Monday East Bay Business Briefs

East Bay business briefs for Northern California: Safeway, facebook, car dealers, Chevron, Redfin, Fitch, and Mechanics Bank

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Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) will webcast its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. PT.

Facebook PR Chief admits your privacy is an illusion. Chris Kelly, architect of Facebook security, is spending big bucks to win the Democratic nomination for California Attorney General. Continue reading “Monday East Bay Business Briefs”

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MDUSD Measure C will cost taxpayers $1.87 Billion

MUSD has time and time again put PLAs in place on projects despite study after study showing they drive up costs at least 20%, and in one study, more than $30 per square foot. This means fewer buildings for students and higher costs for taxpayers.

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Taxpayers in Contra Costa County can’t catch a break. Not only are they faced with crushing public employee pension costs negotiated by Supervisors more concerned about union bosses than citizens, but now the Mt Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) wants to pour $1.87 billion down the drain while playing patty cake with BIG LABOR in the form of an ongoing Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that raises construction costs by 20%!

STOP MEASURE C

Continue reading “MDUSD Measure C will cost taxpayers $1.87 Billion”

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East Bay Town Hall rallies, Aug 15

East Bay town Hall rallies are scheduled for August 15 in San Jose, Fremont, Alameda, and San Leandro

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Town Hall rallies and protests are planned for three August 15th Town Hall meetings scheduled by Pete Stark. Democrats and local media are blaming “right-wing” nut jobs with Pelosi even going as far as saying people are showing up with “swastikas” and such.

Also on August 15th, Barbara Boxer will be doing some book signings throughout the Bay Area, including in San Jose and Danville. The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley are putting together a protest for the San Jose book signing on August 15th.

WHAT: Rep. Pete Stark (CD-13) Town Hall Meetings
WHEN: Saturday, August 15th at various times in morning and early p.m.
WHERE:
– FREMONT: 9a.m. Fremont Senior Center , 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
– SAN LEANDRO: 10:30a.m. San Leandro City Hall , 835 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94577
– ALAMEDA: 12:00p.m. Alameda City Hall , 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501

Participating groups include: We Surround Them-SF Bay Area, Golden Gate Minutemen, and Fremont Tea Party. These groups above have indicated that they will focus their efforts at the Fremont location, but some are interested in attending all three meetings.

WHAT: Barbara Boxer book signing “protest” by Conservative Forum
WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 1:00pm-2:30pm; Gathering at ~12:30pm and things will disperse no later than ~2:30pm
WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 3600 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose

Senator Barbara Boxer is having a book signing on Saturday, August 15th at 1:00pm at Barnes and Noble, 3600 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had 1,000 protesters on the corner of Stevens Creek Boulevard near San Tomas Expressway with signs protesting the rationing of health care with Obamacare? They encourage people to start gathering around 12:30pm, and things will disperse no later than 2:30pm.

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley strongly recommend that no one disturb customers of Barnes and Noble, nor confront Senator Boxer. There will be security, and any confrontation would negatively reflect on the protest and our credibility. They are also strongly discouraging anyone from protesting inside the store. However, placards with informative messages would be very appropriate as we greet car passersby — and accept their “thumbs-up” gestures.

For more information visit Conservative Connection & Lamorinda Republican Women, Federated

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GOP Boot Camp, Aug 21-22

So far this looks like a trip down memory lane. Maybe we can find some veterans of the last Deukmejian campaign. This is the problem with Republicans…they are stuck in the past. While the Democrats are campaigning using 21st century organizing methods the GOP is still running Reagan’s Morning in America Ads.

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The Republican Party at every level—federal, state and local is dying. Obama and the Democrats have the GOP completely encircled with all escape routs cut off.

As the Republican Party is cut off and starving, they have been whittled down to their true believers (the bad hair conservatives) who are actively working to purge all moderates from the party. Meanwhile the Democrats, headed by President Obama, are taking every moderate Republican they can into their administration or welcoming them into their bigger tent, so to speak. 

I have never seen the Republicans so demoralized. Locally they are diminished to weird fundraisers like their recent Bread Line Ball or phony accounting reports. Now they have a new venture. They are bringing back that old time religion. Come one come all on 08/21-22/09 to the Contra Costa GOP Boot Camp. Yep throw your saddle over your horse and get  in the game boys and girls. The Contra Costa GOP is going to show you how to win 1980’s style. 

Lets go through the highlights:

Dealing with the Media: Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Political Editor Contra Costa Times,
Tom Del Beccaro, CRP Vice Chair, Founder FirstAmendmentNow

tom-del-beccaroWhy Lisa Vorderbruggen would want to address this crowd beats me because they cannot stand her. They must be the last subscribers to the newspaper. She can give them good advice like don’t call supreme court appointees or any one else a racist!

As far a self promotion, Machiavellian politics and dealing with the media  for self promotion—who better the Tom Del Beccaro? He can talk about how to try to become a local pundit and spin the media while his sycophants in the local party grovel at his feet while you continue to get crushed every year at the polls.

