Contra Costa Board Of Supervisors To Consider Increasing Fines On Businesses – Meeting Is Tuesday At 9:30 a.m.

December 14, 2020 17:00 pm · 72 comments

Fines for businesses who violate Contra Costa County’s COVID-19 health order could increase by thousands of dollars as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday) if one county Board of Supervisor member gets her way.

Recently, Board of Supervisors members, including Karen Mitchoff, expressed interest in increasing the maximum amount of fines that can be levied for health order violations. Mitchoff proposed fines of anywhere between $10,000 – $20,000, saying “it’s time to bring the hammer down.”

Mitchoff then asked for the item to be added to Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors agenda.

During the meeting, the Board may wish to either consider increasing fines, or leave the existing ordinance and existing fine amounts in place and consider alternative methods of enforcement.

Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Assistant Sheriff John Lowden, and Environmental Health Director Randy Sawyer will also be discussing enforcement of the public health order.

The meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec.15, is televised live on Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse Channel 99, and WAVE Channel 32, and can be seen live online at

Anyone who wishes to make a public comment during the public comment period of the meeting can call-in by dialing 888-251-2949, followed by the access code 1672589#. To indicate you wish to speak on an agenda item, please push “#2” on your phone.



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Ricardoh December 14, 2020 at 5:16 PM

They are almost broke now they may as well kill them for good. Not really but that is what they are doing. Good thing Trump got everyone working on a vaccine. I have to get on line and order something made in China right now. Write more later.

Zip December 14, 2020 at 6:57 PM

What an excellent idea to fine businesses just trying to survive.
Sad sad times
Support your local businesses as much as possible

Layoff / Closing List:

Cellophane December 14, 2020 at 5:31 PM

People can say anything, present data, guidelines, and persuasion, the fix ix in.

The supes will pass this horrible fine rate no matter what anyone has to say.

This is not an action a Republic form of government should ever tolerate.

When people voluntarily succumb to dictator rule, freedom is doomed.

When you voted for these supes, you voted away any freedoms you may have ever imagined.

Tsa December 14, 2020 at 5:59 PM

One more debt to be discharged in bankruptcy…

Original G December 14, 2020 at 6:06 PM

Oh to be relevant at any cost . . .
More like wanting free publicity and face time on TV, along with padding resume to use when seeking higher office.

Rae Dio December 15, 2020 at 10:40 AM

and BINGO has been called!

PESFG December 14, 2020 at 6:15 PM

Contra Costa County is a sanctuary city for illegals. Criminals are allowed in the county to steal and cause fear and go unpunished. Reckless drivers are everywhere! There is always financial assistance for criminals and illegals. Taking care of those issues would greatly benefit us all. BUT NOOOO, the board members, more specifically Karen Mitchoff, are far too busy trying to punish struggling business owners and their employees for wanting to make an honest living. These business owners are not being provided with financial assistance. They are the type of hard working people we need more of in this county and the county should be supportive of them.

Aunt Barbara December 14, 2020 at 10:09 PM

They have not updated ordinances or anything since 1914 and the same old fossils run it……into the ground!

Pepe December 15, 2020 at 1:29 PM

It’s going to get much worse in this state. Nothing is going to change until we vote out the corrupt liars that are running this state in the ground. That is not going to happen anytime soon. The mindless, empty headed liberal voters will continue to vote for them no matter how many destructive policies they force on us and the politicians know it. Unbelievable

BORbeliever December 14, 2020 at 6:51 PM

This is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard.

Maybe they can make every business in CCC fail and then they can run everything. Can you imagine every retail establishment, restaurant, and bar run by CCC? What fun that would be!

Bluebird December 14, 2020 at 9:21 PM

They could set up payroll through EDD and BofA debit cards.

ZZ December 14, 2020 at 6:59 PM

Don’t you people understand we have to stop worrying about living in a house, eating, being clothed, owning a car, living a nice life. All you need to worry about is catching the big bad Covid. Jeeze, get with the socialist program.

Aunt Barbara December 14, 2020 at 9:33 PM

The Covid scary monster is drawn towards schweaty basketball players and defiant Hollywood drug infested parties, not simple eating outdoors with social distancing.
Social distance the counties… and stop air travel… simple as that Mr. Pelosi Puppet.
Recall the crack pot Governor!!!

SmileWC December 14, 2020 at 7:02 PM

Why go to the expense/time of holding a public meeting on this. What businesses? Newsom has already called into question the connection between dining outside and an increase in Covid cases. Why don’t they spend their efforts in helping the schools reopen in January.

Aunt Barbara December 14, 2020 at 7:05 PM

disgusting and evil

Sign the Newsom recall and we will get our lives back! He should be sweating in his thong right about now!

WC December 15, 2020 at 8:34 AM
Barbie Girl December 15, 2020 at 9:36 PM

“Sweating in his thong.” Ewwww visual.

