Senator DeSaulnier defends myth of local planning at Town Hall

California State Senator Mark Desaulnier

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), at his recent Town Hall meeting told communities who believe they are losing local planning control they need not worry. In fact, DeSaulnier insisted that local governments are in charge of the redevelopment process under SB-1. Easy for him to say as DeSaulnier is headed to the next stop of his political career […]

With no real opposition, DeSaulnier disconnects with voters on the road to D.C.

California State Senator Mark Desaulnier

It’s an odd thing to watch. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) faces little opposition in the June Primary for the 11th Congressional seat held by George Miller who announced his retirement. Yet, without a credible  foe, DeSaulnier  seems to disconnect  from his constituent’s concerns. Within the Democratic Party, no viable liberal  is opposing DeSaulnier in the June primary. Insiders point […]

Exposing the Urban Myths of Redevelopment and Sustainable Housing

We all know margarine tastes better than butter. Experts agree Charles Shaw’s “Two Buck Chuck” is superior to vintage wines. Weed was stonier when we were kids compared with the product that comes out of pot clubs these days. Tom Shane is my friend and George Zimmer wants me to dress better. Claims such as these […]

Plans evolve for Concord’s future development

Pixie Playland Concord CA

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know you got til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” Big Yellow Tax, Friends, ~Joni Mitchell, 1970. As we get older, the prophetic words of Joni Mitchell seem to become more relevent as we see important parts of our lives dissipate […]

OSIP The cost of doing business in Concord

On a cold rainy January evening, I trudged over to Concord City Hall for a briefing on proposed revisions for the city’s OffSite Street Improvement Program (OSIP). In layman’s terms, this means the fees developers pay prior to building new construction to cover road improvements and maintenance.

Orinda citizens blast Stack-and-Pack construction plans

Strong opposition emerged Tuesday night (Jan. 31) to plans to create high-density, high-rise housing in Orinda. About 10 Orinda residents told the Orinda City Council that they did not want high-rise, high-density housing placed in Orinda. No Orinda residents spoke in favor of the city’s plans to revamp Orinda by building new apartments, condominiums, and […]

Concord gets comment period extension for Naval Weapons Station EIR

The City of Concord has extended the review and comment period for the Concord Naval Weapons Station draft Environmental Impact Report to Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. The original date of July 21 has been extended to allow additional time for review because of the size and complexity of the draft document.

SF Tenants Union to rally against Prop 98, Mar 15

Looks like the California League of Cities has begun to stir up the huddled masses and Spartacus Youth Leagues around town into supporting Proposition 99‘s faux eminent domain reform. California’s redevelopment movers and shakers love things just the way they are, so the plan is to confuse the ballots and rake Prop 98‘s reform over […]