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willie April 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM
"Meyers Nave, the firm City Attorney Ben Reyes works for billed the City of Pinole for $618Read MoreTho usand in 2013" I think the legal world is out of control. these people bill at insane rates. its time for a revolution in this country to get rid of all the crooks.
CHACHA April 17, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Kudo's Salthe, Anthony & Willie for "exposing" these small-town political-shenanagens Read Moreby our inept/incomp Mayor, City Manager, City Council, & City Council members who now want to "increase our local/city Pinole's Taxes again" (to pay for all their mistakes, lawsuits) or threaten us w/cutting public services ie loss of 1-2 police/firemen, etc!) I concur w/Salthe Plumber, yes, it's way-past the time to "Change/throw-out all those dirty, stinky, blood-money sucking DAIPERS/POLITICANS OF PINOLE, NOW if not ASAP!!!
SalthePlumber April 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Willie. Pinole is the Dysfunction Junction. The management here succeeeds when they have theRead Moreoversig ht and supervision of any Governmental body that is further up the Food Chain (County, State, Federal). They are wasting taxpayer dollars at an unprecedented rate, fighting the State over Redevelopment $$ and the PERB lawsuit appeal is also a big drain. Our legal costs have soared and with not much to show for it... The lack of leadership in Pinole is astonishing. Nasty politicking is not leadership...
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!
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!
CHACHA March 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Mr Plumber n Fellow Pinoleans: Fyi, some of us do try to "lead by (good) example"! IRead Morehave attended council-meetings over the years here in Pinole n another city out of state while helping carei for my aging mom). Also, some of us have to work late or nites w/ 1 or 2 jobs so we can bills, put food on our family's table n to pay for the "uncalled for/illegal" high(er) tax increases as a result of "shady-cronism incomp politicians/city officials/employees, their fellow constituents n lobbiest" in our City of Pinole, County n State of Calif!! I do what I can do (w/my extra time) n will continue to write, voice my opinions, facts, etc via vehicles like the PATCH, talk n educate, n/or inform my neighbors n friends n tele-contact our local City Council member(s) from time 2 time, while being a contributing stand-up citizen n advocate for the "good if not betterment" of our city, state n country! I suggest u preach n contact other tax-paying members/citizens of this "sleepy-head in the sand" community of Pinole to do likewise by lobbying honest-truth n change/improvement w/politics as usual" by spreading the word of "truth in good n bad politics" in Pinole! Just sayin.... Cha Cha Concerned Pinole resident/taxpayer since 1975
willie March 24, 2014 at 06:19 PM
most public governments are corrupt or inept or both look at San Francisco 36 people make moreRead Morethan $250,000 a year !!!!!
volvomomma March 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM
You can write a letter to the Council to be read during the meeting if you can't attend. FurtherRead Moreyo u can have an agent read it for you.
Giorgio C. March 17, 2014 at 12:45 AM
Ivette, Do you support the WCCUSD's approach to school construction, that being "scopeRead Moredriven&q uot;, as opposed to "budget driven"? I'm all for building schools, but is this the best approach? From CBOC Secretary's personal website at <http://met3000.cowens.net/posts/budget-schedule-hobgoblins-small-minds/> "When the matter came up, Mr. Fay did not de­tail how this phi­los­ophy led specif­i­cally to the $29M short­fall, but in­stead ex­panded on the phi­los­ophy of scope-​based bud­geting at least as used in this dis­trict: spend without limit on projects until you run out of money -> bump re­maining projects to the next bond -> get the next bond."
Student advocate March 16, 2014 at 07:32 AM
I have attended the SSC training,and I agree that procedures must be followed. For effectiveRead Morechange, everyone must be invested, challenged, and motivated to do their best.
