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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Share American Culture With Japanese Students in San Ramon

Learn About Japanese Culture and Get Paid!

If you have ever had an interest to learn more about the Japanese culture, share about American culture, and have wanted to have a ton of fun, this opportunity might be for you!

On August 21st through September 6th there will be eleven Japanese students coming to San Ramon to learn English and experience American Culture. They will be going to school during the week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

If you are interested in being a host family for these students, your responsibility will be to:

  1. Provide a bed for the student to sleep in
  2. Provide 3 meals a day
  3. Speak to your students in English
  4. Transport the students to their learning center sight Mon.- Fri
  5. Be ready to have a great time with these students
You will have a great time and get paid for helping out with these students. If you are interested in hosting a child during this time please call Sarah, at (661)-333-9606.

This exciting opportunity for cultural exchange is for families in San Ramon that would love to share their American culture with Japanese students. It is through an organization called PeopleLink,, that is located in the Sacramento area. PeopleLink is involved with helping place foreign exchange student's in homes when they come to America. There are a total of 8 to 11 Japanese students arriving August 21st and departing September 6 for a total of 17 days. They are university age. The Japanese agency has requested that these students be placed in all single placements - one student per family.

Chinese Students
Sarah Mullaney With A Group of Chinese Students

Sarah Mullaney - Booher, has just finished working with a group from China with the PeopleLink organization. "It was one of the most rewarding things I have done. I loved it so much, I am thrilled at the opportunity to do it again," Sarah said. Sarah served in China as an oral English teacher for the 2006-2007 school year at a university. She said, "This was a life changing experience for me. It was incredible to learn from my students and also share with them through relationships. I would be excited for any family to be able to love these students and to also learn about Japan." Sarah will be their Teacher Guide while the students are here and will be teaching them English daily and doing the activities with them.

The host families will take students to the learning center daily, and then picking them up in the afternoon. The San Ramon host families are also paid for taking the students in. They receive $20.00 per night.

The outline for a host family is as follows:
  1. Host families are responsible for providing a place for the students to sleep (need their own beds - does not have to be a room but can be a hideaway bed, roll away bed etc.), 3 meals a day, and transportation to and from the student center and conversation with guest.

  2. Students have insurance coverage for accidents and illness.

  3. Students will study English four mornings a week at the study center. They will spend one day on an excursion to a local spot of interest. Afternoons are spent participating in organized activities. One or two afternoons a week are "free" afternoons. These are intended for students to explore more of the area. Often students will spend this time shopping or touring.

  4. Host families are invited to participate in the half-day activities and on some full-day trips. Ask your teacher guide for specifics.

  5. The welcome Party is given to the students by the host families and a Farewell Party is given to the host families from the students.

Sarah is new to the area and does not know a lot of people in the San Ramon Valley yet and she was wondering if anyone would be able to help in the San Ramon community. Give her a call; she would love to talk to anyone that is interested. Her cell phone number is (661) 333-9606. Feel free to email Sarah also.

Contact Sarah as soon as possible to let her know if your family wishes to participate, or if you know of any families that might be interested in this cultural exchange program; she would be very grateful.

"I am very excited about this opportunity and would love to see these students placed in loving homes," said Sarah.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ABC7 Listens San Ramon Community Meeting 7/30/08

Dear San Ramon Community:

Covering the 11-county Bay Area of nearly seven-million residents is a significant journalistic challenge. In an effort to meet that challenge, we started ABC7 Listens, our ongoing community outreach project that we hope will keep us more in touch with our Bay Area viewers. ABC7 Listens community meetings are held every month at different locations in our viewing area. Our goal is to learn about key issues and, more specifically, stories that ABC7 News should be covering.

Our next ABC7 Listens community feedback meeting will be held in the City of San Ramon on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM, at the San Ramon City Council Chambers located at 2222 Camino Ramon. We are inviting local residents, along with people who are involved in various groups and organizations serving the San Ramon area. While we want to hear about your story ideas, we also want your feedback on our news coverage and how you think we can better serve your community. We hope that this meeting is the beginning of a long-term relationship.

I hope that you will be able to join ABC7 News Reporter Laura Anthony, news managers, and me on Wednesday, July 30th. A news camera may be present to record parts of the meeting. Please note that although the focus will be on San Ramon, the meeting will also be open to residents of other Bay Area neighborhoods.

Space is limited, so please RSVP via e-mail to:, or call the Public Affairs Department at (415) 954-7702. If you have any questions, you can call me at (415) 954-7712.


Kevin Keeshan

News Director


Friday, July 18, 2008

San Ramon City Council Agenda For July 22, 2008

The San Ramon City Council Agenda for July 22, 2008 is ready for public viewing.

There is one particular item in which this may be the last time to add public testimony input, and that is about extending the Mayor's Term in office. See the following information from the City Council Agenda item.

8.13 Resolution No. 2008-153 – Submitting a Charter Amendment to the Voters at the General Election on November 4, 2008 Providing for the Change of the Mayor’s Term if the General Municipal Election Date is Held on the Date of the Statewide General Election and Repealing Resolution No. 2008-81. Staff Report

Note: There are certain pros and cons to extending the term of the San Ramon Mayor. Take a look, and decide for yourself.

Here's where the rubber meets the road in what is potentially being proposed to the voters for them to vote for or against at the next general election. Note: The voters are not really voting for or against extending the term but both. Very, very clever on the draft wording.


Section 1

The City Council of the City of San Ramon hereby calls a municipal election on November 4 2008 for submitting a proposed charter amendment providing for an adjustment of the Mayor's term of office to make it consistent with the change in date of the general municipal election.

Section 2

The City Council of the City of San Ramon hereby requests that the wording of the proposed charter amendment of the City of San Ramon Charter be placed on the actual ballot of the November 4 2008 election and shall read as follows:


Shall the following be added to Article III of the City of San Ramon Charter:
Notwithstanding any of the above if the general municipal election date is changed to the date of the statewide general election the unexpired term of an incumbent Mayor shall be extended by one year or reduced by one year. If the term is extended that individual may serve a total of nine years as Mayor.

Here is the keywording that is being proposed that is very problematic. The quote is "shall be extended by one year or reduced by one year." Which is it going to be? If you are on the City Council, and you like the Mayor, then the City Council can extend the term, or if you are on the City Council, and you don't like the Mayor, then the City Council can shorten it. Very interesting indeed.

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