Federal Glover undergoing heart/kidney transplant

Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover is undergoing heart and kidney transplant surgery Wednesday, his family announced.

Glover, 58, of Pittsburg, went into surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at around 2 a.m. The operation, expected to take about 13 hours, is being conducted by Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, who has done more than 350 such surgeries and has trained other cardiac surgeons around the world.

Glover, who has represented District 5 on the Board of Supervisors since 2000, announced in early March that he was on a transplant wait list. He fell gravely ill and was hospitalized for about a month in 2007, receiving treatment for meningitis, pneumonia and kidney problems; after that, he was undergoing dialysis three times per week.

Glover and his family were informed around 10 p.m. Tuesday night that a matching donor had been located. He’s expected to remain at UCSF for several weeks of recovery.

In a news release, Glover’s wife, Janis, expressed her thanks and appreciation to his entire medical team for their support and expertise during this time and for the outstanding care he has received at UCSF. She also thanked the family of the anonymous donor for their generous and life-changing gift during what for them must be a difficult time.

Janis Glover asked that the public keep them all in their thoughts and prayers in the days ahead; anyone wishing to send get-well wishes may direct them in care of his office, 315 E. Leland Rd., Pittsburg, CA 94565.


Federal Glover awaiting heart & kidney transplant

Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover is in the hospital awaiting a heart and kidney transplant.

Glover, 58, of Pittsburg, issued this statement about an hour ago:

“As you may have heard, on Thursday I checked myself into UCSF Medical Center to finish a battery of tests to determine whether I am eligible to receive a heart and kidney transplant. The expert doctors at UCSF successfully conduct hundreds of these types of surgeries and have determined that I am an excellent candidate for a dual heart and kidney operation.

“So, I wait comfortably here at UCSF, with my wife, Janis, and our two children by my side, for a donor heart and kidney, which I am told could come at any time. I feel confident and strong and I anticipate that this amazing new technology will give me many more quality years with my family and of service to the residents of District 5, who matter a great deal to me.

“That being said, I will be asking our County Administrator David Twa and my staff to keep me updated daily on issues important to the County and I will be requesting the opportunity to work remotely, on my laptop and through whatever means possible, to continue making sound decisions for the people I represent.

“Life is precious. I ask for your prayers. I am excited about a future of improved good health and our continuing to do good work for our community – together.

Glover has represented District 5 on the Board of Supervisors since 2000. He fell gravely ill and was hospitalized for about a month in 2007, receiving treatment for meningitis, pneumonia and kidney problems; after that, he was undergoing dialysis three times per week.


CC city, mayor, school board and fire tax videos online

Election Preview 2012 is online! Watch televised round-tables with Contra Costa mayoral, city council and school board candidates plus an hour-long debate on the fire safety parcel tax for Contra Costa Fire Protection District here.

Races include:

Measure Q, fire parcel safety tax, Contra Costa Fire District: http://bcove.me/yw5ksh1l

Antioch mayor: http://bcove.me/qwanlnl0

Antioch City Council: TK. (We’re having some technical difficulties with this one!)

Antioch Unified School District: http://bcove.me/syoeerun

Brentwood City Council: http://bcove.me/lfiwnofn

Brentwood mayor: http://bcove.me/d8zhg8lt

Brentwood Union School District: http://bcove.me/zzlf28hv

Clayton City Council: http://bcove.me/lsrdrh5b

Concord City Council: http://bcove.me/bpyxrwvy

Danville Town Council: http://bcove.me/uq8vfiiz

Lafayette City Council: http://bcove.me/clrqqp0s

Lafayette School District: http://bcove.me/6j7fqfu8

Martinez City Council: http://bcove.me/it81cf48

Martinez Unified School District: http://bcove.me/jbncw58l

Moraga Town Council: http://bcove.me/2l8sc11w

Mt. Diablo Unified School District: http://bcove.me/a8oydwmq

Oakley City Council: http://bcove.me/56tn3kie

Orinda City Council: http://bcove.me/zisd0lo5

Orinda School District: http://bcove.me/sx7vsfey

Pittsburg City Council: http://bcove.me/j73gfj23

Pittsburg School District: http://bcove.me/wj5yxqan

Pleasant Hill City Council: http://bcove.me/fxmg09tk

Richmond City Council: http://bcove.me/njjftkd7

San Ramon Valley Unified School District: http://bcove.me/4nirq0sf

Walnut Creek City Council: http://bcove.me/trrmfbq2

West Contra Costa Unified School District:  http://bcove.me/eykpqn8k





Failed Contra Costa water fee flopped in 18 of 19 cities

The failed Contra Costa clean water fee sank in every city in the county except El Cerrito, according to a vote breakdown.

As you may recall, the county and its 19 cities attempted earlier this year to persuade property owners to pass an annual fee to pay for programs associated with tightening state and federal anti-pollution regulations on stormwater runoff.

The unusual property-owner election coupled with the bad economy and campaign missteps doomed the effort, which went down 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent.

Here are the final numbers ranked by the percentage of support, as provided by the Contra Costa Clean Water Program:

AREA YES (%) NO (%)
El Cerrito 54.9 45.1
Walnut Creek 47.3 52.7
Moraga 45.6 54.4
Orinda 45 55
Richmond 43.5 56.5
Hercules 42.8 57.2
San Ramon 42.6 57.4
Lafayette 42.4 57.6
Danville 42.3 57.7
Pleasant Hill 39.5 60.5
Pittsburg 39.1 60.9
Unincorporated 38.6 61.4
San Pablo 38.2 61.8
Martinez 37.9 62.1
Antioch 37.4 62.6
Concord 37 63
Brentwood 35.7 64.3
Clayton 35.7 64.3
Oakley 33.3 66.7
Pinole 33 67
COUNTYWIDE 40.6 59.4



Voting starts Monday for Nov. 8 election

Voting by mail starts Monday in the handful of East Bay communities holding increasingly rare odd-year elections on Nov. 8.

