Doris K. Okada Matsui is the U. S. Representative for California's 6th congressional district, she is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 5th District from 2005 to 2013, consists of the city of Sacramento and several of its inner-ring suburbs. Following the death of her husband Bob Matsui on January 1, 2005, she was elected as his replacement in a special election on March 8, 2005, took the oath on March 10, 2005. Matsui was born Doris Okada in the Poston War Relocation Center internment camp in Poston and grew up in Dinuba, in California's Central Valley. While attending the University of California, where she earned a B. A. in psychology, she met her husband. They had Brian. Matsui was a housewife and socialite and was active in the group "Lawyers' Wives", now called the Legal Auxiliary of Sacramento, while her husband was a local attorney and served on the Sacramento city council before his election to congress in 1979; the Matsuis moved to Washington DC shortly thereafter.
Doris Matsui was a volunteer on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. When he was elected, Matsui served on his transition team. Following the inauguration, she was appointed deputy special assistant to the president and deputy director of public liaison, working under Alexis Herman. One of her duties was to work with the Asian American community; the President appointed her to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2000. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1998, she became a lobbyist in Washington where she represented corporate clients until 2005 when she returned to California to run for Congress against a field of local Democrats. Matsui's husband, Congressman Bob Matsui, died from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome on January 1, 2005. On January 9, 2005, the day after his funeral, Matsui told supporters she was running for his open seat. In the special election she garnered 68% of the vote. Press reports said that Matsui won the election before the polls opened as most votes in the election were absentee ballots, which she won overwhelmingly.
Congresswoman Matsui was elected to a full term in 2006 and has been reelected four more times without serious difficulty. The 6th is the most Democratic district in interior California. In her inaugural speech, she spoke of her family, she pledged to continue the work of her husband regarding flood control projects in Sacramento, the main city in the district. Matsui is a member of the House Committee on Commerce; as a member, she has been focused on making the Sacramento area a hub for clean technology. In 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Matsui to the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents, where she served until 2011. Matsui was one of only three House Members to sit on the board. In 2007, Matsui was instrumental in developing an overhaul of the oversight and accountability practices of the Smithsonian. Matsui served as convention parliamentarian of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, she supports full disclosure of campaign finances for politicians and desires more fair elections, as well as extending election periods to grab more of the population.
She has expressed support for whistle-blowers' protection to promote transparency in both business and government. Matsui has been a supporter of earmarks, she defended her position, saying "members of Congress know their districts pretty well and know what they need."Matsui has supported raising the debt limit by 2.4 trillion dollars for federal spending and has supported numerous bailouts and federal funds injections. In 2008 she supported a 15 billion dollar bailout for GM and another 60 billion dollar stimulus in the hopes to stimulate the US economy, she supported the initial TARP bailout funds and the 825 billion dollar continuation of 2009 in the hopes of avoiding recession. She supported an additional 198 billion dollar stimulus package, she supports expanding agencies to meet the needs of citizens, rather than cutting spending and reform. Matsui voted to raise Senator's salary in 2009, she voted to raise the minimum wage in 2007 and extend unemployment benefits from 39 to 59 weeks. Matsui seeks to shut down off-shore loopholes for business.
She voted against dividend tax breaks. She supports extending AMT exemptions which benefit higher-income taxpayers in states like California with high state income taxes. Matsui is a pro-labor politician and supports an initiative to have shareholders vote for executive compensation at companies. Matsui is in favor of continuing social security as it is now, opposes any move to privatize it or allow citizens the option to have alternative retirement funds, she opposes raising the retirement age, despite the increased longevity of the average American since the establishment of social security. In a discussion about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Matsui said that as "more Americans get to know and understand the law, feel its effects in their lives, the less the public will want to see us take steps back to the broken health care system we have experienced for decades in this country." She has opposed many attempts to reduce, or privatize medicare or medicaid. In addition she has sought to expand medical coverage to mental patients.
