Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

September 9, 2016 19:00 pm · 41 comments


This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.

1 Dear BART Directors September 9, 2016 at 8:26 PM

You gave away the store to unions.
Now you want more money.
Good luck with that.

PS you refuse to release the names of criminals you arrest.

2 Gene September 9, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Where can I learn more about the LOCAL candidates for Concord?

3 chuckie the troll September 9, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Can anyone tell me why the entire city council hasn’t been recalled because of their totally inappropriate behavior re: the Weapon Station ‘reuse’ committee?

4 R September 9, 2016 at 11:06 PM

The city council candidates’ debate is Sept. 22nd. Hosted by the Chamber. I presume it will be televised

5 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 9, 2016 at 11:53 PM

Gene #2,

Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will host a Concord City Council Candidates’ Forum. The forum will take place at the Concord City Council Chambers – Concord Civic Center located at 1950 Parkside Drive. The forum will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Pablo Benavente
Edi Birsan
Gloria Casillas
Hope Johnson
Harmesh Kumar
Eduardo Manuel
Carlyn Obringer

6 KAD September 9, 2016 at 11:58 PM

Where is the debate going to be held and what time? Thanks for any more info you can provide?

7 KAD September 10, 2016 at 12:02 AM

I posted before I saw the info provided by the Black Knight. Is it going to be televised? Thanks

8 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 10, 2016 at 1:35 AM

Gene #2,

Pablo Benavente

Edi Birsan

Gloria Casillas
I could not find a website for Gloria Casillas

Hope Johnson
Hope Johnson has a website coming shortly

Harmesh Kumar

Eduardo Manuel
I could not find a website for Eduardo Manuel

Carlyn Obringer

9 Great Gonzo September 10, 2016 at 7:40 AM

What is the point? No matter what, the left already won the so-called ‘election’, in fact they have ‘won’ every future election possible! They way the system here is rigged if no one voted, they will still be declared the winners. If every possible voter publically refused to vote democrat they will STILL be the winners.

If we voted by getting everyone in one huge open space and telling everyone who wants to vote democrat to stand over THERE on the left and everyone who wants to vote NON-democrat stand still or over on the right. And NO ONE goes to the left side fo the space, the democrat will STILL be declared the winners!

Get it yet?

So relax, embrace the suck, this is a liberty HATING, repressive tax farming, lib/dem tax slave owning plantation and that is that. They have owned this state for DECADES and nothing is going to change that. EVERYTHING that has failed here, cost several times more than promised and so on here is totally the fault of the democrats and that is how it is going to stay.

10 Oops September 10, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Cassie casillas has decided not to run.

11 AlwaysBePositive September 10, 2016 at 9:31 AM

@#9 gg
I guess you are writing about CA? The 6th largest economy in the world. The home state of 1 in 8 Americans. The birthplace of the world’s film industry, the internet and the youth counterculture that changed the world. We could go on and on. CA is a bit of a pain in the butt to live in, but where would you rather live? And if it is somewhere else, why don’t you move there? Californians are known for their forward-looking dynamics (high-speed rail, climate change responses etc), if you prefer a more conservative lifestyle, you have a world of choices. Go explore.

12 Dorothy September 10, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Not received any political junk in the mail again this week. Do you think they realised few read them and most get dumped into the recycle bin?

13 Concord Mike September 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM

@Dorothy, Patience. The political mailers are waiting for the elections office to send out the election materials. It is called “just in time” marketing.

14 Divided and Concord September 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Thanks for posting the info Black Knight. I am looking forward to the debate on Sept. 22. Show them how it’s done Hope Johnson!

15 Dottee September 10, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Check out the site of Pablo Benavente. He is a fresh, new face who is educated and has ideas for Concord. He would be a breath of fresh air among the other bought-and-paid-for candidates, namely one backed by the POA, assorted unions, the Council and other elected officials. We need new blood.

16 Always Right September 10, 2016 at 7:51 PM

@Dottee – Pablo Benavente describes himself as an SEIU LOCAL 2015: POLITICAL ORGANIZER.

His positions on issues and endorsements reflect his single focus on union organizing and project labor agreements.

