60 years ago

What?! No domeless courthouse here, thank you: Alarming news comes from Martinez that the dome on the courthouse is so ancient that it has become unsafe and should be removed. Besides messing up the county seat skyline, such a proposal is an affront to every old-timer. Who ever heard of transacting county business except under a dome? In the good ol' days, a county courthouse or a state capitol without a dome would be considered an insult to the electorate. Of course, there was more excuse for domes on state capitols. They provided an escape hatch for the hot air from the legislative chambers, and since our supervisors meet in the Hall of Records, perhaps we should resign ourselves to the prospect of a domeless courthouse.

25 years ago

Pittsburg power plant site not a done deal: In another twist to the coke power plant saga here, a presumed new site for the controversial facility may not be available after all.

Han-Li International Group, owner of the site, indicated Monday that it has not yet agreed to let GWF Power Systems Co.,Inc. build a coke-burning plant there.

Some City Council members had said they thought that GWF had dibs on the site, but Dan Lee, co-owner and vice president of Han-Li, said it is not in any way committed to leasing the site to GWF.

Han-Li, an Oakland importing and exporting firm, wants to develop a port facility on 18 acres it owns in the area.


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"We continue to talk with GWF, but we haven't made a decision yet," Lee said. "We need to know what GWF is going to do on the site. If it in any way hinders our operation, we can't let them use the land."

GWF wants to build five power plants in East County. The plants would burn petroleum coke -- an oil refinery byproduct -- to generate electricity that PG&E must buy.

Scores of residents opposed a plant proposed for Third and Harbor streets here. Council members rejected the project in May, saying they weren't opposed to the facility per se but rather to its proposed location near townhomes and the downtown.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger

GWF then began looking for other plant sites in the same general area but farther east and away from the downtown. Last Tuesday a company consultant told the council that GWF had found a good site adjacent to USS-POSCO Industries land and a PG&E substation.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger