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 […]
Despite no public support, strong resistance from neighborhood residents, and reservations from its Architectural Review and Planning Commissioners, the Pleasant Hill City Council has approved a plan to allow a massive hotel development project adjacent to a residential neighborhood on Ellinwood Way, on the 2.4-acre site of the former Chevy’s restaurant. At its June 16, […]
Today the spectre of another voter growth limitation initiative looms over Pleasant Hill. Now more than ever, residents cherish the low-rise suburban look and feel of Pleasant Hill because it’s more liveable and desirable than more urbanized neighboring cities. Public officials who overlook this fact do so at their own peril.
On Monday, June 9th the Pleasant Hill City Council introduced zoning ordinance amendments to “sync up” with its law adopted last year that regulates firearms and ammunition sales. As expected, introduction of the zoning changes was approved on a 3-2 vote that mirrored last year’s adoption of the new gun law (Councilmembers Carlson and Weir opposed; Durant, Flaherty […]
The wacky City Clerk is gone, but the root cause of the problem remains. City mismanagement of the scandal offers an instructive case study in what-not-to-do when things go wrong.
A special Pleasant Hill Planning Commission meeting on April 1 will consider gun store zoning rules after the law has been already passed by City Council. What’s the point? Is it just for show? This meeting writes another sorry chapter in the city’s years-long battle to regulate its firearms and ammunition retailers. After three years of […]
On Wednesday, February 26th, the Contra Costa Community College District Board of Directors will consider placing a $450 million bond measure before voters on the June 3, 2014 election ballot (see agenda item 57-D on page 174 here). For more than a year the District has explored ways to finance the expansion and modernization of its […]
Pleasant Hill residents owe a debt of gratitude to Councilmember David Durant for taking the initiative to address a longstanding performance problem with the city’s elected City Clerk, Kimberly Lehmkuhl. For over a year the Council, staff and public have been unable to reference or track city legislative history because Kimberly Lehmkuhl has failed to produce […]
In a refreshingly candid commentary, the Contra Costa Times editorial board blasted Pleasant Hill Councilmembers Michael Harris, Tim Flaherty and Ken Carlson for their move last month to bypass fellow Councilmember Jack Weir in the traditional Pleasant Hill Mayor rotation.
A Pleasant Hill gun ordinance faces a lawsuit filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry. NSSF has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and the City Council, to prevent the Pleasant Hill gun ordinance passed in November from being enforced that puts an […]