Gititogether December 14, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Enough…politicians are not the best & brightest, but don’t we at least deserve someone with commonsense and not a dictatorial cretin? Heckfire, even hypocrites newsom & pelosi completely disregard their own ridiculous “orders”, because even they realize they are not based on science or fact

nachomama December 14, 2020 at 7:06 PM

one politician who has it right…join his campaign and donate to him if you can.

SmileWC December 14, 2020 at 8:15 PM

I used to work with Kevin Kiley and am behind him 100%

The Fearless Spectator December 14, 2020 at 9:40 PM

That’s a fact. He is he bane of Newsom’s existence right now.

vindex December 14, 2020 at 7:16 PM

9:30 am? Who can possibly watch that? Oh yeah.. the business owners who they are putting out of business! I hope they call in and let them have it!

Jeff December 14, 2020 at 7:47 PM

What are the odds that any business owner that speaks up will get a sudden inspection, or find some sort of issue with their license?

Is there that level of “intimidation” at this level? I know they can’t use the IRS, like some federal Executive Branch leaders did.

KenInConcord December 14, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Is GAVEM getting a fine too??? How about Nancy??

Don’t thing twice about Increase the fines on small business owners, Lets pound the last bit of cash out of their lives! If they don’t have Cash, lets have a good ole town square hanging!!!


KBB December 14, 2020 at 8:09 PM

These people must surround themselves with morons just like them. Sheesh…

LimeRidge Larry December 14, 2020 at 8:37 PM

I bet Karen asks everyone to wear brown shirts and snitch on your neighbors.

Look at the sheriffs website

Front page; “click here to snitch”

Can’t catch a break December 14, 2020 at 8:43 PM

How about we fine the politicians when they violate their own orders and donate that money to the local businesses?

George December 14, 2020 at 9:03 PM

Why change anything? The covid vaccine just roll out … In 3 -4 weeks all the long term care facilities will have had this vaccine followed by others. Soon the lock down will be over with.

Paul Barnes December 14, 2020 at 9:12 PM

Keep blaming the victim…

Gittyup December 14, 2020 at 9:25 PM

They’re having troubling killing off the very last of private enterprise in the County so, “it’s time to bring the hammer down.” Or, that’s what it looks like to me.

Chuckie’s Wife December 14, 2020 at 9:40 PM

Don’t gripe here. Call into tomorrow’s meeting and lodge your complaint. Queen Mitchoff needs to be stopped!

Lari December 14, 2020 at 10:26 PM

Well, I would hope that folks who take the time to comment on this can take the time to call in and make a public comment. Because otherwise they will just get away with this. There’s too much complacency already. Take a stand and not just for businesses, but for your own Liberty.

Diane Cesco December 14, 2020 at 10:27 PM

Terrible idea. Easy for them to tell others what to do. Not hurting them they are getting a pay check. Too much government in our lives.

Russ Sayin December 14, 2020 at 10:28 PM

Who EXACTLY is left to fine???
Can’t get a hair cut. Can’t go to a gym. Can’t sit down for a meal outside of your own kitchen. Seriously. What am I missing that hasn’t been shuttered already?

Jimmy December 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM

I think we are all beginning to realize that we really have no need for County supervisors. This is old world and totally non productive nor is it cost effective. Time to restructure the County government organization. People want to be united not divided.
What a waste of arrogant individuals.
Sad that they can’t see that ” The emperor has no clothes”.

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 11:33 AM


Tom December 15, 2020 at 7:11 AM

The more you push back on Galvin the more restrictions come These people are not nice!

The Fearless Spectator December 15, 2020 at 9:28 AM

He does despise the middle class, as do his minions. Playground psychotics at their best.

Rob December 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Too many have decided that simply wearing a cloth mask is such an infringement on their freedoms that we have ever-increasing numbers which mean those Freedom Loving Zealots have put these small businesses at huge risk as these more drastic measures need to be taken.

Thanks for screwing over everyone Trumpers.

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Wow – blaming trump supporters for expansion of the virus.

Harris was screwing Willie Brown in exchange for political support – in other words, she’s a prostitute. So using your logic, all Biden /Harris supporters are either whores or perverts with dementia.

Have a problem with painting everyone with a broad brush? You started it, cupcake.

Commonsensenor December 15, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Rob, you asked for it. See, your “Trumpers” are done being pushed around, “cupcake” lol!!

Let’s add Pelosi recruiting for the Chinese, to come down to Chinatown at the peak of the spread. You’re on the wrong side of history pal.