Giorgio C. March 16, 2014 at 07:46 PM
I've heard some say they believe that your SSC has not always had a formal meeting minutes approval Read Moreprocess, that the SSC members have not been asked to review and approve the meeting minutes. It is a big deal if someone speaks up at a meeting, taking a risk, and then their concern(s) are not documented. I'm not saying this happened at Lupine, but some believe it is possible that it has. I, as a parent/community member/taxpayer, also want to be assured that these minutes are accurate as I will occasionally request these minutes from all Hercules schools, just to see how things are going. I'll give you an example, using my HOA. I had concerns about our HOA President profiting from her position as an elected board member, as our HOA is purchasing insurance from her. She is an insurance rep and she is our HOA president and our elected board decided to buy from her. I asked to see a survey of bids. Nothing. So, I spend my time, taking a risk, to speak up at an HOA board meeting, saying I believed this was a "conflict of interest." Later, I read the meeting minutes. The minutes state "Mr. C inquired about the choice of Farmers insurance." I raised a valid concern and my elected HOA didn't even have the decency/nerve to document it. In fact, it appears they lied, because they know damn well that's not what I was questioning. So now, I have to paint a big sign that reads "HOA Not Transparent" and hand out flyers on Hercules Avenue. I suggest Lupine parents do the same if it is discovered there is such a problem. Hand out flyers during drop-off or pick-up, alerting parents to the situation, and inviting them to the next SSC meeting, where you are permitted to launch a protest per the SSC guidelines.
Student advocate March 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Verbal and visible protest may need to be the next step for the parents of Lupine Hills. The lackRead Moreof information and dispensing misinformation are actions that should not continue to be overlooked and swept under the rug.
SalthePlumber March 03, 2014 at 09:00 AM
If you build it, they will come...
Phil Simmons March 03, 2014 at 11:27 AM
@Sal, Yep, but it's the "If" part that's in question. And, that's why we have the newRead Morebal l park over by the carbon factory.
Atur March 18, 2014 at 01:43 AM
If its built, go to it. Control your destiny! :)
Sarah Creeley March 02, 2014 at 10:59 PM
The link for the NO CONFIDENCE Resolution is at the very end of the article. When you click on itRead Moreit will download, and the you can open it and read it.
Giorgio C. March 02, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Sarah, My apologies, but the document link was off to the side of the article, so I didn't see it. Read MoreI'm glad I read it. I believe I am supposed to be an alternate member of the School Site Council. I will get this sorted out tomorrow. I share some of the observations regarding the handling of both WASC and the SPSA and also the SSC. Some of the things I have observed could also be the fault of her superiors. Look at the previous WASC document. It mentions that during the last survey, district officials did not attend the final meeting or something to that effect. I'll read it again. I remember wondering what the hell was going on. Is Hercules just too far of a drive for our district officials? Sarah, I've been doing my part to remain objective as possible. I'll say it again, I have had my concerns during the SSC meetings, but other SSC members do not seem to share them. Some of the SSC leadership commented that the WASC was something we just needed to get out of the way. They really didn't care about it and were looking for ways to complete the bare minimum. I think some of the SSC members even resent the SSC process. I want to tell them to take a hike then if they see it as an inconvenience. One of the SSC members is sometimes rude to some teachers. Again, why do people like this volunteer for the SSC? I was by myself with my view that WASC was something to embrace, not resent, which is why I was the Compliance Officer with my current job. I think some folks just didn't want to make waves or pressure the principal. I believe I was alone with this view about the importance of WASC because the Principal did not fully articulate and-or embrace the purpose of the WASC process. As for her ability to work with others, her first communication to me simply referred to me as "G." She didn't know me and she refers to me as "G." I forwarded that email to trustee Todd Groves, saying this principal needs to learn a few things about professionalism. Regarding the principal delegating teacher evaluations to the assistant principal, this might be part of the problem with having one principal for two schools. I remember Principal Bender saying this was the first time all of the teacher evaluations were performed on time, so I thought this was great news. That means the previous principal (I believe people refer to him as Principal Zak) was not getting the job done. Why not? Why was Principal Zak not getting the job done and why was his WASC survey less than satisfactory? There is more to this picture than just the current Principal. Are principals at this school set up to fail? We really need to break this down into individual parts and demand answers from our elected board Hercules liaison, Madeline Kronenberg, but I doubt she'll respond unless we bring an army to the next board meeting.
