Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Mayor Karen Stepper and three other Tri-Valley mayors met in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to discuss regional priorities for the area. Above, Mayor Stepper and Congressman McNerney take time out of their discussion to pose on the Capitol steps.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 2:59 PM
Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2011 at 9:55 am
Fixing our broken freeways is good (and long overdue)! And auxiliary lanes are usually good! As always, the devil is in the details.
Are there any carpool lanes (HOV) or toll roads or meter signals hidden in these plans which will plaque us for years to come with poorly-conceived concepts that were wrongfully-implemented? ("Wrongfully-implemented" in the sense that carpool lanes were never voted in by we the people, just forced on us by liberal planners who philosophically believe that we should be stripped from our individual cars, instead of building enough freeway system to handle the cars...or to let the congested traffic itself change our choices and behaviors.)
I'm very suspicious about whatever this really is?
Some people like to think that Government should be "creating jobs". Really Government should be staying out of the way of the free enterprise system's ability to create its own jobs, as based on what people want to buy and what is reasonably profitable and will stand on its own two feet (self-surviving businesses).
Too often what Government is really doing is just fostering its own philosophical, political agenda about what businesses it wants to see materialize (i.e. "green" businesses) at the expense of all other businesses. And, ultimately, not doing anything materially substantial for the economy as a whole.
There should be a rule: If Government is going to do something (regulate, legislate, influence spending) that it thinks is good for Business, then that opportunity should be made available to ALL businesses of any kind.
In most cases, I think Government should stay out of business and let business itself determine what ventures to start and what jobs to create!
Politicians generally don't know how to do Business. They just know how to build domains of power for themselves to control (and to gain purse-string authority to dole out money to their "partners").
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:19 am jrm is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
Is PCMAC taking a previous frequent bloggers place as the town fool launching question upon question in his posts devoid of grammatical structure or salient content? PC..your nonsensical anti government blogs are becoming alarming given the events of the last few weeks...do the people that care about you know what you write here?
Posted by askidoo, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:32 am
To answer one question. Yes metering lights are included in work to be done on 680 - there was a recent CC Times article on this. I believe 68 metered onramps was the end result. The consultant who was hired by all the Tri Valley towns had the mission to decrease congestion on the freeways. The result was metering lights which puts more cars on local neighborhoods. They or their traffic representatives all agreed and funded the study. The only area objecting was Alamo which for now at Stone Valley Road will not have a metering light onto the freeway.
Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm
JRM: I think you were a little unfair to PSMAC, labeling him a town fool, and implying that he is unstable...I tend to agree with him that government should basically be a referee in the game of business, and not a player...I also think it is unfair that the liberal media is using the tragic events in Arizona to try to quash all speech that is critical of the liberal agenda...A truly mentally unstable individual was responsible for the horrible events in Arizona, not Sara Palin(who by the way I am not a fan of) and not talk radio pundits...Yes, it would be a much nicer world if all sides were more respectful and amicable in their debate of issues, but negative and nasty political campaigns have been around for ever, and using the events in Arizona to limit free speech is wrong.
Posted by Bob alioto, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Mcnerney is horrid. His true colors showed through when he stood and appauded the prez of Mexico (caught on video) but then lied by saying he "forgot" if he had stood a few days later! The prez had just delivered a scathing rebuke OF the USA. His voting record is easy ----"anything Nancy wants----" mindless fool.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:04 am
How much did that little trip cost the Town of Danville? Where can I find that? What are the direct results of that trip? How has that benefitted Danville? Sounds like a worthless and expensive junket. Typicalů
Posted by Mke, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm
Danville is doing well folks. I don't think we are on the target list for redevelopment projects or poverty assistance. Government is tasked with looking out for and working to maintain the common good. Jerry is doing that.
Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm
"Danville is doing well folks. I don't think we are on the target list for redevelopment projects or poverty assistance."
Well, most of Danville residents are doing OK, but....
1. Redevelopment Projects: The article just a couple inches higher in the Danville Express--Danville buys multi-million dollar building for beautification --describes one redevelopment project in Danville. (Not that it should be, perhaps.)
Calabrigo said: "As a redevelopment agency, we want to invest our funds in a way that makes improvements. Once we've accomplished that, we want to be able to take and reinvest those funds for the same thing in different parts of the project area," he said.
Who funds would those be?
2. Poverty Assistance: Yes, there are people on poverty assistance, even in Danville. I know of one permanently disabled man who has had his monthly allotment of helper assistance (aid to his cooking, meds, etc.) cut by 4% due to CA budget cuts. Of all places to cut, he can't survive without assistance, so reduce his assistance (instead of reducing the hours of other-types of government workers). And this from a Democratic legislature. Interesting!