City Council Considering School For Former Naval Weapons Station Land

September 20, 2018 8:00 am · 28 comments

The Concord City Council is looking to evaluate their options for setting aside 120 acres on the shuttered Naval Weapons Station for the development of a university or a research and development facility.

To that end they’ve established a 14-member blue ribbon committee, including several education professionals, workforce development specialists and representatives from major industries throughout the Bay Area as well as Vice Mayor Carlyn Obringer and Councilman Ron Leone.

“This Committee will play a critical role in evaluating campus trends in higher public education, research and development parks, and innovation districts as well as funding and financing mechanisms,” Obringer
said today in a statement. “The City is fortunate to have so many experienced thought leaders who are willing to volunteer their time to this effort and who are committed to bringing a much needed campus for higher learning to our community.”

The committee will be meeting on a monthly basis starting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Concord Senior Citizens Center at 2727 Parkside Circle, and those meetings will be open to the public.

Together they plan to outline the programmatic priorities, potential investors as well as other sources of funding and map out the necessary steps needed to complete the project.

RANDOM TASK September 20, 2018 at 8:26 AM


WHAT ……so you destroy the education level of concord throw it to oblivion steal all their money and leave the children to 30+ per class throw in a huge amount of illegals and degrade the education level to a point where you pass everyone to the next grade even with straight f’s……



Silva September 20, 2018 at 9:06 AM

Councilman Ron Leone??? No conflict of interest there. Nope.

Jojo Potato September 20, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Ron’s sign for School Super is still up at the corner Ygnacio and San Carlos. No chance of getting rid of him is there?

Tax Payer September 20, 2018 at 9:22 AM

Oh ya LEONE IS THE BEST FOR THIS. HE took money from Clayton Valley Charter High School for a couple of weeks and left under the Director Scandle. This makes him an education expert,,

Fred P. September 20, 2018 at 9:36 AM

ANOTHER “blue ribbon” committee?

Concord Mom September 20, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Actually, I wouldn’t mind having university campus established in this area. I assume it would have to be part of the Cal State system. Yes, we have CSEB off YV but I’d like to see it expanded into a BIG school with large undergrad program, developing grad programs, dorms, sports programs, full university facilities etc. It would be nice for kids/families in the area to have a full public university option without having to commute towards Oak/Berkeley/San Jose or north to Sacramento.

Ricardoh September 20, 2018 at 10:18 AM

How about a trade school instead of another liberal indoctrination center.

Concord Mom September 20, 2018 at 10:57 AM

We have lots those, didn’t you know? There are Unions (such as Local Union 342) that offer apprenticeships (see websites). Through Concord Adult Learning there are programs in Medical Assistant training, EMT, Bookkeeping, Surgical Technologist, etc. Or you can go to one of the private technical colleges and there are several in the area.

T. Payne September 20, 2018 at 11:27 AM

That is a great idea. We need more schools teaching useful skills rather than more medieval lit majors qualified to do nothing. Maybe work at Starbucks, but that’s about it.

Ricardoh September 20, 2018 at 11:35 AM

There are many liberal indoctrination centers also. So what is your point. Maybe turn the area into a park?

J September 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Everyone I believe is missing the point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trade school research or if it’s an out house so now our city leaders will get paid and we as citizens will get the shaft. No need to bicker over what kind of school what kind of facility just know that politicians always win and citizens always lose especially in the great dictatorship of California.

Concord Mike September 20, 2018 at 11:51 AM

A four year university – Cal Poly Concord – would be fantastic.

There will be another one built in California, and Concord is one of several cities lobbying for it.

Good luck to this committee. Would be the best possible use for 120 acres of CNWS land.

Concord Mom September 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Cal Poly Concord would be fantastic!!!

Yes, yes, J, politicians always win..but something needs to be done with the land. I’d rather put in my 2 cents than moan about someone getting a bigger cookie.

The Mamba September 20, 2018 at 12:39 PM

University of California at Todos Santos kind of has a ring to it. They better have a good football stadium!

Frank Faragasso September 20, 2018 at 1:51 PM

Oh good another committee to delay things another 20 years.

Really... September 20, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Time for Concord City Council to really think about making Concord a green city. Perhaps also consider attracting tech companies or other large corporations who actually employ many people.

All this additional housing is planned, yet no thought to where the people will work or how they will get there. Retail jobs will not support the cost of the new houses. Our roads are already congested enough. Left late due to appt. today, took 35 minutes to get down Treat Blvd. When will the City Council really think green, bring good paying jobs to the area and eliminate so many cars from the congested streets and highways.

It’s time for them to get to work and make difference to the families of Concord. Bringing more families with no thought to infrastructure is a huge mistake that will be their legacy.

Dangus khan September 20, 2018 at 3:02 PM

Maybe lets clean up that ground and surrounding area of hazardous materials first….. just a thought…

Ricardus September 20, 2018 at 4:52 PM

Seriously right? I always thought they let the cows graze on the land to make sure there weren’t any missing mines or buried ordnance.

On a serious note, I bet you there are a lot of chemicals under that land. They would have to do some serious environmental subsurface investigations before building a school.

ZZ September 20, 2018 at 3:41 PM

Yes, let’s put some Tech companies in there so we can all be pushed out.

Bueller September 20, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Like it or not, the NWS land is on a path to get developed. A 4-year university would be an excellent addition to Concord. It is an idea worth exploring.

BoboHead September 20, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Why would we build anything there??? It was used to store nuclear rods from 1996 until approx 2009. Its bad enough they let cattle graze there and someone is drinking that milk and eating that meat. Now it seems the only options are a school or housing. None of this is good.

Here’s the 1996 article for reference:

WC Resident September 20, 2018 at 9:02 PM

@BoboHead – The article you linked to says that the they only used the port. The casks containing the rods were moved from ships onto railroad cars and transported to Idaho. They were never stored at the CNWS.

WC Resident September 20, 2018 at 4:56 PM

It seems you would also need buy-in from one of the state university systems. Do they want another campus? Who has the ongoing revenue to pay for the campus and is willing to give it up for a campus in the Concord area?

Ricardo Shilly Shally September 20, 2018 at 8:19 PM

The Cal State East Bay Extension in Concord is huge and is dearth of students! This tells me there is no demand. Let’s think of something else to do with that space.

THE BLACK KNIGHT September 20, 2018 at 8:57 PM

The Concord City Council’s idea for jobs on the CNWS is to “create” more government jobs at the expense of taxpayers by building a CSU/UC campus!!!

The Concord City Council should have a public meeting with Chief Guy Swanger so he can explain to them all of the problems residents had with college/university students in neighborhoods when he dealt with these problems on a daily basis when he was in San Diego!!!

A college or university on the CNWS is not problem free good news. The current roadway network on Port Chicago Highway which would feed college and university traffic into the “campus district” can’t handle all of the projected traffic especially since the Concord City Council has no plans to expand Port Chicago Highway or Olivera Road which will have 5 entry/exit points feeding into it.

Justifiable anger September 21, 2018 at 7:09 AM

Every time I hear the words College or University, I think propaganda mill. Maybe it’s just the age.

Also, anything run using public moneys is a burden to the tax payers. This is the reason Cost of Living continues to rise.

Nunya September 21, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Huh, what a prefect liberal solution! What are the odds there are unexploded ordnance there?

The parents can sure the school and the state can come in a really f$%^ things up.

Go Go Moonbeam!

OverWhelmed September 21, 2018 at 2:52 PM

I think if they wait until they have actually aquired the land they would be able to make some realistic decisions. At this point it is only day dreams. THEY DO NOT HAVE RIGHTS TO THIS LAND. It is still Government owned!

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