11 Concord Residents File Papers to Run for Concord City Council

August 6, 2014 · 122 comments

City of Concord

At least 11 candidates are running for the three open spots on the Concord City Council, according to City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER (3 OPENINGS)

Ronald E. Leone
Harmesh Kumar
Patrick Hogoboom
Tim Grayson
Samuel Colvin
Brent Trublood
Laura Hoffmeister
Terry Kremin
Vernon Kurpieski
Adam Foster
Nicholas T. Lynch

Candidates must be registered voters at their current residence in the City of Concord, citizens of the United States, 18 years of age or older, and not disqualified from holding office by the constitution or laws of the State.

The period for filing nomination papers for the council runs until August 8, 2014.

Candidates are asked to make an appointment with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers.

For more information about the nomination and election process, candidates may contact City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman at (925) 671-3495 or visit the City of Concord website at http://www.cityofconcord.org.

1 WC August 6, 2014 at 8:08 AM

How much does it pay and what are the benefits?

2 Connie Dobbs August 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Go Hogoboom!

3 Embarrassed August 6, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Geez, Patrick Hogoboom sure needs to clean up his Facebook page. Either that or restrict it so the public can’t see it and create a separate one for his campaign. But he sure isn’t going to earn any votes with what he’s got now.

4 anon August 6, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Can I get a free pass on BART for the rest of my life ????????????????/

5 LocalGirl August 6, 2014 at 8:41 AM

@Embarrassed .. I agree with you. He could be a great guy, and perhaps make a great council member, but his current page isn’t showing any professionalism at all.

6 I'm just saying.... August 6, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I hope they test them to see if they can balance a checkbook and a budget and live within their means.

7 Kerdawg August 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Bananas for Foster! Adam Foster is a great guy, really happy to see him join this race!

8 Buster August 6, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Hers is my list of those that would never get my vote.
Harmesh Kumar
Patrick Hogoboom
Samuel Colvin
Brent Trublood
Vernon Kurpieski
Samuel Colvin
Adam Foster

9 Dorothy August 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Good point @#6 But I don’t think it’s part of the requirements unfortunately.

10 How about simply August 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

don’t vote for any incumbent?

Get some new people on the council, more representative of the people of Concord.

11 Killjoy August 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

A perfect opportunity to get rid of Ron Leone. Don’t let this one slip past you!

12 Concord Guy August 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

It is my view that Hogoboom is doing Concord voters a big favor. I have reviewed his Facebook page, and it is patently clear that he is unqualifed to be a Concord City Council member. I hope he doesn’t take his FB page down. All Concord voters should see it.

13 Michelle August 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Good question, what are the benefits and how much do they get paid?

14 Owl Lady August 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

As for the benefits, the new council members won’t get the free ride of lifetime medical coverage after 5 years of service. That was decided a few weeks ago. The existing council members will, however, continue to be eligible for this ridiculous benefit.
I agree – get rid of the incumbents – we don’t need to continue having our city run by a bunch of corrupt criminals. This is our chance to make a change!!

15 94598 August 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Its only been a couple of years, but apparently concord is cracking down on applicants from Sacramento?
Since our councilwoman of Sacramento- I don’t see any other out-of-city applicants.

16 jtkatec August 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

How About Simply is right on the mark.

Incumbents are career politicians, been on the City Council for numerous years.

After a while, they just care more about the job and limelight, then serving the public.

17 CheechNchong August 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Pat Hogoboom will be the best city council member in Concord history. Future Concord Hall of Fame member.

18 Noj August 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Laura Hoffmeister has proven that she loves our city. One of the hardest working people for our city in my opinion.

19 fyi August 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

if you vote Tim Grayson in again, he will get lifetime benefits.

20 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

To all new City Council candidates… Please setup websites, blogs, and/or twitter accounts that outline how you will better serve the city than the two incumbents running for their “lifetime benefit” second term, or the third incumbent whose held a seat for 17+ years and counting. What tough choices will you make to build our tax base, protect our streets, and improve our infrastructure to compete in the Bay Area for the next 4 years?

BFF Out!!

21 Anyone know.... August 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Colvin and Lynch?

Trublood and Turner are my favorites, at least they show up and talk to people and have good ideas.

22 @Buster August 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

better never post about being unhappy with Concord. We will remember that you want the same people in charge.

23 MrDioji August 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

@jtkatec
It wouldn’t be a problem if they cared about getting the job, then serving the public. The problem is when they care more about the job than serving the public. Vowels are important.

24 Thoughtful 1 August 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

@ Buster #8
Why do you arbitrarily say that all of these people would never get your vote? Do you know anything about them? People should vote intelligently, and that means independently researching candidates and issues.

25 cat Wrangler August 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I miss June Bulman and Bill Dixon.

26 MrDioji August 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

My top two, based on names only, are: Trublood and Hogoboom. The third slot will need to be decided by who makes the best middle name plug:

Adam “Bananas” Foster
Terry “The Kremlin” Kremin
Tim “Black and White Make” Gray, son

27 Hogoboom -- no way August 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Hogoboom’s facebook page tells me everything I need to know about why I should not be voting for him. Any retired adult who thinks using the finger, promoting marijuana, calling a cop a wank job, and posting a cartoon about a “boner” is funny is obviously emotionally arrested and still a teenage boy in his mind. He is fascinated by his own genitalia. Another Anthony Weiner if you ask me.

