Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

April 20, 2018 16:18 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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DAS April 20, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Let’s not talk about it.

Mutts April 20, 2018 at 8:07 PM

I want concord to opt out of moonbeams illegal sanctuary state law”

Nunya April 21, 2018 at 3:09 PM

I second that, let’s get that on the ballot for a vote!

Fritzhugh Ludlow April 20, 2018 at 10:07 PM

Open the Legal marijuana shops in the area behind Costco/ that is the nearest I will go to Monument/Mexico.

Amy April 20, 2018 at 10:42 PM

I agree! The whole thing is stupid. It’s a political stunt. Concord refuses to protect its citizens from felons if they are here illegally? This was never on any ballot.

Kenji April 24, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Concord does not refuse to protect its citizens from felons, regardless of their immigration status or citizenship. There is no meaningful difference in the danger posed by a felon who is a natural-born US citizen vs. a felon who is an undocumented immigrant. Both can and should be arrested by police under a warrant and prosecuted under applicable laws. But mixing immigration enforcement with policing is one way to make it harder for police to get information they need to make those arrests in the first place.

Brujo April 21, 2018 at 3:35 AM

I agree that Concord should opt out of the sanctuary state law. Has it even ever been brought up at a city council meeting? Years ago I heard from a city council member who has since passed away that Concord city council members, except for him, considered Concord a sanctuary city back then. I wonder what the outcome would be, either state wide or for Concord, if the issue was placed on the ballot?

Dr Jellyfinger April 21, 2018 at 9:13 AM

I think Concord is just waiting for Clayton to lead the way.

Taggit April 21, 2018 at 4:08 PM

In that case, I declare Clayton is abjectly opposed to the designation as a “Sanctuary City.” Clayton has never, and never will, aid and abett lawbreakers, scofflaws, or illegal anything, and it encourages Concord to do the same, cooperating with the removal of illegals from the city and return to their country of origin … however many times that takes until they get the message and understand, “Enter Legally.”

Lars Anderson April 22, 2018 at 10:53 AM

The reason Concord has not voted to become a sanctuary city is because the Concord City Council, as a governing body, generally, never does much of anything. Council members, like Laura Hoffmiester or Tim McGallian, just while away the hours yip yapping at city council meetings. They are “caretaker” council people, they just want to keep getting re-elected, by never doing anything of consequence they ruffle no feathers.Council members have a little game they play – which has been fine tuned by Laura Hoffmiester in her 24 years on the council – they continually tell Concord residents how broke the city is – without bothering explain why (out of control profligate spending on city salaries is the reason) – and they promise down the line big things are going to happen in Concord ” you just wait”- they tell us- down the line were going to get a state college, or were going to get Amazon to relocate to Concord or were going to build all these new recreation facilities – they periodically will come up with some new thing were supposed to get -, “you just wait” is their mantra. After they get residents to swallow that double talk council members then turn around and give all the city workers big whopper raises. That’s the Laura Hoffmiester “formula” for staying in office 24 years, do as little as possible while serving on council (lighten work load for yourself), pass out fat raises to city workers, keep telling residents budget is balanced, and stay in office as long as you can – in Hoffmiesters case it’s been decades- so you can get fatter city pension when you get off council. Boy, do we need new blood on the council.

Great Gonzo April 21, 2018 at 7:26 AM

What I want to know, before I LEAVE kaliforniastan forever, is, who made Concord a sanctuary city in the first place? After the multiple run-arounds I got calling the town council and various city officials I accepted, they LKNOW what they did is wrong, they are just ducking out from admitting their massive screw up. Does anyone know, who and when?

Randy April 21, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Where you going?

It makes sense to me April 21, 2018 at 7:33 AM

Concord needs to opt out of the sanctuary state law.

Lars Anderson April 22, 2018 at 11:36 AM

The Concord Council moves with the speed of an 800 pound slug, so if they were to opt out of the state sanctuary law you can expect that to happen say 2070.

martinezmike April 21, 2018 at 12:15 PM

YAY Earth Day! BTW I was actually born on Earth.

