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  • Catherine Stefani, head of Cali Moms Demand Action, is just another professional gun grabber…

    03/29/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 3/28/2014 | Eric
    Catherine Stefani has an article up over at the SacBee talking about how she became the head of the Kaliforniastan chapter of Moms Demand Action… Its not much more than a shameless plug and link bait for the civilian disarmament cult, but I thought it was pretty interesting for a couple of reasons… one, I had never heard of Catherine Stefani before this and two, I thought it was incredibly interesting how she talks about how she became involved in MDA:
  • Congressman George Miller Announces Retirement After 40 Years

    01/13/2014 3:22:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/13/2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    U.S. Congressman George Miller, a senior Democrat from California who has long championed education system, labor, health and the protection of natural resources, announced on Monday that he will not seek a 21st term in the House this fall. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and privilege of representing my district in Congress these past 40 years,” the 68-year-old Miller said on his website. ““I will leave Congress with a full heart and a crowded plate, because the challenges of our times demand our constant...
  • CALIFORNIA: Stunning vote gap in Contra Costa supervisor race traced to multiple factors

    06/09/2012 8:20:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/9/12 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    The 32½-point margin of victory in Danville Mayor Candace Andersen's win Tuesday over college board President Tomi Van de Brooke in the Contra Costa supervisor election is a stunner. Internal polling reportedly showed Andersen's strong ballot designation -- mayor and attorney -- gave her a boost but "not 30 points worth," one political consultant observed wryly. Some of those points were undoubtedly due to Andersen's higher name recognition in the San Ramon Valley, where she has held public office for nearly a decade and where the population outnumbers the northern part of the district in Lamorinda. But other than a...
  • Jerry Brown's diverse appointments to superior, appeals courts

    05/22/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 19 May 2012 | Bob Egelko
    Diverse appointments to superior, appeals courts Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a former State Bar leader to a judgeship in Contra Costa County on Friday. He also nominated a former San Francisco school board attorney as the first Latino on the state appeals court in San Jose, and chose a Los Angeles prosecutor as California's first Muslim judge... (snip) Halim Dhanidina, 39, of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dhanidina has been a deputy district attorney since 1998 and will be the first Muslim on the bench in California, said Aziza Hasan of the Muslim Public Affairs Council....
  • County plans to reconfigure Lamorinda cities into Transit Villages and limit driving

    02/13/2012 2:41:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 2/13/12 | Richard Colman
    A massive plan to turn Lamorinda cities into Fruitvale Transit Villages to force drivers out of their cars and rely more heavily on public transportation was unveiled Thursday, February 9 at a joint meeting of the city councils of Orinda, Lafayette, and Moraga. The plan proposes a major reconfiguration of the layout of all three cities. The plan was unveiled by Martin Engelmann of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, a public agency formed, in 1988, by the voters of Contra Costa County. The agency is charged with county-wide transportation planning. The plan proposes to concentrate housing and population growth near...
  • Cops Apologize for Muffing Chance to Rescue Jaycee Dugard in 2006

    09/01/2009 1:49:03 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 61 replies · 1,686+ views
    ABC News ^ | 31 Aug 2009
    As Jaycee Dugard gets to know her family again after 18 years in depraved captivity, a California sheriff admitted today that his officers booted a chance to rescue Jaycee nearly three years ago. "We missed an opportunity to bring earlier closure to this situation," Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf said in a news conference today.
  • California county D.A. announces he can’t afford to prosecute misdemeanors anymore

    04/24/2009 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 10 replies · 594+ views
    HotAir ^ | 4/24/09 | Allahpundit
    Emphasis on announces . I’ve read this piece three times and can’t convince myself that I’m not missing something obvious that makes it all perfectly rational. Surely if a D.A. were forced to turn his district into a free-fire zone for certain crimes, he wouldn’t broadcast to the public what those crimes are. Right? The decision not to go after any perpetrators of certain offenses, Grove said, amounts to “holding up a sign and advertising to the criminal element to come to Contra Costa County, because we’re no longer going to prosecute you.”Don’t even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said...
  • Caldecott fourth bore plan challenged by lawsuit

    12/28/2008 1:04:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 1,129+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2008 | Denis Cuff
    Color the brake lights red as the column of cars backs up from the Caldecott Tunnel, the often bottled-up gateway between Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Color drivers' moods red as the congestion worsens over a span of 45 years. Many drivers are looking forward to relief from a long-planned $420 million fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, but a lawsuit by Alameda County neighborhood groups and a bicycling advocacy organization could delay the project scheduled to begin in the summer and finish in 2014. A ruling on the lawsuit is expected soon from Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank...
  • Marine rescues drowning 8-year-old in Brentwood

    04/13/2008 8:59:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 378+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/13/8 | Eric Kurhi
    A Marine Corps sergeant from Brentwood prevented a tragedy Sunday, when he pulled an 8-year-old girl from the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool. Miguel Hinojosa is being heralded by police and fire officials for his quick actions, which they say saved the child's life. Around 2 p.m., dispatchers received a call that a girl who was not breathing had been pulled from the bottom of a pool at an apartment complex at 2400 Shady Willow Lane in Brentwood. East Contra Costa Fire District Battalion Chief Jeff Burris said the pool was crowded, and that he believes the girl's...
  • Crockett residents blast county over rental inspection law

    03/03/2008 12:47:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 85+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/3/8 | Tom Lochner
    Somewhere between the drafting and the enforcement of a rental housing inspection ordinance, Contra Costa crossed the line from government for the people to government against the people -- that was the underlying message from an angry gallery of Crockett residents at a town meeting last week. Speaker after speaker in a packed Crockett Community Center berated county Director of Building Inspection Carlos Baltodano and planner Bob Drake with complaints about the county's enforcement drive in their unincorporated West County town. Aimed at bettering the lot of tenants, the law buries landlords in costly red tape, ultimately hurting tenants as...
  • Court clears school of pushing religion with lesson on Islam

    11/19/2005 8:57:21 PM PST · by freespirited · 32 replies · 814+ views
    San Francisco Chroncile ^ | 11/18/05 | Bob Egelko
    A Contra Costa County school was educating seventh-graders about Islam, not indoctrinating them, in role-playing sessions in which students used Muslim names and recited language from prayers, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit by two Christian students and their parents, who accused the Byron Union School District of unconstitutionally endorsing a religious practice. "The Islam program activities were not overt religious exercises that raise Establishment Clause concerns,'' the three-judge panel said, referring to the First Amendment ban on government sanctioning a religion. During the history course at Excelsior School in...
  • Contra Costa County (CA) Supervisors ban sales of 50 caliber rifles

    03/24/2004 9:11:36 PM PST · by oldlizzie · 12 replies · 178+ views
    Tri-Valley Herald ^ | 3/24/04 | Tamara Grippi
    <p>Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - In an emotionally charged meeting Tuesday, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit the sale of .50-caliber "sniper" rifles in unincorporated areas of the county.</p> <p>By a 4-0 vote, the board approved the restriction. Supervisor Millie Greenberg of Danville was absent, as she spent the afternoon in Sacramento to testify on traffic safety.</p>