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About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in add... (More)
About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in addition to writing editorials for more than 15 years. I have served as a director of many non-profits in the Valley and the broader Bay Area and currently serve as chair of Teen Esteem and on the advisory board of Shepherd?s Gate. I also served as founding chair of Heart for Africa and have travelled to Africa seven times to serve on mission trips. My wife, Betty Gail, has taught at Amador Valley High (from where we both graduated) since 1981. She and I both graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as did both of my parents and my three siblings. Given that Cal tradition, our daughter went south to the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in international relations. Since graduation, she has taken three mission trips and will be serving in the Philippines for nine months starting in September. (Hide)
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Wary about the prospect of Cheryl Cook-Kallio in Sacramento
Uploaded: Oct 13, 2016
I admire Cheryl Cook-Kallio for her accomplishments and leadership when she served eight years on the Pleasanton City Council. Pleasanton residents, as well as those throughout the valley, benefitted from his courage to raise issues such as connecting Stoneridge Drive to Livermore.
However, when it comes to partisan politics and Sacramento, I find myself wary. Her television commercial touts her endorsement by Planned Parenthood--presumably it polls well, but nauseates me when I think of those under-cover videos of Planned Parenthood executives talking about selling parts of aborted babies.
The same can be said for the invitation to a fundraiser that radical environmentalist Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, held this week at their San Francisco home.
It’s raised funds for four candidates for the Assembly, Cheryl included, as well as two state Senate candidates.
Joining Steyer and Taylor as headliners were both Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, both of Southern California.
Not the folks I would choose to mix elbows with, although we could have an interesting policy discussion.
Voters in the
Pleasanton school district have two excellent candidates running for school board: Steve Maher and Kathleen Ruesegger. Both are uniquely qualified to step immediately into key roles on the school board.
Maher, who served for decades as a principal in the district, retired five years ago. Since that time, he has been called back for interim duty six times. He believes that must change. The principal churn is unhealthy.
A number of yearas ago, Ruesegger served a term on the school board before stepping aside to move into school administration as an assistant to former Pleasanton Superintendent Mary Frances Callan. Having set both policy and then worked day-to-day with the top administrator gives her an excellent perspective for the board.
What is it worth to you?
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