Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

September 15, 2017 19:00 pm · 43 comments

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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1 Amy September 15, 2017 at 9:07 PM

I read in the Pioneer that Concord is seriously looking at putting a marijuana dispensary in the Terminal Shopping Center across from the Concord BART station (where Big 5 is) and in the Bel Air Shopping Center (where Staples is). Do you think we need more low life’s and addicts hanging around in places where we take our families? That cigarette store sells drug paraphernalia and I’ve seen their clients so don’t tell me these are what we want more of here where families come first.

2 Concord Mike September 16, 2017 at 7:45 AM

@Amy, The city council needs to hear from you. At every meeting discussing this topic, the marijuana users and sellers have outnumbered opponents 20:1. They put forward a group of elderly cancer patients who speak passionately about their need for the drug, but the marijuana supporters never speak of the dangers and damage done to young people who take up the habit, or the negative effects on neighborhoods.

The city council has already exempted medical marijuana users and their home delivery services from the proposed ban on retail storefront sales in Concord, yet the marijuana advocates keep scaring these vulnerable seniors into coming down and testifying. At the last planning commission meeting MJ proponents got a bus load of seniors from Walnut Creek to come down and testify. The planning commissioners were moved by the testimony and recommended against key aspects of the ban. This is how the game is being played.

The city council meeting on October 24 will be the meeting where the council will decide to keep the ban on retail storefronts and outdoor growing operations or open the doors to make Concord the only city in central county to go “up in smoke”.

I hope you and other concerned Concordians come down and express your opinion at the meeting. If you can’t attend, please email or write each city council member and ask them to make the ban against retail storefronts and outdoor grows permanent. Also ask the city clerk to include your letter in the correspondence package for the Oct 24th meeting.

We have only one city council member, Edi Birsan, who is actively pushing all things marijuana on Concord. The other council members are more cautious and (I think) more concerned about the negative effects. However, when the council meeting is packed with MJ devotees it is harder to stand strong. Getting a few speakers to support the ban at the meeting will be really important. I will be there. The meeting starts at 6:30.

3 Nature Lover September 16, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Thank you Concord Mike. I will be there too and will write to each Council Person.

4 Original G September 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Well now in the headlong charge for politicians to gain a new source of tax revenue to SQUANDER and let us not forget another source for campaign contributions have yet to hear about product quality standards, testing and a way to guarantee customers what they are putting into their bodies is free from insect eggs, mold, mildew, chemicals from grow process, etc.

Where are the regulations and quality standards already in place production of product for example containing consumable alcohol?
Who is responsible for quality control?

By licensing pot sales withing city limits is the city exposing the city to a future financial liability?

5 OH..NO! September 16, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Had NO IDEA that Edi Birsan was pro-marijuana in Concord!! Will NEVER EVER vote for him again! He presented himself to our union meeting in a very positive manner last year. Now know it was all a chunk of trash!

6 KAD September 16, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Original G – There was someone at the Planning Commission that wants to set up a testing lab in Concord. He already owns a building that he has been holding onto for this purpose. There is a medical need for MJ. Please watch a rerun of the Planning Commission that Concord Mike mentioned.

7 Giddyup September 17, 2017 at 6:27 AM

You might want to rethink that “Families Come First” entitlement. Apparently, the City Council has … probably under threat of a lawsuit … it is illegal to promote that kind of preferencial treatment when governing.

8 Anonymous September 17, 2017 at 9:14 AM

I wasn’t aware that Birsan was an advocate for non medical marijuana. I don’t want to see pot shops and pot heads in Concord. Some is inevitable but I hope the Council will do all they can to discourage it.

And I’ll give you one good reason. There is no definitive test for marijuana intoxication , unlike alcohol. We will see, like other states, a bunch of innocents hurt or killed by pot heads driving cars.

What about that Birsan?

