The Rev.

The Rev. Alvin Bernstine, pastor of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, CA, and husband of Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, hired convicted pedophile and registered sex offender Jesse Armstrong to be choir director of the church. No surprise that Armstrong was arrested for sexual misconduct with a fourteen-year-old member of the church’s choir. Armstrong is now serving a two-and-one-half-year jail sentence in the California state prison system for the offense.

Contra Costa County residents now have a DA who is supposed to protect children from sexual predators. Instead, she maintains a dangerous conflict of interest with a man who has demonstrated a lack of responsibility for the sexual safety of children. Do we know how many other children have been molested at the church with DA Becton sweeping the incidents “under the rug?”

We must elect Mary Knox Contra Costa County District Attorney on June 7th if we want to protect our children!! A URL to a copy of the situation from the East Bay Times is below.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley 

Say No to Public Secrecy!!

The Oakley City Council, for tomorrow night (May 10, 2022), agenda contains an item (5.2) that would egregiously alter City Council minutes. The minutes would consist of a brief statement of how the vote went for an item. The minutes would replace the highly professional detailed notes that the City Clerk, Libby Vreonis, publishes.

The City Staff report indicates that there are videos of the meetings to which people can refer to ascertain the discourse the council pursued regarding a specific council action. Unfortunately, prior meeting videos have been removed and destroyed. The action occurred because the City is only required to retain videos for eighteen months. The new policy would allow for the loss of any formal record of meetings after eighteen months.

The approval of the item would negate the transparency the City has attempted to develop over the last two years. Recent events have established that during past years, the lack of transparency of the City Council and City Staff had an enormous negative impact on the City and City Hall staff. The City needs those detailed minutes.

A vote of no is required to ensure the ongoing development of transparency of the Oakley City government. Below is an article from the East Bay Times detailing one of the past events to which I refer.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
       City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton Exploits the Marginalized for Votes

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton exploits the marginalized for votes. Ms. Becton is infamous for refusing to prosecute criminal offenders. She is well known for searching for reasons not to prosecute criminal acts. The people who suffer most from this form of frivolity regarding crime are the marginalized members of our society—the marginalized live in high-crime areas and are more likely to become victims of crimes. Ms. Becton does little to protect them.

            Instead, she exploits their fears and anguish by focusing on prosecuting police officers working in Contra Costa County. She leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of persecuting the police in our communities. Yet, she assures herself and others privileges that she sees befit what she believes is her and their “station in life.” Ms. Becton plagiarized her application for District Attorney. Then she excused her nefarious action by saying, “it was a grammatical error.” Ms. Becton was married in her home backyard during the height of the pandemic. Thousands of other couples were forced to delay their wedding plans or be married virtually, but not “privileged Becton.”

            Perhaps the biggest insult to Contra Costa County residents was allowing disgraced former Contra Costa County Recorder Joseph Canciamilla to serve a one-year jail sentence in his luxury condo on Kaui. Canciamilla violated the trust of the county’s citizens by committing thirty-four felonies of using campaign funds for personal use. Canciamilla was sentenced to a year in county jail, but Ms. Becton acquiesced to Canciamilla serving his sentence under house arrest in Kaui.

            Below are three URLs detailing the events.

            Oakley, and Contra Costa County, need Mary Knox for our new District Attorney.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

A Thank You to Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis

A thank you to Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis. Supervisor Burgis and Contra Costa County Library Commissioner Claire Alaura (former Mayor of Oakley), and Friends of the Oakley Library Vice-President Arnold Fitzpatrick attended the Oakley City Council meeting on April 26, 2022. Supervisor Burgis addressed the issue of an Oakley Library. She has formed a Library Foundation to assist in funding libraries in Contra Costa. During the meeting, Supervisor Burgis worked with Council to establish a partnership to construct an Oakley Library, funded by resources other than a tax increase. I believe that is possible with her leadership and talents in addressing the issue.

