As the year comes to a close, I am reminded to slow down and enjoy the holiday spirit around me. It’s a chance to enjoy the company of family and friends, to celebrate the spirit of generosity and fellowship, and to reflect on our goals for the New Year. But more than that, it’s a chance for renewal—a fresh reminder that what really matters aren’t the material things in our lives, but the family and community that truly make life special.
This holiday season, I encourage you to keep your community in mind, and help out however you can. For thousands of people here in the Bay Area, the holidays are a time of profound need. And while our economy continues to improve, too many people are being forgotten and left behind.
If you can, I encourage you to support your local food bank or homeless shelter. San Francisco Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank provide assistance to 1 in every 10 people in the Bay area. Samaritan House offers emergency food, shelter, and healthcare to homeless and low-income families across San Mateo County. After the government shutdown in October, I dedicated a portion of my Congressional paycheck to each of these charities.
As we enter 2014, I am honored by your ongoing support and encouragement, and I pledge that I will not stop fighting for the values we share. There is much we can accomplish together over the next year.
Have a safe and joyous holiday.
All the best,
North San Mateo County Democratic Club
Meets every third Monday evening of the month near Daly City Hall.
Meets every Second Thursday of the month in Menlo Park
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Congresswoman wants pensions for top brass rolled back – USA Today, by Tom Vanderbrook, January 10, 2013
Pensions for three- and four-star generals and admirals should be rolled back to pre-2007 levels, before Congress approved hikes of as much as 63% to the retirement packages of top brass, according to a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Sea level rise focus of conference: Federal, state, local officials to highlight potential impact on San Mateo County
December 07, 2013, 05:00 AM By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal
San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, are hosting a conference to address how San Mateo County can begin to prepare for the effects of sea level rise.
About 300 people have registered for Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County on Monday morning at the College of San Mateo. National, state and local officials and environmental experts will speak about the magnitude of the reported effects the county faces.