9 D.V. Guy September 17, 2017 at 11:44 AM

You guys must all be high………………….Birsan is the culprit again …………. yep, check….get over it!! pot is legal, you guys sound like cpoa spokesmen that are gonna lose their failed “drug war dole.
It’s already one of the states most profitable ag industries and has been so for a while. It will soon will be entered in many County fairs ag competitions!! what will you think about that??? not only a wine tent but one for buds??? why not?
As adults we are responible for our own actions, those who would drive when stoned (level TBD) would also most likely drive drunk, it’s about being responsible plain and simple.

10 Concord Mike September 17, 2017 at 1:25 PM

@Anonymous, I am not trying to vilify Edi Birsan. I have spoken to him and I know he works very hard for the city and tries to do his best.

I just happen to disagree with his promotion of Concord as the central CoCo epicenter for marijuana commercial operations – both medical and recreational.

I also object to some of the promotional tactics the MJ advocates are using:
1) Encouraging very sick medical marijuana users to testify at public meetings (even after our city council has approved home delivery for these folks) in order further their marijuana retail storefront agenda.
2) Deceptively calling retail recreational marijuana stores “adult use dispensaries”. Talk about spin. I guess they love the term “dispensaries” because it has a clinical, medical meaning. Not at all appropriate for stores that sell recreational marijuana.

I agree with you there are significant dangers to a drug that has no approved chemical testing levels for intoxication. It is also proven dangerous to the health of young people. MJ retail stores in Concord would be bad for our already dilapidated strip malls and invite more addiction and crime to our neighborhoods.

I hope you can express your concerns to the City Council either at the October 24th meeting or via email. Believe it or not, your involvement can make a difference.

11 Forsythe September 17, 2017 at 1:31 PM

The pushers have won. Starting with Edi Bursan. It’s too bad. Very short sighted and it will ruin a lot of lives.

Marijuana is a depressant. Its use is associated with relationship problems, poor academic performance, lower life satisfaction. These problems are even more significant because today’s marijuana is far more potent than in years past.

Marijuana use during adolescence is especially damaging. It means impaired cognitive function, including memory issues, learning deficits, and lower IQs, all of which can persist into adulthood.

More young people seek treatment for marijuana abuse or dependence than for alcohol and all other drugs.

Concord can look forward to more traffic fatalities, more emergency room visits, more crime, and a much lower overall quality of life for its citizens.

Nothing good can come of this.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/02/recreational-marijuana-public-health/

12 Giddyup September 17, 2017 at 1:40 PM

No question who the stoner is.

13 Clayton Squirrel September 17, 2017 at 2:28 PM

I need to learn more about medical and recreational marijuana because the devil is in the details. I’m a big old prude who’s never even smoked a cigarette, though I do like wine.

Theoretically marijuana shouldn’t be illegal but my friend was unimpressed with the additional groups of high people hanging out in Seattle. We had no issues in Amsterdam but maybe their culture is more one of hanging out in the coffee houses that also have marijuana on the menu.

After seeing all the really sick people in the bone marrow transplant unit, I am totally in favor of anything that can help. Half of them will die and they’re not all old at all. There was some synthetic canabanoid medication prescribed to a woman with fungal pneumonia who was stuck in the unit for months. Anything to help her gets a gold star from my book. Those women in the radiation waiting room deserve anything that will allow them to keep going. I would completely be in favor of pharmacies dispensing whatever is needed. I don’t know if this is currently done but I know that the opioid epidemic is a huge problem.

14 Kentucky Derby September 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM

We don’t live in Concord, but hasn’t Concord gone downhill enough? I did attend Mountain View, El Dorado and CHS with Laura. I’m tempted to e-mail her myself. The last thing Concord needs is marijuana dispensaries. Wow.

15 Concord Mike September 17, 2017 at 5:41 PM

@Clayton Squirrel,

Marijuana for medicinal use in California was legalized almost 20 years ago (prop 215). This current issue is all about recreational marijuana… and what cities are going to trade the safety and health of their residents for some extra sales tax revenue.

Evidently a lot of people want to make a profit off of marijuana manufacturing and sales, and they are lobbying the city council hard to make Concord their home base to sell into neighboring cities like Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, etc.

