Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

October 5, 2018 19:10 pm · 36 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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Atticus Thraxx October 5, 2018 at 7:29 PM

Revised….So I went through my sample ballot today and here’s where I’m leaning, thought I’d get a conversation going as sometimes other people’s viewpoint can add to my own. Or subtract. Or divide. Never multiply though.
Prop 1 = Yes
Prop 2 = No
Prop 3 = No
Prop 4 = No
Prop 5 = No
Prop 6 = Yes
Prop 7 = Yes
Prop 8 = Yes
Prop 10= Yes
Prop 11= Yes
Prop 12= No
R = Yes
J = No

Cox vs Newsom = No vote. One’s a Trump boot licker and the other a sociopath Ken Doll.
Feinstein vs de Leon = Tough call. Probably deLeon. I’ve had enough of Feinstein. Way more than enough actually. Maybe No Vote. I’ll decide when I get in the booth I guess. But it won’t be Feinstein.
Kounalakis vs Hernandez = Kounalakis
Padilla vs Meuser = Padilla
Yee vs Roditis = Roditis
Ma vs Conlon = Conlon
Becerra vs Bailey = Bailey
DeSaulnier vs Fitzgerald the Nazi = No Vote.
Grayson vs Yahya = Yahya
Tuck vs Thurmond = Tuck
Mackey vs Hansen = Mackey
Hoffmeister vs Leone vs Herman = Herman, though I’m torn still. Only the Hoff even mentions road repairs in the candidate statements. Though her past performance on this is very disappointing to put it mildly. New blood might be in order. I’ll scoop my eyeballs out with a spoon before I’ll ever vote for Leone again.

No on 12 because I found the argument against the proposition more compelling and I suspect there’s shenanigans involving Big Egg going on. In fact I just read pages 70 and 71 again and I’m even more convinced.

wave October 5, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Greg Conlon, a Republican & former Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission in SF, has been running for State office since the early 2000s….he has never been elected. Looking at your choices…you must be a Republican in a Blue State….Good Luck…

KAD October 5, 2018 at 9:04 PM

I am so glad you started this conversation. I read the pros and cons and you are correct. It does more harm than good.
Regarding # 8 – You can also look at who is presenting the pros and cons. More later.

jon s October 6, 2018 at 12:13 AM

are you 17 or 18 little girl?your vote “reasons” are adorable

Smith October 6, 2018 at 7:56 AM

If you don’t vote for one candidate or the other, you are in effect insuring the popular candidate will win, which in the governor’s race would be Newsom. He just will not win by as great a margin. Put another way, if you don’t mark your ballot for one candidate or the other you are in effect voting for Newsom.

My understanding of Fitzgerald’s position is that he has new information on the Holocaust he would like to debate with a knowlegeable person. That’s a far cry from “Nazi” or “Holicaust denier.”

The fact that he is being slurred with these emotionally charged names is suspect. He is requesting an academic debate wherein a knowlegeable individual could easily refute his assertions if they are untrue, settling it once and for all. I see no harm in bringing the matter and the facts to light to be openly debated. On the contrary, that it is being squelched calls those doing so into question as anti free speech, anti Constitutional rights, oppressive fascists themselves. You may not like what someone has to say, but that does not give you the right to silence them.

Again, not voting for either candidate in this race in effect helps to insure the popular candidate is elected, which in this case is DeSaulnier. DeSaulnier has been silent about his oponent being slurred for wanting to open a discussion on the subject making him strangely suspect, and who wants to de facto elect someone with such compromised ethics himself. You will be doing that if you don’t vote for one or the other in this race.

Concord Mike October 6, 2018 at 9:02 AM


If I were Ron Leone I would be putting up Judi Herman signs all over town. She is going to be pulling a lot of female and even some male progressive and anti-incumbent votes from Laura Hoffmeister.

Your vote might be the one that puts Ron over the top.

As far as prop 10 is concerned, I am afraid this will backfire on most renters. By definition in a tight market, most longer term tenants have below market rents. Landlords will jack up rents on existing tenants in anticipation of new rent control laws. In addition, fewer apartments will be built. You can count on that.

The law of unintended consequences can’t be repealed.

Sara Hart October 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM

You think a woman like Mackey, who in her position approved locking up troubled and vulnerable students in solitary confinement for hours or days and depriving them of their educations is fir for the job. Mackey cost the county $1.2 million in a lawsuit over this. We suggest you rethink your endorsement because you you haven’t paid attention.

Atticus Thraxx October 7, 2018 at 6:51 PM

Good point(s) ConcordMike. The Hoff it is then. I have no intention of voting for Cox or Newsom. Period, end of story.
Smith, I know a dang Nazi when I see one and Fitzgerald meets my criteria. I’d say “Nice Try”, but it really wasn’t. So I won’t.
jon s, you sir, may bite me.
KAD at your urging, I took another look at Prop 8 and I don’t know. There seems to be shenanigans on both sides. Need to think on that one. In the mean time check this story out:

KAD October 10, 2018 at 10:49 PM

I have reached out to my step daughter on Prop 8. She worked for DaVita for several years. I will let you know what she says about this.

Fyi October 12, 2018 at 4:27 AM

Please no on Tuck paid for by charter schools!

Smith October 12, 2018 at 7:44 AM

jon s. was right. All those cat videos will rot your brain, little girl.

Atticus Thraxx October 5, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Agreement Brother Barbrady. ICE is just the tool being misused, not the prime mover. Left needs to get off their back and direct it’s ire at clown-baby-traitor et all. The whole thing is an egregious, tragic mess.

Smith October 6, 2018 at 6:54 AM

It is time to get the career politicians and the “do nothing” City Council members out of office by voting out the incumbants. One-by-one, if they won’t move on themselves, the voters will have to do it for them. There are no term limits on those positions, once elected the office is being treated as a lifetime appointment by those elected … the longer they stay, the more they become “in the pockets” of special interests like developers and garbage czars, and fail to represent those in the community who elected them.

During Hoffmeister’s long-term tenure in office the city has morphed from a safe and pleasant suburb into blocks of ugly apartmebt buildings, boarded up businesses, cockroach and rat-infested restaurants, a fast food wonderland, congested traffic on city streets, homeless encampments, decaying infrastructure, auto breakins and robberies, and the closest thing to Oakland this side of the tunnel. There has been no long term strangely to address the problems the city would face and the hens have come home to roost, so ti speak

Take the Concord Naval Weapons Station development, for example. When it came down to a vote, the fix was already in and we know exactly why. It was an eye-opening lesson on how so few in public office can push through a completely corrupt process which will have negative consequences in the area for years to come.

The entire group then turns right around and does nothing but pat itself on the back with a plaque in Todas Santos Park to immortalize themselves for posterity. That says more about their self-serving commitment to the people who pay their stipend and generous benefit package than anything else.

One-by-one, if the City Council won’t move on themselves, the voters will have to do it for them. In the Clayton City Council race, two seats are available to put some fresh ideas and responsible leadership to work and Budell and Wan can do that.

Shuey was conveniently absent for the vote on prisoner housing, clearly demonstrating his lack of commitment to the job for which he was elected which is to representing his constituents. He rubber stamps Napper’s recommendations, (another one who needs to go) because it requires no work on his part. We have had enough of this batch of City Council same old same old, business as usual, self-serving “leadership,” and I use the term loosely.

Pierce is not up for re-election this time, but keep in mind she has stated publically she wants to make things “ugly” for those who disagree with her position which tells you everything you need to know about her. “Power trip” comes to mind to define the self-serving attitude of those who have occupied these seats for far too long. They need be removed from the Council by the voters and get away from the public watering trough when they no longer care to represent their cobstituents and start using taxpayer money as their private slush funds for special interest projects. But worse, their long-term tenures have come to demonstrate an attitude that is as destructive as wanting to make any process related to city affairs “ugly.” The only thing Pierce has made ugly is herself with an attitude like that.

