The Water Cooler – New Homes, Road Conditions, Not Enough Schools And A Little Bit Of Water

August 11, 2020 12:42 pm · 28 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: Every week it seems as though city and county politicians are approving another large home/apartment project. With all the new housing being approved, do you think the politicians are taking into consideration the lack of water, the road conditions and the crowded schools in and around Contra Costa County?

Talk about it….

concord grape August 11, 2020 at 12:48 PM

NO. All they are interested in is their kickback. Oxymoron-honest politician.

foonman August 11, 2020 at 12:48 PM

Soon the lawn police will be out to visit you. I think the county,city,state, only looks at the future revenue in the coming years from taxes.

Anon August 11, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Welcome to the NWO Agenda 21.
It’s all just “conspiracy theory” though, correct?

You’ll all soon find out when you’re exceeding your 55 gallons of water per day and your kilowatt hours.

Suz August 11, 2020 at 1:13 PM

Really… when have politicians EVER considered things like water and road conditions when approving projects that will bring money money money. It’s never about doing what’s best.

Original G August 11, 2020 at 1:34 PM

An almost Ponsi Scheme whereby cities mistakenly believe, allowing smaller square footage residences on postage stamp sized parcels equate to affordable housing and a good long term deal for their city..

Builders and developers once done walk away, given a pass on remediating impact on community their building creates.
A gross mismanagement by those rubber stamping projects.

While city is stuck providing city services to each residence at a fixed to rising cost. In recent downturns of economy, cities that allowed smaller housing units discovered their “cushion” between property tax revenue and cost of services was grossly inadequate. In case of a city east of Pittsburg do believe Police officers were laid off.

Do wonder where the very few remaining true investigative reporters are and why they’re not reporting on situation.

ZZ August 11, 2020 at 1:35 PM

Of course they’re not. Their focus is on tax revenue, nothing else. Thanks Concord, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek for screwing up our cities.

Dorothy August 11, 2020 at 1:39 PM

I’m sure they gave a nod to such things and then went ahead with their plans. Of course they will want all electric homes as well. But looking as some of the new home/condo/apartment units I see going up, not much in the way of yards so that will help some of the water problem. Large homes would be a horse of different color. Maybe Uber or Lyft will get into the act and say their kind of transport will have to be added to the covenants. That would take care of parking and transport.

Let’s not ask about who will still have jobs that pay enough to get into these.

JJ August 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM

I wish I had the drive to investigate city government.
Walnut Creek city council has over spent for YEARS.

Does anyone know if the DRAA is having their Annual Auction this October?

Exit 12A August 11, 2020 at 1:57 PM

Don’t lay all the blame on city and county officials. Their hands are somewhat tied by new laws signed by your Governor Newscum.

Please read up on SB35 which enables a severely streamlined process which REQUIRES cities and counties to approve residential projects if the project meets objective standards. In some cities/counties, all it takes is a building permit.

Second, read up on SB330… another “Housing Crisis” law which again restricts local discretion.

Third, developers pay fees towards schools, traffic impact fees per dwelling unit, and water hook-up charges. If lacking school funding, roadway repair/improvements, and water supply, the problem is most often the district or jurisdiction’s lack of a methodical maintenance program or poorly managed capital funds.

Residential development is a loser for counties and municipalities.. multifamily and single-family “consume” more in services than they pay into the system. That’s why places like Antioch and Brentwood first built residential subdivisions because they need a sufficient population density to support commercial development like shopping centers, malls, and movie theaters. Cities rely more heavily on retail sales taxes, especially auto dealerships because they occupy relatively small parcels but generate a ton of revenue per unit sold.

Thank you Governor Newscum.

Gitttup August 13, 2020 at 10:13 PM

Newsom and liberal Democrats are using the Covid crisis to overrule the will of the people of the State and push through every unpopular cause they have ever wished for.

AnimalLover August 11, 2020 at 1:59 PM

Of course not! But since when did logical thought dictate course of action in C***ifornia??? And now we can add another C***. President C. Harris.

Ricardoh August 11, 2020 at 2:26 PM

It is all about the taxes they collect

idiots everywhere August 11, 2020 at 3:06 PM

1) Apartment dwellers use a tiny amount of water per person. Ag, industry, environmental discharge are all super high users. Residential use even with people trying to maintain green lawns is a smaller component than you think and very small if you exclude landscape use.
2) Since I have lived in Walnut Creek they have closed two elementary schools and a high school. They recently re-opened an intermediate school. More people than ever are home schooling or using private school so there would appear to be capacity.
3) The roads aren’t going to be better if the housing is built in Tracy or Fairfield. Might as well bring down the average commute distance by building housing as near to jobs as possible.