Nunya April 21, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Dear Governor Brown-

Your pardoning of illegal aliens who commit acts of murder is low and despicable. It is clear that you put them above the people you serve. I hope you act is visited on you and your children for generations to come, ten fold.

Good riddance!
American Citizen

Lars Anderson April 22, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Appointed Councilman Tim McGallian has got a campaign website up, I encourage Concord residents to visit it and learn about his campaign. It’s located at the following address;
The reason Concord readers should make a special visit to the website is to read McGallain’s positions on the “issues” in Concord. I think if Concord residents look at McGallian’s deep penetrating “positions” on issues they will conclude, as I have, that McGallian doesn’t have a single good idea on how he would improve Concord and make it a better place to live.
Here’s Tim McGallian on the “issues” according to this fancy web site he has put up; McGallian states that he is “for’ police protection, he also states that he wants to attract more employers to Concord, and he states that he’s “for” balancing Concord’s budget. Wow. What penetrating insights on Concord’s pressing issues..
Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a shallow person sitting on the Concord City council in the 50 odd years I have been following the Concord City Council. McGallian can’t think of one good idea on how he would improve Concord! Nor does he offer up a single solution on how he would fix Concord’s problems.
In fact, if you read this ludicrous “issues” portion of McGallian’s campaign web site you can surmise McGallian doesn’t think Concord has any problems – we live in a perfect city, according to Tim McGallian.
Apparently McGallian hasn’t noticed the traffic jams in Concord, or the spiraling out of control rents that are impacting the working poor,or the budget choking housing prices. He also hasn’t noticed our library is a dump, our city hall is also a dump, and he hasn’t noticed how truly bad Concord’s rec programs are. Nor does he seem to understand – or having any understanding of – the vexing problem of out of control pension debt which is devastating Concord’s budget.. Nor does he seem to be aware that City of Concord employees have the highest wages and benefits of any city employees in the county – a median of $158,000, according to Transparent California, the web site that tracks city worker salaries, which is $25,000 more than city workers make in PH and WC, and $35,000 more than city workers make in Clayton and San Pablo (all cities that have built or are building new libraries).
I think if any concord resident takes the time to look at McGallians web site – and they read McGallian’s weighty views on Concord’s issues, they will conclude, as I have, that this Tim McGallian is the wrong candidate for Concord City council, I mean this is a guy who pretends Concord has no problems, a guy who has not a single idea on how to make Concord a more livable city. If voters make the mistake of electing him to a full four year term Concord’s festering problems – like the growing pension debt or out of control housing prices – will just get worse.

Concord Mike April 22, 2018 at 9:54 PM

I will say this in Tim McGallian’s defense: He got it right when he voted on 4/10 against recreational marijuana manufacturing in Concord.

The vote was 4:1 against recreational marijuana manufacturing, in spite of pressure coming from city staff to bring recreational marijuana manufacturing and storefront sales to Concord for the tax revenue, and in spite of over two years of lobbying by marijuana business interests trying to make Concord the central county epi-center for all things cannabis.

Yes, Tim got that vote right… and so did Carlyn, Laura, and Ron.

Proud that these 4 council members stood up to the pressure, listened to their constituents, and put the health of our young people ahead of the chamber of commerce and the city staff quest for more tax revenue.

KAD April 22, 2018 at 10:51 PM

I totally agree with you in regards to Timmy. He does not belong on the City Council. Someone needs to run against him in his District.

