Bitterness Still Remains on Selection Process that Made Lennar-Five Point Developer for CNWS Reuse Project

September 27, 2016 14:40 pm · 20 comments

Ted Antenucci, long time CEO of Catellus Development Corporation, seems to be a man at peace with himself. Picking over a Chinese Chicken Salad while at lunch with me August 12 in Aurora Colorado, the celebrated developer defended his decision to accept a token $250,000 fee in May of this year from the City of Concord to withdraw his company for consideration to become master developer for the $3 billion Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) Reuse Project.


The Mamba September 27, 2016 at 2:19 PM

I have solid information that there is an investigation into this and charges are forthcoming. Hiring your own “independent” investigator doesn’t mean you are innocent.

Ohme September 27, 2016 at 2:32 PM

I certainly hope you are right. They need to be held accountable for their lack of professionalism and morals. And we need to make sure Grayson does not win the assembly seat he is aiming for. I would like to know how I can help that cause. We can start with him and move on to the others.

$$$$$ Missing September 27, 2016 at 2:36 PM

I wonder what the city did with the Lennar good faith deposit of $250,000. We should ask them where those funds are and see how reliable our city is!

Anon September 27, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Please vote everyone out that was present in the City of Concord during this time!!!! It’s time to start over, scrap everything and start fresh! Let’s put it all out on the table again! The development process is a long drawn out process anyway, might as well eat a couple more years and not have any questions about the process and the potential developers. More transparency please!

It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? September 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

“Dirty Laundry Aside”.

Going forward on the city’s less than spectacular plans for the former Naval Weapons property – yet – to be deeded to the city is less than ideal.

Much of the development should be centered on the less than thriving East Concord property closer to the Pavilion.

The former glorious award winning entertainment gem needs to be re-converted into a more than relevant “Hollywood Bowl” type of venue.

A long lasting iconic performing arts space that would be next to the most desirable go to spots in the entire World!

Let’s think big!

Where’s the discussion about a $1.00 – 50 year lease to build a NFL site for the searching ‘Raiders’…Huh?

We would be a lot closer to Oakland than the now Santa Clara 49ers!!!

Stuffs gonna happen in this region big time.
And it’s high time time that we figure on it before we’re reacting instead of pro-acting!


2-4-8 who do we appreciate!

Cellophane September 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

The Concord City Council has shown it’s for sale, Grayson and Brown is all anyone needs to know, it’s all about Character.

I really hope the good people of Concord will deny incumbents and vote out anyone who demonstrates the deceit that some of this sitting Council have shown.

Silva September 27, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Vote the parasites out of office. They’ve not been representing us and Concord for a long time.

Random task September 27, 2016 at 4:15 PM

No new news we all know their crooks and partisan to themselves. You voters gave the council absolute power the shame is on you for being a lemming and not actually thinking about how giving 5 people absolute power to everything concord is not a good idea. Same as voters gave absolute power to cccboard they too are corrupting cities and taking what ever they want as in huge raises and sticking anyone who gets in their way. The city of concord is becoming know for filth bums crime bad schools bad roads empty businesses ….welcome to New Pittsburgh home of illiteracy idiocracy corruption and section 8 run neighborhoods…… enjoy you voted for this

Anon September 27, 2016 at 4:41 PM

This is what Concord spends your tax money on. The city officials are as ethical as all the gang bangers who live there.

Jerk September 27, 2016 at 5:04 PM

How’s that 242 Clayton Rd on ramp working for everyone in the mornings?
How about the evening Blum Rd and Arnold Industrial Way being a Major commute route so people can avoid the 680 / 4 NIGHTMARE?

The CNWS does nothing but add more people to a building that’s already beyond the fire marshalls capacity!

Yeah, get your self driving car so you can sit in traffic for 2.5 hours one way if you really think that is the solution.

Atticus Thraxx September 27, 2016 at 5:11 PM

What the hell is Chinese Chicken Salad?

Zapple September 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Sad day for Concord the day the City Council
voted to give the Lennar crooks this deal. Put
them in with the worst bunch of thieves the
State has ever known.

Silva September 27, 2016 at 6:07 PM

I think it has puffy fried noodles in it. And a hint of sesame oil. And some other stuff.

Harold Diaz September 27, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Catellus best move forward was to leave Concord. Let Lennar deal with Concord. Good luck on that one Lennar, and build a bridge four lanes wide on willow pass rd.! That will cost a a pretty penny in a housing crisis ready to burst again. Lol. Greed got you.

Divided and Concord September 28, 2016 at 7:06 AM

Richard Eber that was an excellent re-cap of what has transpired so far. City Council is not looking out for us so it is up to us to vote out those members who voted for Lennar. Edi Birsan is the only incumbent up for re-election and I would NOT vote for him. He arrogantly disregarded the Jenkins report, violated Brown Act, defended and voted for Lennar.

Carlyn Obringer, has already taken money from the Garaventas for campaign fundraising so they want their puppet. She endorsed Tim Grayson. She plays it safe. Not once did she voice her opinion on the selection of the master developer other than to say that we needed a university.

Here’s our opportunity to vote for independent candidates and thinkers who have demonstrated a history looking out for us. My vote is on Hope Johnson. She really is our best hope for Concord.

Donna September 28, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Wonderful column, Richard Eber! I have just one tiny quibble, tho. You refer to the Brown Act violation as unintentional. For three city council members and the city manager, all of whom would have had Brown Act training (you even get Brown Act training if you are on a city board or commission), to all claim that they did not realize they were violating the Brown Act stretches credibility to a breaking point. Hoffmeister has been on the city council since 1997. And she says she had no clue? Really? Sorry I don’t believe it. I DO, however, believe that it was purposely done the way it was done in order to hide it from the public, Brown Act (knowingly) be damned.

Donna September 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

By the way, if you violate the Brown Act after you have had Brown Act training? Well, that is considered “knowingly” violating the Brown Act. It’s a misdemeanor.

Vandy September 28, 2016 at 12:27 PM

The US Navy should donate the entire land to the park district. The Navy is already funded by our taxes. The Navy doesn’t need money from the sale of the land because they already get money from us. The land is habitat to many species of plants and animals. I see many predators there: red tailed hawks, red shouldered hawks, cooper’s hawks, kites, barn owls. These predators are indicative of the presence of their prey and an entire ecosystem that is our local connection to the natural world. We should all be fighting to protect the land. Once its developed, its destroyed forever. We don’t need more traffic. We don’t need more light pollution. We don’t need to churn up whatever the Navy spilled into the ground. The best possible outcome is development into a safe open space park, a gem that is our backyard, that will make Concord truly special. Other towns get open space? Why not us. We already have ruined our coastline with petroleum processing facilities. Lets at least save the CNWS and make it into open space. I want to go for a hike in there!

Donna September 28, 2016 at 12:30 PM

It seems to me that there is a big puzzle piece missing from this whole sordid affair. Hiding the city staff recommendation from the public. The lengths that the city went to in order to discourage Catellus. The city attorney suicide. The refusal to lock off the attorney’s office after his death, so that by the time they get a independent investigator in there, who knows what has been removed or tampered with. This all seems to go beyond just Grayson taking funds from them. What was Lennar holding over their collective heads?

Beer is Good September 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM

@ Vandy … PERFECT!

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