She voted against patients being denied treatment for non-emergency issues without a medicare copay. She seeks to establish databases for childhood cancer and diabetes to better meet the ne
Marin County Free Library
Marin County Free Library is a medium-sized public library system that serves the unincorporated areas of Marin County, as well as municipalities in the County that are not served by a city-run public library. The library administration is located in Room 414 in the Marin County Civic Center at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, United States; the Marin County Free Library was established in 1926 by the County's Board of Supervisors. In 1927, Muriel Wright opened its first branch in the basement of what was at the time the County Courthouse in San Rafael; the library is funded predominantly by a parcel tax levied on properties within its jurisdiction. The Marin County Free Library serves two core communities in Marin County; the eastern half of the county is developed and branches in the area are larger and serve incorporated communities. The western half of the County, West Marin, is rural, the branches in the region are smaller and serve predominantly unincorporated communities; the west Marin branches are administered jointly by a single manager.
Civic Center Branch Located in Room 427 of the Marin County Civic Center Building Corte Madera Branch Fairfax Branch Marin City Branch Novato Branch South Novato Branch Bolinas Branch Inverness Branch Point Reyes Branch Stinson Beach Branch Belvedere Tiburon Library Sausalito Library Marin County Free Library
Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District is a public library system headquartered in Campbell, California. The library serves the communities and cities of Campbell, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill and all unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. San Jose, the county seat, is served by its own municipal library system. In addition to these libraries, the library provides mobile library service with bookmobiles visiting preschools, retirement communities, migrant farmworker camps, rural communities without easy access to library services; the Santa Clara County Library District has been recognized as a four-star library by Library Journal. As of 2015, the Santa Clara County Library had a combined collection totaling 1.95 million items and served a combined population of 439,004. Member libraries include Campbell Library, Cupertino Library, Gilroy Library, Los Altos Library, Woodland Branch Library, Milpitas Library, Morgan Hill Library, Saratoga Library. There is a Bookmobile to serve residents who may experience difficulty traveling to a community library.
The system had its headquarters in Los Gatos. In July 1914, Santa Clara County began operating a county library. Stella Huntington was appointed the first County Librarian and to begin operations, she purchased a typewriter, a desk with two chairs. In the first year of service the collection consisted of "6,127 books and reached a circulation of 49,048." Two years earlier, a one-cent tax had been levied for the purpose of supporting a county library. It provided $3,700 for the first year of operation. Seventeen branches were opened. Miss Elizabeth Stevens Mrs. Elizabeth Singletary, was appointed as the second County Librarian. By 1932, the Library had a total of 30 branch libraries. In December 1932, the County Library assumed responsibility for library service to all County schools except those in San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Clara City. During the 1950s, Santa Clara County experienced tremendous urbanization. By 1955, the County Library collection numbered 404,426 with a total circulation of 1,037,257.
A staff of 45 provided service at 13 rural branches, 2 bookmobiles, up to 116 elementary schools. In 1958, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a study conducted by Emerson Greenaway President of the American Library Association, that recommended a shift from a rural library system to an urban system; the study recommended hiring professional staff, developing larger book collections, moving from storefront to appropriate library facilities. George Farrier became the third County Librarian in 1959 and oversaw the creation of the County Library Commission and similar library commissions in each community. By 1968, the library tax rate had increased to 18 cents to support the library system's strategic goals. Nine dedicated library buildings had been constructed, beginning with the Los Altos Library in 1964 and ending with the Milpitas Library in 1983. Barbara Campbell was appointed the County Librarian in 1973. In 1978 California State Proposition 13 passed, reducing the library's property tax revenues by half.
The Reading Program, an adult literacy tutoring and support service of the Santa Clara County Library, was started in 1985 as an early member of the State Library's California Literacy Campaign. The Reading Program served county residents in both the Santa Clara County Library and the Mountain View Public Library jurisdictions; the same year the County Library became a part of the newly formed Santa Clara County Public Services Agency and Susan Fuller became the fifth County Librarian. Residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills voted a tax override measure to restore funding lost through Proposition 13; the tax took effect in 1986 and was renewed in 1990. The tax paid for additional hours and staffing at the Los Altos Library and the Woodland Branch Library. In 1992, the County Library again became an independent department reporting to the County Executive as a result of the disbanding of the Public Service Agency; the following year, California State tax law changed reducing library funding by 40%, resulting in layoffs and reduced open hours.
