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    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM
    • DENNY'S, 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA
    • 33
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    The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association (CoCoTax) invites you to attend an IN PERSON Luncheon Board /Members Meeting at Denny’s Restaurant 1313 Willow Pass road, Concord, on Friday February 23, 2024 at 11:45 am. Please register in advance online on the CoCoTax website where you can pay there, or bring cash or check on Friday and pay at the door-$25 for members, $30 for guests.

    Our speaker will be  WILL NELSON, Principal Planner, with the Contra Costa County, Department of Conservation and Development.  Will has spent 14 years with the County in its Current Planning Section, working on projects ranging from residential additions to refinery and windfarm expansions.

    Since 2015, Will has managed the county ‘s Advance Planning Section.  He is the project manager for Envision Contra Costa 2040, which is the update of the County’s General Plan, and Zoning code and Climate Action Plan.  Will deals with issues pertaining to the changes in the housing element and statewide zoning density laws and addressing climate action plans.  These and other plans will serve as the basis for planning and infrastructure related decisions to be made by the County over the next 20 years.

    Will graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design with a Planning Emphasis.  This is a presentation you will want to hear.

    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM
    • DENNY'S, 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA
    • 50
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    CoCoTax invites you to attend an in-person Luncheon Meeting on March 22, 2024 at 11:45am at DENNY’S Restaurant 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Please register in advance on the CoCoTax website where you can pay online or bring cash or check and pay at the door. $25 for members, $30 for guests.

    Learn About the California Forever Project with Former SPUR CEO Gabriel Metcalf

    California Forever proposes to build "a new community, solar farms, and a greenbelt of agriculture and habitat on approximately 60,000 acres of non-prime rangeland [it] purchased in eastern Solano County." The organization believes that "doing so would bring thousands of good paying jobs, new paths to middle-class home ownership in safe, walkable neighborhoods, new sources of clean energy, and stronger county tax base to fund essential services for every resident of Solano County." 

    Gabriel Metcalf, the Head of Planning for California Forever, is a city planner who has dedicated his career to helping cities become more livable, sustainable, and inclusive. For many years, he served as the President and CEO of SPUR, an urban policy think tank for the San Francisco Bay Area, leading the organization through a major expansion of its work, staffing, funding, geographic footprint, and impact. Most recently, he was the CEO of the Committee for Sydney, a research and advocacy organization that provides vision, strategy, and advocacy for the Australia’s largest city.

    Gabriel’s work has focused on housing policy, climate change, economic development, transportation, and government effectiveness. He has been interested in new communities as a growth management strategy since first learning about the British new town movement in his introduction to planning history at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.

