Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

July 14, 2017 19:00 pm · 32 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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Concord loves their homeless July 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM

I hope the City Council members read all the comments about the rise in car burglaries. Why does Concord put up with this? Do the people who live in Concord really think throwing money at the homeless does anything to solve the problem? Should us working people have protests in the street? You know we are busy working.

NewWorld July 14, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Round em all up and send them to FEMA camps, but don’t feed them.

Always Right July 15, 2017 at 9:14 AM

The reality is we have an unemployment rate of 4%. Anyone who is willing to work, even those with some level of disability, can get a job.

The problem is we have a “Hotel California” welfare system. Once you get in it – with all the EBT cards, disability/welfare checks, housing subsidies, ObamaCare, Obama phones – you can’t get out.

Most of the people you see on the streets are already locked into welfare, and simply prefer to live on the streets and use their welfare money to pay for drugs.

Anon July 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM

The Concord Police are in a hamster wheel, spinning themselves while they chase one homeless person after another. Just responding to a call and then shooing the person away is ridiculous and delivers no results. Even though the County’s homeless population has declined, it has increased in Concord. The homeless and abandoned shopping carts are the City Council’s legacy.

Concord_Resident July 15, 2017 at 11:59 AM

I was at Kinders and saw a woman steal drinks and plates from them. she walked in used the free water cups and got soda. then some people were done with there meal and left the tin plates on the table this lady walked right to them and took them acrossed the parking lot and gave them to a waiting male (also homeless).. I said she needs to put them back and she told me to F OFF.

Lars Anderson July 15, 2017 at 12:22 PM

I challenge Mayor Laura Hoffmiesterand other council members to take pro-active steps to deal with the cities coming pension crises. Corrective action needs to be taken to mitigate the huge amounts of city money being squandered on excessive pensions. As many know Hoffmiester – and ex-council women Helen Allen – spearheaded this policy of giving retiring police officers 3% of thier wages at age 50 – if they work 30 years they get 90% of thier wages for rest of life. Because PD officers now routinely make over 100,000 annually this has led to a situation where the city has no money left for anything, for rec programs, for the arts, for the farmers market, or for youth services, etc. Concord residents tax dollars are no longer going for a full range of services, in Concord there is increasingly only one service – the police department. The PD – ludicrously over funded given Concord’s moderate crime levels, has become this big drain on the city budget, thanks to Hoffmiester and Helen Allen. Poor city manager Valerie Barrone spends much of her time tearing her hair out trying to find the money to pay for these huge pensions and benefits being paid to the police officers. The last city manager, I should add, quit over this problem. (he also quit because he wouldn’t take orders from the PD labor union)It’s time for Hoffmiester and the council to take correction of action. Other cities – such as Roseville – have a 2.7 at age 57 for police offciers, and they are having no problem filling positions.

Keep all three Barrels Up July 15, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Lars your hatred and ranting about the police department is getting old. Have you ever gone on a ride a long? Maybe you should go and see first hand what the police do or cannot do per the City Council. Please go on one and then tell us how you feel about what our Police Officers have to deal everyday. Otherwise all you’re doing is whining like a child that didn’t get the same amount of allowance as his siblings.

Kentucky Derby July 15, 2017 at 2:37 PM

There’s a reason most people are apathetic towards local politics. You can be apathetic, or end up sounding like certain people (several), and it’s very draining. I wish there was a “happy medium” but sadly, I don’t think there is.

I don’t recommend being apathetic, but it beats the alternative. Attending city council meetings (in any city) is a soul crusher.

That’s not the way it should be – it’s just the way it is.