28 Whatever August 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

PLEASE let’s finally get rid of the slimy and crooked Ron Leone!!

29 Antler August 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hoffmeister, please.

30 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

@18, Hoffmeister is 17+ years entrenched in the City Council. The city has been stagnant under her watch and has watched most sections outside of downtown erode in desireability, safety, modernization, or adopting a green energy focus.

Laura, we appreciate your time served, but fresh ideas and true leadership are needed to drive Concord during the next 4+ years. Someone fearless and driven to see results is the true need of this city, not someone who brings “some projects and programs to the community.” Accepting 60% of the budget to get diverted each year without constructive city enhancements is bad for Concord. We need jobs, better education facilities, safety improvements, balanced development, and technology/structural goals to enhance the area’s future propects as a regional job center and family destination. Downtown development and goals of new bike trails won’t cut it in this shifting economy.

BFF Out!

31 Marianne August 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Is that really hogoboom’s facebook page?

32 No on Laura August 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

she might have been ok, years ago but not now. She will not met with anyone. Try calling an making an appoint. The city clerks says you have to go to a city council meeting. So you go and she won’t stop and talk to you. Her time is over.

33 I should know August 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I will never vote for any incumbents unless I see some improvement in this city. I’ve only seen it decline for years, and I’ll never vote for Leone. He’s the worst, scam artist, triple dipper, you name things not to do and he’s done it.
Let’s get some new fresh ideas and people in there, after all could it get any worse?

34 No Grayson August 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

don’t ask for Q money and then vote this guy in this time. He will get lifetime benefits if serves another term.

35 No Grayson August 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

he is just staying in place until someone else moves on higher up. Plus do we really need a POA controlled candidate. We already have Ron controlled by Seeno.

36 KAD August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Are signs allowed to be posted yet? Leone has some up already.

37 Captain Bebops August 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The revolution begins with overthrowing your local governments which have been run by puppets of local thugs for years. Good to see folks doing this and it needs to happen in more communities.

The key to real change is disruption.

38 Russ August 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I am going to throw my hat into the ring. I plan to run on a platform of getting absolutely nothing accomplished. I will take advice from the people of Claycord. First order of business will be to get an Olive Garden into Concord. Then I will fire everyone from BART and pay the new hires minimum wage. Oh, and my birthday will be a city holiday.
#voteforRuss

39 ChampagneKitty August 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I’ve never tried to meet with Laura outside of city council meetings, but I’ve spoken to her a number of times at meetings. She’ll talk to me if I approach her and one time there was a lady there who wanted to talk to a councilmember about a senior citizen issue and I hooked her up with Laura because she supports senior citizens. I have no idea about the claim about not meeting citizens outside of city council, but consider that she does work during the day as assistant city manager of Clayton. So between that and serving on Concord City Council, I would imagine she is extremely busy. Lots and lots of meetings and events to attend.

I know Laura has her critics, as everyone has, but I’ve watched enough meetings to know that out of the five, she is the strongest link. She usually asks the most questions about issues that come up before the council. She’s pretty detail-oriented.

40 Tom Hilton August 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The City Councilmen receive $1300 a month in salary or so called stipend.
They are covered by the same medical coverage that any employee of the city with 30 hours a week while in office.

For Grayson and Leone they will be eligible for life time medical coverage if re-elected since it needs 5 years of vesting in the PERS system and a re-election will make them eligible.

For Hoffmeister, she is already vested.

For anyone newly elected, they will not be eligible for the lifetime medical unless they serve for 30 years in the PERS system and are 65 years or older at time of ‘retirement’.

41 Idiocracy August 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Out with the old in with the new as long as they are not democrat give away scum or republick corporate boot lickers. I agree with the balance a checkbook test #6

42 anonamom August 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

City taxes? There’s a lot more to Concord than 18 blocks ‘downtown’ and someone needs to tell the council that. Leave the neighborhoods to rot, and you won’t need Todos Santos.

43 @39 ChampaignKitty August 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

she is an assistant to the City Mgr of Clayton not the Assist. City Mgr. big difference.

Meeting with people is part of the council’s job. Having a regular job is no excuse for not meeting with people.

I will not vote for someone who chews out a city employee during a city council meeting. She is an employer, take personnel matters behind closed doors.

I have heard about of the five she is the hardest to work with. other council members and staff do not like working with her.

44 Not as concerned August 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

with staff pay. City Mgr. and Police Chief make much less than surrounding cities. I do think senior police officers make too much money.

We need to change the council, this group is only concerned with the Plaza and not any other shopping center. They want to bring more people in from BART, which is a big negative. If you would get better stores here, Concord people would buy more. As it is we have to go to WC or Pleasant Hill to shop at a Target that alone says something about their thinking. They pushed the auto dealers, well not everyone is buying cars. But we do spend money at stores. I see no cleanup of Park and Shop or Clayton Rd.

