Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

January 12, 2018 18:11 pm · 20 comments

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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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Hope Johnson January 13, 2018 at 10:21 AM

Further update on Navy cleanup of CNWS:

In addition to the info on the FOSL posted on last week’s Local Politics thread, the Navy discussed the investigation of further contamination found at Site 29. Site 29 is located near the center of the property and may abut some of the land turned over to Concord in Phase 1.

Site 29 soil gas and groundwater is contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE), dichloroethene (DCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). The site has been treated with bioremediation with success but the Navy found large concentrations now running to the north of the treated site. They will investigate and clean this year through the summer.

Also, the Navy will be giving a general background and update presentation to the CNWS CAC at the CAC’s meeting on Feb. 20 in Concord Council Chambers.

Hope Johnson January 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM

As discussions begin on Tuesday to draw Concord’s new district election lines, it’s an interesting time to make a list of potential Council candidates. Additions?

RUNNING
Laura Hoffmeister
Tim McGaliian
Joel Voelker
Kenji Yamada

RUMORED
Dominic Aliano (rumored Garaventa candidate, could he be appointed if Leone wins in June?)
Ajit Kaushal

LIKELY
Harmesh Kumar

POSSIBLES
Pablo Benavente
Cassie Gonzales
Dan Helix (upset enough at CNWS process to jump back in?)
Hope Johnson (no plans but list incomplete without all possibles)
Terry Kremin
Jason Laub
Ron Leone (if he were to lose in June, could change his mind on not running)
Brent Trublood

Silva January 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM

1) Hope Johnson.

Kenji January 14, 2018 at 4:23 PM

Present.

At some point Darrin Walters (owner of Blue Star Tattoo, chair of the Todos Santos Business Association) was considering running. I don’t know if he still is, or if he has decided one way or the other.

Forsythe January 14, 2018 at 12:11 PM

It looks as though bike sharing is starting to catch on in quite a few bay area cities.

While I believe that we need to do far more to help commuters and people who have to drive, for many reasons, I am starting to think that bike sharing might actually be workable in some limited instances. Here is one of many discussions of the issue:

How the Bay Area Can Get the Most Out of Bike Sharing
http://www.spur.org/news/2017-08-31/how-bay-area-can-get-most-out-bike-sharing

Kenji January 14, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Interesting, thanks for the link!

Mac January 14, 2018 at 4:51 PM

How hard is it to keep your stupid dog on a leash?

I was jogging around Newhall Park and a lady had two dogs off leash, both medium size, one was a pit, of course.

As I watched parents grab their children and people yank their dogs back when her dogs ran by them, I decided to thank her for being so special.

Seriously, why is this so hard? There is big unleashed area right in the middle of the park.

Recall 'Em All January 15, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Unfortunately, the CITY Manager does absolutely nothing about this. I’ve been pinned against a fence waiting for an owner to call her dog off at Newhall Park.
They are waiting for a giant lawsuit to help them understand that they should be enforcing the laws they have posted at every park – dogs must be on leashes.
THEY want people who come to the parks with dogs, rather than people who come to do drug deals, so they look the other way.
GGGGRRRRRRR

Anon January 14, 2018 at 8:10 PM

I’m sure the districts will be cut to favor the incumbents. It is nothing but pure unadulterated politics brought down to a small town level. It’s all about making it easier for people to campaign. Nothing to do with representing the people.

Kenji January 15, 2018 at 1:02 AM

The incumbents did not want districts. They have been forced into this process by the litigation threat under the California Voting Rights Act, a threat which has existed since the CVRA was enacted in 2002, and which this and past Councils have ignored for that period. The current incumbents will certainly try to get the least disadvantage that they can from districts, for instance by taking the City Manager’s suggestion of the following optional criterion by which to draw the new districts: “Avoiding head-to head contests between incumbent Council members, insofar as this does not conflict with federal or state law.” That means Laura Hoffmeister (elected incumbent) and Tim McGallian (appointed incumbent), who live close to each other and will want to end up in separate districts so in Nov 2018 they can be re-elected and elected, respectively.

Recall 'Em All January 15, 2018 at 7:10 PM

So Anon
If you are concerned, then you should show up at the meetings and let the people making decisions know your thoughts.
You can complain here and it won’t do much, but your words at a meeting or in an email to the Council might make a difference.
Don’t just complain, do something!

Anon January 16, 2018 at 8:10 AM

My point exactly, Kenji. Districts will be cut to favor the incumbents. If the system was actually fair, Hoffmeister and McGallian should run against each other, rather than drawing a false line down their common district. I don’t believe the threatened lawsuit had any teeth. How many other cities got those letters and caved in so quickly? Also, I do email the Council with my concerns from time to time.