16 Hope Johnson September 17, 2017 at 10:53 PM

A few clarifications on the information here on the marijuana discussion:

Concord City Council has not indicated they are considering putting a cannabis retail store in the Terminal Shopping Center. Rather, it is the Concord Police Dept. that has suggested that location as a site that might be a safer choice should the Council choose to allow retail cannabis stores.

The Planning Commission and Council have tried not to refer to retail store fronts as dispensaries. They have referred to retail stores, non store front medical sales, and medical dispensaries. Many of the public speakers are medical users, and regularly refer to the sellers they use as dispensaries because that has been the common term for medical sellers.

I was at the Planning Commission meeting and spoke to some of the speakers there. There is no evidence they are being coerced to speak. They were very knowledgeable and eager to participate.

There was no evidence that Vice Mayor Birsan was behind getting people to speak at the meeting. As someone who is regularly critical of the Vice Mayor, I do not say this lightly. No one referred to him or tried to give him all the credit, etc. And anyone who is not aware that Birsan supports cannabis legalization is not paying attention – he spoke about it at nearly every campaign event that involved all Council candidates and brought it up repeatedly at Council meetings in 2015 and 2016.

The seniors who spoke were not advocating for recreational retail sales. They want the ban to exclude the non store front seller who has been assisting them for some time. Non store front means there is no physical location the public can go to. This seller delivers in Concord and operates out of Concord. The seniors are concerned that a ban will require the seller to have to move a significant distance away or possibly be blocked from relocating anywhere due to multiple city bans on new locations, even for medical purposes. As with any medical issue, these people have built up trust in the provider and it is not easy for them to simply buy from someone else with the same degree of trust.

Concord’s potential ban would not be a ban on use and possession, only sales and distribution. It is the State of California that has legalized cannabis so it is currently legal for a person to possess and use cannabis products of all types (edibles, smoking, topical ointments) as well as growing indoor plants. It is the State that will issue licenses to sell. A ban in Concord will not change this in any way – so it will not address some of the concerns such as testing for driving under the influence or second hand smoke. According to Concord staff, Concord voters passed the legalization prop with 61% of the vote, a greater percentage in favor than the county vote. The Council is going to have to show some leadership on how to handle these use and possession issues – a ban on sales will not do that.

I personally think Concord is missing an opportunity to work with the one or two non store front medical sellers to test potential regulations in real time. Concord can limit the number allowed under an exemption in the ban, other cities are doing this. A blanket ban isn’t going to prevent people from recreational use or provide guidance to young people on the responsible use of any drugs – unless someone is going to place another measure on the State ballot to make cannabis products illegal, Concord could help shape how recreational and medical use is perceived and monitored and regulated.

17 Giddyup September 18, 2017 at 7:58 AM

What could ever go wrong with that?

18 Giddyup September 18, 2017 at 9:53 AM

Putting it in the Concord Terminal shopping center would make it really convenient for police to catch the last person who held up the BART train for wallets and cellphones. You would know exactly where to find them. None of you see a connection between the beginning stages of the recreational marijuana retail trade and the increase in petty crimes to pay for the stuff? How do you pay for your weed when you don’t work and have no money? Why you rob people on BART on the way to the weed store. Easy peary.

19 Concord Mike September 18, 2017 at 1:03 PM

@Hope Johnson,

What you said is substantially correct. The seniors at the planning commission meeting (mostly from Walnut Creek) were not advocating recreational sales.

However, someone obviously told them (incorrectly) their preferred medical marijuana home delivery provider would be forced out of business by the proposed Concord ban. Why else would a group of Walnut Creek seniors drive to Concord to testify on behalf of their provider?

I also agree with your statements about Edi. Although he is outspoken in his support for medical and recreational marijuana in Concord, I have no reason to believe he is actually organizing the pro-MJ campaign here. I believe that organizing is being done by the delivery operators and others who stand to make money from increased marijuana sales.

CPD has not been taking any enforcement actions against medical marijuana delivery services in Concord. That will not change with the ban. Seniors and other medical Marijuanna users have nothing to worry about with respect to their current delivery services. This debate is really all about whether we should further degrade Concord with neighborhood marijuanna storefronts and outdoor marijuana grows.

