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, […]

Doctors Hospital: The canary in the coal mine

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There’s a lot of hullabaloo over Doctors Hospital and the recently failed parcel tax in West County. The buzz, though, is doing Contra Costa Taxpayers one big favor: Doctors Hospital is the dead canary in the coal mine that warns us that the future of the entitlement society and irresponsible government spending in Contra Costa […]

Supervisors plot new sales tax for Contra Costa taxpayers

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“Just when you thought it was safe to swim in the water” the jaws of “progressive” politicians want to swallow another chunk of their constituent’s check books to impose a new health care tax. Fresh off the defeat on the Measure Bond Measure C which would have burdened Richmond property owners with a new parcel tax to fund […]

Contra Costa Fire Service Districts propose new taxes for golden pensions

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To follow up the series on the Four Myths of Fire Service Districts, see below a follow-up with some actions taken by Fire Service Districts in Contra Costa County that are perfect examples of what I addressed in my post, The Fouth Myth of Fire Services. Since the situation is fluid and government and its “agents” are sadly […]