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Quick End to Jeff Pickett's Candidacy

Would-be council candidate says he lives outside the Walnut Creek city limits.

A potential City Council candidacy has come and gone quickly.

Jeff Pickett, an investment banker who took out nomination papers a week ago from the city clerk, wrote in a Friday email that he would not run for council as he has determined in discussions with City Clerk Suzie Martinez that his Miramonte Road house is outside the city limits.

incumbents Bob Simmons and Kish Rajan have announced they are running again. Also up is the seat of incumbent Gary Skrel, who is undecided on running again. Challenger Barry Grove has said he will run for council.

SR July 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
CreekDiva, Any news on a big fight at Vice nightclub this past weekend?
Creek Diva July 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@SR I just got word of it this morning. From the WCPA Facebook page, "Early Saturday morning officers broke up yet another large fight outside a nightclub on Arroyo Way. Several officers were punched (no injuries) and had to use batons to restore order. One person was arrested."
SR July 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM
That's where I saw it to. Also heard about it from a friend in Rossmoor with a scanner that said it sounded very chaotic (he is quite the night owl). I was sleeping on Carmel Lane and the sirens woke me up at around 2 am.
Kristina Lawson August 01, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Michael - As a resident of incorporated Walnut Creek who sends her daughter to elementary school in unincorporated Walnut Creek (I also have to drive through unincorporated Walnut Creek to get to City Hall - by many of my friends' homes), I'm keenly attuned to the unnecessary divisive impact the "islands" and other unincorporated areas have on our community. I've been closely following recent annexation efforts in Martinez (Alhambra Valley and Pacheco areas) and it highlights what we need here in Walnut Creek (also referenced by Paula Miller) - a desire of the residents of unincorporated Walnut Creek to want to join incorporated Walnut Creek. I would be happy to come talk with any neighborhood group or individual resident about the process and the potential. Anyone should feel free to send me an email at kristina.d.lawson@gmail.com on this subject - or any other subject. Sincerely, Kristina Lawson
michael frederick August 01, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Kristina, The main thing we need to get anything resolved is truth -- less edict and more dialog. In that regard, we're making progress. I appreciate immensely you sharing thoughts and concern in such a forum. This issue (urban vs. rural) has been with this city since inception and we're not going to resolve it in a few paragraphs. Financial mismanagement really doesn't cover it. I will say, it concerns me greatly that the city rubber stamps one side of the urban ledger, often oblivious to its impacts. You were correct last month -- this city needs guiding vision. Specifically, it needs compatible ones that coalesce interest beyond personal participation or favorite activity. We need attention to the promotion of WC -- all of it -- not just its financial interests and favored funding inside the lines. It is not reasonable to think one person is going to resolve this. However, I will share information that you can use to hopefully get us headed in the "right" direction. Your interest is appreciated. My sense is, Martinez is trying to incorporate geographically outward -- akin to Rudgear Estates / Meadows, Rossmoor, YV... In WC's case, here, we're talking about established neighborhoods, at its heart, that don't embrace city vision or the way it gets promoted. I think there are opportunities moving forward, however.

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