45 Current Council has..... August 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

absolutely no vision for the future. Auto row??? What a joke and to top it off the gave advertsing money to the auto dealers. The damn auto dealers get and freakin advertising budget from the manufacturers!!!!!!!!!!
Todos Santos – to date ther is still no “there there”. Snag the Enea theatre from the church and get the guys the run the Uptown in Napa to take it over and start having nice music & comedy shows there that will generate revenue to the city from show tickets and people eating at local resturaunts before and after the show
Bulldoze the entire Monument cooridor and gentrify the thing so we get a more middle class/upper middle class population in the area. This will not only help increase property values but also the quality of schools
Elect people who are not in the hip pockets of the POA, Seeno, Garaventa and the Latino whatever that runs the various programs in the Monument cooridor.

46 Please August 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Vote in Hellen Allen!

47 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

@44 you are spot on.. This city has no intent to buying underserved properties throughout town for the purpose of re-aligning them to new city needs. We’re not even talking full spec development.. A simple purchase, zone review, architect design plan, demo/rehab, public involvement, and future site marketing plan will get positive investment going. Mimic WC and PH elements if you must, but doing nothing is turning this city into a relic outside of downtown.

There is money living in Concord, its just not spent here because of the condition of the commerce areas, and lack of cohesive vision to tie in the corridors together.

BFF Out!

48 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

@ 45, “Auto row” isn’t anything i’d be proud to promote, especially since the city doesn’t have any food/entertainment establishents within the “row” or a lot/shuttle to move shoppers from Lehmers all the way to Future Ford/Infiniti. Leone’s signs are tacky.

Speaking of ads, why doesn’t the city have prominent Concord Pavilion banners or billboards promoting upcoming shows? LiveNation actually put together a decent lineup this year that could bring in big bucks for Concord, food vendors, and taxi services.

BFF Out!

49 What security August 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This lady knows how to run a City best thing that ever happened to Concord
Laura Hoffmeister

50 anarchist August 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Thank god there aren’t any frauds in this year’s election like we had last time with a foreigner from San Francisco pretending to be an American from Concord. He even changed the spelling of his first name to look more American. The Concord Police took notice and thankfully alerted us!

51 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

@49 maybe in the 90’s, but in 2014 we need technology/business focused City Council members, not people 9-5’n in Clayton’s affairs or retired Army generals (who should be enjoying a well deserved retirement).

52 Larry August 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Samuel Colvin huh! That would be great it’s about time we get some new blood on the Council with some sense

53 Anon August 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I am not going to vote for any incumbents either. I would like to see all new faces on council. I too agree with #44

54 Sherry Whitmarsh August 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I am not a supporter of Laura Hoffmeister. It is evident from watching the meetings that she is not prepared for them. Also she was the only council member who publicly supported taking money from MDUSD to give to Clayton Valley Charter. She also had not positively supported any of the schools in the district. This could be because her the Clayton city council asked her to and she works for the city of Clayton, assistant to the city manager.

She is definetly one of the people I will actively campaign against.

55 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM

@54 Great points Sherry!

56 Eudamonia August 6, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Go Kurpieski!

57 Jesse August 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Sherry, I agree with you. I was very disappointed in Laura Hoffmeister. She was working against the best interests of the majority of school children in Concord by supporting a plan that took money from MDUSD and gave it to Clayton Valley. It was just plain wrong. I won’t vote for her. I don’t know if her job working for the town of Clayton had anything to do with it, but I’m suspicious. She sure wasn’t looking out for the citizens of Concord.

58 Yeah Laura Hoffmeister! August 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

She is working to hold MDUSD accountable by actually doing something to improve schools through local control? Wish I could vote for her! Love Walnut Creek

59 I, too agree with Sherry August 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

never liked that she works for Clayton. But then I don’t like paid Chaplains working for the POA as our Mayor either.

Also I didn’t realize SF was a foreign country…and Edi has lived here for almost 30years. Change your name to Antichrist.

60 waverunner August 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

How can there not be a conflict of interest for Laura who works for Clayton and is a council member for Concord? In her position, who knows what information gets filtered between the two cities, both positive and negative for each City? Laura loves to hear herself talk, as with most politicians, but she needs to go.

All of the focus of the Council seems to be on the downtown area when there is so much need in outlying areas of the city, such as the Clayton corridor and various shopping centers, such as Bel Air at Treat/Clayton. The council needs to light a fire under the owner of that center, Zimmerman, I believe, to take a little more pride in the overall looks because it is pathetic, and there are now two big vacant spaces when Hobbytown and Goodwill left.

It will be interesting to see which candidates will be supported by the CPD POA this time around and who they can bully. We know that Grayson is number one on the list.

61 Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Thanks for the insight Kitty. You talk to her again tell her Atticus would like to see more than $40 a year spent on road repaving. I’d consider it a favor and I’d owe her one. She needs to borrow a gun or hide a body with discretion, kinda favor.

62 right wing gun nut August 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

@50. Yes, I remember that anti-Muslim bigot baiting flyer from the Concord Police Officer’s Association. In my thirty years in Claycord I’d never before been disgusted and ashamed of the Concord Police. Any organization can have a dork that does something stupid and taints the reputation of the whole, but I found the lack of an apology or a retraction very disappointing.

