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Opinion - June 3, 2022

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Vote Bauer-Kahan

Advertisements and marketing are much like sugarcoating a cookie. You are left with the harsh and ugly truth once you take out the sweetened lies and deception.

However, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has strived again and again to make bills and policies that protect the welfare of California citizens and uncover the truth. She co-authored SB 793 to shut down big tobacco's false advertising.

She not only made policies but continues to stand by her values. Despite her busy schedule, she came as a guest speaker at my anti-vaping conference, which aimed to explain the harmful effects of vaping through a teen's lens.

She recently created AB 2089, a bill aimed to protect an individual's medical information from harmful advertisements. These advertisements force clients to fill out surveys, unaware of how they are releasing sensitive information. Yet, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan didn't stand back and let this happen — she wrote up a policy that directly attacks the issue.

A vote for Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is a vote for a more transparent government in California — one where the truth is brought out of where lies and deceit hide it.

Dems endorse Cook-Kallio

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club is pleased to announce the endorsement of Cheryl Cook-Kallio for Alameda County School District 7.

TVDC members have known and worked with Cheryl for many years; she has been one of our political leaders and a champion for educating our kids.

As a political leader she has served on the Pleasanton City Council as well as on a long list of advisory boards, programs and public service groups. Her political experience will be of great value to the county school board; she knows how to make democracy work.

Her 40 years of teaching experience means she has the tools to be a champion for our kids' education, she knows her way around the classroom. She knows what motivates students and what has the opposite effect.

She will champion public education while her two opponents champion corporate-owned education and charter schools like the one that went bankrupt in Livermore and extorted $60 million from the school board so they would have funding to finish that school year.

TVDC members are very aware of the influence the charter schools industry has on California elections, pouring money into campaigns opposing candidates who want to prevent charter schools from raiding local school board funds for financial gain. Cheryl will safeguard those funds and make sure they are spent wisely

The main reason TVDC endorses Cheryl is that we know and trust her, not just with our taxpayer dollars but with the health, safety and education of our kids.

Let's lift children out of poverty

California is expected to have another massive budget surplus this year, with most estimates projecting revenues in the tens of billions of dollars over expenses. As the governor and the Legislature prepare to negotiate this year's budget, their top priority should be lifting children up out of poverty. The most effective way to do this is direct cash payments.

The recently expired monthly federal child tax credit payments cut child poverty dramatically in California by over 33%. But data shows that in January, right after the CTC expired, the number of children in poverty spiked dramatically with Black and Latino/Latinx children seeing the highest percentage point increase in poverty.

California has an opportunity now to step in and keep those children from falling back into poverty. With the huge, expected budget surplus this year in the tens of billions, providing low-income California families with $2,000 per child would cost the state a fraction of that, less than $5 billion.

We have a proven method to radically reduce child poverty with tax credits targeted to low-income families. The question now is only whether Gov. Newsom and the California Legislature will choose to do it.

Stop Congress from making money in stock market

When we elect lawmakers to public office, we expect them to put the American people's interests above their own. But that's not always what happens.

In early 2020, before most Americans were familiar with COVID-19, members of Congress were briefed by top public health officials about the threat posed by the virus. In the following days, Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr offloaded millions of dollars worth of stock.

Our laws simply don't do enough to keep our elected representatives from using the private information they receive in the course of their duties for personal profit. Congress must strengthen these laws to prevent insider trading and conflicts of interest.

An overwhelming majority of Americans — including nearly eight out of 10 Republicans —agree that members of Congress should not be allowed to buy or sell stocks while in office.

It's past time for our leaders to get on board with the majority of the American people and pass legislation to stop congressional stock trading.

—Irene Hilgers

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