K-12 Schools Must Improve to Help East Bay Economy Stay Competitive

Last month Contra Costa County Supervisors were briefed on the region’s future job outlook by representatives from the Contra Costa Community College Districtthe county’s Workforce Development Board and the Contra Costa Council. These groups work with leaders from local industry to develop job training programs to meet employer needs. The discussion focused on job growth in the context of developing Contra Costa’s 75 miles of northern shoreline and its harbors between Richmond and Oakley.

Continue reading “K-12 Schools Must Improve to Help East Bay Economy Stay Competitive”

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Supervisor Candidate Forum District 1: Gioia v Phillips

See notes from of the points as presented in a Supervisor Forum held May 4th at the Hilton in Concord and hosted by the Contra Costa Council. The two candidates vying for the DIstrict 1 Supervisor seat (West County) are John Gioia (JG-incumbent) and Mister Phillips (MP).

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Below find notes taken during the Contra Costa County Supervisor Candidate Forum, held May 3, at the Concord Hilton. The luncheon was hosted by the Contra Costa Council. This post covers the questions, responses and notable exchanges between incumbent John Gioia (JG), and challenger Mister Phillips (MP). Continue reading “Supervisor Candidate Forum District 1: Gioia v Phillips”

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Breakfast with Ellen Tauscher, Jan 19

Former Representative Ellen Tauscher will be the special guest of the Contra Costa Council, at a breakfast, January 19.

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E.T. phones home. Former Represenative (CA-10) and Undersecretary Arms Control and International Security for the Department of Defense, Ellen Tauscher, will be the special guest of the Contra Costa Council at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, on January 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Under Secretary Tauscher will address issues of nuclear proliferation and arms control. Visit the website of the Contra Costa Council for details as they become known.

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Michael Milken, Christine Todd Whitman to headline Contra Costa Council event, Jan 27

Contra Costa Council, which claims it promotes the economic vitality of Contra Costa County and the region, will host both Michael Milken and Christine Todd Whitman, at its Contra Costa USA event, January 27, 2010

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Michael Milken, philanthropist and chairman of the Milken Institute, will keynote Contra Costa USA (CCUSA), the Contra Costa Council‘s signature event, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Hilton Concord Hotel. The well-known speaker will address CCUSA’s dinner audience about public policy issues related to the global economy, health care, education and philanthropy.

The CCUSA program begins with registration and exhibits at 8 a.m., followed by a morning program. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. will feature Christine Todd Whitman, the first woman governor of New Jersey and under President George Bush, who will discuss “Getting Ahead While Going Green.” CCUSA will adjourn at 2 p.m. and reconvene with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner banquet at 7 p.m.

Michael Milken Contra Costa USACCUSA keynoter, Mike Milken, was called “The Man Who Changed Medicine” by Fortune magazine for his three decades medical-research initiatives. In 1982, he formalized his previous philanthropy in the Milken Family Foundation. Recently, he helped launch the Melanoma Research Alliance and he heads FasterCures, which accelerates progress against all life-threatening diseases. He also chairs the Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose 13th annual Global Conference will bring 3,000 thought leaders from 60 nations to Los Angeles April 26-28. As a financier, he is often said to have revolutionized modern capital markets, making them more democratic by innovating a wide range of financing techniques previously unavailable to most companies. Starting in 1969, he financed thousands of companies that created millions of jobs. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Wharton School. Mike and his wife Lori recently celebrated their 41st anniversary and have four grandchildren. Additional details and a wide selection of articles written by Mike are at www.mikemilken.com.

christine todd whitman contra costa usaLuncheon speaker, Christine Todd Whitman, is president of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. She is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council political action committee (RLC-PAC), which she co-founded with Senator John Danforth.

Don’t miss this exciting program! Mark your calendars for January 27 and expect your invitation in early January. Contra Costa Council claims it promotes the economic vitality of Contra Costa County and the region. Sponsorships at various levels are still available for the event. Please contact Linda Best or Terry Shoaff at the Council office at 925.246.1880 for more information today!

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DeSaulnier to address Contra Costa Council, Nov 20

The Contra Costa Council says it promotes the economic vitality of Contra Costa County and the region

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The Contra Costa Council, which says it promotes the economic vitality of Contra Costa County and the region, will host Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, for lunch on Friday, November 20, beginning at 11:30, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Concord.

DeSaulnier will talk about the Bay Bridge, the California initiative process, the state water reform package and efforts in Sacramento to reform the legislative branch and the budget process. Hopefully he will explain how Californians can survive $21 Billion California budget deficits as far as the eye can see.

Price is $35 for Council members and elected officials, $45 for hoi polloi. Reservations and payment are required by Monday, November 16. Please register at the Council website or call 925.246.1880 for additional information.

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CANCELED: breakfast and browbeating with Rep Miller, Nov 30

Meeting canceled. The lesson: avoid your constituents’ inconvenient questions and your approval ratings will rise

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THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

According to the Contra Costa Council, “Unfortunately Congressman George Miller’s breakfast, Monday, November 30, 2009, must be cancelled due to congressional responsibilities in Washington. Our hope is to re-schedule him sometime after the first of the year. Thank you for your interest.”

Truth is, George chickened out as he only does conference calls now. There would have been a huge protest waiting for him. George could feel it like Brady Quinn feels Ray Lewis charging his blind side.

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Don’t expect to get a word in edgewise but the Contra Costa Council is hosting a breakfast on Monday November 30 featuring Rep George Miller (CA-07), who will pontificate on matters of healthcare reform and other legislative issues before the Congress.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 45 John Glenn Dr in Concord. Tickets for Council members and local electeds are $35, while the hoi polloi can pay $45. Co-Host is Kaiser Permanent, Chevron, John Muir Health, Contra Costa Water District, and Miller Starr Regalia.

Click here to REGISTER ON LINE

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXUWMZ94LM

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