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Swalwell introduces Duty to Report Act

Congressman: Legislation would protect U.S. elections from foreign interference

Last week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation that would require federal candidates to report receiving any private, significant information about opponents from a foreign power.

Swalwell, who represents California's 15th Congressional district, is the ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He brought forward the Duty to Report Act on Thursday.

The bill would "make it a crime for federal candidates, their immediate families, or people associated with their campaigns to fail to notify the FBI if any of them are told about, offered, or receive in an unsolicited way non-public, materially significant information about another candidate for the same office which they know or should know is from a foreign power or the agent of a foreign power," according to a statement released by his office.

"For years, we’ve advised our citizens, 'If you see something, say something' to prevent terrorist attacks, and the same should apply to safeguarding our elections against foreign manipulation," Swalwell said. "The hours upon hours of witness interviews in which I participated during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation made clear the need for such legislation."

The legislation comes as a response to the Trump family's acknowledgment that Russia offered them "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, according to Swalwell's office.

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"As maddening as the Russia investigation has been, we can't just agonize over it -- we must act on what we've learned, and this bill does that," Swalwell said.

The act's original co-sponsors include Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ted Lieu (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), John Garamendi (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Val Demings (D-FL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA).

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Swalwell introduces Duty to Report Act

Congressman: Legislation would protect U.S. elections from foreign interference

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 5:06 pm
Updated: Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 6:59 pm

Last week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation that would require federal candidates to report receiving any private, significant information about opponents from a foreign power.

Swalwell, who represents California's 15th Congressional district, is the ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He brought forward the Duty to Report Act on Thursday.

The bill would "make it a crime for federal candidates, their immediate families, or people associated with their campaigns to fail to notify the FBI if any of them are told about, offered, or receive in an unsolicited way non-public, materially significant information about another candidate for the same office which they know or should know is from a foreign power or the agent of a foreign power," according to a statement released by his office.

"For years, we’ve advised our citizens, 'If you see something, say something' to prevent terrorist attacks, and the same should apply to safeguarding our elections against foreign manipulation," Swalwell said. "The hours upon hours of witness interviews in which I participated during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation made clear the need for such legislation."

The legislation comes as a response to the Trump family's acknowledgment that Russia offered them "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, according to Swalwell's office.

"As maddening as the Russia investigation has been, we can't just agonize over it -- we must act on what we've learned, and this bill does that," Swalwell said.

The act's original co-sponsors include Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ted Lieu (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), John Garamendi (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Val Demings (D-FL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA).

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mortimer
Amador Estates
on Jun 16, 2018 at 7:23 am
mortimer, Amador Estates
on Jun 16, 2018 at 7:23 am
45 people like this

Fine Mr. Congressman, now do something about the foreigners entering our country and staying here illegally...the folks YOUR PARTY in Cali would like to see ultimately vote in our elections.

Wake up people, the politicians aren't really looking out for you,,too many people not paying attention


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2018 at 10:36 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jun 16, 2018 at 10:36 am
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@mortimer,

"foreigners entering our country and staying here illegally" are a net positive for our country.

What we need to do is move to a system of unlimited visas for anyone with a job offer in the US.

The laws are the problem. We are already doing too much enforcement.


Pete
Downtown
on Jun 16, 2018 at 11:57 am
Pete, Downtown
on Jun 16, 2018 at 11:57 am
23 people like this

We should be concerned about our DA pleading illegal alien assaults down to the misdemeanor level so as not to be deported. Absolutely disgusting.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jun 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm
31 people like this

Way to propose a bill that not only doesn't solve a problem that doesn't exist, it doesn't even solve the problem if it did exist.

Glad our budget issues, pension reform, education, infrastructure, prison system, tax issues, etc are all fixed so we have time and resources to allocate to non problem solving solutions to non existent problems.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jun 16, 2018 at 10:45 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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on Jun 16, 2018 at 10:45 pm
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@BobB

The illegals are a net positive for our country? How so? And how many illegals must we admit to make people, such as yourself, content? 50 million? 100 million? 200 million? Furthermore, unlimited visas? Geez, you must make a lot of many, and don’t care what our taxes climb to in this state. Why are you spending so much time worrying about illegals when we have actual American citizens that need our help and attention.