Giorgio C. March 03, 2014 at 08:09 AM
From the 2/28/13 SSC minutes: "There was a discussion of whether or not violence has escalated Read Moreon the campus. Ms. Bender replied that there is an adjustment period with a new principal and that we have recently ramped up the suspension rate." What the hell does that mean, "ramped up the suspension rate." I'm guessing this was with the approval of Adam Taylor and Dr. Harter. They ramped up the suspension rate for students. And it is beginning to sound like they did the same to teachers. But I'll try not to rush to judgement until we hear all sides. From the April 11-13, 2011 WASC report: "The fact that only one representative from the district office attended any of the meetings with the visiting committee or the committees exit report raises a major concern about district support for the plan." And our Hercules City Council Education subcommittee fails to understand why Hercules needs support. The accrediting body spelled it out. The district appears content with letting Hercules schools collapse. Councilman Kelly told me that Charles Ramsey was apologetic for his negative treatment of Hercules and Pinole after Measure K didn't pass. Councilman Kelly needs to grow a pair and distance himself from the district politicians and hold the district accountable for what is happening to our schools in Hercules. Trustee Todd Groves says Hercules does not need its own elected WCCUSD representative, yet district staff can't even make it all the way to Hercules to attend WASC survey meetings? So just who is representing Hercules?
Dennis Barry February 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I signed online a couple of days ago and it said I was #32. Pretty disappointing given theRead Moremagnitude of the crimes.
Louise B. February 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM
There are now 126. However, something was wrong with the "signing" feature. When IRead Moresigne d the petition, I received a message that I had already signed it! Not true. So, I reviewed the signature list. My name was applied for today, 2/23. Didn't see it registered anywhere else in the petition signature list.
willie March 24, 2014 at 06:22 PM
only 333 as of late march, we need to go to the media outlets of the bay area and get investigateRead Morere porters involved !
Carl Petersen III February 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
CHACHA February 28, 2014 at 02:51 PM
KUDO'S PHIL! Do u or anybody have an update on the new Safeway Store Shopping center n/or aRead Moremuch-n eeded BART-line extentiion into the Hercules/Rodeo?
Phil Simmons February 28, 2014 at 03:09 PM
ChaCha, The sell of the City parcel, Sycamore Crossing, is not complete yet. Safeway will mostRead Morelikel y buy it. But the most recent news that the Safeway Corporation is possible going to sell to another corporation. There have been 2 takeover attempts this year to buy Safeway. The Safeway management made a public statement a few days ago that they are considering selling. This most likely puts the Hercules Safeway on hold until more is known, though City Hall has stated that Safeway considers things to be "business as usual".
Phil Simmons February 28, 2014 at 03:14 PM
ChaCha, BART is a whole different matter. There is approved funding for a study to consider a WestRead MoreB ART expansion. That's the good news. The not so good news is that both the Safeway deal and the development plans that have been discussed by the Market Hall owner are planned in ways that will not support a BART in Hercules. If you support BART in Hercules you will need to reconsider your support of Safeway, at least in the way that Safeway has presented and the way the Council seems to support.
willie February 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Autumn, that is a tremendous responsibility they have put on you and they cannot expect you to beRead Moreab le to do a good job being spread so thin. 20 sites is too much for one person. have you considered asking for and accepting local volunteer reporters that live and are active in their respective communities ? people could write about local news as they come in contact with it.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 21, 2014 at 05:48 PM
@Willie: You are right. It is a lot of responsibility and I miss the past editors as much as theRead Morerea ders do. Although we are not able to take volunteers as far as news reporting, users are always able to send in photos, tips and even blog about things on the sites.
