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Stop Proposition 16

In 1964 the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, eliminating discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (RCRSN). In 1996 CA passed Prop. 209, with language substantially the same, eliminating discrimination based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. (RSCEN). CA Proposition 209 nobly prohibits the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. I will state the obvious; striking the language that bars discrimination is an admission of discrimination and bias. Because Prop. 16 requires discrimination in opportunity; it is wrong and unethical. The Equal Opportunity Act and Prop 209 did not promise equal success or wealth, only equal opportunity. Communism promises equal wealth but only delivers misery. Prop. 16 is wrong for many reasons, and two are as follows: Fraud in Contracts and Jobs: Once we abandon merit and stop requiring that government give contracts to companies [...]

Stop Proposition 162020-10-18T01:56:59-07:00

Back to work

It is time to reopen CA. If the Speaker of the House of Congress, our Governor's aunt, can get her hair appointment inside in SF, then everyone should be able to do so. The hair salons want to work. Most people want to go back to work. The seniors and those in poor health should be careful. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-san-francisco-hair-salon-owner-calls-it-slap-in-the-face

Back to work2020-09-04T00:49:54-07:00

Zombie Bill, SB50, Walks the Halls of the CA Assembly and Senate

The naughty nine housing bills are down to seven. It is time to stop the remaining seven bills. Don't crush single family zoning and local control. 73% of the country lives in single family home, and over 80% would like to have a single family home. I strongly believe in the right of cities to determine their own zoning and to control their own destiny. After all, they have to live with the results. Below are the "naughty nine" from Livable California. You should become familiar with them and urge your elected officials to oppose the remaining seven, as do I. "SB 1120 (by Scott Wiener and Toni Atkins)Crushes single-family zoning, a threat to 8 million homeowners at all income levels. State Sen. Scott Wiener has called yards and single-family homes “immoral. ” SB 1120 allows 4 market-rate homes where a one home now stands (it allows 8 units, if cities have local city “granny flat” laws). Requires NO affordability! Opens California to speculation frenzy. SB 902 (by Scott [...]

Zombie Bill, SB50, Walks the Halls of the CA Assembly and Senate2020-09-04T01:05:26-07:00

Keep California Livable

We must keep California liveable. SB902 is an abomination, As I have publicly stated before at candidate forums and am quoted in newspapers. If high-density housing was the answer to affordable housing, then Manhattan would have the least expensive real estate in the USA. High-density housing just breaks the system. As COVID 19 has taught us, high density also spreads disease. I oppose the following bills, including those that have already died in committee but are destined come back to life and haunt us again: SB 902 SB 902 (Wiener), SB 50 But Much, Much Worse AB 3173 AB 3173 (Bloom) Luxury Walk-In Closets, Not Housing AB 1279 AB 1279 (Bloom) 120 Units Next to Your House AB 725 AB 725 (Wicks/Wiener) Density Via Deception See https://www.livablecalifornia.org for more information.

Keep California Livable2020-06-06T18:48:27-07:00

In the press: SF Gate

Glew, Becker Heading To November Runoff For State Senate Seat "Menlo Park entrepreneur Josh Becker and Los Altos engineer Alex Glew will compete in a November runoff election to determine state Sen. Jerry Hill's successor representing the Senate's 13th District. Glew, the race's lone Republican, pulled in 21 percent of the primary's vote, enough to lead a crowded field of mostly Democrats in the jungle primary. Becker, a Democrat, sat just 226 votes and one-tenth of a percentage point behind Glew as of Thursday, according to the California Secretary of State's office. A handful of other Democrats -- including Redwood City Vice Mayor Shelly Masur, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Millbrae City Councilwoman Annie Oliva and Burlingame City Councilwoman Michael Brownrigg -- each garnered between 11 and 16 percent of the vote." See the URL below for the full article. https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Glew-Becker-Heading-To-November-Runoff-For-State-15108455.php

In the press: SF Gate2020-06-06T19:14:54-07:00

Glew Takes Lead in SD 13

We have taken the early lead in SD 13 primary. Glew, Becker lead in early results for contested state Senate race "As of the most recent results available at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, Alex Glew and Josh Becker each have 20.9% of the votes counted, or about 154,000, according to election results reported by the secretary of state. Democratic candidates Sally Lieber and Shelly Masur currently have 16.2% and 15.2%, while Annie Oliva and Mike Brownrigg are at 12.7% and 11.8% respectively. John Webster, the sole Libertarian candidate, has about 2.3% of the vote. In California, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, move forward to the November election." ""He said he suspected his campaign resonated with voters because he represented a more moderate choice. "I think to the extent that candidates are moving farther to the left, that may be problematic to the people of California and their campaigns," he said." See the URL for the Palo Alto Online full article below. https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2020/03/03/glew-becker-lead-in-early-results-for-contested-state-senate-race

Glew Takes Lead in SD 132020-06-06T19:03:08-07:00

In the News Post Primary: The Daily Journal

"Leader Glew pulled down 23.4% of the vote, according to results posted Tuesday, March 3, by the California secretary of state, followed by Becker, who gathered 19.8% of voter support. In third was Redwood City Vice Mayor Shelly Masur, with 15.2% of the vote, followed closely by former assemblywoman Sally Lieber with about 14.8%, then Millbrae Councilwoman Annie Oliva and Burlingame Councilman Michael Brownrigg who both gathered about 12% of the vote and Libertarian John Webster at around 2%. Meanwhile, Glew, from Los Altos, said he felt rewarded that voters apparently saw past the bevy of heavyweight supporters and potent contributions collected by his competition to back his campaign. It’s gratifying,” he said. “It’s good to know that money isn’t all that matters in this race.” An engineer who runs his own firm, Glew gathered 23.4% of the vote to lead the race in San Mateo County and trailed in Santa Clara County by about 3% behind Lieber and Becker, who both collected about 24% of the vote. Ultimately, [...]

In the News Post Primary: The Daily Journal2020-06-06T18:57:30-07:00

Concrete and CO2

What will we do about concrete? The production of it produces nearly as much global CO2 (10%) as residential heating and electricity usage (11.3%).[1] As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, I understand that this may be one of the more difficult problems to solve in the climate area. Unlike energy production, which simply requires scaling up known solutions to clean energy, there is no known solution to the dilemma caused by the flexible and ubiquitous building material. Both the byproduct of its production and the massive energy production requirements are large causes. Further, it produces a massive heat island (it absorbs heat) and inhibits percolation. The average city is estimated to be 10 degrees warmer than a century ago due to the heat island effect of concrete and asphalt. The building construction industry uses large amounts of concrete. China alone used 6.6 billion tons of concrete during its building spree between 2011 and 2013 than the USA used in the entire 20th century. Each ton [...]

Concrete and CO22020-02-19T00:08:33-08:00
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