Jeff December 15, 2020 at 11:17 AM

You really think the spread of the virus, as it is, during the traditional “flu season,” with a 3% COVID positive test rate, is a result of people protesting the “order” to wear masks, while still wearing them, by the way? I guess you expect compliance to the master governors, whether they be state elected or county appointed. Many of us do not stand in that line.

anon December 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Reply to Rob

Ironically worthless cloth masks are one of the reasons we are in this mess. Cloth masks are basically worthless, and after several hours, studies pre-covid show they start actually increasing the rates of disease.

Real respirators should be the norm. True, real, half-face respirators shouldn’t be uncommon.

If the disease were really such a big threat, we would see real respirators on the faces of politicians… not those same politicians completely refusing to wear a mask while they scoff and break their own laws.

Cyn December 15, 2020 at 1:06 PM

Wow, Rob…… think you’ve been screwed over? JUST WAIT!!!

klaus December 15, 2020 at 8:25 AM

I live in Idaho, haha

WC December 15, 2020 at 8:35 AM
Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Watching the BOS meeting… they’re dragging things out so as to minimize public comment on the closures…. hoping that callers on hold will give up.

Patting themselves on the back – it goes on and on… blah blah blah…

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 10:34 AM

Yup, they sure are trying to deflect comment by dragging things out but finally getting around now to the health order.

nachomama December 15, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Exactly. The smoke blowing on this call is atrocious. Public comments should be #1 on the agenda as to not waste OUR time. These people clearly have no concern for us or our time as they are having a farewell party on this call. I’ve been on for over 2 hours now and no chance to talk yet. Disgusted with this board, they are so happy to hear themselves talk in circles (some more than others).

sam malone December 15, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Kindly leave the small business owners alone. Pay more attention to the misdeeds you all in government are continuing to do that cause more harm than good. Just another money grab from the tax payers who are suffering already.

You can be removed and recalled just like we are trying to get done regarding Newsom.

Pay attention.

Tired December 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Karen and Farnitano are despicable – I can’t believe their blatant lies. This is gross.

Tyler December 15, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Yeah I hopped on and all I heard was them talking themselves up. Must be nice to get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to be worthless. There will be a reckoning for all of these people once the pandemic is under control. Small businesses and the public will remember.

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 11:08 AM

Gioia is comparing apples and oranges in comparing restaurants to stores , and assuming that those sitting together in restaurants are not related…. then essentially telling Farnitano what to say.

Farnitano is a family MD, with no expertise on virology…. but hired by the county. And addressing only take out for restaurants. Doesn’t address the rest of society.

Got disconnected twice from the calls on hold wanting to call in.

Still waiting for public comment to start.

What’s pile of BS.

nachomama December 15, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Exactly @ Fred P. Gioia loves to hear himself talk and does so in circles. It’s infuriating to be shoved off to the side. There is no partnership with the public.

They are excited and patting themselves on the back, to have 9700 vaccines in a county of 1.1M, not even 1% of the population. How long will that take to get to all the folks who want it- 2 years? They are just now discussing who will get this vaccine-on the day it arrived? Isn’t that a conversation that should be had weeks prior to the shipping? Some common sense would be welcomed.

dude... December 15, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Report Gavin Newson, Nancy Pelosi, and London Breed for violating CoVid orders to the county sheriff.

Vote them and the CCC Stupidvisors out of office.

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Hey, moron….

Since when do dog groomers have to be shut down? All they’ve addressed so far is restaurants… NOTHING ELSE!

Mom December 15, 2020 at 11:17 AM

I appreciate the meeting updates as I can’t participate. Thank you!

cheeseburguesa December 15, 2020 at 11:32 AM

iota, do you have any idea what it costs a restaurant to be in compliance with the ever changing health orders? Most of those tents you see (if the city didn’t force them to take it down) are rentals. They have an initial set up cost (~$1800) and a monthly rent on top of it (~$1600 per month). If the restaurant isn’t renting the outdoor tables, they are either using their indoor furniture, which isn’t conditioned or practical to be used outside, or had to buy outdoor furniture to provide seating. The plexiglass barriers you see inside are usually custom made and can run $200-$300 each. This is already a losing battle as in person dining was banned before what is normally the busiest time of the year. Water, garbage, utilities, rent, and the rest of a restaurant’s overhead costs are constant- they didn’t get paused magically back in March when this started. The take out boxes and supplies allowing restaurants to stay open are not free. The restaurant is still paying whatever staff it didn’t have to lay off as well. And before you try an equate any of this with pest control or health department visits, the county health department is still very active and restaurants need to stay in compliance with sanitation, temperature control, and food handling safety. “I dunno, following health orders?” is not allowing businesses to thrive, it’s a way for them to try to lose less. It has nothing to do with which way you lean, or who you voted for. Stop trying to politicize a business wanting to survive without being subjected to over the top fines.

Aunt Barbara December 15, 2020 at 12:32 PM

I hope Rocco called in and gave him a piece of his mind.
He has been very generous during these shut downs.