Lars Anderson July 15, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Keep all three barrels up, I am pro-law enforcement. City officials in Concord are reporting the city is broke, and will be broke for many more years – despite the imroved bay are economy. Profligate spending on the PD is the problem, including these bloated mega-pensions the PD are getting now.. Componding the problem is the excessive amount of un-needed police managers at the Concord PD. These managers are costly and not needed, and they compound the pension problem because 90% of a PD managers salary leads to unusually high pensions, such as the 160,000 retired PD manager Robin Heineman is drawing down. Patrolmen pensions are already high, but now – due to the increase in PD managers – the city is on the hook for even more money. In the recent Concord budget document there is – laughably – no mention of pensions! I mean you have this horrific problem with pensions yet city officials are refusing to even acknowledge it. All they talk about in the budget document is revenue, no discussion of outgo, and in Concord the PD is where all the money is going, all other programs have been decimated. The city claims the recession decimated the other departments, in truth it’s the PD with thier excessive wage and benefit demands that are doing it now, the economy has improved. To justify all this excessive spending on the PD – which is not needed due to Concord’s moderate crime levels – the city council people go over to the Concord senior citizen center once in awhile and talk to senior citizens who say, “yes, police services should be a priority”. But then the council turns around and give these huge raises to the PD officers and sweetens thier pensions to the point where they now get lifetime salaries when they retire.The false narrative being sold to Concord residents is this; the more money we pay our PD officers, the higher pensions we give them, the “safer” we are. The PD, to justify all the money being spent on the PD then turns around and exaggerates crime levels – they keep talking “gang, gangs, gangs” even though we have about the same level of gang activity as PH and WC – very little. If city officials want to stop the coming red ink they need to bust these desk managers at the PD back to patrolman. The city also needs to give the PD officers reasonable pensions, not pensions that are so lavish they decimate city services, which is now the case in Concord. In the last recession 25% of Concord’s work force was laid off, jobs were permanently eliminated. These eliminated positions – you had people doing important city functions – didn’t come back when the economy recovered, in fact, all the new tax revenue is flowing into the PD now, and PD officials are taking advantage of this by creating costly management jobs, or hiking dispatcher pay (86,000 dispatchers make to answer phones. Only HS disploma needed for this job, and you must be breathing too!). As I have been reporting, Concord is a poorly run city – city services have been decimated – the reason this has happened is because PD officials have been playing the budgetary game better than other city departments, and with all those layoffs – 25% of the city work force gone – there is no other city employees left to battle the greedy PD labor union. The excessive amount of money that is flowing into the PD, which in many cases is not needed and isn’t making us any “safer”, is happening because of Concord’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture. The PD labor union has placed stooges on the council, likeHoffmiester or McGallian or Leone. In a well run city you pay no more for police services than you have to, but that’s not the case in Concord. The PD brass – dating back years – has been rolling the council for more money than needed in light of Concord’s crime levels. My question is this; how many more year is this going to go on? How decimated does city services have to get before somebody says, ” hey, you PD people, you’ve gotten enough. You got your big PD station, your big fat pensions, your 100 K salaries – let us start doing other things with city tax dollars, like building a new library, or beefing up rec progrms”. But nobody is doing this – including Valerie Barrone – because they are all scared of the power of the PD labor union.Council members live it terror of the PD! As I have been reporting, Concord is steeped in political corruption, and the PD is the locus of the problem. Very simply, the PD has a complete stranglehold on Concord’s budget, which is wrecking the quality of life in the city. This stanglehold, by the way, is the reason we have this 10 year budget, excessive money being spent on the PD is locked in for a decade! City leaders brag this 10 year budget is an example of how well run the city is, that’s a joke, it’s the opposite. The 10 year budget cycle insures we taxpayers are going to get little for our tax dollars, all the 10 year budget cycle does is guarentee the flow of city money into Concord PD labor union members pockets, which is where most tax dollars now go (over 50% of Concord City workers work for the PD now). Again, I am pro-law enforcement, I am not pro police labor union. You don’t have to decimate city services to keep residents safe, they don’t do that in WC OR PH, but this is the case in Concord.

Well Folks July 15, 2017 at 10:39 PM

Lars – you twit the most essential service a city can supply is PUBLIC SAFETY and in the case of Concord that IS police. The demographic of Concord is 45% low income and if the all the “low income” (a fancy name for Section 8) housing is built like proposed the demographic of will be closer to 60% “low income”. Bottom line the lower the socio-economic the demographic the more police are needed. And when the majority of the population is of the lower socio-economic class the harder it will be to recruit an retain police.
You really need to study trends of the population shift in Concord. Concord is nowhere in the same socio-economic dynamic as WC, PH or the Lamorinda area. Get a clue Lars Drive thru the Solano, Monument and upper Willow Pass areas and see the reality of Concord.. And guess what??? The populations in those areas are spreading throughout Concord. The bigger Concord gets the more crime related problems it will have. Get a damn clue already

Keep all three Barrels Up July 16, 2017 at 6:25 AM

I give up on Lars.

