At the February 4, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo, Edi Birsan was presented with a certificate of appreciation by The Unity Council. The award was presented in recognition of the assistance Edi gave to the organization to help them navigate the channels to get their much needed child care center open in Concord.
Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the
Election of Edi Birsan
Sunday November 3, 2012
1 o’clock to 3 o’clock
YOU ALL who made it happen
At the home of
Beri & Jeff Kasper
1709 Anita Court
Concord, California 94521
RSVP by 10/31/13 – (510) 812-8180
Cost: $49 or $50 for a couple of two
(Donations up to $999.49 graciously accepted)
If you cannot make it then send money and your best one liner..
Make checks payable to
Ed Birsan for Concord City Council 2016
950 Alla Avenue
Concord, CA 94518
Thank you to all of the people who turned out and voted in the election for a better future for Concord.
This has been a campaign season that has challenged some of us and together we can work to put all of
Concord working together to put behind us the conflicts of the past and concentrate on doing the work of
making our city the symbol of our name: working in Concord with one another for the good of all.
I am very pleased to receive this endorsement. As someone who is running from the community and neighborhood side to receive the support of the local city paper is very special to me.
“The Concordian strongly endorses Edi Birsan for Concord City Council. Over the past five years that I have known Edi, it has always been in the context of service to others. Edi tirelessly is involved with projects that range from joining the graffiti clean up crews, food bank service, collecting thousands upon thousands of pounds of neighborhood excess fruit and vegetables for distribution to those less fortunate, to his tireless involvement at every city council meeting. He is fully up to date on the issues at hand and makes sure that his interactions with the public are of value to them.
Edi developed “The Pulse of Concord” monthly survey in order to gauge the views of the public of both the positives and negatives of life in Concord. From these responses he been proactive in bringing forth the issues to the city as well as sharing what he had learned with others more empowered to effect change.
Edi’s ability to deal with both politicians and the public, mostly through his own efforts, make him a valuable liaison between the two. In a time of a general public concern of the availability and trust of elected officials to listen and act on their behalf, Edi stands out as a leader. We need public servants to remember that they serve our community and to remain focused on our needs, rather than their own.”
The Contra Costa Times Editorial board endorsed my run for City Council saying:
“It is time for responsible leadership Elect Birsan…”
Much of the Editorial was a recap of the situation with pensions and health care benefits including a swipe at one of the other candidates who rejected any changes in the status quo.
We have a difficult fiscal road ahead with tough negotiations and decisions to make. Though some choices: like ending the lifetime medical coverage for a city council after 5 years of service, or the Council’s pension and benefits package for a part time job seems rather easy to most of us, but it is fiercely defended by main opponents who refuse to release the small funds for removing furloughs in key front line crime and anti graffiti teams while maintaining millions in unfunded liability for their fellow councilmen.
Yes, it is time for responsible leadership.
The city has been imposing furlough days on the city workers, that are a series of 13 days of city closure with NO pay for all but the police officers. This pay and work cut has had a major impact on the services to the residents. On Friday 9/21 the union component group (Teamsters)of mostly park, engineering, police dispatchers and others of the front line employees gathered at the locked gates of the city work yard to protest the first furlough day of the fiscal year. They were also complaining of the lack of the use of the additional incomes from Measure Q (.5% sales tax) to remove the furlough days.
I joined them in support of their situation and spoke to the group of about 45 workers that Measure Q was suppose to help fight gangs, fix pot holes, support youth programs and promote safety (actually stated in the Measure Q ballot wording) and we must make it clear that:
1. When the Anti-Graffiti crew removes gang tags they are part of the anti-gang efforts.
The mark of OUR territory is clean walls, utility boxes/poles and facilities.
The gangbanger-taggers do not take furlough days and neither should we.
2. Police Dispatcher is a 24hour 7 day a week job and crime does not take a furlough day.
3. Picking up broken glass and cleaning our Parks is an everyday thing and failure to clean up on a Friday just means we have an unsafe park for the weekend. Park workers are safety folks.
I believe we need to end immediately the furlough days for these departments immediately and start a process to reinstate work for the rest of the workers. We expect and have gotten 110% from our city front line workers, we need to stop paying them 95%.
The Contra Costa Times covered the event:
Of all the endorsements that have come in from individuals, I am most encouraged and proud to have received the endorsement of the Vice Mayor Bill Shinn. Bill has always been the heart and soul of the Concord Council and has been for me, the role model of a Mayor for Concord. I have often joked with him that he is the ‘face of Concord’. To which he has had a whole range of retorts that you can imagine.
During the turbulent time of the final stages of the Concord Naval Weapon Station Reuse plan, Bill ran a masterful set of Council meetings keeping just the perfect balance of calmness in dealing with crankiness and firm humor when confronted with downright rudeness that was most disarming and effective.
He is always approachable and had established the concept of city mayor open hours for people to talk to him each week. You could have a disagreement with him and not feel that you were talking to a brick wall or agree with him and not feel like a sycophant. He always was willing to give you positive advice, even when you were at your most feistiness.
I know that in the difficult times ahead he will be a valuable advisor and mentor that I can count on as well as the city.
The Concord Naval Weapons Station Neighborhood Alliance endorsed my run for City Council and there is now a nice large banner on Clayton Road by Denkinger showing that support. In a race where some of the other candidates are being backed by big developers it is a good reminder that I am running with community support, neighborhood support and local folks from small business to a network of volunteers throughout the city. Thanks.
Concord is in trouble. The disclosures of the lifetime Medical benefits in the Mt. Diablo Health Care District (MDHCD), brings to focus substantially greater problems in the City of Concord. The current policy of the City Council is that if you serve 5 years on the Council and take the medical package you will get lifetime medical. It is an out of line perk for a part time political post as well as exposing the City to massive amounts of unfunded liability. This must be stopped plain and simple.
Additionally it should be noted that currently no part-time employee of the City is given medical coverage…EXCEPT for the City Council. This is an unacceptable conflict in policy. We must remove the perk in simple fairness (even at a reasonable swap in salary compensation).
We must stay clear of the spiral of medical costs and the liabilities that come with such long-term commitments for short-term service.
The City has attempted to shut down a Sunday Farmers’ Market at Concord High School -a distant neighborhood from Downtown where a rival company operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, without trying to work with the community people to make it happen. This is not the way we want government in this city to work. I will be asking for an Emergency Waiver at the next City Council meeting to allow the Market to go on through the summer while the bureaucratic protocols and gray areas are resolved.
Just got home with about 400 signatures and a ton of emails of very activated neighbors. I will be sending out petition forms to everyone so they can walk their neighborhoods tonight and tomorrow. I have asked for a lot of support for people to come down and have a show of strength at the City Council (please leave the vegetables and fruit at home).
If you want to get involved, write to me at: