and I know he does many good deeds for the community, and that’s good enough for me. I can’t vote as I’m not in Concord anymore. But good luck Ed!

Cuppa Coffee October 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I hope everyone opens up the flyer with the endorsement from Ed Birsan’s grandson. Inside you will see the multiple ways Ed Birsan works every day to help all the neighborhoods in Concord. He has been working on the inspection team to make sure the Navy cleans up toxic waste on CNWS, too. When he speaks on a city matter, you can feel the intelligence and caring behind his suggestions.

I definitely will vote for Birsan. And I might vote ONLY for Birsan now that I know that McGallian and Helix are puppets for Seeno, Garaventa, and the POA. After all the verbal support I had given CPD in the past, the POA’s pond-sludge lies make me sick.

WASP October 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

POA – Epic Fail. Just sent in my absentee ballot for Edi. Good luck reaching out for donations. Amazes me that someone in the POA developed and approved this mailer.

Theyellowranger October 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The police officers Association should be ashamed for such an obviously tainted political hit mailer. I have known/known of Edi for the better part of the decade. He Has not held political office, but spends a large amount of his time trying to help the community. Besides being the chair of the Friends of the Library Association, he also attendscity council meetings and donates his time to various charities. He’s the real deal here folks, he’s got my vote.

@according to my neighbor October 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The POA does not have green dreamers or POA stickers that they give out…I dont even think they have green dreamers anymore. Your retired cop neighbor is not informed at all.

Nature Lover October 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I too will only vote for Ed Birsan. The POA only wants lacky’s who will continue their $100,000 – $200,000 a year pensions.

James Geluso October 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I am relentlessly pro-union. The POA’s endorsement is something I would always consider.

This mailer disgusts me. The POA should be ashamed, and has damaged its own credibility far more than Edi’s.

Casey Jones October 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

So McGallian didn’t know about this, eh? Either way it’s bad. It’s bad if he knew about it, and if he didn’t, then all I can say is those those strings around his wrists and ankles must chaff terribly. I don’t think I could look myself in the mirror knowing I was nothing more than the latest in a long line of toadies of the Garaventa/Seeno/CPOA machine.

Speaking of the CPOA, why does the flyer claim authorship by the CPA? What kind of shell game is that? The smarmy language used to smear the possible variants of Mr. Birsan’s name is unbecoming an officer, or anyone speaking on their behalf. Do women encounter this kind of harassment from officers every time they have to explain that they once had a different last name? Any officer that is getting his panties in a bunch because “Edi” is sometimes called just “Ed” should turn in their gun and badge. I’m sorry, but you’re just too goddam stupid to be a cop.

Nice cropping and possible photo shopping of the Castro St. photo. Looks to me like a mailbox/shipping business on the ground floor. But boy I sure got excited when I first looked at the mailing and saw those rainbow flags. Made me want to run out and vote for McGallian/Helix to save Concord from the “Fa*got Menace”?

The bigger problem here is not the current douchery of the McGallian/Helix/CPOA/Garaventa/Seeno Mob. It is the proud Concord tradition of a corrupt system where public employee unions and garbage contractors use money extracted from the public to elect politicians that will perpetuate that cycle. It’s mostly perfectly legal. And it’s also perfectly corrupt. I wish I could elect my boss. It would make asking for a raise way easier than it is now.

I will not be casting my vote for either of the establishment candidates that will continue to squeeze the city for as much money as they can to enrich their well-healed backers. I’ll be voting for that shifty bug-eyed homosexual terrorist that lies about his name, lies about his address, and has really big glasses.

mg October 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

this mailer is — at the least — in poor taste… at the most, racist (the name bit, specifically). one more reason to vote for birsan and kumar.

Bob October 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

This is so bad that most people will probably vote for Ed–deep down I think the POA supports Ed, but couldn’t figure out how to get Concord voters to support him–this will swing the tide in Ed’s direction.

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The Police Officers Association runs this town. If they dont like a Chief or a City Manager they are out. Why does the POA endorse certain candidates? Strictly (and correctly ) in their self interest. Drive by a Concord Officers home and take a look at the huge signs (like on Concord Blvd) they have posted.Its not about all the residents of Concord, its about the POA

This mailer is childish, and disappointing. Ed or whatever his name is gets my only vote.

DJEinConcord October 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Another reason to vote for Prop 32.

mg October 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

“It equals two votes if you only cast one.”

Steve… can you (or anyone) explain this? It’s not registering for me…

Connie Dobbs October 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

#61 There’s a reason why that works well.

commoncents October 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The POA could have donated the money they put towards this worthless hit piece to an organization they support – maybe the KKK…..

Cynthia Altamirano October 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

In the past I have only supported female candidates for local government. We simply don’t have enough women representing our City. This year my husband and I have decided to support Birsan because we have seen the terrific work he’s done in Concord during the 8 years we’ve lived here. So I messaged Edi and he came over with the yard sign we asked for. It was great to meet the man and to be a small part of his support system.
What we find distressing is the idea that the mailer seems to take for granted: that we working class Concordians are a bunch of racist, homophobic, goobers that need the leadership of wealthy white men to keep our City from going feral. This mailer is a work of genius only if we are to buy into the claims that are both stated and implied . Seriously, POA? We’re a Christian family who believe that more can be learned by a person’s deeds not by the allusions made to being foreign born, possibly gay or has gay business partners, and must be demon possessed given the unflattering photo. Or the more subtle message that Prop 32 is really a good idea because the POA must have used the dues of hard working cops to send out this expensive piece of garbage without consulting the rank and file.
Much like any large City we have our share of loud mouths that want to draw attention to themselves by touting their superiority to immigrants, poor people, and the like. But ignorance takes many forms and this mailer is one of them. Edi Birsan is a moral man who helps his neighbors in the manner of a true Good Samaritan. And his neighbors are the people of Concord. If we are to know a man by his works, then Edi is a man we want to represent the people of Concord on the City Council.

Andre Gensburger October 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

First, the impression of the flyer playing on Edi’s middle name was racist enough in suggestion that I think Edi should sue their ass. Knowing Edi, any money awarded after costs he would put to some useful Concord cause. And that is the thing anyone who knows him know – he is so pro-Concord that his involvement is tangible. Whether with library, food collection, graffiti cleanup – he takes the time to get involved. His Pulse of Concord series is an excellent example. So I can see how the old boys would feel threatened by someone the city might actually call an outstanding council member. Edi should have been elected last time.

Edi has no supersize me election signs (such as those from candidates who have felt the need to plaster 6 or seven giant ones at every intersection,) I would venture to say that I have seen far fewer, small no less, Edi Birsan signs because the man is running on the popular vote – so many people have dealt with him and know him to be decent. It is refreshing.

POA – you had an issue – set up a debate. Instead, this underhanded, cheap shot mentality is offensive and luckily for Edi, will help him,not hurt him because the negative publicity you have generated for yourself looks bad on your organization, and good for Edi. Whoever did your genius planning needs to find another job!

I’ll be watching for the lawsuit!

Dave Y October 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I,m wondering how many CPD officers live outside of Concord.
Does that deny them the right to say they are Concord Police officers?
I live across the street from Edi. He has been an honorable man and neighbor. He helped my son write a paper about the history of CNWS.
His knowledge of our city is both deep and wide, on top of that he actually cares about our future. I trust him to make reasoned well informed decisions about the tough budget issues facing our city. Including how to fairly pay public safety officers. I lived in vallejo for 25 years and watched the city council kowtow to those unions and send the cities budget off a cliff and into bankruptcy. We need a man like Edi to represent fair minded tax payers.
Count me in Ed!

skippy October 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Who cares where his official business address is with the SOS office. Most corporations incorporate in DE for tax purposes, that doesn’t mean they do business only in DE. If this guy lives in Concord and does business in Concord, that’s what matters. I am curious though, what type of business he has.

George October 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

If I already hadn’t voted for Ed this hit piece would have definitely made me go that way. This city needs a change. It is so bad that we are recycling, or should I say, reusing, city council members from when I first moved to Concord in 1970. We need fresh leaders and ideas, not those from the 70’s.

JCM October 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM


My name is Josh. I was once a supporter of the Police Officers in the City of Concord until this RACIST flyer came in the mail on Friday.

I now will cast my vote for Ed Birsan. I do not necessarily agree with everything Ed Birsan stands for, but his work in the community is unchallenged.

I created this page to expose the Concord Police Association to not only the Concord community but to all the communities around the World. RACISM is NEVER OK.

Please like my page and support my fight against racism in Concord.

Thread October 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

@ commoncents #86
I have to agree with you and most of these posts. I don’t see how the POA could have endorsed this; this is borderline slander. The POA needs to send out flyers of apologies for us having to read this crap and for having almost a hundred comments about this issue posted. This money could have been used better elsewhere.

Swanky October 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The fact that no one from the POA will stand up and take responsibility for this says a lot about local law enforcement. Race-baiting, half-truths and s#it graphic design. Gee, what’s not to like?