20 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 18, 2017 at 4:11 PM

OH..NO! #5,

Vice Mayor Edi Birsan has committed to not running for office again. He term limited himself to two terms on the Concord City Council and has said he will not run for any other office.

21 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 18, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Since Councilman Ron Leone has decided to not run for re-election to the Concord City Council in 2018, to instead run for Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, everyone should be aware that he could be elected to that position at the time of the June 2018 primary election and not the November 2018 general election. Should he have no opponent, or if he were to have an opponent or opponents and receive more than 50% of the vote, he will be elected at the time of the primary election in June 2018. Although, the current Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools term ends in January 2019, if he were to win, Leone could still resign from the Concord City Council, which would allow the remaining four council members to appoint his replacement, thereby giving the Council the opportunity to give “their candidate” an advantage in the November 2018 general election. We know that a candidate for Concord City Council that has the word “Incumbent” under their name is almost guaranteed to win. We have seen this type of activity occur on the Concord City Council before, all in an effort to keep the voting citizens of Concord from choosing a new Councilmember and City Treasurer, that the existing members of the council don’t approve of.

22 Had enough September 18, 2017 at 6:52 PM

All you have to do is get a dope truck and drive it through Willow Pass Park parking lots. The loud speaker can play Marijuana music. There are so many stoners toking it up in their cars there, you would have plenty of business. Concord Police have done nothing about it for years. It is a pot head paradise. They get high and drive away behind the wheel totally loaded.

23 Forsythe September 19, 2017 at 7:42 AM

Unintended consequences of legal pot in Bend Oregon
http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/4718634-151/mainstreaming-marijuana

“We’re seeing concentration levels that are off the charts,” said Ed Shemelya, of the National Marijuana Initiative, a federally funded education campaign. “The scary part of this ordeal is that nobody is regulating the levels of THC. Mechanisms that try to limit access to young people aren’t working.”

Dr. Gillian Salton, an emergency physician said “Why we think it’s OK to dress up a piece of marijuana as a gummy bear when we won’t put a cartoon character on a pack of cigarettes is somewhat beyond me.”

Many teens consider marijuana to be less harmful than alcohol and less addicting than nicotine or other drugs.

Researchers imaged the brains of users who started before age 16. They found life-long arrested brain development in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for judgment, reasoning, and complex thinking.

Studies have found that Oregon teens want to know how marijuana will affect their brains long term. “They don’t react well to the ‘Just Say No’ meme. It’s patronizing. A better message would be: “Wait and give your brain a chance.”

Or “your parents don’t care. You need to fend for yourself”.

In Oregon, marijuana production has moved into the suburbs, with hash oil extraction labs becoming the new meth labs. In 2016, hash oil butane labs caused explosions in Medford and Springfield. State police shut down an extraction lab in Bend.

Will the adverse effects be enough to get states to rethink legalization? With the millions in revenues that states are collecting by taxing legal marijuana, the hurdle seems to get higher every day. Once the cat is out of the bag, it’s hard to stop.

Dr. Emily Osborn, an emergency physician in Bend, said before she moved to Central Oregon five years ago, she had never seen a patient with a vomiting syndrome. “Now I see them on every shift.”

http://www.bendbulletin.com/health/4718634-151/mainstreaming-marijuana

24 Jojo Potato September 19, 2017 at 6:34 PM

@Had – you mean like this?

Excuse me while I light my spliff (spliff)
Good God I gotta’ take a lift (lift)
From reality I just can’t drift (drift)
That’s why I am staying with this riff (riff)

Bob Marley – Easy Skanking
This might be a little old fashioned for the current crop of stoners. Other suggestions?

25 TIFOKCIS September 20, 2017 at 8:51 AM

My pick-up truck’s (I am sure it didn’t increase in value) DMV fee increased from last year.

Feel the Sanctuary berning a hole in your pocketbook.

26 Mary Fouts September 20, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Not exactly in Claycord, but close enough for a mention.

The local newspaper reported today that the Antioch School Board censured a school board member, Debra Vinson, for violating board policy by trying to influence school employees. She was also investigated for denigrating a school district employee in an unrelated incident.

