Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

Even a casual observer would know after meeting candidates for the open Concord City Council seats that Election Day, November 4, is rapidly approaching. The stress and anxiety of the campaign could be seen on all of their faces as the end of the campaign trail looms. Laura Hoffmeister, who has participated in these events […]

16th Assembly District race presents clear choices

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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 — […]

County looking for public input on Homeless Strategic Plan

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Contra Costa County has been working on a 2014 update to its Homeless Strategic Plan for dealing with the homeless. In 2004 there was a ten year plan and now it is time to update it. See a PDF of the 2014 plan below. Click to download as desired. Please feel free to send any […]

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

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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 […]