John Muir Health reports $105 million Community Benefit in 2013


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.

Concord Pavilion renovations ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll


Entering the VIP Cocktail Party reception hosted by Live Nation to celebrate the grand reopening of the refurbished Concord Pavilion, one could not help but be proud of how this facility is once again evolving to be the crown jewel of the community. It was also nice to see a dividend in the form of […]

Stakeholders scramble to find solutions to West County health care needs

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Seemingly in the nick of time, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and Contra Costa Health Services today announced the formation of a Stakeholder Group charged with developing a solution to the long-term issues facing West County health care in Contra Costa County. Following the rejection of Measure C in West County, the […]

Firearms Ordinance battle in Pleasant Hill, continues June 9


The Pleasant Hill City Council will hold a special public hearing on June 9, to consider its Planning Commission’s refusal to amend that city’s Zoning laws to accommodate the recent City Council Firearms Ordinance, which would further restrict the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition. The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, […]

MTC and ABAG have vast unrepresentative powers to control Bay Area future

MTC and ABAG have vast, unrepresented powers

MTC and ABAG have vast powers to regulate transportation matters and alter housing patterns. Yet not one member of MTC’s or ABAG’s board of directors has ever been elected by popular vote of the people. Is this democracy? A famous American once wrote that a governmental entity “has erected a multitude of new offices, and […]