Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

September 25, 2020 17:08 pm · 24 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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Anon September 25, 2020 at 8:29 PM

Want to revisit them wanting to raise taxes.
First of all, they have been sloppy & lazy with their current assets. I should not be seeing Any vehicles on our roads with 2016, 2017, 2018 registration ~ totally ridiculous.
Same goes for the paper plates……there was already a law to stop that….Enforce it.

Of course, there’s the easy fix it tickets…..Tinted Windshields, obnoxiously loud exhaust, illegal aftermarket blinding headlights. Speeders.

Re-imagine enforcement of existing laws…

Sick of it September 25, 2020 at 8:51 PM

They have so many reasons to pull these cars over for violations. Also by doing so it will put more pressure on all the crud that comes here from other cities to cause problems. If they know there is a chance of being pulled over in the crap they drive they will end up staying away

Justifiable languor September 27, 2020 at 7:41 AM

Yes! If existing laws were enforced, new ones are not needed. They are building resumes. It really stinks as not only are CA politicians wasting tax payers money and working a self serving agenda, but the future civic costs are jacked with the upkeep. Salaries, rents, benefits for the privileged few. This is the reason taxes are constantly raised on home owners, rentals, sales tax. It’s a real racket. Never-ending.

Sam September 26, 2020 at 8:20 PM

Do not vote for anyone who will not immediately remove Concord, Contra Costa and California from the United Nations “Strong Cities Network” and all other treaties made to remove our sovereignty and place us in UN control. They have gotten pretty far down the road without us knowing what they were doing. Time to STOP THEM.

Kauai Mike September 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM

The New World Order is indeed real and being ushered in with the new green deal, BLM rioting & looting, woke-ism, the closed society, and other left-wing mob tactics & hysterics ….

Individualism, sovereignty, and self-reliance are the enemies of those who wish to control us. Assert your independence while you can!

Natalie September 27, 2020 at 10:24 AM

Concord isn’t a member of the Strong Cities Network. The list of member cities is online. The program isn’t run by the UN. It was announced at a UN assembly back in 2015, but it is a project of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a UK non profit organization. Their goal is to address extremist violence. Members cities are not required to endorse or adopt policies, and it is neither an intelligence gathering network, nor a policing network. The program has nothing to do with removing sovereignty.

Antler October 2, 2020 at 2:14 PM

Thank you for the fresh burst of truth and rationality, Natalie!

Dr. Jellyfinger September 27, 2020 at 9:02 AM
ASG September 27, 2020 at 9:53 PM

It’s very clear that Concord leadership Is looking for good community minded people to leave so that increased property tax will fill the empty coffers.

Well Folks September 28, 2020 at 8:48 AM

ASG – The city of Concord has zero if any control over property tax. That honor belongs to the state & county. Concord like many cities is pushing for a sales tax increase not a property tax increase.