Mark October 6, 2018 at 2:54 PM

The Red Wave just got 10 feet higher.

Badmedia October 7, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Praise the lord!

Recall 'Em All October 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM

Pretty tired of tribalism – READ your ballot, make your decision and VOTE for what you think is the appropriate measure and person. Stop caring and blabbing about whether they are blue or red.

Concord Mike October 7, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Agree…Tribalism and snap-judgements – these vestigial human survival tactics are applied too often in the local voting booth.

Lars Anderson October 8, 2018 at 9:13 AM

10 reasons Laura Hoffmiester deserves a pink slip voters

1) Hoffmiester recently tried – and failed – to raise taxes on Concord voters. Her effort was defeated by Ron Leone and Carlyn Obringer, thankfully. Hoffmiester deserves to be thrown out of office for trying to double taxes on Concord residents (she favored going from 1/2% sales tax, to 1%, promising us voters nothing for the extra money but higher salaries for city workers, which are already through the roof)
2) Due to Hoffmiester’s budgetary mismanagement of city tax dollars 25% of the cities work force was laid off in 2009, thus residents are getting fewer services than ever. It takes forever to get stuff done at the city now because nobody works at the city anymore, but a bunch of highly paid paper pushers – who are always on vacation at some exotic resort, or getting ready to retire on their 100K plus pensions.
3) Under Hoffmiester’s buffoonish leadership the salaries of city employees have gone through the roof. In 2011 the average of Concord employee was paid 118,000 in pay and benefits – by 2017 that figured had skyrocketed to 154,000. Concord residents are getting fewer services than ever, and paying more than ever to get the fewer services delivered by overpaid city employees. It doesn’t get any worse than that.
4) Hoffmiester continues to work behind the scenes to insure that a new library never gets built in Concord. The reason she opposes a new library is because she believes the county should pay for it. Also, if Concord builds a new library some city money will be needed to keep it running. Hoffmiester opposes that because it would make it more difficult to overpay city employees as Concord has been doing!
5) As many have noticed, the Concord Pavillion, once the crown jewel of the city, continues to go down the tubes. Shows keep getting worse, the company that operates it – obviously – could care less about it. Hoffmiester has not been that keen on the Pavillion because Clayton residents – she works at the City of Clayton – complain about the noise and the traffic, so Hoffmiester’s solution is fewer good shows at the Pavillion, something she has apparently worked out with the operators, who are happy to comply. Hoffmiester was hoping people wouldn’t notice this, but many are.
6) Hoffmiester’s employment at the City of Clayton has – for years – been a source of conflict of interest. Often she will make decisions in Concord that negatively impact Concord, but are helpful to Clayton. Hoffmiester, as many know, makes 85K working at the City of Clayton at her make-work paper pusher job – but just 15K as a council person, so often she throws Concord under the bus when she has to make decisions that will benefit Clayton but disadvantage Concord. Hoffmiester’s first loyalty is to the City of Clayton, everybody knows it. For this reason it’s in all Concord’s residents best interest to throw her off the council.
7) Energy. Hoffmiester just doesn’t have any of that, as many have noticed. She works at reverse warp speed.She excels at meeting attendance, talking, yip yapping at meetings or on the phone, but nothing ever seems to gets done, there are no outcomes from her work. The problem here is her long career as a government paper pusher. She excels at paper pushing, and talking on the phone, but not at producing tangible things, like a new library.
8) Ideas. Hoffmiester, as many have noticed, doesn’t have any. She talks a good game but when is the last time anybody heard Hoffmiester come up with something innovative? A key reason voters should give Hoffmiester her pink slip is because we need people on the council who have got some fresh ideas. Hoffmiester has gone stale. That’s what happens when somebody sits on a council for decades.
9) Affordable housing. Hoffmiester, as many know, isn’t keen about providing residents with housing they can afford. In fact, she favors the opposite – expensive unaffordable housing, the more expensive the better; she believes that’s good for the City of Concord’s bottom line. Let’s get more rich people moving to Concord. – the kind of people that spend their money in Walnut Creek – is what she favors. We need people on the council who have a passion for building affordable housing for regular Concord residents, somehow, some way.
10) The City of Concord budget is a mess. That’s the biggest reason to give Hoffmiester her pink slip. She’s been on the council now for 24 years and look at her work. The city has fewer employees than ever, the wages of city employees are through the roof, and services to residents have been slashed to the bone. Amazingly, even during this booming economy the city is still broke! How good does the economy have to get before the city of Concord stops teetering on the edge of bankruptcy as it is now? That’s a question I think voters should contemplate as they do their ballots.

