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.

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

Prop. 13 and ballot measure clarification


Ballot Measure Education and Clarification There is a qualified ballot measure titled: Authorizes Bonds for Facility Repair, Construction, and Modernization at Public Preschools, K-12 Schools, 13 Community Colleges, and Universities. Its proposition number is Prop 13. Voting YES Authorizes $15 billion in state general obligation bonds for public education facilities. It will appear on the March 3 ballot. There's also a qualified ballot measure titled: Requires Certain Commercial And Industrial Real Property To Be Taxed Based On Fair-Market Value. Dedicates Portion Of Any Increased Revenue to Education And Local Services. This is the "split-roll" ballot measure that undermines the Prop 13 that was passed in 1978 to protect homeowners and businesses from skyrocketing property taxes. Voting YES authorizes the state to tax businesses at fair market value. This will appear on the November 3 ballot. I respectfully urge you to vote No. There's been a lot of confusion between these two ballot measures. One is called Prop 13, and the other directly affects the Prop 13 that most Californians [...]

Prop. 13 and ballot measure clarification2020-02-18T22:38:08-08:00
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