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What Would You Improve in Pinole and Hercules in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Hercules and Pinole, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Pinole and Hercules to make the towns even better places to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us comments or blog about why you love living here!

SalthePlumber December 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
For 2013, I would encourage the Patch to bring back Rob Shea and separate the Pinole-Hercles Patch back to the original configuration. THAT would be a step forward...
Jerrold "Jerry" Parsons December 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Expedite delivery of the Hercules commuter rail station. This will assist in additional traffic relief for interstate 80, encourage some of our community members to get out of their cars, and help reduce the carbon footprint in the region
Selina Williams December 28, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Stop building schlocky apartment complexes, ugly strip malls and diabetes promoting establishments. Bring better transit options and spaces designed for pedestrians, not cars.
Susan D.Keeffe December 28, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Separate the Pinole and Hercules Patch and give us a real editor - what we have now is almost worthless. For Hercules- the Council and CM to become responsive to the wishes of the community they serve. Raise the bar- think above mediocrity.
Kim December 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Agree with Sal and Susan and I'd like to see Market Hall developed and some places to eat in there.
Giorgio C. December 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Rob Shea had contacted me after reading one of my comments. He asked if he could give out my contact information to some reporters regarding my comment. I told him no way. I kind of felt like that was crossing some sort of line when he sent me that email. I liked his reporting, but when you are commenting semi-anonymously, Patch staff should just let you comment. I don't know if it was a coincidence, but I did start receiving phone calls on my home phone from reporters that very night.
Kathryn December 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Re-open the Pinole Valley fire department. I live in old town, but if I lived on the other side of 80 I'd be nervous about response times. AND-Restore the Pinole Patch with Rob.
Giorgio C. December 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Rob published our editorials in a timely manner and that was greatly appreciated, so I will retract my previous comment as the relationship we have with the media is a two-way street. They should come to us if they are looking for a story. I was just caught off guard. Without Rob, I had a difficult time getting an editorial published. He was Johnny-on-the-spot and he was a good liberal voice which I really appreciated. I think some folks in both Hercules and Pinole created some headaches for Patch editors. Was this a factor in the decision to trim down the Patch staff in our area? Maybe we are paying a price for that freedom of speech. Is that what happened? Why didn't El Cerrito Patch get linked with Albany Patch? Why just us? I am disappointed that most Patch articles-editorials regarding the WCCUSD school district are published in the El Cerrito Patch, but not Hercules-Pinole, at a time when the WCCUSD is now reaching out to us. I believe there is going to be a joint meeting with the Hercules City Council and School Board in January. Will the Patch cover this? Is that the problem? Did Hercules and Pinole create too many headaches for Patch staff?
SalthePlumber December 29, 2012 at 07:14 PM
How does the Patch describe success for their enterprise? Ad revenue? An engaged Community debating Current Events? What is the purpose of the Patch if not to allow Locals to share and discuss... Do they have a mission statement?
Giorgio C. December 29, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Good question, Sal. I can't believe the recent changes have actually been successful by anyone's definition. It's as if they simply didn't have the intestinal fortitude to pull the plug completely, that they instead opted for a slow death for both the Hercules and Pinole Patch. That they hoped that we would simply go away, with the last person turning out the lights. That's my take on it anyway.
Billy Vogele December 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The problem of blight needs to be more aggressively tackled in the city of Hercules. The mitigation of nuisances in the form of abandoned properties or unfinished construction projects should be a priority in city hall in the coming year. We know that city enforcement action of nuisance ordinance violations is possible and can produce results, as can be seen with the removal of the two abandoned homes along Carson street currently underway. In the coming year would like to see that behemoth of an eyesore previously known as Sycamore North dealt with one way or the other. The waterproofing job which was done a year ago is torn, tattered, and is flapping in the breeze; an extremely ugly eyesore which assaults the eye. Coupled with Market Hall, we have these two situated literally at the gates of our city; not a good first impression for any out-of-towner visiting our city.
Bud Burlison December 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Prohibit anonymous postings on the Patch. Less trolls and hateful statements. For Hercules; A successful climb out of the depths and a nice jail term for Oliva.

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