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11.29.2012

Planning Ahead — But For What?

 

SAVE THE DATE:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012

5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE ENG

INVITES YOU TO HIS:

“FAREWELL TO THE ASSEMBLY

HELLO TO THE ???” 

Private Gala Reception – Fundraiser to

Celebrate “Mike’s Next Step” 

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5, 2012

5:30 – 7:30 P.M. 

SAN GABRIEL HILTON HOTEL

225 West Valley Blvd.    Read more »

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11.28.2012

From Whom Gilroy Gets Its Name

Gilroy is named for California’s first non-Spanish permanent settler, John Gilroy.

The Scottish seaman from Inverness was actually born John Cameron. Gilroy was his mother’s maiden name, which he substituted for Cameron presumably to avoid detection.

The History of Santa Clara County published in 1881 by Alley, Bowen & Co. of San Francisco describes Gilroy as “six feet in his stockings, as straight as an arrow, broad in the shoulders, a well-proportioned frame, with a keen eye, wide forehead, and lowering brow.    Read more »

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11.27.2012

Spung

 

Noun: Something so appalling or terrible words cannot describe it, according to the Urban Dictionary.

Used in a Sentence: “With due respect to the author, allowing this measure to become law is nothing but pure, unadulterated spung.”    Read more »

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11.26.2012

Two Related Observations…

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

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“My idea of a group decision is to look in the mirror.”

                                                          –Warren Buffett    Read more »

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11.21.2012

Mike Kahl, Influential and Respected Sacramento Lobbyist, Dead at 71

Mike Kahl, one of Sacramento’s most effective and influential lobbyists for more than a quarter century died November 18 of Parkinson’s disease. He was 71.

Principled, strategic and tenacious, Kahl and his partner Fred Pownall, built one of the most respected and one of the biggest grossing lobbying firms in Sacramento, representing the oil industry, water districts, and timber concerns, among many other clients.    Read more »

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11.21.2012

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Thanksgiving (Not a Moment Too Soon!)

PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA 

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a celebration of the harvest that brought together the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation and the Native Americans who helped them adapt to their new environment. Over the years, Thanksgiving became an American tradition and one of the first holidays we celebrated as a free and independent nation.    Read more »

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11.20.2012

From the Stray-Stuff-Buried-On-Cluttered-Desk File

During the Del Mar racing season, one of the entries in at least one of the races was “Willie Brown.”

No confirmation — or denial — as to whether the horse was named after the former Assembly Speaker and mayor of San Francisco. 

Willie Brown, the horse, faced six other entrants in one particular race.    Read more »

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11.19.2012

Seven Score and Nine Years Ago…

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered two-minutes of remarks — around 270 words — to some 15,000 listeners at the dedication of a new national military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Although the morning was foggy and bleak, by noon the sun broke through bathing the crowd that gathered on a hill overlooking the battlefield where, from July 1 to July 3 Confederate and Union forces met in a bloody confrontation that generated the most casualties of any battle in the war and made the South’s eventual defeat certain.    Read more »

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11.19.2012

A Wonderful “Politics on Tap” With Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego Independent, and his wife Mindy, a Public Affairs Consultant With Lots of Moves

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