Category: January 2018

Meet The Alliums

Just when you thought that it was too late in the season to plant vegetables in the garden, you will be happy to learn that you can still plant members of the allium family. For those who don’t speak botanical Latin, alliums are members of the onion family.

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A Warm and Wonderful New Year!

Start the New Year off on a most delicious note with Gingerbread Apple French Toast Bake. Sugar-dusted squares of apples and French bread, encased in warmly spiced milk and egg filling accented with molasses, can hardly wait for a drizzle of maple syrup. Make it the night before, and pop it into the oven when you wake for a perfect Rose Parade and football game- watching breakfast. This dish is ideal for brunch with family and friends, with bacon or sausage, and fresh fruit. Happy 2018!

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Planning for Growth

Among the most challenging things that we face from a planning perspective is enrollment growth, and by mid-year, we are deep into decision making regarding anticipated changes in enrollment. When considering growth, it is important to note that growth is a good thing for schools. Growing enrollment means that programs that serve kids can grow.

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Eight Years Later

It’s hard to believe that eight years have passed since I was first elected to the Visalia City Council. Back in 2009, we were in the midst of a recession, Mooney Boulevard looked like a ghost town, and consumer confidence had bottomed out. What a difference eight years make!

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Getting Started: Establishing a Financial Safety Net

In times of crisis, you don’t want to be shaking pennies out of a piggy bank. Having a financial safety net in place can ensure that you’re protected when a financial emergency arises. One way to accomplish this is by setting up a cash reserve, a pool of readily available funds that can help you meet emergency or urgent short-term needs.

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High School Kids and Social Security

You might think the last thing a high school kid would be interested in, or want to learn about, would be Social Security. And you’d be right. But I thought it was a good idea to get teenagers to think about the subject — from both a historical and economic viewpoint, and from the perspective of their own budding relationship with the program. Today, I will share with you some of the things I told these kids.

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