J. October 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I threw my first vote (Absentee) at Edi ‘Ed’ Birsan, and threw my second vote out to Marni Carter.

BTW, “Edi” is pronounced: “Eddie”

JCM October 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Do you HATE RACISM? Then please like my page on facebook to speak out against the Concord Police Association.

The concord police association should be ashamed!


My name is Josh. I was once a supporter of the Police Officers in the City of Concord until this RACIST flyer came in the mail on Friday.

I now will cast my vote for Ed Birsan. I do not necessarily agree with everything Ed Birsan stands for, but his work in the community is unchallenged.

I created this page to expose the Concord Police Association to not only the Concord community but to all the communities around the World. RACISM is NEVER OK.

Please like my page and support my fight against racism.

Bob October 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The POA is the police officers’s union, right? Isn’t one of the reasons the City of Stockton, CA declared bankruptcy because of the enoumous pensions the retired police officers got? Hummm.

Concord Dad October 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Simply disgusting… not only has this solidified my vote for Mr. Birsan, but I will also be making a mental note going forward to never again vote for a CPOA-endorsed candidate.

Kathy Barnett October 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Yesterday I was so ashamed of the POA after reading the racist Ed Birsan mailer, today I realize the fear of an honest candidate being elected made them act desperate.

jussayn October 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Gee.. It sure was nice of Concord POA to give Edi all this free advertisement. I already voted and my vote was for Edi Birsan.

POA's Anonymous Respondent? October 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Can you, Mayor, or anyone identify the person who responded to Claycord and/or produced the flyer? He/she has some follow-up explaining to do to the residents of Concord–including Edi!

CLAYCORD.com October 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

@POA’s Anonymous Respondent, The President of the POA, Officer Higby, issued the statement on behalf of the POA.

No Excuses October 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

In for a dime-in for a dollar Tim! Did POA check where McGallian “registers” some of his business interests? Are his business associations all in good standing in their “registered” state of Texas?



Does Tim want to man-up In defiance over the POA trash talk, fire Rossi, and PUBLICLY APOLOGIZE to Edi?

led October 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

That is hands down the dumbest, most counterproductive mailer I have ever seen.

CCC Anon October 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

This is probably what made the Concord POA decide to put out the anti-Birsan mailer. From Contra Costa Times political reporter Lisa Vorderbruegen’s column on October 6:

“Concord City Council candidate Ed Birsan lost three key endorsements last week after word spread about what he characterized as “intentionally misinterpreted” statements he made during a Bay Area News Group editorial board meeting.

Rep. George Miller, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and the Contra Costa Central Labor Council have suspended or pulled their support.

What did Birsan say to get everyone’s panties in a bunch?

Based on a review of an editorial board video, Birsan’s comments were not as anti-labor as his critics portrayed but it’s easy to see why he lost the endorsements. (Watch the video at http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion.)

Birsan said the city should immediately negotiate reductions in pay and pension benefits and take steps to break the police union’s political clout.

He also said the city should look at converting a segment of the city’s workers to 401(k)-style retirement plans. (Birsan later explained that he meant only the highest-paid employees, who would otherwise hit the annual benefit cap in the new pension legislation adopted in September.)

Finally, Birsan said the city should base how much employees pay toward their retirement costs based on where their salaries fall in comparison with the average wage of all Concord residents.

Ironically, Birsan landed this organization’s editorial board endorsement.

Come Election Day, we’ll see whose endorsements really mattered.”


I'm The Urban Spaceman October 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM


you can vote for more than one candidate…so only voting for Edi will suppress votes for the other candidates.

It’s amazing to me the POA finds a vowel removal to be an issue.
I would prefer they would point out the positions he has that frightens them so…or is it he isn’t backed by Seeno and other influence peddlers who care about their vested interests, when Edi’s vested interest is in improving life here in Concord.

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Oh my heavens! He is using Ed instead of Edi.

Do you know another Edi ? I do . It was Edi Amin, the cannibal President for life in Uganda.

Do you suppose the Police Association have unearthered a secret cabal of cannibals running for City Council? Could this mailer be some kind of code telling us to watch out?

Larrabee October 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

@ Lee White:
I can understand your frustration, but not voting is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. On behalf of everyone who still cares, I hope you reconsider this strategy. We’re stronger with you than without you.

Chuckie's Wife October 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Me thinks Dan Helix and the city council are behind this POS flyer. Remember how Helix became a city council member again? Yeah, that was when the city council decided to have people apply, rather than appointing the runner up in 4th place, which was Ed Birsan.

By the way, Ed explained way back that he changed his name on political campaign stuff from Edi to Ed following advice that Edi sounded immature (or something along those lines.

If I hadn’t voted for Ed already, I definitely would now. And no, I did NOT vote for Helix.

commoncents October 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

From CPOA website – maybe we can “inquire.”

Welcome to the Concord Police Association

Thank you for visiting our website. The Concord Police Association is a non-profit organization that represents the 145 sworn men and women police officers of the Concord Police Department. Our Association is proud to operate one of the leading Law Enforcement Training Centers in Contra Costa County. In addition, we offer a banquet facility/training hall that has been accommodating social and corporate functions since 1985.

We hope you find this website useful and informative. Access availability for our Range/Combat,Shoot House/Classroom facility and Main Hall through this website. Check our calendar and send your request to us. Be sure to visit the About Us link to learn more about our non-profit organization and community programs and charities that we partner with and support. We now are accepting rental deposits, payments and donations via Paypal for your convenience.

Should you have any questions or comments, we can also be reached by phone at (925) 676-8298 or via e-mail at administration@concordpoa.org


Thanks for visiting our site.

Joe Higby – President 2012

I’m sure “joltin Joe” would appreciate viewpoints!!!!

Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Edi has stated in past election materials that he would like to use his position on the Council to close public streets — for which we ALL pay and which happen to run through HIS neighborhood — because he doesn’t like the fact that people use them to get to the nearby freeway on-ramps. That’s enough to lose my vote…this isn’t Berkeley and we don’t need “traffic diverters”.

Jay R October 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The main office of my business is in San Ramon but I live in Concord and my office has a branch in Concord and Hercules. Which City am I qualified to run for City Council? 🙂

Really?! October 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Perhaps the Concord POA intended to model logical fallacies. Regardless, it certainly models a jackhole.

Always Right October 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

It’s a no brainer. A vote for Edi is a vote against all the powerful, corrupting influences of the Concord Police Officers Association (and their thuggish behavior).

And while you are at it, vote YES on prop 32. Our state is in a crisis due to the power of these government union lobbies. They should not be allowed to donate union members’ money to politicians without the union members consent.

No Excuses October 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Anonymous @113: I think you may have Edi’s 2010 slate mixed up with statements from Art Quarry (AKA Art Pedreira) whose apparent sole reason for running in 2010 was to divert traffic from his neighborhood in North Concord.

CoCoOld October 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Can someone tell me why the CPOA needs a PAC? This, according to the flyer, is who published this. C’mon now.

No Excuses October 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Common Cents @112: While you’re at it, ask them why they proudly state that they donated about $10,000.00 to worthwhile charities—-but completely fail to mention that they spent over $23,000.00 to get their man elected to City Council in 2010!

Mr. Anon E. Mouse October 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Wow, what a sh*t storm for the POA. Ed is a good guy politician, he wouldn’t sue for slander. So if I understand the above post from ccc anon, the POA wants to character ‘assassinate” him because he was to reform the police finances. Sounds good, the police budget is over 50% of the general fund. He wants officers where it counts (ie substations), doesn’t sound like he wants to cut anything but their GIANT unsustainable pensions. Once again Ed has my vote.

I’m still waiting for someone to look into the no-bid lifetime-renewable gabage contract that was given to the Garventas or who the Seenos are backing to get an in on the CWNS development. And also waiting for the sh*t to hit the fan from the RDA secrets that can only be shuffled around for so long now that the slush fund agency is gone. Not to mention the failure know as Concord Tax Measure Q. If it’s so successful why the continued cuts and increased furlough days.
Just sayin’

Anon October 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Jay R if you ask the POA the answer is none.

mg October 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

the photo on the flyer looks like a DMV photo. how’d someone get ahold of that!?*

(*sarcasm: if it is indeed a DMV photo, i’d hope the POA didn’t use inside channels to secure it… a google image search yield no photos even similar to this one.)

Larrabee October 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

@ 109:
Actually, that was IDI Amin. BTW, did I ever tell you about the time Idi Amin passed his political rival in the jungle?

The Richards Family October 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I don’t think this is a racist flyer, Edi would have to be a different race to make that valid. He is white, and also not Jewish and he himself says he s not Jewish. I think the point this flyer poorly tried to make is that you can’t trust Ed, as someone who uses different names at different times and calls himself a Concord business owner but is registered with the secretary of State as having business in San Francisco. The name thing is silly, but the business registration, is a little misleading. If the taxes from his businesses go to Concord then he is a Concord Business, if not then he is not. That would be nice if he addresses that.

