Concord proposes raising sewer rates twice over next two years

The City of Concord has noticed property owners that it will raise sewage rates twice over the next two fiscal years. Residential rates will increase from $324 to $363 in 2013-14 and then to $402 in 2014-15. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for June 4 at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers. See […]

Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff defends ABAG’s future development plans

During an exclusive interview in her Concord office at Todos Santos Square, Contra Costa District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff staunchly defended the Draft Bay Area Plan 2013 recently released by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) last month. As a member of the ABAG Executive Committee representing Contra […]

Blueprint for economic growth in Contra Costa County

One of the authors of the Milken Institute report, “Contra Costa County: A Blueprint for Growth.”, Armen Bedroussian, will be speaking in Richmond on Dec. 6 at the Richmond Chamber of Council Holiday breakfast meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Richmond Country Club. Register for free before Nov 30. REGISTER ONLINE BY NOV 30

[Measure] Q is for Question

Question: Did your property tax bill go up or down in 2012? One of the talking points used by the Yes on Q campaign is that declining property values have led to reduced property taxes, so residents should have no problem paying higher taxes. This argument is as incorrect as it is cruelly insensitive to the […]

Supervisor Mitchoff seeks applicants for First 5 Contra Costa

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff is accepting applications for a District IV resident to serve as a Commissioner on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission. Applicants for this position must live within the County Supervisorial District IV boundaries. District IV includes the communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton and parts of Walnut Creek. To […]

New leadership needed in Orinda; Vote for Delahunt

New membership is badly needed on the Orinda City Council. However, the Contra Costa Times (editorial, Sept. 19) has chosen not to endorse Linda Delehunt, a reformer, for a council seat. The Times, instead, endorsed incumbent city council members, Steve Glazer and Victoria Smith, for re-election. Glazer and Smith have consistently supported raising Orinda’s taxes […]

Hispanic Chamber recognized as 2012 Chamber of the Year

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At the recent statewide convention of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County (H5C) was honored as the 2012 Chamber of the Year. The H5C was selected from amongst 65 Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Latino Business Associations throughout the state of California. The award was […]

Supervisor Andersen reorganizes district offices

Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen has moved the District 2 main office to the San Ramon Valley effective July 26, 2012. The office is located in the Bank of the West building at 309 Diablo Road, Danville, CA, and has been a District 2 satellite office since February of this year. It had also […]

Contra Costa $100,000+ pension club jumps to $300,000

Kris Hunt, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association (CoCoTAX) has announced that the membership in the Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (CCCERA) $100,000 Pension Club has its first $300,000 member. CoCoTAX has decided to name this pension category in honor of its first recipient Chief Craig Bowen of the San Ramon Valley […]