Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

June 15, 2018 19:00 pm · 23 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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Long time CoCoCo res June 15, 2018 at 7:31 PM

I am grieved to read that Becton won the District Attorney race. She was funded by a George Soros foundation. It’s bothersome than an international billionaire funded an essentially unknown candidate in our local race. Apparently he funded many local D.A. races in CA, supporting candidates he believed would go softer on crime. It’s even more disturbing to know that she has never tried a criminal case, blatantly plagiarized her application for the interim position in several places (WHY did the county supervisors still appoint her?), and her biggest opponent was endorsed by the other D.A.s.

I fear we’ve gone from a crooked D.A. to one of questionable competence and character who will go easier on criminals. It seems the voters in CoCo County don’t pay much attention to their candidates.

Original G June 15, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Unfortunately CA is plagued by voters with attention spans slightly longer than that of a gnat. Candidate or Proposition spending largest amount of money on advertising gets their votes.

Those low information voters are more interested in what some bubble butted borderline exhibitionists on TV are up to than take the time to be an informed citizen and voter.

ClayDen June 15, 2018 at 9:22 PM

WASS. Idiots.

Lars Anderson June 16, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Money played little role in Becton’s election, not very much was spent on either side. Becton won because she was a quasi incumbent, she was an interim DA. Voters didn’t know enough about either candidate, so they voted for the person who already had the job. Nothing unusual about that, county elected officials win 98% of the time. I would estimate maybe 20% of voters know who their local DA is, or care. I think this view Becton will be “soft” on crime is not correct. She’s had the job for a year, I can’t see much difference between her or Kochly, or Yancey – guys that had that job in the past. They are prosecuting people daily, throwing the book at bad guys, locking them up as needed.

Bob June 15, 2018 at 9:51 PM

The way I read it, Becton didn’t win by a large enough margin; therefore she will face Graves in November.

Michael Langley June 15, 2018 at 10:11 PM

Hmmm, I study the candidates and the issues, but if my vote is not in line with yours I am deemed uninformed? I make no judgements on your competence. We may have different priorities or values, my assumption is that is why we disagree on many issues. I will not call you low information, nor accuse you of not paying attention. I do proudly stand behind my choices, evidenced by use of my own name when I comment.

Nature Lover June 16, 2018 at 7:56 AM

Thank you for posting a rational response.

Hope Johnson June 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM

With all due respect to voters supporting either candidate in the CoCo County DA race, there are plenty of studies that show many voters are uninformed or have little information on specific elections and candidates or the structure of government. Some believe this helps democracy and others believe it is harmful to it. Either way, to ignore it or cover it up with “nice words” is to fail to address why we have such low voter turnout, a growing problem in the US.

Anonymous June 15, 2018 at 11:35 PM

I think Graves conceded the race.

I too cannot fathom why anyone would vote for this fundamentally dishonest woman.

Watch the state of our criminal justice system.

Anonymous June 15, 2018 at 11:39 PM

I think Graves conceded the race.

I too cannot fathom why anyone would vote for this fundamentally dishonest woman.

Watch the state of our criminal justice system.

Here is something to ponder . DAs have what the call a Brady list. If they believe a cop has done something dishonest they have to notify the defense attorney if the cop is going to testify. Imagine this : our recently elected DA , because of her plagarism ,would be on such a list .

Lars Anderson June 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM

As I understand it nobody – so far – has filed to run against Laura Hoffmiester in her newly carved out district.. If anybody is sitting on the fence in regards to taking her on – NOW is the time to do it. When she ran at-large she was tough to beat because she has high name recognition due to the fact she’s been on the council 24 years. But now that Concord has shifted to districts she can easily be knocked off. Many voters are tired of her – she’s been on the council for decades now – she’s done almost nothing during her council years but work behind the scenes to get city employees raises .Concord now leads the area in median salary for city workers – 154,000 – which is 20,000 or more than WC and PH pays their city workers . Meanwhile, we can’t get a new library built in Concord, rec programs have been whittled down to nothing, we can’t even get basic repairs on roads and infrastructure done in Concord, we had to vote to tax ourselves extra to get this work done – due in large part to the big salaries city employees make. Hoffmiester, more than any other council member, is the architect of Concord’s “big city” wages for city workers, and “little city” services for us residents. If we keep Hoffmiester on the council for a couple of more terms city employees will be making 200K annually and we will be getting as much services as they get in Pacheco – none. Meanwhile, city employees will be putting those down payments on homes in Lafayette, as they regularly do now. Hoffmiester must go!
The ideal candidate to take on Hoffmiester would be a young college educated millennial, it also would help to be a Concord High grad too. If a candidate like this files in Hoffmiester’s district and then goes around knocking on doors – and they tell people in the neighborhoods, “Look, she’s been on the council 24 years, it’s time for a change” – they will get a good reception, believe me. For many years – for too long – this Laura Hoffmiester has been the “face” of Concord. Whenever I see her on TV on those televised meetings I say to myself, “This is face of Concord? We need a new face”. Personally I consider this Hoffmiester a little nutty. 24 years on the council? How about moving over for somebody else, let them lead? Hoffmiester will never leave the council, I don’t believe, until voters voter her out. If voters don’t kick her out she will be on the council when she is in a wheelchair, on oxygen, and gumming her teeth. Hoffmiester is just power mad, obviously, that’s why she won’t retire.
A key reason any decent challenger can beat Hoffmiester is because they will be running in a district that represents just 1/5 of voters. These mailers sent out for incumbents, paid for by Concord Disposal and city labor unions, will have a lot less impact, a good candidate can just print up their own mailers , and go around knocking on doors passing them out – the amount of territory you have to cover is minimal. But also, Hoffmiester has a poor record. Just look at the big fat salaries city workers are making, and then think about the lack of services in Concord. Where’s our new library? All surrounding cities are getting them. Where’s our teen center like they have in PH? Where’s our theater for dramatic plays like they have in Pittsburg and WC. Any candidate that puts these questions to voters can win, because all Hoffmeister has done for years is play Santa Claus to city workers, while simultaneously paring down services in Concord to almost nothing.