Tahini October 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I thought the “mud-slinging” would’ve started sooner! How low can you go, how low can you go?!!

JM October 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Election flyers go immediately into my trash. I voted Anybody But Birsan or Helix, based on watching their annoying performances at City Council meetings. And I pay no attention to what the Police want since they are looking out for themselves and not for Concord. There’s too much testosterone on the City Council – time for some more women.

@The Richards Family October 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The point of the flyer discussing his name — as most folks perceived it — was to cast doubt on Ed’s heritage… presumably to make one think he is of Middle Eastern (or at least non-WASP-y) descent… and thusly unfit to serve in our All-American City. This is racist… just like folks making a big deal about the middle name of Barack Hussein Obama.

Additionally, Ed/Claycord has posted his Concord business license (above) with the business address in Concord and the postal address — of his accountant — in San Francisco. This is addressed in comment #1.

Anon October 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

MG I hope someone can clarify where the pop is from. Edi can you help?

Typical Claycord Readers October 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Wow, I am completely blown away by some of you readers. On one hand you are always complaining how politicians are untrustworthy and unethical, etc, etc. I personally am happy that this was brought to the attention of the voters, that Ed Birsan is not who he says he is. Why would he have to change his name and equally more concerning is the fact that his business is not registered in Concord. Seems kind of shady to me. Thank you for bringing this top my attention, I am definitely reconsidering who I am voting for!

JCM October 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Typical Claycord Readers = Cop who sent out the flyer

@Typical Claycord Readers October 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Wow, I am completely blown away that you didn’t read the article and casually peruse Ed’s linked website to find the answers to your questions… here goes:

“Why would he have to change his name?” … from Edi (pron: Eddie) to Ed? Presumably the same reason Tim goes by Tim instead of Timmy (or Dan, Danny)… As for his last name, it’s his step-father’s last name (the man who raised him).

“… and equally more concerning is the fact that his business is not registered in Concord.”. As mentioned above several times, his business is registered at a Concord address (on a Concord business license). His mailing address is in SF which is where his accountant is located.

I’m left to wonder if you also think that President Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery…

Meack October 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Fellow Concordians: we need only to look at the “How?” and the “Why?” behind this disgusting mailer.
The “How?”: the POA is being used by larger interests to sway this election in their favor. These larger interests are using the politically favorable endorsement of the POA to further their own causes. The $$ funneled into this campaign are coming from those interests that will need the City Council’s endorsement for their future plans. Look no further than the lands that will be coming available for new housing on the old weapons station. The Seenos, who will build the housing, and the Garaventas, who will be given the waste and recycling contract for those areas have millions of dollars at stake.
Why?: With the likes of Helen Allen gone, replaced by the Helix vote, both (very!) old cronies of the above interests, there is a definite need to keep a Council they can control. Ed Birsan is a threat to their plans. He has, for many years, put the interests of his fellow Concordians at the forefront of his actions. He has put more time and energy into making our city a better place to live than all of the candidates put together. Our Council is SUPPOSED to represent US, not the greed of special interests. A vote for Ed is a vote for YOU. Please don’t vote for the McGallian/Helix ticket!

cvhs94 October 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Sad to see CPOA stoop to racist innuendoes. Ed is a good guy. Have they ever met or talked to him? I have a lot of respect for police officers but their unions are thugs and shady. Full of good old boys. Ed gets my vote.

ANON October 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I received the mailer and thought it quite odd. What was the ad trying to say?? We had a city council member that had her address listed as Sacramento?? And she served for the city for a few years and no one booted her off. If I recall correctly. If this flyer was trying to smear Ed, then they could have come up with something more incriminating than this. Edi is an odd man, but not a bad man……..

The Richards Family October 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

at 127, how do you know the intent of the flyer, did you write it? Again it can’t be racist if Edi is white, Greek, Italian, is as white as you get, the cradle of “white” civilization.

jp October 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Edi’s got my vote – mailer was a joke. I don’t think the Concord Police Officers are responsible for this – probably not even aware of it.

Edi has worked tirelessly for this community. He cares about Concord. I thought the Granddad flier was awesome. A nice young man who admires his Grandfather for his public service. You don’t see that much anymore. Kudos to Cody!

Babs October 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

1. we do have to remember the POA does not have the support of every CPO. Concord has some very good police officers who are embarrassed by this.

2. we have to give Edi credit for keeping his great sense of humor over this. If this happened to me, I would be pissed but not Edi, he knows what this is all about. And we are thankful for the police and firepeople that do support him.

shot spotter October 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

did anyone else notice the heavy artillery din from the shooting range off Willow Pass this morning? Is that the POA equivalent of punching the wall in frustration?

Bubba 94521 October 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

The Concord POA are still a bunch of Keystone Kops and should be ashamed. 584 Castro Street is a well know Post Office Plus. Idiots.

Unless they’d like to allege that there is a tiny little Edi living in a mailbox in the Castro. Concord POA, you are pathetic.

Concord Resident October 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Wow, really insightful Meack! Scary too. If you think local politics won’t affect you, better guess again.

Howard K Mullins III October 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Its the “GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB” of Concord.

The City Council hates people like Edi because Edi speaks what people are thinking, not what the council is planning. Edi is going to be a huge thorn in the City Councils side once he wins this election.

The mailer just shows how fearful the good old boys club is of having their agenda not only reveled but renounced as well. I would not be surprised to see a criminal case come out of this. (OMG, what am I saying, Mark would never do such a thing to his own organization).

Vote for whoever you like, but VOTE.

The Richards Family October 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Maybe we should ask Edi if this a racist add?

funny man October 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

his rebuttal flyer should open with ” Beware of Shady special-interest-whore PACs that distort the truth”

Huh? October 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

No on 30
Yes on 32
No on 38
It’s that simple!

B. Willson October 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

So George Miller, Susan Bonilla and the Contra Costa Central Labor Council have suspended or pulled their support? And the CPOA is issuing “hit” pieces?

All the MORE reason to vote for Edi…… and to vote AGAINST Milller, Bonilla and ANYONE else being supported by the CPOA or unions!

B. Willson October 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I would like to know if the CPOA got his photo from DMV; if so, someone is using CLETS and the DMV database in an ILLEGAL manner – and therefore should be terminated and charged!

What say????

B. Willson October 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Then the CPOA hammers him as a politicians who is distorting the truth?

C’mon – look at the candidates they’ve supported in the past and who’s in office now! Maybe it’s time to start contracting police services with the CoCoSheriff.

No Excuses October 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Meak said a mouthful of truth! At #104 I gave you links to a couple of McGallian companies in Texas—–Tim McGallian is still listed as President of a Texas company that was among the first to step up for a piece of the Federal Low Income Housing moneys that were handed out in Orange, Texas. They bought at least 10 properties to turn into low income housing. It seems it was a real boon to a hard hit area, but I see their move now as a stepping stone to get in on the ground floor of a piece of the CNWS with the backing of Seeno and Garavanta, ABAG and as was mentioned earlier by Mr. Bassman at #25, U.N. agenda 21—-one of the scariest ideas to hit Concord in a long time.

Where is McGallian’s open denial of any of this? Where is the POA spokesman saying “Oops” we didn’t do a diligent search before we called the kettle black!

Babs @ 137: We have learned from recent history that being a good cop doesn’t necessarily make you a good guy.

We want to believe that all of OUR policemen are honest, true, trustworthy and aboveboard in all that they do. We know they patrol the city–write tickets, chase an occasional bad guy under dangerous conditions—-but we don’t really know the individuals.

Show me a comment from anyone even hinting that they are a Concord Cop that disavows that flyer. Show me one that says I’m for Edi, or for this one or that one or for anyone besides Helix and McGallian. Show me ONE honest, independent thinker among the bunch.

misty October 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Edi , you looser try running your business your not ready for the City as we want dedicated lying political folks who rip off our city and can ask for more wasted tax dollars. We already have a looser for a city manager and a loosing council.

Clasping Forehead October 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

129, you are a clumsy troll. Mr. Birsan didn’t change his name. He has used his nickname and his last name the same as the two candidates whom the POA is backing have done. Just as Terry Kremin uses a nickname……you get it yet? The POA’s mailing is true Yellow Journalism at its worst.

Cowellian October 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Needless to say, I didn’t get the flyer, but if I had, it would have gone into the trash, unread, just like all the political flyers that come to my house. I will be so glad when this election season is over.

I’ve met Edi, and although we have several areas where we disagree, I have voted for him in the past. And if I ever ran for office, I’d use the name everyone knows me by, instead of my full legal name. How many other politicians use their middle names in their campaign literature?

Bob Brittain October 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

@149 Misty.
Looser is actually spelled loser, unless you are using it as an adjective such as “looser pants”.
Your, in this instance, should be you’re (contraction of you are).
If I lived in Concord, I would vote Birsan.

