County Cup Food Fight benefits Food Bank

county-cup-food-fight-contra-costaThe County Cup Food Fight is on! This isn’t your college Animal House or cafeteria food fight, but a Challenge between Solano and Contra Costa County employees to volunteer their time in creative ways to raise funds for the Food Bank so help can be there during the holiday season and beyond. According to Larry SLy, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, based in North Concord: Continue reading “County Cup Food Fight benefits Food Bank”

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K-12 Schools Must Improve to Help East Bay Economy Stay Competitive

Last month Contra Costa County Supervisors were briefed on the region’s future job outlook by representatives from the Contra Costa Community College Districtthe county’s Workforce Development Board and the Contra Costa Council. These groups work with leaders from local industry to develop job training programs to meet employer needs. The discussion focused on job growth in the context of developing Contra Costa’s 75 miles of northern shoreline and its harbors between Richmond and Oakley.

Continue reading “K-12 Schools Must Improve to Help East Bay Economy Stay Competitive”

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Food Bank announces September Food Drive

The Contra Costa-Solano Food Bank has announced its September Hunger Action Month Food Drive. Businesses, organizations and individuals can donate a different food item each week in September.

Visit the Contra Costa-Solano Food Bank website to find a drop off location near you. Or host your own food drive! Call 925-771-1315.

August 31—September 6 Tuna Week
September 7—13 Peanut Butter Week
September 14—20 Baby Week (baby food or gift cards for formula)
September 21—27 Cereal Week (iron-rich cereal)
September 28 – October 4 Soup Week (canned soup)

For more information about Hunger Action Month, these events, or just the Food Bank in general, please call 925-676-7543, email info@foodbankccs.org or visit us on the web at www.foodbankccs.org.

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Quo vadis, Vallejo?

Taxpayers in Contra Costa (and around the world) are closely watching the implosion of the City of Vallejo into bankruptcy and wonder at potential outcomes. This week Vallejo asked judges to void four contracts with unionized public employees. A hearing is set for July 23. The city faces its first major bankruptcy milestone, tomorrow, Friday June 27, when city and union officials present their initial arguments to the court.

With an eye toward similar potential disaster in Contra Costa County, some wonder if it’s even possible to void such contracts. One observer opined that pro-union Democrat legislators have helped install safeguards against such
action, while another informed source quoted the California League of Cities, saying it was possible.

Meanwhile, an Open Letter that appeared in a recent edition
of Police Pay Journal, defends firefighters and police against poor municipal management and bad PR. Continue reading “Quo vadis, Vallejo?”

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Food Bank offers free meals for kids during Summer

With summer vacation just getting under way for school children, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is encouraging participation in summer food programs.

Many schools and organizations in Contra Costa County are offering free, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the summer including sites in Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Bay Point, Richmond, and San Pablo. Summer food programs work by providing free meals and snacks to children and teens ages 18 and younger when school is not in session. Continue reading “Food Bank offers free meals for kids during Summer”

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Vallejo test case for unloading extravagant public employee contracts

According to SFGate, By declaring bankruptcy, Vallejo has thrust itself into the national spotlight as a test case for thousands of floundering cities desperate to unload their extravagant public employee contracts. Continue reading “Vallejo test case for unloading extravagant public employee contracts”

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