Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

February 7, 2020 19:00 pm · 11 comments

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Concord Mike February 7, 2020 at 8:11 PM

I am voting NO on measure J.

This new 1/2% sales tax increase proposed by the CCTA (the county bus and transit authority) puts hundreds of millions of dollars into more empty buses, bike lanes, and BART. Only 27% Goes to local city projects, with huge strings attached to make sure even the local transport money is used for things other than basic toad repair.

If you read your ballot information, you will agree with me this measure creates an unfocused, random tax and spend machine.

I am willing to pay more taxes for basic road repair, but measure J doesn’t deliver the goods.

Sick of it February 7, 2020 at 9:27 PM

We are taxed enough to do the road repairs already. They need to quit pissing our money away with poorly managed projects and expensive half solutions instead of doing it right

Gittyup February 7, 2020 at 9:57 PM

Measure J is a big “NO” for me, too, because as it states in the Arguments Against, “… the 2017 state gas tax hike has already increased local street funding 70 percent. Isn’t that enough? Measure J will push sales taxes over 10% in part of Contra Costa County.”

The Wizard February 8, 2020 at 7:40 AM

I voted No on J @ 13

S February 8, 2020 at 7:27 AM

just say NO

Dorothy February 8, 2020 at 11:02 AM

No on taxes (35 years worth!), no on all bonds (can’t afford them either), and no on all incumbents (they had their chance).

Gittyup February 8, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Proposition 13 will raise the cost of rent and property taxes. When school districts are closing schools because enrollment is down and the state has a budget surplus of 22 BILLION dollars, it is a mystery why the state wants to issue bonds in the amount of 15 BILLION dollars under Proposition 13 that will ultimately cost me and you 26 BILLION to repay. It is irresponsible borrowing, at the least. But, wait, there’s more!

Buried in Proposition 13 are clauses reducing and, in some cases, eliminating fees on developers to fund local schools. Of course, the proposition is heavily supported by developers, because it is a windfall for them shifting the costs to the taxpayer. Additionally, it allows local school districts to sell general obligation bonds in much greater amounts and at rates up to 4 percent of accessed property value. That’s more that your yearly cost-of-living raise, in most cases. Finally, a Proposition just passed in 2017 (little more than two years ago) providing 9 BILLION in funding, more than half what Proposition 13 raises, to accomplish the same goals. What have they done with that money, stashed it in the state’s 22 BILLION dollar surplus? Why not use money from the state’s surplus to fund these repairs?

Something is very wrong with Proposition 13 and how it made it to the ballot is a dilemma. It will raise property taxes and the cost of rental units dramatically when its provisions go into effect and make the expenses related to housing worse for everyone. Vote “NO” on Proposition 13.

No new taxes.

Nature Lover February 10, 2020 at 12:26 PM

I too am voting No on J and Prop.13.

WhoDat Gurl February 10, 2020 at 1:04 PM

No More Taxes! They have ENOUGH OF OUR MONEY. When the government actually does what it says it was gonna do, THEN MAYBE I’ll consider New proposals. But that idiot Pelosi’s Nephew ain’t getting any more dough! NEAUX!!

Kentucky Derby February 11, 2020 at 12:43 PM

VOTE NO ON GUS KRAMER

I usually don’t look at political flyers, but “Gus Kramer: A long history of sexual harassment, retaliation and misconduct” was worth sending. Not all voters are aware of his “history” and thy will vote in an incumbent.

Thank you for paying for this ad.

Natalie February 13, 2020 at 10:51 AM

City council has been very quiet about the downtown soccer stadium scheme. No public updates at all. All discussions on the matter are happening in private. Given how great of an impact a stadium would have to the downtown area, and given how controversial the concept is, city council should be transparent about what is currently being discussed, and what the status of the project is.

Council should be reminded how unpopular the stadium concept is. Overwhelmingly, the majority opinion of actual Concord residents is that there should not be a stadium downtown. The city should be looking for other ideas for the land instead of a stadium.

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