Concord City Council votes to extend Measure Q sales tax

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

Last night, the Concord City Council approved placing the City of Concord Essential Services Measure, also known as the Measure Q Continuation Measure, on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot to protect and maintain local city services. Measure Q was adopted by Concord voters in 2010 to protect and maintain vital services. Funding from Measure Q […]

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, […]

Orinda City Council must go

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In April 1653 Oliver Cromwell, told the English Parliament, “You have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!” The same must be said for the Orinda City Council! Cromwell’s words are applicable to the […]

Free money for Concord bicycle study comes with a cost

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Hooray! Concord got a free bicycle study. What’s it cost? On July 22, Concord City Council passed Resolution No. 14-53. The action allows Concord to receive a $ 320,000 from the State to fund a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Safe Routes to Transit Project. At first glance, it all looks pretty innocent. But… For a municipality like Concord […]

California Death Penalty ruled unconstitutional

California death penalty ruled unconstitutional

Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled last week that the California Death Penalty is unconstitutional because it violated the 8th Amendment barring “cruel and unusual punishment.” He was right. My agreement with Carney, who is one of many jurists who oversteps their authority, might surprise some people as normally I stay on the right side of the […]

Mandatory commuter benefits will hurt Bay Area job growth

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In a program that will kill jobs, two Bay Area regional governmental agencies are telling certain employers that they will soon have to provide workers with “commuter benefits.” The program was reported in the news media on July 15. Ordering implementation of the commuter program are the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area […]