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.