JJ August 11, 2020 at 3:44 PM

Which elementary schools and high school?
And has there ever been a Walnut Creek high school?

Las Lomas is Acalanes School,District
And Northgate is MDUSD.

And when did they reopen an intermediate?

S August 11, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Many cities do not have their own school district or a high school named after the city (ie: College Park High School in Pleasant Hill), nor do they need one.

Northgate High School is in Walnut Creek.

just an fyi

JJ August 11, 2020 at 5:44 PM

There is no Northgate school district


Why did Palmer close if everyone is sending their children to private schools.

Led August 11, 2020 at 8:43 PM

Exactly right on the roads. Coastal CA generally is way way too anti-housing. And as a result we get sprawl further inland and people having to drive ludicrous distances to work. And much more wear and tear and traffic on the roads.

idiots everywhere August 12, 2020 at 7:00 AM

San Miguel Elementary and the elementary school next to Northgate High (forget the name, Casterock?) both closed, Parkmead Intermediate has re-opened as Tice Creek. Del Valle High, near Rossmoor, was closed.

JJ August 12, 2020 at 1:33 PM

Thanks for the info.
Looks like the newest change is Tice Creek which is a k-8. So not an intermediate.
And Del Valle closed in 1989.
Castlerock became a Montessori. That is part of MDUSD, I believe.

Lesher used to arrange theatre stuff out of Del Valle, but no more. Did AUSD take it back?

The Mamba August 11, 2020 at 3:06 PM

No, not even close, their time horizon is until the next election, they’ll be gone by the time the s hits the fan. And frankly, I don’t think they are intelligent enough to consider it.

RANDOM TASK August 11, 2020 at 4:29 PM

please first off the councils do what they want hold fake meetings for the public and send them down the road
same as the gov and the board of ccc

you voted to have councils and voted for the corrupt board

so eat it and soak it up

the establishment is meant to rule you and keep your kids hooked on the system

you wanted corruption it is here in full swing they have the DA and judges and police and the gov and the money

you gave up your freedoms years ago

lol your just now noticing because your not working full time

when you were working and trying to figure out how to pay the higher tax you just approved

the establishment was already stealing from you now there is no one to stop them ….lol

wow I hope the history books go easy on you for being so cavalier
with your children’s lives and forcing them to work for the dem politicians new mansions and cars and private schooling

what a joke

hand over your freedoms to politicians and blame a non politician for the years of political bias for what ….a couple hundred a week in unemployment lol

your almost done now you just need to overthrow the fed and your mission will be done and so will you ….

just look up china ….and how they are treated …your there now and it only gets worse

for those who believe dems are your savior

just tell us why because over the past 40 plus years nothing has gotten better ….unless you can school us on what has gotten better ….

still waiting for that pat on the head from newscum and Pelosi …..


Lizzee August 11, 2020 at 5:43 PM

Well, at this rate of plague spread, we’ll have plenty of time to beef up our school capacity XD

Recall ‘Em All August 11, 2020 at 7:47 PM

First of all, it’s not necessarily politicians – look at the process.
Secondly, most approved projects are by pre-developers and they are going to sell the approved project to another “make it happen” developer.
It took 14 years to build the LaVista/Clayton Road stacked homes. Traffic is a concern for some nearby residents, so is water-but more because there is no easy way to move rain water from the developed land.
Should we talk about NOISE – ?

caskydiver August 11, 2020 at 9:34 PM

Silly question…of course not! That’s why they support open borders, too…

Long Time Resident August 12, 2020 at 2:09 AM

Does anyone know if fees are collected from developers for the purpose of expanding water reservoirs to cover residents in proposed developments? If not, should there be?

Randy August 12, 2020 at 2:30 PM

…no way – they have no thoughts about the infrastructure that goes in behind new building developments… that’s why things are so out of control in Calif now…. They are only interested in the new building development fees and what new taxes they might see for their community. Just think of the traffic problems – as long as it goes through their community “its not their problem”… won’t change because everybody is CYA only – not looking at the regional picture…

ON DA August 12, 2020 at 3:26 PM

wow my snail moved

Gittyup August 13, 2020 at 10:05 PM

I think they absolutely know the impact the over development of Central Costa County will have on quality of life, resources, and services, but they go ahead anyway hoping some sort of solution will appear as if by magic.

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