Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

March 22, 2019 19:00 pm · 42 comments

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Edi Birsan March 22, 2019 at 7:08 PM

Pulse of Concord survey number 2 is open, questions on housing, homeless, scooters etc.

http://www.PulseOfConcord.com

Lars Anderson March 22, 2019 at 9:04 PM

A question I would have liked to have seen on Edi Birsan’s survey is this one; How do Concord residents feel about Concord city workers being paid better than almost all other city workers in the state of California? Another question I like is this one; How can city officials continue to claim our city is broke – too broke to build a new library – and at the same time pay these whopper salaries to city employees? Another question I would have liked is this one; Do residents in Concord think it’s odd the City of Concord is broke when we have been experiencing the biggest economic boom in the last 50 years, which includes record low unemployment?

Media Pay and Benefits per worker, selected cities. (source Transparent California)
(1) City of Concord, 154, 855
(2) Palm Springs, 139,472
3) Beverly Hills, 134,585
(4) San Francisco, 133,317
(5) Walnut Creek, 126, 491
(6) Santa Barbara, 123, 675
(7) Pleasant Hill, 120,913

Pat March 22, 2019 at 11:36 PM

I’m tired of forking out more and more tax money to make Concord cops some of the richest.
How do we get the IDIOTIC voters to agree, Lars?????

Lars Anderson March 23, 2019 at 5:06 AM

Good point Pat. The reason Concord PD salaries are so high is because of Concord’s ongoing culture of corruption. Concord is a city steeped in corruption and unbelievably bad business practices on top of that.
City Manager Valerie Barone should be on top of this – trying to root out the corruption, but she only has her job because the Concord Police Officers Association allows her continue to have her job. If she tried to cut the fat, the waste, the profligate spending at the PD she would be out of job in a hurry.
Most city council members in Concord have been “placed” on the council by the Concord PD labor union. As a result the council functions as a kind of claque for the PD – whatever PD officials are claiming the council says “That right”. I mean it has become ludicrous. Whatever the PD wants in terms of resources , whether needed or not, council members fall all over themselves to kotow to PD officials.
Council members, like Obringer and McGallian mouth the police department labor union narrative, which generally is this;” Concord is a dangerous, crime wracked city, thus police salaries must be high to combat the roving gangs and gun toting thugs”. ” With crime so rampant in Concord we cannot afford anything; libraries, crossing guards, recreation programs, street repairs etc. etc.” This, in a nutshell, sums up the Concord POA narrative – which council members all parrot due to the fear they have the union will replace them in the next council election.
In fact, there are so statistics – at all – that back up the Concord PD labor unions phony narrative. Concord is a low crime suburban city. gun toting thugs do not move to Concord to buy 700,000 homes. We may have some gang people and thugs drive thru our town once in awhile, but 98% of Concord residents are hardworking people.
The Concord Police department, with the full support of these PD labor union stooges on the city council – like Obringer and McGallian, has been waging a “phony” war on a pretend crime wave in Concord, and this phony war is bankrupting our city (police budget goes from 40 million to 60 million is just 4 years).
This phony war on crime in Concord, the claim Concord is a hot bed of gang activity, is all about keeping PD wages in the stratosphere. A corrupt labor union, the Concord POA. is running our town now – citizens who want to see new libraries built are ignored completely, we just keep getting this phony propaganda about Concord’s pretend crime wave and the need to keep squandering money over at the PD.

Kentucky Derby March 23, 2019 at 12:08 PM

And there are cities that pay MORE. We live in Lamorinda, and I just checked Transparent California.

In 2017, the median pay in Orinda was $166,691. The city manager made $321,831.63 in Moraga. The media pay in Moraga was about what Concord pays. In 2019, I’m sure it’s higher.

Orinda and Moraga are easier cities to run than Concord.

We do have nice libraries, especially Orinda. For the amount of property taxes we pay – we better.

Michael March 22, 2019 at 9:35 PM

During the Great Recession of 2013 the council was faced with a deficit and had to choose between eliminating Crossing Guards or the Public Golf Course. Based on public outcry Crossing Guards were eliminated.

When faced with the same issue today what would you say needs to be eliminated? Crossing Guards or the Public Golf Course?

