Everything on today's menu is low-fat and high-fiber. Consume as much as you wish:
The challenge for author Paul Piraino will be capturing the excitement of the district's milestones within 450 pages -- the purchase of the Gallegos Water System in 1940; the $4.95 million system improvements bond in 1964; the Aquifer Reclamation Program in 1974; the completion of the Hidden Valley tank in 1979; the first phase of the telemetry system in 1988. Talk about a page-turner.
If the district -- which just raised its water rates for the 12th consecutive year -- needs help with a title, here's one: "100 Years of Soaking Alameda County."
A partial list includes U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman (San Rafael), and Alan Lowenthal (Long Beach); state Sens. Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento), Ellen Corbett (San Leandro), Loni Hancock (Berkeley) and Lois Wolk (Davis); Assembly members Susan Bonilla (Concord) and Joan Buchanan (Alamo); state Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson (Pittsburg); county Supervisors John Gioia (Richmond) and Federal Glover (Pittsburg); and a dozen current or former local city council members.
If you knew nothing before of DeSaulnier, you now know he has a lot of well-positioned friends.
A proposed soda tax designed to curtail obesity lost at the ballot box because it was wildly unpopular with voters. An eminent domain proposal to help homeowners escape underwater mortgages is in limbo because no other cities want to share liability for what may be an illegal plan.
Now comes the notion of a minimum-wage hike -- jumping from the current $8 an hour to $11, $12.30 or $15 -- that Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles describes as "an economic recovery strategy." If the biggest economic woe facing Richmond is unemployment (11.9 percent in August), what's the likelihood more jobs will be created if the cost of labor goes up?
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