Claycord – Talk About Politics

September 23, 2016 19:05 pm · 118 comments


This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other.



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.


Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. This special campfire program will be hosted by Rangers from the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Step back into early California when the Martinez Adobe was the heart of Rancho Pinole. The musical group Los Arribeños de San Francisco led by Lance Beeson – a descendant of the Anza Expedition’s Second in Command Jose Joaquin Moraga – will share the songs, dances and games of the Spanish and Mexican eras of Alta California.

No reservations are required. Meet at the front gate of John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, in Martinez (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring the whole family! There will be something for everyone. Come with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows and a desire to have a good time. Rangers will direct you from the gate to the fire ring. If it rains heavily the program will be canceled. If it is a “Spare the Air Day” the program will continue, but without a campfire.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur the protection of nature worldwide and ultimately earn Muir the title “Father of the National Parks”.

John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at or call (925) 228-8860.


Three more dead birds and another group of mosquitoes in Contra Costa County tested positive for West Nile virus, officials with the county’s Mosquito & Vector Control District said today.

One bird was found in Concord, another in Martinez and the third in Walnut Creek, while the mosquitoes were trapped near Knightsen.

This year, 25 birds and nine mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus.

Vector control officials are emphasizing that even though it’s fall, mosquitoes are still active and residents should protect themselves as warm weather lingers.

“People still need to protect themselves until the cooler weather arrives and the mosquitoes go to sleep for the winter,” district scientific program manager Steve Schultz said in a statement.

Vector control officials suggest reducing the risk of getting bit by dumping or draining standing water, using repellents containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin and staying indoors, especially at dawn and dusk.

Maintaining swimming pools is especially important since one pool can breed more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to 5 miles away.

Residents can review this year’s activity among birds and
mosquitoes in the county by going to For information about human cases, residents can call (888) 959-9911.

Vector control officials urge residents to report dead birds to the state’s hotline at (877) 968-2473 or at


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:

Do you believe ‘protesters’ should be allowed to block surface streets and highways, or do you think anybody who blocks the roadways should be immediately arrested? Also, if a person dies because paramedics can’t get to a patient because the street is blocked, should the protesters be charged with manslaughter?

Talk about it.



WHAT:  Informational meeting on reopening of Holbrook Elem. School for the 2017-2018 school year

WHEN:  Thursday, September 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Holbrook Elem. School, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord


Holbrook Elem. School is reopening for the 2017-2018 school year.  The community is invited to a meeting to discuss facility plans, programs, and to talk about the future of the campus. The meeting will be held on September 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the multi-use room at the Holbrook campus, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord.  Snacks will be provided, and child care will be available.  MDUSD is committed to a quality academic program that prepares all our students for the 21st century.  A survey (English or Spanish)  has been developed for the community to provide input on how the district can best accomplish this, and also to solicit input on proposed themes for the school, including:

  • Technology (integration of technology into the curriculum that is student-centered and aligned to the Common Core State Standards)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (school-wide focus i.e. music, art, theater)
  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (school-wide focus in these four areas extended beyond the standards and hands-on)
  • Project based learning (Classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge)

For additional information, please contact Stephanie Roberts, Director of Special Projects, at 925-682-8000 x6203 or



Every few years publishes detailed information on local public high schools. One of the items we’ve focused on in the past is the amount of employees who have left the public high schools during a certain time period.

A request was made regarding the five larger public high schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), as well as Clayton Valley Charter High School, which is public, but isn’t part of the MDUSD.

The MDUSD released the information in matter of hours, while Clayton Valley Charter High School was asked for the numbers on Sept.8, 2016, but failed to respond, which forced to file a public information act request on Sept.13, 2016. The request to CVCHS still hasn’t been fulfilled.

Please view the information shown below, which lists the number of employees who have left each school since August of 2014.

College Park High School:

12 – Resigned
4 – Retired
1 – Non-Rehire
3 – End of Assignment


Concord High School:

11 – Resigned
11 – Retired
4 – End of Assignment
1 – Deceased
1 – Released


Ygnacio Valley High School:

11 – Resigned
7 – Retired
1 – End of Assignment
1 – Fired


Northgate High School:

8 – Resigned
10 – Retired
6 – End of Assignment
1 – Medical Resignation


Mt. Diablo High School:

18 – Resigned
2 – Retired
4 – End of Assignment
3 – Deceased
1 – Released
1 – Resigned from Leave of Absence


Clayton Valley Charter High School:

Statement from the Law Offices of Young, Minney & Corr, LLP: Our office serves as general counsel for Clayton Valley Charter High School (“CVCHS”). This correspondence is in response to your Public Records Act request dated September 13, 2016.

This letter is to notify you that CVCHS continues to determine whether it has any disclosable records that are responsive to your request. Due to the breadth of your Public Records Act request, CVCHS will need to search for the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request and may require CVCHS to collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records that were demanded in your single request.

Therefore, please be informed that, in accordance with Government Code section 6253(c), this letter serves as notice that CVCHS will respond to your Public Records Act request by October 7, 2016.

CVCHS will determine if it maintains any disclosable records by that time and will produce any disclosable records within a reasonable time thereafter.

CLAYCORD NOTE: A post by the Clayton Valley Charter High School Stakeholders for Transparency group lists the names of at least 60 employees who have left the school for various reasons since August of 2014. That is an unofficial number, and it is believed that many names are missing from the list.


A man and woman are recovering today after being shot Wednesday night at their home in Concord where officers found a large amount of marijuana, police said.

At 9:50 p.m., officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots heard from the 2900 block of Bella Drive.

