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willie April 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM
why isn't any county or state agency getting justice for the screwovers Hercules has suffered atRead Morethe hands of corrupt officials ?????????????????? why do they waste time on petty criminals and ignore Hercules ?????????????
Mr. Anthony Gutierrez, BS, BS, MA, MS April 16, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Part II Not paying a penny, looting monies intended for local schools and public safety. Now these Read Moreare not my words these are the people who preside over the laws of our great state. Our city council members are being told by our highest law enforcement officials that they are basically scoundrels (Looting is the act of stealing while things are in disarray as in the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agencies. Scoundrel is a synonym for thief. People who steal when an emergency is happening are worse than stealing under normal circumstances). Former Mayor and City Council did not understand these words and tried at the latest Council Meeting credit these words to me. The Office of Kamala Harris accused our city of looting. Scoundrels engage in looting. It is a very sad day for Pinole. And I am frankly embarrassed by the actions of our Council. Phil Green is the only Council Member who did not vote to sue the State. If we did not sue, the City would have gotten 19% of the $22 Million back in 2011 when the dissolution law was passed or thereabouts and the rest of the money would have gone to the West Contra Costa School Board for our Children at a time when school budgets were really tight, to BART, to AC Transit, for Public Safety across the County amongst other agencies within West County. In other words all $22 Million would have stayed here in West County. The money was not called back to Sacramento as many on Council and Staff have intimated. Right now and as long as there is litigation the money is tied up and cannot be used. And it looks like it will be tied up for quite a few more years.
Mr. Anthony Gutierrez, BS, BS, MA, MS April 16, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Part III I spoke to City Attorney Ben Reyes and he is not deluded thinking that the City will winRead Moreth e Lawsuit at the upcoming May 9, 2014 hearing and he fully expects to appeal. Now the state actually paid for the original lawsuit out of a special fund that they set aside so that cashed strapped cities such as Pinole could have their day in court. The big question I have is who will pay for the appeal that City Attorney Reyes fully expects to occur when we lose the lawsuit. Mr. Reyes opinion, not mine. Meyers Nave, the firm City Attorney Ben Reyes works for billed the City of Pinole for $618 Thousand in 2013. Looks like it might be a banner year for Meyers Nave once again in 2014. As they say the only people who win are the lawyers. Sometimes it is really better to settle disputes amicably. The real reason for the new taxes is to pay for the damages for the PERB Lawsuit that the City lost against the firefighters union that is currently under appeal. At the loss the damages were about $1.4 Million plus the cost of re-opening station 74, because the ruling judge ordered the City to restore the status-quo. The status-quo was the old contract which had expired, which was 18 firefighters and station 74 open.
Mr. Anthony Gutierrez, BS, BS, MA, MS April 16, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Part IV Oh yeah, there is a little problem with re-opening 74 aside from funding the normalRead Moreoperatio ns of the fire station and this is that the fire station was built illegally in 2002 on Parkland property. Well the state has asked the City to either knock down the basically brand new $1Million building or go through the conversion that was not done in 2002. This means that the City has to go out and buy replacement property and satisfy all of the other requirements for the Conversion. And we cannot forget about the pending litigation from Verizon Wireless, because the city tried to rent part of the park (once again illegally) to Verizon for a Cell Tower. Well the state stepped in and put the brakes on the Verizon Cell Tower. We were supposed to get $22K per year for this great deal, but thus far all we have gotten from the deal is about $200K in legal fees. And it isn’t over yet. Now Verizon wants the money they put in since 2010 which is well over $350K from the City. They have come to Council and have threatened to sue on at least two occasions. This is why the city wants to increase the retail taxes, not because of public safety. This is just a scare tactic. Tell the Council to stop wasting and asking for your hard earned tax dollars on un-winnable law suits and get into the business of taking care of the city. And please stop crying broke because the recession has been over for four years and redevelopment is over. Deal with it!