IFBB pro big Al October 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I have negative knowledge of this individual. However reading “Distort the truth” coming from the POA??? You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s the pot calling the kettle black.

commoncents October 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

@misty#129 – before you call someone a “looser” make sure you can spell “loser” right. You’re a “maroon” in your spelling meaning “moron” LOLOL!!!!!

@Misty October 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

we get it you are an unhappy city employee.

CHHRISTINE October 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

haha there is a Birsan ad on the upper right side of the main page of Claycord “paid advertisement”. little mixed message going on.

CLAYCORD.com October 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

What’s the mixed message, Christine?

anon October 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Damn! And here I was thinking on moving the Concord to get away from the racist Walnut Creek police. So much for that plan.

Grammar Idiots October 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

#149 Misty, you are illiterate. Loser, not looser. You are not ready or you’re not ready. The rest of the response was just a waste or words….

Richards Family… White is white. Edi is of a mixed heritage and that makes the insinuation of his middle name as ethnic, a racist remark. His middle name is irrelevant. And on #142 it is ad not add!

Other: As for business in Concord, which his business license proves, and no doubt the city gets tax dollars from him. But have you forgotten Helen Allen didn’t even live here?

Disappointed that Bonilla took her stance. I think she should consider and will email her and say so. I encourage others to also. Miller is an old has-been who bobs with the wind; another wasted politician.

See you on the city council Edi.

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This one has really backfired on the POA. Remember in 2010 when the POA backed Leone and he accused several people of stealing his election signs? He even “PURCHASED AN OFFICIAL FINGERPRINTING KIT TO CATCH THE PERPETRATORS”! Ohhhhh, scarey! Fortunately, most of us know the POA means Seenos/Garaventas/aka the cabal.

Personally, I can’t wait until election day to see if Concord voters have finally seen through the political haze in this city. I’ll be thrilled if Edi Ersalesi Birsan is elected!

Then there’s Helix who has raised over $72,000 in campaign funds, and some of the funds came from the Seenos who he has been friends with for over 50 years. Funny that friendship was never brought up when the city appointed Helix Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the development of the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Helix is the one who railroaded the Clustered Village Plan through at the second to last meeting, rather that the smaller Concentration and Conservation Plan the majority of the residents wanted.

Way too much in this city is quietly orchistrated by these special interest groups. I am praying that Concord residents see through this crap and put Birsan in a city council seat. He will really shake things up and that’s what the POA and their backers are afraid of.

anon October 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Bob, did you miss the sarcasm in Misty’s post?

Ken October 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Ed is a wonderful and incredible human being. He serves the community through numerous volunteer projects. He gives selflessly of his time to help the libraries, pick fruit for the food banks, and heads many community service projects for the Rotary Club.

To try and demean someone like this flyer does is unethical, misleading, and demeaning. He speaks poorly of those who created and support it.

G non October 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I wonder if it’s the high ranking people that are mostly running the POA. Because when the budget cuts were being talked for staff and new hires at the city council meeting, they were also talking about raises for the brass until someone spoke up and they adjourned the meeting and that was put on hold.

JCM October 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I wonder what Dan (or should I say Daniel) Helix would have to say about this piece, which has a quote from him.

Concord Cops Calling the Shots, Critics Say

Big slice of budget is seen as payoff for endorsements

Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer

CONCORD – Concord, Contra Costa County’s largest city, is known for its tumultuous politics and for a police union that wields political power like an experienced cop swings a nightstick. But now some complain that the Concord Police Officers Association has used its clout in recent years to hammer its political opponents, secure strong employee benefits for members and sizable funding for the department and serve as a conduit for powerful business interests. “If you can endorse candidates and put them in office, then you can go to them and make certain demands. I think that has happened,” said former mayor and councilman Daniel C. Helix. “I think the police have received outstanding (pay) contracts because of who they support on the council,” said Lou Rosas, a former councilman. “I think we were pretty fair in a lot of areas, but I think in police negotiations it was definitely leaning toward them getting a good contract.” But Concord POA President Robert Erich called allegations that his union is too politically powerful “preposterous,” saying the charges come from frustrated politicians who lost at the ballot box. “The members of our association care very much about this city,” he said. “The Police Department is not an island.” In November’s council election, two of three winning candidates — Helen Allen and Michael Pastrick — were backed by the POA. The only police association- backed candidate who failed to win was Guy Bjerke, who came in fourth. The POA’s political action committee spent $2,482 apiece on printings and mass mailings for Allen, Pastrick and Bjerke. Observers said those mailings had a major effect on the election. Behind the scenes during this year’s race were grumblings over the POA’s power. Daniel E. Helix, a real estate broker and the former mayor’s son, says that the POA mounted a negative campaign against him, including flyers and phone calls to potential voters, when they thought he might win one of the three council seats. Helix said the POA exploited the fact that he is a recovering alcoholic and his past money woes. Erich said the POA never distributed any untrue material. “We did have a mailing that was factual that had to do with financial mismanagement on the part of Mr. Helix that we felt was important for the voters to know about,” Erich said. The elder Helix said that since his time on the council, serving from 1968 to 1976 and as mayor from 1972 to 1974, the POA’s political power has become alarming. “They have certainly enhanced their ability to command a certain percentage of the budget,” the elder Helix said. About 51 percent of Concord’s $45 million general fund budget goes to the Police Department. In recent years the council strongly supported its police force, opening three neighborhood field offices and financing construction of a new police headquarters, which cost approximately $19 million. City workers have also expressed concern over how the POA operates. They feel the city favors the police union in employment contracts. “Our association members are quite concerned that the police get the gravy and we get the crumbs,” said Henry Clarke, general manager of Public Employees Union Local 1, which represents about 200 city employees. Clarke said the police safety retirement plan costs twice as much as the plan that covers nonpolice employees. The contract also allows officers with 20 years of service to retire at age 50 with two-thirds of their salary. Other city employees with 20 years of service who retire at age 50 may only receive one- fourth of their salary. Erich defended the POA’s contract, saying it reflects residents’ concerns about public safety along with the union’s aggressiveness in negotiations. “We do push very hard, of course, for benefits and a salary package that will maintain the good officers we already have and attract good new ones.” The department’s five-step pay scale starts at $3,739 a month and tops out at $5,000 per month. But the police association’s ability to watch out for its own interests is not the only problem, critics say. Clarke and others claim that the POA has strengthened its grip on the council by funneling donations representing area business interests into the campaigns of its favorite candidates. Campaign finance statements filed by the POA between 1993 and 1995 show that the organization received thousands of dollars from groups and individuals representing interests ranging from Garaventa Enterprises, which runs the sanitation firm that contracts with the city, to Bill Graham Presents to Brenden Theatres. Many of these businesses and people connected with them have also made campaign contributions to the same candidates. The council has been pro-business in attempts to revitalize Concord’s downtown, including approval of the new 14-screen Brenden Theatres. “The Concord police association has, quite frankly, received money from builders and so forth who evidently don’t want their names involved that much,” Clarke said. “So they give their money to the police association and the association then gives the money to those candidates who they and their building associates are fond of.” But Erich, who would not release copies of the POA’s private financial records, maintains there is no truth to that charge. Campaign statements for this year do not list the same outside donations. Activities by the POA’spolitical action committee are paid for with donations from the group’s 154 sworn officers, Erich said. Current council members said their decisions are not influenced by whether an individual or group contributes to their campaign. “I’m real proud of the endorsements I got,” said Pastrick. “(But) there are people who support me and give me contributions that I vote against.” Pastrick said that council members support the police well and it has paid off with a safer city. “I think the community benefits from that,” he said. “Four years ago, we were having problems with drive-by shootings, problems with gangs.” In other cities, politicians often seek endorsements from law enforcement groups to strengthen their image with voters. Police say that influence helps them and the community they serve. “It’s the nature of the beast,” said Detective Leonard Orman, president of the Antioch Police Officers Association. “The City Council can have a huge impact on a department, issues of manpower and working conditions.” The Antioch association makes endorsements and contributions that range from $100 to $1,000 per candidate in an election. Campaign expenditures are taken from member dues. Louie Kroll, president of the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, said his union endorses candidates for countywide offices such as judges, district attorney and sheriff. Kroll said the 760-member union usually spends between $1,000 and $2,000 for each candidate.

Carter for Concord October 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Carter for Concord campaign team is extremely disappointed to see continued “dirty politics” at play in our City election. We understand that we can expect as someone who stands up to lead and ask for election as a community advocate that it will be a challenge. However, human character is never more flawed than when others can only reach to their highest by standing on the backs of others to allow themselves to appear more qualified. Such is the driving force we are now facing. Please vote on November 6th – our community needs your input now more than ever.