Lars Anderson July 16, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Pleasant Hill, one city over, has a new city all – relatively new anyway, a new library on the way, and they spend more money on recreation programs. Rec programs are far better in PH. They are doing this in spite of the fact they lack big tax generating businesses like Sun Valley Mall, car dealers, Water World, CostCo, etc. In Concord we were told if we re-developed the downtown – built all these high rises – more tax revenue would flow ino city coffers. Where did the money go? That’s a question all Concord resdients should be asking. City manager Valerie Barrone and council people are building all these dense housing complexes downtown and looking to turn every inch of available land into a shopping center – the old Coast Guard property is the next target for shopping center building binge I’m reading – yet we resdients aren’t see the fruits of all these tax generating efforts. Nor have we gotten much for all these office buildings downtown either. Why? All tax dollars in Concord flows into the Concord PD now for massive salaries and enhanced pensions. People like Well Folks here can’t figure this out. Yes, police services is important – you want the community to be safe – but we don’t have to spend all city money on the PD, they don’t do that in WC or PH, but this is happening in Concord because council members are completely in the pocket of the police labor union. We’ve seen spending on the PD go from 50% of the budget to almost 60% now, and you can project soon enough it will go to 70%. Council members can solve this problem – the problem of out-of-control spending on the police department – by getting rid of all these desk jobs at the PD, and implementing my proposed ” Roseville Plan” – which would be changing the formula on police pensions from 3% at age 50, to 2.7% at age 57. You can fill police jobs with a 2.7% at age 57 pension formula – Roseville is doing it, Concord can do it too. But in Concord the Council is completely controlled by the PD labor union, that’s why Leone, Hoffmiester and McGallian are called the pluppettes (police labor union puppetts). You really need a change in leadership in Concord, these pluppettes aren’t making Concord any safer, they are just bankrupting the city with thier dumb spending policies.

anon July 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM

@7 Keep all three Barrels Up

Would you consider that fair, giving one child a smaller allowance than his/her siblings?

Well Folks July 16, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Lars – have you BOTHERED to check out the socio-economic demographic of Pleasant Hill. Here it is in a down and dirty form….Upper middle to upper class primarily white. Minimal “low income (section 8). Home values are hire than Concord and there are fewer multi family dwellings. Concord is very far from that. You Lars are just stuck on stupid

Well Folks July 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Edit to #14 – Home values in PH are HGHER, not “hire”.

Kentucky Derby July 16, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Pleasant Hill is NOT an upper middle to upper class town. That’s ridiculous. Upper middle to upper class towns would be Atherton or Hillsborough. Get real.

Concord is a lower middle class (Monument and Solano) to middle class town, with a some million dollar homes (Crystal Ranch, etc.).

Pleasant Hill is a middle class town. Walnut Creek is a middle class to upper middle class (Northgate, etc.) town.

Years ago there was very little difference between Concord, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. The demographics of PH and WC have stayed the same – for the most part. The demographics of Concord have changed. It’s become more diverse, and it affects property values and schools.

Keep all three Barrels Up July 17, 2017 at 7:04 AM

@anon Yes. If one sibling is doing more than the other. Life isn’t about being fare. If you work hard, and Police work extremely hard, but some people don’t seem to understand that. Then you get paid accordingly. Trust me, money doesn’t just flow into their pockets, like Lars thinks. I’m not saying that the PD doesn’t pay it’s higher ups a lot of money for just sitting around doing nothing. But I believe we need our police more then ever. We have to much crime, homelessness, abuse, robberies, domestics, and these are just a few. So much goes on in Concord that no one reads or hears. And that’s a good thing, because it means that the police are doing their jobs. And it’s only going to get worse once all the new apartments start going up. Not to mention the development of the CNWS.

Mary Fouts July 17, 2017 at 12:06 PM

@Lars #12 – PH’s City Hall opened in 1991, some 26 years ago. A few reasons PH has pretty much “stayed the same”, as Kentucky Derby posts, are:

(1) PH is, for the most part, built out with few significant open parcels left for new residential or commercial development;
(2) PH has many long-time residents, which adds to the stability of the community; and
(3) PH has never positioned itself as a “world class community”. It’s a bedroom community with Kohl’s and Nordstrom Rack.

