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Adam Schiff as a senator, ugh

Uploaded: Feb 9, 2023
When it comes to developments that turn my stomach, the notion of Rep. Adam Schiff as a California senator ranks high on the list.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the longest serving senator and the oldest in the chamber at 89, had yet to announce whether she will run for re-election next year. News outlets have run articles questioning her mental capabilities and she had a difficult year with the death of her husband, Richard Blum.
She won re-election in 2018 despite the state Democrat party endorsing her challenger, Kevin de Leon, former state Senate leader and current Los Angeles City Councilman. Now Schiff and others, Rep. Katie Porter of Southern California, already have declared assuming Feinstein will not stand for re-election. Bay Area Rep. Ro Khanna and long-time progressive Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee also are considering getting into the mix.
Schiff represents the LA area and, like Rep. Eric Swalwell, was a prosecutor before winning his Congressional seat. He’s in this 12th term. His announcement has Bay Area ties because he grew up in Alamo and graduated from Monte Vista High School.
Schiff led the unsuccessful impeachment effort against President Donald Trump and became known for consistently spouting that he had seen evidence of Trump’s collusion with the Russians. He said it for two years and never produced a shred of evidence. Of course, the complicit media, which should have quit quoting him years ago for his lies, never has held him accountable.
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will endorse him if Feinstein retires.
Schiff also was in the news because House Speaker Kevin McCarthy unseated him from the Intelligence Committee citing the leaks and lies for his decision. Good call by McCarthy.
For me, it’s likely an election where I will either be holding my nose and voting or simply passing because, in this deep blue state, it’s likely it will be a Dem against Dem showdown unless it’s such a free for all on the Dem side that a Republican can sneak into the November general election with a top 2 finish.
The raging New Year’s Eve floods ravaged Sunol Glen School and closed Niles Canyon and Foothill roads for weeks. CalTrans is rebuilding the bridge over Alameda Creek on Highway 84 in Sunol. Janis Mara, a CalTrans information officer, reported that the new bridge will both be higher than the existing structure and will have its abutments out of the creek—what she described as a key design feature that will lessen flood possibilities in the future.
Once those long-awaited improvements are in place, presumably Niles Canyon Road will stay open more often, although with the steep hillsides, mudslides are always a possibility.
Last December, I wrote about Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoe boxes with gifts and Gospel messages to under-served children around the world. For the San Francisco Bay Area, 20,290 boxes were packed and donated to be shipped around the world. That’s a tiny number against the total of 10,559,907 shoeboxes delivered world-wide with more than 9.3 million coming from the United States.
The ministry reached a huge milestone with the 200th million box was given to an Ukrainian girl in January.

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Posted by Jerry Felder, a resident of Danville,
on Feb 9, 2023 at 8:37 am

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Adam Schiff may not be very popular in the Livermore/Pleasanton and Contra Costa County locales but he has strong support in SoCal and other predominantly blue voting districts.

He and Eric Swalwell are very popular on MNBC as commentators denigrating the Republican Party and its leadership.

Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Jensen Tract,
on Feb 9, 2023 at 8:44 am

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There reaches a point where even Democrats will say “I don't want to remain part of these elite's evil and I want out !"

Once that point is breached the evil empire disappears.



Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 9, 2023 at 7:59 pm

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Jerry appears to like Swalwell and Schiff. But that's okay Jerry, your boys are sulking because that recently got kicked off their respective committees. What goes around comes around, buddy.

Posted by MLOliver, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 10:06 am

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I definitely agree with having to hold your nose to vote. Actually, for the last presidential election I not only held my nose, I left that box blank. I could never bring myself to vote for Schiff. He and George Santos belong to the same Liars Club and I don't believe anything either of them says.

Posted by Lorenzo Caldones, a resident of another community,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 10:42 am

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Curious...given the local sentiment being expressed here, how did Eric Swalwell get elected to Congress in the first place?

Is Dublin/Alameda County a bastion of liberal (aka Democratic) voters?

I have been told that even Contra Costa County is a blue-leaning district.

As a Central Valley agriculturist & conservative Hispanic to boot, I have always voted the Republican ticket in CA but have reservations about this guy George Santos from NY.

The removal of Swalwell, Schiff, and Omar from key Congressional committees by McCarthy was justifiable as both parties adhere to this practice.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also did some housekeeping of her own.

A Senator Schiff would make for a poor CA senatorial choice as he is progressive merely for the sake of being progressive.

The hardcore left-liberal faction in U.S. government and education is primarily responsible for creating and promoting most of the controversial social issues plaguing American society today like woke awareness, CRT, and LGBTQ entitlements.

The State of CA has also appointed a review board to study and recommend individual $5M reparations for all African American descendents of slavery.

