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Nehring smokes Newsom with Colorado Marijuana Legalization report

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California GOP Lt Governor candidate Ron Nehring is touting a new report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The report details unacceptable increases in impaired driving, underage marijuana access and use, emergency room admissions and rising community costs. Nehring is flogging Democrat incumbent Lt Governor Gavin Newsom with the report, as Newsome has […]

Doctors Medical Center announces service cuts effective Aug 12

Union files complaint over closure of Doctors Hospital

Doctors Medical Center (DMC), located in San Pablo, CA, said it will detail upcoming service cuts at its next meeting with the West Contra Costa Healthcare District (Tuesday, August 5). Ambulances will be diverted to other facilities beginning August 12, in addition to the closure of that facilities cardiac unit, and reduction of patient beds […]

John Muir CEO discusses proposed regional health care network

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UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health have signed a letter of intent to create a Bay Area health care network intended to provide patients with high quality care and an exceptional experience at an affordable price. A final agreement is expected by the end of 2014. Under the proposed agreement both UCSG and John […]

$90M Shake down: Richmond Council approves Chevron Modernization Plan

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After years of contentious claims, unsubstantiated research, court orders, demonstrations, and legal fees, Richmond City Council didn’t get the shake down it wanted, but did get $90M and other costly guarantees it extorted from Chevron in quid pro quo before it approved  the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The project could finally move forward Tuesday after Chevron agreed to […]

Concord City Council votes to extend Measure Q sales tax

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

Last night, the Concord City Council approved placing the City of Concord Essential Services Measure, also known as the Measure Q Continuation Measure, on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot to protect and maintain local city services. Measure Q was adopted by Concord voters in 2010 to protect and maintain vital services. Funding from Measure Q […]

Chevron agrees to alternative plan for Richmond Refinery Modernization

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Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s Richmond Refinery (Chevron Richmond) says it has agreed to “accept the environmentally superior alternative” to its Richmond Refinery Modernization Plan. The announcement comes in advance of this evening’s (July 22, 2014) Richmond City Council meeting where that body will hear public comments on the project and then make a final decision on the project at […]

Concord Disposal adds new split-body, natural gas-powered vehichles

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Concord Disposal Service is introducing a new concept in collecting recycling and trash as part of its continuing effort to increase efficiency and decrease the company’s environmental footprint. These new state-of-the-art trucks are split body, meaning there are two (2) compartments: one for recycling and one for garbage. This type of truck helps reduce the […]

Doctors Medical Center Stakeholder group studies alternative service models

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A solution to the health-care problems facing West County in the wake of the continuing financial difficulties at Doctors Medical Center is likely attainable but will include a reduction in hospital services, according to leaders of a Stakeholder Group charged with identifying viable alternatives. In its first public statement since announcing the formation of the […]

John Muir medical centers earn high marks

john muir medical centers receives high marks

The John Muir medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek have again been earned high marks this year by U.S. News & World Report with both medical centers receiving national rankings! Combined, the two medical centers had 11 services nationally ranked or rated as high performing. High Marks for John Muir Medical Centers – John […]