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Chris Crow Endorsed By San Leandro Chamber of Commerce

Teamsters, Realtors, Electricians and Business Owners join Community Leaders in declaring Chris Crow the Best Choice for San Leandro.

(San Leandro, CA) September 29, 2012 - City Council District 4 Candidate Chris Crow announced today his endorsement by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.  Crow has been working with businesses in San Leandro for over 10 years. 

“Chris Crow has always been a strong  advocate for all types of business, both small and large.  I believe he will bring a strong voice that can first- listen to the needs of the business community and then just as importantly – advocate on their behalf,” said John Johnson, President of San Leandro company McDermottCosta, and a member of the Chamber’s endorsement committee. 

Joining the Chamber in endorsing Chris Crow are the Bay East Association of Realtors, Teamsters Joint Council 7 and IBEW Electricians Union 595.  Crow has also received the endorsement of business and community leaders such as The Englander owner Jott Mangot, FH Daily Chevrolet owner Steve Song, Zocalo Coffeehouse owner Tim Holmes, Older Women’s League member Claudia McHenry, co-founder of Save San Leandro Hospital Mia Ousley, former San Leandro School Board Trustee Ken Pon, former San Leandro School Board Trustee Louis Heystek  and San Leandro School Board Trustee-elect Jason Toro.

“I am humbled by the widespread support my campaign is receiving, both from businesses and labor groups, community leaders and grassroot activists.  I think it shows that the stakeholders in San Leandro are ready to work together to push this city forward.”

Crow has made economic development and achieving fiscal sustainability the cornerstone of his campaign.

“I come to the table with concrete proposals on how to raise revenue without hurting working families and seniors, while bringing our expenses under control.  Everyone agrees that the time has come to reform the pension system.  I’m committed to doing so in an equitable manner, through responsible negotiations with our unions” said Crow.  “Only by getting our financial house in order will we be able to fund needed programs to enhance public safety and help our youth.”

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Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Community Issues The most common concerns expressed by community stakeholders regarding youth and transitional age youth relate to academic stress and pressure to succeed; growing rates of substance use and other risky behaviors; lack of engaging and supervised extracurricular activities; and parental absenteeism due to long commutes. Informants reported that risky behaviors are now being observed in younger children. One stakeholder offered that, “Youth get together and smoke and use drugs, and our younger kids are watching and susceptible to the same patterns of bad behaviors. This happens when parents are working and kids are left alone.” RDA heard many reports of gang activity, teen pregnancy, abortion, and vandalism as well. Stakeholders, including mental health providers, also reported that Tri‐Valley teens are pressured by their parents and the schools to succeed, but don’t receive sufficient emotional or peer support. (continued)
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
At the same time, those stakeholders working with low income, minority and English as a second language students report differential treatment. One interviewee explained, “I asked a school counselor about the kids who are struggling with English. The schools don’t want them to have a negative effect on test scores, so they end up at a continuation high school.” Others reported that non‐ English‐speaking parents reported difficulty communicating with teachers and school administrators, and could not adequately advocate for their children. One parent said that, ““Many Hispanic parents do not have the resources at school to access all they need to help their children. They do not have the basic English skills to advocate for their children and fluently communicate with teachers.” Such issues, according to one interviewee, speak to a huge need for cultural competence work in the schools. The following data is from the California Health Kids Survey 2009‐2010, a statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors of youth. This survey illustrates risk factors related to alcohol and drug use. All responses in the following table represent the portion of students that “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” with the listed statement. Alcohol/Drug Use Tri‐Valley Dublin Livermore Pleasanton Percentage of 11th grade students who reported consuming 4 or more alcoholic 39% 43% 44% 35% drinks in their lifetime. (continued)
Leah Hall October 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
For full report, see: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/civicax/filebank/documents/7830/
Fred Eiger October 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well perhaps these "English as a Second Language" parents need to change their attitude and start valuing education, learning and upward social mobility rather than embrace a welfare state mentality.
Fred Eiger October 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Justin Hutchison gets a major endorsement from Howard Kerr, a thoughtful, kind and generous Statesman of San Leandro and The Patch doesn't cover it. Why? Is The Patch Chris Crows campaign team/manager?

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