Dena
Ruby Hill
on Jun 17, 2018 at 7:02 am
Dena, Ruby Hill
on Jun 17, 2018 at 7:02 am
15 people like this

Wow; This city is full of haters, just WOW
Doesn't even slightly resemble the city I grew up in, what happen??


mortimer
Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 7:58 am
mortimer, Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 7:58 am
21 people like this

To people like Dena, enforcing the existing laws on the books translates into "hate"... welcome to political discourse in the bay area

BobB - good luck with that vision, our govt has a hard time managing the current visa program. Unlimited visas in a country our size - hey what could ever go wrong with that? Oh my goodness..


mortimer
Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:04 am
mortimer, Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:04 am
22 people like this

I saw Swalwell some weeks ago on Tucker Carlson, peddling the Russia collusion canard..he had nothing to back up his claims. So sad, but the Dems in the bay area love him...the next Pelosi


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
13 people like this

@Jake,

All those Visa holders pay taxes. If an employer is willing to hire an immigrant, why not grant that immigrant a work Visa? In my work experience over the years, I've had very positive experiences with immigrants.

Illegal immigrants mainly come to make a better life for themselves and their families. They help make America great!


Doug
Birdland
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:08 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:08 am
24 people like this

mortimer wrote “I saw Swalwell some weeks ago on Tucker Carlson, peddling the Russia collusion canard..he had nothing to back up his claims.”

For a guy who is totally innocent and should have nothing to fear from an investigation into possible Russian collusion, Donald Trump sure seems to be fighting like crazy to stop the investigation.

Just sayin’.


mortimer
Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:57 am
mortimer, Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:57 am
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BobB - many serious studies (not right or left wing biased) have shown that the impact of iILLEGAL immigration to be a net COST to the US COFFERS AS A WHOLE. I am not interested in hearing what the chamber of commerce sell outs or the Democratic party has to say on the matter, they have their own selfish interests.

Doug - fine keep sayin' that. But try arguing my point...did you see the Congressman on Tucker Carlson..did you see him being asked substantive questions rather than softballs from CNN or MSNBC? Did you notice how pathetic and empty his answers were?

Anyway - any politician would be fighting this kind of never ending witch hunt...remember the Scooter Libby fiasco? It is time for Mueller to show his cards, if he has proof of Russian collusion - then show it to the American people.


EJ
Birdland
on Jun 17, 2018 at 11:09 am
EJ, Birdland
on Jun 17, 2018 at 11:09 am
36 people like this

@Dena, Don't worry too much. Sure, the city does have some small minded haters, every city does. However, this forum is the only place they get to spew their nonsense without repercussions. Eric Smallwell won by a landside and Pleasanton overwhelmingly supports him. These forums are not representative of the city, instead it is where a small few repetitively blather. Pleasanton is still a nice city and if anything it has become more diverse and liberal and will continue to do so.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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Illegal immigrants are responsible for the underground economy in America.
The underground economy generates Two trillion unreported dollars year, which equates to $500 billion tax dollars year that is not collected. California has the largest illegal immigrant population in America.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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Ej
So you support continued diversity so long as it's of the liberal mindset?


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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And back to the point EJ, is this what you want your elected representative working on? The equivalent of "show the whole class the note, if there was a note being passed"

Maybe you forgot. You're paying his $200k salary. Is this what you want him doing?


mortimer
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Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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EJ

You didn't make much of an argument there, you just resorted to the typical name calling. How about including a counterpoint, if you can actually think of one?



Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jun 18, 2018 at 9:04 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
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@BobB

First, let’s talk about the illegal aliens in this country. Dems like to claim the figure that was originally reported back in 2005 as 10 million. That number has been peddled for 13 years. The number is unknown really, and it is suggested that it is probably 3 times that. Illegals don’t have Social Security numbers so they don’t pay taxes. If they do, then they committed identity theft. Secondly, the illegals send back to Mexico roughly $130 billion through transfer businesses. That’s $130 billion you don’t see. Thirdly, this idea the the libs tout about illegals giving more back in dollars then they receive is ridiculous. If they have a child born in this country, that family receives benefits commensurate with supporting that child: cash aid, housing, medical, education, etc., not to mention health services for the illegals through the county hospital system. Then there is the costs for committing crimes associated with processing, housing, victimization, and more.

Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all made speeches about stopping illegal migration into this country and no one complained, until Trump echoed the same idea.

You all have this uncomfortable feeling in your tummy about stopping the migration of illegal aliens, but you could care less about addressing that same emotion toward our own American homeless, veterans, and disadvantaged citizenry.


PleasantonTaxpayer
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Highland Oaks
on Jun 18, 2018 at 10:04 am
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Hey, Eric, seems like another empty and meaningless gesture for political purposes on your part. If you really want to prevent foreign or other illegal influence on our elections, why don't you advocate for voter ID requirements or for deportation of criminal illegal aliens?


