Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

July 13, 2018 19:00 pm · 7 comments


This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Move On July 17, 2018 at 3:01 PM

To DeSaulnier;

Time to move on. The California Democratic Party is tired of the old school. Thank you for your efforts, but we all need to know when it is time to move along. Go home. Sit in your back yard and read a book. Let someone else have a turn.

KAD July 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM

The City is holding a meeting tonight without recording it. This should NEVER happen. It is the CAC meeting.

THE BLACK KNIGHT July 17, 2018 at 8:55 PM

Move On,

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier is planning on being around in his current position for some time. It wasn’t that long ago that he began looking for a home to purchase in Washington D.C. or Virginia. He also hasn’t served in the U.S. Congress for 5 years yet, which means he won’t qualify for a pension and medical benefits for his time in Congress, which absolutely means he will not retire from Congress anytime soon!!!

Lena July 20, 2018 at 12:41 PM

All the more reason to vote him out before he costs us more than he’ll ever be worth.

Lars Anderson July 17, 2018 at 10:43 PM

Black Knight, I agree with you totally it’s vital we keep appointed Concord City council member Tim MgGallian from being elected to a 4 year term. McGallian doesn’t have a single good idea on how he would improve Concord. Apparently he believes Concord is a perfect city (see his campaign web site). I recall in his application for the appointment to the open seat McGallian said Concord’s greatness as a city starts with our police department. It does? Can you imagine Governor Brown claiming California’s greatness as a state starts with the California High Patrol. He would get laughed out of the state. The reason McGallian made this ludicrous claim – that Concord’s greatness as a city begins with our PD – is because he knew the members of the Concord Police labor union would be the ones making his appointment, not these police labor stooges we have on the council, like Obringer or Leone or Hoffmiester. These three never make a move without getting their marching orders from their Concord PD labor union overlords. If McGallian gets elected to a four year terms all you are going to see is more spending on the ludicrously over-funded Concord PD. That’s a given. McGallian is just a creature of the Concord POA.
As anybody with half a brain can see, we don’t need any more spending on the Concord PD. Now or in the future. What we really need is cutbacks on spending at the PD. The Concord POA – who run the city now behind the scenes – has turned our city budget into their own personal candy store. Examples of over spending at the PD are everywhere, such as this opulent police facility on Galindo, a Taj Mahal police station that is twice what was needed. Concord’s PD Chief – Guy Swanger – makes 70K more than PD chiefs in surrounding cities – 250,000 – even though he also has a 144,000 pension coming from his PD job in San Diego – bringing his annual salary-pension to 400,000 annually. Concord PD Captain Garrett Voerge, he makes more salary – 235,000 – than the PD Chiefs in Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and Martinez! How about Concord Police Officers Association President Ronald Brucket – a lowly patrolman – he’s made over 900,000 in the last 36 months alone, including 240,000 in OT! He’s made all this money – including all this OT – even though local papers are reporting crime is way down all over the bay area. Concord, as I have reported, has averaged less than 3 murders for the last 15 years – which tells you crime is not a serious problem in Concord, at all. While crime is not a “problem” in Concord – we do have a problem – a very big problem – with our police officers in Concord – the greed of this police labor union they have is bankrupting our city. Police wages are out of control, so are pensions, so is the proliferation of make-work management jobs. Concord does NOT need to spend a lot of this money being poured into the PD, crime statistics show Concord is NOT a dangerous city. The extra-money being squandered at the PD is making nobody any safer, it’s just fattening the bank accounts of people that work at the PD. Period.
Getting back to Tim McGallian, the reason he will be a disaster – if he gets a 4 year term – is because all you are going to get out of him is more spending on the PD. The Concord Police labor union out him on the council as they have most of these wimps they have on the council now, like Obringer or Leone or Hoffmiester. We do not need more spending on the Concord PD, we need cutbacks on spending at the PD. Concord needs to have an intelligent community wide discussion on how much we really need to spend on our PD to keep us safe, and we also need not to include Chief Swanger or Garrett Voerge or Ronald Bruckert in these discussions. These three will be forever telling us Concord is a dangerous city – just look at how much money they are making fighting this pretend crime wave they claim we have had in Concord, they are all on their way to becoming millionaires on the backs of us taxpayers.

Keep all three barrels up July 18, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Love our Police dept. Keep up the good work Ron!! And Lars,,, stop your whining.

Lena July 20, 2018 at 12:54 PM

Swanger is lecturing on Community Policing at the Cal State East Bay campus in Concord on Wednesday, August 8th, 2 – 3:30 pm. Admission for nonmembers is $5. I’m guessing there will be a question and answer period after the formal lecture. Here is your opportunity to show up and get your questions answered.

Here are the details from the Osher Lifelong Learning website:

“Community Policing
Price for Members: Free
Price for Non-Members: $5
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 8 , 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Swanger, Chief of Police, City of Concord
Location: Concord Campus


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Description Event Details

Police departments across the U.S. are pledged to provide safety and services to their communities. But how best to protect life and property, reduce crime and fear of it, help when natural disasters strike, and pitch in to soothe the everyday irritations of life? Further, how to meet these challenges when social norms and economic circumstances can shift so rapidly in a community? Concord’s Chief Swanger will take up the daunting task of explaining how his force interprets the concept of community policing and applies it to meeting the needs of the people they serve. OLLI and Chief Swanger offer a frank look at the balance of tactics, statistics, technologies, training and other factors that go into community policing in one of Contra Costa’s cities.”

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