Eve Phillips sworn in to Orinda City Council

Eve Phillips sworn in to Orinda City Council

Eve Phillips, the newly elected member of the Orinda City Council, was sworn in to a four-year term on Tuesday, December 2. Phillips, who was elected to the council on November 4, ran on a platform of preserving Orinda’s semi-rural environment, keeping quality in Orinda’s schools, and maintaining Orinda’s 35-foot height limit for buildings. For […]

“Coulda Shoulda” reality does not change mid term election results

Contra Costa election results

At the curmudgeon coffee group I attend each Saturday morning, things have become a bit testy of late. As the resident Conservative, I have been having fun pointing out recent election results that demonstrates the failings of  the Democratic Party  on November 4th. This friendly ribbing has not been taken well by several of my liberal-progressive friends with whom I […]

How Catharine Baker won California’s 16th Assembly District race

Catharine Baker California 16th Assembly District representative

In the highly contested 16th Assembly District race between Democrat and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, and political newcomer Republican Catharine Baker, it was expected to be a close election to be decided by a handful of votes. When all precincts reported, Baker trounced her opponent in Contra Costa County by a startling 42,599 to 36,589, while  gaining almost 54% […]

Concord incumbents triumph in Council race

Concord incumbents reelected to City Council

Questioning the perceived vulnerability of City Councilman Ron Leone was a popular pastime among his challengers for one of the three open spots filled in Tuesday’s election. According to this theory, four times elected Laura Hoffmeister and Mayor Tim Grayson were untouchable, leaving Leone as the weak link among the incumbents. It was postulated by […]

7 Reasons Pleasant Hill Should Reject Michael Harris


When asked to explain his record at a recent Pleasant Hill City Council candidate forum, 12-year-incumbent Michael Harris replied, “You know me.”   Posturing as everybody’s pal allows Harris to dodge scrutiny of his record.  Experienced politicians frequently employ tricks like these because they work.  They know that most voters are too busy to pay attention to what […]

Challengers push ahead of Orinda City Council incumbents

Orinda Grove Development in Orinda CA

Political upheaval may be coming to Orinda, according to two informal polls. The two polls show that incumbents running for re-election to the Orinda City Council are — by significant margins — trailing challengers. On election day, Tuesday, November 4, six candidates are vying for three seats on the council. Two incumbents are running as […]

Measure N — Why voters should oppose Pittsburg’s $85 Million Bond

Measure N vote no

With Measure N on the ballot, Pittsburg taxpayers face an $85 million dollar bond on Nov 4th. The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association opposes Measure N. According to a 2012 Contra Costa County Grand Jury Report, voters approved over $3 billion of facilities bonds since 2000. West Contra Costa Unified comes first with $1.6 billion. The Contra […]

Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

Even a casual observer would know after meeting candidates for the open Concord City Council seats that Election Day, November 4, is rapidly approaching. The stress and anxiety of the campaign could be seen on all of their faces as the end of the campaign trail looms. Laura Hoffmeister, who has participated in these events […]

16th Assembly District race presents clear choices

16th Assembly District candidates 2014

According to conventional logic, Democrat Tim Sbranti should easily win his bid to take the open 16th District Assembly seat in Sacramento. The well thought of Mayor of Dublin, who has been involved in a leadership capacity with the powerful California Teachers Association (CTA), possesses impeccable credentials to fill the post. As a near mirror image […]