Category: Contra Costa County

  • BOS Chair Award Goes to Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed

    BOS Chair Award Goes to Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed

    For those of you interested in attending, Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho will be presenting the 2012 Chair of the Board Award to the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed on Tuesday at 9:00 am at the Board of Supervisors meeting. No doubt the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed have had a productive year thanks […]

  • Gang Task Force, human trafficking on CCTV

    PITTSBURG (Dec. 27, 2012) – The growing involvement of gangs in human trafficking will be the subject on CCTV that will air Thursday, Jan 3 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. The panel on human trafficking was part of the symposium sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover and the East County Gang […]

  • CONFIRE to Host Community Meetings for Station Shut-Downs

    CONFIRE to Host Community Meetings for Station Shut-Downs

    The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting meetings to discuss the closure of fire stations in our affected communities. At the December 11, 2012 Board of Director’s meeting, the Board voted to close four fire stations – one each in the communities of Clayton, Lafayette, Martinez, and Walnut Creek. The closures are […]

  • Union Households Provided $10k in Donations Throughout Contra Costa County

    Major kudos go out to the Contra Costa union households as they raised $10,000 at their annual Black and White Rock and Roll Ball Fundraiser last weekend. These funds were just spread out just in time this holiday season throughout Contra Costa County. While I won’t get into specifics, I did want to share some […]

  • Fire Services: Borenstein Doesn’t Know Best

    Same old Daniel Borenstein over there at the Contra Costa Times as he continues to use bad rhetoric as he put out another hit piece against the Contra Costa County Firefighters claiming they make too much in salary while their pensions are too high. He continues to use the word “meaningful” without explaining what it […]

  • Contra Costa Mayors Conference Withholds Dinner Plans

    The Contra Costa County Mayors Conference will begin in a few hours down at Oakley City Hall which is a great thing for the city. Unfortunately, it’s dinner arrangements are apparently a big secret and are not being revealed. For months its been known and shared by Mayor Romick that this meeting would be held […]

  • Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

    Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

    Here is a local example of what firefighters deal with on scene as three were injured by another car passing by the incident and failed to stop because of excessive rain. ABC 7  News has a 2-minute story with video on scene as three of the four victims needed emergency surgery.  A bit of advice […]

  • CONFIRE Issues Service Reduction and Fire Station Closure Plan

    CONFIRE Issues Service Reduction and Fire Station Closure Plan

    The Board of Supervisors will consider approving and authorizing the Fire Chief to implement a plan that reduces service and closes stations due to the failure of the Districts parcel tax ballot measure. Here is a copy of the plan that was provided in the Board Packet. This is moving pretty quickly but they have […]

  • Sandbags Available in Contra Costa County

    With a break in the rain this morning, it may be a good time to head out and get some sandbags as the rain returns later today and into the weekend. I’ve attached a PDF of all the locations in Contra Costa County can be obtained.  If you are in an area that may be […]

  • Supervisor Glover Gives Away 1,200 Turkey’s

    Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover’s annual turkey giveaway took off in a big way this year. With the new configuration of his district, spanning the county’s north coast from Pinole to Antioch, the supervisor was able to find the funding for 1200 turkeys, a hefty increase from the 600 to 700 given in the […]

  • Contra Costa County Library Wins National Medal

    Congratulations are in order for the Contra Costa Library as last week Supervisor Mary Piepho was in Washington, DC to receive an award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a […]

  • Board of Supervisors Honor Warriors’ Watch Riders

    Board of Supervisors Honor Warriors’ Watch Riders

    The Warrior Watch Riders were honored today by the Board of Supervisors for their hard work and dedication to greeting troops as they return home. I wanted to pass on a photograph to the ceremony and a few statements made by the group today as this is a wonderful group of people doing an amazing […]

  • CC Times Still Being Dishonest About CONFIRE

    CC Times Still Being Dishonest About CONFIRE

    Let’s go through this slowly so that many folks can understand just exactly what the Contra Costa Times Editorial Board tried to do with yesterdays editorial against Contra Costa County Fire. In a nutshell, the Times are trying to trash the fire District and the Board of Supervisors on this issue in order to get […]

  • Assemblywoman Bonilla Offers Remarks in Recognition of Veterans Day

    Assemblywoman Bonilla Offers Remarks in Recognition of Veterans Day

    Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (Concord, CA) – offered the following statement in recognition of those who served and are serving our country in the Armed Forced of the United States and their families.  California has the largest population of Veterans in the nation; there are over 2 million Veterans in California, with over 37,000 Veterans […]

  • Mueser: If Dems Take State Senate Expect Taxes to Go Up

    State Senate Candidate Mark Muser put out a silly piece in the Antioch Herald that basically says if you vote in a Democrat, they will raise your taxes. For you folks in Antioch who actually get this paper, pay attention to the logic because Mr. Muser is using a Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act […]

