HALFWAY TO CONCORD http://halfwaytoconcord.com Contra Costa News & Events Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:21:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 $90M Shake down: Richmond Council approves Chevron Modernization Plan http://halfwaytoconcord.com/chevron-shakedown-richmond/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/chevron-shakedown-richmond/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:19:49 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37114 The post $90M Shake down: Richmond Council approves Chevron Modernization Plan appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

After years of contentious claims, unsubstantiated research, court orders, demonstrations, and legal fees, Richmond City Council didn’t get the shake down it wanted, but did get $90M and other costly guarantees it extorted from Chevron in quid pro quo before it approved  the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The project could finally move forward Tuesday after Chevron agreed to […]

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Concord City Council votes to extend Measure Q sales tax http://halfwaytoconcord.com/measure-q-extension/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/measure-q-extension/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:02:05 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37111 The post Concord City Council votes to extend Measure Q sales tax appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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 […]

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Orinda being wrecked by Centralized Planning http://halfwaytoconcord.com/centralized-planning-orinda/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/centralized-planning-orinda/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:20:17 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37093 The post Orinda being wrecked by Centralized Planning appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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, […]

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AB 155 threatens local control of public works projects in California http://halfwaytoconcord.com/erosion-local-control-threatens-public-works-construction-california/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/erosion-local-control-threatens-public-works-construction-california/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:05:07 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37086 The post AB 155 threatens local control of public works projects in California appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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 […]

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Orinda City Council must go http://halfwaytoconcord.com/orinda-city-council-must-go/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/orinda-city-council-must-go/#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:36:11 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37099 The post Orinda City Council must go appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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 […]

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Millennials think government is wasteful, inefficient, and corrupt http://halfwaytoconcord.com/millennials-reason-poll/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/millennials-reason-poll/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:18:12 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37069 The post Millennials think government is wasteful, inefficient, and corrupt appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

With an election approaching in November, what do the 18 to 29 year olds of America— Millennials —think? How will they vote in the upcoming election? Remember, all but the oldest Millennials have only seen, during their adulthood, Barak Obama as President. And the youth vote was key for the President in both of his […]

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Free money for Concord bicycle study comes with a cost http://halfwaytoconcord.com/bicycle-study-concord/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/bicycle-study-concord/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:09:42 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37058 The post Free money for Concord bicycle study comes with a cost appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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 […]

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California Death Penalty ruled unconstitutional http://halfwaytoconcord.com/california-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/california-death-penalty-ruled-unconstitutional/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:52:17 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=36989 The post California Death Penalty ruled unconstitutional appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

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 […]

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Homes for Rent July-August http://halfwaytoconcord.com/homes-for-rent-2014723/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/homes-for-rent-2014723/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:25:24 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=37006 The post Homes for Rent July-August appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

Homes for Rent July-August Beautiful Remodeled 2 Bed 2 Full Bath Condominium At Valley Terrace In Concord 5060 Valley Crest Dr, #42, Concord, CA 94521  Map 1,160 Sq. Ft. Bed / Bath 2 bd / 2 ba Rent $1,720,  Available Now This 2 bed 2 full bath unit has been updated and upgraded with laminate floors throughout, granite […]

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Chevron agrees to alternative plan for Richmond Refinery Modernization http://halfwaytoconcord.com/alternative-plan-chevron/ http://halfwaytoconcord.com/alternative-plan-chevron/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:23:49 +0000 http://halfwaytoconcord.com/?p=36984 The post Chevron agrees to alternative plan for Richmond Refinery Modernization appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s Richmond Refinery (Chevron Richmond) says it has agreed to “accept the environmentally superior alternative” to its Richmond Refinery Modernization Plan. The announcement comes in advance of this evening’s (July 22, 2014) Richmond City Council meeting where that body will hear public comments on the project and then make a final decision on the project at […]

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