Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

April 14, 2017 19:00 pm · 12 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.

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bob April 14, 2017 at 9:31 PM

liberalism is a mental disorder

Strad April 14, 2017 at 10:37 PM

Long ago I remember when teachers use to keep their political views to themselves.

Always Right April 15, 2017 at 7:05 PM

@Strad – You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.

KAD April 15, 2017 at 8:56 PM

Is there no legal requirement for the City to post the CAC agenda on their website for the meeting next Tuesday?

Old Mr. Rodgers April 15, 2017 at 10:08 PM
KAD April 15, 2017 at 11:21 PM

Thank you Old Mr. Rodgers.

KAD April 18, 2017 at 11:28 PM

CAC meeting tonight – Did anyone watch the meeting tonight? Looks like Lennar wants to start with a different 500 acres than the City gave them to start building on. It seems the cost will be too high to make any money. Helix told them that profit was not the mission of the CAC.
There are upcoming meetings set with the Planning Commission and the City Council. Should be interesting since it seems a little early to me to do that.

Lars Anderson April 19, 2017 at 8:49 AM

Helix’s public statements – such as the ones he made at this meeting – mean nothing. He has a long history of representing developers before public bodies, I believe he’s is working to advance the interest of Lennar on this project. That’s his history. Helix is not a good government type, he might have been when he started out in politics – but for many, many years he’s been involved in deal making and being Mr. Big Shot. I myself feel extremely uncomfortable having Helix mixed up in this project, or Guy Bejerke – they both have a history of being errand runner for developers. Another reason I don’t think they work for this project is they are both so old – they are figures from the past. The Navy base re-use project is about the future, yet you have these aged relics – Helix and Bejerke – running the show. These two want to build McMansions and shopping centers, two things we got plenty of in Contra Costa. How about some housing young people can afford. How about a new library? These things I would prefer over McMansions and 1970’s era shopping centers. It would have been better to get some young futuristic types running this project rather than Helix and Bejerke, but that’s about about par for the course in Concord. Mayor Laura Hoffmiester has turned Concord into a rest home, it’s become a great place to be old and gum you teeth.

hope Johnson April 19, 2017 at 1:01 PM

@ KAD # 7

I’ve mentioned several times in the past that Lennar makes sneaky moves on where they will build after agreements are signed. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has dealt with them on the other military base projects in California. Concord needs to pull its head out of its ass and realize it is no different from other cities stiffed by Lennar.

Please keep your eye on the East Bay park space! Remember that Lennar’s initial proposal had housing on the wrong side of the creek, an indicator that it prefers to build there (likely decided it would increase profits). Similarly, at Hunters Point, the deal makers all told the public that the state-owned park land would be cleaned up and kept a park. Then Senator Mark Leno helped change ownership of the park from the State to San Francisco, and San Francisco sold a third of the park to Lennar.

It could happen here so watch carefully. Especially since Concord intends to give title of land to Lennar for infrastructure work, some of which has to be done on land that will be jointly owned with EBRPD.

Concord Mike April 19, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Lennar is trying to make a big profit as quick as possible. That is fine, but the city needs to be aware at times the drive for profit can compromise the long term plan and benefit.

Personally, I hope we get more McMansions and less stack and pack housing built.

If we want good jobs and high tech businesses to invest in Concord, we need to have some good housing to go along with it.

ggg April 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Once again, Lars is woefully misinformed. Helix was a player for Cattleus, not Lennar. Since when is it good government to expect a for-profit corporation to start developing for no profit? In your dreams, Helix. If you want a communist project, have the taxpayer buy the 13,000 acres, assume all the risk and develop it. Under the helm of Barone, Helix and other City staff, you’re looking at an Epic failure. Barone and Helix couldn’t even complete a simple street project at Treat and Clayton Road. Still a mess today.

TIFOKCIS April 21, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Once the first explosive device was hurdled into the tight packed crowd of folks attending ‘their own rally, one their day’ Berkeley PD should have swarmed the black masked skinny jean wearing pukes and arrested everyone of their spoiled little crybaby sases.

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