  • Vote Woolridge for College Board

    Back in August, I brought up a race that has received little attention and I wanted to circle back so that our community college can have solid leaders on the Board.  Voters in East County will be voting on the Contra Costa Community College District Board of Trustees Ward V race and I believe the best […]

  • CONFIRE: Fire Service Reduction Plan

    CONFIRE: Fire Service Reduction Plan

    On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 130 pm, is the final scheduled Fire Board meeting prior to the November 6, 2012 vote. The fire chief will be going over the framework of his “service reduction plan” should Measure Q fail on November 6th. You can review this plan by going to the Contra Costa County […]

  • Los Vaqueros Marina and Boat Docks Reopen

    If you haven’t been out to Los Vaqueros in a while, it may be time to head back as its changed a bit over the last few months.  Here is a press release on the Marina and Boat Docks that are set to reopen.   Los Vaqueros Marina and Boat Docks Reopen Fish plant scheduled […]

  • Updated Information and FAQ on Measure Q

    Updated Information and FAQ on Measure Q

    The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County put out an “Updated Information on Measure Q and FAQ” for voters. I wanted to pass it along because its full of wonderful information to help you decide how you will vote. I am encouraging a “Yes” because I do not want any reductions in public safety. […]

  • Firefighters Turn to Pink!

    Here is something neat. The CCCFPD firefighters will be wearing PINK! the next two weeks to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October has been declared by Congress to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the U.S for calendar year 2012 are over 225,000 […]

  • DOW Walk for Water

    A nice FREE family event is being this weekend to held to raise awareness of the fact that one billion people in our world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. In fact, women and children must walk an average of 6 km for their daily water. Come walk 6km in their shoes, […]

  • Vince Wells Educates CoCo Tax Yet Again on Measure Q

    Kudos go out to Vince Wells who again is taking on those rabble rousers from the Contra Costa County Taxpayers Association in response to Contra Costa Times Columnist Tom Barnidge  who actually had a pretty solid piece over the weekend. I won’t post the entire article, you can read it by clicking here. It can […]

  • East Bay Regional Park To Update Master Plan

    I had the opportunity to attend the East Bay Regional Park Master Plan Meeting in Oakley this morning where they went over potential revisions in their Master Plan which had not been updated since 1998.   This is a policy document that guides the District in future expansion of parks, trails, and services. The District provides […]

  • Updated: Moraga-Orinda Fire Lowers Flags and Issues Internal Apology

    Update: I received word this morning that the flags have now been lowered and the flag issue has been corrected. My sources are also telling me that a formal letter of apology (internal only) to the firefighters has been sent out. It is still unknown whether or not a formal policy change has occurred, but […]

  • Measure Q: “Fix Pensions First” Campaign Lacks Definition

      The Measure Q debate is officially now in full swing as opponents of the Measure put out a graphic which is misleading and off-topic as pensions have nothing to do with Measure Q. Instead, Measure Q is about ensuring public safety by keeping fire stations open. As with Measure S, the Contra Costa Times […]

  • CoCo Tax Double Standard: Attack Fire As Central SAN Untouched

    Kudos go out to Daniel M. Jimenez and Natalie Neysa Alund for doing some real reporting for a change over there at the Contra Costa Times over the weekend. They reported  Saturday on a two-alarm Concord blaze that spread from one home to another early Saturday morning had a slower firefighter response due to staffing […]

  • CONFIRE Battles 150 Acre Kirker Pass Blaze

    Big hat tip to CLAYCORD for providing up to date information on the fire between Kirker Pass and bailey Road between Pittsburg and Concord which both CONFIRE and CALFIRE are fighting. At 6:16pm, the blaze was about 30 acres in size while there was no easy access to the slow moving fire. By 7:15, the […]

  • Photographs: Supervisor Glover Attends Opening of Pittsburg Schools

    It’s always a beautiful thing when new schools open. I wanted to bring attention to some photographs via Federal Glover who was at two ribbon cuttings on August 25. He attended the Black Diamond High School ribbon cutting where he also was a speaker. He also attended and spoke at the new Martin Luther King […]

  • Educate Yourself: No Need to Fear the Sikhs

    I wanted to bring some attention to an article written today from Contra Costa Times columnist Tom Barnidge . His column entitled  “Bigotry Towards Sikhs a product of fear and ignorance” is about Satinder Singh Malhi who is a district director to Senator Mark DeSaulnier and some of the bigotry he and other Sikhs have […]

  • Supervisor Andersen Publishes Opposition to CONFIRE Measure

    Supervisor Andersen Publishes Opposition to CONFIRE Measure

    There was an interesting read by County Supervisor Candace Andersen in the Contra Costa Lawyer Online which is the official publication of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). In the article she states her opposition to Measure Q. Her reasoning’s for shooting down Measure Q are simply restating the Contra Costa Taxpayer Association talking […]