KAD October 8, 2018 at 11:27 AM

So Lars. Who would you vote for?

Nature Lover October 8, 2018 at 10:50 AM

OK Mr. Smarty Pants, what about Ron Leone’s part in all your rants?

annie2u October 8, 2018 at 11:12 AM

If Prop 6 passes Concord will lose lots of money they are currently using for road improvements. Don’t you want better roads in Concord? Some people here consider Concord’s poor street conditions a really big issue.
Here’s the City’s page on that:
EU countries pay 2 to 3 times more for road repair through gas taxes than we do, yet some of us expect the price of road repair – particularly asphalt – to have remain the same as 10 years ago.
So I’m going to vote NO on Prop. 6

Smith October 12, 2018 at 8:14 AM

If the money from from the gas tax were going to repair California’s roads it would be a different story, but you might be surprised to learn that some of it is actually going to oppose the passage of Prop 6, the repeal of the gas tax. It’s another end run around the taxpayers to create slush funds which are spent anyway the leadership wants. Sure the City of Concord wants in on that. It’s a sweet deal. They’ll throw crumbs to the actual problem and squander the rest. You can count on it.

Look at Clayton. A lavish Special Assessment voted to maintain city landscaping which became a slush fund to finance a charter school. Not only that, they have collected a surplus because, of course, they need it worse than the taxpayer. Corruption at its finest.

Smith October 8, 2018 at 11:43 AM

I pay Republic Service, the company who collects garbage in my area, a monthly fee, negotiated by and collected for, the City of Clayton, to sweep the street in front of my house as does everyone else on my street. They don’t sweep in front of my house, however, because there is a tree at the very far end of the property overhanging the street that is maintained by PGE (it’s in the power lines and PGE told me “don’t touch it”). The street sweeper could sweep all but that last ten feet or so of the street in front of my house before he gets to the tree, but he chooses not to do so. When I call and complain, guess who calls me back? Laura Hoffmeister, She always manages to make it my fault the entire street in front of my house doesn’t get swept even if the tree overhangs only a portion of it. So, I pay the fee and go out and sweep it myself. I don’t think the tree is the problem. I think Laura Hoffmeister is.

me October 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

wait, a tree on your property that has grown into power lines and over the street? and you want the city to do what…cut it back for you so the sweeper can come?

Smith October 9, 2018 at 12:57 PM

@Me Of course not. The City of Clayton does nothing for me but hassle me at every opportunity. PGE trims it annually because it is in the power lines. They told me “don’t touch it. It is a rare in the area Blue Oak, very slow growing. I didn’t plant it, the squirrels did. Theoretically, it is located in what I have been told is the city’s right of way.

A similar tree at the street was damaged when it was hit by a truck a few years ago. The police told me it was the city’s responsibility to remove the debris. I think because someone had hired the guy in a tractor trailer to hit the overhanging branch in what I reported as insurance fraud. I saw the whole thing and he lined his rig up at midnight one night before backing up and plowing into the tree at full speed. He was delivering to Safeway, or so he said. Barely spoke English. Then, he left without giving me insurance information, but I got his license plate number. I know there are people one can hire to do almost anything these days, and people with questionable moral standards who will hire them.