The crazy thing is, Vinson actually participated in this censure discussion and voted on the matter. She was 1 of the 2 dissenting votes. Vinson has a crystal clear conflict of interest in this matter – it’s about her, after all – yet she was not required to recuse herself. Absolutely head shaking.

27 Edi Birsan September 20, 2017 at 3:32 PM

GEEEZZZ,
if you want to find about where I stand/sit or otherwise, rather than speculate or try to extract from something that was posted 7 years ago, talk to me directly:

510 812 8180
EdiBirsan@gmail.com
950 Alla Ave.
Concord, CA 94518

28 Concord Citizen September 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Ron Leone for County Superintendent of Schools? OMG! Who is he kidding? Obviously he want the fat salary – $200,000 plus health benefits- that comes with the job.
There has to be other people running who are more qualified than a tarnished Hospital Board member and do-nothing council member. A high school senior could do a better job.

29 Hope Johnson September 20, 2017 at 8:35 PM

@ The Black Knight

Thanks for the reminder of yet another appointment possibility to a position intended for an election. I certainly would like to see Councilmember Leone off the council but there’s no telling who will be appointed. It doesn’t appear the Superintendent position is a popular one so he might not have an opponent. Any ideas on who might be qualified and competent that we could encourage to run?

Looks like Edi Birsan will be running for office again, after all. He is just beginning this term so it’s still early.

30 Hope Johnson September 20, 2017 at 9:03 PM

@ Forsythe #23

Marijuana is not legal in CA for people under 18 years of age, and, again, a ban in Concord that includes non store front medical stores will not address the issue of underage use. I’d also point out that the study you cite was based on heavy use – all substances have some detrimental side effects with heavy use, even vitamins. If the doctors in OR quoted as never seeing vomiting syndrome think there isn’t a significant amount of alcohol vomiting going on every weekend at college, then they must have grown up on another planet.

Hopefully, people will start being as concerned with some of the other commonly used substances as much as cannabis appears to bother them very soon. High fructose corn syrup is subsidized by our government and used everywhere in our food while causing life threatening obesity and early diabetes in our elementary school aged children; opioid pain killers have been pushed by big pharma to the point that hospitals have to drug test their own patients and law enforcement has to carry narcan because overdoses are so common; and our government isn’t in a hurry to ban tobacco sales despite the cigarette companies tweaking their nicotine, a known carcinogen, to be as addictive as possible. All this as health care becomes increasingly more expensive to access. Where is the concern about this? Marijuana use isn’t new because some states have legalized it, and yet it hasn’t caused nearly as much trouble as these other substances in the hundreds of years it’s been around. President Washington even grew hemp – you can make clothes and rope and boat sails, etc.

31 Concord Mike September 20, 2017 at 10:03 PM

@Hope, Here are some links to objective data relative to the side effects of Marijuana – particularly when smoked:

Habitual marijuana use correlates to lower IQ and less grey matter in frontal cortex:
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-regular-marijuana-shrinks-brain-20141110-story.html

From American Lung Association website – marijuana contains cancer causing chemicals and does other bad things to the lungs:

http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/marijuana-and-lung-health.html

Marijuana use can be addictive: People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-addictive

You correctly point out that use remains illegal for those under 18, but lets get real. The more local retail stores you have selling it, the more people are going to smoke it, including those under 18.

It should be obvious to anyone that smoking ANYTHING is bad for your health, and smoking pot is worse. Especially for young people as the studies show.

I agree with your observation that we have many unhealthy food products and tobacco products sold freely in Concord. As a result, thousands of Concord residents will die prematurely due to the affects of obesity and smoking. Why should we then add another carcinogenic and psychoactive product to the list?

I am glad Concord has the chance to ban marijuana retail storefronts and outdoor grows. Let some other city deal with the extra crime, addiction, intoxication, and health problems associated with increased recreational marijuana use.

32 KAD September 20, 2017 at 11:21 PM

Concord Mike – If Concord does not allow retail store fronts, the people that want it will go and buy it from the other Cities so that will not stop any of the things you worry about happening here. It will still happen here. I do not believe it is additive but some folks do not lead productive lives. It is not as damaging as alcohol.

