Danville Express

Newsfront - February 9, 2007

Week in Washington yields contacts for Mayor Mike Shimansky

Shimansky attends conference with other Tri-Valley leaders

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Danville Mayor Mike Shimansky hobnobbed with national leaders including senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton on his trip to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23-27 to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Shimansky traveled with three other Tri-Valley mayors after meeting ahead of time to discuss the agenda they would present to elected officials in the nation's capitol.

"We wanted to show cooperation, unity between the towns," Shimansky said. "We found meeting with the legislators better as a group. Otherwise we probably would not have met Feinstein and Boxer personally."

Each member of the greater Tri-Valley contingent, which included San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart and Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena, picked out a topic to emphasize in their meetings, Shimansky said. The subjects were transportation and I-580 improvements; the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center; public safety; airport noise abatement; telecommunications; and veterans issues.

"Dianne Feinstein spent five minutes with us. She had to go on the floor for a vote," Shimansky recalled. "She spent most of the time telling us why we weren't going to get money for these projects."

Boxer gave them 15 minutes.

"We went through just about every one of our issues," said Shimansky. "She was very interested in the Sentinels of Freedom program."

The mayors' days were filled with conference activities as well as receptions, for the California mayors and other groups. Shimansky said he benefited from talking to other mayors from towns comparable in size to Danville. Mayors attend the conference from municipalities with populations of 30,000 or more.

"Everyone has the same problems, no one was unique," Shimansky said. "Disaster planning is a big issue."

"One of my issues of interest is homelessness so I went to a workshop on Children, Health and Human Services," said Shimansky.

It was led by Sen. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island. When discussing universal health care, Shimansky asked about care for illegal aliens.

"He told me they are called 'undocumented Americans,'" said Shimansky. Kennedy told him it was important to provide health services to undocumented Americans because "they are sitting next to your child in school," so keeping everyone healthy should be a goal. "He was nice about it," added Shimansky.

The mayors stayed at the Capitol Hilton two blocks away from the White House, where the road was blocked off and youths were using the empty street to play roller hockey, Shimansky said.

The mayors left the hotel at 3 p.m., just missing President Bush who was giving a speech at 5:30 p.m. for a Republican fundraiser.

"The lobby was full of bomb-sniffing dogs," said Shimansky.

Shimansky felt his time spent with the other Tri-Valley mayors was valuable, including rides to and from the airports.

"It was good to just sit down and talk," Shimansky said.


Posted by American Citizen...aka documented American?, a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I found Kennedy's reference to illegal aliens shocking. Really? Undocumented AMERICANS??? How can that be? They are not here legally, nor are they Americans. They are BREAKING THE LAW....and we reward them by allowing them to drain all of our resources. They are draining our AMERICAN tax dollars by being in our public schools, getting our tax dollars to go to our public colleges, getting free medical care and free or reduced cost housing, even free transportation to the job they are working at illegally, not to mention that they are not paying taxes!! If I don't pay taxes, then I go to jail, have my assets seized, etc.

At a time when so many AMERICANS are out of work because either we have too many imigrants (legal or illegal), and all of our industry is being outsourced over seas, there needs to be some consideration of our economic situation & budget constraints before ignoring our immigration laws already in place, and perhaps considering some tightening some of those, as well as renewing American industry and adding incentives to those that hire Americans in America. Instead we tax them to the point of extinction, & then we wonder why we are in this mess. We are losing our jobs, homes & going bankrupt. No bailout/handout for us though! We are lucky if we can even get through to the Unemployment Office, and when we get through don't hold your breath waiting for a check. The banks got all of our tax dollars and now are foreclosing on people like nobody's business. They want to raise our taxes to pay for National Healthcare when if they just stopped paying for illegal aliens healthcare...a lot of money would be freed up to pay for that program...if we even want that. Government isn't doing such a great job of managing our country...I don't really want them to have anything to do with my healthcare.

If we go to another country to live/work we would not be afforded these same benefits. Other countries require you to prove that you will not be taking a job from a citizen before you can stay..and that is if you go there legally..think of what may happen if we were to go to another country illegally? Do you think they would roll out the red carpet of benefits for us?? Not likely!! We have a process for obtaining citizenship, if someone chooses to break the law and forego that process, then deport them. If we break the law, we pay the consequences. Heck, if I use a cell phone without a bluetooth then I get a ticket and a fine...not a free cell phone. Why have laws if they aren't going to enforce them? And what's the deterrent for breaking those laws? Shoot, too bad I am a citizen, I could have so many more privileges if I weren't!

Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2009 at 5:17 am

So Shimansky got to talk to Boxer, Feinstein, and Billary.

I call that a three-time loser.

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