Personally, I voted for Edi, and I give him a mixed review. Sure, he’s not what you might call “white bread”. But I wouldn’t care if his middle name happened to be Osama, or Obama, or Oprah, or whatever sets off “real Muricans”. If someone had the misfortune of being named Joseph Stalin but was the best candidate, I’d vote for Joseph Stalin.

I can’t wait to see what the POA has in store for the next candidate that declines to show fealty to the union and has the misfortune of having a whiff of their ancestry suggested by their given name.

63 ChampagneKitty August 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Okay, Atticus, will do…except I haven’t been to city council in person lately…my bad back makes it difficult to sit for long periods of time…but if I go, I’ll pass the message. You can always email the city council as well. Just be aware that emails sent to the official city council mailbox becomes a matter of record.

64 H. Kennedy August 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Laura Hoffmiester is a political junkie who loves the spot light. Are we tired of seeing her rant and rave over bs?

Vote that democrat out of office and get someone who really is in touch with OUR CONCORD. NOT HERS,

65 Antler August 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Research before rant, please.

The Clayton Valley Charter High School is located in …….CONCORD!

Conflict-of-interest accusations against Councilmember Hoffmeister are not accurate.

66 Former Hospice Nurse August 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I’d personally like to plug Terry Kamrin for City council. I worked rather closely with him in doing some pharmaceutical work with the old Hospice of Contra Costa – now Hospice of the East Bay. He is really concerned with doing the right thing for our citizens especially those facing the end of their life. There were times he even made deliveries on his way home from the pharmacy so that a patient could get their medications in a timely manner. I am certain that he would be a credible hard working proponent of the cities interests..He has run a lively business for many years serving our community in the medical field. I see that as a great character reference for him. He is a well rounded supporter of the arts as well. Terry will do a great job for the City of Concord.

67 Jesse August 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Antler, taking funding away from MDUSD and giving it to Clayton Valley harmed many Concord students and their schools. To name a few: Concord HS, Ygnacio Valley HS, Mt Diablo HS, Pine Hollow Middle School, El Dorado Middle School, Oak Gove Middle School, Westwood Elementary, Ayers Elementary, Sun Terrace Elementary, Mountain View Elementary. The list goes on and on. CVCHS plans to increase enrollment by at least 500 more students, to the detriment of it’s Concord neighborhood and the detriment of other Concord schools.

68 LiveWithSamCfan August 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

My vote is for Sam Colvin %100!!!!!

69 KAD August 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

If Terry really cares about the residents of Concord they way that Edi does, then I will support and vote for him. As far as Laura goes, I believe she spends time researching the matters before the City Council and deserves to stay. Grayson and Leone need to go. Leone has a conflict with the CNWS near his home and can not vote on those issues.

70 Marianne August 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Who is Sammuel Coven and what are his standing issues for Concord?

71 right wing gun nut August 7, 2014 at 6:11 AM

@65 Antler. CVHS may be in Concord, but it serves, or was SUPPOSED to serve, all of Clayton, as well as part of Concord. Whether or not that is problematical for Hoffmeister, I think it’s a valid point to raise.

72 @ Antler August 7, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Laura rude to public speakers and just plain nasty to Edi. Also she should be ineligible for Concord lifetime health care as she can get health care thru her full time employer – the City of Clayton
As for the rest………when are they EVER at council meetings. I attend at least one meeting a month and other the Brent Trueblood I have not seen any of them at meetings. Also last go raound Terry stated that he would not always be at meetings because of “family”. So one needs to ask if there was ever a major emergency where council had to be there, would Terry be missing because of “family”. News flash cadidates – once elected you are considered “emergency services personnel” and are reuqired to report to your post when there is an emergency.
Concord politics is a joke. One would think that this is a “big time” city like Oakland, SF or SJ. But in reality it is just small time like the rest of Contra Costa County

73 Antler August 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

#72…. Take this kind of talk back to your superior San Leandro, please.

74 Antler August 7, 2014 at 8:24 AM

#71…. Excellent point……explains even better one reason why it is logical to have Councilmember Hoffmeister active in both community governments.

#72 ….. Though you know I agree with you about Kremin!

75 RunDogRun August 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM

If I’m not mistaken, local
government used to get
by quite well without a
City Council at all.

76 Antler August 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

#72 ….. During his last campaign for a seat on Concord City Council, Kremin wrote here on Claycord that he was an instructor in a Marin college. I do not recall mention of his being in the medical supply business, but perhaps he will clarify for us. He also wrote about his dream to have Concord become a metropolis of the area with even more high-rise corporate offices, etc.. He may have reconsidered that stance and might comment about that point on Claycord.

77 ..... August 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

No incumbents.

78 @ KAD (36) August 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

County Costa Clerk Records handouts state election signs may not got before 75 days prior to election, yesterday was 89. Got an email this morning stating Concord is following the state which is 90 days.

Funny on the County Clerk-Recorders office is handing out inaccurate information……. or did the City of Concord not inform the County of the change?

79 write in candidate August 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

enough of the nonsense…you all need to consider writing in Smart, goodlooking, and debonair.

80 @ Antler August 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I’m #72 and I have never lived in or even stepped foot in San Leandro, so get a grip old lady. Don’t assume as it make an a$$ out of you.

