Pinole to Consider Purchase of Faria House


At the March 1, 2016 Pinole City Council meeting the Council considered a resolution that would direct staff to explore the feasibility of purchasing the Faria House. They also are to explore issuing a RFP for the sale of the Bank Building and the vacant lot currently known as the “Community Corner”, 2301 San Pablo Avenue.

Staff was directed to order appraisals on each of these properties as well as several other vacant city-owned properties.
The Historic Faria House has been long been discussed as a potential home for, the Pinole Historical Society, Pinole non-profits such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Pinole Artisans, a tea house and for rented or leased office space.
But, the cost of remodeling, construction and making the Faria House ADA compliant is cost prohibitive. Estimates over the years were said to be in excess of $500,000.

Faria House at its original location.

At the March 1 meeting the Council discussed developing a plan that would evaluate the value of the Faria House and the City’s ability to purchase it.
Once the appraisals were received the City could set forth a plan to consider its purchase.
The cost of remodeling the property might be mitigated by grants. Identifying financial sources to purchase and remodel the property would become a part of any long term plan for the acquisition of the property.
Bank of Pinole Building

The Bank Building and the Community Corner will also be appraised as the City explores its options.
These two Old Town landmarks, if developed properly, could enhance Old Town and help to restore some of its lost vibrancy, a goal the City and the Chamber have shared for more than 9 years.
Community Corner, 2301 San Pablo Avenue

In addition to those agenda items the Council considered a resolution that would ban Plastic bags and styrofoam.
There were various viewpoints presented by the Council on this item, ultimately the Council agreed to have staff research this further.

The City Council Meeting Video is“>here.

Under Citizens to be Heard, I notified the Council, and the community, that I was now the Pinole resident representative on the WCCUSD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. I am also the Chair of the CBOC Pinole Valley High School Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the CBOC, please feel free to contact me,

The next Pinole City Council meeting will be held on March 15, 2016



Pinole Loses Another Public Servant


Pinole has lost some of its valued citizens and public servants recently.

Judy Lee, Treasurer
Rich Voisey, Firefighter
Phil Green, Council member
Dean Allison, Retired City Engineer.


Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
Way above the chimney tops,
That’s where you’ll find me.



Old Love


I’ve been thinking about how society has evolved and how some very basic areas of life have changed.
Yes, it’s time for old age reflection, or what those under 30 consider ancient history.

Social media is ruling the way people interact and redefining much of what we do and feel.
So what is everybody looking for?
Does have the answers?
Will you find the “one” with your app?

Modern medicine has ensured that vowing to stay together until ¬†“death do us part” will be much harder to accomplish.
Life has a much longer expiration date these days. If you marry early, chances are you will have to do it a few times before you get it right.
Dating? It is now a function of social media. Yes there’s an app (actually many apps) for that.

No other part of humanity is more integral than love.
Love, the most frequently used or referred to term in the world.
Songs are written about love. Books are written about love.  People celebrate love. Mourn lost love. Do crazy things for or because of love.
Love is something everyone seeks. Love is something humans need. Love is what makes the world go round.
I was a dreamer.
I grew up believing love and marriage were exemplified by the families on Donna Reed, Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best.

I thought I could live happily ever after and worry free if I had a house in the suburbs surrounded by a white picket fence.
But, that vision of family wasn’t even close to what my family looked like.

But TV and the movies had us believing that passion was Bogart and Bacall, Gable and Leigh and that house in the suburbs was every American’s dream. The TV was my window to the outside world.

I grew up and realized that it was a fantasy. That it is so much harder than they made it look.
Eventually unrealistic values got beat out of me by reality. But it took a while, life didn’t move at warp speed.

The young people of today lose their innocence much too soon.
You can never recover innocence.
Yet, there is enduring and lasting love. And it has little to do with the fantasy Hollywood creates.

I have shared the majority my life with one person, Mikey.
Old love, it is nothing like young love, not even close.

Old love is cozy and comfortable, like that pair of jeans or sneakers you just can’t live without.
Old love is easier than young love. There aren’t as many demands on old love. You know what works and what doesn’t work. You know what feels good and right.
Young love is stressful, it’s chaotic, and yes, it is exciting, but tiring. I’m getting tired just thinking about it.

Old love doesn’t need all that. It’s serenity and familiarity.
It is the ability to communicate without speaking.
Old love is drinking a glass of wine and reminiscing, about the life you have lived, together.
Old love is about appreciating the gifts life has given you.
Here’s to Old Love.