Orinda being wrecked by Centralized Planning

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The buzz words are familiar: Communism; five-year plans; the Soviet Union; and totalitarianism. These words evoke a common idea: a disease called Centralized Planning. The San Francisco Bay Area (much of the rest of America) has succumbed the malady of Centralized Planning. One need only visit Orinda, California, a small city in Contra Costa County, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Like a zombie, County sales tax is dead…for now

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The good news:  County Supervisors have decided against placing a countywide sales tax on the November 2014 ballot, due to lack of public support. (See: Powerpoint_Presentation_Poll_on_Sales_Tax (1) ) The bad news:  Supervisors continue to seek state legislation to allow Contra Costa to adopt a countywide half-cent sales tax in excess of the state maximum tax rate. The takeaway:  Will […]

Teacher Unions outspend Baker 6-to-1 in California’s 16th Assembly primary

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With the underperforming public school system in California under intense scrutiny, teachers have been criticized of late for their collective job performance. A frustrated public has unfairly blamed teachers for the failure of children to learn who have been brought up by Game Boy, Nintendo, Twitter, and Facebook, more than their from the tutelage of their […]

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,” […]