Mount Diablo Beacon lit December 7; Lest We Forget

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As the ranks of aging WWII survivors dwindle, many remain active in efforts to commemorate the sacrifices made by our fighting forces during that “war to end all wars.”  Local survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 hope the annual lighting of the Mount Diablo beacon will serve to […]

7 Reasons Pleasant Hill Should Reject Michael Harris

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When asked to explain his record at a recent Pleasant Hill City Council candidate forum, 12-year-incumbent Michael Harris replied, “You know me.”   Posturing as everybody’s pal allows Harris to dodge scrutiny of his record.  Experienced politicians frequently employ tricks like these because they work.  They know that most voters are too busy to pay attention to what […]

Proposed sabbatical for College Chancellor Helen Benjamin raises questions

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At its July 23, 2014 meeting the Contra Costa Community College District Board will consider a two-month, paid sabbatical leave request from District Chancellor Helen Benjamin.  On the same agenda Benjamin recommends hire of an interim replacement, former Contra Costa College President McKinley Williams, at a District cost of over $53,000 for two months’ work.  Williams […]

Like a zombie, County sales tax is dead…for now

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The good news:  County Supervisors have decided against placing a countywide sales tax on the November 2014 ballot, due to lack of public support. (See: Powerpoint_Presentation_Poll_on_Sales_Tax (1) ) The bad news:  Supervisors continue to seek state legislation to allow Contra Costa to adopt a countywide half-cent sales tax in excess of the state maximum tax rate. The takeaway:  Will […]