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 […]

Time to end excessive benefits for Concord City Council

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Help wanted: Part time, flexible hours, lifetime healthcare after 5 years of employment! Sound too good to be true? It SHOULD, but this is exactly what the members of the Concord City Council award the members of the Concord City Council. This sounds appropriate for dignitaries with entitlement issues, but it sure doesn’t sound right […]

Community rallies ahead of Richmond planning commission hearings on Chevron refinery modernization plan

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A high stakes battle for the attention and understanding of the public and officials is underway in Richmond California as that city’s Planning Commission will meet Wednesday evening July 9 to consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and condition use permits covering Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Modernization plan approved and fast-tracked by the City […]

Healthcare in California at crossroads

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I recently wrote about Doctor’s Hospital being our “Canary in the Coalmine”, foreshadowing the financial death of Progressive government in California. But the issue is just another instance of the larger question of healthcare in California. Indeed, Health care in California is coming to the front of the stage. For instance, the Contra Costa Times, […]

California middle class under attack from government

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California’s middle class — a group made up largely of individuals earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year — is becoming very angry. These middle-income folks generally work in mid-level jobs in banks, insurance companies, grocery stores, small businesses, government agencies, and other places. Basically, all middle-income people want is a home of their own, […]

Pulse of Concord Survey Results: Reforms in the Wind?

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Survey of Concord area residents in Spring 2014 covering views on lifetime medical coverage after 5 years on the city council, as well as perceptions and feelings on political restructuring of districts for the city and views of the US intervention in the Ukraine, noise in the neighborhood and radio interest.