            Also in attendance at the meeting, among many others, were Ms. Liz Fuller (no relationship), a retired Contra Costa Librarian and Oakley resident, and Angela Lowery of the Iron House Sanitation District.

            I need to acknowledge that Supervisor Burgis was instrumental in having Fire House Station 55, located in the Summer Lake area, constructed. In addition, she was a strong supporter of the East Contra County Fire Protection District, merging with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

 George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA

Supervisor Diane Burgism-Oakley Needs Your Support

            A major concern exists in my perception regarding the library in Oakley. The downtown issue, including the library, is again causing us to lose focus on the highest priority needs of Oakley residents. The construction of the library was a part of the Montgomery plan for Oakley. The last election clearly indicated people were not enamored with Montgomery, or his plans for downtown Oakley. However, there are those who stand tall in defense of the Montgomery direction.

            Supervisor Diane Burgis has been a part of the Montgomery plan since its inception. Her support commenced when she sat of the Oakley City Council dais. She strongly supports the concept of building an Oakley Library on the County O’Hara Ave property, which will certainly be a cause for higher taxes to build. In my perception, it is the wrong location for the edifice. A better location would to put it in the location where a three hundred space parking lot is being built for the train platform.

            Supervisor Burgis supported the building of the parking lot. She also, because of her affiliation with the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) supports the train platform, which is now costing eight million dollars just to design. (SJJPA is responsible for placing the train platform in the middle of downtown.)

            However, Supervisor Burgis will not pay the county fair-share for the expansion of Bethel Island Rd or Cypress Rd. That expansion is being funded by the City of Oakley for the emergency benefit of Oakley Residents who reside in the Summer Lakes area. The road expansion will also ensure safety of Bethel Island residents, as well as other county residents in the area.

            Supervisor Burgis also will not consider funding an extension of Bethel Island Road to Delta Road, which would be another escape route in times of disaster for residents in the area. In addition, Supervisor Burgis is demanding 2.7 million dollars from the City of Oakley for the reconstruction of the Bethel Island Road bridge. I cannot find how this benefits Oakley residents, but the demand for such a payment exists.

            My thoughts we need to put aside these “dream things” and concentrate on the safety of residents on the East Side of Oakley. Following the completion on those safety necessities, which are needed yesterday, we can come back to studying the Montgomery concept of downtown. Supervisor Burgis could support us in those efforts also.      

George Fuller, MPA, MA

City Councilmember, City of Oakley

Will Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton Prosecute Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe for DUI – Unlikely!!

On March 20, 2022, the Mayor of Antioch, Lamar Thorpe, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). The agency responsible for prosecuting the life-threatening transgression is the Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. Will she prosecute the case, highly unlikely.

Becton has repeatedly demonstrated she prefers to empower privilege. Examples of such are allowing Joe Canciamilla, former Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder, to serve a sentence to jail for one year under “house arrest” in a luxury home by the ocean in Kauai. Mr. Canciamilla was convicted of nine counts of perjury and grand theft for the personal use of campaign funds, felonies in the State of California.

Another example is Becton having a lavish backyard wedding at her home during the Summer of 2020. The wedding was at the height of the Pandemic when such events were canceled, even in churches, because of COVID-19. Hundreds, if not thousands, of young couples in Contra Costa withdrew their wedding plans during this time or performed virtual ceremonies. Becton demonstrated she perceived herself as an elite and privileged, above the law regarding such restrictions. So, my thoughts are Becton will perceive Thorpe as an elite and privileged person and excuse his indiscretion.

Contra Costa County needs Mary Knox to be the new district attorney.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Laurel Plaza is on the Oakley City Council Agenda – Again

Laurel Plaza is on the City Council agenda again. This go-around is Quick Quack Car Wash – the one with the rubber yellow rubber ducky mascot. As with Mcdonald’s, I am opposed to such a business at the location. The car wash would be across from Laurel Elementary School. The traffic generated by the business would endanger children attending school at the site. The constant noise from the car wash would certainly impede daily instruction all day. The residents in the surrounding area would be forced to endure an ongoing noise situation for the remainder of the time they remained in their residences without moving. It does not fit the neighborhood, nor the goals of Oakley, so yes, I will vote no.