Nature Lover June 16, 2018 at 11:40 AM

@Lars Anderson: What district do you live in? You are so full of righteousness and opinion, why don’t you run for City Council?

RANDOM TASK June 16, 2018 at 11:47 AM


….so informed …can you tell us why you legalized crime and why you support taking school money to pay for illegal system suckers ….oh and informed why do bums continue to pour into this state at record numbers and informed please enlighten us as to your owning of this state for over 50 years and it is in disrepair full of corruption and you still keep voting to increase taxes ….

please inform us all why this is good …and why you choose to vote that way

so we may be informed as tell our children why this state refuses to acknowledge them and pass them with f grades and refuses to spend any money to educate them and why the children are forced to be accosted on the streets by bums and criminals because voters want it that way


D.V.GUY June 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

@ Lars, mostly agree with you about the council debacle, the old school power players were Garaventa’s and Concord P.D. You speak of Union influence but they have little with the exception of the above-mentioned CPOA who are protecting their empire. I’m not a union employee( no family or friends are employed by the city either) but have seen a history of street crews and maintenance employees, as well as others, getting screwed over year after year to the benefit of CPOA employees. Don’t blame the cops for being good players in a crappy game either. IT’S YOUR ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON, dirty deals done dirt cheap! Don’t let our council be a Leone/Peterson style stepping stone to a higher DOLE, these guys both played the game well and we need to change the rules to city, county and state plans.
Somebody must step up and make corrections to an unfunded retirement liabilities issue, but don’t screw the rank and file employee that has served you well while you make the corrections. I think we need to CAP ALL city, county, and state retirement accounts at 50,000 per year max no DOUBLE DIP or SPIKING. This is the real elephant in our closet.

mtzman June 17, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Paul Graves may very well be an excellent prosecutor/trial lawyer but I simply didn’t trust him not to be a part of the good ol’ boy network that needs to change. The continuous attacks on Becton having never tried a criminal case ignored her 22 years of service as a judge and also misled voters into thinking that the elected head of a large DA’s office would actually try criminal cases on a regular basis, which, of course, is nonsense. There is a lot more to the job and Becton was clearly better qualified to represent all of the people of Contra Costa County.

Finally, the continued references to George Soros and being soft on crime was also misleading, especially in light of the fact that some of Graves’ supporters didn’t seem to have much problem in the Walton family support of Ron Leone.

Original G June 17, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Choice was easy, driving thru our neighborhood seeing Paul Graves signs in yards of the over half dozen who work in law enforcement.

Negotiator June 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Lars you could not be further from reality on Laura Hoffmeister. She is not the friend of the Concord City Worker. She is viewed as their nemesis and is disliked by all of the union reps. She gutted health care for new workers and holds a hard line on salaries behind closed doors. She may have other issues but giving away the farm is not one of them.Youre once again not placing your blame game where it needs to be. City Manager and Department Heads might be a more logical target for your complaints.
And libraries? Really? Go over to the WC monolith, it’s empty! #alldataatyourfingertipswww!
And hey, did you have Lars Anderson as you inept math teacher at El Dorado Intermediate? Interesting alias.

Concord Mike June 19, 2018 at 12:01 PM

I don’t always agree with councilmember Hoffmeister, but she is one of the best councilmembers we have had over the 30 years I have been paying some attention to local politics.

She knows how to run a meeting. She knows how government works and she knows the details. She is not climbing up the political ladder and is not beholden to special interests. She wants the best for our city, and I am glad she is running again in November.

Kentucky Derby June 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM

I had Lars Anderson at El Dorado! He was different to say the least. It is an “interesting alias” but maybe Lars is using his real name.

Jo June 21, 2018 at 7:24 AM

Hope Johnson’s letter to the Council to “cease and desist” in regard to violating the Brown act in the June 5th meeting is being addressed in the next meeting on the 26th.. A letter will be sent to her admitting that the Council violated the Brown act in permitting discussion of an item that was not on the agenda. Good for you Hope, for catching this and trying to keep the troops in line.

KAD June 21, 2018 at 12:37 PM

It is good that they are addressing Hope’s letter. What are the legal ramifications for violations?

Jo June 21, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Kad, there are no legal ramifications that I could see. I guess admitting guilt and promising not to do it again eliminates lawsuits.

Hope Johnson June 22, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Local paper reporting Concord Naval Weapons Station on short list for Trump immigration detention camps.

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