THANKSGIVING DAY IS FAST APPROACHING, AND IT IS TIME TO TALK TURKEY.
TURKEY TROT, THAT IS.
ON THURSDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 25, WE WILL BE HOSTING OUR SIXTH ANNUAL APPLIED MATERIALS “SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT” NEXT TO THE HP ARENA IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE.
BUT IT IS MORE THAN A 5-K RUN OR WALK, OR A 10-K RACE, OR A KID’S FUN RUN – IT HAS BECOME A COMMUNITY TRADITION.
IN ONLY OUR SIXTH YEAR, WE EXPECT 15,000 PAID PARTICIPANTS, SUPPORTED BY 1,000 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, WITH A STRETCH GOAL OF CONTRIBUTING BACK TO CHARITY MORE THAN $350,000. THOSE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO FEED THE HUNGRY THROUGH SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK, TO HOUSE THE HOMELESS THROUGH THE HOUSING TRUST, AND TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO POOR CHILDREN THROUGH THE SANTA CLARA FAMILY HEALTH FOUNDATION.
IF YOU HAVE FOOD ON YOUR TABLE, A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD AND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR YOUR FAMILY, THEN COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – THEN SIGN UP AND SHOW UP, AS THERE ARE FAMILIES, KIDS AND SENIORS WHO ARE COUNTING ON US.
GO TO SVTURKEYTROT.COM TO REGISTER TODAY.
THE SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT – YOUR BEST EXCUSE TO GET IN A LITTLE EXERCISE BEFORE GOBBLING UP THAT THIRD SLICE OF PIE.
Growing up, my mom had an expression – “Carl, you have two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.”
It was good advice for me, and i believe it is good advice for policy makers, especially in Sacramento.
With California’s unemployment rate at 12.5 percent, we lose more jobs to other states in the U.S. than we do to other countries.
Consider Intel corporation’s recent announcement – good news for America, but bad news for California:
• Intel will invest $6 to $8 billion in manufacturing to support future tech advancements in Arizona and Oregon.
• The investment supports the creation of 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs, and 800 to 1,000 permanent high-tech jobs.
What do Arizona and Oregon have that we do not have? Bluntly, but accurately, a more positive business environment. While our voters are faced with initiatives like proposition 24 on the November ballot – which ironically would penalize employers who place jobs, equipment and facilities in California – Arizona and Oregon, and another 20 states with any semblance of high-tech companies, actually reward those employers.
State legislators, and California voters, take note. California can be competitive. But we have to vote down measures like prop 24, and support measures that create jobs and a strong economy.
I RECENTLY HIT A POT-HOLE IN SAN JOSE THAT ALMOST KNOCKED MY FILLINGS LOOSE.
NOT TO MENTION THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE ALIGNMENT ON MY CAR.
IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT REPORT BY “TRIP,” AS REPORTED BY GARY RICHARDS – MR ROADSHOW – OF THE MERCURY NEWS, THE SAN JOSE URBAN AREA, ROUGHLY SANTA CLARA COUNTY, HAS THE WORST ROAD CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. YES, THE WORST.
SAN JOSE HAS A BACK-LOG OF $250 MILLION IN UNFUNDED ROAD REPAIRS.
BACK TO MY CAR ALIGNMENT: A RECENT STUDY STATES THAT THE AVERAGE SILICON VALLEY DRIVER WILL PAY ROUGHLY $756 EACH YEAR IN ADDITIONAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS COSTS DUE TO OUR BUMPY ROADS – AS OPPOSED TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF $400.
WELL, HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY. ON NOVEMBER 2, WE CAN VOTE “YES” ON MEASURE B – A NOMINAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE OF 10 BUCKS A YEAR TO TAKE SOME OF THOSE BUMPS OUT OF OUR ROADS.
THE FUNDS ARE RESTRICTED TO STREET MAINTENANCE AND POTHOLE REPAIR IN ALL 15 CITIES AND TOWNS IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY, PLUS OUR COUNTY ROADS AND EXPRESSWAYS.
I’M VOTING YES” ON B – BECAUSE I’M SICK OF POTHOLES.