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Dave's Newspaper Columns

Published on: 8/22/2014 5:42 PM

At least once a month, the local community newspapers publish a column from Dave on current events in District 3, new initiatives happening in the County, or resources available to help local residents. Listed here are links to the current and past columns published.

If you have any questions regarding these columns or would like to receive a copy, please contact Janice Rombeck at 408-299-5030 or


It's Up to All of Us to Save Water as Drought Worsens

I began watching the drought in Santa Clara County back in January when it was apparent that we were having a very dry winter. I called on our county administrators to report back to the Board of Supervisors with a study of our current conditions and suggest solutions. I also claled on all fo us to cut water use n our homes and yards by 20 percent. Now that we're well into summer, the drought situation has gotten worse. read more


 New County Budget Reflects Commitment to Health and Safety

There’s nothing more important to our quality of life in Santa Clara County than a safe and healthy environment. With the County’s $4.9 billion budget going into effect on July 1, I’d like to highlight some of the investments in public health and safety that the board approved last month. read more


San Jose students voice concerns about education on bus trip to Sacramento


  Our 2014 Bus Trip to Sacramento brought state legislators who represent Santa Clara County together with constituents who are most affected by the changes in education -- students. read more


A Look Back on 2013 Reflects Our Community Involvement

As a New Year begins, it's good to look back on 2013, a year focused on outreach and initiatives aimed at serving residents in our diverse community. read more

While the tragedies and misfortunes tend to grab the headlines and top the TV news broadcasts, we live in a community of people with enormous generosity and compassion who value and celebrate our diversity. read more

Before the 2013 Day on the Bay Festival fades into our memories and we start planning next year’s festival, I’d like to thank everyone who joined me at the October 13, 2013, event as a guest, volunteer, donor or exhibitor. read more

SF Bay Is Closer Than You Think: Visit Alviso Marina County Park

The Santa Clara Valley's front door to the San Francisco Bay -- Alviso Marina County Park -- provides local boaters a new way to explore the wonders of our natural world in kayaks, canoes and small motorized fishing boats. read more

180,000 Living in the Shadows in Santa Clara County

As Congress hammers out the details of immigration reform in Washington, D.C., I am reminded of the story of Alan Gallegos, a local immigrant from Mexico who spoke at recent news conference in front of San Jose City Hall. read more

Going green to save green: energy efficient retrofits make sense


What if I told you I had a program that would give you a guaranteed savings on your utility bill? Would you think it is a scam? It isn’t. Energy efficiency retrofits of your home will provide cost savings for you. Unless your home was built within the last decade, you are likely spending more money than you should on your heating and cooling bills. read more

Santa Clara County Peer Court marks one-year anniversary

Last year I announced the creation of Santa Clara County’s Peer Court. We recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. I am honored to be able to say that it has been a resounding success. read more

Santa Clara County Promotes Economic Development

Job growth is a vital component of regional economic growth. In the aftermath of the recent elections one would think that the federal government is solely responsible for economic development. The truth is all levels of government have a role to play in job creation, and a responsibility to work toward prosperity. read more

Thousands Attend Annual Day on the Bay Festival

I would like to thank everyone who joined me at the Third Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival on Sunday, October 14th making it a huge success. Over 8,000 Santa Clara County residents joined us with their friends and neighbors at the beautiful Alviso Marina County Park. Held in coordination with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, the Day on the Bay featured free food, local entertainment, and over 140 exhibitors passing out information on their services. These included everything from county and city services to nonprofits and local businesses. read more

Learn Nonviolent Techniques to End Community Violence at the Carry the Vision Conference

On Saturday, September 29th, Carry the Vision will present their 8th Community Nonviolence Conference at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Unfortunately there have been many stories in the news recently about violence in communities. The message I received from these stories is that we need to work together as communities to stop the violence and spread messages of hope and peace. This conference, presented by my office and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, will teach you how. read more

Groundbreaking of Highway 101 interchange

This Monday, September 17th, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the remodeled Highway 101 Interchange at Capitol Expressway and Yerba Buena Road. This groundbreaking is the culmination of over ten years of hard work. This is the story of how an initial investment of $300,000 turned into two freeway interchanges. read more page two

Annual Day on the Bay offers free resources

On Sunday, October 14th, I will be hosting the Third Annual Day on the Bay Festival. This event is free and open to the public. It will be located at the Alviso Marina County Park from 10AM to 3PM. There will be FREE kayak rides, FREE flu shots, FREE pumpkins for kids, and a FREE BBQ (while supplies last). read more

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a great time for family friendly outdoor activities: bicycling, swimming, hiking, and more. However there are important safety tips to remember to keep your family safe. read more