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 11:11 am
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@JW,

As you say some illegal immigrants use false social security numbers, often from dead people, so in those cases they are paying social security, medicare, and income taxes. As I said above, it would be better to grant them visas so we could collect all the taxes that they owe. Even without it, it looks like we are getting a good deal because those workers are meeting a business need.

I also don't see money being sent to Mexico as a bad thing. That money eventually get spent and buys goods. It helps iron out imbalances in the economies of both countries. I think Trump had it right when he said the goal ought to be to get rid of tariffs and trade restrictions altogether, on all sides. I don't agree with some of the way his team is going about it, but who knows?

" If they have a child born in this country, that family receives benefits commensurate with supporting that child ..." And that is also a benefit to society. A cost and a benefit.

"Clinton, Bush, and Obama all made speeches about stopping illegal migration ..."

That was politics. I wish they could talk more honestly about it.

"... but you could care less about addressing that same emotion toward our own American homeless, veterans, and disadvantaged citizenry"

Wait, who says I can't care about both, or that helping one group means that we can't help the other?


Grumpy
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Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 18, 2018 at 11:20 am
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
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I think what’s happening is that a certain group of right-wing people have changed their attitude, and now become unduly aggressive in response to anything said that they think challenges their opinions. There’s a difference between mounting an aggressive-but-fair intellectual defense, and a personally aggressive response designed to hurt the people who challenged their beliefs.

Swalwell wants to make it a crime to fail to report election interference by a foreign actor. That sounds reasonable, whether you believe any interference has ever happened in the past or not. This is the same as outlawing murder even if you don’t know anyone who ever murdered anyone. However, I think that people who believe that claims of election interference discredit Trump—they don’t—react as if their rights have been assaulted, and become furious. That’s why we have to be subjected to the irrelevant tangent of illegal immigration on a story about foreign election interference.

I can’t really say what will make them calm down. I do miss the days of Buckley and other conservatives, who strongly believed it was their duty to prove their points calmly and did their very best.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do think that the offense at bringing up foreign interference and the shift to immigration is virtue signaling, and is really meant to be a high five to other people with similar beliefs and not an honest attempt at discourse—and thus we may all be better served by ignoring them then responding to them. But I am saddened to see so many likes on their posts. It’s possible they’re clicking like themselves, but if it isn’t the case, then it shows that a lot of people like smashmouth discussions rather than reasonable debate.


Wilma
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Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 18, 2018 at 11:32 am
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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Its amusing when a Ruby Hills resident calls others “haters”. Dena is likely insulated in her mansion and does not have to be concerned with paying back-breaking taxes to support uninsured illegal residents or write the check for tax bonds because of the strain on the public school system. Frankly, why pick on Mexicans who were here first really. We beliieve the legal visa process should be discussed more and reformed or at least be enforced. Having a wide circle of distant family members gain resident status in connection with a vetted work visa adds to unauthorized over-stays. And USA residents are second choice in UC admissions because foreign (non-citizen) residents pay a bigger tuition. Look at the real estate sales in the PW. Mostly all foreign buyers. How can residents of a communist country own property here? We dont get it other than money talks.


DKHSK
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Bridle Creek
on Jun 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
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on Jun 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm
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I have a brother that has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years, relatively big locally-owned company.

He's told me the number one problem he has is the amount of fake/stolen social security numbers his employees use. Like clockwork, his payroll department has to make the rounds and ask for new SSN's because they get alerted by SS admin regarding the numbers.

This isn't just a few of the workers, this is the MAJORITY of them.

The problem has been on-going for years because past administrations, republicans and democrats have sat on their fat behinds and haven't done what the vast majority of population wants: build the damned wall and control the borders and immigration.

Anything else suggested is just the political class vying for the future votes of welfare recipients.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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@DKHSK,

I'd rather solve the SSN problem by granting Visas to the workers. They are working. They are not receiving welfare. We need more of them. We also need to eliminate the limits on H-1 visas, and stop attempts to limit offshore work.

But I agree with Grumpy. This is a distraction from the subject of Swalwell's Duty to Report Act which sounds like a good idea to me.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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@wilma,


You said: "Look at the real estate sales in the PW. Mostly all foreign buyers. "

Where would you look to get that information?

"How can residents of a communist country own property here? "

Don't know how you know that "residents of a communist country own property here", but as far as I know there is no law against that. Nor should there be.


