Gateway Project – A Community Divided


The City of Pinole is proposing a new development project on Pinole Valley Road, west of 80. The Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday April 6, 2015.

The project is causing some citizens to raise their voices in protest about the possibility of gridlock, congestion, safety and the effect that yet another Starbuck’s will have on the small business community in Old Town.

The Planning Commission will meet on Monday April 6 at 7 Pm, at City Hall, to discuss this proposed project.
If you are interested in weighing in on this project, then now is the time to have your voice heard.
This sign was placed on a resident’s property on Pinole Valley Road, and the opposition to this development seems to be picking up steam and supporters.

R.I.P. Rich – Last Call


Saturday, March 28, 2015.

The life of Rich Voisey was celebrated on a beautiful Saturday in Pinole.
I did not take pictures because, honestly, I was too moved by the moment to take the time to memorialize it, I was there to remember, respect and honor a man I respected and admired.
But there are many others who are sharing their wonderful photos with others who may not have been in attendance.
If you have photos you wish to share with the community please send them to me for posting.

Goodbye Rich, you will be missed.

Funeral Service For Rich Voisey


Funeral Service Information for Line of Duty Death: Pinole Fire Captain
Richard John Voisey
The City of Pinole Fire Department and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 are saddened to announce the line of duty death of Pinole Fire Captain Richard Voisey. Richard Voisey served the City of Pinole as a firefighter for 35 years, rising in the ranks from volunteer firefighter to Fire Captain.
Captain Richard Voisey, passed away surrounded by his family on March 4, 2015 at age 54, due to occupational brain cancer. Richard Voisey was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather and brother. He was a great firefighter, leader and citizen. We honor his memory and send our condolences to his wife, Nancy, his daughters Sasia and Sarah, his son, Joshua and granddaughter Autumn.
Funeral Service-
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 1:00PM
Location: St. Josephs Church, 837 Tennant Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564
The public is invited and encouraged to attend, event parking will be available.
Cards and Letters may be sent to:
IAFF Local 1230
C/O Richard Voisey Family
112 Blue Ridge Drive
Martinez, CA 94553
Monetary Donations in Rich’s Name: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCSF Foundation. Please make your check payable to the UCSF Foundation with a note indicating you wish to donate towards the Brain Tumor Research Center in memory of Rich Voisey. Checks can be mailed to: UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. You can also visit their website and donate online at
Click on the “Make a Gift” tab on the left side.

RIP – Rich Voisey


HopeIt is with great sadness that I report that Rich Voisey, a man who lived life to the fullest has passed after a two year battle with brain cancer, a battle he fought with valor.
Rich was full of passion, passion for his family, his friends, his fellow fire fighters and for his community, Pinole. His passion and strong beliefs set him apart, even when he was challenged for those beliefs, Rich never backed down and fought the bullies who attempted to silence him. Rich was a community hero, and they don’t come along very often.
His smile and laugh are indelibly etched into our minds and hearts.
My deepest condolences to Nancy and his family. He was a man among men.
When you drive past Station 74 in the Valley, remember Rich and honor his memory.
Rich_VoiseyThe tribute to Rich at Station 74 is growing.
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