Bottom line is Laura is not a nice person…PERIOD. She is very rude to public speakers (I have been subjected to her rudeness but blow her off which make her more mad. I also use the same approach with John GIoia) There is no conflict of interest with Laura being on council and working for Clayton. Martinez has a council member, Lara DeLaney that is also an analyst in the County Administrators office….but Lara does not get health care thru Martinez, her health care is thru her full time employer CCC (I asked her). Laura should be dropped from Concord health care and take what is offered by her full time employer….PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for Terry – no I don’t know that you agree as I don’t even know you (thank God).

81 Anonymous August 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The onliest thing I know about Kremlin was he was in favor of a system that actually pays people to vote.

Wow! This will be the end of the two party system as the Dems will win everything. Kinds like California now. How’s that working out?

82 Rollo Tomasi August 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

At the risk of taking the discussion on a tangent, why do the opponents of CVCHS always refuse to mention the fact that MDUSD no longer has the expense of staffing or maintaining the campus at CVCHS? Although I haven’t researched it, since MDUSD still owns the land and buildings, I’m confident that there is some kind of arrangement whereby CVCHS pays for the use of the campus which would offset the “gargantuan losses” suffered by MDUSD. Please continue to ignore these ideas in your future rants, while also ignoring the ridiculously top-heavy administration expenses that MDUSD justifies.

83 dee August 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Well i hope someone can do something about the transient problem. It is becoming a serious issue. I can no longer enjoy some parks and the canal.

84 @ dee #83 August 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Didn’t you know the transients (aka hobos, bums) are part of the wonderful diverse population of Concord….LOL……..snark snark

85 BagsFlyFree August 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

@ Dee.. Footsteps from city call is Baldwin park.. On a daily basis there are transients huddled around the entrance, back or various BBQ areas doing who knows what. We have a nice senior center, bocce ball courts, and a dog park in this same space. Why we have to see this riff raff every time we visit is not acceptable!

If the sitting City Council can’t even manage spaces within a stones throw from their chamber, what makes you think the far stretches of the city are even being gleened at by this group? If it ain’t downtown, its off the radar.

Another example of missed opportunities by city hall.

Across the street from city HQ there is a vacant gas station and adjoining vacant traffic court building/parking lot(s). Why hasn’t the city considered making a small investment using the combined parcel for city services or redevelopment? This is the perfect area to inject capital to boost the tax base, or add some commercial businesses to serve the surrounding residents…. and yet it sits there doing nothing.

We can’t sit around any longer and let these three incumbants hand out raises at every turn, provide marginal services, and then ask us for tax extensions because they aren’t forward thinkers beyond downtown.

Its time for a clean sweep downtown!

BFF Out!

86 @Rollo Tomasi August 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

All of what you mentioned was taken into consideration when determining that converting CVHS to a charter school would result in a big financial hit to MDUSD. MDUSD brought in the state experts in school finance to determine the financial impact. They took into account cost savings as well as lost income and payments from CV to MDUSD. Their report was made available to the public. MDUSD appealed to the state for financial relief. The state board of education acknowledged the unfairness of it but said there was nothing they could do because that’s the way the laws were written.

Take a look at the staffing for CVCHS and you will see quite a few administrators. The administrators have “me too” clauses in their contracts, just like MDUSD administrators. Any increase given to teachers also goes to administrators. The top administrator at CVCHS, the executive director, hired in his own wife to work for him. She had an 80% contract. Questions were raised on Claycord about whether she was actually spending all of that time working at CV, as apparently she had another job as well. It was stated on Claycord that she was paid $120k/year. I don’t know if that’s true because I can’t find any information online about how much CVCHS administrators are paid. They are paid with our tax dollars, but apparently the information is secret.

87 Speaks Volumes August 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

on who is not running this time. Might want to check that out. Maybe because they support the incumbents or were told not to run this time. Remember that for the next election, 2016..

88 jtkatec @ Speaks Volumes August 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Okay, I’ll bite. Who’s not running

89 BagsFlyFree August 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Carolyn Obringer and Tim McGallian are primed to take over Helix and Edi’s spot next election. McGallian is chummy with Leone and mayor Grayson, so he is tactically waiting in the wings to avoid losing again this round. By waiting this turn, he will surely get campaign support from both Leone and Grayson’s allies. We don’t need three clones driving this ship thank you!

If Leone, Grayson, and Hoffmeister retain seats and McGallian jumps on board in 2016, you can expect much of the same ole, same ole from city hall. Any POA requests will get rubber stamped in. Garbage rate increases, pricey labor contracts, and plenty of Seeno in-fill develoment greenlighting.

Lets not forget Seeno’s Discovery Homes was accued by the FBI on 17 counts of bank fraud and was a force in pulling down local home values as $150 million dollars worth of their properties ended up in foreclosure. Seeno was a contributor to the velocity of the 08 crash, directly lowered Contra Costa property values, and we reward the guy like he can do no wrong by backing his candidates. Concord wise up!

BFF Out!

90 @ BFF #89 August 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sadly the average Concord voter (actually most voters in CC County) are to stuck on stupid to educate themselves and just go with what big money tells them to.

Remeber the reward Garaventa got was a never ending garbage contract with automatic renewals. Pretty much eliminates any competition. I would say corruption at city hall in its finest form with that one.

