Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

January 19, 2018 19:00 pm · 24 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.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.

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KAD January 19, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Regarding districts – I like the idea one public speaker said at the meeting Tuesday night. Have some district council members and some at large council members. Nashville Metropolitan does it that way. My brother from Nashville, TN was here visiting this past week so he had to watch the Concord City Council meeting with us and the reason I have not been commenting on Claycord.

Hope Johnson January 19, 2018 at 9:38 PM

It’s not a remedy allowed under the CA Voting Rights Act. The idea being if the lawsuit is claiming at-large elections disenfranchise some voters, then any councilmembers elected at-large would be violating the law. Courts have held that having some elected at-large is a way around giving full representation to protected groups.

Cowellian January 19, 2018 at 9:49 PM

Nashville has 35 District Councilcritters and 5 at-large. It seems a little unwieldy to me.

Silva January 22, 2018 at 7:49 PM

That sounds excessive, Cowellian. Are they volunteering or do y’all have to pay their salaries?

Cowellian January 22, 2018 at 9:05 PM

They get just over $23,000 per year.
I don’t know about benefits.

Cowellian January 23, 2018 at 10:41 AM

It is Good to be King! I found this in the Tennessean:

Since the early 1990s, [Metro Nashville] council members with at least eight years of service and their spouses have been able to stay on the city’s comprehensive health care plan after they leave office. Those who choose to participate pay 25 percent of the premium, with taxpayers covering the rest.

Nashville’s Metro Council kills latest attempt to cut lifetime health benefits

KAD January 20, 2018 at 12:26 AM

Hope – I don’t understand why you aren’t considering running for City Council. You received a lot of votes last time and it was the first time you ran. I think you need to run again.

Hope Johnson January 22, 2018 at 5:49 PM

Thanks, KAD. There are so many issues to consider this time. If a bunch of people run, will it just give an edge to the incumbents by dividing the votes? If there are districts drawn and used for the election in 2018, then the people eligible to run this year will depend on where those lines are drawn.

KAD January 24, 2018 at 12:26 AM

Yes, I understand. We will just have to watch carefully and see how this goes to make sure the incumbents don’t do this. I hope that there are too many people watching this process to allow that to happen.

KAD January 20, 2018 at 12:36 AM

Cowellian – I agree. When I heard there were 40 Council members, I asked how long their meetings last since some of ours go to 1:00 in the morning. My brother is only interested in National politics and not Local politics so he did not have an answer. I did not look for the meetings on TV when we were there. Now I wish I had watched some of them. That would have been fun. I am surprised I did not watch any since we thought we were moving back for good and I had just spent several years of my life involved in local politics.

Lar Anderson January 20, 2018 at 2:17 PM

I too would like to see Hope run for council, Concord badly needs reformers on the council, we must end this culture of corruption and cronyism down at city hall. I always thought our new Mayor, Edi Birsan, was a reformer, but the word all over town is that Birsan has entered into a secret alliance with the Concord POA. The POA, as many know, “runs” Concord pretty much, council members and the city manager are just sort of ceremonial figureheads. The Concord City Budget, and almost all public policy decisions, are now being made over at the police department, rather than at city manager Valerie Barrones office. Barrone, I should mention, isn’t the first city manager to be under the thumb of the Concord Police Department officials, police department control over the city managers office has been going on in Concord as long as anybody can remember. Just compare Concord’s Taj Mahal PD station with Concord’s forlorn little city hall, I mean the contrast just tells you who is really running the town. And how about these whopper raises the cops keep getting, that’s another indicator who really runs the town of Concord. The police department has had a complete stranglehold over Concord’s budget for at least two decades, the more revenue that comes in the higher the PD wages get. It doesn’t matter how many new shopping centers we build in Concord, almost all tax dollars flow into the pockets of Concord POA members. This is why we can’t get a new library in Concord, or a teen center, or decent rec programs or money for the arts etc.. Mayor Birsan should be ashamed himself for making this secret deal with the Concord POA leadership.

Cellophane January 20, 2018 at 3:03 PM

I was just thinking about the rumor that the Feds may prosecute and put Mayors of sanctuary cities in jail.