Democratic Newsletter October 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

In case none of you saw the smear campaign that Edi did against the other candidates it was entitled the “Democratic Newsletter” and came out a couple of weeks ago. The entire thing was made up of poor grammar and smeared all other candidates but Edi and Kumar. Most of this letter was written by Edi to begin with if any of you are familiar with his writing styles. I saw pre write ups prior to this coming out. Most of Edi’s community service works he asked for lots of pictures with this smear campaign in mind. Edi lost my vote when I saw this since I saw he was the author of this newsletter I have never seen before this election.

Vote against Edi and save yourselves. Edi would create large levels of conflict for the city and has no interest in fixing items, just complaining. He creates problems for employees of the city and for the city itself. I personally will not be voting for Edi or Helix but that would be my only recommendation. I do not agree with the games Edi played in the democrat newsletter and would not agree with this flyer as well.

Trace the money. Edi is now seeking to send out more paper to trash other candidates. This is a violation of the fair campaign practices. Please pay attention.

Chris October 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I’m ashamed to say this but I was pretty ignorant of the city council race until that CPOA flier got dropped in my mailbox. Not a fan of bullies, especially ones that get off on trying to play up racial bs with hints that someone’s name is un-American sounding. My wife and I’s vote will be going to Mr. Birsan and our second city council vote will go unused in protest.

Pay attention peasants October 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

This city is run by the Seenos Garaventas and POA. The rest of them ,including Bonilla, take their marching orders from the above mentioned troika. If you don’t like it vote against any candidate endorsed by the Police Officers Association.

Pat October 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM


slagheap October 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

yeah, i got the ridiculous mailer today. i’ll most certainly be voting for ed birsan ( i already have, actually. )

D.V. Guy October 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Edi Birsan is exactly the guy we need in office, he won me over with his extended community service and his positions on reforming the pd’s retirement system and ending LIFETIME MEDICAL CARE FOR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS!!! what a racket!! VOTE Edi Birsan in Nov. is what I say. GO EDI !!!!

Jermy October 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

All these people are idiots. I’m writing in Helan Allen. True scum. What our city needs.

Chuckie the Troll October 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

The Concord Police Officers Association wants “us” to elect people who will do the bidding of the POA. Namely, make no change to the current 3% @ 50 retirement scheme, and I do mean scheme. The cost to Concord for this “benefit” is enormous!

Other cities and counties have already started to confont this issue. And the outcome is always the same…the need to lower the cost to the taxpayer, by either upping the age of retirement or increasing the “contribution” from the employee (police officer). And THAT is why the concord POA has paid for the hit piece.

Anon October 27, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I will be waiting until election day to make my decision now. I was and still am having a hard time in making my decision for these positions. Will wait to see how Edi handles this. POA… This may have backfired on you…

Edi is no saint October 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

In case you folks haven’t read he recent “democratic newsletter” which was also put in voters mailboxes, I’d say Birsan fired the first shot by smearing all the other candidates except for his running mate, Kumar! this piece was paid for and endorsed by Edi Birsan and Kumar!

Since we’re talking about distortion, what’s up with Edi’s running mate, Kumar, posting city council posters with Obama on them??.

Hey Mayor October 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Hey Mayor, just to be fair (because we know you don’t take sides), how about posting the democratic flyer put out by Birsan so people can decide who went negative first.

I’d also like to ask Birsan what was his involvement, exactly, and how much he paid for the democratic flyer…. Lets see if Birsan will be honest with his one

Janet White October 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I was already going to vote for Kumar but I hadn’t decided on anyone else until now. Edi definitely has my vote and I will spread the word to other Concord voters.

BagsFlyFree October 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Who was the genius behind this filth? Voting for Edi B!

Anon October 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I voted for Edi before I saw the flier ( which would not have changed my mind). I voted for him because I met him at the Farmer’s market at Concord High. I was very disappointed that it was going to be shut down. Edi was there getting signatures to fight it’s closure. I was thrilled that he was helping & it worked. I also like the fact that he has a monthly (I think it’s monthly ) poll that asks residents what they think about different things about Concord. At least he is trying to find out what is important to Concords residents.

@ Chuckie the Troll October 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

FYI, the POA’s negotiated 3% at 50 retirement plan is a contract and cannot be changed for current employees. After Jan 1, 2012, new hires will no longer have this retirement formula.

Rob October 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Mr Mayor:

Does the City of Concord issue a “City of Concord Business License” to businesses in San Francisco (or any city other than a business actually in Concord)”?

When the City of Concord issues a Business License – what does the address listed on it have to be? Does it have be the address of the actual business?

Or can it be where someone who owns he business live?

I am very confused about how the City issues a Business License for a business run in another City/

Joe Higby Inc. October 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

This mailer was brought to you by the POA Board of Directors:

President: Joe Higby
Member: Adam Hart
Member: Steve Chiabotti
Member: Ollie Sansen
Member: Tim Elsberry

commoncents October 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Hey 172 – why should he – this was put out by the CPOA, not one of the candidates…

Anon October 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

172 I’d like to know how much the CPOA paid for the childlike flyer they put out on Birsan and the name of ALL who approved it.

Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Here is how it works in Concord:
The Police Officers Association, Seeno the builder and Garaventa the garbage man contribute a lot of money to politicians. They buy big signs. They run for election. They win. They do what they are told.

Very Simple, doncha know.

@ 179 and 180 October 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Why should he??? Well for starters, Edi’s little flyer is quite deceptive in and of itself. That why.

Anon October 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

156 So what are you trying to say? I expect Birsan paid for the ad which is available to all if they are willing to pay. By some of the signage all over town I think if they want to advertise they can afford it.

grant cottam October 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

It was very, very hard to believe that the CPA would be so stupid as to mail anything so obviously racist and distorted as the weird mailer I got from them this week. Did you know that 60% of the Concord General Fund goes for the Popo? They must be terrified that Edi is going to Rock their Boat. My feelings toward Five-0 have taken a major turn for the worse. I know I’m going to cast ONE vote next week. For Edi Birsan. I wish every voter in Concord would read that flier with their eyes wide open and see it for what it is. Edi would win by a landslide.

Adam Henry October 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Well Birsan IS a top-ranked Diplomacy game player, which shows manipulation and deceit are his forte!

ChampagneKitty October 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

to Adam Henry: that was a pretty cheap shot and a stupid thing to say.

Heather October 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The POA may not agree with the Democratic flyer endorsing Birsan, but there was nothing offensive in it. The POA flyer was incredibly offensive and racist, and I will now be voting for only Birsan.

Ancient Mariner October 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

When I look at that picture of you, Edi, all I can think of is:
“Demented Mastermind”.
Not necessarily a bad thing!
If I lived in Concord I’d vote for you (if I were allowed to vote, that is).
Good luck with your campaign!

Concord a Laughing Stock? October 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Within a week, Concord shames itself with a unaniomous council vote in favor of FREE shuttle services discriminating in favor of a specific ethnic group, and then the Concord Police Union puts out a shameless race-baiting attack ad against Edi Bersan.

What are these people thinking? Time to vote out all incumbents, from the city council to the white house.

Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Ah, a few police officers are finally posting comments here. Pretty easy to tell which ones they are… AH

KAD October 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Hey folks, go read the article on Halfway to Concord. Concord cops smear Edi Birsan in latest campaign ad.

Babs October 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

go back and read the CCT, they posted the money that each candidate receives and spends, this is a public record. Edi paid for his signs, that is why you do not see huge Edi signs, for one thing he hates them. And his money tells you, he paid for his personal flyers. It also tells you how much each candidate raised from people in Concord and out of Concord; and money raised from large grps. Example, POA gives a max amount to there endorsed candidates.

Each party pays for their own mailers…ie Rs and Ds. Kumar and Edi recd their endorsements by being interviewed just as Tim was interviewed and then there is vote. Kumar and Edi won the endorsement. I’m pretty sure pension reform was a big deal and how it needs to be addressed.

There are paid for party slate cards. That is why you will see as example, Helix a R on a Demo card.

The POA can pay for their own flyers/mailers. Just like the Ds and Rs.

Usually a candidate approves any flyers/mailers that go out.. Just like Helix and Tim can ok, say the POA flyer/mailer since the POA supports both of them.

The scary part is that companies that have contracts with the city can help their candidate win a seat on the council, who will then vote on their contracts and yes, that includes the POA and Firepeople.

So you have to look at the make up of the city council and who has that support including past elections. Personally, I like a candidate that raises money from individual voters ….

John Hemm October 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I have known Mary Joe Rossi for many years….I sorry to hear that she has taken the “low road” when it comes to politics…I thought better of her to do this “Cheap and unfounded attack on Edi Bisan”. Is it really worth the money they pay you to go fter a decent, loving family man????

anonymous October 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Earlier tonight a found a post on claycord naming the members of the POA’s board. Now I can’t find it. Does anyone know if these are active police officers or retired?

Someone made a good point – if these board members are police officers, their ingestigative skills are very questionable. As a taxpayer and resident of Concord I’d like to know more about who approved the juvenile smear mailer and sent it out. And who paid for it.