BrendanForCongress
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another community
on Jun 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
BrendanForCongress, another community
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on Jun 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
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Grumpy:

Let me offer my 3% opinion...it's a little bit more than offering my 2 cents. ;-)

This bill is a very disingenuous effort by Eric, and is a perfect example of why he's accomplished very little in his almost 3 terms. His combative and confrontational behavior has even members of his own party shying away from his bills. 14 cosponsors out of almost 200 Democrats in office is telling of how most of his own party views this bill. At least his "Protect our Democracy" bill had full support of the Democrat party. My sense is this bill even if made law would have little to no impact upon elections as it is written. The terms "knowingly" and "known" in the bill alone would make it nearly impossible to prosecute or convict anyone of a crime under this bill. The exceptions section also will exonerate just about anyone.

As Eric continues to groom himself for higher office the district will be the losers in the end. Lawrence Livermore National Labs lost $100M in funding for 2019, Eric failed to secure the funds for BART to Livermore that resulted in the project being scrapped by BART. No meaningful federal support has come into our district under Eric's watch. Ultimately, that means the taxpayers will foot the bill.

As an NPP I really don't care which party people support, but it's time for the district to find someone who will work for the district. That can be another Democrat if the thought of an NPP or Rep is not to the districts taste. However, blindly supporting anyone simply out of party loyalty with no regard for performance is somewhat puzzling to me...yet, it is the people's right to do so.


Grumpy
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Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
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Brendan,

I’m not sure why you think that a “knowing” requirement makes a law unenforceable. It’s illegal to knowingly kill someone: if you kill someone without knowing it then it isn’t murder, even if you ran him over with a car. Proving knowledge can be tricky, but prosecutors are good at doing so for perjury (knowingly lying), fraud (knowingly deceiving), and so on, and since Swalwell was one I trust that he thought it through.

As for whether the bill is grandstanding—yes, it clearly is. The timing is meant to draw attention to the accusations against Russia. And since Swalwell does not like Trump, he undoubtedly means it to question the various people in the Trump campaign whose explanation is that it isn’t illegal to get this information.

I don’t think that that makes the bill bad. Grandstanding is an ad hominem attack, and should be considered independently from the bill. Bad people can write good law.

I’m not sure about your other accusations against Swalwell. They may be true or false. Some of what you said reads like since he House is in GOP control, a Democrat will not bring home the bacon as effectively. That’s probably true.

As for Swalwell seeking higher office, that’s also true. But that’s an accusation one can level at every politician not over the age of 70, and some who are. So I can’t tell why I should worry about that now.

By the way, the proper name for the Democratic Party does and has always ended with “ic”. It would be quite peculiar to call the GOP the “Republic” Party. And I have no problems calling the GOP the GOP even though it isn’t clear that they are particularly Grand and are not Older than the Democratic Party. Nor is it clear that either party is any better at the other at democracy or republicanism.


Wilma
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Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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Hey BobB, look at the PW Home Sales based on Alameda County Assessor records.. You are right, China holds all of our debt anyways so whats the big deal allowing residents of a communist country buy property here.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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Grumpy,
Look no further than wilmas,ejs post, our schools and universities, antifa, NAACP, to see that same "shaming" for having a different view is prevalent in democratic extremists as I'm sure it is in Republican extremism as well.

Wilma,
Why are you attacking Dena based on where she lives? Is her opinion any less valuable whether she inherited, married, or earned the ability to afford homes in ruby hills? Does that give someone in Richmond the same right to criticize your opinions based on your location, or are you so #woke ?


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jun 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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@BobB

First, the visa program is a broken system where illegals apply and once their visa runs out, they stay. There really isn’t any tracking program. They begin living the life of an illegal alien all over again. So to hand out unlimited visas is a bad decision. Secondly, how do you come up with the illegals gaming the welfare system where it is good for us? Because they buy goods and services with that fraudulent money? Who do you think pays for the welfare costs? George Soros? California is currently running a budget of $45 Billion for welfare. Sound good?

You don’t see how the money being sent back to Mexico is a bad thing? A large portion of those funds are non-taxed.

Please tell me the number of illegals that you would be comfortable with: 50 million, 100 million, 200 million. Learn something of the problematic consequences by examining what is occurring in Europe. You don’t want to go down their path.