Edi has waited so long to become Mayor and now he may be the first Mayor to go to jail.

Great Gonzo January 20, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Does anyone know who decided Concord will be a sanctuary city?

Every time I tried to find out from the gown council all I got was a run around, more questions than I can to bother with and down right LIES!

Recall 'Em All January 20, 2018 at 6:21 PM

Concord is NOT a sanctuary city, the last I heard. I think the City clarified this a couple of years ago.

Hope Johnson January 22, 2018 at 5:55 PM

Concord has not officially declared itself a sanctuary city. It did pass a resolution in September 2016 “affirming the City’s commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, just, law abiding and supportive community for all.”

The explanatory staff memo stated the resolution (which is legally non-binding) was to “reassure the community that the City will
not undertake any activities solely for the purpose of enforcing Federal immigration laws, which is a function of the Federal Government.”

“The City does not inquire about immigration status when providing services or in the course of law enforcement activities; The Police Department does not arrest or detain any person solely for violations
pertaining to immigration status; The Police Department does not disclose information stemming from cases of victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault, unless required by law; The City does not use the voluntary e-verify system to investigate or determine the work eligibility of applicants for City employment; The City does not provide access to federal immigration agents to non-public areas of City property without a warrant; The resolution reaffirms the Council’s commitment to ensuring that municipal activities
and services are accomplished with the goal of providing services and support to the entire community, regardless of immigration status, national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, identification or any characteristic. Furthermore, the City Council
and staff are committed to creating, nurturing and supporting a community that embraces diversity, cultural traditions, and differing viewpoints in a respectful, supportive, and safe environment.”

Hope Johnson January 22, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Typo in my post above. Resolution passed in Sept. 2017 not 2016.

Cellophane January 20, 2018 at 7:11 PM

The police chief has said publically that he and his police force would not assist any Law Enforcement organization that would try to arrest and/or deport illegals. Nor would it assist any such agency in any other way.

While the Chief is only a city employee, the City Council agreed with his beliefs and is fully supportive of the Cheif.

This is a Sanctuary City in a Sanctuary state.

Anon 2 January 21, 2018 at 9:13 AM

The Chief also said that he won’t let ICE into the police station without a search warrant. Way to cooperate with fellow law enforcement officers. Heck ya, the Chief made Concord a sanctuary city. What the city refuses to call it doesn’t matter.

annie2u January 21, 2018 at 8:26 AM

The Contra Costa Supervisors approved a new jail last year after listening to pleas from Sheriff David Livingston. Livingston said that the 300 bed Richmond jail is overcrowded which probably has a lot to do with the 200 beds taken by illegal immigrants since Livingston has a millions $ contract with ICE to house them.
Does anyone know 1) if the intended current ICE raids that were all over the news last week will be housed at the Richmond jail? Did that even happen and how many of the intended +1000 are housed in Contra Costa County? 2) There was a Cal Bill making its way through the senate which would not allow the state to give funds to any jail that was being a subcontractor for ICE, which would probably change the status of the intended new jails.
Any reliable info?

elviss January 25, 2018 at 8:16 AM

Concord seems to have a lot of third-world problems, crime, pestilence, beggers in the street, decaying infrastructure, boarded up business. Is this what the City Council meant by world class city?

Jojo Potato January 25, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Concord may have beggars but NOT world class by any means. When I lived in Lagos, Nigeria I saw how it really works. One of the regulars outside the “Park and Shop” store had been after me every time. He was in a wheelchair and looked pretty pathetic. Until I was waiting outside and observing as my wife came out of the store. He took out a cell phone, much better than I had, and directed the other beggars into optimal positions. I always got a kick out of that store name. Some called it “Park and Steal”. Maybe appropriate nowadays.

Hope Johnson January 26, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Concord in negotiations to build a 15,000 seat soccer stadium with two hotels of 650 rooms at Oak and Galindo near downtown Concord Bart and the police station.

annie2u January 26, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Thanks Hope,
Here are the agenda notes for the “Special Meeting of the Policy Development & Internal Operations Committee” held on Jan. 24th:

Cowellian January 26, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t that where they were talking about building a new library? Maybe a joint endeavor with JFK University?

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