He may be a nice young man, but he has shown us nothing in terms of service to the city, success in a career, or leadership. Maybe in 10 years he will have something to offer, but for now he needs to get to work and accomplish something with his life.

17 Kenji September 10, 2016 at 9:33 PM

@#10 – Cassie Gonzales is the candidate who has dropped out. Gloria Casillas is still running. I know, I was almost confused by their similar names too.

18 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 10, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Dottee #15,

My only concern is that Pablo Benavente’s website describes him as a Community Organizer, and I’m not so sure that that is what Concord needs, but I will listen to what he has to say and hopefully have the opportunity to ask him some questions. His employment with SEIU is also a concern that I have, as I have had a bad experience with them, and I don’t particularly care for the campaign and GOTV tactics they use.

When looking to post his website I noticed that his candidacy had been getting quite a bit of press (posted link to one article below) and he has listed quite a few endorsements on is facebook page (link also posted below).

I agree with you about Concord not needing more of the same, namely the Concord City Council endorsed candidate and the Concord Disposal/Garaventa family and CPOA funded candidate, Carlyn Obringer. It will be interesting to find out if they are supporting another candidate this year, as they normally back the number of candidates equal to the number of seats open.

I currently have one vote committed to Hope Johnson, while my other vote is still open.

19 bobinWC September 10, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Dorothy #12, I contribute to political campaigns in part to get the mailers to you. It is not a big deal that you don’t read them on the way to the recycling bin. Oh, I hope you recycle. It is a well-established fact that contacts such as this do educate some voters to choose a preferred candidate in an election. So, please let the election process work. I’ve been working on elections as a volunteer since 2000, mostly successful.

20 Silva September 10, 2016 at 11:13 PM

I’ve read lots of mailers on my way to the bin, and I can unequivocally state I’ve seen more than enough outright lies and false claims to know there’s not anything to glean spending my time reading that stuff, just as I wouldn’t choose a carpet cleaner, a beautician, or a roofing company that way.

21 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 10, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Great Gonzo #9,

While you are correct that the California State Legislature has been controlled by the democratic party for decades, it is made up of three factions, liberal/progressive democrats (coastal areas), moderate/conservative democrats (inland areas), and republicans.

Currently, at the city and county level in California, it is republicans that have control of a majority of mayoral/city council seats and county supervisors seats with just over 50%.

Currently, the Concord City Council is made up of 2 democrats and 3 former republicans that changed party registration/switched parties to be elected/re-elected.

22 KAD September 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM

The Concord City Council agenda is on the City web site. The meeting is starting at 6:00 and packed full. Don’t want to miss this one.

23 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Hope Johnson,

How should checks be made out for your City Council campaign?

24 AtticusThraxx September 12, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Lisa White has a story about the new police budget and capping those unfunded liabilities. Won’t post the link without okay from The Mayor but it’s not hard to find.
CPD did very,very well.

25 No Excuses September 14, 2016 at 12:35 AM

If you remember nothing else from these past four years, remember this: “Motion passed by unanimous vote of the Council.” “Motion passed by unanimous vote of the Council.” “Motion passed by unanimous vote of the Council.” 99.99% of the time.
It is way past time for new blood, and ” new blood” does not mean “Unhuh, Unhuh, Unhuh” Professional Candidate Obringer!.
Edi has been such a blowhard, mouthy, long-winded disappointment—mouthing and pouting through every issue like a teething baby and then voting right in lock step with the gang!

26 Melanie September 14, 2016 at 8:33 AM

It doesn’t matter who sits on the city council in any city. People will still complain. It’s a thankless job.

27 Concord Mike September 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM

@No Excuses, I share your disappointment with the current council, but I can’t blame Edi for not changing things since he has been on the outside looking in. The fact that he was denied his turn at Mayor still makes me mad.

That said, I don’t agree with Edi, or the other council members, on a number of policy issues.

I hope the city council debates focus on policies and not personalities or ad hominem attacks.