Since California was not a former slave state, shouldn't this fiscal responsibility/obligation rest with the former Confederate states if at all?

Several years ago while watching the Oscar Grant riots in downtown Oakland on TV, my great-uncle (who originally came here as a migrant farmworker from Mexico) commented, "all of these looters are stealing Air Jordans but no one is stealing a pair of work boots."

Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 11:34 am

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@ Lorenzo Caldones

Your Great Uncle was a smart man. Love the quote.

Posted by Lateesha Waters, a resident of another community,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 12:20 pm

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Reparations for African American descendents of slavery is long overdue.

While $5M per slavery descendent might seem a bit exorbitant to some, General Sherman promised 40 acres and a mule to all newly freed slaves following the Civil War.

In today's dollars, that would come to about $450K-$500K per individual and the United States + California could easily afford such an outlay as the African American population accounts for only 30% of our nation's 365,000,000 population.

It is time for white Americans to atone for the sins of their ancestors.

Posted by Bill Blevins, a resident of Diablo,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 1:03 pm

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I am more concerned about the 'weather' balloons arriving from China (another one was shot down over Alaska today) than $5M reparations for disgruntled African Americans gaming the system.

Perhaps Eric Swalwell can fill us in on the details of this alleged Chinese surveillance...via speed-dial call to Fang-Fang.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 10, 2023 at 9:33 pm

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My family, on both sides, did not make it to America until long after slavery was abolished. But because I'm white, I should have to pay reparations to you? If you believe that, then you believe every white person believes in slavery.

Posted by Jian Zhao, a resident of Danville,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 6:51 am

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Agree with Malcom Hex. We are immigrants from PRC and the slavery issue and Civil War does not concern us.
This is old history for white and black Americans to resolve.

As another person said, white people with ancestors from southern states should pay for the reparations to black people or give them free land.

Posted by Madison Wilcox, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 7:09 am

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We recently visited Richmond, VA the former capital of the Confederacy and it was amazing to see how the city is disavowing itself from wrongdoings of the south.

There are no more Confederate flags flying and statues of Confederate generals have been removed. Protestors pulled down the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and it lies on the ground splattered with red paint...a reminder of the south's brutal past.

Yes, I also agree that the southern states should bear full responsibility for financial reparations to all descendents of slavery.

Being a proud southerner who worships the past is nothing to be proud of.

Posted by Mosi Mokumba, a resident of another community,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 8:10 am

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In South Africa where I am from, when apartheid ended, much of the settled land was confiscated from the Afrikaners and distributed to the native citizenry.

The Confederate slave owners were the American equivalent of the Dutch-German Afrikaners and their descendents should be penalized for the wrongdoings of their ancestors by surrendering their remaining land and monetary resources to the descendents of slavery.

Malcom Hex's and Jian Zhao's families are obviously exempt because their ancestors were not a part of this travesty.

Posted by SHale99, a resident of Village High School,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 8:28 am

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>>It is time for white Americans to atone for the sins of their ancestors.

Sorry, who pays? I had ancestors and both sides of the civil war, does that mean my liability nets out to zero?

Just so confused on who pays.....

Posted by Mary Longazo, a resident of another community,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 8:44 am

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@SHale99...just the ones whose ancestors supported or fought for the Confederacy, participated in Jim Crow advocacies, and who were members of the other words, the bad white people.

Posted by Pierce Langley, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 9:05 am

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My alleged great grandmother was a Daughter of the Confederacy. I recall seeing pictures of her in an old family scrapbook where she was wearing a hoop skirt, Shirley Temple curls, and carrying a parasol at various reunion gatherings during the 1930s...a shameful display of false pride and arrogance.

So all things considered, I guess my family is also responsible for these proposed reparations to the African American community.

Posted by Shaquon Jackson, a resident of another community,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 9:25 am

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The white south is responsible for most of the racial conflicts in America, both past and present.

The white northern Republicans and Democrats are also responsible for rescinding Reconstruction with the Compromise of 1877.

So basically, ALL white Americans with ancestors dating back to the Civil War and pre-Civil War era are fully accountable for reparations to the African American descendents of slavery.

Posted by Jenna Peterson, a resident of Blackhawk,
on Feb 11, 2023 at 10:28 am

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To those clamoring for $1-5M reparations to all descendents of African slaves...the U.S. population is approximately 350 million people and African Americans comprise roughly 30%.

Now multiply $5M times 100M+ black people...that's a lot of zeros and the debt ceiling could not cover such an outlandish outlay.

A better solution...using the 1619 Project as a reference point, African Americans and their descendents should be exempt from paying any income taxes (state or federal) for the next 400 years but still remain eligible to receive full Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age (65).

As for the South, within the next 50 years ver few will be embracing 'southern pride' because all of the racist symbols will either be long gone or destroyed.

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