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 […]

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 […]

Low-income housing plan draws opposition in Orinda

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Overwhelming opposition to plans to bring low-income housing to Orinda was expressed at a special workshop held in Orinda on Wednesday evening, July 9. At the workshop, which was sponsored by the City of Orinda, a crowd of over 100 people gathered at the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library to learn about Orinda’s […]

Dozier-Libbey in Antioch calls attention to Charter School movement

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On July 4th 2014 the Contra Costa Times reported Nancie Castro, principal of the highly acclaimed Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in Antioch since its inception in 2008 was unceremoniously removed and demoted to a teaching position at Deer Valley. Casual observers might wonder why the major architect of arguably one of the few successes in […]

John Muir Health reports $105 million Community Benefit in 2013

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In its Community Benefit Report for 2013, John Muir Health says it contributed a community benefit valued at over $105 million. “At John Muir Health, we respond to the needs of all of the communities we serve, including those most in need, with the expertise and the high standard of care for which we are known,” […]

Hilton Homewood Suites Proposal Revives Growth Worries in Pleasant Hill

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Today the spectre of another voter growth limitation initiative looms over Pleasant Hill. Now more than ever, residents cherish the low-rise suburban look and feel of Pleasant Hill because it’s more liveable and desirable than more urbanized neighboring cities. Public officials who overlook this fact do so at their own peril.