Local 1230 must stop its threats
Vince Wells, president of Local 1230 of the firefighters' union, is threatening East Contra Costa County residents with reduced fire services and higher homeowners' insurance premiums, if Measure S is not approved.
I didn't know he was an insurance broker.
Local 1230 made similar threats during the Pinole recall in 2007-08. The union hired a phone-banking firm in San Diego to call Pinole voters, mostly senior citizens, and tell them fire services would be compromised if the recall passed. The recall passed, and compromised fire services proved to be an empty threat.
Contra Costa County has negotiated new contracts with 90 percent of its employees, including firefighters.
In Pinole, though, contract terms were imposed on firefighters when Local 1230 refused to budge on increased firefighter contributions to their own pensions, to which they had contributed virtually nothing for years. Salary reductions weren't even on the table.
The Pinole City Council imposed contract terms. Wells told the council that it did not care about public safety.
Local 1230 must stop threatening people it's supposed to serve.
Brown's proposal is not the solution
Another election year is upon us and the Democrats are, once more, trotting out the same
Unfortunately, those who always vote for Democrats are eating up this rhetoric as if it was manna from heaven.
Gov. Brown's pretend solution for the mess he and the Democrats have created is the same one that has plunged California down the slippery slope toward bankruptcy and chaos. Brown is presenting a hackneyed plan for more layoffs, further cuts to schools, reduced welfare and other social programs -- and tax raises!
If he can, once more, fool We the People with his plan that has been proven, over and over, to lead to continued economic failure, he believes the voters will, again, foolishly, return the cause of these fiscal failures, Democrats, to office. The sad thing is, they probably will.
Why voters who support Democrats cannot see that those Democrats are the reason for California's woes is a mystery that will puzzle scholars for decades to come.
Must be careful and in control
This is an open apology to a motorist that I interacted with on a group ride along Glorietta Boulevard in Orinda. He turned in front of me just before Glorietta sinuously descends into Lafayette.
His car started weaving a bit, and I could see him looking at his right hand holding a phone as he steered with his left. I yelled and he put it down.
He came alongside and shouted that he was at the 25 mph limit. I let him have it, and added some expletives for effect. He sped off.
I apologize to this motorist for losing my temper and for my choice of words. I was upset for the rest of the day; perhaps he was as well.
Losing my temper was counterproductive and could have led to a violent encounter. However, I can't get too angry because I recently drifted into another lane while driving and dialing my phone.
The lessons here are self-explanatory. We need to be careful, aware and respectful of each other.
Change things by ousting incumbents
Here we are in the aftermath of the failure of the "Clean Water Initiative."
Property owners of Contra Costa County clearly rejected this fraudulently presented and fixed deal with the board of supervisors.
Good. The next step is to stop these state and federally required mandates.
Of course, we all want clean water. We do have it now.
Best next step to regain self-government is the DRIP campaign -- Don't Re-elect Incumbent Politicians.
Cecilia W. Lewis
Need cancer drug now -- later won't help
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I have three children who need me for as many years as possible. Every minute of every day is a gift and I need all the minutes I can get.
Pertuzumab can potentially offer me many more days with my young children, ages 3, 5 and 19. I fit into the criteria of people who could benefit from pertuzumab, I just need to get access. I am trying to get access through compassionate use.
I need this drug to help me today -- it will not help me or my children in a year.
I hope my story can reach others and help in gaining me access to pertuzumab.