County Approves $4.1 Billion Budget

On Friday, June 15, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a $4.1 billion on time, balanced budget. I am pleased to tell you that through the hard work and support of the County’s great workers and our community partners, we were able to maintain services without any further cuts. It should be noted that county employees have continued to absorb $75 million in pay and benefit cuts again this year, for a total of $150 million over the past two years. read more

First Ever Santa Clara County Economic Summit

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. This topic is played out every where I look. I hear daily from constituents, neighbors and friends that they are in danger of losing their home and financial stability due to the loss of jobs. What can the County do? Is there any role the County can play to alleviate the hardship so many residents are facing? Read more page two 

Local residents Bring Message of Education Support to Sacramento

Earlier this month, I took a group of 120 parents, teachers, administrators, students, and activists to Sacramento to talk with our legislators about protecting school funding. Co-sponsored by my office and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, this year’s trip marked our tenth annual trip to the State Capitol.

As we awaited the arrival of the Governor’s revised budget, it was a very important day for us to demand of our legislators that education be a priority in the budget. Throughout the day, we met with a number of legislators who came to speak to us. 

Save the Date: Third Annual Day on the Bay scheduled for Oct. 14

Please join me on Sunday, October 14th from 10 AM to 3 PM for the Third Annual Day on the Bay Festival at the Alviso Marina County Park. This multicultural festival will once again feature a FREE BBQ and FREE pumpkins for kids (while supplies last), as well as FREE kayak rides, local entertainment on two stages, and over one hundred local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies passing out information.

This year we are showcasing the great young musical talent here in Santa Clara County. Do you have a young son or daughter that is in a dance group, school band or garage band? We would love to reserve a spot for them to perform on one of our two stages in front of thousands of your neighbors! read more 

Fire Safety: Always be Prepared

The best way to prevent injury from natural disasters is to be prepared. The same can be said for fire safety. This year has been unusually dry—bordering on drought conditions. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the mountain snowpack is only 55 percent of the season average! This means that not only will the grasses be dry, but even the shrubs and trees will be more likely to catch fire. read more

Join Supervisor Cortese in the Fight for Better Education

If you are concerned about the future of our education system, I invite you to join me in this fight for better education funding by attending our annual FREE bus trip to Sacramento on May 2, 2012 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We will travel to Sacramento to visit with our elected representatives and urge them to preserve vital funding so that our children can receive a quality education. This trip is FREE and lunch will be provided. I am very pleased that this year’s trip will be cosponsored once again by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. read more

A Foundation for the Future

In my last column, I described the work towards caring for and empowering children that the County achieved during the "Year of the Child." These include the County's youth Peer Court based on restorative justice principles, the revival of School Linked Services which puts county resources in schools where they are most effective, and the reconstitution of the Youth Task Force to serve as an adjunct policy advisory group for the Board of Supervisors.

Together, we made great strides towards creating a nurturing, supportive society for our children. But we accomplished much more during my tenure as the President of the Board of Supervisors, such as the Older Adult Summit, the Vietnamese Health Assessment and the County Supervisors Archives Project. read more page two

We Owe it to Our Children

One year ago I took a leap of faith. I declared 2011 to be the Year of the Child in Santa Clara County. The premise was that we OWE our children the best that we have to give. That DEBT, which we owe, is a big deal. It is not necessarily a debt based on dollars, but on the aggregate effect of reduced services, watered down expectations and neglect. And it's been building now for 50 years. Since the UN first challenged us with those words.

So, how much of that debt did we pay down during 2011? Let's take a look. And let's first start with Juvenile Justice. read more

Highway 101 Funding Complete

Every motorist in Santa Clara County knows that Highway 101 is a difficult road to navigate. I am happy to announce that the last piece of funding puzzle has been secure to alleviate one of the largest bottlenecks in the County - the Highway 101 interchanges at Capitol and Yerba Buena!

While the California Transportation Commission approved our original funding request of $24 million, they were hesitant to provide the additional $4.2 million needed to complete the project. We were so close to the finish line that I knew we could not let this hurdle stop us. Therefore I asked the Valley Transportation Authority to help. read more

County Government 101

Oftentimes, when I am in the community, I am asked, "What does the County do?" I have a quick explanation, however since the County is so large, there is a lot of information I can't explain. If you have the same question, here is a great opportunity: the Santa Clara County Government Citizens' Academy, or SCCGOV 101 Academy. This is a 10-week program that will provide a comprehensive overview of County government, its role and responsibilities, as well as the program and services offered by the County. read more

Columns from 2011

Columns from 2010 

Columns from 2009