How many times have you been sitting in front of your 70” flat screen watching the latest reality TV when you notice a couple of strangers walking by and wander into your neighbor’s yard. You get yourself all shook up, maybe call the police, snap a video and post it on Nextdoor and THEN learn that these are your new neighbors—the ones that have lived in your neighborhood for a couple of years but because you love your privacy and your flat screen TV, you’ve never met them. Kind of embarrassing, isn’t it? Continue reading
As a nation of immigrants, we know that America is stronger because of its diversity. To help answer questions and hear what Contra Costa residents have to say about the current changes and uncertainty in our nation's immigration system, we will host an immigration town hall on Monday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Richmond. Continue reading
SOME INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED By a 4-3 vote in Executive Session the Richmond City Council voted to terminate the contract with recently hired City Manager Carlos Martinez. Councilmembers Choi and Myrick joined Mayor Butt in voting to retain Martinez with Councilmembers Martinez, Johnson, Bates and Willis voting to terminate. Martinez started his term as the City Manager last October with a five year contract after serving in a similar position at East Palo Alto. Martinez has been struggling to close the $7+ million budget deficit he inherited. Considering that there were scant few programs left to cut, reducing the costs of City personnel was one of the few remaining options. Laying off workers is never a popular thing to do and when word got out that Martinez was planning cuts, the social media sites were burning up with rumors. A large chasm between Martinez and City worker unions has festered with the unions claiming that Martinez has refused to communicate with them and work out details on how to handle the budget crisis. From what was said by multiple speakers at multiple Council meetings, the way that Martinez was interacting with the City workers made it very difficult to maintain harmony and efficiency in the work place. Community Services Director Rochelle Polk was appointed as the Acting City Manager while the Council searches for a more permanent replacement. She has declined this appointment. Mayor Butt has scheduled an Emergency City Council meeting for 10 AM on Saturday July 27. Martinez had a five year contract with Richmond and his termination allows him a severance package with one year’s salary and benefits.
Among the many hats worn by Don Gosney is that of the current Chair of the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee tasked with looking over the collective shoulders of the WCCUSD School Board and staff to ensure that the $1.8 billion in Bond Funds are spent according to the wishes of the voters and the law. Don has been a part of the Bond Program since 1998 (even before it officially existed) and has served in the CBOC for more than 9 years. In recent years when the WCCUSD has completed a new school a commemorative plaque has been affixed to a wall so people in generations to come might know who was responsible for the fine new facility. Continue reading
Are you looking for new ways you can step up to help our community and state? Have you ever considered applying for an appointment to a State Board or State Commission? Continue reading
While controversy continues about one famous artist’s mural at a San Francisco high school, an East Bay museum is determined to restore another valuable work by the same person. Continue reading
IMAGINE: PROPOSED STATE LAW WOULD ALLOW NONCITIZENS TO SERVE IN ELECTED POSITIONS AT THE PARTY LEVEL
What do you suppose the headlines would look like if Republican legislators proposed a law that would allow Russians to sit at the table at Republican Party committees (all the way up to the State Republican Party Convention)? How about if they proposed that they be allowed to serve as delegates to the convention and serve as elected officials within the party? Continue reading