Doing business in California costs 19% more

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Doing business in California is much more expensive than in other states, according to a recently released report. The California Foundation for Commerce and Education (CFCE), has found that “California businesses on the average have 19% higher operating costs per job than businesses in the rest of the country . . . ” CFCE findings […]

Newspapers in decline

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What would our civilization be like without newspapers? Your leisurely breakfast with a cuppa joe  while reading the important news of the day might become a relic of the past. As sad as it might be, this day may soon be approaching. Dwindling readership and advertising revenues have put many formidable newspapers out of business with others […]

Bitch Fest Summer 2014: 16 local and regional gripes

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Pointing out what really matters and things that just bug us has proven to be effective in getting rid of un-needed anxiety. Such catharsis helps us avoid expensive and unnecessary trips to see therapists to sort out one’s problems. So for my own mental health, here is my Bitchfest for Summer 2014. These are my Sweet 16 […]

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 […]

Free money for Concord bicycle study comes with a cost

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Hooray! Concord got a free bicycle study. What’s it cost? On July 22, Concord City Council passed Resolution No. 14-53. The action allows Concord to receive a $ 320,000 from the State to fund a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Safe Routes to Transit Project. At first glance, it all looks pretty innocent. But… For a municipality like Concord […]

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 […]

John Muir medical centers earn high marks

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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 […]