Everything on today's menu is low-fat and high-fiber. Consume as much as you wish:
Here's what they should do: Have Mayor Gayle McLaughlin get one of her Wells Fargo buddies to float the city a loan, then seize that debt through eminent domain and repackage it at a discount. Whatever money's still owed can be paid off with a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages that voters are sure to approve.
If that doesn't work, there's always the fallback: It was Chevron's fault.
Directors approved 3.7 percent raises for top management and authorized $225,000 for a Seattle consulting firm to determine what went wrong in labor talks. What went wrong then is the same thing that's gone wrong since: The board keeps dishing out money as if its resources are endless.
In late March, teachers' petition for conversion charter status was denied by the Antioch school board, which instead approved the school as a dependent charter subject to district oversight. On April 7, teachers filed a temporary restraining order in Contra Costa Superior Court to deny implementation of that vote. On April 11, the district appointed Scott Bergerhouse principal of the school, as if the restraining order didn't exist.
In the next installment, tentatively scheduled for May 7, the Contra Costa County Board of Education will hear heartfelt pleas from both sides. You won't want to miss it.
Heavy machinery grinds behind the fence lines and plumes of dust periodically blow through the air as construction workers turn today's retail space into tomorrow's bigger, better version of the same thing. The $250 million construction project is expected to take two years.
Coincidentally, several hundred free parking spaces have disappeared, and street parking meter rates have doubled. As the Chamber of Commerce likes to say, welcome to Walnut Creek.
Last time I checked, the city was desperately in need of more police, and that was before they became responsible for writing cat citations.
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