Hope Johnson March 22, 2019 at 10:52 PM

This is a false choice. Crossing guards are public safety concerns and should be coming out of the police budget which takes up almost 60% of the city’s budget funds. If needed, CPD should sell excess assets to fund crossing guards like they do when they want to purchase something outside of what is standard operating equipment and replacement needs.

Freedom is over rated March 23, 2019 at 7:12 AM

As long as the Concord Police trot out that armored assault vehicle at Kid Fests, shave their heads, and wear dark sunglasses when interacting with the public, and keep plenty of fully automatic weapons on hand, I’m good.

CuriosityCity March 22, 2019 at 10:45 PM

Clearly the Concord council members don’t understand their role in City government. These people have no idea what we think. Thatvus those who live under their decisions

Lars Amnderson March 23, 2019 at 6:49 AM

City officials, like Valerie Barone, keep claiming Concord has a “revenue” problem – not enough taxes flowing into city coffers – in fact Concord has a spending problem, as the chart I created above shows. A very bad spending problem, and city officials are offering no solutions to solve the “spending problem” other than to stick residents for more taxes.

KAD March 23, 2019 at 1:29 AM

I am not happy about our Property taxes going up for the County Sewer System. We are Seniors and can not make more money to pay for this.
What are we supposed to do?

foothillsguy March 23, 2019 at 7:55 AM

Kad,

since we Ca. drivers licenses to illegals and Concord is a sanctum city why don’t they require illegals to pay double on any item that requires a tax or tax their remittances to mexico ?

Concord Mike March 23, 2019 at 11:20 AM

@KAD – if you agree with Lars our city staff is over paid (they are), then you will not be too surprised at the ridiculously high wage and benefit packages given to those working for the sanitation district.

Who knew working for the sewer system could be such a sweet deal? Maybe that is why they call em “honey dippers” 😊.

Government and private monopolies without adult supervision always behave this way.

Hope Johnson March 23, 2019 at 8:35 PM

I agree with KAD – the increasing fees and taxes are too much. Gov. Newsom also has plans to tax residential and commercial water use each billing cycle. Yet, government is predicting a recession in the next year or so. Where do they think all this money is going to come from?

I believe the person Council appointed to the Planning Commission last month works for the Sanitation District.

Gittyup March 23, 2019 at 10:52 PM

It seems like our elected officials have decided that, with the huge number of Baby Boomers coming along, they are going to cut any advantage they may have given seniors in the past. I just read recently that County Connection has done away with its mid-day free rides for seniors. At some point, the senior discount on MDUSD Special Assessment disappeared from my Property Taxes in favor of a very expensive Bond Measure. Seniors are charged the same rate for sewer service as a family of four. In Clayton, a single senior pays the same garbage rates as a family of four while contributing far less refuse.

I believe this is all part of a public policy designed to force seniors out of their homes and into retirement communities and assisted living facilities. The popularity of aging in place among retirees is also perceived as an financial threat by realtors, mortgage bankers, the available housing stock, and everything else, somehow. The Black Knight has even mentioned Laura Hoffmeister’s public statements that they need the homes seniors occupy for families.

So, they put the screws to the most vulnerable, those on a fixed income. It’s actually criminal, in my opinion.

Anonymous March 23, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Lars. I agree with almost everything you say , except it does meet the definition of corruption. You have never laid out a single corrupt act.

The simple fact is that the Concord POA have worked hard at getting their minions in office . All special interest groups try to do the same thing, the POA has been adept at this . The City Manager can’t even figure out who is getting a free cabin at Lake Tahoe and why . Look into that. Hint; it’s not the cops.

Hope Johnson March 23, 2019 at 10:27 AM

It’s not just being adept at lobbying by the POA when Concord continues to increase Measure Q sales tax that hits low income people hardest while giving so much of the budget (and Apple iPhones) to the police department.

