May 31, 2014

Trash Talking In North Fair Oaks

OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS gathered on the morning of May 31 at the Fair Oaks Community Center to "Be Seen Keepin it Clean" community cleanup event sponsored by my office and several other organizations. We are grateful to the folks who showed up to do their part to keep the neighborhoods clean - and we are thankful for our many partners and sponsors.

In all, it was a great day. Volunteers working in small teams spread out to their assigned areas to pick up trash. Preliminary information shows that around 4 tons of trash was collected. Following the work part of the morning, we served a couple hundred burritos to the workers and enjoyed a short awards ceremony and raffle.

Thanks especially to all the young people who showed up and demonstrated an interest in their community.

Join us next year at our 3rd annual clean up day. Stay current with events taking place in North Fair Oaks - check out the North Fair Oaks Forward website here.

May 26, 2014

Redwood City's Landscape is Changing

REDWOOD CITY HAS changed a great deal since the days when it was known as "Deadwood City." Take a look around these days and you'll find construction going on everywhere in the downtown area. Over 1,000 housing units are being added - primarily condos and apartments. But there is also commercial building going on too. As Bob Dylan said, "The times are a changin."

May 25, 2014

Why Does Facebook Want You To Vote?

IF YOU'RE IN the UK or the Netherlands then changes are you may have seen or be about to see a message appear in your Facebook news feed. It reminds you that it's Election Day, and has a link to where you can find your local polling station. It also tells you which of your friends have hit the "I'm a Voter" button on Facebook, to show they've voted.

Why would Facebook want to encourage people to vote?

Read more here.

May 24, 2014

Building Opportunities for Young Adults

ON MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and Forum for Community Solutions held a discussion to explore the challenges of young adults in the labor market. The conversation highlighted ideas for expanding meaningful volunteer, on-the-job learning and entrepreneurship opportunities to help our newest generation of workers gain the experiences and skills they need to be successful in the labor market.

Panelists included John Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises; LaShauntaye Moore, Earth Conservation Corps, Henry Rock, executive director and founder of City Startup Labs; and Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer/CFO, AFL_CIO. The conversation was moderated by Nona Willis Aronowitz, National Reporter for NBC News Digital.

Catch the conversation in the video below.

May 23, 2014

What a Way to Start the Day

AS A COUNTY Supervisor, the normal day starts with a briefing from staff followed by appointments with constituents, lobbyists and members of non-profit organizations. Today my day started differently than most.

This morning I was visited by Bright, a Yellow Lab, who is an amazing working service dog. And notice from the picture that she even carries her own lunch in a brown recycled bag.

What makes Bright even more special is that she has her very own blog (well, she is from the Silicon Valley). It's called "Help on Four Legs" and you can check it out here.

It's amazing what these dogs can be trained to do and how much they add to the quality of life for a disabled person. 

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