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The Water Cooler – What’s The Number One Local Issue?

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.


Today’s question:

QUESTION: What do you think is the number one local issue? Homelessness, crime, local economy, development of the naval weapons station, etc.?

Talk about it.


S September 28, 2022 - 12:03 PM

Apparently; it is the lack of an Olive Garden.


Simonpure September 28, 2022 - 12:07 PM

Parenting skills

Parent September 28, 2022 - 12:16 PM


WC September 28, 2022 - 12:16 PM


Ricardoh September 28, 2022 - 12:25 PM

Number one issue is the same here as it is all over the country inflation, crime, drug deaths, homeless on streets, war in the Ukraine, open border, and a lack of anyone in charge with a brain. The perfect storm.

The Professor September 28, 2022 - 1:20 PM

That’s seven number one issues, Ricardoh.

Ricardoh September 29, 2022 - 10:25 AM

They are all number one.

Dawg September 28, 2022 - 12:29 PM

Illegal immigration. They not only add to the homeless population, and crime, they are costing Americans more than any other issue. It’s not just in money, but in jobs that Americans once had, like construction, restaurants, roofing, tree trimming, landscaping, road repair, etc. They’re costing Americans more in time. Now that they are entitled to free medical care, there are longer waits to see a doctor, and longer waits to pick up a prescription at a pharmacy. Employers are forced to hire people who are bilingual in Spanish and English, which isn’t fair to English-speaking Americans. There’s also the increase in traffic, because they are entitled to get a driver’s license.

Aunt Barbara September 28, 2022 - 3:13 PM

Always spot on, Dawg! 🙂

ConcordRez September 28, 2022 - 3:32 PM

OMG, Dawg, really? Immigrants are working the jobs you outlined because others don’t want them. Why else would the jobs be open?

To Do List September 28, 2022 - 4:37 PM

Rez/Mike: I looked a while ago and the price of a head of lettuce in San Francisco is MORE expensive than in either Paris or Berlin, and somehow they achieve that without millions of illegals from Honduras and such. Repeatedly here have been mentions of studies showing the all-in cost of illegals is a net negative when you include the welfare, medical subsidies, educational and other costs, and policing. For example, it costs $12 thousand dollars a year per pupil in California, and when you drive down the 101 how many of those agricultural workers do you think paid that much just toward the schools if they have kids? Without the illegals, wages for actual US citizens would rise to where they would want those jobs. I like the idea of citizens having jobs instead of bringing in illegals who deceptively provide cheap labor, but in reality, cost us a huge amount. I used to have one of those jobs mentioned above that apparently you think no one wants.

Original G September 28, 2022 - 5:29 PM

Illegals are an easily exploitable pool of workers willing to accept, often due to fear of deportation, substandard treatment and lower than minimum wages under the table.

Reason jobs go unfilled is low wage conditions created by supply (jobs) and demand. Until pool of workers reduces wages will not rise.

When Trump reduced flow of illegals wages went up because employers realized if they wanted workers they had to pay up to get and retain them.

How is it in best interests of America to allow an unchecked flow under educated, unskilled into the country? Aren’t there already too many unskilled under educated legal citizens, as result of what has become an inferior US educational system ?

Downward decline began with federal government interference. October 17, 1979 jimmy The Wimp carter signing bill creating United States Department of Education.

James September 28, 2022 - 6:01 PM

Concord Res-
They work the jobs that are unskilled or you need to work in100 degree heat.
These are undesriable jobs and gardeneing co’s wont hire white guys unless they speak spanish and still most wont hire them,they hire their own people.When you look at a job,lookat who is boss and who the employees are,and stop playing dumb.
I know several white guys that would love to mow lawns for a living.
Or be a trash truck driver.
Or work in a metal recycling yard.
Or be a parking lot sweeper/blower.
Or be a cook in a restaurant
Or work at the county refuse dump
The illegals get these jobs because it’s tradition for them to hire their own people.

Captain Bebops September 28, 2022 - 12:29 PM

I would say the local economy though it is reflective of the national economy too though Kalifornia style.

Shulla September 28, 2022 - 1:00 PM

Parenting skills, homeless, crime. I see a pattern here.

anon September 28, 2022 - 1:04 PM


Martinezmike September 28, 2022 - 1:07 PM

Renaming Kirker pass road?

Bill Bob September 28, 2022 - 1:12 PM

Housing. Need a lot more of it.

Bean Burner September 28, 2022 - 1:16 PM

@ BillBob over 700 units in dwntwn Walnut Creek alone for sale or rent- the housing shortage narrative is a total lie.