Lars Anderson March 23, 2019 at 2:11 PM

Annonymous, I think the fact that the Concord POA President Ronald Bruckert – who is just a patrolman, makes 300,000 year – year in and year out – is an example of Concord’s culture of corruption.
Contra Costa Times columnist Dan Borenstein wrote a column about this several years ago. Bruckert has been making this kind of money for years. Bruckert, apparently, gets the same amount of OT every year – 80,000. If this was real overtime then the OT would go up and down, the amount of OT an officer earns depends on crime level on their shift. On a slow night you don’t usually see OT, if you have a lot of action maybe you gotta work OT. In the case of Brucket he apparently has the same amount of “action” going on every year, 80,000 worth of action! Sorry, I just don’t believe this is legitimate OT.
A more likely reason Bruckert is seeing all this OT every year is because he is the POA labor boss. City manager Barone and PD Chief Swanger are likely just trying to keep this Bruckert fellow happy. He is a 600 pound gorilla in Concord politics, and he must be fed his bananas, as I have reported previously.
I am not saying he is not a good officer – all say he is great – I am only saying it’s just not possible any cop is going to get that much OT every year – almost the same amount down to a penny (efforts have been made, I should mention, to keep Bruckerts pay slightly under 300K, in the mid 290,000 range, which also tells you how phony this whole thing is)
Annonymous, as you may be aware, we have civil service laws in place in Concord – all government agencies have them. You go to work at an entry level wage, work so many years – you get regular raises, and eventually you reach “top pay”. At the Concord PD you have no civil rules being followed – from what I can see. Who is getting paid what appears to have to do with clout you have in the POA labor union, and nobody has more clout than Bruckert (see 300,000 dollar annual salary)
Another example of corruption, I believe, is the way the POA uses Concord Disposal money – Garaventa family money – to help elect these POA stooges to the council. The Garaventas spend vast amount of “dark money” on these council candidates every election cycle, like Carlyn Obringer. Voters get these expensive mailers dumped into their mail boxes.
Precinct walkers are hired, polls are done – repeatedly, expensive consultants are hired – the Garaventas fund all of this stuff, but it’s all off the books – the money being spent is listed nowhere. The Concord POA uses the Garaventa’s money to jam these POA stooge candidates down the throats of us voters, to the point that Concord really doesn’t have traditional Democratic elections anymore. What you ahve is this political machimne in Concord, run by the POA, and financed by the Garaventas.
For many years the Garaventas and the POA have shared the same consultant. This lady consultant has polled every residents in town so many times she can tell you the whole life histories of these voters, what motivates them to go the polls, and so forth.
Particular attention is made to senior citizens – the “granny vote”, who form the nucleus of this corrupt Garaventa financed POA controlled political machine we have in Concord. All other voters are mostly ignored. Library advocates, those pushing for the arts, for recreation programs – these folks all get ignored.
Annonymous, anytime you have a single labor union running a city – run by a labor boss who makes astronomical money, a labor boss that has the power to fire the city manager, the PD Chief, and the council, I think you have got corruption.
The council, and the city manager – they are supposed to be running the city, not the people who work for the city. Ronald Bruckert has been elected to nothing, why is he running our city? That’s a question all Concord voters should be pondering. Another thing voters should be pondering is why Concord is spending all this money to fight crime, when we hardly have any crime in our city ( an average of less than 3 murders per year over the last 15 years).

BagsFlyFree March 23, 2019 at 10:15 AM

All points above are spot on. The feedback loop that started way before the days of Greasy Grayson all point to CPD acting as a de facto PAC every election cycle. Guess whose hands are going to be most extended when the CNWS starts to build out, yup CPD.

Where city hall falls flat time and time again is the voters leaning on old hats to stay on the council thinking they deserve another cycle. More movement in the council means less “favors” which means real budget concerns can be negotiated with CPD. Swanger and company are a respected bunch, but how are they maximizing efficiencies, reducing the % of crime in hot spots, and giving the council obvious recommendations on resolving low lighting, accident prone areas, and improving security near shopping zones? Believe it or not, many in the rest of the bay still think Concord is less than liveable due to the perception we aren’t a well rounded safe city. Who changes that story around and lifts all boats?

Simple facts:
Hoffmeister has been on the council longer than TWO two term presidents.
McGallian was appointed (Hi Grayson), and ran unopposed last election. Could he be our “CPD” rep more than a man of the people?? Perhaps.

BFF Out!

Kentucky Derby March 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Concord has a “crime problem” whether the residents of Concord want to admit it or not.

I just checked crime stats, and Concord has a crime index of 10 (out of 100). Which means 90 percent of US cities are safer than Concord.

