In what Librarian Miss Penny says is the most well-attended of the Oakland Warriors library reading events, Jason Richardson, Brian Cardinal and mascot Thunder visited the San Leandro Library as part of the Read to Achieve program. In honor of the late Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday, Thunder read "I can read with my eyes shut," by Dr. Seuss while Richardson and Cardinal each read one half of "Joseph had a little overcoat" by Simms Taback.
Free t-shirts emblazoned with the logo of one of the sponsors were given to each child, plus a bag containing a book, ruler, granola, a Read to Achieve bookmark, a toothbrush, a copy of Hoop Magazine featuring the Warriors, a kit to fingerprint your child, a book of healthy recipes for kids in English and Spanish, and a black and white photo of an Oakland Warriors program. All kids also received a coupon to Hometown Buffet. Prizes were awarded to children for answering questions about the books that were read, the players' shoe sizes, and about the Warriors. Prizes included a t-shirt, Warriors year book, signed photos and a huge basket containing lots of books.
The following photos are all from warriors.com and are available for purchase here.
The Oakland Tribune reported today that Bed Bath & Beyond has signed a lease for space next to Kohl's at Bayfair Mall at the northeast corner of the mall where Red Robin used to be located. The Trib also speculated that a Borders or Barnes & Noble may be the tenant for space on the other side of the mall. Kohl's and Bed Bath & Beyond are scheduled to open by Christmas 2004.
There will be a workshop on identity theft prevention on March 27, 2004, at the San Leandro Public Library. The workshop is being presented by Assemblymember Ellen Corbett and will be held 10am - 12pm in the Dave Karp Senior Meeting Facility.
Given the number of cases of identity theft reported each week in the San Leandro Times, this seems like a relevant and worthwhile workshop to attend. My advice to avoid identity theft: Shred everything and never tell more about yourself than you must.
At Representative Pete Stark's town meeting today, Pete Stark was notably absent. On the day he was supposed to fly back to the Bay Area, he was ill with the flu or something caught from his children. Jo Cazenave, his District Director, reported that the next town meeting would be held April 17.
As news of his absence spread, some people left, but there were still enough people to fill the 70+ seats that had been set up and Stark's staff and interns hurriedly brought in more chairs.
Ms. Cazenave gave a brief report on Congressman Stark's behalf and urged those with questions or comments to complete the provided comment cards and mail them in. Stark expects most of March to be focused on the budget. He reports that the Republicans are fighting against the administration for cost controls and neither the House nor Senate appear likely to extend all of Bush's tax cuts.
On the economy, 21,000 new jobs were created in February 2004, all credited to new government jobs. Ms. Cazenave noted (as have numerous others) that Bush in on track to be the first president since Hoover to preside over a new job loss while in office. Stark is a co-sponsor of the Defending American Jobs Act of 2004, which would reduce or eliminate corporate welfare for companies that lay off a greater percentage of workers in the US than other countries.
Ms. Cazenave noted that most of the medicare reform bill will not take effect until 2006 but that we may soon see commercials from the administration touting its benefits. A prescription drug discount card will soon be available, but it will benefit those medicare participants with an income just over the poverty level and that benefit will be about $600. She recommended that people with questions about the prescription drug discount card call Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 839-0393.
Next week, the House of Representatives will likely sponsor a resolution on the anniversary of the start of the war on Iraq. While nobody has yet seen the text of the resolution, it is expected to state how the world is much safer since we started the war. Stark will vote against the resolution.
As for Bush's well-publicized immigration plan, it appears dead in Congress. Stark characterizes it as creating a new underclass and calls it no solution at all.
Stark opposes a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, but notes that the Republicans are acting with caution on an amendment, suggesting that a constitutional amendment may not be passed by Congress.
Zocalo Coffehouse, on Bancroft Avenue near the corner with Dutton, is featuring art from the Advanced Placement class at San Leandro High School. Just another reason to stop by and enjoy the atmosphere at this great local business.
According to this article in the Alameda Times Star, four-year old San Leandro resident Emma Thompson was one of the lucky few to attend a private Metallica rehearsal at the Cow Palace on Friday, February 27.
From the article:
"At one point, a security guard gave a young fan a pair of drumsticks. Four-year-old Emma Thompson of San Leandro then sat on her dad's shoulders and beat along to the music.
Noticing the young girl's handiwork, Ulrich invited her to take his spot on drums. She certainly wasn't shy about it. With no formal training to aid her, just a natural sense of rhythm, Emma pulled off a great drum solo leading into "Dirty Window." She was still swinging the sticks as she was lifted off the throne."
So today, we got to vote in the primary for the upcoming November elections. Pete Stark was running unopposed for his House of Representatives seat, which is good. He consistently wins elections by a wide margin because the people he represents are generally happy with his work.
However, California legislators are stuck with term limits, which means that we citizens cannot consistently vote for the same legislator with whom we are happy and satisfied. And what happens to the legislators when they are "term-limited" out of office? Do they retire to private life? Of course not? They run for a different office. Witness Johan Klehs, a former member of the San Leandro City Council (1978-82), who served from 1982-94 in the California State Assembly, and on the California Board of Equalization from 1995 to 2003. After an unsuccessful bid for State Controller in the 2002 primary, he's running unopposed in today's primary for State Assembly again because Ellen Corbett is being forced out by term limits.
So term limits means that our elected officials play political musical chairs as they jump from office to office. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Sigh.......