Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

January 5, 2018 19:00 pm · 8 comments

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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KAD January 10, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Hope Johnson – Were you able to attend the RAB meeting tonight? If so, care to share anything you learned on the FOSL? Thanks in advance.

Hope Johnson January 11, 2018 at 1:46 PM

The FOSL (for those not familiar, stands for finding of suitability to lease) is planned for about 11 areas including IR Site 22 (bunker city), runway debris area (near Willow Pass and Olivera), three sites in Guam Way (area sort of in between the previous two), IR Site 22A (per Navy, the “radiological buildings”), and a few sites in the interior of the EBRPD land. These are areas that are still being remediated so ownership can’t be turned over completely.

Purpose is to allow Concord to lease some land while Navy clean up continues so approved pre-development activities can start and Concord can begin taking over caretaker responsibilities such as vegetation control (maybe security?). They can also start to negotiate use with the rancher. Navy will still have access to continue remediation and make sure Concord’s activities don’t impede safety or clean up efforts.

Lessee must ask Navy for permission to do certain activities such as digging, using groundwater, and occupying or storing materials in buildings. Regulatory agencies must also approve of the activities. Lessee is supposed to submit a plan to preserve human health and the environment.

Current planned timeline – draft in March 2018, draft final in July, and final in Sept.

Concord Mike January 10, 2018 at 9:33 PM

Now that the Concord City Council has surrendered to the frivolous (IMHO) lawsuit and has agreed to divide the city into districts for council elections, I have some predictions to make:

1) Downtown development will take a back seat to neighborhood district issues.(failing strip malls, bad roads, crime, local parks).
2) Mayor Edi will push for a police sub-station on Monument, and the other council members will demand one in their districts too.
3) Mayor Edi will push for retail marijuana storefronts and the other council members will say… NOT in my district.
4) The police department will start producing reports on crime by district.
5) Council members will demand Public Works divide road repairs equally between the districts.
6) The Council members with districts bordering the CNWS development will suddenly become ultra-sensitive to local impacts and will push back harder on Lennar plans.

As you can see from this list, there could be some very positive things coming out of this new district election set up. There could also be a lot of turfism and zero sum game thinking going on.

The major downside I see is Concord Council will be less focused on regional issues and Concord’s overall competitiveness for good jobs and good developments may be diminished. .

Kirkwood January 11, 2018 at 11:11 AM

I don’t see the value of police sub-stations. Concord had them in Clayton Valley Shopping Center, Solano Way, Four Corners, and Dianda Plaza. They were manned by non sworn, and volunteers. All they could do is take reports. An officer would occasionally drop in to use the bathroom or eat lunch.

Concord Mike January 11, 2018 at 7:19 PM

Agree. The old model of going to a station and filing out a police report is long gone. Sub-stations are a huge waste of money and valuable police time. Everyone (even the poorest among us) has a smart phone and can call in or electronically file a report.

Hope Johnson January 11, 2018 at 8:46 PM

Substations are intended to provide a reliable police presence in troubled areas, not for filing police reports. They are part of community policing, including foot patrols that help prevent crimes of opportunity and encourage coordination of neighborhood watch groups.

Hope Johnson January 12, 2018 at 8:24 AM

You should probably look up crime statistics in areas where substations once existed rather than relying on your own opinion. Crime on Solano off 242 went down when the substation was there, and most of the residents in that area regularly request another one be placed there (especially seen on nextdoor comments).

Concord PD’s big station is not designed to deter crime the way a substation does. It has no almost no visibility to the street on the bottom floor and officers generally enter and exit through vehicles in ithe back, which does not deter crime the same way as foot patrols do (which you should also take some time to read up on before you assume they don’t work).

KAD January 12, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Thank you Hope for taking the time to update us on the FOSL.

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