Property crime is higher than violent crime, but crime is crime. Property crime is also higher in Concord than other CA cities. One out of 28 chances of being property crime victim in Concord. In CA – one out of 40.

Concord isn’t a dangerous city, bit it’s not the safest city. It used to be.

BOB March 23, 2019 at 4:42 PM

I will tell you about my experience with the Concord Police Department. One Sunday while working in my yard, I heard the people next door talking about how much money they had made the night before by selling drugs. I went to the CPD and reported this and I was run out of the place. I was told they did not want tips, only evidence that would stand up in court. Not long after this the head of the drug taskforce was in the news for stealing and selling drugs so I thought maybe the cops thought that I was talking about one of their own. The people next door broke into my garage and stole thousands of dollars of tools and power tools. They also vandalized two of my cars before they moved.

Anonymous March 23, 2019 at 6:56 PM

Bob. The narc that was arrested had nothing to do with Concord PD

Lars. I would be very careful about accusing a cop of corruption . If you have actual evidence , there is a FBI office down town. Take it to them. Show them your evidence. They live for public corruption cases. If you don’t have any evidence I’d be careful about a lawsuit landing on your front door .

I share your feelings about the garbage company being a main player. Again if you know of dark money, call the FBI.

Hope Johnson March 23, 2019 at 8:26 PM

“Corruption” isn’t a legal term for a specific crime. The term encompasses dishonest and unethical as well as illegal behavior. Unfortunately, no law enforcement agency likes to enforce ethics or honesty in government. Is it illegal for Concord to spend over half its budget on the police department and offer high salaries while then saying the city is broke and demanding ever increasing taxes while eliminating crossing guards for school children and letting the infrastructure deteriorate? No. Is it unethical? Yes, and ends up hurting the people with the least resources and those on fixed incomes the most. If you know of some FBI agent willing to take that on, let us know.

Gittyup March 23, 2019 at 10:14 PM

It is odd that Concord pays employees more than some much more desirable places to live. But, I’d say that the people running the city have been doing things wonky and ethically questionable for so long, they don’t think there is anything wrong with it. It’s business as usual.

Anonymous March 23, 2019 at 9:56 PM

Hope – when making serious accusations , precision means everything .im not sure you can say that no law enforcement agency likes to enforce ethics or honesty in government . Specifically I’d refer you to Concord PD arresting an employee for embezzlement a couple of weeks ago , our DA being convicted of a felony and removed , and several years ago the head of a local -state narcotics unit going to prison.

And no , the FBI is not going to investigate a lack of crossing guards or putting too much of the city budget into the police. There is simply no crime. If you know of specific actionable information, report it. Otherwise do your best to get good people in office, not those indebted to the POA or the garbage company.

Hope Johnson March 23, 2019 at 10:40 PM

Embezzlement is literally a specific crime – not just an ethics violation or being dishonest so your example doesn’t match your idea that arresting someone for the actual crime of embezzlement means law enforcement agencies enforce ethics and dishonesty. Same goes for felonies – you don’t really think the DA was convicted because a felony is dishonest or a head of state was sent to prison for an ethics violation, do you? Those are black letter law crimes.

“Actionable information” isn’t the only corruption that needs to be exposed and addressed. I’d refer you to the independent investigator’s report on the CNWS master development selection where Tim Grayson violated the agreement not to accept campaign contributions related to Lennar and the City Manager and Council violated the state’s Brown Act by taking action on a vote in a closed meeting and at a serial meeting. They then allowed a single developer to bid against no one on a $3-$6B contract. No one had any enforcement taken against them but those actions are still part of corruption in our government.

Grayson is about to introduce a bill to prevent cities from demanding impact fees from developers. He’s basically making sure taxpayers take on the burdens associated with projects that private entities will take all the monetary benefit from. Not actionable but still corrupt, and people should be informed about it. Lennar ripped off the city of Vallejo and CalPERS ($900M worth) at Mare Island through a subsidiary’s bankruptcy – all through individual legal steps but still corrupt, and yes all of that was reported to law enforcement agencies who did nothing, which you can read about online.

Mary Fouts March 24, 2019 at 9:25 AM

PH Issues

1) The Old Schoolhouse across from PHE is falling apart. On the south elevation, building components have fallen off the building near the roof, creating gaping holes along the entire elevation. Some building components are dangling from near the roofline, but have not yet fallen. (Didn’t check the other elevations.) Seems to me PH Park & Rec should at least fence off the building for safety reasons. I haven’t heard anything new about “saving” the building for a couple years or more.