In 1994 voters approved an annual parcel assessment to fund the nine libraries that make up the Santa Clara County Library District by over a two-thirds majority vote. This ten-year assessment expired in June 2005; the measure created a special library district that shifted governance from the County Board of Supervisors to a Joint Powers Authority. The JPA Board consists of representatives from each of the nine city councils and two members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Susan Fuller was selected as the Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 1998. Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index ranked the library second in comparable population sizes in 1999. In 2000, the library was ranked number one. Melinda Cervantes became the County Librarian in 2002; the Library was again ranked number one by Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index. In March 2004, Santa Clara County Measure B fell just short of the required two-thirds vote for approval; the measure would have extended the assessment approved in 1994.
As a result of the budget shortfall, Santa Clara County Libraries were forced to close one day each week. In May 2005, residents of Santa Clara County voted to continue their funding of the Santa Clara County Library by passing Measure A with a 72% "Yes" vote. Measure A provides the library with $5.4 million per year. Measure B, which would have added another $1.9 million per year, failed to pass, receiving 64% of the vote, less t
Berkeley Public Library
The Berkeley Public Library is the public library system for Berkeley, California. It consists of the Central Library, Claremont Branch, North Branch, West Branch, Tarea Hill Pittman South Branch—and the Tool Lending Library, one of the nation's first such libraries. Berkeley Public Library opened in 1893 on Shattuck Avenue with 264 books. In 1905, the library moved to a new brick building on Shattuck Avenue at Kittredge Street; the new library was funded by Andrew Carnegie and built on land donated by Rosa M. Shattuck, the widow of Francis K. Shattuck. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the resulting population surge from across the Bay, the library opened four other branches around Berkeley. A new central library opened in 1934 at 2090 Kittredge St.. It was renovated and reopened in 2002. In 2011, Berkeley Public Library began a series of renovations and expansions of its four neighborhood branches, it completed renovation of the Claremont and North Branches in 2012, the South Branch and Tool Lending Library in May 2013.
On December 14, 2013, the West Branch library reopened. During construction, a bookmobile called the Branch Van parked near each location to conduct basic transactions and provide access to library collections in the local neighborhoods. On July 1, 2018, Berkeley Public Library eliminated overdue fines for teen and adult books, CDs, DVDs, magazines returned past their due date. In 2018, Berkeley Public Library instituted the Easy Access Card, a library card available to persons without a fixed address; the Easy Access card offers access to the Library's electronic resources as well as limited checkouts of books and other materials. All Berkeley Public Library branches have self-checkout machines. Patrons can use these to check out materials themselves by putting scanning the items and their library card; this checkout method works for all media—books, CDs, DVDs, etc.—and provides the patron with a receipt for the items. All branches still offer checkout from library staff at circulation desks.
Patrons can request and renew books over the Internet from their homes, or over the telephone. The Tool Lending Library opened in 1979, is one of the nation's first such libraries, it is located at the South Branch. To borrow tools, patrons must be over the age of 18 and be residents or property owners of the city of Berkeley. Tool Lending Library offerings include basic hand tools, light power tools, equipment: screwdrivers, various hammers, biscuit jointers, string trimmers shovels, concrete mixers—and free advice. Late fees are $5 or $10 per day, depending on the item. Lending times are seven days for manual items, two days for power tools. Official website History of the Berkeley Public Library Historic American Buildings Survey No. CA-2697, "Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Alameda County, CA", 48 photos by William Porter, 27 data pages by Page & Turnbull, 1998
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States federal government's official list of districts, buildings and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property; the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966 established the National Register and the process for adding properties to it. Of the more than one million properties on the National Register, 80,000 are listed individually; the remainder are contributing resources within historic districts. For most of its history the National Register has been administered by the National Park Service, an agency within the United States Department of the Interior, its goals are to help property owners and interest groups, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinate and protect historic sites in the United States.
While National Register listings are symbolic, their recognition of significance provides some financial incentive to owners of listed properties. Protection of the property is not guaranteed. During the nomination process, the property is evaluated in terms of the four criteria for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places; the application of those criteria has been the subject of criticism by academics of history and preservation, as well as the public and politicians. Historic sites outside the country proper, but associated with the United States are listed. Properties can be nominated in a variety of forms, including individual properties, historic districts, multiple property submissions; the Register categorizes general listings into one of five types of properties: district, structure, building, or object. National Register Historic Districts are defined geographical areas consisting of contributing and non-contributing properties; some properties are added automatically to the National Register when they become administered by the National Park Service.