Lars Anderson April 23, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Thanks for agreeing with me KAD. Its’ clear McGallian has done almost nothing to improve Concord since he’s been on the council – he just a big gas bag who sucks up to everybody- nor does he have any good ideas – any vision – of where Concord is going, or what Concord could become in the future. He is devoid of one single good idea!
If voters make the mistake of electing McGallian to a full term on the council Concord residents will continue to have to sit back and watch surrounding cities build libraries, new city halls,, theaters, teen centers – all things we too deserve in Concord, but can’t get due to our do-nothing council – a council that believes leadership is squandering all our tax dollars on overly generous salaries and pensions for city workers.
I recall vividly when McGallian applied for the open city council seat he said in his application that one of his biggest concerns was Concord’s sewers – he said “solid waste” was a key issue for him, so I think it’s fair to say McGallian is Concord’s “voice from the sewers” because he has no interest in doing thing anything else, such as build a new library. In fact, he’s not the only member on the council that’s obsessed with poop plants – Laura Hoffmiester is too. Hoffmiester led the campaign to build a new bathroom at Ellis Park – thousands of city hours were squandered on this project, and more recently she ordered the City Manager to put a new bathroom in our tiny rat-trap public library (that gives city officials one more excuse not to build a new library, of course). The fact that Concord’s biggest achievement in recent years is building a new bathroom in a park, and a new bathroom at the library – while surrounding cities are building libraries, theaters, city halls, new parks, teen centers for the kids – speaks volumes on just how inept our city council really is. Wait, don’t forget the bike rack at the library – Hoffmiester got us a bike rack. How did they pay for these things? Oh yes, I think I’ve mentioned this before, we had to tax ourselves extra to get these crummy little upgrades to our city. Why? Well the answer to that is easy, ALL regular city revenue goes to pay for the inflated salaries of city workers – that’s why Concord pays city workers so much more to do their jobs, way more than surrounding cities do (see above), Concord has the money, year after year – to pay these big fat salaries because city officials, like Hoffmiester and McGallian, are chiseling residents out of the things they might get for tax dollars, like a new library or a teen center for the kids.

Well Folk April 24, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Lars – please tell us what adjacent city has a teen center? Teen Centers went out with Judy Garland Mickey Rooney movies. Get with the times. Teens will not go to a “teen center”. That idea is waaaay too old fashioned.

Randy April 24, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Lars how much does Hoff make?

Well Folks April 24, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Randy – each council person receives a stipend of $15,600 per year plus whatever healthcare costs

Mary Fouts April 23, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Volunteer time? I volunteer as a Court Volunteer for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. You will likely find me on Mon and Wed afternoons just beyond security in the AF Bray Courthouse in Martinez, helping court visitors.

A very rewarding experience; I help people from all walks of life each shift. If any of you are interested, here is the application information:

Lars Anderson April 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Concord Mike, it wasn’t the city council that made the decision to block the manufacture and sale of marijuana in Concord – it was the police department. As I have been trying to explain, the Concord Police Department labor union runs the town of Concord – along with higher ups in the PD – not the council or the city manager. Most council members – like Tim McGallian and Ron Leone – have been “placed” on the council by the powerful Concord Police Officers Association. This is why the Concord PD budget is so astronomical, it’s also why the salaries of city workers has gone through the stratosphere in Concord. The locus of” power” in Concord resides at the PD, behind the scenes POA bigwigs are calling the shots. Almost all big decisions in Concord have to be “run by” the POA bigwigs, if they don’t like what is being proposed, it doesn’t happen. I myself have lived in 6 cities in my life, I have never seen anything like what is going on Concord. While we do have a city council – and elections – all the big decisions in Concord are being made by un-elected city employees at the police department. The Concord POA functions as a kind of “shadow government” in our city. When a big vote comes up at the city – like the one on marijuana sales and manufacturing – McGallian, Leone, and Hoffmiester have to call the bigwigs at the POA to get their marching orders on how to vote.
Normally the big wigs at the Concord Police Department are thrilled when a new tax revenue source develops in Concord, like CostCo or Waterworld or the Verona Shopping. The reasons Concord PD bigwigs love new tax revenue sources flowing into city coffers is because every time one is developed more management jobs get created at the PD, salaries go up (see above), and pensions go up. The guys running the Concord POA, the PD bigwigs – have got a real racket going, let me tell you. But in the case of recreational sales and marijuana manufacturing the POA balked at this, for two reasons.1) Cops, obviously, can’t, can’t be advocates for drugs in a city. 2) If a bunch of Marijuana stores opened up crime would go up, the cops would be hit with more work.
So this view you have Concord Mike – that Tim McGallian courageously voted to block the sales and manufacturing of marijuana – is ridiculous, Timmy does what his police department overlords tell him to do and nothing more, same with most of the others on the council. Fact is we don’t really have a functioning Democracy in Concord – I would describe it more like an oligarchy. Every election cycle – when a seat opens up on the council – the Concord POA and the local garbage company, two special interest groups that are making fortune off Concord residents, team up, they hand pick a candidate for the open seat – like this shallow gasbag Tim McGallian – they drop all these mailers in voters mailboxes. Apathetic voters, who pay almost no attention to Concord politics, generally will vote for the handpicked Concord Disposal/POA candidate generally because they get all these mailers dumped in the mail boxes – they learn who they are – other candidates, of course, don’t have the money to even wage a campaign. After the campaign is over and the hand picked stooges get seated, council members go back to doing what they have been doing for years – squandering all the money our police department – passing out big raises, sweetening pensions, agreeing to create more unneeded management jobs at the PD etc.
Concord Mike, the political culture of Concord is vastly different than what you see in surrounding cities. People that serve on councils in PH or WC are doing so to make a difference in the community – to build a better city – that’s why you see new library’s going up, new parks being built in these cities. Concord, sadly, has this corrupt political culture that revolves around city labor unions and our local garbage company.
A key variable, in my view, on why this political culture has developed in Concord – I would describe it as a sick political culture – is linked to the fact we have had all these professional politician types shuttle in and out council seats over the years; Susan Bonilla, Tim Grayson, Mark Peterson (Leone now running for School Superintendent), – they all used their council seats as a launching pad for higher office, – they didn’t use their time trying to build a new library, which they could have – thus during their time on the council they were focused on catering to special interest groups, like the Concord POA or Concord Disposal or wealthy developers. The Concord City Council – unlike councils in surrounding cities, is a hyper political body, generally , thus we have been saddled with these professional politician gas bag types, they all got big dreams of moving to higher office, and they will not get there – they believe – unless they cut deals with special interest groups. These big shot politician types we’ve had on our council – Peterson,. Bonilla, and Grayson – none of them, did a thing while they were on the council! None of them could figure out how to build a new library!
This Tim McGallian fellow, he’s the latest version of these professional politician wannabe types we’ve had serving on our council – he’s got his beady little eyes focused on moving up to some higher office. Because we’ve had so many of these types in the past you can predict he will do a whole lot of nothing while serving on the council, he will spend most of his time toadying up to special interest groups and trying not to ruffle feathers.
The fact that you can’t find a single thing McGallian wants to do for Concord on his campaign web site is telling ( laughably, one of his big campaign promises is to balance the budget – which is required by law!). If voters make the mistake of electing McGallian you will be getting another do nothing councilman in cahoots with special interest groups, which is what we’ve had for decades.

Concord Mike April 25, 2018 at 5:22 PM

Lars, I am concerned about high police costs too. I think we are a bit top heavy (too many lieutenants and seargants, not enough patrol officers, meter maids, and code enforcement.). I also agree the POA is also powerful and politically active. Trade unions and developers are also very politically powerful in Concord.

However I am not as negative as you are about our current council members. We could do a lot worse. I know the Council members work hard and try to be responsive to their constituents.

Anonymous April 24, 2018 at 3:41 PM

We recall passing an increase of the sales tax to save the Police Dept. Now we pay the Chief 97% of what LA pays their Chief.

1791 April 25, 2018 at 3:14 PM

We need the gun range to be rebuilt in Concord.

Hope Johnson April 26, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Navy has fired Tetra Tech at SF Hunters Point contamination cleanup over tampering with radioactive soil sampling. It’s troubling that this company is still in charge of the clean up at CNWS without any oversight other than the same agencies who knew several years ago that there was something wrong at Hunters Point but did nothing.

KAD April 27, 2018 at 12:12 AM

I heard something on the radio today but find nothing when searching. It had to do with the Pittsburg landfill having radiation dumped there by Tetra Tech. Anyone else know about this?

Silva April 27, 2018 at 10:56 AM

That indeed IS very troubling.

KAD April 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Thanks to Claycord for the story today regarding my comment.

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