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February 24, 2011
Previously published at The Modesto Bee. While Sacramento grapples with how to close our state's massive $25 billion budget deficit, cities and counties are understandably concerned about the discussions happening under the Capitol dome. As a former mayor, I know what a dramatic impact these...
February 22, 2011
Previously published at the Merced Sun-Star. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted the nearing end of winter for the rest of the country on Feb. 2, but Groundhog Day cast two particularly dark shadows over Merced. First, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that our metropolitan area had the...
February 17, 2011
California Grocers Association 2011, Issue 1 … What are your top priorities and will the current economic climate impact your ability to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? … As a newly elected senator, my first priority is to help put my constituents back to work. This includes giving...

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