Please let other council members know of any concerns you have with the business. Tuesday night, April 12, 2022, the meeting is set at 6:30 PM, City Hall, 3231 Main Street, Oakley. Below are URLs regarding pertinent documents regarding the agenda issue.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley 

End the Laurel Road Bottleneck – Now!

Laurel Road, East of O’Hara Av, is an embarrassment to the City in my mind. The location, which I believe every resident in Oakley that drives has encountered at one time or another. The two-lane road becomes one as drivers head East on the road. As traffic increases post-pandemic and the ongoing development in the City builds Oakley’s population, Laurel Road has become a nightmare to navigate any hour of the day. The City of Oakley needs to correct the bottleneck.

There has been one shooting (fortunately, no one was injured) on Laurel Road adjacent to the ball fields. Although I do not know the particulars, I would imagine it involved road rage brought on by navigating a dangerous driving situation. People living in the development South of the intersection of Laurel Road and the ballfield entrance continually provide hair-raising tales of racing on Laurel Road and the extreme difficulty they have exiting the complex because of the traffic.

This Thursday, March 31, 2022, the City will be discussing its strategic plan objectives. Attending this meeting and voicing your concerns would be a substantial step forward in widening Laurel Road to four lanes. We would have to do it by eminent domain, in my perception. The person who owns the land obviously has privilege. Consequently, City Hall has allowed the embarrassment to fester and, in my opinion, will enable it to continue in its current state if the community does not take proactive action.

The meeting will be at the City of Oakley Recreation Center, 1250 O’Hara Av, Oakley, again this Thursday, March 31, 2022, starting at 6:30 PM.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
       Councilmember - City of Oakley, CA 

Mary Knox for Contra Costa County District Attorney

In my perception, Mary Knox’s candidacy for Contra Costa District Attorney is such a benefit for the City of Oakley. The City of Oakley has issues that need investigation by the District Attorney. Most of the residents of Oakley now realize that Bryan Montgomery’s administrative practices as City Manager were “sketchy at best.”

We need to clearly understand the damage he did to the City, starting with the “infamous home loan” the City Council gave him. Diana Becton, our current District Attorney, “doesn’t have it” to hold Montgomery accountable, along with any associates that may have supported the nefarious actions of Montgomery. I see Mary Knox as the person with the integrity to conduct such an investigation.

George Fuller
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

All People in the City of Oakley are Entitled to Social Justice, Social Equity, and Inclusion

A lack of social justice, social equity, and inclusion is the best summary I perceive of the Oakley’s City Staff recommendations for affordable housing locations. Tuesday night, March 22, 2022, the Oakley City Council will discuss designating areas in the City to be available for affordable housing units. Four of the seven locations involve Brownstone, where the residents recently defied Seeno Developers by having one of the Seeno developments shot down. The result is affordable housing development locations surrounding the residents.

The new district five will have three sizeable affordable housing locations designated. The Southeast area of town will have four affordable housing units. The Southeast part of the City has a lower median income rate than the rest of Oakley. District five has the greatest diversity of marginalized demographic groups than the remaining districts in Oakley. The white population in district five is 42% white, 35% Latinx, 15% African-American, and 5% Asian. The remaining districts have greater than 50% white. Districts two and four, where the new council members will emerge, have designated no recent affordable housing locations.

I have attached the report of the proposed locations, a map of the districts, and the census data of the districts. If the measure passes Tuesday night, I will immediately ask, following the November election, that it come back to the dais for a review. I have called for social justice, social equity, and inclusion in Oakley. The agenda item is a reason why I have done so.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley