Residents Encouraged to Apply for Openings on Concord’s Boards & Commissions

November 17, 2012 8:00 am · 30 comments

The Concord City Council encourages residents to apply for openings on the Community Services Commission, Design Review Board, Personnel Board and Planning Commission. Deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

The Community Services Commission is comprised of up to nine members. This recruitment is for three members and two alternates. The commission reviews funding requests, advises the City Council on the allocation of General Fund monies for human services and the expenditure of Federal Community Development Block Grant monies for programs and projects, monitors the performance of funded programs, and identifies housing, neighborhood, and social service needs within the community. Five members are selected by their fellow Commissioners to serve on the Mt. Diablo Health Care District Grant Committee to review that Committee’s funding requests. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Manager’s Conference Room located at 1950 Parkside Drive. Members may be required to meet more often in the spring.

The Design Review Board is comprised of five members; three design professionals, one public member and one member of the Planning Commission. This recruitment is for two design professionals. The board reviews the design of any development for which design review is required by City ordinance and any matter referred to the board by the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator or Planning Manager. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Permit Center Conference Room located at the Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive.

The Personnel Board is comprised of five members. This recruitment is for two members. The board receives and hears appeals and grievances, and as directed by Council, conducts hearings on personnel matters, gathers information and data, and provides written reports of findings. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

The Planning Commission is comprised of five members. This recruitment is for three members. The commission reviews developments, tentative subdivision maps, use permits, and rezoning applications as well as administers the City’s General Plan document. Applicants must be residents of Concord. The commission meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive. The meetings are televised live on Channel 28 (Comcast) and Channel 29 (Astound).

Applications may be obtained at the City Management Offices, 1950 Parkside Drive, or requested by calling 925-671-3495.

{ 30 comments }

1 AnotherAnon November 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM

OK, all you complainers, now’s your opportunity to make a difference in how things are done in Concord. If you aren’t happy with the way your money is being spent, or the way fences are built, or the way roadways are paved and striped, or any of a multitude of other complaints, now is your opportunity to step up to the plate and do something. Of course, the EASY route is to just be a Monday morning quarterback and complain; it takes a bit more intestinal fortitude, otherwise known as GUTS, to work at a solution. Now’s your chance.

2 Contra Costa Taxpayer November 17, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Do board members still receive free healthcare for life?

3 GD98 November 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

My magic 8 ball says that zero people who run off at the neck about public employees will apply.

4 ChampagneKitty November 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

to Contra Costa Taxpayer: No, and they never did. Serving on a board or commission is a volunteer thing. Quit making stuff up. It is city councilmembers who receive lifetime medical benefits after serving for 5 years.

to GD98: I agree with your magic 8 ball. Also, almost none of them watch or attend city council meetings.

5 Randome Task November 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

lol really it sounds like the council made this up to do their work for them ….another subsection fof a subsection of a referendum ….to establish rederic for and there must be present to administer the aformentioned so we the council can sit on our butts and collect while you the hired dirty workers get nothing but the proud payment of helping us out and making it possible for us to take vacations and take the needed time to make our secret moves and ballots to further our gain ….please apply now

6 Be a bitchy critic or be a doer November 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.” T. Roosevelt 1894

7 9 deuce daisy November 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Goin for it.

8 ChampagneKitty November 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Randome Task, you are not making any sense. All cities and counties have boards and commissions. City councils and Boards of Supes cannot do everything.

For example, Babs and I are library commissioners. We represent Concord at the library commission meetings. It only meets every 2 months. There is no pay or any kind of health care benefits involved. What we get out of it is the opportunity to be up on all the library news, sharing information with other commissioners, the city we represent, our Friends of the Library group, and the public. It’s like being an ambassador. Why do we do this? Because we care. The only “perk” is networking opportunities. So knock it off with the cynicism.

9 ChampagneKitty November 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Very well said, AnotherAnon #1

10 Howard K Mullins III November 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

While serving the city as a volunteer sounds interesting, why would I want to spend my free time associating with people who embrace a lifestyle I detest?

A wanna be politician is just like a politician but without the notoriety.

Not that that all politicians are horrible people, it that they are a group of people I care to associate with.

I am fairly sure none of them would care to associate with me as well and justifiably so.

11 Nature Lover November 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

#5 Randome Task. Please take the time to learn how to write and spell. There is no such word as “rederic.” Did you mean “rhetoric”?

12 Are you all talk? November 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Let’s see if all the people that come here and whine and moan step up. Here is ONE opportunity to do something!

Already I read excuses from others complaining about why they CAN’T do something. Ha, Everyone is all talk….

13 Babs November 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Howard, we work on the library commission to make it better for the citizens of Concord, which include my granddaughters. I have no other reason. And there are a lot of people who do the same type of work.

I do not understand your attitude. If you can’t stand us or this city, why do you live here? Your attuitude is what brings people and cities down. Think about it, you are a destroyer. If you do not like this city, or state, please feel free to move on. And I don’t want to hear about any excuses why you can’t move, because it just shows you aren’t be truthful. Move you can make it work.

