Contra Costa Democratic Party faces tough choices

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Harmesh Kumar, Brent Trueblood, and Adam Foster have a few things in common. All are active in the Contra Costa Democratic Party and pass the litmus test as liberal “progressives”. More importantly, they are candidates for the three open City Council seats in Concord this November. It is no secret that each of these men feels […]

Mayoral candidate smears For Richmond community group

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Recently, For Richmond was unwillingly drawn into Richmond mayoral race discussion via a mass email distributed by candidate and city councilman Tom Butt. In an Aug. 18 alert to his e-forum, Butt decried Chevron-funded billboards supporting his political opponent and fellow councilman Nat Bates. Butt also claimed: “If Bates weren’t already close enough to Chevron, […]

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 […]

Doctors Medical Center announces service cuts effective Aug 12

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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 […]

AACA: Support legislation that targets political corruption

Political donations and influence peddling by lobbyists and special interests are a big business and chief contributors to political corruption. Over $100,000 for each candidate for a local city council race, over $35 MILLION for our last group of state senators, almost $9 MILLION in the Feinstein/Emken race, and almost $1 BILLION spent by each […]

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 […]