33 Kentucky Derby September 21, 2017 at 9:01 AM

All drugs are dangerous and addictive – including marijuana. The DEA lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 Substance – along with heroin, LSD and ecstacy.

Anyone who doesn’t think marijuana isn’t dangerous has never smoked marijuana, is still smoking marijuana or is not keeping in mind that all drugs are dangerous.

California voted for legalization, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. CA voters voted for Prop 47 – look how well that’s working out.

I agree with Concord Mike. Adding anything dangerous to the list is foolish and unhealthy.

34 Hope Johnson September 21, 2017 at 10:22 AM

@ Kentucky Derby & Concord Mike
I suggest you look at the history of marijuana being included as a Schedule I drug. It is a political move that was not based on any substantive medical data. Marijuana is in no way comparae to heroin and putting them in the same class is ridiculous. Don”t believe me? Re-read the link in Concord Mike’s post on marijuana and the lungs. It literally states that there has not been studies on second hand marijuana smoke and they are basing their recommendation on the fact that smoke is bad for your lungs in general. They base smoke inhalation on cigarette use which is not comparable. People smoke cigarette after cigarette which is not commonly the case with any cannabis product. Testing on cannabis products have been politically banned, so this all assumptive information. Obviously smoke in general is not good for you – why not exempt one testing lab from the ban so it can be examined with its own data.

As for crime, when store front medical stores are robbed, it’s usually for the money because the Feds won’t let them take credit cards or put money in the bank. This would not be an issue if the ban proposed exempted one or two non store front medical stores.

The point is that the State legalized it and whether you think that’s morally justified or not, this is about to happen. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it isn’t going to work for this. I disagree that sticking your head in the sand and pretending that will keep you from being affected by it is the best government policy decision. Far better to be part of the process that shapes the regulation.

35 Kentucky Derby September 21, 2017 at 10:51 AM

Hope – I agree that marijuana isn’t as dangerous as heroin or LSD. Marijuana is not considered a “hard drug.” But it’s dangerous. Also – it’s not uncommon for a joint to be laced with something else – like PCP.

We can agree to disagree on the dangers and whether or not it should be legal.

36 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 21, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Edi Birsan #27,

I’m not sure which posters you believe are “speculating” about you? As of last year, your website still stated that you were committed to serving no more than 2 terms. You were also asked during last year’s campaign about a 2 term limit and seeking election to other positions. You reiterated your commitment to serving no more than two terms, as well as stating you had no interest in seeking other elected positions. If you are no longer committed to a 2 term limit and/or now have ambitions to seek other elected positions, then please, just tell us that you changed your positions and what you are now committed too?

37 THE BLACK KNIGHT September 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Concord Citizen #28 and Hope Johnson #29,

In his run for Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Ron Leone currently has one opponent, Lynn Mackey, the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Senior Director of Educational Services.

In the 2014 primary election we had quite a few candidates elected to office when then primary election took place because they had no opponent. Some of these offices included Contra Costa County Supervisor – District 1, Contra Costa County Supervisor – District 4, Contra Costa County Assessor, Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder, Contra Costa County District Attorney-Public Administrator, Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner, and Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector. California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla would have been
re-elected at the primary election had she not faced a write-in challenge from another candidate.

Speaking of former Assemblywoman Bonilla, she has dropped out of her 2018 race for California State Insurance Commissioner. I’ve not yet heard if she intends on seeking out another office to run for.

38 Mary Fouts September 21, 2017 at 4:28 PM

@THE BLACK NIGHT – In my adobe of Pleasant Hill, Councilmember Michael Harris also made a pledge upon being elected the City Council: he would only serve 1 term. And where are we now with Harris? A serial politician.

I truly think all politicians lie through their teeth. Once elected, all is game. The feeling of power. Based on my experience in local and regional politics, I truly feel the best people don’t run, because they do their best to help as they can in their communities, and don’t want to get involved in the mud slinging politics crap. Those that run for office nearly always seem to have an underlying motive, often personally driven. Truly pitiful, particularly on the local level.