28 Silva September 14, 2016 at 1:29 PM

Hope Johnson’s brilliant mind and fine tuned BS detector is a beautiful thing to watch. I wish we could have her and at least two other intelligent people who care about Concord and are not clearly, shamelessly and apologetically, and deeply installed in the pockets of the usual gang, plus whoever else cares to pay to play on our city council. What a difference we could see now and in coming years. A dream of mine.

29 Concord Mike September 14, 2016 at 4:34 PM

@Silva, Agree. Hope’s commentaries remind me of the Harry Truman quote:

“I didn’t give’em hell. I told them the truth and they thought it was hell!”

30 Gary September 14, 2016 at 7:49 PM

#9 If you knew how to spell,you might be taken seriously.

31 KAD September 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Hope has been too quite for a while.

32 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 15, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Vice Mayor Ron Leone and to a slightly lesser extent, Mayor Laura Hoffmeister were sure proud of themselves and patting themselves on the back at this weeks City Council meeting, concerning the new contracts the city has entered into with the unions representing the employees of the Concord Police Department. The new four year contract will save the City of Concord $7.6 million in future unfunded liabilities costs from being added to the current $300 million the city currently owes in unfunded liabilities, compared to the terms of the last contracts. The cities unfunded liabilities are scheduled to be paid off in about 30 years, in the early to mid 2040’s. Leone suggested they issue a press release, apparently missing the article in the East Bay Times last week, which he commonly refers to as “that rag” or asks “what’s the name of that rag”, because he’s still angry that the Contra Costa Times didn’t endorse him for re-election in 2014. Hoffmeister, responded that it might be a good topic for the “From the Desk of the Mayor” article. Now, if they were only as concerned with their own medical and pension costs to the City, right Councilman Grayson and Vice Mayor Leone. Then we also have Councilman Edi Birsan, who has for almost the last four years, has been making comments and complaining about how the members of the Concord City Council should be paid more than they currently are being paid.

33 Concord Mike September 15, 2016 at 12:56 PM

@? Behavior #33,

Are you a parishioner at Queen of All Saints? If not, then why should you care? The church has every right to rent out facilities to whomever and should be allowed to speak out on any issue or endorse any person they chose. The bogus IRS rule ( threatening church tax exemptions for explicitly endorsing candidates) which LBJ implemented is unconstitutional and should be overturned by the Supreme Court, and hopefully one day that will happen.

If you believe in the constitutional freedoms of speech, association, and religion you should understand this event is NOT a problem.

34 Pro Fi September 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Carlyn Obringer will get one of my votes. She is on point with her views. I had a chance to speak with her the other night and I was impressed. She has the experience and the mindset to get things done.

35 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Another story about Lennar-Urban.

If you scroll down, the Contra Costa Bee has two other stories about Lennar-Urban that were posted in the past few weeks.

36 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 16, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Pro Fi #37,

Carlyn Obringer has sold her future votes, should she be elected, to Concord Disposal/the Garaventa family, and the CPOA, for their support and donations. Carlyn Obringer is more of the same. She will join the ranks of Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, Vice Mayor Ron Leone, Councilmember Tim Grayson, Councilmember Dan Helix, and APPOINTED Concord City Treasurer Tim McGallian as having been pushed upon the citizens of Concord by these entities. These entities shouldn’t be running the City of Concord.

37 No Excuses September 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Vote for only one! Vote for your #1 choice. When you take that second vote you are, in effect, depleting the power of your first vote.

38 Concord Mike September 16, 2016 at 12:52 PM

@No Excuses #41, I disagree with your advice in this situation. With two open slots, your second vote would never be a negative outcome for your first vote. Think about it.

39 Concord Mike September 16, 2016 at 4:02 PM

One correction to my statement #42. If there are two open seats and your second vote causes your number 2 candidate to win the second seat by one vote, then your number 1 candidate would lose to your number 2 candidate in that rare case.

Highly unlikely but in the realm of possibilities..

40 Pro Fi September 16, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Well I think most here will support Hope because she actively engages here. I will be voting for Carlyn regardless. Thanks for your opinion though.

41 Keeping track September 17, 2016 at 7:34 AM

@Pro Fi # 44. Hope may actively engage here, but she is also often rude here. Just for me, personally, that is a complete turn off.

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