BFF – you might want to change your phrase from “We don’t need three cloenes driving this ship thank you!” to “We don’t need three CLOWNS driving this ship thank you!”

91 Rollo Tomasi August 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

@ #86:

What I asked was why you opponents never remember to state anything about these offsets, instead implying that CVCHS resulted in nothing but huge losses to MDUSD?

The initial reason for the formation of CVCHS was that parents of the students at CVHS realized that the district was shorting ALL of the high schools in the district. As you may know, high schools are supposed to receive more money from the state per student than middle schools, and middle schools more than elementary schools, etc. Thanks to the district having so many tenured teachers choosing to go back to elementary school, and the ridiculous compensation of administrators at the district level, the high schools, all of them, were getting shorted. ALL of the MDUSD high schools are still getting less money than they should be getting. CVCHS just went after the state funding that they are entitled to. Hence the position of the State Board of Education regarding the district’s appeal, saying that’s the way the law is written.

Don’t be bitter that the parents of students at CVCHS had the dedication and foresight to get what their children should be getting anyway. It’s something ALL parents of MDUSD high school students should be doing. Aren’t you?

92 Queen of the Universe August 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

At least there are numerous candidates for the City of Concord.

If you go on the CCC Election website, there are numerous positions unchallenged.

There should always be at least one challenger to the incumbent!!…

. (and yes, I picked up a candidate packet and was going to throw my hat in the ring against one incumbent, but I would have to resign my position at my current employment due to the possibility of conflicts of interest)

93 Sherry Whitmarsh August 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

@Rollo Tomasi

Your logic is incorrect. High schools only receive more per student if they are in an high school only district. Unified districts such as MDUSD, PUSD, SRVUSD, receive a lower amount PER STUDENT, because the state averages the amount of High School only vs. Elementary only districts.

Those elementary and middle school teachers you are slamming are the same ones that children have before they get to Clayton Valley High School. You will note the how teacher’s receive tenure is part of California Ed Code policy. Ed Code must be followed by all public high schools. Charter high schools have less Ed Code rules than other comprehensive high schools.

The amount that Clayton Valley Charter cost MDUSD was $3 million.

94 Antler August 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Rollo Tomasi at #91……. YES! And thank you for stating it so clearly!

95 Antler August 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I have just noticed that in the righthand bar of Claycord’s home page, there is a direct link to the Dana Estates Alliance home page, at the bottom of which is the confirmation that they are partnered with City of Concord. Very nice arrangement. Councilman Leone lives in that neighborhood….so are residents there his main campaign backers in return.

How does a neighborhood form an alliance with City of Concord? With Claycord?

96 Antler August 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

BFF and others,
Carlyn Obringer is presently sitting as chair of a major commission and therefore may not run in this election……..if my understanding of the rule is correct.

97 Rollo Tomasi August 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

@#93:

Not only is my logic correct, so are my facts. The MDUSD has been misappropriating high school funding for EVERY high school in the district for years.

98 Rollo Tomasi August 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

@Antler:

See? We agree once in awhile! :-)

99 Anter stop talking August 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

you don’t know sh??. Dana Estates A. is a neighborhood group like a a neighborhood watch group with police training. Stupid, as usual, makes a mountain out of nothing.

100 @Antler August 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

you don’t know sh??. Dana Estates A. is a neighborhood group like a a neighborhood watch group with police training. Stupid, as usual, makes a mountain out of nothing.

101 Queen of the Universe August 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

99 and 100, name calling is so adult.

102 Atticus Thraxx August 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Legitimate question Antler. Dana Estates has a committed, very small group of people who got in early with council. Best I can tell the only result is visibility. And if we’re benefitting from Mr.Leone living amongst us, it’s well camouflaged.

103 jtkatec August 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Who’s Adam Forster?

104 jtkatec August 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Does anyone know Kumar’s website address?

I tried http://www.drhkumar.com which is listed on his flyer but it is not found.

105 Antler August 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

#99/#100. …. My post is not a statement of my opinion. I only gave the same information which is printed on the Dana Neighborhood Alliance’s own website, and I asked questions about how other neighborhoods might get in with City of Concord and whether it is of any advantage to have a city councilperson living inside an alliance’s geographical boundaries.
(Thank you for continuing to let us know a great deal about your own character, community knowledge, and level of intelligence.)

My latter question is of special significance because there are plans being floated possibly to divide Concord into districts ….. thereby making a voter potentially only able to choose between certain candidates he might not even like.

Atticus at #102, I surely appreciate your realizing where I was coming from with the questions, especially as you live within the boundaries of that particular alliance. (And thank you for what actually is a piquant answer re Leone’s effectiveness. Though I really was not gunning for that sort of angle, I’ll take it as a bonus and run for cover! ;-) )

106 Former CVHS Parent August 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Rollo Tomasi #91,

You are incorrect about the initial formation of CVCHS. I was a parent there at the time and followed the issue very closely. The effort to convert to a charter school was started by a handful of teachers and controlled solely by the teachers. It was neither started nor led by parents, although they did get many parents and students to support the effort. The teachers used the “teacher trigger” provision in the law that allows teachers to convert a school to a charter school if the majority of the teachers sign a petition supporting the conversion and they turn in a plan to run the school that meets state requirements.

