Concord City Council votes to extend Measure Q sales tax

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

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 […]

Zero Waste & Be a Sustainable Citizen

The City of Concord is hosting a free workshop entitled ‘Zero Waste & Be a Sustainable Citizen’ on Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr., in the City Council Chambers. “Almost everyone knows about recycling and mostly everyone does it. That’s a good thing. Many of us know […]

Concord Pavilion renovations ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Entering the VIP Cocktail Party reception hosted by Live Nation to celebrate the grand reopening of the refurbished Concord Pavilion, one could not help but be proud of how this facility is once again evolving to be the crown jewel of the community. It was also nice to see a dividend in the form of […]

Mayor Tim Grayson on leadership and the future of Concord

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It’s another evening in paradise for the Mayor of Concord Mayor Tim Grayson. While letting others vent their views while presentations are being made to the Downtown Ad Hoc Steering Committee by consultants, city staff, members of the committee, and the audience, he quietly takes notes but has little to say even though it is his […]

Concord unfunded liabilities pile up, City considers Measure Q sales tax extension

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When virtually any city or county within California has tried to make budget projections, the “elephant in the closet” is always unfunded liabilities. These financial obligations to pension and medical funds of retirees are a major force to be reckoned with. Also to be factored in are long term infrastructure expenditures needed to fix roads, paint buildings, replace roofs, and maintain recreational facilities, sewers, and other […]

Demonizing opposition threatens political process at all levels of politics

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“Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal”, The Logical Song by Super Tramp You knew it was going to happen. During a heated discussion on urban planning with Concord’s Downtown Ad Hoc Steering Committee (DAHSC) a frustrated member blurted out that my viewpoint should not be taken seriously […]

Laura Hoffmeister reflects on her long career in local government

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Three years ago at a meeting in Walnut Creek Laura Hoffmeister was asked about an improvement list for the seven Bay Area counties. She responded “Where are we going to get all the money. Can someone tell me where even a dollar is going to come from to do this wish list?” It is this […]