Happy ending for California Massage Therapy Act

California Massage Therapy Act

Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 1147 (D-Concord), the Massage Therapy Act, is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk after being approved today by the Assembly with a 72-0 vote. The Massage Therapy Act overhauls California’s existing massage therapy law to address problems with businesses engaging in illegal activities. The new massage therapy act gives local […]

New Popeye’s fried chicken franchise makes major splash in Concord

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With much anticipation fueled by a series of e-mails from several of my curmudgeon friends, I told my wife not to prepare dinner Tuesday night and that I would secure food from the newly opened Popeye’s on Clayton Road. In a culinary challenged community (at least for friend chicken) such as Concord, the prospect of […]

Two good reasons to oppose East County Benefit Assessment District to fund fire services

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There are two great reasons to oppose the proposed new Benefit Assessment District to fund fire suppression in East County. Voters will decide by voting on this ballot measure in the November General Election. 1. The measure illegally abuses the definition of a benefit assessment district defined by Prop 218 and will be successfully challenged […]

Nehring smokes Newsom with Colorado Marijuana Legalization report

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California GOP Lt Governor candidate Ron Nehring is touting a new report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The report details unacceptable increases in impaired driving, underage marijuana access and use, emergency room admissions and rising community costs. Nehring is flogging Democrat incumbent Lt Governor Gavin Newsom with the report, as Newsome has […]

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 […]

Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization moves forward as Council releases final draft EIR

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The City of Richmond has released the final draft of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is available at chevronmodernization.com. The publication of the EIR marks a significant step closer to a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. It also reinforces the project’s many benefits for this community and our workforce. The Richmond […]

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, […]

Supervisors spar over proposed countywide sales tax

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Contra Costa Supervisors John Gioia (D-I) and Mary Piepho (D-III) traded barbs today during a hearing to consider whether the County should spend $45,000 for a professional survey to help determine the feasibility of placing either a quarter (1/4) or half (1/2) cent countywide sales tax on the November ballot to help fun public safety, […]