Voters in San Ramon and Livermore will choose new mayors and council members, while those in Lafayette and Pittsburg will decide on ballot measures.

In addition, Emeryville and Newark have city council and mayor elections. Emeryville also has several ballot measures that would hike the business tax and raise cash for public safety, streets and other city programs.

Solano County voters will also go the polls in Benicia, Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville.

Most communities have shifted their elections into even years, largely as a means to spread the costs among more participants and reach more voters.

Campaigns in San Ramon and Livermore have been fierce as the cities’ termed-out mayors attempts to swap their expired terms with those of sitting council members.

San Ramon Councilwoman Carol Rowley is vying for the mayor’s post against former San Ramon Valley School District Trustee Bill Clarkson.

Meanwhile, incumbent San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson is battling for one of the two open seats on the council against incumbent Councilman Scott Perkins and challenger Phil O’Loane.

Livermore Vice Mayor John Marchand hopes to prevail in the mayor’s contest against challengers Barbara Hickman and Minuete McKernan.

Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena is competing for one of two council openings against Laureen Turner, Stewart Gary and Bobby Burger.

On the ballot measure front, Lafayette is asking voters for an $89 annual parcel tax for the next decade to raise money for road repairs and drainage improvements. To pass, it must win two-thirds voter approval.

Pittsburg residents will see two ballot measures.

Measure H asks voters to increase the hotel tax by 4 percentage points to a maximum of 12 percent and eliminate an exemption for federal and state employees traveling on business. The city would use the extra cash on city programs. To pass, it requires a majority voter approval.

The city’s second question, Measure I, would expand Pittsburg’s urban limit line to include 193 acres in the city’s southeast area and zone the land for housing and industrial. It requires a simple majority to pass.

The measure was written by the landowner, West Coast Homebuilders, an affiliate of Concord-based A.D. Seeno Construction.

Here’s contact information for your local election office:

Find your polling place or find the answers to other election questions at the following locations:

  • Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters: 555 Escobar St. in Martinez. Contact the office at 925-335-7800 or www.cocovote.us.
  • Alameda County Registrar of Voters: 1225 Fallon Street G-1 in Oakland. Contact the office at 510 267-8683 or www.acgov.org/rov.
  • Solano County Registrar of Voters: 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. Contact the office at 707-784-6675 or www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/.

East Bay political round-up

Check out these East Bay political developments:


Constituents in the 11th Congressional District may visit Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, at a “Congress At Your Corner” event on Monday.

McNerney will meet with small groups of people in half-hour segments in the order in which they arrive between 2-3 p.m. at the Dublin library, 200 Civic Plaza in Dublin.

It will be McNerney’s 64th Congress At Your Corner event since he took office in 2007.


Residents may try their hands at balancing California’s out-of-whack budget at a March 24 workshop hosted by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord.

Next 10, a nonpartisan policy group, will facilitate the discussion, where participants will use electronic devices that immediately tally and record the group’s decisions.

The session will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Los Medanos Community College’s community room, 2700 E. Leland Road, in Pittburg.

The event is free but call 925-521-1511 to reserve a seat.


New voter-approved sales tax rates will go into effect April 1 in Concord, El Cerrito, San Leandro and Union City.

The rate in Concord will rise from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent, while El Cerrito’s rate jumps from 9.75 percetn to 10.25 percent.

In Alameda County, Union City’s rate chnages from 9.75 percent to 10.25 percent. San Leandro resident will pay 10 percent, an increase from 9.75 percent.

Statewide, voters in 14 communities approved increases last November as a means of coping with financial shortfalls.

Contra Costa County

Learn everything you wanted to know about redrawing Contra Costa County’s five supervisorial district boundaries at www.CCRedistricting.org.

The county launched the new web site in preparation for the upcoming redistricting vote this summer.

After the the release of decennial census data, every government agency governed by an elected board must redraw its lines and equalize the populations of their districts.

Contra Costa’s population grew by 100,209 people in the past decade, with most of the growth taking place in the eastern and southern districts of Federal Glover, of Pittsburg, and Mary Nejedly Piepho, of Discovery Bay.

In order to equalize populations, Glover and Piepho’s districts must shrink, while the other three must expand.

At www.CCRedistricting.org, constituents may view 2010 census data, maps and learn about hearing dates. The county also hopes to offer an online map-drawing feature.


Longtime Richmond social justice activist, songwriter, philanthropist, poet and artist Fred Jackson will be honored at the Tuesday meeting of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, which has renamed a street after him.

The supervisor recently voted to rename Third Street in North Richmond to “Fred Jackson Way” in honor of the beloved West Contra Costa icon.

Among his numerous awards, Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, selected Jackson as his sole elector from the 7th Congressional District in order to cast an electoral vote for President Barack Obama in 2008.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at the board’s chamber, 651 Pine St., in Martinez.

For more information, contact Supervisor John Gioia’s office at 510-374-3231 or email his staffer Luz Gomez at luz.gomez@bos.cccounty.us.


Former FBI investigator and frequent commentator Peter Friedman will speak on Islamic law and the Quran at the April 13 meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.

Friedman will address the origins of Quran, the threat of Islamic or Sharia law and terrorist training camps, and “how Americans are personally funding terrorism through their 401(k) accounts,” according to the club’s press release.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the speaker at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, in Danville.

Tickets cost $25. Please make reservations by April 11 by contacting Marianne Lyons at rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net or 925-820-6452.