M Romero April 08, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I'm so proud of Joe!
CHACHA April 11, 2014 at 05:31 AM
Congrats Joe! Pangelina! Glad to see there are more than a few literate, competent Pinoleans,Read Moreunli ke most of Pinole's locals and politicians! Have you considered running for office, n/or write your next "horror-novel" on some of the "big-time horror stories w/small-time politics in local Pinole, CA!
Giorgio C. April 10, 2014 at 09:31 PM
This looks like a great event. I get very hungry every time I see this ad. And it's for a greatRead Moreca use.
RJ April 12, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Why are you not shopping in Hercules?? There's several good places, such as Kinder to spend yourRead Moremo ney and Hercules gets the sales tax. Someone getting a kick back?
Susan Tarvin April 15, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Thanks Giorgio, Looking forward to seeing you there, hope you can bring some friends.
CHACHA April 06, 2014 at 05:20 PM
(cont'd) sorry for the cut-off. as I was saying here ...."w/Pinole's closed-door/secrecy,Read Morepetty "inept/incomp, irresponsible" politics, resulting in costly lawsuits, health & safety staffing issues/problems, infrastructure over0loads/breakdowns, attracting more transients/rift-rafters, higher taxes, etc, yes "all of the backs of Pinole resident-taxpayers & community!
Michele April 08, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Learn to type ChaCha. It is bad enough trying to decipher what you are attempting to say due toRead Moreinco rrect word usage and poor spelling, but the typographical errors make it impossible to understand your point of view.
CHACHA April 08, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Michele, suggest you "learn to stay-on point" re the Patch articles topic, and/or try not Read Moreto personally attack, find-fault and/or nitpick Patch posters, it is not your job! I seriously suggest that you MYOB (mind your own business) as it's very clear to me that you are the problem, if not out of line!
Selina Williams April 02, 2014 at 03:09 PM
If any here think Lac Magantic can happen here, think again. I counted about 180 oil tanker carsRead Morep assing Hercules waterfront within 1 hour in December. The cars were so heavy the ground shook. More heavy oil tanker cars passed last Sunday, they were so heavy on the tracks, making mighty noise, tracks shared by Amtrak! We have no idea what is in those tankers. We can guess if it is oil that it is bad because we already ran out of the good stuff and are using the bad stuff because it is cheap to acquire. The railroad/oil companies are not currently required to tell us. The railroad has rights that supersede any local government, presently. Both the cities of Richmond and Berkeley have made resolutions calling for a moratorium on the transport of Braken Crude/tar sands in their cities, and are pursuing measures to compel the Federal Government to monitor the transport of hazardous materials and prioritize safety for the citizenry. There has been a 400% increase in oil by rail in the pass several years, resulting in oil spills across America, almost weekly, polluting the water supplies of millions of citizens, farmers, wild life, you name it, including the largest fresh water lake and source of water for 7 million, Lake Michigan. That is the price we are paying as our sources of fossil fuel and its productions gets dirtier and dirtier, and the oil and gas industry conspires with our government to remove and investments in renewable and clean energy including solar and wind! By the way, natural gas is not the answer either because it is emits more methane than coal, and fracking to obtain it has destroyed aquifers, produces radioactive waste (not currently be properly monitored or disposed) and may contribute to instability in the earths crust stimulating earthquakes even in places that have never been prone to earthquakes.
Selina Williams April 02, 2014 at 03:12 PM
correction -I meant: If any here think Lac Magantic CAN NOT happen here, think again.
Karen Holzman March 25, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Saw a permit to serve alcohol on the Sala building. The new name is Leila's By The Bay. Here is aRead Moreli nk to their current biz. in Berkeley. http://cafeleila.com/
willie March 27, 2014 at 01:12 PM
they have mixed reviews on yelp, we shall see..... I called them and plan to open in May
Selina Williams March 31, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Finally! A real cafe and something other than junk food in Hercules!