Past events

26 Jan 2024 Friday January 26, 2024 CoCoTax Luncheon Meeting
27 Oct 2023 COCOTAX Luncheon Meeting October 27 with Tony Wold, CFO, Contra Costa Community College District
22 Sep 2023 Lunch Meeting - Guest Speaker Ben Granholm
25 Aug 2023 CoCoTax Breakfast Meeting with Lindy Johnson
23 Jun 2023 Luncheon/Board Meeting Guest Speaker Adam Nguyen
28 Apr 2023 Luncheon/Board Meeting Guest Speaker Jon Coupal
24 Mar 2023 Luncheon/Board Meeting Guest Speaker Amy Worth
24 Feb 2023 Luncheon Meeting with Guest Speaker Scott Gordon
28 Oct 2022 Luncheon/Board Meeting Guest Speaker DA Diana Becton
23 Sep 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Karen Mitchoff
26 Aug 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Ben Granholm
22 Jul 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Dan Romero
24 Jun 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker John Burgh
22 Apr 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Dan Buckshi
25 Mar 2022 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Debbie Allen
22 Oct 2021 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Catharine Baker
27 Aug 2021 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Mary Knox, Deputy District Attorney
23 Jul 2021 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Monica Nino, Contra Costa County Administrator
25 Jun 2021 Breakfast Meeting with Debi Cooper, Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder
21 May 2021 LUNCHTIME SPEAKER SERIES - Dan Walters, CalMatters
23 Apr 2021 General Membership Meeting - Special Guest Speaker JASON BEZIS
09 Apr 2021 LUNCHTIME SPEAKER SERIES - MARC JOFFE, Senior Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
19 Mar 2021 LUNCHTIME SPEAKER SERIES - RUSSELL WATTS, Contra Costa Treasurer-Tax Collector
12 Feb 2021 Lunchtime Speaker Series - Joe Nation Speaking on the California Pension Tracker
22 Jan 2021 Lunchtime Speaker Series - DAVID WOLFE on Proposition 19 and Current Legislative Matters
01 Dec 2020 Lunchtime Speaker Series Bernard Ashcraft, CEO/Founder of The “Bay Area Business Round Table” (BABRT) - Presentation Sponsored by PG&E
14 Oct 2020 Hercules City Council Candidate Forum
09 Oct 2020 Virtual Speaker Event Via Zoom - Michael Shellenberger
25 Sep 2020 September 25, 2020 Virtual COCOTAX General Membership Meeting
28 Aug 2020 Virtual Speaker Event Via Zoom - Robert Brown Director, Bay Area Region and CA Regional Affairs Western States Petroleum Association
21 Aug 2020 Virtual Speaker Event via ZOOM Rhovy Lyn Antonio, California Apartment Association
05 Aug 2020 Virtual Speaker Event via ZOOM Debora Allen, BART Board Director
31 Jul 2020 Virtual Speaker Event via ZOOM Hon. Mike McGill, Central Sanitary District
22 Jul 2020 Virtual Speaker Event via ZOOM RecycleSMART (Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority)
19 Jun 2020 SUSAN KIRSCH speaks on HOUSING LEGISLATION 2020
12 Jun 2020 Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax Act of 2020 Virtual Meeting
27 Mar 2020 Canceled - Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Jen Faught, Contract Compliance Specialist, RecycleSmart
28 Feb 2020 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Thomas A. Rubin - Bay Area Transit and Potential FASTER Bay Area Proposals
01 Feb 2020 West County CoCoTax Meeting
24 Jan 2020 Housing Legislation 2019 & 2020 Projections
16 Jan 2020 Taxifornia: The Past, Present and Future of the Golden State
22 Nov 2019 Understanding California’s New Statewide Rent and Eviction Controls
25 Oct 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Bill Churchill, Assistant General Manager of Administration, County Connection
27 Sep 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Maureen Toms, Deputy Director-Policy Planning Division, Department of Conservation and Development, Contra Costa County
23 Aug 2019 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker - Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
05 Aug 2019 West County branch of CoCoTax Meeting - Guest Speaker BART Director Debora Allen
26 Jul 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker David Twa, County Administrator and Clerk of the Board
11 Jul 2019 "GBU" Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting
28 Jun 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Lisa Borba, President, Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors
01 Jun 2019 David Wolfe, Legislative Director of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
24 May 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Roger Bailey, General Manager and CEO, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
26 Apr 2019 Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker Russell Watts, County Treasurer Sponsored by Mike Moore & John Phillips
22 Mar 2019 Threats and Optimism for Taxpayers from the California Legislature - David Wolfe, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Sponsored by Mike Moore and David Van Etten
22 Feb 2019 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - BART Director Debora Allen Sponsored by Patsy Ronat
13 Feb 2019 "Have We Hit Rock Bottom?' - The Silver Lining in the Cloud
25 Jan 2019 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Don Tatzin: "With Permission to Speak Freely"
03 Dec 2018 West County Meeting
05 Nov 2018 West County Meeting
26 Oct 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting
28 Sep 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting
10 Sep 2018 West County Meeting
24 Aug 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting
06 Aug 2018 West County Meeting
27 Jul 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Robert Campbell, Auditor-Controller
22 Jun 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker - David Twa, County Administrator and Clerk of the Board
25 May 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Joseph E. Canciamilla
27 Apr 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - BART Director Debora Allen
28 Mar 2018 CoCoTax East Inaugural Meeting - Economic Development in East County
23 Mar 2018 Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker - Director, John A. Coleman, EBMUD
23 Feb 2018 Breakfast Meeting - Transportation in Contra Costa County
26 Jan 2018 Breakfast Meeting - Plans for 2018 and a Review of 2017
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