Wilma
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Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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Jake is correct.
Grumpy, the answer is yes. Live in San Francisco and see first hand on a daily basis the abuses of the welfare and social services. People in affluent suburbs are clue-less about black market SSN, money laundering, people trafficking, and gaming the benefits systems. Look no further than subsidized senior housing owned and administered by the City of Pleasanton.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 8:18 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@JW,

Not unlimited refugees. That is Europe. I said unlimited work visas.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 9:36 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@wilma,

How do you know all this? You are making extraordinary claims of widespread corruption at subsided senior housing in Pleasanton, for instance. How do you find out about it when everyone else missed it?


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@wilma,

Your claims about foreign students at UC schools aren't right either. The majority of UCLA students are not only from the US, but also from California.

Web Link


Wilma
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Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 18, 2018 at 10:18 pm
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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Bob B, UC Berkeley is 30% international. UCLA is roughly 30% international as well. However Some degree programs are dominated by international students with State or USA residents being limited.
Im not saying corruption, Im saying effective albeit legal gaming of the benefits system. Why dont you visit Kottinger senior complex yourself. You will see a lack of diversity in the extreme.


Wilma
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on Jun 18, 2018 at 10:44 pm
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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Oh Bob B, if you think it is just great to let residents of a communist country own property here, why not invite Russians and North Koreans as well to buy as much real estate as possible. After all, their governments subsidize it. What uber liberal dream world are you living in. I would rather patch up Trump damage with Canada who is our friend and work with Mexico to help establish mutual trade opportunity that would stem illegal immigration. Innthe meantime, we continue to let China take advantage of our good nature and slowly dominate our economy.


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jun 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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@BobB

I know what you said @BobB, the point is the unlimited visas turn into illegals remaining in the country after they expire, because no one is going to look for them, just as the H1b’s. They remain once their time is up because no one is tracking them. Bob, with all due respect, you seem to not have an understanding as to what is going on. You need to look at this problem from 35,000 feet to see how all the parts move.


Pleasanton Parent
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On uc system and demographics remember ca residency can be achieved after one yr, any out of state student that doesn’t file for residency after their first yr is going to pay a lot more in tuition- point being looking at the freshman class vs the whole student body probably tells a more realistic in vs out of state make up.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 8:13 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@Wilma,

At the senior complex, what am I supposed to be looking for as proof of some kind of corruption? I can just look and see it?

Also, you talk of foreign ownership of houses in Pleasanton, but how would you know that? Just by looking? And again with the communist thing -- There is no law against moving to the US from a communist country and buying property.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 8:17 am
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@Wilma,

Please include some kind of link to statstics, like I did, if you are going to make claims. Even if it is true that 30 percent of UC students are foreign born, I think that is great!


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 8:20 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@JW,

I've worked with many H-1 visa holders over the last 20 years and have never heard of one over staying the visa and going on welfare. That is crazy. It just doesn't happen.


Wilma
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:14 am
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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BobB, i think diversity is great too. In fact, according to the US Census, non-hispanic whites occupy 50% or less of most of North and East Pleasanton. My point is, Native USA residents who have been paying taxes all their lives should be first in line for benefits. My aunt was on a wait list for 10 years (yes, I said 10 years) for a subsidized senior apartment in San Francisco. We are native Californias. Elders of recent legal immigrants occupy most of those subsidized apartments in her building and never move. So we as life long tax paying natives have to get in line behind recent immigrants instead of having any priority. If you dont see the inequity in that, something is wrong with you.
Im not claiming Kottinger corruption. Im saying our laws need to be changed. Other countries are taking advantage of, at best, our generous nature and worse, stupidity. As I said before, look at the lack of diversity at Kottinger. Just call the City of Pleasanton Housing Dept. And the student profiles at the UC campuses are easily obtained on line. Although thank you Pleasanton Parent for pointing out Calif residency is gained in only one year.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:23 am
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@wilma,

The one year residency works for out of state students, not out of country. I'm personally very happy with the numbers of foreign born students attending UC schools. It truly improves them. UC was never meant to be a California only thing.


BobB
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:27 am
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@wilma,

How do you know that "Elders of recent legal immigrants occupy most of those subsidized apartments"? How do you know they are recent immigrants?


OG [old guy]
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Stoneridge
on Jun 19, 2018 at 10:48 am
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Wow, it's a shame what has happened to this town. Mostly damage from liberals, and pro-growth at any cost people. I used to be proud to live in Pleasanton. Been here since 77.
But, I don't have anything to contribute to the conversation. I don't have to worry myself sick over it anymore, or listen to Swalwells liberal, anti-gun drivel.
Moving to a free state, Nevada.
Good luck to you all.


