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By Angelo Lopez on March 29, 2010

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By Angelo Lopez on March 19, 2010

Last November the Sunnyvale Art Gallery opened in Sunnyvale, California, at 251 W El Camino Real. It was a culmination of a year of hard work. The gallery is owned by the Kimm family and they have combined a gallery, a flower shop, a sandwich shop and an art supply store. Sue Kim, one of the owners, is an accomplished oil painter of portraits, and takes classes in San Francisco. She is also a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and allowed them to be a part of the gallery's first ever show, to celebrate the club's 50th year of existence. As can be seen in various reviews in Yelp the gallery and cafe have been enthusiastically received by the local populace. The gallery is a showcase for many local artists and art organizations in the Sunnyvale area, and represents a thriving local art scene in the Silicon Valley.

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By Angelo Lopez on March 14, 2010

Last Saturday I volunteered to do a phone bank for the group Organizing for America to help in Barack Obama's efforts to pass his health care reform bill. These past few months I've grown passionate about getting this health care reform bill passed, as I've seen friends and family members lose jobs and struggle with their health care. A recent March 6, 2010 editorial of the New York Times makes a strong argument for the passing for the bill, noting how it'll help 30 million people who are at present uninsured. The same paper has a graphic that shows the 20 times since 1980 that the reconcilation process has been used, as the Democrats may use that tactic to avoid a possible Republican filibuster. To support Obama and the Democrats in their efforts to pass this bill, supporters of health care reform should contact their Senators and Representatives, to show that many voters in their area support such a measure. To contact your Senator or Congressman, you can click the links to find your Representative or your Senator.

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By Angelo Lopez on March 13, 2010

A few weeks ago President Obama had a health care reform conference with Democrats and Republicans to try to reach a bipartisan consensus on a health care reform bill. From what I read and what I watched on youtube, some interesting debates occurred between the participants, but no real consensus was formed. I personally think that a lack of consensus was reached because the idealogical gap between conservative Republicans and moderate and liberal Democrats is just too great for there to be much compromise. The Republicans in Congress right now have too strong a belief in the ability of the markets to resolve major national issues to jibe with the Democrats belief in the government's role in curbing the worst excesses of a market economy. I strongly support the efforts of President Obama and the Democrats to pass the health care reform bill, and support their tactic of using the legislative maneuver of reconciliation to achieve it. Though partisan politics have always been a part of the United States history, why have so few Republicans crossed party lines to work with Democrats in an important national issue? To find the solution, I think one needs to look at the history of the Republican Party and the rise and fall of the Progressive Republican within its ranks.

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By Angelo Lopez on March 5, 2010

In the Long Beach area, a grassroots and coalition campaign is taking place to clean up the air pollution and poverty in the local seaports. The air around the seaports is dirty because port truck drivers earn too little to buy trucks that would belch out fewer diesel particulates, tiny particles that contribute to cancer and asthma.

The Teamsters union, environmental groups, and local residents have teamed up to form a group called the Coalition for a Clean and Safe Ports to persuade the Port of Los Angeles to adopt a far-reaching plan that bars old trucks from hauling cargo from the port and to find a way to buy new vehicles.

A study found that drivers earn around $9.50 an hour, ninety five percent do not have retirement benefits, and only ten percent have health insurance. Truckers work over 11 hours a day on average, and many work 14 hours or more. Most of these truck drivers live in the neighborhoods surrounding the seaports, and they and their families are deeply affected by the dirty air from the trucks.

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By Angelo Lopez on March 4, 2010

Lately, a lot of focus has been given to the plight of the big national newspapers that have dominated the media over the past several decades. Part of my work in the library is handling the newspapers that the library subscribes to, and in the past year, several newspapers have folded as a result of declining subscriptions and a younger generation that gets its news from the internet. Those major newspapers that are surviving seem to be getting thinner, as the newspapers have cut staff to adjust to declining revenues. I've been reading interviews of political cartoonists, a profession that has been affected by the decline in readership, as the major newspapers are the main avenues of many of their work. Many political cartoonists have lost their jobs, as well as the reporters and other people in the newspaper industry.

While the major newspapers are declining, a silver lining may be the rise in local and specialized newspapers that aim at a more specialized or local market. While the major newspapers fight with the internet to deliver national news, local papers seem more able to deliver local news that are often ignored by bigger papers. I contribute cartoons for the Tri-City Voice, a wonderful smaller newspaper that reports news in the Milpitas, Newark, Union City, Fremont, and Sunol areas of the Bay Area in California. Under the radar of the two major papers in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, smaller papers like the Mountain View Voice, the Palo Alto Weekly, the Sunnyvale Sun, and the Los Altos Town Crier are popular in their particular cities and give important information about their neighborhoods and local politics.

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