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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
Parking meters in downtown Walnut Creek.
JKI April 9, 2014 at 10:35 am
I live in Walnut Creek, and I don't like it. The substantial projected increased revenue fromRead More parking is already a hot topic at the CC meetings, whose members had stated to the public that this parking change was not meant to increase revenue. I choose to point my efforts towards removing certain members of the City Council, who are inappropriately influenced by the mindless rah-rah-rah cheerleading of splinter special interest groups of people. See above.
mlm2013 April 9, 2014 at 02:50 pm
In the meantime - Monday - Friday, after 3 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday - park for free atRead More BART and take the FREE shuttle to downtown - Even Cindy Silva was worried last night about the removal of some 900 parking spaces behind Macy's and the parking rates & hours changing - that tax revenue is going to go to other cities. But she has that library, with parking - those parking spaces cost approx $50K to build - just imagine how much money the city would have if they had used the old Andronico's store as the library and just paid rent. Glad I'm in unicorporated.
Barbara Doherty April 9, 2014 at 04:37 pm
I want to add that I learned first hand today that just a very few employees at two businesses onRead More Locust received a $25 monthly parking pass in the recent lottery held. I heard many, many employees downtown were turned away. Let's keep an open mind and know the City Council can make a change if it turns out awful. Let's focus on slowing down the cars that do drive through here.
Graphic: City of Walnut Creek.
Jojo Potato April 2, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Did you see the cases that the Mayor is proud of one her companies web site. Developers all theRead More way! And BTW the council meeting yesterday was an organized kickoff for the half cent sales tax increase that they are pushing. Quote Ms. Silva "we have done everything we can". You mean as far as driving the city into a hole? Check out today's article in the CCtimes.
Julie Jepsen-Grant April 3, 2014 at 05:46 am
Please tell us what "services" will be cut. Does anyone know?
One more time with feeling April 3, 2014 at 07:10 am
Jojo Potato: 2 council members were not present as the tax increase agenda kickoff happened.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau March 31, 2014 at 01:12 pm
$183K? Valero made at least ten times that in profit during the violation period. This simply looksRead More like the BAAQMD needed some extra funding and tapped an easy source. $100 tickets from fireplace violators just take too long to add up!
mikedude March 6, 2014 at 06:16 pm
If you want to ban plastic bags, fine. It won't do a damn thing about 'climate change' and it isn'tRead More going to save the city a cent in 'cleanup costs' but whatever, pat yourselves on the back for passing useless, feel-good legislation. What I don't understand is why must I be forced to pay 10 to 25 cents per paper bag? These cost the retailer next to nothing and are just going to be another way for them to make money. Even if they aren't already made of recycled paper, they'll be recycled or composted after they're used. Isn't that pretty damn 'green'???Why must I be punished for every item that I buy in Walnut Creek?
Julie Jepsen-Grant March 7, 2014 at 05:10 am
Has anyone ever noticed all the plastic baggies left behind at Heather Farm Park? Not shopping bagRead More plastic, but the kind you would use to pack a sandwich.
Bob Brittain March 7, 2014 at 08:55 pm
When I "notice" trash I pick it up and put it in a trash can.
Screenshot of the Rise Together website: risetogetherbayarea.org/resources/
GDE March 3, 2014 at 01:00 pm
No, i speak for my opinions. If I meant what you wrote, I would have writen that.
GDE March 3, 2014 at 02:30 pm
@ Kids Dad -- Just to elaborate on the idea of ND doing it right. 1) The oil boom is going to end 2)Read More ND infrastructure is poor (housing, education) 3) ND is not California (you can always return, once you find ND is not heaven)
Out and About March 5, 2014 at 08:40 pm
If that is true stop using GDE as your handle, you are not doing that no group any favors.
WALNUT CREEK, Ca: Map of Arbolado Park. Mao courtesy: Google maps
One more time with feeling March 10, 2014 at 11:36 am
Thanks, Bob. Clarification is good. There's been no mention of the other two parks being upgraded,Read More so it is confusing when the one advertised (Heather Farm Park - the link I provided)) is trying to get $1.5 million through fundraising and other means while the other two in this article spent $500k and have already opened. Do you know if the mulch for the Dog Park at the back of Heather Farm Park is for ADA-compliancy, too? I have every confidence there will be lots more children (and their parents/guardians) having fun at the upgraded area where the new sign is posted - and lots more plastic bags for you to pick up to keep you busy.
One more time with feeling March 30, 2014 at 10:30 am
How come the sign at Heather Farm Park reads "Walnut Creek's first..." when these recentlyRead More opened? If City Hall wants to know why there is distrust and disinterest from the citizenry, this is a perfect example.
One more time with feeling April 4, 2014 at 05:58 pm
Another reason for the distrust: $800,000 to subsidize the Lesher Center and CenterRep. Does notRead More sound like a tax increase is needed - but a spending reduction is in order. And the City Manager, responsible for our finances is "unsure how much" is spent. Wow. Kudos to Ms. Nardi! http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25497822/walnut-creek-longtime-anchor-theater-company-goes-dark
Screenshot of  Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority website
JKI January 30, 2014 at 01:33 pm
I don't have an opinion on this at the moment. My comment is pointed towards the fact that thisRead More Express Lane scenario is "proposed", but MTC behaves as if it is a done deal. Who has final approval power? They have a significant public outreach effort, designed to make it easier to swallow. On publicly available documents, transportation officials are very sensitive to public support and/or public opposition, and want to get local reporters and city figures to support it on MTC's behalf. It will presented as a cool "option" for non-HOV users when on a time sensitive trip. The fact is that the express lanes are indeed designed to generate revenue - when the lanes they are using have already been funded by all taxpayers, previously? Where the additional money/profits will go, why lanes that are currently no cost will become fare-required, the actual pricing structure ( they won't say till right before the lanes become active, due to "marketing needs") etc., are all concerns. MTC will suggest that some of the profits will go towards more express lanes. Those newer Express Lanes will then generate more profit that will go to who? They propose to wrap the Bay in toll lanes.
srl99 January 31, 2014 at 06:39 am
It's a shameless money grab. Tax dollars and road taxes have already been used to pay/pave theseRead More lanes. What the bay area needs is another lane on 680N over the Sunol grade. HOV or otherwise.
imawanderer3 January 31, 2014 at 09:54 pm
It takes me two hours to drive from Pleasanton to South Main, WC if I leave between 4 p.m. and 6:30.Read More Five mph from Alcosta on. Wouldn't metering lights work better and be less costly? Seems to work on 680 S when outflow from biz parks etc. needs moderating. (I have also commuted that leg).
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Monica White January 29, 2014 at 02:24 pm
The majority of yard waste in Walnut Creek is also being sent to landfill. In addition, it is beingRead More mixed with food waste and used as daily cover in landfills- a violation of State Law. If you are upset that at lease two thirds of your yard waste is ending up in the landfill contact Walnut Creek Major Kristina Lawson (lawson@walnut-creek.org) and Councilwomen Cindy Silva (csilva@walnut-creek.org) to voice your opinions and demand an investigation into this issue!
Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson speaks during the annual State of the City address on Tuesday
JKI January 29, 2014 at 09:38 am
Yes, so much work for the city! Like finding some new council members! Elections in the Fall, timeRead More to refresh the brain trust.
Julie Jepsen-Grant January 30, 2014 at 05:12 am
Instead of making us go to financial 'shows'. How about listing the services that we may lose, andRead More how much each one costs the taxpayers of Walnut Creek per year? Maybe post an article here on Walnut Creek Patch.
mlm2013 January 30, 2014 at 09:26 am
And how much was spent on that library and parking garage?????