Lars Anderson September 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM

Concord also has zero control over the police budget, which has been skyrocketing for many years now, without cause of justification.
According to public policy experts violent crime is down 50% statewide, yet the City of Concord – stupidly – keeps pouring more and more money into the PD. For many years now we’ve had an orgy of spending going over at the PD – during a period when crime is going down, by quite a lot.
Today the Times reported Concord had it’s third murder – with just two months left to go in the year. Three murders, of course, is too many, but that’s the typical number of murders you have every year in Concord – which is a good indicator that Concord is a low crime suburban city.
Last week the PD bigwigs – who continually roll our council – and our City Managers office – at budget time, got the city council to approve the purchase of 16 new Police SUV’s for the department. These new PD units have every bell and whistle imaginable – they are the most lavish PD cruisers on the market.
I recall when legendary City Manager Bud Stewart was running Concord the cops drove around in these ugly inexpensive Chrysler patrol units – which Bud kept in service for years. Bud didn’t believe it was necessary to invest in state of the art units to transport Concord’s petty criminals to Martinez.
Bud wasn’t big on blowing money on the PD – he would only spend what was needed, and no more. He was able to get away with that because crime has always been modest in Concord and because he actually ran the city – he didn’t take orders from the PD bigwigs like our current City Manager Valerie Barone does, which is the situation you have today.
Today in Concord you have these gals running the city – or pretending to run the city at the City mangers office. When anybody from the PD pop’s their head into the city offices today the gals running the city immediately panic and the give the PD bigwigs whatever they ask for. lol. Anything to get the blue suits out of the city managers office and get them back over to the big Taj Mahal HQ on Galindo. lol.
Two weeks ago, I should mention, the PD bigwigs called a big press conference to ballyhoo some big drug bust they did in the Monument neighborhood. Ex PD Chief Swanger used to do these phony press conferences when he wanted more money out of the council too, but our new PD Chief pulled out all stops at his maiden press conference.
The dramatic press conference included claims of gangland murders, massive drug dealing in the Monument area too. The PD bigwigs were sort of sketchy on whether or not these criminals they arrested actually lived in Concord, but the press conference still was very dramatic.
And a week later, of course, Concord PD bigwigs hit up Barone and the council for 16 new state of the art Police SUV’s which were probably not even needed. With these new bail laws few of the perp’s the Concord PD is arresting are even being locked up, they get let right out of Martinez.
While crime has gone way down, and nobody seems to get locked up anymore, Concord PD continues to spend money like drunken sailors, they never tire of dreaming up new ways to waste city tax dollars at the PD – which PD bigwigs claim is needed to keep us safe.

Chicken Little October 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Do you have the specs on the new police cars with “every bell and whistle imaginable”? I’m very familiar with the standard Pursuit Utility, and that would hardly describe it.

Also, who cares if the people committing the crimes in Concord live here or not? Isn’t the fact that they’re murdering Concord residents a little more important?

Turn n Burn September 29, 2020 at 12:17 PM

Calm down Lars. We’re talking about the City Council, not the Police, which we all know, and have read a gazillion times you hate.

Well Folks September 30, 2020 at 8:44 PM

Lars – have you EVER been inside the Concord police station & taken a good look around? I think not. There is nothing and I mean NOTHING state of the art about the building or the holding cells.
And yes there is a gang problem in Concord. The primary players are Surenos & Notenos.
Geez do you even live in Concord? Instead of prattling on aimlessly you need to get off the computer, get out of the house and take a tour of the police station and do some research about the gangs in Concord

Kirkwood October 1, 2020 at 11:03 AM

Well Folks – I’ve been retired from the City 18 years and haven’t worked inside of the P.D. building in a longer time than that. It’s just another office building with a sally port and jail area with a dozen or so cells, a couple of holding cells and a “rubber room”. Arrestees were quickly transported to the County jail. I was always intrigued by the cupola on the roof that I referred to as a “gun turret” and searched for access to that area just to see the view. I found a possibility but not certain accessibility.

Well Folks October 2, 2020 at 9:29 AM

Kirkwood – BINGO! My point exactly. I retired from the county and I would hardly call the CPD headquarters “state of the art”. Now the ne county admin building is another story.
Oh I love “gun turret”. That’s a good one