Grumpy
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 11:54 am
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@PP: extremism is absolutely the problem—although I’m not sure I agree that your list is entirely correct, andnit is appropriate for racists, etc, to feel shame, whereas the right-wing flavor of extremists are not about making people feel shame but fear or hatred.

@wilma, when I look at SF, I see untreated mental health issues that lead to a terrible drug-fueled homeless crisis. And this is a problem with permissiveness, and the false fear that compelling treatment for the severely mentally ill means that we’ll all experience the risk of torture from Nurse Ratched. I also see a traffic nightmare with naive beliefs that congestion increases safety. But I don’t see a *total* failure of progressive policy. I just see individual incompetence and wishful thinking.

And overall, complain what you will about California spending on welfare, but we have the 5th largest economy in the world. So whatever we’re doing is not causing economic collapse. Far from it.


Wilma
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm
Wilma, Alisal Elementary School
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Grumpty, sure, no economic collaspe for the entitled and big corporations. Many regular people are living pay check to pay check and being saddled with more taxes and Huge health care costs. . Otherwise I agree with you about homeless issue. But my initial comments still remain frustrated about foreign nationals receiving entitlements at the same level as native residents who have been paying into the system all their lives. Our family were pioneers and settled in California in 1850’s so we are multi-generation native Californians. We have always welcomed people here but now we have reached a point of limited resources and services being demanded by an increasing population


BobB
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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@wilma,

How do you that foreign nationals are receiving entitlements at the same level as native residents?


BrendanForCongress
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm
BrendanForCongress, another community
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Grumpy:

Murder is far more concrete than simply engaging in dialog with a 3rd party. We have all heard that ignorance of the law is no defense. Thus, why build the defense into the legislation? Building it into a bill provides far too much ambiguity and allows for someone to simply claim, "Hey, I had no idea".

I think you give Eric too much credit. Other Democrats are getting bills signed into law. Other Democrats are getting federal funds for their districts. Chicago (highly Dem. representation) was awarded $1B in fed funds in 2017 just for the first phase of a project. To use as an excuse that the "other" party is in control is simply an excuse by Eric to distract from his lack of accomplishments. Remember it was Eric who promised the funds. He said he could deliver if we passed BB. When he failed to deliver on his commitment he claimed it was a "huge victory" for the tri-valley. No one that I have spoken with would describe it as anything close to a victory. It's also the type of double talk that insults the district he represents.

I don't agree with your assessment that every house representative under the age of 70 is seeking higher office. I doubt it is even more than a dozen from each party that has those types of aspirations. There are tell-tale signs of POTUS aspirations and there is a distinct group of folks who fit into that category. Ambition is a noble characteristic, and one I don't necessarily hold against Eric. However, ambition while not performing in his current job is something that should concern all residents in Dist 15. If he throws his hat into the ring for 2020 you can be assured that his focus will be on his campaigning and not doing the district's work. Tweets and photo ops are unconvincing to people who expect tangible results.


Griffin
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Del Prado
on Jun 19, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Griffin, Del Prado
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I'm all for safeguarding our elections from foreign manipulation, but I'm also captured by the language in the bill Swalwell feels is necessary: "In an unsolicited way.."

Does this mean Eric's own DNC party can continue *funding* unverified information about political opponents (Steele dossier) and smear their opponents with it? I hope Eric's bill will also make it illegal to further use unverified political dirt as 'facts' inside a FISA warrant application - so, you know, so you can then use it to wiretap on your political opponents. What does Stefan Halpner think, Eric?


Jake Waters
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Birdland
on Jun 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
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@BobB

Please Bob, don’t start (again) talking about things you don’t have a clear understanding about. Many do stay beyond their time and disappear into our society.


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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@JW,

I have known, hired, and worked with many H-1 visa holders for more than 2 decades. I have never known a single one to do anything like fraudulently apply for welfare, nor have I ever seen any kind of report or study that said anything like that.

Have you worked with H-1s? Do you have any evidence to back up what you are saying?


Pleasanton Parent
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on Jun 19, 2018 at 10:13 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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Grumpy,
If you agree extremists are a problem, you can't believe that extremists on the left are any better than those on the right (laws of physics). If you can't see why the left extremists are as equally harmful as those on the right YOU ARE the reason why someone like Trump got elected over someone more central. This is a liberal problem when you try to silence any opposition or discussion to a liberal ideal by blanketing it as racist, bigoted, ignorant, hateful, etc.


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