January 19, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Endorses Dominic Caserta for Santa Clara County Supervisor

Santa Clara, CA January 11, 2018- As the 2018 campaign primary for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors gets underway, the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee offered its endorsement to Dominic Caserta, candidate for District 4.  The Chamber of Commerce  leadership PAC chose to offer its sole endorsement to Caserta, citing the most pragmatic and business-friendly track …

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December 17, 2017

Civics 101: Gerrymandering Must End

Every year I worry about how to creatively teach redistricting and gerrymandering to my seniors at Santa Clara High School.  It can boring and too academic but this year was different.  “Judith” asked why politicians pick the voters instead of the other way around.  “Madison” answered with one word: Gerrymandering.  As their teacher, I was excited to roll up my …

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November 29, 2017

Civics 101: We Must Abolish Voter ID Laws

“How did Trump win deeply blue states like Michigan and Wisconsin”, was the first question out of “Molly’s” mouth as we started class discussing voting rights.  “Lance” blurted out it is because of bogus Voter ID laws.  As their teacher, I was floored!  First, how did Lance know what Voter ID laws were and, second, (and more entertaining for me) …

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October 19, 2017

Civics 101: Abolish the Electoral College

Another divisive tweet by President Trump was the backdrop of the question asked by student “John” on Monday morning in my Civics class at Santa Clara High School as we began our unit on the Executive Branch.  His questions were simple ones:  How does one candidate get more popular votes but lose the presidency?  Is the presidency the only election …

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October 2, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Nurses Endorse Dominic Caserta for Supervisor

California Nurses Association / National Nurses United Endorse Dominic Caserta for Santa Clara County Supervisor Health care solutions and commitment to public safety touted as reasons for endorsement Santa Clara County, CA– The California Nurses Association / National Nurses United has endorsed Santa Clara Vice-Mayor Dominic Caserta for Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 4.  Representing over 150,000 members, CAN/NNU it …

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September 28, 2017

Civics 101: Rock the Vote

One of my favorite units to teach in Civics is political participation.  I begin the unit by asking students this provocative question: Does one vote matter in the United States?  Overwhelmingly students say “No”.  I vividly remember one student, “Sue”, raising her hand and confidently saying in a county of 323 million people one vote does NOT matter.  I replied …

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August 29, 2017

Economics 101: Should we raise the minimum wage? Follow the money

Featured in the Santa Clara Weekly Economics 101:  Should we raise the minimum wage? Follow the money During my Economics class discussion on circular flow, the diagram of money that moves in and out of the U.S. economy, “Jack” asked two keen questions:  Why do minimum wage workers at Westfield Valley Fair make a different wage?  In addition, does raising …

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