Jacknife925 December 15, 2020 at 11:43 AM

This is not about covid it is about controlling capitalism and destroying it. if they shut down the small businesses they can the economy and control the people.

bdml December 15, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Business owners who are shut down should relentlessly protest at each every house and give them no relief just keep pounding them…

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 12:19 PM

No surprise – Becton is in favor of raising the fines and is willing to file criminal charges.

Yet she doesn’t file charges against theft/burglary suspects …. but chooses to make that decision on whether the suspect “needed” the stuff stolen.


Aunt Barbara December 15, 2020 at 12:34 PM

because she’s a criminal herself!

MoJo December 15, 2020 at 12:34 PM

Since these clowns are doing everything possible to prevent public comment and have no sympathy whatsoever for the business owners affected by these decisions, I do believe it’s time to peacefully but very loudly start protesting in front of each of their homes. Don’t forget to play loud party music, pound the bongos and bring megaphones to relentlessly chant your message.

Tired December 15, 2020 at 12:40 PM

The meeting is now literally…”how do we force you to comply”

I’m missing a little bit of it…I keep having to run to the bathroom and wretch…this meeting is making me sick.

Raise fines? What if they challenge them?
Revoke permits? Technically, we can’t do that for permits provided by cities?
Business License revoked? Environmental health to close the business?

This is crazy

Bob Wiley December 15, 2020 at 12:54 PM

Well it all makes sense now. Mitchoff is a crazy cat lady. It’s not her fault that her brain doesn’t think critically. The cat dander has probably eaten away most of the functioning areas.

Tracermike December 15, 2020 at 1:12 PM

Shutting down a restaurant for a rodent infestation is a far sight different from shutting down a business because of the potential rodent infestation.
You should’ve stopped after your first paragraph.
The second was a straw man and it makes you seem argumentative and foolish.

Fred P. December 15, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Time for Mitchoff to resign.

Bob Wiley December 15, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Haha Ricky Gunz is my hero

Sign from Above December 15, 2020 at 2:47 PM

Well! That was an interesting end to the discussion at the BOS meeting! Clearly, if any other county employees swore like that at a televised meeting, they would be terminated immediately! For those that didn’t see it, Karen Mitchoff read a hostile email she received, yelling out several words that are clearly forbidden by the FCC. You’re being televised crazy woman! I shouldn’t have to keep my teenager away from the TV because one of our elected officials may spew out a string of words that would be censored by any other media source! She lost it folks! I would be VERY embarrassed if she was my supervisor! Then there is John Goia who interrupts a speaker during public comment and goes off on her! What kind of people are you voting into office! Wow! What a S&@t show that was. And none of the other supervisors stood put censure them for their inappropriate behavior!

Fred December 15, 2020 at 3:24 PM

I think Mitchoff was running scared and trying to backtrack…. claiming it wasn’t a result of the emails and public comment against it.

1. I’m not sure about the “Ricky Gunz” email/letter, either. Seeing Mitchoff’s responses (and her snarky comments) on Claycord makes me wonder if she invented his correspondence…. especially when complaining about Trump.

2. If it wasn’t about politics, why did she bring Trump into it?

3. If she claimed she got “death threats”, then let’s find out which agency and the report numbers.I’ll bet she’s fabricating that, too.

4. From all appearances, Mitchoff was reading her emails and not at all engaged in public comment. Not surprising.

Mitchoff does not have the temperament to be on the BOS – and neither does Gioia, given his interruptions about a speaker being wrong DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. Gioia is no scientist, and should not play one on TV. Time for him to go, also…. both need to resign, as neither of them can obviously withstand criticism.

Anderson was yawning through most of the public comment period – most of the BOS looked bored $hitless.

Farnitano is not a virologist- just family medicine. What gives him the “expertise “ to comment on the studies when the three doctors (with additional training) questioned him (and were poo-poohed) by the BOS.

Good thing it was televised – it showed how incompetent most of the BOS are.

It’s time for a thorough housecleaning at the county level. They’ve given me more than enough reason to not trust ANY of them.

Captain Bebops December 15, 2020 at 3:27 PM

Yes, that was quite an ending to the discussion. Mitchoff should not have read the letter. Bureaucrats probably get a number of letters like that. Showed off her inexperience.

As for Goia, this is a problem I run into as many of illiberals believe there is only one side to this pandemic and they own itl. But the caller did mention that science is often inconclusive and there are varying opinions among scientists. The science of using masks is still in experimental phase. There are very grounded and well educated scientists who don’t think they work or should only be used to a limited extent. And then we have the psychological effect of a society wearing masks.

My bet there will be no spike in cases because they didn’t institute higher fines. So it really wasn’t worth even mentioning. There may be some increase just due to winter.

Any of the supervisors ever even own a business? If you’re going to regulate businesses maybe that should be on the resume. But then who runs for these posts anymore and what should we expect as a result.

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