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Civil Grand Jury Seeks Applicants

The San Mateo County Superior Court is accepting applications to serve on the Civil Grand Jury term from 7/1/17 to 6/30/18. The Civil Grand Jury performs a vital independent citizen watchdog function over county and city governments. It chooses its own investigation subjects and publishes reports that highlight findings and make recommendations for improvement. County citizens able to commit an estimated 15 to 20 hours/week to this effort should apply by March 30, 2017.

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Trump Cartel & Bad-Medicine Cabinet

Will the Trump administration be the most corrupt and incompetent ever? Approval ratings are already in steep decline even before the inauguration. Remember Tricky Dick and Teflon Ron?

Morford on Trump

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Fight Trump Agenda

How Hitler Arose

Power of the Purse

Trump vs. Media

Trump vs. Medicare

Trump vs. Reality

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Boycott Trump Partners

Grab Trump's Coin Purse

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Trump Voter (Putin channeling Rasputin)

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Hill's Bills: Superbugs, PUC, Guns, Spies, Seatbelts

Press Release

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced bills to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant infections, strengthen and broaden reform of the California Public Utilities Commission, improve accountability of law enforcement guns, increase transparency for police use of surveillance tools, and require passengers who ride in buses equipped with seatbelts to wear them.


Library Shell Game

City Manager Response

Op-Ed by Bill Collins: On July 11, 1016, City Council voted, as directed by the city manager, to approve $400,000 for drawings of a proposed central library. What is the status of that appropriation? Has the $400,000 been transmitted to the architectural firm chosen by the city manager? If not, can we get our $400,000 back? Have the drawings been produced? May we see them? Why was competitive bidding for this work not allowed? Another firm might have done the drawings for less money. Staff had a particular company in mind. Council did not ask questions on this, but rubber-stamped staff's proposal, as usual, no questions asked. The donation of $400,000 to a particular firm creates the appearance of a "sweetheart deal" between the city manager and the private company. This is no way to conduct the public's business. Is anyone else curious how this was mishandled? Two council members seem more concerned over cosmetic changes to the city website than disclosure and follow-up on the expenditure of taxpayer monies. For anyone who truly cares about libraries, that $400,000 could have gone a long way toward renovating the Sanchez Library.