You may find it hard to believe that Congressman Jim Costa and members of the Central Valley Tea Party have anything in common. From High Speed Rail to the Valley's water crisis... Costa and the Tea Party are constantly at odds with many members of the mostly conservative organization praying for the long-time Democratic Politician's defeat at the polls (Costa is facing another re-election challenge in November from Republican Brian Whelan in the new 16th Congressional District).
Thanks to the U.S. Constitution and a desire to educate school children... the political opponents - Costa and the Tea Party - suddenly find themselves working together.
Monday, September 17th is Constitution Day 2012. The Central Valley Tea Party is joining Tea Party groups around the country by starting a campaign to make sure public school children are being taught (as voted into law by Congress) about our founding documents during that week in September. The CVTP is currently fundraising in order to put together a packet of information from the National Center for Constitutional Studies to hand out to every Valley classroom. That packet includes pocket-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution. Tea Party member Bob Sears tells me... they reached out to the Valley's Congressional delegation for help in acquiring those pocket Constitutions for the school packets.
Guess who answered the call?
Sears says Congressman Jim Costa is the only representative who ... in his words..."stepped up" to help by pledging 500 pocket Constitutions for the classrooms with hopefully more to come. The House of Representatives prints the mini-copies of the Constitution for members for to hand-out. Sears calls the donation amazing and says he was pleasantly surprised by the help from a political foe.
Costa's Washington Communications Director, Jessica Kahanek, told me the Congressman and his staff were happy to help out. Kahanek added when it comes to serving the district's constituents... there are no party lines... and like the Tea Party... Costa believes school kids should have an understanding and appreciation of the Constitution.
The Tea Party's Sears also says the Constitution is right down the middle... it's not Conservative, Liberal or Independent... it represents all of us.
Once again, The Central Valley Tea Party is currently working on putting together the U.S. Constitution packets for every classroom in the Valley. Here's a link to their website and more information about the project.
HUD Secretary Coming to Fresno
On Monday, August 20th, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, will visit Fresno. Secretary Donovan will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser benefitting Fresno First Steps Home. The local non-profit raises funds to address the needs of Fresno's homeless population. The fundraiser starts at 7pm at the Brick Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Fresno. Secretary Donovan will tour various sites in Downtown Fresno and see the improvements being made to the Lowell neighborhood.