Public Speaking: Lynne Leach, Former Assemblywoman, 15th AD;

lynne-leach-not-paying-attentionWhat can I say; Leach is the last of her kind. They call her their Beloved Lynne Leach. She can pump up a right wing crowd like no other. I am sure she will have something very bright on because, as she has told me, that is how you get attention when you are speaking. That said I wonder what kind of message she will deliver to the folks in attendance? I mean, Republican speakers are like Hummer salesmen in a gas shortage. Nobody wants what they are buying. So I wonder if there is anything different she is going to sell them on.

Effects of Campaign on Family: Mary Piepho, Contra Costa County Supervisor:

mary-piephoPlease… Like any politician running for elected office gives two shits about their kids other than to use them as props. If they did care, they would spend time with them and not other politicians. Just look at how Sarah Palin has exploited her children. It is disgusting. Of course I think a better subject for Piepho would be how to beat your political opponent without a college education. She gives many drop outs hope. After all, President Andrew Johnson made it all the way to the presidency without any formal education.

Fundraising: Heuter & Associates

Well here is a bright spot. This woman is a star fund raiser. She does all the big Republicans. So what is she doing here? Maybe it is a sign of the times, like waters that are over fished, there are not big  any Republicans left in the Bay Area to raise money for. I love her restaurant in Dublin!

Organizing Volunteers: Jean Meredith

Lets bring back the 70’s. Meredith was a Reagan delegate to the 1976 Republican National convention in Kansas City, MO. She has some nice stories about the convention. Like how the Reaganites crushed President Ford and set the stage for his 1980 election. She is a long time Republican veteran of conservative politics. She is a long time grass roots organizer for many Bill Baker and Lynne Leach campaigns. As the folks who worked for Dean Andal learned last year, the Bill Baker method of grass roots organizing can be a real turn off. You are either a true believer or you get off the team. 

So here we are. I can only hope that there will be other speakers willing to share modern campaign techniques. How about organizing on Facebook or using Twitter? How about blogging, Web pages etc.

So far this looks like a trip down memory lane. Maybe we can find some veterans of the last Deukmejian campaign. This is the problem with Republicans…they are stuck in the past. While the Democrats are campaigning using 21st century organizing methods the GOP is still running Reagan’s Morning in America Ads.

The wilderness years continue.

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Guys and Dolls for Hospice, Jul 30

Purchase your tickets now for a performance of Guys and Dolls, benefiting Hospice of the East Bay , on Thursday, July 30th, at 8:00 pm, at San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 501 Danville Blvd. , Danville .

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Purchase your tickets now for a performance of Guys and Dolls, benefiting Hospice of the East Bay, on Thursday, July 30th, at 8:00 pm, at San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 501 Danville Blvd. , Danville .

You will have the opportunity to meet the cast at a reception immediately following the performance.

This fast-paced, hilarious show features bright and brassy music, taking you from the heart of Times Square, to the cafes of Havana , and even the sewers of New York City. This funny and romantic story makes Guys and Dolls a celebration of the absolute best American musical theatre has to offer! The show features wonderful music, exhilarating dance numbers and a cast of exciting characters.

For further information and to purchase tickets call (925) 943-7469.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A1HWEub0hg

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Can ordinary folks fix California?

A new study from the New America Movement says 400 ordinary citizens should be randomly selected to act as delegates to a Constitutional Convention to fix California

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A groundbreaking report released today by the New America Foundation and Repair California (www.RepairCalifornia.org) recommends that a constitutional convention in California be comprised of citizen delegates.

“As California grapples with a crisis of historic proportions, it is time to draw upon the genius of what has always been the Golden State’s greatest resource – Californians themselves,” concludes the report, “A Citizens Constitutional Convention for California: How to Avoid Partisanship and Special Interest Influence” written by Steven Hill, director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation.

California has been called an ungovernable state, plagued not only by systemic gridlock but also by bitter partisanship, special interest influence, and incumbent self-interest. Californians are calling for reform, with one of the options on the table being a constitutional convention.

The Bay Area Council has called for a convention composed of 400 “citizen delegates,” randomly selected to form a scientifically representative sample of average Californians. But would non-experts have the ability to propose complex public policy? Or, as one skeptic put it, “How can a room of dummies do something smart?”

If you were about to ask, ‘If 400 people selected randomly can be put in a room and straighten out California, why on earth do we need legislators?”

That’s a great question that oild farts will bring up just to be grumpy and complain. But such a harrumph observation only has value if the same old farts seriously consider the role and value of representative democracy.

Leaving aside this new iteration of the romaticized myth concerning the rustic nobility of American natives can be set aside, perhaps for just a second, so that we might posit a more critical question,”should unelected representatives of any kind determine law and public policy for millions of Californians?

Does a random draw truly represent a polity? It’s been asked before. Since 500 B.C. political communities have struggled with this question as societies evolved from agricultural elites, to urban trades and finance plebes; from the roiling masses to the tyrant.

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