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 […]

Richmond imitates Chicago

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Recently I wrote about the corruption that will come as a result of the City of Richmond extortion of Chevron to fund dozens of questionable social service programs. Luck has it that the Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on a similar program in the City of Chicago. That’s right, Richmond, the Chicago of […]

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 […]

Nehring smokes Newsom with Colorado Marijuana Legalization report

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California GOP Lt Governor candidate Ron Nehring is touting a new report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The report details unacceptable increases in impaired driving, underage marijuana access and use, emergency room admissions and rising community costs. Nehring is flogging Democrat incumbent Lt Governor Gavin Newsom with the report, as Newsome has […]

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 […]

Richmond extortion of Chevron creates slush funds for more West County dysfunction

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Representing a Countywide group I attended the City of Richmond City Council meetings on July 22 and July 29, regarding the approval of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization project. The meeting reminded me of an old joke whose punchline is “we’ve already agreed you are a whore, we are just negotiating the price.” Ultimately, approval […]

Campaign tells how Sbranti, California Teachers Association smeared Steven Glazer

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Steven Glazer, an unsuccessful candidate for the California State Assembly (AD-16), is featured in a glossy, 16-page color brochure that criticizes the California Teachers Association (CTA). The brochure is entitled Anatomy of a Political Smear, and shows Glazer with a smeared face. The campaign against the political spending of the California Teachers Association was financed […]

Adam Foster favors bike and pedestrian byways

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It was a relatively routine evening for the Concord City Council on April 8th 2014. During the public comment period community activists of all political persuasions gave their recommendations on saving the world including the place they called home. Among them could be found Adam Foster, who works by day in the Planning Division for […]

John Muir CEO discusses proposed regional health care network

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UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health have signed a letter of intent to create a Bay Area health care network intended to provide patients with high quality care and an exceptional experience at an affordable price. A final agreement is expected by the end of 2014. Under the proposed agreement both UCSG and John […]