2) City landscaping at PH/Geary Rd, in the area that has the prominent Pleasant Hill sign, is an eyesore. Walked through it Friday. Some of the tall dead-stemmed ornamental grasses are trimmed back, but many are not and are shabby. The area is filled with weeds. Disappointing the amount of money spent on City landscaping, only to not maintain it.

Anonymous March 24, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Hope, you seem to be under the impression that more than “Black letter” crimes should be prosecuted . . Got news for you. Things that are against the law are written down and that’s the only way you can have a criminal prosecution . The only way.

There are avenues to civilly prosecute corrupt people , and there is the ballot box. If you want to start a petetion to freeze developement at the NWS or recall Grayson I’ll be the second signature.

I’m surprised you haven’t brought up the free condo at Lake Tahoe.

Hope Johnson March 24, 2019 at 2:10 PM

@ Anonymous – You responded to posts that people should not be accusing city government of corruption unless it’s criminally actionable. I am responding that there is corruption that is not acceptable in our government that legal entities refuse to address, and people should continue to call that out.

Despite your best efforts to twist my words, I do not agree with your premise that if the corrupt actors can “legally” get away with unethical or dishonest behavior, especially when it wastes taxpayer money or funnels money from low income people to billionaires, then it is ok. It’s not ok and people should expose it.

Legislation is sometimes written and governed by the partners in this corruption so it doesn’t become “illegal.” There are many campaign finance laws that need to be reformed to make them illegal – but so far no local elected official or law enforcement agency has stepped up. Most of the bankers who helped create the mortgage crisis didn’t go to jail and kept millions of dollars in bonuses, yet hundreds of people lost their homes. Amazon earned $11B last year but “legally” paid nothing in federal taxes. People should expose the background of these issues, whether or not the legislature has responsibly addressed them through legislation.

Any petition to stop CNWS development must begin after the DDA is signed, which hasn’t yet happened, because that’s how referendums work. I’m sure that something along those lines will occur.

Again, just responding to your assertion that posts should only address behavior that is criminal – just because you can get away with corruption in government doesn’t mean people should be quiet about it. Or if Concord is asking for more tax money because we are broke but they can afford high salaries or threaten to withhold money for infrastructure, people as well as the media should report it. So since you keep implying you know something about some type of corruption in Concord/Lake Tahoe of which I have no knowledge, then fill us in, fill in the appropriate oversight actors, or give it a rest.

Nunya March 24, 2019 at 3:56 PM

so the democrats said they were going to look into this, what happened?

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/01/29/attorney-general-investigate-gas-prices/

Anonymous March 24, 2019 at 5:37 PM

Hope,

I give up . You are smarter then me.
You win.

Check the Facts March 24, 2019 at 6:06 PM

Please check your facts before you try to say all City of Concord workers are the highest paid in the area. Lumping everyone together to get an average is skewing the facts to prove your individual point. Actually look into each class and you’ll see that Concord management is some of the highest paid around so is PD but if you look at everyone working in the street, cleaning the sewer lines, working in the parks, etc.etc.. you will find if you do some real research that these workers are underpaid compared to other cities, and if you do some really in depth research you would see that other than PD and management Public Works has a retainment issue because these other agencies do pay more with the same benefits. Again please do your homework so that ALL of the facts are presented when people are reading your rants/presentations..

Well Folks March 25, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Check the Facts – love your moniker, just wish more were like you. Lars and others are clueless. They think everyone body that works for an entity gets the same pay and benefit package as management. Just shows how ignorant they are.
Lars, Concord Mike, Hope etc – please also check the wages of clerical, maintenance (like road crew, janitorial, gardeners etc), admin assist and others that are not management and you will see the truth. To not look at wage and benefits by classification is not a factual way to analyze the scale.
As for CPD – yes they look well paid but they have had a recruitment issue over the last several years. Concord is a mid crime city so it takes a bit more to recruit. Lars I would like to know when did you have a job where your life was on the line daily. Any police officer on the streets of any location runs the daily risk of serious to fatal wounds daily. Thinks about that for a bit

Kirkwood March 25, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Check the Facts is right, I was a City employee in the mid 70’s to the early 2000’s. Hourly full time employees made 10-15% less than other similarly sized jurisdictions in the Bay Area. Employee Union Local 1 did practically nothing for its members. In contract negotiations the negotiators were carpenters, street workers, etc, against a better educated staff at City Hall. They could only win a 1-2% wage increase per contract. Other non cash out of pocket issues such as time off and work policy were more negotiable. We paid half of our monthly pension contribution CalPers and the City paid the other half. For salaried employees, the City paid 100%.
Employees finally kicked out Local 1 and brought in the Teamsters.

