Everything on today's menu is low fat and high fiber. Consume as much as you want: It's been almost impossible to pick up a newspaper lately without reading damning allegations involving an area school. A third-grade Antioch student is forced under a chair while his teacher sits atop it? Another youngster's hands are duct-taped together? A Brentwood teacher kicks a 5-year-old autistic boy?
This comes on top of sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Moraga School District and a $725,000 settlement given a Lafayette middle school student.
Makes you wonder what else is going on that we don't know about. It's no surprise to find Abram Wilson excited about a new development proposed for San Ramon. He was the city's mayor for six years. But you don't often see a guy do back flips over burial plots.
In talking about the 221-acre, $35 million cemetery that a Danville developer hopes to put in the Tassajara Valley, Wilson gushed to a reporter, "I would love to be buried in the area. ... I'm going to be the first one to buy a plot there."
That's why they put fences around cemeteries. Everybody's dying to get in. It's said if you live long enough you'll get to see everything. Finding Richmond council members Tom Butt and Corky Booze on the same side of an issue proves the point. It's like learning the Obamas and the Boehners went halves on a house boat.
The councilmen recently were named in a lawsuit by A&D Tow that alleges they worked to exclude the towing company from city contracts. It will take an incredibly gifted lawyer to prove that Butt and Booze have ever worked toward the same goal on any occasion. Oakland's police department is under fire, the city's infrastructure needs repair and its long-term debt is a circling vulture, but that hasn't stopped officials from fantasizing about a Coliseum City sports complex to house the A's, Warriors and Raiders.
The latest pipe dream update came last week, when Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell told a reporter, "We are very passionate about keeping the teams, but we are very passionate and ardent about not letting that get us into a bad deal."
Too late. The city's already in a bad deal, shelling out $10 million a year to pay off bonds issued for the last Coliseum renovation. Plus, the Warriors and A's are as good as gone. Keep dreaming, Oakland. That's what you do best. I can understand the pressure Walnut Creek City Council members must feel to pass a no-smoking ordinance. But it's difficult to get terribly invested in a law that isn't going to be enforced.
Walnut Creek police are stretched so thin they can barely keep a handle on the downtown bar scene. Does anyone think patrol cars will be dispatched to apartment complexes to hand out smoking citations?
Drop that cigarette and put your hands on the car. You're under arrest. An NFL player made headlines a few years ago by shooting himself in the leg with his own gun. Service Employees International Union Local 1021 did something similar the other day by insisting on such generous benefit and working provisions for employees of a proposed state health insurance exchange call center that Contra Costa County abandoned plans to open it, costing 214 jobs.
At least the NFL player had an excuse. He was drinking.
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