Last week, the 3 Valleys Community Foundation announced that he would serve as interim CEO and help it continue its launch with a solid foundation. That’s a part-time gig and gives Fialho the opportunity to structure an organization that will serve the valley’s critical non-profit organizations. The non-profits contribute mightily to the quality of life here in some areas and provide a safety net for those less fortunate. The foundation is an excellent addition to the Tri-Valley community and fills a void.
The same press release announced that Fialho also has joined the Renne Public Management Group, a division of the Renne Public Law Group out of San Francisco. He will head up the firm’s financial management, human resource, executive and complex project management practice areas as the executive director starting today.
Good news out of the Assembly in Sacramento Monday. The Assembly failed to advance AB 1400 after the author, Assemblyman Ash Kalra, a Democrat from San Jose, allowed the bill to die instead of forcing a vote that could have been difficult for his fellow Democrats facing re-election campaigns this year in redrawn districts.
It had a Jan 31 deadline to advance from its house of origin to be considered in the current legislative session. This is the second time it has failed in the Assembly. Earlier it did not advance in 2019 after the state Senate passed a bill without a funding mechanism. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon refused to allow the bill to come up for a vote.
It's amazing how the pandemic has triggered suspension or worse of basic rights we have taken for granted. Many Democrat-dominated states refuse to pass voter ID laws that require identification with a photo to vote. This is despite wide-spread public support. You can’t cash a check, get on an airplane or do many other things without a photo ID, but you can vote in California and other blue states simply by signing a register or mail-in ballot.
Now there are many businesses you cannot enter without showing a photo ID and your vaccination record. So much for medical privacy and civil liberties.
Zillow released an overview of 2021 that showed single family homes in suburban communities and counties jumped much more in price than did homes in traditional urban centers. Sea Ranch, a resort community of primarily second homes on the Sonoma County Coast, saw values increase by 38%, while Bolinas, a Marin County seaside community, went up 28%. Bethel Island on the Delta in eastern Contra Costa soared 27%. The rankings were by zip code.
Pleasanton (94566) and San Ramon were both up 26%, reflecting perhaps the mixture of being desirable communities with quality schools and also major job centers. Pleasanton's 94588 was up 24% as was Livermore’s 94550.
All in all, if you owned a home and were headed out of the area, it was a great time to sell. For buyers in 2022, not so much.