Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

November 20, 2020 19:00 pm · 9 comments


This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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Gittyup November 20, 2020 at 9:15 PM

@KAD from last week:

“The City spent our tax dollars on 3 mailers to get the tax rate increase passed. Ticks me off big time.”

Isn’t that illegal?

KAD November 20, 2020 at 9:55 PM

Gittyup – The City said it was “informational” only and did not advocate for voting Yes.

chuckie the troll November 21, 2020 at 9:42 AM


Those mailers were as ‘informational’ as a Push Poll. I have lived in Concord since 1984 and have had more than enough of this city and state. In 2021 I am voting with my feet!

RTC November 21, 2020 at 11:42 AM

@Gitty Up
Measure V passed by only 535 votes. (so far).

Gittyup November 23, 2020 at 5:57 PM

@KAD, chuckie the troll, and RTC Something is very “not right” with that.

Lars Anderson November 26, 2020 at 2:11 PM

It’s just disgraceful city officials and council members would ram through this tax hike in the middle of a pandemic. Right now we have this situation going on in Concord where many residents are out of work, many are losing their homes – can’t pay their rent or mortgage payment. Some Concord residents – for the first time in their lives – have been forced to go to food banks. Yet City of Concord officials and council members believed the timing was perfect to hike citizens taxes.
All of this new money that will flow in city tax coffers from the Measure V will be used to pay the bloated pay and benefit packages of these bigwigs that work at the city (all of out of towners brought in to run our city). During this pandemic, I should mention, not a single City of Concord worker – many of who live in households that have 300 to 400K in annual income, lost their jobs, no City of Concord worker has suffered at all. Many city workers just got a big extended vacation (working at home they call it).
City of Concord workers, as I continue report, are among the highest paid workers in the state of California. Concord workers ,make more than city workers in SF, Oakland, LA, San Diego – you name the city, Concord City workers get paid better, and they are also doing less work for the money as well.
The average Concord city worker makes 30,000 more per year than their counterparts in Walnut Creek. There is no reason for this – this has happened because of gross mismanagement by these out of towners that run our city – like City Manger Valerie Barone – and because the Concord police labor union is running our city behind the scenes (Police salaries at Concord PD are bloated beyond belief, – even though Concord is a low crime suburban city ( an average of 3 murders per year over the last 15 years,)
The passage of this Measure V was a completely travesty. Voters were misled to believe this thing needed to pas to keep our community “safe”. In fact, it was put on the ballot to keep this big gravy train going on at they city, city managers making astronomical amounts of money – despite the fact they can’t seem to do a thing to improve the community (City managers can’t figure out how to build a new library, a teen center, or fund quality rec programs, nor can they figure out how to develop the old Navy base. In Concord all they know how to do is arrest people, and the cops doing the arresting are making 175,000 a year).
I think voters that are upset about this Measure V passing should start thinking about organizing a recall. The typical Concord voter knew nothing about the big gravy train going on in Concord, they were not told about the excessive pay packages going on at the City – pay packages that are unwarranted due to the fact that the people running our city can’t figure out how to do anything.

RTC November 21, 2020 at 11:40 AM

On a positive note the County Elections Office reports that as of 11/20/20 83.91% of registered voters voted in the Nov. 3rd election. They still have 1200 ballots to count: : 1000 mail in and 200 Provisional ballots.

FPN November 24, 2020 at 1:09 AM

Legal votes counted to pass tax bill? I will not be voting ever again.

Lars Anderson November 24, 2020 at 7:39 PM

In the last two Concord City Council elections we’ve seen two council members run for re-election without any opposition. Given this you would think city officials might conclude that this decision to shift to district elections that was done a few years back – at the suggestion of Concord’s overpaid do-nothing city attorney – was a bad idea.
District elections in Concord has, apparently, actually increased voter apathy in our city because nobody is running for council now. Concord, us some are aware – is a city famous for voter apathy. Why else would voters re-elect Laura Hoffmiester year after year to the council? Voters, quite obviously, really don’t care who serves on the council, if they did they would not be voting for Hoffmiester for thirty years running.
Hoffmiester has done nothing in her years on the council but slash services, raise taxes. and lay off city workers, while simultaneously giving huge raises to the bigwig public manager types that work at the city, and even larger raises to anybody that work at the Concord PD.(dispatchers make more at Concord PD than sworn officers make at the Clayton Police department!).
Getting back to our city attorney – the one that advised City Manager Valerie Barone Concord had to switch to district election or the city would get sued – I think this guy deserves a pink slip. Other cities, like WC or PH, and Martinez – they haven’t shifted to district elections. Why did Concord implement district elections?
While I think our city attorney deserves a pink slip – for helping to wreck Concord election systems – as we know nobody ever gets fired at the City of Concord. Did Guy Bjerke get fired for his role in allowing the Navy base development deal to fall apart? Did ex PD Chief Guy Swanger get fired for allowing salaries and benefits at the PD to go into the stratosphere during his ten years he ran the PD? Has anybody lost their job at the City of Concord for allowing the Concord Pavillion to go downhill as it so clearly has (Tribute bands now are frequently performing a the Pavillion now! At the Pavilion we’ve gone from having acts like Bob Dylan, Tony Bennet, Ella Fitzgerald BB King etc. etc. to Tribute bands!)
Nope, nobody ever get’s fired from their job at the City of Concord, sadly.. You can do an awful job – like Laura Hoffmeister has done for years, or Guy Bejerke – or Valerie Barone – and you still get to keep your job, and your big fat pay packages. This odd situation you have in Concord – where you have these bumblers running the City into the ground – bumblers that can’t do anything ( like build a new library) – is just part of Concord’s apathetic do-nothing government culture.

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