Lars Anderson September 29, 2020 at 1:58 PM

Please note, I am pro-law enforcement, but I do believe Concord should be spending what’s needed to keep our city safe, and not a penny more. That’s what a well run city does (see PH and WC).
The Concord PD has a complete stranglehold on our city budget – wages and benefit packages are through the roof at the Concord PD, which is not justified due to Concord’s historic low crime levels.
Normally you can get away with paying suburban cops less, you don’t have to pay suburban cops huge amounts of money because cops will work for less in communities that have modest levels of crime. As I have written before, not a single Concord cop has ever been killed in the line of duty.
Concord cops are being paid like they are patrolling south Central LA -the PD bigwigs justify this by embellishing Concord’s crime problems. Concord does not, I believe, need a “Gangster Squad” – the cops have talked the Council into financing one though. What gang member would hang around Concord? There are cops all over the place in Concord, our town is crawling with cops.
The bigwigs at Concord PD continually raid the city treasury for money – so much so there is nothing left in the city budget for anything else. As a result Concord – our city – basically has become a gigantic arrest and jail machine. What kind of city exist for the sole purpose of arresting people? Yes, you have to arrest people sometimes in any city, but in Concord that’s all the city does now.
The huge outlays for Concord PD run completely counter to what is really going on crime-wise in our Concord. Serious violent crime, in fact, is down 50% statewide – that’s well known. Concord has less violent crime going on – there has been no real uptick in violent crime, but we have so many officers patrolling the streets the crime statistic are completely skewed.
Significantly the people being arrested in Concord – mostly petty criminals – are not even being locked up anymore. Juvenile hall is empty, you got to be an axe murdered to get locked up at Juvenile Hall, the prisons no longer will even take offenders that are not violent, and these offenders being arrested and being transported over to the Couny jail in Martinez are promptly let out now due to new bail laws!
Concord, sadly, has become this huge militarized arrest and jail machine – it’s now the centerpiece of the whole city – yet there isn’t even an outcome from all the arrests. Our local DA – as some may have noticed, is opposed to all of this – she doesn’t want court dockets crowded with all these BS criminal cases – like the ones Concord is always sending to the DA’s office.
Concord does not need this massive PD we have now – nor do we need officers all souped up – looking for gang members under every tree. Concord does not even have a gang problem – it’s all just the bigwigs at the PD dramatizing their jobs – jobs that mostly involve giving out traffic tickets, investigating car shoppers, or busting shoplifters at the mall.

ASG September 30, 2020 at 7:28 AM

Lars –
Do you see your logic?
You say “Concord does not even have a gang problem”
do you equate that with the possibility that CPD has been doing its job?

There is, indeed, a gang problem in Concord maybe not where you live, but there is.

This is 2020, not 1955. The cost of living is higher especially in the Bay Area, wages must be high enough for people to make a living.
Your rants sound like you think CPD should be thrown bones leftover after everyone else enjoys the meal.

Clayton Choices September 30, 2020 at 4:50 PM

The City of Clayton is at a crossroads.
Do you want more BLM protests, racism harassment and large apartment condos, vote for Tuija, Cloven and Tillman
If you want Clayton to get back to concerts in the park and inclusive festivals for all, by all means vote Gavida, Diaz and Miller.
Let’s keep Clayton small and ours!

Cyn September 30, 2020 at 11:02 PM

Those sound like good “Clayton Choices”.

Officer Barbrady September 30, 2020 at 5:32 PM

Lars , are you proposing that police departments pay better if they have had officers killed? Did you see the federal case that Concord and the Feds made against the Concord …. gangsters?

And you take offense about the police “investigating car shoppers” Please tell us what that means.

jtkatec October 1, 2020 at 9:38 PM

So have not been on this site for about six months, but I noticed Hope Johnson is running for Concord City Council. I remember in years past when discussing the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Hope would post. Anyone out there provide a quick summary of her position?

Natalie October 2, 2020 at 2:28 PM

@Concord Mike: When has Hope stated, or where is it written in her policy platform, that she is against anti-gang efforts?

My take away, is that she wants the police to be focused on crime, by having a mental health team handle the routine mental health calls and routine homeless issues. My other take away, is that she believes that ultimately it will be more cost effective, to have mental health experts address these types of calls and into care programs. The police spend 17% of their time and energy on these social issues, which is time that would be better spent on crime like gang activity, or et cetera.

Annie October 1, 2020 at 10:28 PM

I saw she was running also. I would like an email or some way to talk to her. I have read a lot her comments and think she would be very good for our City Council. If there is any way we could talk Hope, I would appreciate It Thanks

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