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Please give us a hand while we flout federal law

Uploaded: Oct 12, 2017
Does anyone else see the contradiction with Gov. Jerry Brown requesting federal aid to help with recovery from the devastating North Bay wine country fires after signing legislation to continue to flout federal immigration policy.
The feds rose above that when Vice-President Mike Pence praised and thanked firefighters and first-responders while announcing the request had been granted. Given the extent of the disaster, the decision was the right one. President Trump also took a very gracious and concerned tone when speaking about the federal aid to Northern California.
California leaders, the governor and in the Legislature, have done just the opposite when it comes to following federal immigration law and cooperating with federal immigration officials. The Legislature passed measures designed to thwart federal law that the governor has signed.
It's time for the feds to let the other shoe drop by withholding federal funding to the state and cities/counties that have voted to ignore federal law.

Was I surprised when I went into a Fred Meyer superstore to buy groceries in Redmond, Oregon last month. No customers were toting their own bags. Plastic bags were available at every checkout counter—this in very blue and very green Oregon.
Perhaps, we in the Bay Area would still have access to plastic bags if we did not have government agencies such as StopWaste that continually have to expand its mission to stay in business.
It was the same when it came to garbage collection. Two containers—trash and recycled materials. If there was a green waste container, I did not see it.

Scanning the list of Bay Area homebuilders from the San Francisco Business Times earlier this summer, I was struck by the number of them headquartered in the Tri-Valley, primarily in Pleasanton and San Ramon, although Shea Homes had had its headquarters in Livermore for years in a business park it owns.
Seven new home builders in the Tri-Valley were in the Top 10, including Toll Brothers (Pleasanton), KB Homes (San Ramon), Lennar (San Ramon), Shea (Livermore), PulteGroup (Pleasanton), TriPointe Homes (San Ramon) and Brookfield (Danville).
Listed in the next 10 were DR Horton (Pleasanton), Trumark Cos. (San Ramon), William Lyons (San Ramon) and CalAtlantic (Pleasanton). That’s 11 of the top 20 in the Tri-Valley. Given that these officers are where the senior executives hang their hat, they speak to the quality of life here in the valley.
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Posted by Nero fiddled while Rome burned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Meanwhile, while promoting a "sanctuary state" and releasing prisoners into the general population, the legislature, local officials, and the very worst governor in the history of the country let the entire infrastructure and maintenance deteriorate --- broken dams, exploding transformers, rickety power poles --- because of their bizarre belief that he could should focus on "climate change and global warming" while at the same time Northern California is burning to the ground.

And lets not forget the super bullet train to nowhere.

Posted by sumati, a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates,
on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:43 am

Tim- In regards to plastic bags- this has been voted on by the entire state not just at a local level- ... and I for one appreciate the fact that I don't see plastic bags swirling around everywhere.

Posted by Scott Hale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm

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Er, um, ah. Tom you see a need for plastic bags, or were you just in a general bad mood for this current blog? too many feel good blogs with no comments? Hum.

You could always move where you wouldn't have to 'think' about bags; I'm guessing you forget a lot to bring your reusables when entering the car? oops.

Here, take a chill pill.

Posted by Regina Nestor, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 12, 2017 at 2:02 pm

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Your article is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one, Tim. Are you a voice in the wilderness or do more people see that this attitude of contempt toward our Federal Laws is dangerous, hypocritical and foolish? We cannot pick and choose which laws we follow. I cannot wrap my head around why people want to give sanctuary to criminals who are in our country illegally. How many people, including Kate Stinely would be alive today if this were not the case? Does it have to touch your family before you realize the folly and danger of this position? Forget political correctness and the socialist cause of the day; concentrate on safety and the rule of law and we will all be better off.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

Fellow Americans are suffering from the fires in CA and the request for help is reasonable.

Many of the victims are senior's and US veterans.

Thank You Governor Brown for requesting federal assistance.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

Thank You Regina for your toxic comments. B U S T E D!

Posted by just a suggestion, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:32 am


If you're going to attempt to lambaste the columnist, you may want to take the time to spell his name correctly. Just a friendly suggestion...hth.

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Ironically I was up in Portland a week ago and was surprised to see a Fred Meyer right across the street from a Walmart. The Walmart parking lot was full of cars and Fred Meyer looked abandoned.

Most people don't know that Fred Meyer had the concept of all-in-one shopping many many years ago but, as far as I know, they never branched out of the Northwest.

Big mistake.

And yes, we bought some items from a 7/11 and we received a "free" plastic bag. Was kinda weird given the annoying hipster nature of Portland.

On a positive note, the culinary choice in Portland was outstanding! We ate in some of the most interesting restaurants that had fantastic food. Truly exceptional in that respect.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 11:16 am


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Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm

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Don't forget to thank President Trump for granting our idiotic Governor his request. I appreciate that the President doesn't hold
all of us Californians responsible for the lack of leadership. As you say B U S T E D!

Posted by Jim Chu, a resident of another community,
on Oct 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

So Home Depot no longer has plastic bags. Instead, they'll sell you a paper sack. So the cashier put my Simpson Strong-Ties (steel brackets used to frame wooden structures) that are a bit oily (because they're steel and would rust otherwise) in the paper bag. I made it half way to my car when the oil-soaked bottom of the bag fell out, scattering my parts in the parking lot. While I was kneeling to pick them up, a car almost backed out over me.

I get it that one-use plastic bags are wasteful, but there needs to be some common sense here. When we had plastic bags for groceries, I -NEVER- would use the clear plastic bags to bag my meat purchases. Now I -HAVE- to, because leaking meat juices ruin the cloth bags. In fact, I use them to bag everything that isn't dry. Plastic bags for my frozen food, bags for my milk - all in an attempt to keep my reusable cloth bags clean - does this seem counterproductive?

You want to know the craziest part? I went to the farmer's market, a place long associated with the green crowd, AND THEY HAVE PLASTIC BAGS FOR MY PURCHASES! Go figure....

Posted by Yelena Hopper, a resident of Avignon,
on Nov 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm

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