I would go out and cut the Blue Oak up as far as I could to clear the street which I doubt would be 15 feet, but I have been told not to touch it. I can’t afford to have it trimmed, but I’m perfectly willing to do it myself.

Until then, I see no problem with getting the street swept in front of my house that does not have a tree over it which is most of it, but the city hassles me any way it possibly can because I am vocal about the horrid things the current management has done to the once lovely, quiet little town of Clayton, and the lolligaging City Council and their ridiculous Special Assessment to fund their pet-projects slush fund which guts Proposition 13 protections for the elderly, the very people who have supported Clayton all these years. Thank you Gary Napper, Laura Hoffmeister, et al. You’re the ones who belong in Assisted Living, not us.

Anonymous October 8, 2018 at 7:28 PM

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Smith October 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Black was the name of a color long before it became a “popularized” racial designation. I call racial appropriation of the name of a color.

Smith October 12, 2018 at 7:38 AM

Go ahead and price yourself right out of the housing market by voting “Yes” on every bond measure, special assessment, and tax that comes along. While you might scrape together the down payment, you’ll never be able to afford the property taxes. And, that rental market you’ve been priced out of is that way because those increases in taxes are being passed along to you by your landlord.

Smith October 12, 2018 at 7:59 AM

When you sort out the Nazi accusations, the killing the sick children scenarios, the impending armageddon for this reason or that, all the other emotionally overwrought liberal arguments, you get a better sense of what you’re voting for or against. We know liberals have a well-developed flare for the dramatic and find it useful in herding their sheep. The liberal “Theater of the Absurd” takes precedent during elections.

Smith October 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Hoffmeister has a conflict of interest serving on Concord City Council and also being employed by the City of Clayton. You can clearly see that Concord is getting the short end of the stick. It’s an arrangement ripe with potential for Brown Act violations, and as you may recall Concord City Council was reprimaned for its inability to follow the provisions of the Brown Act during their wheeling and dealing on the CNWS development.

Leone resigned from a position at Clayton Valley Charter High School along with Linzey and Linzey’s wife under suspicious circumstances and an audit revealed some startling information.

That leaves Judi Herman. Consideribg the alternatives, I will go with the unknown. Anything would be better than Hoffmeister and Leone and it is high time to get self-serving public officials away from their cemented relationships with developers and garbage czars.

KAD October 12, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Just received a hit piece on Laura Hoffmeister. Says she does not pay her taxes and has a lien on her home. It does not say who paid for the mailing. Isn’t it a requirement to say who paid for it?

Cowellian October 12, 2018 at 2:21 PM

One thing I really miss about California is their Voter Information Pamphlets, and I really wish we had them here. But many, many years ago, I decided that all other political mailings go into the trash, unopened, and unread.

KAD October 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

I can guess who did this to Laura. It is a horrible thing to do.

WC Resident October 12, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Nothing seems private any more including Ms. Hoffmeister’s home address. The tax collector publishes data back to 2006/2007. There have been no missed property tax payments on her home at least in that time period. She has lived there since the year 2000 and so it’s possible there was a missed payment over ten years ago.

It seems she has always lived in Concord. The property taxes on her previous homes, including her parents, are also paid up. Her mom still lives in the family home and thanks to Prop 13, enjoys relatively low property taxes.

Kentucky Derby October 12, 2018 at 5:41 PM

A disclaimer is required as to who paid for the ad. I (like Cowellian and many others) don’t pay any attention to political mailings. I agree this is a horrible thing to do to Laura. I despise smear campaigns. It’s a reflection on the person doing the smearing.

Sadly, nothing is private anymore. I’ve never had a tax lien, but there are other tax liens besides non-payment of property taxes. The IRS and Franchise Tax Board will place a lien on your home for non-payment of taxes.

Laura is a long term resident of Concord. I grew up with her. I wish her well.

Smith October 12, 2018 at 3:39 PM

There should be term limits on those City Council positions. They were never intended to be lifetime appointments.

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