Dogs love to hang out in the kitchen with the cooks…
Read the humorous cookbook of family-tested recipes:
“Confessions of an Oenophile – An American Family Cookbook”
through Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com* … copyright 2008.
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Published in 2011:
Another humorous book entitled,
“Lessons Learned from Dogs,”
may be ordered from the booksellers or from Outskirts Press.
E-Books are also available from the publisher. www.outskirtspress.com for 10 bucks.
I ran across this hilariousness yesterday and could really relate. But, decided the list needed a few more.
What I say: "Why don't you go play quietly in your playroom for 5 more minutes."
What the kid hears: "Come interrupt me 5 more times and ask me 10 more questions."
What I say: "Go potty before we go out so you don't have to go at a public restaurant"
Why does the glass always have to be half full or half empty? Why can't it just be a glass with something in it? Why does there have to be positive or negative implications to how you view the glass? Of course if you are a mother, father or neat freak in general it's probably more like...Who the hell left this glass here?
1) Describe the key activities, processes and stakeholders that should be included when designing and implementing a workforce development system that aligns with economic development, supports the growth of County’s businesses and provides the necessary competitive skills and experiences for job seekers?
- Tax Payers and Residents of the County of San Mateo
- Employers and Payroll Tax Payers within the County of San Mateo
- County Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the California Dilitation Services (VR good thing to implement.epartment of Rehabilitative Services (Menlo Park and San Mateo offices)
- Employees that work in both the public and private sectors
- Residents of the County who are unemployed, disabled, veterans, poor, or in transition
- Elected and Appointed Government Officials
- Regulatory Agencies, such as the California Environmental Protection Agency
- County Human Services Agency
- Customers that do business with the public and private sectors within the County
Already in the Workforce Development Program, VRS of San Carlos, “Peninsula Works” of Daly City, Job Plus (largely subcontracted to Caminar Jobs Plus or Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW)),and “Job Train” are operating under the organizational umbrella of the County of San Mateo.
Caminar’s performance should be well-documented. All contractors should be held accountable to high quantifiable standards.
OICW’s activities in Menlo Park date back to the beginnings of Silicon Valley. Within some industry sectors (i.e. culinary arts), they have experienced good success. With others, graduates of the vocational training programs have had a limited employment future. Curriculum developers and instructors should have a longer range vision. Job-related skill training is only a single element. Job placement, recruiting, on-the-job coaching, and continuing education are also very important.
OICW and Caminar need to staff appropriate to the needs of both the job-seeker and potential employer community populations. Appropriate in this case means that these agencies serving the residents, workforce, and employers within the county, have a suitable number of qualified staff on-hand.
The County Human Services Agency has had a budget of $184 million. The level of funding will change, likely downward. The Workforce Investment Board should be pursuing funding from private industry and federal grants!
One area in need of great improvement is EEOC/employment for disabled persons. Their unemployment rate exceeds 70%. Agency has had a budget of $184 million. The level of funding will change, likely downward. The Workfo
Particularly with the County-managed job development programs, frequent self-audits and upper management reviews are important toward the relevance and effectiveness of their manpower efforts and diversion of financial and technical resources. The stakeholders must be in a two-way communication loop. A Community Career Action Committee may be a good thing to implement.
- Review and Re-Evaluation
- Continuous Improvement
v Work with existing employers to find suitable employees to fit their requirements.
v Help qualified applicants find employment quickly.
v Meet monthly performance goals and unemployment rate statistic their requirements.
v Anticipate labor needs and job skills that will require training and instruction.
v Outreach activities to attract new businesses and industries to the county.
v Involve all chambers of commerce in San Mateo County.
v Assist small business owners maintain their profitability and create new jobs.
v Reduce time while developing curriculum necessary to re-train the unemployed for jobs available.
v Coordinate with all local high schools concerning the job market facing their graduates and provide both instruction and job placement assistance for high schoolers.
v Solicit federal grant funds and donations from the industrial and private community.
v Elicit assistance from volunteers, particularly residents who wish to serve as mentors and job coaches.
v Re-evaluate all programs and written policies and procedures as needed – at a minimum, annually.
v Implement improvements in every facet, as soon as possible.ty.
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2) How can a Workforce Investment Board better understand and add value to its role of supporting businesses in priority industry sectors in the County?
IT (The two-way understandings) NEEDS TO GO BEYOND EXISTING “PRIORITY INDUSTRY SECTORS.”