Police found a 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. Both are in stable condition and cooperating with the investigation, police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said this afternoon.

A large amount of marijuana was seized by police from one of the upstairs bedrooms, and Blakely said investigators are looking into whether the marijuana was a possible motive in the case.

“I think it would be unusual for this just to be a random act,” he said.

Police are investigating whether the victims know more about their attackers than they’ve said and if they had a legal reason to have the marijuana, Blakely said.

The victims have so far only described their attackers as either one or two men wearing all black who entered the home, shot the residents and then fled in a dark-colored pickup truck, according to Blakely.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting has been asked to call Concord police Detective Kevin Giacoletto at (925) 671-3030.


After below-normal temperatures midweek, weak offshore winds and clear skies will bring a warming trend starting Friday and highs on Sunday as much as 30 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Coastal locations and downtown San Francisco could see highs in the 80s on Sunday. Weather officials said they can’t rule out temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90 on Sunday afternoon in some spots along the coast.

In inland areas, temperatures in the 90s are expected in many areas on Sunday, with 100s expected in the warmest spots, including Concord, Clayton and Walnut Creek.

Record highs for this time of year are possible Sunday in places such as San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport and San Jose.

The record for that date at the airport is 91 degrees, which is also the record at Moffett Field near Mountain View.

Gilroy will probably be the hottest spot in the region and could reach 105 degrees, meteorologist Steve Anderson said.

Anderson said the heat will really only last one day. Saturday will be about 10 degrees cooler than Sunday and Monday about 5 degrees cooler.

Widespread cooling is expected by the middle of next week.


The Contra Costa County Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School.

The program is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.

“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said County Librarian Terry Speiker. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”

Career Online High School is a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and is part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Contra Costa County Library to offer Career Online High School and give residents access to education and the potential to change their lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale.

The Contra Costa County Library will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at any of the 26 Contra Costa County Library branches or by visiting the library’s website


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:

Do you think the Concord City Council does a good job of listening to the opinions of its citizens when it comes to community concerns such as crime, or proposed projects such as the Naval Weapons Station, shopping centers, apartment complexes, etc.?

Whether you say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, give us the reasons why.

Talk about it.



Several buildings are expected to be demolished if the City of Concord approves plans for the proposed Sprouts Farmers Market at 4475 Treat Blvd. in Concord, near Clayton Rd.

The buildings, shown highlighted in the graphic below, currently house long-time businesses such as El Tapatio, Togo’s, Little Caesars and Tamazaki’s Martial Arts.

The new 30,000-square-foot market will be located in the very northern part of the center, and the entrance will face southwest, according to plans.



The city will discuss the plans during their design review board meeting tonight at 5:30 at Concord City Hall on Parkside Dr.


A man and woman were shot in their house Wednesday night in Concord, police said.

At 9:50 p.m., officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots heard from the 2900 block of Bella Drive.

Police found a 29-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the arm and a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head.

The victims spoke with officers, whose investigation revealed that one or two suspects had entered the house before shooting the pair.

The suspect or suspects were reportedly wearing all black and left in a vehicle after the shooting.

Anyone with additional information about this incident has been asked to call Concord Police Detective Kevin Giacoletto at (925) 671-3030.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Man Shot in Head, Woman Shot in Arm on Bella Dr. in Concord



A large crowd surrounded a BART Police officer and jumped on his patrol vehicle in the bus zone at the downtown Concord BART station just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Concord Police Department.

The suspects also threw objects at the Officer.

The BART Police Officer was uninjured.

At least two people were detained, and several fled the scene when Concord Police arrived on scene.

photo credit: Sherry Brown-Alldredge


The fire department is on their way to extinguish two brush fires on Hwy.242 near Concord Ave.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, and no injuries have been reported.



A man was shot in the head and a woman was shot in the arm just after 10 p.m. inside a home on Bella Dr. in Concord, according to police.

Bella Dr. is off Clayton Rd., west of Coventry.

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time.

Police are on scene, and further details are currently unavailable.

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: One victim is in critical condition, the other suffered non-life-threatening wounds, according to ConFire.


School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house. But with inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, you could be missing out on a great opportunity for your family.

Here are five reasons why you should consider selling your house this fall:

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right now!

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now



Contra Costa Behavioral Health, a division of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), invites anyone interested in improving local mental health services to participate in one of three community forums this fall.

The forums will influence funding decisions for county programs, and are part of the public process for setting Contra Costa’s budget for state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding for 2017-20.

WHO: Ideas and advice are welcome from all members of the public, particularly providers, patients and their families.


  • Thursday, Oct. 6: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maple Hall Community Center, 13831 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill.
  • Thursday, Dec. 1: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road in Bay Point.

WHY: Contra Costa’s current MHSA budget, which ends in June 2017, will have provided about $41.6 million to more than 80 mental health programs, prioritized through a similar community planning process.Forum goals include identifying service gaps and setting priorities for the next 3-year MHSA budget.

The same information will be provided at all three forums, including an overview of how the MHSA works and how the funding is currently used in Contra Costa.

RSVP to attend a forum at or 925-957-5150.

Visit for more information about the MHSA in Contra Costa County.



A man was taken into custody on Tuesday evening at Concord BART after he tried to evade fare and then resisted arrest, according to BART Police.

Eventually, the officer used physical force to overcome the suspect’s resistance, and placed him under arrest for resisting/delaying a police officer.

Police say a sergeant responded to perform the use of force investigation and approved the arrest, and the suspect was then booked into the county jail.

No injuries were sustained by the officer or the suspect.

The suspect’s name wasn’t released.