Responses for Imagine it's 2040 ... What Do You Think?

1: What will drive our thriving economy?
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Anonymous from Alamo A bit off-topic but one of the biggest issues here and all over California are the huge pensions that local govt and the State are having to pay. Piling in more housing, more business, more people to help pay tax is ruining Contra Costa and many other communities. If you want this county to THRIVE, figure out your own finances and quit draining the rest of us and building like there is no tomorrow. Walnut Creek is a sham. What a charming, mid-sized town it was 12 years ago. It's appalling what they are doing now. Piles of new housing to help their tax base but not one new road, no more available water, other infrastructure such as schools??? And by the way, with this population explosion, hospitals are CLOSING!? Now what is wrong with THAT picture? We need more hospitals, more doctors, not less! We won't be a thriving economy in 20 years at the rate we are going.
11/27/2019
Anonymous no community selected Making it an appealing place to live and right now, that's about gone, See #4 below.
Christy Campbell 11/27/2019
Anonymous Our community will find smart ways to address booming population; building UP versus across. We'll be doing the best to protect as much green space as possible. Kids will continue to see the greens turn green during the rainy season, and then gold during the summer. The private sector will embrace placing campuses all across the bay area; as far east as Brentwood and Discovery Bay. These business partners will also enjoy the tax benefits of that encourage work-from-home roles in order to reduce traffic congestion and the pollution that driving causes.
05/07/2019
Brother John from El Sobrante I care far less about our thriving economy than I do about all the dead animals on the road. We need to build critter-crossings across every major and minor roadway that is near a wilderness area. Building this animal-centric infrastructure will drive the economy.
11/15/2019
Sue Guest from Countywide Clean industry. We must promote local work so there is less commuting.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Reliez Valley Good, local jobs that eliminate the need for massive commutes out of our county.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Pacheco more economic growth, keep local residents employed here, not more housing
10/16/2019
Jack Hanna from Bethel Island Agritourism is good for our farmers and locals in E. County. New residents need better access to business hubs in SF and Oakland Encourage San Ramon type business hubs. New development in Concord must be allowed only with adequate funding to maintain the current level of transportation failure.
10/07/2019
Mark Fernwood from Other An economy unrestrained by over burdening government. An economy that allows vast millions to seek productivity AND are allowed to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. A tax structure that does not redistribute,
Danville 10/04/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Clean air and liberal politics
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Other Monopolistic Tech Firms
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
09/21/2019
Anonymous renewable energy jobs, wind, solar. environmentally sound building materials; hemp, etc. a complete ban on plastics and inventions for solutions of same. Filling all empty commercial buildings before anything else new goes up. Switch from fossil fuels to renewables as your first priority, or otherwise we're all toast. Public Banks. A must to break away from the dominance of wall street and fossil fuels.
07/26/2019
Anonymous Develop local employment hubs in the towns and near BART
07/08/2019
Carol Jensen Contra Costa County does not have a thriving economy.
06/20/2019
BK Williams Money moves our economy. I would like to see the county participate in a Public (not Community) Bank.
06/17/2019
Anonymous Growing residential population
06/05/2019
2: How will the County demonstrate inclusion and equity?
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Anonymous from Alamo
11/27/2019
Anonymous no community selected
Christy Campbell 11/27/2019
Anonymous Nowadays you find people of all socioeconomic groups and living in unison, the transit communities that built up are providing lower priced options that people are embracing. They do not mind the buildings, because they live near open spaces they can turn around and enjoy.
05/07/2019
Brother John from El Sobrante Let's include all families, including the raccoons, the possums, the hawks, the egrets, etc., that get trampled down by the thousands every day on our roads. Let's include them in this conversation.
11/15/2019
Sue Guest from Countywide By not having so many old white men on all it boards!
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Reliez Valley Create better public transportation in all communities that allows people to get around reliably and conveniently.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Pacheco If people want to be involved they can figure it out, as long as the county puts the word out.
10/16/2019
Jack Hanna from Bethel Island The County should reach out beyond its local jurisdiction to work with State and Federal agencies Flood insurance issues. Water issues. Transportation issues that affect us
10/07/2019
Mark Fernwood from Other In a free society, there will be communities that are "affordable," some that "premium" and some that are "very premium." To use the power of the state to force the mixing of these communities is the power to destroy. Those that serve Beverly Hills should have no expectation to afford to live there.
Danville 10/04/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Other Equity is inherently immoral. I’m for equality of opportunity not outcome. But if you want to be inclusive, you could start by not discriminating against white people.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
09/21/2019
Anonymous Well, first you have to feel it. That all people are equal. You have to cooperate to get their cooperation. You actually have to learn what the communities need to be self-determining. That's what we all want, indigenous or not. To watch our communities become self reliant by being given education and jobs. Not by race, but by class. Identity politics aren't working very well.
07/26/2019
Anonymous House the homeless, support mentally ill, clean up drug use
07/08/2019
Carol Jensen
06/20/2019
BK Williams Not sure.
06/17/2019
Anonymous
06/05/2019
3: How will we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate?
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Anonymous from Alamo
11/27/2019
Anonymous no community selected Force all companies to submit to tougher environmental laws. Outlaw PLASTIC CUPS like the ones at Starbucks. Outlaw plastic to-go cartons, make supermarkets use biiodegradable packaging. So much can be done!
