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Hey Pinole & Hercules, What Issues Do You Want to Talk About in 2013?

Tell us what you want us to cover in the comments below, and share this story with your friends and family in town.

Now that the holidays are behind us, we want to take a moment to look forward at 2013 to see what local issues we should be covering.

Us editors took a bit of time off during the holidays to relax with family and recharge our batteries, but now we’re back, and we really want you to guide our coverage going forward.

So Pinole & Hercules, what should we be covering in 2013? Whether it’s a simple news tip or a broad issue or subject, please tell us what you want to discuss in the months that lie ahead.

The three of us (Justin, Cody and Josh) are here to converse with you in the comments below this article.  

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Justin Cox (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 01:07 AM
We don't have the ability to cover everything in Pinole and Hercules, so we want your help in allocating our energy toward things you want to read about. Feel free to tell us why your suggested issue is important.
Selina Williams January 03, 2013 at 02:31 AM
1) City planning and public policy sans the RDA. 2) Planning for pedestrian and bike friendly smart streets 3) The role and important of public art in city planning and development 4) Planning for growth while protecting the environment and creating accessible open space. 5) Policies and incentives to encourage businesses to invest in our communities 6) Prop 13 and how to reform the allocation of tax increment which is based on statistics from 1978 and is grossly unfair and so unbalanced that it causes hardship to some communities such as Hercules.
Toni Leance January 03, 2013 at 04:22 AM
How about a discussion about why the Patch has desolved into a non community centric blog. Why can't you bring back a community blog not Hercules/Pinole but just Hercules and just Pinole and then bring back real editors not interns!
Angela Crandell January 03, 2013 at 05:03 AM
I would like to see community suggestions for businesses to find homes in Hercules. We talk about how we are up and coming, and I realize that everything I do, I do in Pinole. Let's get Hercules built up with restraunts, stores, shops, cafes, and more. I also would like to see less bickering between Patch commenters. It has gotten old. The same people go on and on and on. I would comment more, as I am an avid reader of the patch and have lived in Hercules for over 20 years, but I get frustrated and don't want to be a part of the griping and nastiness that people have to the faceless names that post. Let's work on getting some fun things started to bring revenue to our city! Happy New Year!!!! Angela Crandell
Kim January 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I agree with Angela. I'm tired of always going to Pinole for everything. Is Safeway a done deal? When is it coming? Do the larger Safeways have more options in terms of organic and non GMO foods?
Selina Williams January 03, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Kim, the answer is no its not done because thw city manager wants a suburban style safe way surrounded by parking lots and 16 pumps on land that is restricted qhwn we could have had a more upscale urban model on unrestricted land a year ago. Be sure to write him and complain. And No, lifestyke safe way has lousey sea food, minimal organica and i doubt they give a hoot about GMO Foods. Again, you should write them and dwmand better. I do not shop there so its not high on my list of distractions. Good luck!
Selina Williams January 03, 2013 at 08:50 AM
I do not mind driving to Pinole if it means we don't get more strip mall schlock, dangerous and unwalkable streets, traffic, noise and general mayhem in the tiny bottleneck known as the center of Hercules. Take the central avenue exit in el cerrito to see our future if the current scenarios come to pass.
Giorgio C. January 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Education. There will be a joint meeting between the Hercules City Council and WCCUSD soon, possibly this month. Let the city council know what thoughts or concerns you have. If the WCCUSD is a revolving door for teachers and principals, is there something Hercules can do to lessen the impact of this problem? What infrastructure can Hercules build that would compliment our school system? The revolving door will keep revolving. The message at the recent Measure G priority meeting was clear. The Parcel Tax is a drop in the bucket. It is time for the parents of Hercules to play a larger role in educating our children because it is obvious the WCCUSD has little to offer until there is major reform with respect to California's education system. We just learned last week that California once again, failed to qualify for the NCLB waiver. If California and the WCCUSD can't get the job done, perhaps Hercules can! So please Patch staff, report on education. Thanks.
Jerrold "Jerry" Parsons January 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Patch: Please consider reporting on education In my humble opinion the #1 investment in any community is good schools, so I feel reporting on our School Districts should be a key element. I believe both West Contra Costa (Unified School District) and John Swett USD are committed to providing an excellent education and positive experience for all the kids and adult education classes we provide. I am also very confident both School Districts listen to concerns from the community and take necessary steps to address those concerns. "To the extent that we are all educated and informed, we will be more equipped to deal with the gut issues that tend to divide us." Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Thanks for all the comments, everyone! It definitely sounds like business and education are two topics we should watch closely this year.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Hi Giorgio, What makes you say the district is a revolving door? Is there a particular school where you've seen that demonstrated? Thanks for the suggestion!
Alex Gronke (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Here's a letter to the editor regarding WCCUSD and the challenge of keeping good teachers. http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/use-measure-g-funds-to-attract-and-retain-quality-teachers
Susan D.Keeffe January 04, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I agree with Toni. We have lost our local issues and have generic pablum with no real local information and commentary. I would like to see a real Hercules Patch with reporters covering stories related to the City Council, and other local community issues such as education. Our former Editor, Laila Kearney, actually attended all Hercules Council meetings and provided a live feed for residents. That enabled readers to keep up. There is nothing here I can't get in the local shopping papers. I agree re the negative commentary. If you write articles that lead to responses please consider adopting the same policy Facebook has and require real names be used. It is my opinion folks who actually have to reveal who they are will limit their vitriole. That will help keep discussions meaningful.
Giorgio C. January 04, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Hi Cody, I will respond tomorrow. I also invite you to accompany me when I meet with the WCCUSD HR Director to get answers to a few direct questions I have. Thanks for your interest. Giorgio
Ivette Ricco January 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Residents of Pinole and Hercules don't have a local news source that speaks to the issues relevant to them. The West County Times has downsized and their local news focus is primarily on controversy and scandal. The Patch held the promise of a viable local news source, but they have lost their way. The loss of editor Rob Shea is huge. He was a visible presence and reported from the trenches. Over the last year the Patch became a vehicle for negative diatribe. I have begun a blog to foster and encourage positive, constructive, informative dialogue and communication. I invite everyone to visit and contribute. Ivette Ricco, "Life as I know it", riccofreako.com/
Annie R. January 05, 2013 at 08:43 PM
The Patch has become irrelevant. The vitriol, personal attacks, and nastiness spewed by the same people drove many readers toward the exits.
Sarah Creeley January 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Join us on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st, from 9-12 for an event with the theme, Fulfilling His Legacy: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have a complimentary breakfast from 9-11, and a program featuring Dr. Denise Noldon, the President of Contra Costa College. There is an article about Dr. Noldon in this month's Marketplace. We also will have song and spoken word by local youths and churches. Service groups will be there to share information about their organizations. Join us at the Hercules Middle School Auditorium at 1900 Refugio Valley Road and prepare to be inspired!

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