16th Assembly District race presents clear choices

16th Assembly District candidates 2014

According to conventional logic, Democrat Tim Sbranti should easily win his bid to take the open 16th District Assembly seat in Sacramento. The well thought of Mayor of Dublin, who has been involved in a leadership capacity with the powerful California Teachers Association (CTA), possesses impeccable credentials to fill the post. As a near mirror image […]

Fear & Loathing in Orinda: Glazer stumps for over development

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The so-called Godfather of Orinda politics, Orinda City Council member Steve Glazer, appears to be getting nervous about the coming election for open seats on the Orinda City Council. In a special October 13 e-mail message to Orinda residents, Glazer announced that he is supporting candidates — candidates whose views closely mirror his own — […]

Campaign signs and other election tactics used by politicians

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Campaign signs touting Concord Counclmember Ron Leone‘s reelection bid proudly states that he has fought, “For a Balanced Budget & Reserves.” Tim Grayson, claims to have been a good Mayor and for championing, “Anti-crime programs to keep Concord Safe,” as his ticket for gaining a second term. With local campaign manager Mary Jo Rossi running their re-election bids, the two […]

Orinda removal of campaign signs suppresses free speech

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In a brazen attempt to suppress political speech and political advertising, employees of the City of Orinda confiscated campaign signs of candidates running for the Orinda City Council and the Board of Trustees of the Orinda Union School District. The campaign signs were removed by Orinda city workers between Monday, October 6 and Wednesday, October […]

BART to charge for parking at Concord stations, beginning Oct 27

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Bay Area Rapid Transit ( BART ) has announced that it will soon charge $1-a-day fee-to-park will soon be charged at the Concord and North Concord/Martinez BART stations, where parking is currently free. The new fees begin Monday, Oct. 27 at the downtown Concord BART station, and Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the North Concord/Martinez station. […]

Orinda council candidates differ sharply on downtown development

Orinda Council candidates

Sharply differing views over land use emerged as candidates for seats on the Orinda City Council spoke at an election forum held in Orinda on Monday, October 6. Speaking against current Orinda land-use policies were candidates Eve Phillips and Linda Delehunt. Arguing for continuation of the current direction of land-use plans in Orinda were Amy […]

Richmond to consider funding Doctors Medical Center from Chevron Community Fund

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The Richmond City Council on Tuesday, October 7, will consider an agenda item that proposes diverting $20 million from the recent Chevron Community Investment Agreement to help save Doctors Medical Center (DMC), in San Pablo. The motion, (Item I-3) forwarded by incumbent councilmember Corky Booze, if passed would direct Richmond city staff to negotiate with […]

Self-driving vehicles to be tested at Concord Naval Weapons Station

Mercedes Benz to test self-driving vehicles and Concord Naval Weapons Station

In a new plan announced by the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority in cooperation with the City of Concord the, US Navy, and Mercedes Benz, the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) will become a test site for testing self driving vehicles. The paved, city-like roadway grids at CNWS is an ideal site for testing self-driving […]