Babs October 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Rob, about business licenses….any company doing business in Concord has to have a license even if the business say is headquartered somewhere else.

Example, say you have a business that comes to you to fix a broken window and it’s office is in Walnut Creek but they will come to Concord to fix your car window….they would need a business license in WC and Concord.

That is how it was explained to me, if I’m wrong someone please correct me. I know write an email to the Mayor of Claycord and ask him, he would know and I believe you would trust his answer.

Babs October 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

#197 I would like to know that as well. And where do these cops actually live. It would be interesting to see if these guy actually live in Concord. To mess with our cities politics is something else.

KAD, boy, that was a great article …way to go HALFWAY TO CONCORD, very impressed from the so called ‘right wing”, geez he’s madder than even us Claycord people.

@Babs October 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

That is how I understand it as well. I look under the Contra Costa County ficticious business names & could not find any name or business that is listed on the above posted business license. For the record, I am not in law enforcement, but I have a right to question & feel concerned about Birsan if he is calling himself a Concord business man & he is not. Why would he need to be dishonest about this & it does make me question what else he may not be truthful about! If he is not licensed in the City of Concord, he is not paying taxes, period. It comes off sneaky, & dishonest. Bottom line, I am not comfortable voting for him. And again, just to reiterate, I am not a cop, but an educated voter!

Who is required to be licensed?
All persons or companies conducting business in the City of Concord are required to obtain a business license and to pay the business license tax. This includes commercial landlords, residential landlords (renting four or more units), retail outlets, wholesalers, manufacturers and their representatives, service companies, self-employed professionals, independent contractors and home businesses. If you conduct business in Concord from an office located outside of Concord, you also are required to obtain a business license.

anon October 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM

“Just look at how the CHP is having to step in to help Oakland and Stockton. That means fewer cops on our freeways to stop the rampant gun and drug running that goes on every day.”

WRONG — it will be all on OVERTIME (aka EASY MONEY)

Neutral Observer October 28, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Don’t live in Concord, but this flyer is not racist. That’s stretching it. It IS petty, ill conceived, and lacking tact or much of a point, but racist? Hardly.

OhGoodGravy October 28, 2012 at 7:38 AM

@200, The actual business license for EDI corporation is reprinted above as part of the Mayor’s article. It is labeled BUSINESS LICENSE! Nothing about Ed Birsan is like the insulting adjectives you keep repeating. Your faux-innocent slurge is not working.

They all do it October 28, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Politics are ugly. Period. While I don’t necessarily agree with the flyer, Birsan plays the game just like the others.

While Birsan’s “community outreach” is commendable, it would be a bit more believable if he does so without having to make a “photo op” for the campaign mailers. Remember, “real heroes don’t brag.”

I read the democratic mailer put out by Birsan and Kumar. I know several of the candidates and Birsan was less than forthcoming (to put it nicely) about their qualifications and experience. Birsan also chose some very unflattering photos of some of the other candidates. There are also several misstatements in the flyer. which are meant to dissuade your vote.

Again, this crap is nothing new, but remember, Edi is just like the rest of them. Welcome to the political world! And yes, Edi, is a politician.

Dear@babs October 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Give it a rest . He lives in Concord and he’s a business man. The fact that there is no fictious business license doesn’t mean squat. Totally different issue. This is one of the better attempts to slander the guy, who I dont know anything about and assume is not bought and paid for by the POA and the garbage company. Something new in Concord.

Anon October 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

184 you hit the nail on the head. People of Concord please wake up and vote.

Anon Redux October 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

i am a Republican. I was going to vote for Dan Helix. Not now. I am going to vote for Ed Birsan, and no other candidate.

When Dan Helix was handed the city council position over Ed Birsan in the last election I agreed with the decision, because I believed Ed rambled in the interview and Dan did a better job. But now I see that the City of Concord believes it has its own little mini dictatorship, and I don’t like it.

Partisan October 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I always stand behind the Police and Firefighters, except when it comes to the unions that rule them. In this case, Edi wins my vote merely by being the thorn in the Plutocracy’s side. Big money is small places breeds money pigs. CoCo county is filled to the brim with Money Pigs.

I ams so glad the good people of Claycord saw through the photoshopped representation of Mr. Birsan.

anon October 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I also remember a list of names of the POA board of directors printed in the comments yesterday. It’s even weirder that it’s gone now. I recognized one of those names from the school daze. Imagine my surprise that it was the name of someone that all the old school chums gossipped about as having joined the Oakland PD and was just loving it. Or was that his twin brother? One things for sure, they were violent little thugs way back when. No one was surprised at their Oakland PD career turn. To think these twirps are running this town is very disturbing. Why were the names erased? Are they now embarassed at being on the Board of Directors of the POA? Are they trying to hide? Deceive?

I'm sure Ed changed from Edi.... October 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

to avoid confusion with legendary terrorist dictator and cannibal Idi Amin Kumar may want to do the same to avoid identification with “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle”

Antler October 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

One hopes that Police Chief Guy Swanger will make a statement concerning this matter…..immediately.

Killjoy October 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM

To @Babs at post #200.

If you go to the top of this story, you will see a copy of Ed’s Concord Business License. It’s pretty clear he not only does business in Concord, but he loves the city itself.
He goes to Library book sales. He cleans up litter on the streets, and he cleans up graffiti.
Seriously, who if not this man, would you want trying to help the city of Concord?
I don’t live in Concord, but I do work in Concord.
If I lived there, Ed would certainly get my vote!

worth noting... October 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

worth noting: that the only public response from either POA-endorsed candidate has been: “i didn’t send it out, the POA did”… not “yes, it was inappropriate and offensive”; “i do not stand behind the content”; or “…because of it, i’ll rescind my association and remove the POA-badge graphic down from my website and FB page”… a fairly weak response imho and both candidates as of this morning are still pimping the POA endorsement.

anonymous October 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

If you believe in Ed send him a check. He can’t fight the Seeno/Garaventa/POA money alone! I am putting my money where my mouth is and sending a check this week. If he’s willing to fight the powers who have run Concord for so many years, the least I can do is support him financially.

Casey October 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Important Message from a Concord Resident – Beware of Policemen Who Distort the Truth. This message is not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.

Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

#197, Yes, they are all active police officers at CPD. There are no retired officers on the POA board.

Kona October 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM


I think you have made some generalizations about the permit process in Concord. Just think if everyone doing business in Concord from outside the city limits needed a business permit; I don’t think so. He is licensed by the city, he has a current license! A license fee, not tax is determined by a percentage of business income. You state that Mr. Birsan isn’t paying taxes, how do you deduct that?
Finally, twice you had to tell Claycord that you’re not a police officer, what’s up with that

Politics are Funny October 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Have you guys seen the funny Fed Ex commercial about politics. Ya gotta laugh at this stuff. All sides do it. It’s politics. I think it’s funny how Ed or Edi puts his signs on top of or in front of the opponents signs. Kind of like he is “dominating” them or being the “guy on top.” Very funny if you ask me.

Scoots October 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

They picked a photo that looks like it’s from the “Megan’s Law” website. That’s dirty pool!

Yeah... October 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM

It’s not borderline racist – it’s the regular kind of racist.

The point of the mailer is to make Edi sound foreign and therefore “unAmerican”. If his middle name was “Jake” they never would have claimed he was hiding it. It’s only because he has a foreign and specifically middle-eastern sounding name that they bring it up. So yeah, completely racist.

They get bonus points on the jerkiness scale for bringing up the Castro Street address….super lame….

Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Support higher garbage rates.Support developers. Dont vote for Edi. He has a foreign sounding name and a business address in the Castro district and we all know about that.

Obama October 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Stand Down. Stand Down! (I love saying those words!). I’m Just glad my buddy, Kumar, got my good side for his posters. Nope. No deceiving there. Nothing to see here. Move along..

ChampagneKitty October 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

to #219: Edi does not put campaign signs where they are not wanted. He gets permission from the property owner first. That is why there aren’t nearly as many of Edi’s signs as those of Helix and McGallian.

to Anon Redux #208: It is no secret that Edi is a Democrat and is active in the party. He is also open-minded and likes to hear different points of view. He actually has friends and supporters who are Republicans or other non-Democrats. So I’m not surprised to hear you’re voting for him and you won’t be the only Republican. 🙂

J. October 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

E.D.I., Inc. is a Corporation.

Corporations don’t file local F.B.N.S. (Fictitious Business Name Statements); Corporations are already Registered with the Secretary of State (S.O.S.); F.B.N.S. would be redundantly redundant.

Personally, I think Edi should immediately do a change-of-address with the SOS showing a Concord address for EDI, Inc. IMHO, Edi is legally required to have a registered agent with a physical address (no post office box) in the state of incorporation. You cannot act as the registered agent for your business if you only have a post office box or a private mailbox. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important documents as they are delivered.

The POA piece is a smear, but Edi does not have totally clean hands; but things can be cleaned up in a jiffy.