Concord Mike January 14, 2018 at 9:56 PM

The OC register is tracking which California cities are allowing retail sales and other commercial marijuana activities and which have banned them.

http://projects.ocregister.com/california-city-marijuana-laws/

In Contra Costa County, these cities have (so far) shown the common sense to to ban ALL commercial marijuana activities (retail sales, grows, testing, distribution):

Antioch Brentwood Clayton Concord Danville Hercules Lafayette Martinez Moraga Orinda Pinole Pittsburg Pleasant Hill San Ramon Uninc. (Contra Costa) Walnut Creek

Oakley has banned all commercial activities except medical distribution.

Richmond is the only city in Contra Costa that allows Recreational or Medicinal Marijuana sales, and even Richmond has banned recreational testing, growing, distribution, and manufacturing.

I wish this were the end of the story, but the pressure continues on Concord to become the center of the county marijuana industry. The city council only passed the current ban by a vote of 3-2. A margin much too close for comfort, and the leading marijuana advocate on the council is now the Mayor.

Stay tuned as this story unfolds. Will Concord go “up in smoke” or will Concord remain the city “where families come first”?

Forsythe January 15, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Hopefully the public will wake up before its too late. From: CALM, Citizens Against Marijuana:

Edibles such as cookies, lollopops, sodas, make up half of Colorado’s marijuana market. Several deaths have occurred in Colorado since legalization. The damage done to the brains of young people consuming sweets laced with pot is a reason enough to ban edibles outright.

The citizens of Colorado started lobbying for mild restrictions. Ballot initiative 139 would have imposed a few conditions on retail sales such as child-resistant packaging, product health warnings, and limiting THC potency to 16 percent. In natural cannabis it is only 0.2 to 0.5 percent.

Big Marijuana fought back.

It sued to keep ballot initiative 139 off the ballot. It lost that court battle, so it paid signature-gathering companies to boycott business that supported 139.

When Colorado voters legalized Pot, they meant well. They wanted a safe trade, regulated like alcohol.

They ended up with a system of, by, and for, Big Marijuana. A powerful and corrupt drug racket easily crushes the will of voters.

Any doubt about Big Marijuana’s contempt for Colorado’s need for adequate regulation disappears with the realization that the drug dealers bought away the public’s chance to vote.

https://calmusa.org/calmcablog/2018/1/10/the-dirty-tricks-of-big-marijuana

elviss January 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM

How’s that “where families come first” workn’ for ya? It’s incredibly insulting to people who don’t have children, and it would appear since you all adopted it the city has gone to third-world status. You might want to re-evaluate your rather simplistic, exclusionary, and clearly discriminatory position. Concord clearly can’t afford any lawsuits and if someone takes legal action and sues the city because Concord discriminates, you all will be looking at a downgrade to ghetto status for those families, rats and all.

Fed Up January 16, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Yesterday I stopped by the Hot Dog palace. There were 2 bums sleeping a few feet apart in broad daylight on the public sidewalk. The last time I went there, there was one bum. It was like the Tenderloin, or worse. It is alarming to see what our so called leaders have let Concord become. Even SF has a sit/lie ordinance. I stopped eating outdoors at places around the Plaza years ago when a bum asked me for part of my lunch. I lost my appetite. Now I’m over downtown altogether. I go to the Farmer’s Market at Kaiser Park Shadelands parking lot. There is plenty of parking, nice people, lots of choices and not a bum in sight. Saturdays too. Sorry Concord, you’ve lost me.

I agree January 16, 2018 at 11:44 AM

It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to the Todas Santos area. Too many creepy people. I go to the farmers market at Shadelands, too. Much better, not such a circus.

PandoraHD January 18, 2018 at 8:18 PM

California has become unbearably corrupt, amoral and lawless — unjust. We’re sick of fake math — common core, fake science, fake history, fake weather and the gay/bi/transgender sex agenda. We’re gouged with taxes. Gouged at the pumps. Gouged everywhere. While Brown exempts himself and his cronies. We have no representation. Brown he is seriously “off his rails.” Along with Kamala, Feinstein, Waters .. the whole lot are criminals. Their preference for illegals is to garner votes and remain in political power. I have hope for California yet realistically, it will soon be a third world nation with no working class as the exodus gathers speed.

Fred P. January 18, 2018 at 8:25 PM

Well, the voters have spoken.

elviss January 18, 2018 at 10:02 PM

Yes, they have. And, they can change their minds, too.

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