In my South PH neighborhood, residents generally speak with one another (even when it is problem related) and look out for one another. That helps create neighborhood stability and a good quality of life. It’s the people, and not the local politics.

Anon July 17, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Antioch spends 70% of its general fund on the police …Orinda, 50%. As Concord starts looking more like Antioch, you can expect the percentage to increase.

Original G July 17, 2017 at 1:31 PM

@Anon Not hard to see why “Antioch spends 70% of its general fund on the police …” Compare cities Pittsburg and Antioch looking at base salary and OVERTIME. In 2016 Antioch had 29 more Police than Pittsburg did.
Pittsburg city manager Joe Sbranti is to be commended.

Mary Fouts July 17, 2017 at 8:54 PM

Watching PH city council meeting being streamed live. Harris has threatened to have people removed during carmax presentation. And public comment has not even started. What a doozie.

Jojo Potato July 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Come down to Walnut Creek city council meeting tonight to see food delivery robot. 6pm. Should be a hoot!

KAD July 18, 2017 at 2:32 PM

CAC (Community Advisory Committee) meeting tonight at 6:00 at the Concord City Council chambers. EBRPD will be presenting tonight.

Concord Mike July 18, 2017 at 7:50 PM

I am sure Concord would love to have CarMax. Shame on our city staff for letting this big fish get away. They will bring in more sales tax revenue each year than all the businesses in a Park and Shop combined.

Jojo Potato July 18, 2017 at 7:51 PM

I went to the WC council meeting. So some guy drove a cooler on wheels into the chamber with some blinking LED’s on a stick. The council members asked a couple questions which the robot company sales guy danced around. Done deal. The contract with this company was already on the consent calendar which guarantees passage. Good news for local ruffians. The thing only weighs 40 pounds so it can easily be flipped over and then relieved of any contents. Good old Walnut Creek, decision already made in the back room. Mony exchanged. Whole thing will fade away shortly. P.S. it’s not very autonomous, maybe my grandson can get a job driving it downtown. Still looking forward to the opportunity to smash it to bits.

KAD July 18, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Jojo Potato – If you think anyone is going to be able to steal the robot you are wrong. The presenter at the WC meeting must not have done a very good job presenting as the presenter to the Concord City Council.

Hope Johnson July 18, 2017 at 9:40 PM

FYI about the remote control delivery wagons. They are not yet fully autonomous and will require human accompaniment during their initial runs in both Concord and Walnut Creek.

Original G July 18, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Have to wonder about wonder about fail safes in software when something goes wrong. Have seen at work what happens with wheeled and track mounted automated vehicles when they screw up.

This made the headlines today
“Not quite ready for world domination!
‘Sucidal’ security robot drowns itself in a fountain”

anon July 20, 2017 at 12:07 AM

@17 Keep all three Barrels Up

“Doing more” what? Certainly, you’re not violating child labor laws in your household?

Lars Anderson July 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM

I keep reading about these gangs in Concord but none of them appear to have names. Who are they? Concord does not have a Hells Angel chapter a, Bandito chapter, we have no Crips, or Bloods etc., yet we are constantly being told by Concord PD bigwigs that we have this horrific gang problem! I don’t believe Concord has a gang problem, Concord PD bigwigs are just trying to scare citizens and keep the PD budget sky high, which it is. Concord PD has become a total drain on the city budget – the department is decimating the city budget. PD wages are astronomical, pensions are through the roof too. Over 50% of city workers now work for the PD – everybody working at the PD makes huge wages, yet no effort whatsoever is being made to deliver police services cost effectively. PD dispatchers make as much as deputy sherrifs! The situation has become ludicrous, and we have Laura Hoffmiester to blame for this. She believes the central focus of Concord is to arrest and jail – all other services mean nothing, our focus now is fighting this pretend crime wave and fretting about gangs that don’t exist mostly!

Jojo Potato July 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Thanks to I just got a free $5 gift card for Jamba Juice. Dont’ know who that is? Part of Lord Broadbent’s ever growing empire at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. If you are brave enough to see how a bureaucracy can grow and consume everything in it’s path check out:

Scary stuff.

Fyi July 21, 2017 at 8:23 AM

Suggest Lars goes to monument and over by drive in wearing either red or blue….good bye Lars!

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