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Teens can't sleep in on school days thanks to the governor

Uploaded: Oct 9, 2018

High school students looking to sleep a bit later on school days will have to rely on their local school board to make a change in the starting time.
Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have mandated middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to allow students more sleep time. The governor’s rationale was sound: schools are a local function and the locally elected school trustees should make these decisions. The governor taps into this rationale when it’s convenient and then ignores local control in other situations. Think of the horrible bill he signed that gives BART free rein to build high density housing on its station sites.
Proponents of the sleep-later bill had strong, science-based arguments about teen-agers and how their bodies work. I have long felt that schools were operated for the convenience of the adults and it’s up to the students to adjust. The rationale remains—if trustees and administrators are serious about putting kids and education first, local school boards should engage around this discussion.
The governor could not resist tying into the MeToo Movement by signing a bill that mandates publicly held companies in California have women on their boards of directors. Just why state government should be imposing additional regulation on private companies that are answerable to their shareholders is an important question.
Proponents argued that boards are too often filled with “good old boys” and need more diversity. Certainly, qualified women can add different perspective (think of Meg Whitman who has run both eBay and HP), but it should be the company that decides, not a Legislature that’s loaded with politicians with precious little private sector experience.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier knows first-hand how large public works project can soar in cost and time.
He chaired the California State Senate Transportation Committee when the new Bay Bridge project skyrocketed in cost from $2 billion to almost $6.5 billion and took two decades to complete, 10 years longer than originally planned.
He’s introduced a bill in Congress (HR 6592) that would establish an independent peer review group to assess quality assurance, cost containment and risk management on federal highway and transportation projects budgeted at more than $2.5 billion. Project proponents would have to develop a risk management plan detailing how it plans to overcome the potential pitfalls.
The bill targets projects such as the Big Dig in Boston, the I-265 bridge between Kentucky and Indiana and Denver International Airport that soared way over budget and were delivered years late. It’s a worthy attempt to rein in the budget and time overruns by demanding careful planning before projects launch.
Given the political divide in Washington D.C., it’s unlikely that this moves anywhere until after the mid-terms next month, but it’s a bill that deserves serious bipartisan consideration once Congress strives to get back to business as usual.
Of course, that will depend on just what happens come November. If one or both chambers flip Democrat, the business will be about derailing the president and little else.

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Posted by Start School Later, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

I agree with you entirely, Tim. This policy is supported by the vast majority of the public. Truly disgraceful that the Governor would veto the majority of his own party.


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Posted by We Need Checks And Balances, a resident of Ruby Hill,
on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

I agree with you Tim that the gender-based affirmative action Gov. Brown unconstitutionally forced upon private companies is a disgrace to everything America stands for.

However, I believe that it is in the best interests of the health of our republic if Democrats take back the House. Not so much as to "resist" the President but rather to subpoena and investigate Trump's tax returns and to file a formal complaint into possible violations of the emoluments clause. If Hillary were president right now Republicans would be up in arms for her corruption. I'm simply applying the same standards. Read the NYTimes report about Trump defrauding the federal government by filing fake tax returns for over 30 years: (Web Link).

I still support a Republican majority Senate (hopefully expanded because we cannot afford to continue to deal with RINOs like Collins and Murkowski playing media hog), because it is critically important to continue our record-level ability to confirm conservative, constitutionalist judges onto local appellate and circuit courts.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Oct 11, 2018 at 6:40 am

DKHSK is a registered user.

Tax returns.

So now we're back to his tax filings?

Have you ever noticed that the concerns about Trump tend to move in a circular fashion. Russia narrative fail? Move on to sexual harassment. When that fails, move on to cabinet member ethics, when that fails move on to tax filings. When that fails, rinse and repeat all the aforementioned.

Tough. Trump doesn't have to show you or me his tax returns, he just needs to continue being a productive President or his base will sour on him and move on.


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Posted by begoy, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School,
on Oct 11, 2018 at 7:48 am

begoy is a registered user.

The company basically conducts the survey to know customers views and opinions because customers play an important role in the prosperity of the company.

Web Link


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of another community,
on Oct 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

I don't take the guv very seriously...lets not forget that he's guv that doesn't care about the safety of children and vulnerable adults when it comes to sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Oct 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Pedophilia in Catholic church: Web Link

thank Jerry Brown for N A D A!



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