Government employee numbers throughout the county are higher than any other single employer. To look only at private industries for solutions, is a mistake. Quasi-governmental employers such as utility, garbage and recycling, water, sewer, and Internet and television cable companies have a greater proportion of the workforce than small businesses or corporations. East of California, public works and service companies are managed by local or regional government agencies; this is not the case within the County of San Mateo.
Thus each government entity must look within itself to determine what can be done to make their own workforce more productive. Governments should make their policies, ordinances, procedures, and even permit licensing more “commerce-friendly.”
Most local chambers of commerce are suffering. Their numbers and active participation is dwindling. The positive influence each used to have in their local community and at the regional, state and federal levels had diminished.
Every service company should see what they can do to either create more jobs or facilitate other organizations’ increase and maintenance of employment statistics.
Understanding is a by-product of effective communication.
Adding value may come about inof effective communication.
s and Collegesthe national biotech industry.elp build the entire Bay A many forms.
ü Developing effective instructional programs.
ü Monitoring the workforce via job coaching and correspondence with hiring managers.
ü Offering relevant inforstructional programs. Monitoring the workforce via job coaching and correspondence with hirimation for employers, prospective businesses that would move into the County, and job seekers.
ü Creating incentive programs for hiring agents and workers, alike.
The investment board must work cooperatively with all stakeholders (identified in Question 1), practice sound management principles (at least seven items listed in answer to Question 1), and drive a Continuous Improvement, Work for Newly-Graduated Students from Local High Schools and Colleges and Re-Employment Programs throughout the County.
Management must not overlook the activities of similar groups around the San Francisco Bay Area and State of California. There may be opportunities to share resources, direct efforts with synergy, and help build the entire Bay Area economy beyond this northern end of Silicon Valley and one heart of the national biotech and defense industries.
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It's always important to do what you feel in your heart and try the best you can because years from now when you look at a situation and you have regrets it will hurt more knowing that you didn't do what your heart was asking for or that you walked away and didn't give it your all. It's OK to make mistakes, its OK to get hurt but it's extremely important to learned from everything life throws your way, the good and bad.
April 21, 2013 -
In Sacramento, Senator Hill is justified for criticizing Michael Peevey & Paul Clanon.
Chevron, notified 5 months of salient hazards before their August Richmond refinery fire by authorities, won last week’s Turkey Award.
Pres Peevey and Exec Director Clanon are two appointed authorities who do not believe safety is a priority. Imagine public utilities with total disregard for safety?!?!?
Good Ol’ Senator Jerry Hill from the County of San Mateo is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Maybe we can turn the minutemen onto the California Public Utilities Commission and the Chevron refineries?
A balk during the 10th inning bat of last season’s MVP Buster Posey has doomed the dear Cubbies to another disappointing season. Had they won this April’s series in Wrigley Field against the reigning world champions, we Cub fans would have hope during another exhaustive 162 game season.
What is the Native-Yankee General Manager thinking?
What kind of field leadership has he appointed?
The Chicago Tribune Cub Reporting Committee has done a better job managing the Northside National League Professional Baseball Team in the past. How much longer must die-hard Cub fans put up with this management incompetence?!?
Final Score: Giants 10, Cubs 7.
Series Score: San Francisco Won 2 Games to Chicago’s 1.
It will be a long one for the Northsiders. The White Sox have better chances this year, as do the Bears and Bulls.
Thank the Archbishop of Chicago and Pope Francis for all their prayers for the Chicago Blackhawks. Given this labor-action shortened season, the Blackhawks are odds-on favorites to win another (2012-13) Stanley Cup. If only San Jose had an Archbishop to pray for the Sharks…
God bless America! God bless native Chicagoans! Thank God for sports to take our minds off stuff that really matters about life!
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:30 p.m. PDT
The Director of Programs & Services
Inn Vision / Shelter Network
c/o Maple Street Shelter
Redwood City, California
Appeal for David Arthur Dailey:
Upon return to the Shelter at 3:00 p.m. for an initial meeting with Case Manager Jeremiah Williams – scheduled the day before for 4:00 p.m. Thursday – David A. Dailey was informed that he was discharged from the program and had to leave the property.
Pardon me for my misunderstandings. Perhaps you can understand that this is all new to me as it is my first stay at the Mapday tle Street Shelter.
Under the circumstances, Inn Vision Shelter Network Management is asked to reinstate his access to the program. His intake was done at 12:30 p.m. 4/8/13 and no case manager was available to meet with him that afternoon or all day Tuesday he remained inside the Shelter.
As discussed via telephone between the client and assigned case manager mid-afternoon on Wednesday, David took SamTrans buses to the Half Moon Bay area to apply for food service employment positions. During that conversation, there was no mention of a mandatory bed check at 3:00 a.m. nor meeting a 6:00 p.m. curfew. David assumed, perhaps erroneously, that it would be OK to continue his job search activities as long as he returned for the case management meeting the following afternoon.