The Professor September 28, 2022 - 1:24 PM

@ Bean Burner-
There is housing available but not at an affordable price. More houses, condos, and apartments = lower housing costs.

Randy September 28, 2022 - 2:08 PM

BB – where is the water going to come from?

James September 28, 2022 - 9:10 PM

There are more empty units than there are homeless people but the 2 are not compatible,it’s not a housing shortage or money issue when you’re dealing with modern day homeless.
I can’t bleeive people don’t ;look at what they hear then look at reality and see they are being lied to.How simple is that?
Lemmings being walked into a can.
God has officially stopped issuing common sense.

James September 28, 2022 - 9:19 PM

You’re not really being one,when comparable units are sold at a lower price,you then lower the property value of the entire area,and you bring in thee low income peopple,and crime suddenly goes up.
What you’re saying can’t and wont happen,it’s called communism in it’s form(make everyone equal by lowering the price of what people paid twice as much for previously to accomodate the low performers.).
Another liberal dream/NIGHTMARE.
And the left has been begging for it for years
.Just stick to your special interest programs,all that tax goes to those freebees.
Nobody’s lowering prices to help out da po’.
They won’t use the word”poor’ to describe people anymore,R. Kennedy used it all the time.He was an “:advocate for the poor’ but now it’s an offensive term,as is’indigent”.They wiped the slate clean of those kind of liberals and language.

Anon September 28, 2022 - 1:20 PM

ANY Politician who has ties to the World Economic Forum.

It is contrary to the United States Constitution.

Obamavirus September 28, 2022 - 1:21 PM

Unrepresentative local politicians and bureaucrats. The radical cultural marxists used to stay on their side of the Bay. Contra Costa and especially central county is mainly middle class, family oriented communities. We do not want, and it is amazing that we have got, a Marxist DA, a radical Marxist MDUSD board, a Marxist health bureau and a BOS that will not stand up for central county values. It makes sense at this point for central county to break away into its own entity. Maybe Briones county or Diablo county. Considering the corruption of the election process we will need a national revival of common sense values and support from a national process of reform to get any real change here.

Fred September 28, 2022 - 1:24 PM

Stupid people believing un proven conspiracies. When you ask for proof they show you a You Tube video. We are going into a hell hole that bad people will take advantage of and screw everyone over.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 2:40 PM

Yeah…. don’t believe anything to see with your own eyes.

ADC September 29, 2022 - 4:34 AM


jprcards September 28, 2022 - 1:46 PM


Randy September 28, 2022 - 2:10 PM

Political leadership – specifically the lack there of…. from the local level al the way to Newsom / Sacto

JRocks September 28, 2022 - 2:34 PM

A massive, bloated, corrupt, ineffectual, wasteful government.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 2:38 PM

Forest fires smoking us out 6 months a year. The air quality is killing us and instead of spending money to clear dead trees & underbrush… fuel for future disastrous fires, Newsom spends it on his Bullet Train to nowhere and other frivolous bull crap.

Hayden Barsotti September 28, 2022 - 5:24 PM

Climate change has been on this earth for eternity. What hasn’t happened is the clearing of the forests of dead trees, etc. Let’s blame the environmentalists for jumping up and down about clearing for a road to get to these areas. The earth gets warm, the earth cools down. Look at the many ice ages the earth has had. This climate change crap is getting old.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 5:37 PM

Are you referring to “Man Made” Climate change Mike? or Global Warming, or whatever we’re calling it to cover whatever happens in the whole history of forever?

Did you know the climate changes at least 4 times per year
Yeah it does…
In the Southern hemisphere too!
That’s called “seasons”

That started a long time ago… even before man walked the Earth.

Global Warming?…. sure it is.

In fact the world has been getting warmer overall since the end of the last Ice Age (and Earth has had multiple Ice Ages).

But I wasn’t talking about that… the subject was fires & smoke…

It used to be that when fires started by lightning or whatever, the forests would burn out of control and remove all the dead trees and underbrush that fueled the flames.

It would grow back slowly but leave the forests thinned and fires were smaller and burnt out faster.

Since man has been able to fight the fires the forests have become overgrown… dead brush and trees clutter the forests over the years and the fuel piles up, making for incredibly large fires that are difficult to put out.

The solution is for men to clear the excess fuel, but that does not happen as often as it should and the effort is never enough because it costs money that our Governor would rather divert to spend on trains to nowhere and pampering illegal aliens.

Have you ever heard of common sense?