Allen Dorsey February 21, 2014 at 07:22 PM
One of my concerns on this subject is what I previously alluded to, the change in the local newsRead Morebro ught about by the conglomerating of the dissemination of news and opinion to local communities and thus controlling their exposure to the diversity needed in those communities. Local communities need the news to be fairly pertinent to local issues and opinions. When researching Bay Area News Group and it's parent company, I found that practically all of the most popular papers in the bay area are owned by them. I found that Media news group has bought up news papers all over the country, including periodicals news letters and websites, not to mention some radio stations and at least one television station. Their success has come thrugh making these businesses profitable. However this success has cost many journalists and newspaper workers their jobs by centralizing operations in order to reduce costs by reducing the number of facilities and employees. Hence, the Bay Area News Group's wire service, no need anymore for the local reporters with their fingers on the pulse of the local community.
Anthony Cohen February 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Last minute change....... Zachary turned down offer to Culver College and committed to La VerneRead MoreUni versity in So.California on Sunday!
Giorgio C. February 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM
So you don't think a headline article about the Marin County Board of Supervisors seeking to banRead Morepoo ches from Marin Parks is relevant to Pinole and Hercules? You're a tough customer.
Giorgio C. February 07, 2014 at 11:45 PM
3)Education.
Phil Simmons February 08, 2014 at 01:32 AM
Louise, If you extend the debt out far enough it would probably be more like $3,500 trillion, maybe Read Moreeven an infinity of debt. The #,$'s you are referring to are a part of the overall unmanageable healthcare cost that have occurred over the past couple of decades. They are not the results of the Affordable Health Care Act. And they prove that there is all the more reason that the entire system needs to be changed. I really do not believe for a second that the health care insurance industry is going to implement those changes. And I do not believe for a second that those that oppose the new heath care act are going to implement those changes either. And leaving things the way the have been is not change. So...........????????
Giorgio C. February 08, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Quality indicators need to be clearly defined during such discussions. For example, such studiesRead Moreinc lude life expectancy and infant mortality data, or frequency in which specific treatment recommendations were made for individuals with chronic disease, such as diabetes. I'm also paying attention to the issuance of citations to our healthcare facilities, such as those received by Doctors Medical Center. After a family member (who is a physician) had a close call (as a patient) at a local hospital, I reviewed the records for that hospital and saw that it had recently been cited by California Department of Public Health. Since then, this facility has received additional penalties. This caused me to take a closer look at "repeat offenders." CDPH informed me that they do not perform follow-up surveys with cited facilities, that they do not have the staffing for this. Shouldn't hospitals that have been cited for causing harm or death to patients be placed on probation, with increased monitoring of the facility? I think so, but we can't afford it. Here are some of the repeat offenders, the number in parentheses being the number of citations issued. For such discussions, we need to have a clear understanding of the system that is currently in place. Penalties issued as a result of complaints since 2008: 1. Alameda County: Kaiser(3), Alta Bates (2). 2. Butte County: Enloe Medical Center (3) 3. Contra Costa: Doctors Medical Center (3) 4. Fresno: St. Agnes Medical Center (4) 5. Los Angles: LAC/USC (5) 6. Marin: Marin General (3) 7. San Diego: Sharp Memorial (4) 8. San Francisco: CPMC (4), UCSF (8), Kaiser (3) St. Mary’s (2) 9. Stanislaus: Memorial Medical Center (3)
Lisbeth Allen February 21, 2014 at 03:19 PM
I read one of the entries on your blog. You had been charged with paying for vehicle violations onRead Morea commercial vehicle that you drove as an employee. I see that the fines were knocked down, but you still shouldn't be paying for any of it. You need to go to court and deal with it. You don't need an attorney. I had a coworker that accidentally got charged for a couple of vehicle violations, when the company forgot to put the notice of responsibility form in the truck. It was a pain in the butt for the coworker to go to court, but he did it. Keep writing letters and get a court date. Don't roll over and play dead.