These include National Historic Landmarks, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Military Parks, National Memorials, some National Monuments. On October 15, 1966, the Historic Preservation Act created the National Register of Historic Places and the corresponding State Historic Preservation Offices; the National Register consisted of the National Historic Landmarks designated before the Register's creation, as well as any other historic sites in the National Park system. Approval of the act, amended in 1980 and 1992, represented the first time the United States had a broad-based historic preservation policy; the 1966 act required those agencies to work in conjunction with the SHPO and an independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, to confront adverse effects of federal activities on historic preservation. To administer the newly created National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service of the U. S. Department of the Interior, with director George B.
Hartzog Jr. established an administrative division named the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation. Hartzog charged OAHP with creating the National Register program mandated by the 1966 law. Ernest Connally was the Office's first director. Within OAHP new divisions were created to deal with the National Register; the division administered several existing programs, including the Historic Sites Survey and the Historic American Buildings Survey, as well as the new National Register and Historic Preservation Fund. The first official Keeper of the Register was an architectural historian. During the Register's earliest years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, organization was lax and SHPOs were small and underfunded. However, funds were still being supplied for the Historic Preservation Fund to provide matching grants-in-aid to listed property owners, first for house museums and institutional buildings, but for commercial structures as well. A few years in 1979, the NPS history programs affiliated with both the U.
S. National Parks system and the National Register were categorized formally into two "Assistant Directorates." Established were the Assistant Directorate for Archeology and Historic Preservation and the Assistant Directorate for Park Historic Preservation. From 1978 until 1981, the main agency for the National Register was the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service of the United States Department of the Interior. In February 1983, the two assistant directorates were merged to promote efficiency and recognize the interdependency of their programs. Jerry L. Rogers was selected to direct this newly merged associate directorate, he was described as a skilled administrator, sensitive to the need for the NPS to work with SHPOs, local governments. Although not described in detail in the 1966 act, SHPOs became integral to the process of listing properties on the National Register; the 1980 amendments of the 1966 law further defined the responsibilities of SHPOs concerning the National Register.
Several 1992 amendments of the NHPA added a category to the National Register, known as Traditional Cultural Properties: those properties associated with Native American or Hawaiian groups
The Sausalito Library is a public library serving the City of Sausalito and environs in Marin County, California. The library opened in 1974 at its present location of 420 Litho Street in Sausalito; the library collection consists of over 64,000 books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks. Services offered include programs for adults and children, Internet access, online databases, downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks, home delivery for seniors, museum passes, assistance with downloading library ebooks onto personal devices; the library is a member of the Marin Automated Resources and Information Network, a consortium of publicly funded libraries in Marin County. Abbot Chambers is the current City Librarian following Mary Richardson's retirement in July, 2011. Richardson had been the City Librarian of the Sausalito Library since 1985; the Sausalito Public Library was founded in 1906 by Father John Valentini and the Reverend George Maxwell on the second floor of the Sausalito Land & Ferry Company building on Bridgeway.
In 1909 the Library was moved to 733 Bridgeway where it was expanded by stages to fill the entire second floor of the old City Hall. It remained there for the next sixty years. Although redeemed by the delightful bay view, the Library became crowded and uncomfortable and the steep stairs made access difficult; as the city’s population grew, the library’s collection and use increased. In 1964 the City Council established a library over-ride tax which existed from 1965 to 1973. In 1974, when the city purchased the old Central School building at 420 Litho Street for a Civic Center, the Library moved into the former school auditorium on a temporary basis. Various library building schemes were explored but the plans never came to fruition. In 1976, when rising costs seemed to preclude a separate library building, the City Council, with the advice of the Library Board, decided to remodel the auditorium. MLTW / Turnbull Associates were hired as architects in July 1977 and construction began in March 1979.
Expanded shelving and additional seating were provided and an elevator was installed which serves the entire building. The remodeled library, with its high ceilings and tall windows looking out to the bay, opened in September 1979. Marin County Free Library Belvedere Tiburon Library Sausalito Library Website Sausalito Library Board of Trustees Sausalito Library Foundation Friends of the Sausalito Library City of Sausalito MARINet