Christy Campbell 11/27/2019
Anonymous People are working closer to home OR at home. We have reduced cars by 50% and have seen a turn in where we used to be. Highways that used to be jam-packed are now manageable and the commute from East Contra Costa to Oakland went from 2 hours to 45 minutes. The NEW mass transit system has also aided in taking cars off the highway. The new routes that intertwine between communities have made it more feasible to hop on a train than it was in 2019.
05/07/2019
Brother John from El Sobrante By making it less pleasant to drive, i.e, by installing ITS everywhere so that a FASTTRAK pass is required on all major roads, and tolls are collected for driving in the first, second, third, and fourth lanes of traffic. Also, by using ITS to fine people for tailgating, speeding, cutting, and other reckless behaviors that may be "fun" but endanger others and ultimately make air pollution worse.
11/15/2019
Sue Guest from Countywide Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle. Walk, walk, walk. Electric vehicles. Local work
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Reliez Valley Fund EV charging infrastructure, provide additional rebates for EVs and electric personal mobility devices (e-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds), improve streets to accommodate safer and more comfortable passage for bikes, e-bikes/e-scooters, improve public transportation to make it a convenient option, encourage all employers in county to allow telecommuting, include solar installation as a requirement for all new construction and retrofitting projects, work with schools to get more students walking/biking to school.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Pacheco think outside the box, work with the local companies instead of trying to kick them out, you r local businesses are more invested in this community then the outside employees that work at the county.
10/16/2019
Jack Hanna from Bethel Island Transit is kind of pitiful at this time. The Bart extension is not usable by most lacking feeder lines and parking at Hillcrest bicycles are NOT a PRACTICAL SOLUTION. Focus on buses, not bike lanes.
10/07/2019
Mark Fernwood from Other There has been no warming since 1998. (Google: "Global Warming Pause." A 20 year "pause" proves the climate models are drastically wrong. "Climate Change" is the theory that man made warming will result in unusually bad weather. No Warming = No Climate Change. This is actually a very political movement, far from a scientific one.
Danville 10/04/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Get the damn oil companies off fossil fuels and to invest in renewables! And pay for the damage they've caused
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Other Puh-leeze. Go deal with China before you virtue signal here.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre I can imagine many people movers - hop on hop off small buses especially during commute hours
09/21/2019
Anonymous The refineries have to go. shut them down, one by one, beginning with stopping the sale of Shell to PBF. immediate action required. and being part of a county-wide coalition to halt the dredging of our SF Bay.
07/26/2019
Anonymous Make the oil refineries pay taxes to cover their pollution of our county
07/08/2019
Carol Jensen
06/20/2019
BK Williams Not sure.
06/17/2019
Anonymous
06/05/2019
4: How will the County support healthy lifestyles for all community members?
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Anonymous from Alamo
11/27/2019
Anonymous no community selected Stop building and building and building with no new roads, no more public transportation, no more WATER, very few schools. Quality of life in this county has gone steadily downhill for the past decade. We look like LA north or Silicon valley.No charm left, just 40 minute rides to go 8 miles at 2pm.
Christy Campbell 11/27/2019
Anonymous We STOPPED urban sprawl. In 2019 we were at a tipping point where developers were pushing their project thru to make millions. While developers still exist the numbers have dwindled and their new focus of that sector is to build up and not out. Back in 2019 Blackhawk-Nunn wanted to cement over SP-2 in Brentwood and build 2,400 homes; that plan was rejected and that area is now owned by the regional park district. The community is invited to rent out planter boxes where they grow vegetables and educate future generations on the benefits of open spaces and the farming industry that we continue to protect.
05/07/2019
Brother John from El Sobrante QUIET DOWN the roads. The new sidewalks in El Sobrante are totally unattractive (and worthless) with hordes of loud Harley drivers and other loud trucks and vehicles zooming by 24/7 (and I do mean 24 hours a day). I know SEMA has power; don't we, as a County, have more power than one group advocating reckless noise attachments to exhaust pipes?
11/15/2019
Sue Guest from Countywide Promote food establishments with healthy eating choices. Promote bicycle lanes. Promote walkable places.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Reliez Valley Make the county a hub of employment so that residents have shorter commutes and more leisure time to spend on exercise, family, and recreational pursuits. Provide incentives for healthy food merchants to do business in local communities (produce shops, farmers markets, etc.) Encourage more students to walk/bike to school.
10/17/2019
Anonymous from Pacheco People can think for them selves,
10/16/2019
Jack Hanna from Bethel Island The popularity of kayaks, paddleboards, and swimming could be supported PROTECT FRANKS TRACT (from Franks Tract Futures) as well as supporting parks for jogging and exercise
10/07/2019
Mark Fernwood from Other Stay out of our local control
Danville 10/04/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante More mental health facilities
10/02/2019
Anonymous from Other It’s not the County’s responsibility to be everyone’s personal trainer.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre
09/21/2019
Anonymous see #3
07/26/2019
Anonymous Reduce dependence on commuting and car use. Build safe neighborhoods for walking and cycling
07/08/2019
Carol Jensen
06/20/2019
BK Williams Not sure.
06/17/2019
Anonymous Parks and events
06/05/2019