Stakeholder Group: Doctors Medical Center cannot be preserved as full-service hospital

Union files complaint over closure of Doctors Hospital

An independent team of health care experts on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of preserving a full-service hospital at Doctors Medical Center and called for a full evaluation of alternatives. In an interim report issued to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District board, Dr. William Walker, director of Contra Costa Health Services and chair of […]

Carlyn Obringer explains the ABCs of Charter Schools

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Carlyn Obringer seems to be everywhere in Concord. One day one might find her presiding over the Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Another time would see Obringer leading the Wine Walk fundraiser for the American Association for University Women (AAUA), or acting as master of ceremonies for a dinner event […]

New Popeye’s fried chicken franchise makes major splash in Concord

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With much anticipation fueled by a series of e-mails from several of my curmudgeon friends, I told my wife not to prepare dinner Tuesday night and that I would secure food from the newly opened Popeye’s on Clayton Road. In a culinary challenged community (at least for friend chicken) such as Concord, the prospect of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orinda City Council must go

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In April 1653 Oliver Cromwell, told the English Parliament, “You have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!” The same must be said for the Orinda City Council! Cromwell’s words are applicable to the […]

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 […]

Ruth Bancroft Garden features Sculpture in the Garden

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It was a warm summer evening featuring a gorgeous garden, beautiful sculptures, jazz, wine, and delicious New Orleans style Cajun food. This was the scene at the “sold out” 3rd annual Art & Jazz Sunset Social following the 20th Annual Sculpture Show benefit for the Ruth Bancroft Garden held July 11th on their Walnut Creek […]

Proposed sabbatical for College Chancellor Helen Benjamin raises questions

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At its July 23, 2014 meeting the Contra Costa Community College District Board will consider a two-month, paid sabbatical leave request from District Chancellor Helen Benjamin.  On the same agenda Benjamin recommends hire of an interim replacement, former Contra Costa College President McKinley Williams, at a District cost of over $53,000 for two months’ work.  Williams […]