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Highlighting the Tri-Valley's diversity

Uploaded: May 13, 2021
Last Thursday at noon two events offered proof to just how diverse the Tri-Valley area has become over the last decade.
Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, who represents his hometown of Dublin, Livermore and part of Fremont, spearheaded a National Day of Prayer gathering at the Alameda County Fairgrounds amphitheater in Pleasanton.
At the same hour, the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group honored its 10th group of Dreammakers and Risktakers (local high school and Las Positas College students) virtually via Zoom. Check out the names of those honored: Chandrika Narayan (Amador Valley High, Pleasanton); Tatiana Amador, Ana Martinez Galindo, Emma Goulart, Rachel Hendry, Ashley Messing, Rebecca Sandoval Clampitt and Kassandra Torres (Livermore High); Kaif Jeelani, Shreyas Lad, Nishad Chavan, Mannat Dhot, Aditya Mahajan, Harun Momin, Shriya Rudrashetty, Samarth Shastry (Dublin High); Alexis Bondarenko and Megan Mehta (Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program); Amaya Ghoshal (Monte Vista High); and Esmaa Elgarguri (Las Positas College). I highlighted their accomplishments in a blog last week.
Faith institutions represented at the fairgrounds included: Cornerstone Fellowship, Harbor Light, Livermore Gurdwara, Glad Tidings Church, Meet a Muslim, Coptic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Forerunner Christian Church, Hindu American Foundation, Fa Yun Chan Temple, St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, Tri-Valley Sikh Center and Chabad of the Tri-Valley. Each leader prayed for our country in their unique way.

In one way, it’s really sad that California is awash with cash at the state level—far more so than Gov. Gavin Newsom and his finance team expected in January. The gushing cash will allow government to maintain some programs that should be laid to rest.
Newsom will release his May revised budget tomorrow after touring the state with spending proposals for the nearly $100 billion that includes $27 billion of federal funds that are being printed. The huge number is available after the state has backfilled the reserve funds that were spent in the early part of this fiscal year when nobody knew what the effects of the pandemic and Newsom’s harsh collapse of the economy would be.
With the high-tech economy moving on without issue and the home delivery services exploding, revenues soared—not so for people working in hospitality or tourism that found themselves unemployed.
The governor and Legislative leaders will debate how to spend the money—the budget needs to go to the governor’s office by June 15 or legislative pay will be docked. Since voters approved that provision, the Legislature hasn’t missed the deadline.
What’s sad is the financial windfall will allow the state to continue well-intentioned but programs such as its online community college Calbright. It was instituted by the Legislature and former Gov. Jerry Brown and has been an abject failure. The state auditor released a report described as “scathing” that notes the on-demand system’s former management had no strategy for spending the $175 million it expected from the state and had made a number of poor hires. More telling are the simple stats: More than 900 enrollees, 12 graduates and 40% dropout rate.
Ouch. Time to pull the plug on this one and let established community colleges add it to their offerings.
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Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on May 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm

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The Gov is sending out $600 checks to many...that is good with a cap of earnings at $75K regardless of single or married status. However there are those who make 100K and may be struggling! Also throw into the mix that the Gov will give $600 to non citizens (Illegals) before helping citizens entirely and I find that appalling! If he was serious he would make sure to help all that need it, but his target is different and focused so that he can assure votes in his favor regarding this November's recall. The Pandemic is still with us and NEWSOM could help but apparently its once again about politics not doing right by ALL the citizens of this state.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

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"The poor have been voting democrats for fifty years, and they're still broke".


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Posted by Anti racist, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on May 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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@Michael Austin you could say the reverse in places like Kentucky and Mississippi: the poor have been re-electing Republicans for decades and they are still poor.


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Posted by Anti racist, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on May 15, 2021 at 4:09 pm

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Which would seem to indicate you can't boil it down to party affiliation. But you knew that.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm

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Here are the facts: The last Thirty years: 1992 - 2021 Mississippi democrats controlled the governors office 17 times verses republicans controlled the governors office 4 times. The democrats controlled the Mississippi senate 18 times verses the republicans controlled the senate 4 times. The democrats controlled the Mississippi house 29 times verses republicans controlled the senate 1 time. 1992 - 2021 Kentucky democrats controlled the governors office 17 times verses the republicans 4 times. Kentucky democrats controlled the senate 8 times verses the republicans 13 times. Kentucky democrats controlled the house 20 times verses the republicans 0 times.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 15, 2021 at 6:04 pm

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Footnote: Of the 100 largest cities in America, 63 of them have democratic mayors, 26 of them have republican mayors, 4 are independents, 7 are non partisan.


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Posted by Anti racist, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on May 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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Kentucky belongs to Mitch McConnel, not the dems.


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on May 16, 2021 at 10:23 pm

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Tim, you point out how diverse the Tri-Valley has become. Do you think it is good or bad? No opinion - just stating the fact? It is fantastic! The whole country is becoming diverse. We need more and more immigrants. The birth rate in the US is down and we need population growth to enable future growth of our economy. Web Link


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 17, 2021 at 7:23 am

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"It is fantastic!" Says the person who says he lives in Castlewood Country Club and Pleasanton CA. I notice you don't live in Oakland. Why is that? We all know why you don't. You're just another one of those, "do as I say" type of people.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 17, 2021 at 8:35 am

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A typical democratic congressional representative in congress, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: Has never held a professional job. Has never served on a local committee. Has never had a child. Has never been married. Has never run a business. Has never managed a home. No real life experiences. But at age 29 she was elected to congress and wants to tell us what the government should do about the economy!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on May 17, 2021 at 6:50 pm

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"Has never held a professional job." Didn't know that having a "professional job" was a perequisite for being a member of congress. Maybe the problem with our politicians is that there are too many "professionals" and not enough auto mechanics, nurses, electricians, and blue collar workers. I see lots of lawyers and doctors and I sure as heck am not impressed. Dan


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