The local impact from the breakdown of the financial system is painfully obvious. Our outstanding schools are facing a 9 percent budget cut next year. Domus and the Pleasanton Hotel were longtime downtown anchors, and have recently vanished. Big companies in the Tri-Valley are laying off people or closing, such as Washington Mutual, Dublin Ford, EXPO Design Center and many others. Our idyllic community is bearing the brunt of a failed banking system that needs fixing.
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