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2009 Newspaper Columns

Published on: 4/24/2013 3:57 PM

Back to School: The Green Way

As your county supervisor, I have taken an environmental focus here at the county. We have introduced new Environmental Stewardship Goals and we have created the Cortese Climate Kids Club (for more information about our kids club and how your children can join, visit my website at Being environmentally responsible is something everyone should strive for, and this includes getting the kids ready to go back to school. . . read more.

Join the Fight for Schools: Get on the Bus to Sacramento

Most people are surprised when I tell them what it was like going to school in the 1960s. A dirt path led across orchards to my school, Evergreen Elementary at that time the only school in the Evergreen district. Eventually, I transferred to St Mary's School in downtown San Jose it only took me a carpool and two buses to get there and home every day-and after that Bellarmine, Santa Clara, U.C. Davis, and Lincoln Law. But it was worth it. I had a great educational experience and made a promise to myself pretty early on to always remain active in promoting education in the community. . . read more.

Stimulus Funding for Transportation Projects in Sunnyvale and Milpitas

Reducing traffic congestion is always a top priority for me and with all the federal money coming out of Washington I have been doing everything I can to steer money locally to traffic hot spots. Every minute that we get held up in traffic costs us work productivity, but more importantly, lost time with our families and loved ones. That is why I want to share with you some projects that will be receiving state and federal funding and reducing congestion close to home . . .read more.

For Help Finding Employment, Update Career Skills and Network

One of the hardest things for me as a county supervisor is to receive the many notices from employers giving us notice of proposed layoffs. These state mandated notices of general information are known as WARN notices and give me a glimpse of the future job outlook here in Santa Clara County. I am sure you don't need me to tell you the job market is bleak. Local newspapers, Web sites and television give us the bad news almost hourly. The state unemployment rate is above 10 percent and is forecast to reach almost 12 percent by next April.

Being unemployed or losing your job in this economy is a frightening ordeal . . . read more.

For success stories from local job seekers, click here.

Stimulus on the Streets

As you know, there has been a great deal of discussion about the economic stimulus package (formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), signed by President Obama on Feb. 17. At the local government level, we have been working hard to maximize the amount of money we get from the federal government and to ensure that as much funding comes directly to the county as possible, as opposed to through the state or regional bodies. I personally have been in contact with members of Congress who represent the Bay Area and they have assured me of their efforts to protect Santa Clara County’s interests . . . read more.

Foreclosure Relief: Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure

It is impossible to miss the daily headlines and news reports that tell of the current state of our housing and mortgage sectors. We are faced with the news of lower property values, rising foreclosures and generally dire predictions about the future. Worse still is the prospect of trying to navigate the current system if you are having difficulty in maintaining your mortgage and holding on to your home . . . read more.

Meet the Staff: an Introduction to Dave's Staff

Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year. I hope the holiday season was the perfect end of the year celebration for you and your families. For my family, it was a great opportunity to reconnect, recharge the batteries and gear up for what promises to be a busy 2009.

It is my intent that the District 3 Supervisor’s Office be a useful tool for you and your neighbors to gain access to the resources at the County and help shape the policy direction the County should go in . . . read more.