End of year musings for 2014

New year 2015

As 2014 unceremoniously comes to an end, I kind of feel like James Taylor penning  his classic tune Fire and Rain “Got up this morning and I wrote down this song. Just can’t remember who to send it to.” Below is my list of events and happenings which took place locally  that has brought happiness, some […]

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 […]

Ride along with Concord Police on the “Night Owl” shift

Concord Police Night Stop

In the tradition of the classic TV drama Dragnet, “Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent” at the request of the Concord Police Department. It’s 7:55 pm on an early autumn Friday evening in Concord.  Dusk is turning into darkness.  Older […]

What Americans fear most — it’s not what you think

Chapman Unversity Study reveals what Americans fear the most

Champman University in Southern California has just released the results of its survey of what Americans fear the most. The survey of American fears included 1500 participants and boiled results down to four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today […]

County looking for public input on Homeless Strategic Plan

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Contra Costa County has been working on a 2014 update to its Homeless Strategic Plan for dealing with the homeless. In 2004 there was a ten year plan and now it is time to update it. See a PDF of the 2014 plan below. Click to download as desired. Please feel free to send any […]

Richmond to consider funding Doctors Medical Center from Chevron Community Fund

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The Richmond City Council on Tuesday, October 7, will consider an agenda item that proposes diverting $20 million from the recent Chevron Community Investment Agreement to help save Doctors Medical Center (DMC), in San Pablo. The motion, (Item I-3) forwarded by incumbent councilmember Corky Booze, if passed would direct Richmond city staff to negotiate with […]

Carlyn Obringer explains the ABCs of Charter Schools

Clayton Valley Charter School, Courtesy Clyacord.com

Carlyn Obringer seems to be everywhere in Concord. One day one might find her presiding over the Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Another time would see Obringer leading the Wine Walk fundraiser for the American Association for University Women (AAUA), or acting as master of ceremonies for a dinner event […]

New Popeye’s fried chicken franchise makes major splash in Concord


With much anticipation fueled by a series of e-mails from several of my curmudgeon friends, I told my wife not to prepare dinner Tuesday night and that I would secure food from the newly opened Popeye’s on Clayton Road. In a culinary challenged community (at least for friend chicken) such as Concord, the prospect of […]