The teachers did not start this effort because they thought MDUSD was shorting CVHS its share of the district budget. They saw that charter high schools are funded at a higher per student rate than K-12 districts such as MDUSD. In fact, they correctly understood that MDUSD received less per student than the average K-12 district. However, they incorrectly thought that if they converted to a charter school, the extra funding would come from the state. It does not. The state is holding the line on its spending. It requires the charter school’s original school district to fork over the extra money from its own budget. So not only did MDUSD lose the per student funding for the 1850 students at CVHS, it had to give additional money to CVCHS to make up the funding gap. As noted by Ms. Whitmarsh, after the numbers were crunched, taking into account the cost savings from not operating CVHS, the loss to the district was around $3 million.

By the way, the teachers were very clear in what their #1 priority was for that extra money. They wanted higher pay and better benefits. They even wrote into the first draft of the charter that they expected to be paid more than MDUSD teachers.

The argument that MDUSD wasn’t giving high schools their fair share of the budget was not part of the teachers original justification for converting to a charter because it makes no sense. The teachers understood that the bulk of the spending goes to personnel, including teachers, and that school district spending is highly regulated. The argument wasn’t brought up until MDUSD pointed out that the extra funding for CVCHS would come out of its budget, not from the state, that it would be a big financial hit to the district and hurt every other school and student in the district. After at first claiming that MDUSD was lying about how the funding worked, then accusing them of cooking the books to hide the true numbers, the charter school supporters came out with the claim that the district must have been cheating the high school all along. Therefore, taking more money for Clayton Valley wasn’t morally wrong. It wasn’t stealing from others – it was just getting their fair share. It was a sorry attempt to justify harming all of the other students in the district – including the other high schools – to benefit themselves. If you have some examples of how MDUSD is lavishing money on elementary and middle schools at the expense of high schools, please come forward with it. No one has been able to come up with anything so far. As has been pointed out, state ed code requires that elementary and high school teachers in unified (K-12) districts work under the same salary scale, so blaming overpaid elementary school teachers is a non-starter.

It was acknowledged at the state board of education hearing that in every case, when a high school in a unified district converts to a charter school, it is a financial hit to the school district. MDUSD is not unique in that respect and there is nothing unusual about the way it apportions its spending between elementary, middle, and high schools. However, most of the school districts that have had high school charter conversions have been very large districts in Southern California. When one high school converts to a charter in a very large district, the impact is much smaller because it’s a much smaller proportion of their students. The financial impact was much greater for MDUSD because it was a much larger percentage of out student body. The state BOE was very sympathetic to MDUSD’s financial plight and the unfairness of the situation, but they had no legal way to mitigate the financial harm to MDUSD. They said the state legislature needed to change the law.

Of couse it should be acknowledged that money wasn’t the only reason Clayton Valley teachers wanted to convert to a charter. They objected to taking direction from administrators. They envisioned a school that would be run by committees of teachers. (They eventually added parents and students into their proposed governing committees.) The joke’s on them. They ended up with an executive director who doesn’t believe in any newfangled ideas about teachers having a say in how to reform a school. He’s a top down kind of guy who believes administrators make the decisions and hold the teachers’ feet to the fire to make sure they obey their directives. The teachers also got outflanked on the governing board, so there’s nothing they can do about it. A good many of them are every bit as angry and unhappy as they were when the school was part of MDUSD. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

The CVCHS teachers did get some sweet salary and benefit increases, but then so did MDUSD teachers once the state tax increase passed and the economy picked up. I think the CVCHS teachers ended up doing a little bit better financially than the MDUSD teachers. It looks like the pot was sweetened at the end of negotiations to try to deal with the rising tide of teacher unhappiness over the way the executive director is running things.

107 Atticus Thraxx August 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

No, Antler I wasn’t coming down Mr.Leone’s road :) I know he has……his detractors, I just don’t know enough about his record to approve or disapprove of his performance. The relationship between him and CPD being being the hangnail best I can understand, correct? Met him once recently, and liked him. That’s all I got.

108 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 7:46 PM

to the person posting as “@ Antler” #80: Let me assure you that Antler is a very bright, nice, generous lady. I do believe there’s been a misunderstanding; she thought you were someone else. There is a person whom she and I both know, who used to comment on Claycord using a regular blog handle (such as “ChampagneKitty” or “Antler”) but has stopped and has taken to posting anonymously, often using “@ whomever”. This is one reason why Antler thought you were that person.

This person likes to criticize members of the Concord City Council, the same council that appointed her to a commission seat. This is why she stopped using her blog handle. This is another reason why Antler thought you were that person. I hope this makes a little more sense to you. Sorry about the confusion.

109 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Also, let me just say something that can apply to anyone, regardless of the city you live in. In my opinion and experience, when dealing with the city, whether it’s city councilmembers or staff, it is best to be nice, polite, and respectful to them. I have known people who have gone before the city council with their complaints and issues, hoping that something would be done about it, but then they turn around and insult them. You can’t expect the city to do things for you if you aren’t nice to them. Some of you may argue that the city is responsible and/or obligated to help you and they should be held accountable if they don’t, Well, that depends on the situation. In the real world, it pays to be nice, even if you don’t agree with their views.