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 8:47 PM

How come Mike’s comment disappeared?
I’m not complaining, I’m just really curious.
I mean if there’s an option for me to delete one of my comments when I say something really dumb I’d like to know how to do it…. I know on occasion the moderator just does it for me, but is there a way for me to edit myself or just bail out when I go totally stupid?

SF oh September 28, 2022 - 3:12 PM

Definitely the name of Kirker Pass Rd. Disregard all of the other comments about homelessness, inflation, crime, immigration… bla, bla, bla. Nope, it’s “Kirker” Pass Rd! That’s the only thing our County BOS are concerned about.

The Mamba September 28, 2022 - 3:36 PM

Schools, homelessness, development of CNWS is a big one and would impact all of us, but I don’t think they’ll ever get their act together to develop it.

Antonius September 28, 2022 - 3:50 PM

“The others” should take the homeless home and give them a home cooked meal and a warm bed.

Cellophane September 28, 2022 - 4:03 PM

The voters who keep electing these horrific people who call themsleves politicians.

Jules September 28, 2022 - 4:59 PM

Hurricanes! I bet DeSantis wishes he hadn’t blown $12 million on his illegal illegal immigrant stunt. The money could have been better spent on repairs. If Biden had any backbone he’d help the citizens of Florida but tell the state to go screw – no FEMA money for state repairs.

HappyPappy September 28, 2022 - 5:47 PM

You think it costs 12 mil to fly 50 people to Martha’s Vineyard from Florida? You embarrass yourself beyond measure.
I have a bridge for sale, specially priced just for you, Jules.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 5:47 PM

Thank God Florida’s Governor had the foresight to move those poor homeless illegal aliens out of harms way!

James September 28, 2022 - 6:06 PM

Jules only knows what they tell him to think.
It’s not (really) his fault.

I guess……

Chicken Little September 28, 2022 - 6:21 PM

I’m guessing those who declined the generous offer from Governor DeSantis are now wishing they had taken advantage of it.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 8:17 PM

Well…. to be fair the IA’s were actually in Texas, but supposedly they were wanting to go to Florida when the offer was made for Martha’s Vineyard.

El D September 28, 2022 - 9:33 PM

The Florida legislature budgeted $12 million to send immigrants from Florida to other states. The money to fly the lot to Martha’s Vineyard came from that pot. However, the legality of using state funds for that particular flight is in question because the immigrants were in Texas, not Florida.

ADC September 29, 2022 - 4:41 AM

They were already here legally as asylum seekers and now many have jobs so plan backfired. DeSantis wants help now but voted against helping hurricane Sandy victims. I guess when it suits him Federal aid is great.

James September 28, 2022 - 6:05 PM

If the entire thing cost $30k it would be a surprise.
One fight and crew?

JoJo The Circus Clown September 28, 2022 - 6:54 PM

The hijacking of government by big business and the assault on the US Constitution … in particular, the 1st and 2nd Amendments … for starters.

James September 28, 2022 - 7:10 PM

Like the signs at wildlife parks say,if you feed the wild animals they may become dependent on handouts and lose all motivation to forage for food.
The people at Huckleberry’s are making sure that the money these people make from stealing and panhandling goes only to buy dope,booze and cigarrettes.,the stuff they want,because everything they need they get it for free.these people are by no means broke,so %100 of all cash they gets goes to vices.
They are not being helped little Paully,it’s a swell notion for newbies though.

The Fearless Spectator September 28, 2022 - 7:50 PM

Let’s identify the root cause: People dumb enough to vote for Gavin Newsom.
They can also be referred to as “IQ2”.

Dorothy September 28, 2022 - 8:23 PM

All of them plus the etc. The issues are like a super octopus. All have to be dealt with plus all the ones that come under “etc.”

jjshawk September 28, 2022 - 8:45 PM

Homelessness and crime. Our government either, all have their heads up their a$$es, or they know something we don’t. We have had a “Democrat majority” for quite some time, and nothing is improving. WTF?

weppin September 29, 2022 - 4:50 AM

Our nation’s #1 problem: Joe Biden. “Where’s Jackie?”

The Wizard September 29, 2022 - 7:55 AM

Time for Tees and bumper stickers

Deb Shay September 29, 2022 - 8:31 AM

Corrupt, bungling, malevolent leadership. All problems trickle down from the top.

FPN September 29, 2022 - 1:07 PM

Jules, In the long run if the little stunt has an impact and leads to shutting down our boarders it is money well spent. Apparently it went over your head.

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