39 Mary Fouts September 21, 2017 at 4:32 PM

@Edi Birsan #27 – To use your term: GEEEZZZ,

Grow a set. You are an elected politician. This is a blog, and internet “stuff” that you or others post doesn’t go away. Future judgment awaits, now or 7 years from now.

40 KAD September 21, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Regarding the CNWS – Lennar just found out about the 3 pipelines on the property and the restrictions associated with them. Maybe they are not aware of the earthquake faults.

41 Silva September 21, 2017 at 7:05 PM

KAD #40, Seriously? Wow.

42 annon September 22, 2017 at 9:57 AM

I am concerned that the city council may change the status on outdoor growing. When I went around to neighborhoods to get this on the city council agenda to stop outside grows of medical marijuana, the publicity caught the eye of an official DEA officer in Oakland, she came to rally for us and give testimony on the effects and dangers of outside grows, kids in neighborhoods and family risks to neighborhoods. The one I took to City Council had several problems, besides the fact they were growing high strength marijuana that smell like skunk and the odor smothers you. They had several breakins and robberies, my neighbor and I called for help because we heard what sounded like someone being beaten, and heard him saying, its medical marijuana, and gasping for air. It toke police 2 hours to respond, for some reasons, and the paperwork was never clear as to what they had in hand really allowed for them to be collectives or co-op operation. I have severe asthma, that I try to keep in check, but I ended up at the emergency room several times, just like the city does not allow outdoor smoking within several blocks of downtown, it should not be allowed outside in residential areas, or grown outside. I put myself with a handful of people to get that ordinance on the record, being told my life wad at stake, and I did get drive by stare downs and mean looks, one young guy would stand on the corner and watch my house. The city knew this house was operating as some inside calls were made to warn them, and they tried to make it sound like I had a personal vendetta, I did not. I laugh at lauras evaluation of code enforcement and the great job they do, this grow house had some major problems written against it, from city or neighbors, we were never informed, the house was to be remodeled instead without permits they tore it down, dust and whatever flying everywhere. I called code enforcement, city clerk, city manager, wrote emails to city council and staff, planning department, all phones were not being answered that day, and its been months, they are slowly rebuilding the house, and I will bet they are waiting to see the out come of decisions made on inside/outside grows. They brought their inside after the outside grow was made illegal. The police can not enforce all the things going on and the laws and medical documents these growers are suppose to have for each patient they are growing for. They will be putting our lives and health in danger, I have lived her 20 years, put a good deal of money into the house, and do not want to sell. If you do put your house on the market, and you know there is a medical marijuana grow house within so many feet, you have to disclose this. The night we went before the City council, for a decision to be made, I had very angry people attacking me verbally and threats, and the ones for it were there staged by some, with medical problems. I have never had a problem with those in need for medical use to receive the marijuana, never. But this has turned into illegal grows, money making, gang related, and some deaths. I am not going up against this again, its sad when this pits neighbors against each other, the person growing had said he shared amounts with neighbors,,,,good bribe. I do not think there is a need for a testing warehouse, in our city, really? What a crock, I have severe pain from disc in spine and neck, from decay,severe muscle and joint pain from bursitis and RA, injections do little for the pain, and I will never use marijuana. The big joke is I have a difficult time even receiving pain medicine from qualified doctors because its schedule !, and they do not want to give it out, they are regulated…but the marijuana growers are not. I am up many nights in pain, hard to move, can not sllep or rest, but I have to continue, thank God, because I have a grandchild we are helping to raise, so my daughter can work and is getting her masters degree. I hope that people will stand up and write letters and go in masses to the meetings, because this is our quality of life, in Concord where families come first ,NOT.

43 KAD September 22, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Silva – Yes, unbelievable I know. Lennar stated this at the CAC on Tuesday night. They added the pipelines to the map of the property. The City never had them on the maps before because the pipeline companies wanted to keep the exact location secret, even though many people whose home backs up to the property can see them. I could never see them and now I know why because they are not directly behind my house.

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