Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

October 23, 2020 19:00 pm · 15 comments


This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Mongoose October 24, 2020 at 7:45 AM

So I guess the Convid Scamdemic is over ? “Nothing to see here, move along.”

Beaner October 24, 2020 at 7:06 PM

I assume that means you haven’t had a family member or friend killed yet?

Mongoose October 25, 2020 at 6:19 AM

Not only that but I do not know anybody else who has either, or even gotten sick from it.

RT October 24, 2020 at 1:26 PM

oh, they will bring it back and twist it around to whatever suits their agenda

KAD October 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Just received my 3rd mailer with information on Measure V. What a waste of our money. I already voted NO.

Lars Anderson October 26, 2020 at 3:26 AM

I too voted no on Measure V. This 27 million money grab by City of Concord officials and the Concord City Council needs to be voted down. Concord residents will get nothing from Measure V. Measure V is just a big money grab by city unions members and these out of town managers they are running the City of Concord into the ground.
The money from Measure K – if voters are dumb enough to pass it – will end up in the pockets of city employees. The money will be used to continue paying the bloated salaries of City of Concord workers, salaries that have escalated beyond belief, thanks to the inept leadership of Laura Hoffmiester, Tim McGallian, and Carlyn Obringer.
I invite any ClayCord reader to visit “Transparent California”, the web site that tracks the pay and benefit packages of city workers up and down the state. After you study the City of Concord salaries for city workers, I then suggest the reader compare what Concord is paying their city workers and compare that to what surrounding cities are paying.
If you do that you will get quite an eye opener. Concord city workers are among the highest paid in the state of California. The extent of the rip off of taxpayers being done by city officials in Concord is almost beyond belief. City officials are overpaying almost every city worker by 20 to 30% according to my estimates.
The people in charge – the manager types at the City of Concord – are all out of town ringers, they are not local. These city officials don’t live in Concord, they don’t shop in Concord, nor do they care about Concord either. This is a key reason why all city revenue now flows into the pockets of city employees (who, by the way, have rather low work loads).
Amazingly, despite the huge pay packages at the City of Concord, none of these bigwigs running the city – who got all this experience along with MA Degrees – like City Manager Valerie Barrone – can figure out how to do anything.
They can’t figure out how to build a new library, fund rec programs, or develop the old Navy base, or keep costs down at the PD – they can’t even figure out how to fill potholes.
The only thing the current bigwigs running the City of Concord are good at is giving themselves big fat raises for the work they are not doing. We need new city council members, and new management at the city, before I will vote for any measure that will raises taxes. This group running the city of Concord today today couldn’t run a corner grocery store on their best day.

Mongoose October 25, 2020 at 7:32 AM

I have not even met anyone who was ‘sick’ from it much less died from it. Lots of so called cases, but did the get sick?

Ash October 25, 2020 at 11:54 AM

gavin newsom has to go.

what other business would penalize you for using too much of the product? pg&e it turns out will as some of us found out recently. that makes no sense at all. unless there is another reason why. could it be that pg&e knows it has a supply problem. with the end of new gar powered cars in 2035, with no new homes having gas, all the stoves, driers, house heaters, ovens now using electricity they know why cannot supply everything for everyone.


Kathy Gleason October 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

Has anyone figured out who is footing the bill for the Measure V signs and mailers?

Yes, I do know people who have been sick with Covid and who have died.

Hope Johnson October 26, 2020 at 2:59 PM

$20,000 from POA
$1,000 each from Aliano and Birsan.
Unknown if city paid any

Lars Anderson October 26, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Without even bothering to look it up I can tell you the local garbage hauler Concord Disposal and the Concord Police department labor union are paying for the signs and the mailers that are trying to convince taxpayers, many of whom are out of work due to the pandemic, to vote for Measure V. The greed of these two groups is beyond belief.
These two corrupt entities, Concord Disposal, and the Concord POA – are making a fortune off City of Concord rate payers and taxpayers, and giving as little back in return as they think they can get away with.
These managers at the Concord PD department – the bigwigs running it – are so greedy for money they led the campaign to get pot store retail outlets in Concord because they want to spike their already gargantuan pay packages. What kind of PD champions smoking dope?
How about the City of Concords anemic response to the pandemic? City officials answer to that was to put this ballot measure on the ballot that raises taxes, even though we have all these unemployed workers in Concord standing in line at food banks, workers who can’t pay the rent, or their mortgage payments (not a single City of Concord worker has been laid off, even at the Concord senior center which has been closed for months!)
These people that run the City of Concord make me want to throw up.

