Sunday, September 22, 2013

News & Info for Sept. 24th, 2013

8am, Interview with
Herman Blackwell
, candidate for Vallejo City Council

Listen to the interview!

2013-08-30 "Vallejo council candidate says he has plan to solve city problems"
by Jessica A. York from "Vallejo Times-Herald" []:
A Vallejo man with a plan to turn around the city's struggling economy by incentivizing local hiring has thrown his hat into the ring, seeking a four-year Vallejo City Council term.
"Where I live, I have three abandoned homes around me. Every neighborhood is plagued with this problem," said South Vallejo resident Herman Blackwell, 63, in an interview Wednesday. "It's a godsend that I live in a neighborhood where I can experience the genuine problem that other citizens are having in Vallejo."
Blackwell, a retired corporate headhunter and Sonoma County senior analyst who now volunteers as a pastor to the homeless, had something of a rocky entrance into the council race, with three upcoming full-term vacancies and one half-term seat. Reasons including concerns about entering his family into the public spotlight, fiscal restraints and a longer-than-expected filing period all kept Blackwell going back and forth on whether he would run.
But now, Blackwell, chairman of Vallejo's Beautification and Code Enforcement Appeals Commission, said he is firmly in the race. Blackwell has served on the city commission, in various incarnations, since 2008.
"I am convinced that I can help Vallejo navigate its way out of poverty," Blackwell said. "I would like to change the perception of city government -- it needs to be more responsive to the citizens of Vallejo. It needs to address their needs and problems -- after all, the citizens, they write the checks."
Blackwell has several plans to achieve his goals. He hopes, if elected, to implement city employee whistleblower protections that mirror state and federal laws in order to ferret out inefficiencies and deep-rooted problems. Blackwell also believes Vallejo should make its sales and use tax rates the lowest in the Bay Area, in order to entice new businesses to relocate to the city and for all Vallejo companies to focus their hiring on city residents.
A third idea Blackwll would like to establish is a "preference point system" in hiring city workers who already live in Vallejo, or consultants who draw from the local workforce.
"A substantial part of our (city) jobs are now occupied by non-residents," Blackwell said. "This critical payroll revenue, this is a tremendous resource, but ... it is being expensed in other cities."
Blackwell, a South Vallejo resident and Neighborhood Watch block captain, first moved to Vallejo more than five years ago. He added that he could also help diversify the council as someone with half black and half Filipino heritage.
Blackwell will face off against fellow four-year seat candidates Pippin Dew, Chris Platzer, Tony Mapalo, Jess Malgapo, Liat Meitzenheimer, Katy Miessner and Tony Summers. Rozzan Verder-Aliga, Joanne Schivley and Ronald Johnson Jr. are seeking a two-year seat in the Nov. 5 election.

8:30am interview with...
Dennis Brooks, a talented educator, whose pastime as an independent researcher in the history of the Atlantis story has lead him to discover evidence of massive earthworks and ancient canals, flooded along the coast of Florida. More info here, on a webpage with some of his articles [link]. His book, "Atlantis: Ten Tribes of the Americas", has been made available to listeners of this radio program for Free until Dec. 1, at this link [], click on “ADD to CART” and put in the Coupon Code "PB54D" to download the book.
Listen to the interview! The intro begins at 3 minutes but the phone is faint and with difficulties, so the actual interview begins at 13:20 []

Regardless of what you may believe about the story of Atlantis, the amazing description of the Atlantic ocean and the continent surrounding that ocean proves Europe and Egypt had knowledge about the eastern Americas before Columbus!
Here is one of two of the original Atlantis stories from the ancient scholar Plato of Greece (300s BC), in a collection of his writings titled "Timaeus" (24e - 25d. translated by Bury):
"Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state [Athens] in our [the Egyptian's] histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power [Atlantis] which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end.
This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Herakles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Herakles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent.
Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya [Africa] within the columns of Herakles as far as Aigyptos (Egypt), and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia [in Italia].
This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes.
And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars.
But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.
For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island.

News & info:

SCC and Brandman University -
In an effort to help ensure the prospect of a more advanced degree, Solano Community College (SCC) and Brandman University are collaborating together to offer an Early Advantage Educational Partnership (EAP) program.
The EAP warrants SCC students who participate in this program guaranteed acceptance to Brandman University upon completion of their associate's degree. Additionally, these students will have access to enhanced cooperative academic and student services, including advising services, information sessions, technology support and educational plans.
Brandman, a part of the Chapman University System, is a high-quality, non-profit, affordable, private education option that offers SCC students transferable coursework, and waives all application and transfer fees for students in the program. SCC students will be able to continue on their college path without interruption, complete degrees in less time, stay local, and even work full-time while attending school.
Those who are interested in learning more about the EAP program may call (707) 863-0990 or visit their webpage []. Brandman University's Fairfield campus is located at 4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100 in Fairfield.

SolTrans Marketing Campaign -
SolTrans, the public transit service for Vallejo and Benicia, is looking to increase its ridership for residents within the community, and is anticipating extending its services to Mare Island.
While Mare Island served as a federal naval base, the need and accessibility for Mare Island was minimal and limited. Now, as Mare Island is home to schools, businesses and other recreational activities, the need for public transit is increasing.
Currently, SolTrans does not provide any form of public transportation to Mare Island, but is gathering information to analyze the potential interest and feasibility for new service to the Island. SolTrans staff have developed a ridership survey to gather data from individuals who frequent the Island, including Touro University students, faculty and staff, as well as Mare Island residents, property owners, employees, employers and other visitors.
Three separate ridership surveys (employee and student, employer, and general public) have been prepared and are available online until Friday, September 27. Survey participants will be entered for a chance to win a 10-ride Multi-Zone pass upon completion of the survey. Surveys should be submitted via email or mailed in to Ward Stewart, Re: Mare Island Travel Survey, 311 Sacramento Street, Vallejo, CA 94590.
In addition to the Mare Island ridership survey, SolTrans will have informational booths at the upcoming California Maritime Academy Career and Community Partner Expo on October 17, as well as the Florence Douglas Senior Center Health and Information Fair on October 28. The "Hub Signage Program" is another way that SolTrans is trying to increase awareness, standardizing informational signs and technology in major hubs to help passengers navigate around the region with ease.
SolTrans email [].
Mare Island Travel Demand Survey for:
* Students and Employees [link]
* General Public [link]
* Employers [link]

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