I understand my appeal needs to be an action plan:
- I qualify as a 30-year resident of the County of San Mateo who has been homeless since February 3, 2013. I am willing to be a well-mannered and contributing member in the Shelter community. I am willing to follow instructions and perform housekeeping chores – in fact, I cleaned the main hallway as requested following the mandatory clients’ meeting held on Tuesday evening, April 9.
- I will ask politely for clarification of any rules I do the mandatory clients’ontributing member in the Shelter community. I am understand and will accept the directions of staff rather than the opinions and explanation of clients. I will gain a better understanding of the shelter rules and gain concurrence from my assigned case manager.
- My case manager can support me by anticipating my questions. This will likely come with time as we get to know one another. My case manager can describe how the Shelter Network resources work and what might best apply to my particular circumstanceser. My c.
- What will I use additional time for? Finding suitable work, locating affordable housing solutions, determining solutions to my health and transportation issues, too.
Thank you for your consideration of my appeal.
I am interested in working cooperatively with Inn Vision / Shelter Network. I became a member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church’s Hearts for the Homeless Committee in 2005. I researched the homeless issues in Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties from 2009 to the present day. I was also actively involved with the housing transition community in Monroe County, Indiana, from June 2012 to January 2013 until my return to the Redwood City area this past winter.
David A. Dailey
Cc: Dr. Alyse Gabriel, County of San Mateo Department of Health
Final Round Sunday, April 14, 2013
Imagine my heart sinking when an old favorite of us Augusta-ites, Freddie Couples, misfired on the 17th hole finishing at even par after three rounds. Watching him playing in today’s final pairing was a treat.
Last April when I was in Indiana, the finish Bubba Watson demonstrated on the final back nine was as exciting and memorable of any Masters I have witnessed during my 60 years. By the way, 2013 marked the 40th Masters Tournament that another old favorite Tom Watson has played in.
I became a lover of golf around my Grandpa’s South Bend Country Club. As a kid, I’d practice around the putting and chipping greens with my buddies Dan, Mike, Mike, Billy, Amy, and Emily, too. When we were old enough to play the Chain-O-Links long course, it was a coming of age.
Today, I tell friends that I used to shoot better golf when I was 12 than now at my age. The time of year that The Masters is annually staged marks the beginning of golf season for me. Despite the fact that I now reside in Northern California and weather permits us to play year-round, it was this week’s trip to Half Moon Bay’s Ocean and Old Courses that peaked my appetite in getting back into the swing of things.
Perhaps you will be watching along with me the final round tomorrow. I shall be huddled around the flat screen at The Country Corner.
Who is going to win now (now that the tournament officials have unilaterally penalized players like the 14 year-old Chinese and Tiger Woods)? I like Scott. I met him several years ago when I walked the first PGA Tournament of that year at Kapalua. His swing even back then was remarkable. Scott would make a fine Masters champion, look good in the green coat, and give us golf fans something remarkable to talk about and remember for years.
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Holy Moley Monday, April 8, 2013 – In the Year of the Chinese Water Serpent
For the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship In the ‘Lanta Dome
This marks the end of another highly anticipated Final Four and “March Madness.” Unfortunately, NCAA President Mark Emmert did not resign as recommended by the national media and many college administrators.
In about as a hard-played game as I have ever seen, the Wolverines of the Lower Michigan Peninsula and Kentucky Cardinals played as game as I have ever seen. The Wolverines and Cardinals and showed their collegiate spirit and round-ball skills.
Similarly to how the University of Louisville stole the state bird of Indiana AND the state bird of Illinois as their college mascot, the three SEC and Pac-12 referees aided the Cardinals comeback victory after losing by twelve points in the Georgia Dome.
Many sportsfans longed for a Wichita State University Shockers – Syracuse University Orangemen final.
I, for one, was wishing for a Indiana University – Stanford University final. That is, the I.U. men versus the Stanford women’s team.
The refs also seemed to take the national semifinal games on Saturday away from the players and coaches by determining the outcome during close games and close calls. For the record, both Syracuse guards were fouled-out.
Michigan did have a chance in the national final even though their star freshman center spent most of the second half on the bench with four fouls. Oh well, the University of Michigan took their star center from Chesterton, Indiana, (he might have even chosen to attend Purdue or Notre Dame) and ripped-off their star guard from Columbus, Ohio (home town of the Ohio State University Bucks).
Go figure, karma or something else.
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