110 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM

to jtkatec #104–I haven’t found a website for Dr. Kumar, but I did find a couple of Facebook page. His personal one is below, though he makes his posts public.

https://www.facebook.com/harmesh.kumar2?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Here is his campaign one, though he hasn’t been posting very frequently lately. I imagine that will change very soon.

https://www.facebook.com/harmesh.kumar.127?fref=ts

I haven’t seen his latest campaign platform yet, but I’ve met him a number of times. He’s a very nice man, is almost always at city council meetings and frequently speaks during public comment sessions. He’s very active in the community and has a vested interest in the city of Concord.

111 Atticus Thraxx August 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Kitty I don’t have a facebook, what kind of doctor is Dr. Kumar?

112 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Dr. Kumar has a P.H.D. Licensed psychologist. He also runs care homes for the mentally ill and skilled nursing facilities. Here, I found his business website:

http://www.trshumanity.com/index.php

and this link goes straight to his bio page:

http://www.trshumanity.com/dr-harmesh-kumar

113 EdiBirsan August 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Neighborhood Partnerships were pushed by the City in the 90’s and each one was given a one time stipend to help with printing costs for flyers and the like.
There are few that remained active, namely Sun Terrace, Concord Park and Dana Estates. Neighborhood Watches are all over the city with the most recent two being one on Rosemary Lane in the Fruitbowl-tree haven area and the North Todos Santos group around Almond/Bonafacio, and one around Joan Ave.

You do not need anyone on the Council to get one going. It takes a few dedicated people to act as leaders and to coordinate with PD/Code Enforcement/City Staff etc. Benefits are face to face contact with the city, better neighborhood connections, community activity and watching out for one another. If you have questions or want more help you can write to me EdiBirsan@astound.net

114 @ Champagne Kitty August 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Well I know people are a bit tired of Antlers hauty and know-it-all attitude, I will stand by my statement when one assumes they make a$$ of themselves.
As for being nice…………….well I believe in a firm business approach at at time being firm and business like isn’t “nice” but then again I don;t give 2 craps about being any politicians friend or buddy. Bottom line as a homeowner and property tax payer these council members and BOS members are my employees and work for me. Whether anyone one has the brains on Claycord to realize it (I think BFF gets it) cities and counties are a business…..everything that involve the collection and expending of revenue is a business.

115 KAD August 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Atticus Thraxx – Re Leone – He recently abstained from voting on the master developer top four. I think it was because Seeno was in the bottom 4. He said he was surprised about the bottom 4. That tells me that Seeno is giving money to him. I do not attend the City Council meetings lately, but I do watch them.

116 Antler August 9, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Thank you very much, Councilman Birsan.

117 Antler August 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Atticus at #107…. Yes, that was my first impression of Councilman Ron Leone’s personal demeanor as well, as were the cases when I have spoken with Dr. Kumar. But that may or may not have anything to do with whether they function well with other councilpersons in ways which make positive improvements in all sectors of council to citizen responsibilities. I’m thinking of things like whether a candidate knows how to effectively direct staff, the Police Department, and to work within the amendment concept rather than closing a discussion and slamming through to a vote when no deadline was looming….those sorts of considerations.

118 Silva August 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM

ChampagneKitty #109, I agree whole heartedly. I’ve proven true the old adage “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” to myself time and time again, often within the confines of governing bodies. It find it holds true for most situations. It’s not always easy to keep cool, but it’s very rewarding, especially combined with patience and persistance.

119 KAD August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Leone has signs saying that he saved 70% open space on CNWS,,,,,What happened to the “truth” on political signs. He did not do this.

120 Silva August 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

KAD, Disturbing.

121 Antler August 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Councilman Ron Leone has a large sign at the corner of Denkinger Road and Concord Boulevard. It states that people should vote for him because he is against the widening of Denkinger to 4 lanes.

Widening Denkinger to four lanes is the perfect and logical mid-entry access linking Treat Blvd.(which becomes Denkinger Rd.) to the future cluster homes on CNWS land (as shown in the approved master plan). Indeed, the end of Denkinger Rd. comes to an abrupt deadend precisely BECAUSE “someone” …. “some” councilperson and/or “some” developer KNEW long ago about what would become of that Navy property. The same abrupt deadend circumstances are true of the end of Lynwood Ave. East and of ALL Dana Estates’ streets bordering Navy property.

But look ahead on this….
Leone lives in Dana Estates. He has already stated that he must recuse himself on this street-extension issue. Thereby, HE WILL NOT BE VOTING ONE WAY OR THE OTHER on such street extensions (even if he is re-elected)!!! I.e. If Leone is re-elected, the developers are one slot closer to gaining any rubber stamping they desire…. because Leone will not be voting AGAINST the Denkinger widening.

So I am FOR the widening of Denkinger Road. But I am against sleazy campaign tactics and will NOT vote for Leone!

[And PLEASE, would someone check to see whether the placement of that sign is legal and/or whether the homeowner of that corner house has given permission?]

122 KAD August 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Antler – Thank you for pointing this out.
Everyone, please do not vote for people that are altering the truth.

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