WithOut Hesitation October 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Edi had my vote, Edi still has my vote … Now it’s my only vote.

JCM October 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Let us look at the facts:

1.Dan Helix gave this quote regarding the Concord Police Association during a story in the San Francisco Chronicle. “If you can endorse candidates and put them in office, then you can go to them and make certain demands. I think that has happened,” said former mayor and councilman Daniel C. Helix.”

2.Dan Helix’s real name is Daniel, he is not using his full name on the offician ballot.

3. Dan Helix did not put his old age on the official campaign pack sent out by the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder. Is is because he doesn’t want people to know he’s so old?He is not being trustworthy.

4. Tim McGallian’s real name is Timothy, he is not using his full name.

5. Did POA check where Tim McGallian “registers” some of his business interests? Are his business associations all in good standing in their “registered” state of Texas?



6. Joseph Higby is the president of the police association. He does not live in Concord. He lives far away from Concord. Why does he have any say in how we vote in Concord?

I am doing more research and will be back soon for more.


jtkatec October 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You go, JCM. Keep it coming

Rob October 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

So – the guy has a City of Concord business license – would that not mean that he does business in Concord?

If the City of Concord is issuing business licenses for people doing business in San Francisco – I think San Francisco would have some questions for the City of Concord – wouldn’t they?

tiny tim October 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

To all of you who are wondering how the list of POA board members disappeared – – -duh. How do you think? Who has control of the comments?

It doesn’t matter where the officers live and has nothing to do with voting. Higby is the president of the POA board, and he and the other 4 members of the Board control the entire membership.

This is the same group that went to the Council behind the backs of the members to get Captain Downing ousted.

CLAYCORD.com October 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

@Tiny Tim, the list is still there, just look a little harder. And nobody outside of Claycord has control of the comments.

RunnerDope October 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

>> @Tiny Tim, the list is still there, just look a little harder.

Post #102.

commoncents October 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

@211 – good one!!!!

@JCM 227 October 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You’re on a roll! Thanks for the time you’re investing so all of us can learn the facts. I’m looking forward to more. BOOOOOOOOOO–HISSSSS POA Board.
P.S. I think Edi’s great!

La masa October 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I see Campaine Kitty is on the raise once again and out of her hole. How is it CK in the a%$ of the city manager!

Equal Rights October 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Why in the photo does his eyes look like rat?

ChampagneKitty October 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

to La masa: If you’re going to criticize me, make sense first and learn to spell.

Screwy Louie October 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

My 10 year old nephew just walked up.
I showed him Edi’s Business License and asked him what city the business is located in.
He looked at it for 3-4 seconds….”Concord”
If the POA needs a fact checker, Kevin needs an after school job.

Police officers that can’t read licenses……Really?!?!?!?!?

Atticus Thraxx October 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Cierra la boca La masa! Déjala, no puedes hacerlo. Or something like that.

resident October 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

This speaks volumes for the Concord Police Association – you should be ashamed! You couldn’t come up with anything better? You have my vote Ed!

Seal October 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yes Atticus–that makes no sense at all.

Anon October 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Makes me wonder how the officers are able to do their job since it involves reading drivers license. I am so dissappointed especially since the majority probably don’t live in Concord.

Antler October 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Do NOT try to carve a pumpkin and watch the World Series at the same time 😉

JDK October 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I found this attack piece to be extremely offensive. I know Edi well, and I don’t care one bit what his stepfather’s name was (the name he took to honor the man who raised him) or the fact that the billing for his corporate records go to San Francisco’s Castro district.

I feel that the POA (and their puppet master Mary Jo Rossi) steeped to a new low in Concord politics with this disgusting piece of trash. I found it to be racist, xenophobic, and homophobic.

I have not always agreed with Edi on issues, but he has ALWAYS been wiling to listen and discuss the issues. He has made some enemies because he is honest and speaks his mind, but I would much rather have someone telling me how he thinks and what he plans to do than someone who says one thing and does something entirely different. I do not trust Helix and by extension that causes me to question his “running mate” McGallian.

So if the worst that they could find on Edi is that his business treasurer lives in the Castro and that he has a foreign sounding middle-name, that tells me they are scared. Why not be honest and say the real reason the POA is behind the fliers: Edi can’t be bought.

My vote and financial support are definitely with Edi.

(And yes, I know him as Edi… It’s not like he is ashamed of or has hidden his name from anyone. Truly a stupid reason to attack someone.)

Claycord? Really? October 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Edi the traffic control freak and his thug mug shot, Kumar and his buddy Harold ganging with Barack Hussain Obama, Daniel the Old Fart or Dan the Man or whatever sandbox Little Timmy wants to play in or whatever Tiny Tim’s Tulips get tip toed…ALL the candidates have warts and none of them deserve the position. OR maybe they do!

I always thought Concord was a step or 2 above the critical thinking baseline. After seeing what “THE MAYOR”, who has to be a repressed self indulgent wanna be, has decided to post for his own political gain and notoriety, this site, it’s moderators and those who have posted should all be ashamed. If the 230 odd posts is representative of Concrod core- then you posters derserve the lower level ego chasers for Concord City Council.

Sure, by nature, politics is subjective and muddy. PAC, SuperFUNDs and wealthy donors have the where with all to excite you emotionally immature
to post hate and predudicial claycord blogs.

Find time to hug your significant other, change your own life, travel abroad, OPEN YOUR EYES CLAYCORD and LIVE. Change happens in an open system, not the closed minds of those who would represent Concord on this site.

Antler October 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

OOPS! Sorry for #243. Thought I was over on Whatever.

Anon October 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

This certainly backfired on Mary Jo Rossi big time. Can’t ask that the flyers be returned.

ClaycordAnon October 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

@POA is a POS The POA has a Facebook page that you can tell then where to go. I defriended the POA because of the hit piece.

anonymous October 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Notice how eerily quiet it is on “the dark side”. No comment from Helix, McGallion, or any city council members. No worthwhile comment from the POA or CPD. Are they huddling or are they just hoping it will all go away?

I am curious to see if the Times and TV stations will pick up on this Monday.

Ancient Mariner October 28, 2012 at 8:01 PM

It’s actually a bad idea for an officer to live in the town where he works.
If you’re in a typical, midwestern-style, town-surrounded-by-farmland community, then you have no choice. But living in this vast conurbation, it’s smart for an officer to live a couple of towns over. A lot of SFPD officers live in Novato, for example.
Two reasons: revenge by those who have a beef against the officer; and neighbours who want the officer to be their personal street security guard (“This guy parks in front of my driveway – you’re a cop, so do something about it!”). In other words, they want free extra police services from their off-duty next-door neighbour.
So it doesn’t bother me that local police officers live out of town. Not a big deal.

john hemm October 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

JDK….I agree with you! A lot of good post’s tonight.

Feckin Irish Mouse October 28, 2012 at 8:28 PM

#245 – if you don’t like what is on Claycord then get off and don’t read it……….and you are the pot calling the kettle black as you are saying nothing can be accomplished by post on Claycord thus you must not be accomplishing anything…………..IDIOT!!!!!!!!
As for the POA yes the are running scared………Poll numbers a couple of weeks ago for their hand pick candidate Helix and McGallian were not good and they do not have a real lead………….Edi is right there with them………….POA is crapping their tights over this.

Mayor? October 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Mayor, are we going to see Birsan’s “hit-piece” he manufactured on the other candidates posted on this blog? Like has been said previously, Birsan’s hands certainly aren’t clean

Attention POA October 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If I were running the POA I would consider manning up and saying “We’re sorry. We made a mistake.” This would be a good idea because this has so back fired and there is a good chance you are going to have a serious enemy on the Council.

Probably the President of the POA ought to offer his resignation. Those things happen when there is a major screw up. Gives the opposition a small victory and a chance to start over.

Note that with the exception of a few lunatics who hate cops, most of the posters were not bad mouthing CPD, but the POA, which looks arrogant.

There is such a thing as pushing your power a little too far. I think the members of the Council will probably make an effort to show they are not under your control and you may not like it. Pesky politicians don’t always stay bought…

ChampagneKitty October 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM

to Attention POA #254: Thank you for pointing out that all of our revulsion of the POA does not mean we are anti-police, at least for most of us. That’s how I feel. I myself attended Concord P.D.’s Citizens Police Academy earlier this year and got to learn a lot about what the police do and even went on a ride-along. I would recommend the Academy for any citizen who would like to get to know the police better. Most of them are good working people. And I will also say that I like Chief Guy Swanger.
On the other hand, POA president Joe Higby and his cronies…have lost the respect of many people. He needs to a) apologize to an awful lot of people; and b) grow up.

anonymous October 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Claycord? Really? #245,

Fortunatly, what you see posted on this site/thread is the voice of the voters. I am thrilled that they are waking up to the snow job they have been fed for the past several years. Taxpayers are sick of the “cabal” running this town and we may be headed for some welcome major changes.