Kirkwood March 25, 2019 at 1:23 PM

Oops, a typo crept in. “We paid half of our monthly pension contribution TO CalPers …

Hope Johnson March 25, 2019 at 9:00 PM

@ Check the Facts – I can’t speak for Lars but it was my impression that Lars was posting about management within city departments and CPD as opposed to all the workers. It’s not how much workers earn but how much Concord can afford to pay. Should Concord give 60% of its budget, no matter how much that is, to the CPD if we can’t properly fund Public Works? Something needs to be adjusted.

Concord Mike March 26, 2019 at 11:45 AM

@Check the Facts,

You are preaching to the choir here. One of the biggest mistakes our past city council made was not making across the board cuts when we had the 2008 recession. They did not lay off (or negotiate early retirement) to the highly paid, high benefited employees. They cut from the bottom: Code enforcement officers, public work crew members, meter maids.

Other cities cut management and overhead in their police departments. Concord kept the fat and cut the muscle. Now we wonder why we have a top-heavy city government and not enough money to maintain the roads.

Well Folks March 26, 2019 at 7:19 PM

Concord Mike – nobody and mean NOBODY cuts from the top. Only way the top is cut is if positions are left vacant due to retirement, promotion or going to another entity during tight budgets. I worked for the county for 32 years and cuts ALWAYS come from the bottom. And what’s left at the bottom has to pick up the slack with zero increase to pay or benefits. It is obvious you never worked for a government agency.

Concord Mike March 27, 2019 at 8:37 AM

@Well Folks,

My 32 years were spent in the private sector at a large company which had to do layoffs at times. Our union employee layoffs were per contract terms, which were seniority based. However, those of us in management knew if we happened to be in the department targeted for layoffs and had a below average performance rating…better dust off your resume no matter how long you worked there or how high up the ladder you were.

In fact Concord did not lay off one police officer. Not one. Many other cities did across the board layoffs, including highly compensated police officers. Some cities cut up to 25% of their officers, and now are able to bring in new officers at lowered costs due to pension changes.

Concord is paying dearly for their decision to treat CPD as a sacred cow.

Well Folks March 27, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Concord Mike –
First I did work private sector before government and it was a union environment. So I also have private sector experience and it was in a union environment.
You do know there is a HUGE difference when comes to management and rank & file employees. I for one am glad Concord did not layoff any patrol staff. Concord needs all the patrol staff it has/had as it is not a low crime city like those in the Lomarinda area or Danville/Alamo. You may poo-poo petty crimes, shoplifting and bar fights but if those are not kept in some kind of check things will spiral (Antioch is a prime example). And for the most part CPD does a great job keeping the gangs in check. There are several different gangs in town but the 2 primary players have yet to have a major turf war and I when I lived in Concord never feared of a big one coming to fruition.
So you think there are too many patrol officers? Remember that when you have to call and have patrol sent out for an issue

Concord Mike March 27, 2019 at 8:35 PM

@Well Folks,

My point was not that Concord does not need more police. We do. But we can’t hire more new officers because the ones we have, and their chain of command, are too expensive.

Personally, I want to see more proactive policing. Gang suppression is great, but proactive stop opportunities are being ignored.

Drive around our town and you will see vehicle violations galore. Who needs license plates? We have more scofflaws than potholes in this town.

Pat March 27, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Mike, what you should have said is.. “Concord TAXPAYERS are paying dearly ….”
Why do citizens of Concord continually go to the poles with their heads up their azzes? I just don’t get it. I’m tired of City employees’ pockets being stuffed with more and more of MY paycheck. I’ll have to work till I’m 70 while they’re set for life at 50. Come on!

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