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 […]

AB 155 threatens local control of public works projects in California

AB 155 threatens local control of construction projects

The election year promise is very pervasive. Have you ever heard of a politician say he or she is opposed to “local control?” Neither have I. However, a bill currently making its way through the State Legislature, AB 155, would do just that, setting a dangerous precedent that would paralyze local governments and politicize public works […]

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 […]

Environmental group continues to fight Plan Bay Area

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Despite an adverse ruling in court, the environmental group, Bay Area Citizens, vowed on June 13 to continue its fight against Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area is a scheme to put controls on motor-vehicle use and on housing patterns in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. On June 11, Judge Evelio Grillo of the […]

Good news for homeowners: 9th Circuit Court whacks MERSCORP

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The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed part of a five-count decision rendered by the Multi-District Litigation Panel (led by U. S. Senior Judge James Teilborg, Arizona) as to the case involving Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. and the use of so-called “MERS Certifying Officers” (numbering over 20,000) to execute assignments and other […]

Judge denies Bay Area Citizens petition against Plan Bay Area

MTC and ABAG have vast, unrepresented powers

A San Francisco Bay Area court has denied a regional environmental group’s petition to halt transportation and housing plans that are being imposed by unelected Bay Area regional bureaucracies in the joint Plan Bay Area blueprint for future regional planning. In June 4 ruling, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Superior Court of the State of […]

Pleasant Hill amends zoning rules; upholds gun sales restrictions despite legal challenge

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On Monday, June 9th the Pleasant Hill City Council introduced zoning ordinance amendments to “sync up” with its law adopted last year that regulates firearms and ammunition sales. As expected, introduction of the zoning changes was approved on a 3-2 vote that mirrored last year’s adoption of the new gun law (Councilmembers Carlson and Weir opposed; Durant, Flaherty […]

Firearms Ordinance battle in Pleasant Hill, continues June 9

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The Pleasant Hill City Council will hold a special public hearing on June 9, to consider its Planning Commission’s refusal to amend that city’s Zoning laws to accommodate the recent City Council Firearms Ordinance, which would further restrict the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition. The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, […]

Unions file civil complaint over closure of DMC

Union files complaint over closure of Doctors Hospital

Unions representing DMC (Doctors Medical Center) employees have filed a civil complaint over the planned closure of the safety-net hospital. The unions announced Tuesday they filed charges last week with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Civil Rights alleging unlawful discrimination by Contra Costa County and the West Contra Costa Healthcare […]