I can’t wait until election day to see if Ed Birsan will be our new city council member.

No Excuses October 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Unfortunately I fear that the machine is just too strong, and Edi will come in third in a two man race. If I am wrong, and he gets one seat, he will be little more than a pariah on this inbred – POA/Garaventa/Seeno – board for at least two more years, until even more changes can be made.

Anonymous October 29, 2012 at 6:57 AM

I wouldn’t worry too much about poster 245 . This is ,sadly , probably some poor soul with mental issues.Notice the different thoughts and attacks put together in a jumble. You can read the post a few times and see dripping hatred , but not much else. She needs some help.

anonymous October 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM

@ No Excuses,

I think this is a turning point for Concord. The POA (and whoever’s money is behind this) showed their true colors with this hateful mailer. We now know we can’t trust the POA’s endorsements, although many of us knew this 2 years ago with Leone. Either the voters stand up for Ed Birsan and what the general public really wants, or they will allow the POA/Garaventa/Seeno to retain control. Ed is strong and two years will go quickly. I know I will vote for Ed.

This is what we don’t want to see and could very well happen: If Helix wins he could retire at any time. Then the city council will “appoint ” another candidate of their choice, and you know it will likley be one of their buddies. Even if this happens, I’m still willing to fight for change.

Racist October 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The business question is a legitimate issue. The name thing is racist. Disgusting.

mike mac October 29, 2012 at 8:21 AM

VOTE for ED!!!!!

The municipal unions are afraid of him, as they should be.

Jim October 29, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Most of Ed’s plans are ok with me…I thnk he’s off on the development part…WAY OFF as we need more taxes and adding homes certainly does that, by adding families and adding to the sales core…you can’t keep progress out and delaying only helps delay recovery…and Concord needs recovery before it all looks like the monument corridor…Ed seems to have a pretty good beed on everything else…I too was on the fence but want to thank the POA for helping me get over it into Ed’s yard…much appreciated

Stater of the Obvious October 29, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The PLeasant HIll POA is just as bad. I’m getting bombarded with mailers from their douchebag candidate Ken Carlson, featuring an armed robber in a ski mask…its daytime and the guy has a flashlight too. MORONS!

Carlson wants me to believe that Pleasant HIll is West Oakland and I need to vote for him to keep PH safe. F**K HIM. He just wants a BIG FAT PENSION!!!


Howard K Mullins III October 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

If Edi should win and the rest of the “good ol’ boys club” remains, Edi will be the lone voice of reason on the council. You’ll see a lot of 4-1 votes.

Edi needs to be the crack in the block of the “in crowd” that runs, and ruins, this city.

The City needs more diverse voices than it has now.


LorieStories October 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Geeze Mayor, Hate the man that much?

CLAYCORD.com October 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

@LorieStories, What?

Karen October 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Well, it takes a lot of _alls on the POA’S side to write such slander. It’s clearer than ever that Edi Birsan is a big threat to the P.O.A. Police Officers Association, as well to the current city council. I’m a business owner and a resident in the Of Concord, for the past 28 years and from what I have experienced in the past four plus years, is that the P.O.A owns the current and that past city council. Both parties are self serving. They don’t care about the City Of Concord. They serve themselves and not the City of Concord.
Edi Birsan is just the beginning what the City Of Concord needs. I personal know Edi Birsan and he is truly service of above self. I encourage every citizen of Concord to vote for Edi Birsan.
It’s time to shake up and shake out the self serving…

Billy October 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Birsan claims to be a demorat. Aren’t they supposed to stand tall with the unions??? I’m confused

One Vote for Ed Birsan October 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Remember to cast only ‘one’ Vote for Ed Birsan to increase his chance of winning!

Attention POA October 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Did a little count of all the posts. Looks like about three support the POA , six are written by out right loons and the rest blast the POA. Even assuming some people write multiple times, I have never seen a more one sided expression of disgust about an issue on Claycord.

Whats the POA going to do, keep stonewalling, or apologize? We will see how adroit the leadership is. Lots of good will towards the PD going down the drain.

ChampagneKitty October 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

LorieStories, what are you talking about???

tiny tim October 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

To “Stater of the Obvious” #264 – Carlson is a motor officer with CPD, not PH.

jtkatec October 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I wrote a little email directly to the Concord POA. I so hope I get a response.

Nik October 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

What I know as FACT:

I’ve personally known Ed Birsan for 25 years. The only variation of his name used in that time has been Ed vs. Edi. If he chose to only use Birsan, it was a decision made LONG before the glimmer of candidacy.

He has operated a business from his Concord home, where he has lived for that entire 25 years. Although the POA seems slanted against him, he’s worked very hard to retain Concord Police satellite offices that service high crime areas.

He’s been far more involved in this community than most City Council members. Just one of the many examples of his dedication are the countless days he personally spends helping people glean their produce when they’re not able to do it themselves. He’s fought for the wellbeing and economic success of Concord residents for many years, without any the glory that comes with the elected title.

These are things I know as absolute FACT.

Longtime Concord Resident October 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

My vote goes to Edi Birsan for his work & concern about the issues in Concord. The POA made a serious mistake with their expensive flyer. George Miller & Susan Bonilla have lost my vote based on their platforms, which are not in the interest of tax paying citizens.

Job Creator October 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

for all those of you who have never created a job or a company…

if the formation of your business is as sole proprietor or basic partnership you do not need to register with the state – all you need is a basic biz license from the city or cities in which you conduct business. only if conduct biz under a different name than that of your company are you required to file a fictitious business name with the county.

if you incorporate (C corp, S corp, LLC, LLP, etc.) you must register with the state. the application merely asks for an address that will be of public record – one where official and legal docs can be sent. IT IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE THE ACTUAL ADDRESS OF THE COMPANY, ANY OF ITS OFFICES OR ITS OWNERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, ETC. in fact most corporations use what is called an agent for service of process – someone whose been contracted by the company to receive and notify the company that something has been received.

Edi has done everything legally required by both the city of concord and the state of CA.

For police personnel to say otherwise is F’ing scary! Glad I moved out of the hood that concord has become.

No Excuses October 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Stick this in the POA’s eyes: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5222/docs/Copy%20of%20ACEP%20List%20April%202008.pdf

E.D.I., Inc. has for many years been in the business of supplying shipping container(s) that at any given time could be being used and moved around the world. No law says Birsan needs to keep one at home to use his home address as his business address. He can make income from his business while: helping the library, picking fruit, and keeping a close eye on his town—whose real name, by the way, is Todos Santos, but has used the nickname of Concord since about 1900 or so!

rich eber October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

As a friend and busuiness associate of Edi Birsan, I know him as a decent, honest guy who is worthy of holding public office. Perhaps these are not attributes the POA holds to be valuable as they seem to think that anyone they don’t control is an enemy. Such a notion is right out of the Richard Nixon playbook. Look what it got him? Hopefully such sleeze will not dominate the city council election next week.

Ryan October 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

@ Anon777:

“I ignore these mailers (which are KILLING OUR TREES)”

If you’re that concerned about the environment, wouldn’t throwing them in the recycling bin instead of the trash make better sense?

Terrence October 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I got this flyer. Although I don’t agree with it, I still think Birsan is a goof and a loon and I won’t be voting for him. He may be a good community organizer but that doesn’t make him a good leader (refer to our president)

Kumar also looks like a goof with a campaign poster of him with Obama. Just keepin’ it real.

Stay classy Concord

J. October 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Halfway-to-Concord has a lengthy piece today.

Ellen October 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I left a voice mail message on the CPOA. I am ashamed of the low life tactics of their mailer. I left my phone number on the message, as well. I will not hide behind any anonimity when it comes to standing up for what is right and pointing a critical finger at what is wrong. I met Edi Birsan over 3 years ago at a senior expo, he was very curious as to what businesses and non-profits were doing for seniors in our community. He was sincerely interested in knowing about what the citizens of Concord needs and wants were. In the last 3 years I have be in the presence of Mr. Birsan 4-5 times, each time he was at a function in the role of a community volunteer. (Never did I see any CPOA members reaching out to the maginalized and neediest of Conocrd’s residents.)
I am furious about what the Concord POA has done. WE pay the salaries of every officer that has supported this negative, mistruth. THEY must be held accountable. I want an appology. NOW

Antler October 31, 2012 at 5:18 AM

I hope this thread will continue to be displayed in the side bar to the left of the page. The issue is ongoing, and there has been no retraction and apology by the Police Officer’s Association.

SG November 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I’m not sure if it was mentioned but corporations have what is called a “notice of server” address. This is the Corp. Contact address for the IRS, lawsuits, etc. I own an incorporated business in the county. I have a business license in the county. However, if you look up my corporations address it will show that we can be reached in Solano county. This is my accountants address who agreed to handle all tax/legal issues for me.

If the idiots at the POA knew this was common, they wouldn’t have an angle.

Yes on 32 in 2014!

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