14 Anon November 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

What board controls whether my neighbor can grow pot? I’d like to save the value of my home before I move out.

15 Howard K Mullins III November 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Bab’s my comments were directed at politicians and those who volunteer for these boards who use them to elevate their status amongst the politicians.

My comments were not directed at you or your work. I know you, you know me, we have spoken privately.

My argument is not with the people who do good for the community. So far the only good politician I know is Ed. He has all of my support.

As for my leaving, politicians are the same everywhere, not just this town but in Craig, CO and Minot, ND. There are a lot of good people in every community who could do a lot more good for their communities than the clowns voted in. But they don’t get involved because politics is a filthy game. I am delighted to see Ed in the game, he has the strength of character to hold onto his values. He will vote for the peoples interest. I hope the other council members follow his lead.

I can hate politicians anywhere, I like the weather here.

16 wendy November 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

To Howard K Mullins III – we shall see how long Ed “holds onto his values” and how long he “will vote for the peoples’ interest”. He will need to change his antagonistic ways toward the City employees and PD before council members will “follow his lead”. He can’t go in like a bull-in-a-China shop; he has to ease into the position and “play nice” before anyone will listen to him.

He is coming in on the backlash of the POA’s dirty campaign against him, so he needs to tread lightly in order to get people on his side, especially his fellow council members and the staff. None of them backed him, so he has a tough row to hoe.

17 Busty Poser November 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Unless you already serve on a “lower level” city commission, don’t waste your time. A few years ago I applied for one of these openings and was interviewed by the City Council (those who bothered to show up), and was told that I needed to start “at the bottom” before moving up to Design Review or Planning Commission. My volunteer positions in other areas (youth leagues, school boards, and church / community service projects) weren’t good enough to qualify me for consideration.

18 Concord1963 November 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

@wendy:

What exactly is your position with the city?

Years ago my mother-in-law was on the airport commission – back when Boggess (sp?) was around. Although she found the meetings dry and mostly boring, she felt she was doing a good thing for Concord and never missed a meeting; bringing what she could to the group.

19 wendy November 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

To Concord 1963 – no position with the City – just observations with inside knowledge.

20 Babs November 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Wendy, could you give an example of Edi and city employees. I have never heard of any incident with Edi abusing a city employee, actually just the reverse. And as far as the council, Edi will prob bring up issues that need to be addressed but the current council would love to avoid. I know he would like to see our employees paid more fairly and have benefits espc at the part time level.

As far as Planning Commission and Design, those are treated diffently because people on those need experience in those fields. They are very highly technical stuff they have to deal with, like true professinals in that field. Plus, I think most people do think that is the place to start to move up to city council.

It’s like the Tresurer position, do you really want just anyone is that position…how do you know they can even balance their own checkbook????

21 B November 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Few years back I was asked to apply for the design review position, after some thought I did, I was the highest qualified person who applied, the interview went great, but I wasn’t to be controlled by anyone, made it clear that I belong to no political party and will say things as I see them, thank God they did not pick me. It is a dirty business.

22 Mimi (original) November 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I served on the Human Services commission in Sunnyvale eons ago…think it’s time to serve again…after all, I’ve been here for 20 + yrs, it’s time. See u at the board and/or council meetings!!

23 ChampagneKitty November 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

That’s wonderful, Mimi! I’m sure you’ll see Edi, Babs or myself sometime soon. Edi has been on Concord’s Community Services Commission but is required to resign now that he’s been elected to city council.

24 Mimi (original) November 18, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Thanks, CKitty! Looking forward to it!

25 Anonymous November 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

ChampagneKitty,
Are you on the Concord Community Services Commission?
What is the term required for service. Thanks.

26 ChampagneKitty November 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

to Anonymous #25: No, I am not on the Concord Community Services Commission, I am on a different one. The Community Services term is for four years.

27 60426 November 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I regularly attend the Planning Commission and Design Review Board meetings and unless the incumbents fail to reapply don’t waste your time even thinking about applying. The council selection history seldom replaces a sitting committee member.

I know nothing about what the Community Services Commission and Personnel Board does. So go ahead and submit your application.

28 Feckin Irish Mouse November 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Gee Wendy do you think maybe, just maybe Edi wasn’t back by other council members because those council members are bought and paid for by Seeno, Garaventa and the POA. Mr Shinn supported Edi but he’s isn’t owned by anyone other than Mrs Shinn (had to get that in there Bill). So Wendy whatever “inside knowledge” you have is crap………..
Mimi – glad you are thinking of stepping up to the plate. There is always a need for new blood on the commissions/committees.

29 Randome Task November 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM

wow see that is the problem at hand why should anyone who was elected have to form to what all the others are doing …why should they have to kiss butt and get in line …..this IS ..the problem cant believe someone actually said that ……when we sit and follow the others …nothing changes

30 George van richt November 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The design review board is a big joke. It doesn’t feel right that this board tells you what color or what split faced cinder blocks you can have. Peter Harmon was a real fruit on that board and so was a landscape archtect named Ross. What a bunch of wannabes who never built a dog house or would never know where to start.

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