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carole mason April 12, 2014 at 11:04 am
want to end human trafficking close our borders and monitor the ports and vote for Tim DonnellyRead More for governor of California and let's get some things done. www.electtimdonnelly .com
Art Brown April 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Art Brown I agree with carole mason. Illegal immigrants are easy prey for those who want to use andRead More abuse and control others. Enforce our immigration laws and cut off a source of potential victims.
MLK Multifaith Day of Service Jan. 20  Photo: Michelle Carter
Claire Felong January 22, 2014 at 10:24 am
Thanks to the many committee members who made this all come together again. It is a joy to meetRead More people of all faiths from around the Peninsula and know that we all have the same desire to make the world just a little better and kinder. In the classroom we were scrubbing down we were Jewish, Muslim, Shinnyo-En Buddhist, Presbyterian and Catholic, adults young & old and grade school students who spent part of their day off cleaning another school. You don't have to belong to any of the sponsoring congregation to participate, come join us next year!
Carol Cross July 25, 2013 at 11:57 am
This is wonderful news! While I personally might have allocated funds in a slightly different way,Read More the net result for our communities will be extremely positive, with a host of well-intended charities getting much-needed funds. May them use them wisely. And THANK YOU, Silicon Valley Community Foundation. ...Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but where does all that money come from?
Cliff Keith June 2, 2013 at 10:14 am
"Rocky Raccoon checked into his room..."
lclassen June 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm
retrieving baby ducks/geese from storm drain
Donna Marcus June 4, 2013 at 05:07 pm
Looks like a snake!
Sara Glascock September 27, 2012 at 05:24 pm
They make it so too easy. I was thrilled that I could drop my cat off in the morning before work andRead More pick him up after work. The hours are great for working people. If $50/$60 is too much, checkout the PHS website for info on how to get a free voucher from the county.
Alan Dale Brown September 19, 2012 at 08:31 pm
3.7 tons is more like 25 pounds per person. That's good, too.
Gideon Rubin September 19, 2012 at 08:32 pm
Ya got me. It was 3.7 tons. Thanks for noting.
Merrily September 20, 2012 at 01:28 am
Thank you to ALL of the volunteers who helped clean up OUR town!! Sorry I missed it! Great job!
Freak Lazaro September 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm
PS: My name is Frank.
Freak Lazaro September 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Sorry for the choppy posts. Not too good at this stuff. Thanks to Ms Getty forger generous donation
Scott Delucchi September 5, 2012 at 02:04 am
Thanks, Frank. I don't mean to sugarcoat the Chihuahua problem at all. This latest column wasRead More intentionally light because the subject was "birthday parties." We have written anzd spoken about Chihuahuas many times. And backyard breeding is a significant factor. Still, we have a difficult time seeing how dollars spent on additional enforcement will be more impactful than the incentives we have planned. Consider this: in the six years we've offered free spay/neuter surgeries to targeted communities, we've averaged almost 1,000 surgeries per year. If we had devoted the same dollars and resources to enforcement or legislation, I don't think our efforts would have come close to matching this and would likely have been difficult to measure. That said, we routinely look at many approaches to this serious issue. Again, thank for taking the time to write. -- Scott
Aaron August 25, 2012 at 09:05 pm
How much does $80 buy at Target in "Back to School" items? here is my "bareRead More minimum" back to school list ... One Backpack. $29-$39 new pair of Jeans $15-$22 Shoes $19-29 a ream of binder paper $4 box of pencils $4 5 subject notebook $4 Folder $3 + tax ... $80 dollars just about covers it ... let's talk about retail mark-up ... about 70% ... so ... $80 in target gift cards actually only cost the company about $24 ... so this $996,000 in "gift cards" should only count for about 300K ... so their $996,000 dollar contribution seems like lots ... but the reality is that is only 12,000 "back to school" packages provided nationwide... since this is clearly an advertising ploy rather than a charitable contribution, let's take a look at advertising. how much did they spend in in the past couple months advertising "back to school" sales? trendy commercial -- 2.2 million 30 second ad spot on "American Idol" --- $500,000 30 second ad spot on most networks during primetime ---- $115,000 if you watch American Idol and see the Target Ad ... that is 7,000 kids that went without care packages this year, as a 30 second slot is 500K .. wholesale mark-up ... $22,500 students outfitted
Aaron August 25, 2012 at 09:12 pm
so ... $115,000 dollars equals about 1,430 $80 packages ... or ... the reality of how much theyRead More actually spent wholesale on these items ... could have provided over 9000 kids with back to school gear. For every target commercial that airs between now and the start of school, over 1400 students could have been provided with much needed "back to school care packages" ... and the cost of making the actual commercial could have provided 27,000 more kids with care packages.... and if you take into account their wholesale mark-up ... 90,000 more students provisioned. so ... target looks like a good guy because some "poor" kids got some free stuff for their education ... but the reality of the situation is that this contribution was not a charitable donation at all, but a thinly veiled advertising ploy ... meanwhile ... these underprivileged students selected by salvation army were indoctrinated into the joy of shopping at Target, and assisted by "friendly" bankers. Target is bad enough for lobbying against marriage equality, but this is just dirty. I won't even touch Wells Fargo ... even though they were supposed grant loan modifications for qualifying mortgages as an agreement for taking 2008 bail out money, they still lead the county in foreclosures. If Wells was serious about providing volunteer opportunities for their employees, there are over 100 foreclosures, and 2000 loans in Redwood City over the next couple of months that should be reviewed.