Lars Anderson October 26, 2020 at 2:11 PM

As a follow-up to my earlier remarks I thought a quick comparison between what the City of Concord pays it’s police captains vs what the City of Walnut Creek pays their police captains would highlight the extent of the rip off going on in Concord – the rip off us taxpayers by city officials.
According to Transparent California, the public service web site that tracks spending on city employees up and down the state, Concord is paying Police Captain John Nunez a grand total of 496, 958.00 – that’s pay and benefits combined. Another police captain, William Roche, is being paid 409, 702.00 annually, that’s pay and benefits combined.
Walnut Creek, in contrast, is paying it’s two Captains quite a bit less. Walnut Creek Captain Steve Gorski, according to Transparent California makes 315,834, that’s benefits and pay combined. William J Hill, a Walnut Creek Police Captain makes about the same, 315, 548 – that’s pay and benefits combined.
So Concord, a city were told is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, is paying Nunez 181,000 more per year than a WC Police Captain makes, and in the case of Roche he’s making 94,000 more in pay and benefits than his counterpart in Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek, of course, is a very wealthy city compared to Concord, yet they pay their city workers less.
Significantly, Concord Police Captains Nunez and Roche both make more money than the PD Chief makes in Walnut Creek, and also more than the City Manager makes! The reason for this, in my view, is because the city of Concord is steeped in corruption, and the police department – unbelievably – is the locus of the corruption. The people running the PD, quite obviously, are setting their own salaries, that’s why they are as making as much as 500K a year now in pay and benefits (this is happening in a city that has almost no serious crime whatsoever)
The fact is in Concord, for many years now, we’ve had the Wyatt Earp gang running the PD, which is being supervised by these gals over at the City Manager’s office. In fact, there is no supervision whatsoever going on in regards to the out of control spending going on at the Concord PD, the waste going on at the Concord PD is breathtaking in scope.
Amazingly, City officials are now asking for more money, they want us to raise the sales tax by 1.2 of percent – double it – and they want to make it permanent so they will have the money to pay police captains 500K a year in pay and benefits, more than the PD Chiefs make in surrounding cities.
Voters need vote down Measure V on election day and we need to get rid of these spendthrifts that are running the city into the ground, like city Manager Valerie Barrone, and council people like Laura Hoffmiester, Tim McGallian, and Carlyn Obringer (all are doormats for city labor unions and the Wyatt Earp gang that runs the PD).
It’s vital we clean house at the City of Concord, we need to get some people running the city who can stop the waste going on a the City of Concord, the bloated salaries, along with these whopper benefit packages. If that happens, then I would support a possible tax hike, especially if we could get a new library with some of the new revenue.
As it stands now our current leadership – led by the weak and ineffectual Valeria Barrone – is asking us to pay more taxes for the sole purpose of keeping the gravy train going for these overpaid city employees, Please join me in voting no on Measure V.

Jo October 27, 2020 at 7:05 AM

Lars – oh how we have missed your never-ending rants about the PD. You might want to update your facts. John Nunes, not Nunez, retired, and Roche is set to retire this year so you won’t have him to kick around anymore.

Lars Anderson October 29, 2020 at 3:20 AM

Great to hear some of the Wyatt Earp gang at the Concord PD is riding off into the sunset, including Roche and Nunez. These two, along with ex-PD Chief Swanger, are a key reason why the City of Concord is bleeding red ink.
These guys were being paid 400,000 to 500,000 annually to push papers around an office at Concord’s Taj Mahal PD station ( the station PD station is the only decent public building in the town) and do an occasional press release. One of the duties of these two was to put these charts in ClayCord that show how many car break-ins happened in Concord the previous week.
For that they were getting a half a million a year in wages and benefits! And they will drawing down 200K a year pensions for the next 30 years courtesy of we taxpayers, should they be lucky to live that long.
You call my sounding off on all this profligate wasteful spending going on at the Concord PD ‘ “rants” – I am not ranting. I am just trying to report the big rip-off going on at the Concord PD, hoping people on the City Council and in the city managers office will do something about it. Citizens too, we need to get outraged over these gargantuan salaries insiders are paying themselves at the city.
Officers at Concord PD being paid that kind of money – in a city that has little serious crime – is a disgrace, criminal really. These bloated salaries Nunez and Roche were making – more than PD Chief’s make in surrounding cities (and City Managers) – I didn’t vote for that, I don’t support overpaying people at the City of Concord. But that’s whats been going on.
This is happening because we have zero management emanating from the City managers office and because the council is not doing their jobs.
Concord, unlike surrounding cities ( who are getting or have gotten, new libraries, new teen centers, new parks etc), is a failed city. The sea of red ink coming in Concord, our run down library our run down city hall – the teen center we don’t have – all of these things are reminders that our city has become a great big failed enterprise. Our leadership is the problem, we have none.

Hope Johnson October 27, 2020 at 12:55 PM

PAC supporting Obringer includes Phillips 66, Chevron, and the Garaventas (garbage company). What a great bunch of people to vote on the CNWS. What could go wrong between them and Seeno on the other side?

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