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Garamendi talks love, pro football and Peace Corps

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Senior Jaycen Kirk, and other Fairfield High economics students, take part in a question and answer session with Congressman John Garamendi, Wednesday at at the school. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | April 24, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi told high school students Wednesday how he chose the Peace Corps over pro football, why Travis Air Force Base will remain open for decades and that California will never be split into six states.

“It has to do with political power,” he said of California remaining a single state. “Do you think any state, other than California, would want to give California 12 senators instead of two?”

“Spend your time on something that could happen,” Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, advised Fairfield High School students in the economics class he addressed.

Asked by an 18-year-old student about the future of Travis Air Force Base, Garamendi answered, “I don’t think it will be closed in your lifetime.”

The base is the logistical hub of the West Coast and “it’s not going to go away,” he said.

Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County, where surveillance drones are based, has a sign over a door that reads, “In God we trust. All others we watch,” said the congressman. You go to Travis to get to the rest of the world watched by U.S. drones, said Garamendi, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Asked by a student why became a congressman, Garamendi said after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley – where he played football – the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals were interested in him entering the pro football draft. But the woman he would wed wanted to enter the Peace Corps, Garamendi said.

“I didn’t play professional football,” he told students. “We went into the Peace Corps.”

“That was 48 years ago,” he said, and he and wife Patti Garamendi have been married 47 years and have six children.

Asked later about his greatest achievements, the congressman said, “I’ve had the most marvelous journey.”

“I found the woman I love,” Garamendi said to applause from the students.

He said that later as a University of California regent he opposed tuition increases – and lost every one of the votes.

The Affordable Care Act has provided almost 1.5 million Californians with health coverage, said the congressman, who represents the 3rd District that includes much of Solano County.

“It is working,” Garamendi said. “It’s going to be, and is, a very good improvement on the health care system.”

At the end of his hourlong talk, he held up a smartphone and told students they can register to vote by going on the California Secretary of State website. Ballots for the June 3 and Nov. 4 elections can be mailed to voters, Garamendi said.

“You see a name called ‘Garamendi,’ ” he said. “Check that one off.”

He urged students to work in a political campaign and said he’d like them to walk precincts in his re-election bid.

“If you don’t work for me, work for my opponent,” he said. “You will learn how to be a good citizen.”

Lonnie Saetern, 17, a senior who had asked Garamendi what he was doing about the cost of college, said after the congressman’s talk that, “It was good to see someone was standing up for us.”

Saetern will attend the University of California, Merced, and said she and fellow student Kristin Hsu, 17, who’ll attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, are trying to figure out how to pay the $34,000 a year in college costs.

Asked about voting for Garamendi, Hsu that she’d want to do further research.

Senior August Messano, 18, who’ll attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, said he’d also want to do some reading before voting but that he was impressed with what Garamendi said Wednesday.

“He definitely sold me,” Messano said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • http://www.newsnet1.com/electricnevada.com/pages97/garamend.htmApril 23, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Google.....In General.... garamendi department of the interior......Interior Department Mogul High-Powered ... - Electric Nevada ............Garamendi, said the Post, "is credited with convincing Bill Clinton early in the campaign to support" the particular model of health care that eventually emerged. That model called for "the formation of giant agencies -- called health insurance purchasing cooperatives (HIPCs) - that would oversee approved health plans." Garamendi himself had already made a very similar proposal. According to an analysis prepared for the conservative Heritage Foundation, the plan would have put at risk about 6.6 million small business jobs, or about 10 percent of all small business employment.........Also this piece says that Mrs Garamendi's family was trying to stop the Garamendis from looting a family trust fund.... An old Political joke.... That a Politician will even cheat his mother for Political Gain..... My main Problem with Mr. Garamendi is that he is too close to the Clintons... remember the Clinton Death List and that 9/11 was an inside job on the Republican watch, but no Democrat will tell us the truth either.... See they are all in on it. ..... Notice How with them it is always about promising to give you voters something for nothing.... How often in the real world does this work out.... something for nothing? You can not give away the Goodies without paying for them.... somebody pays... and remember The politicians hide behind their " DO GOODER " personas..... As a former Interior Department Secretary what can Mr. Garamendi tell us about the Chemtrails so prevalent in the skies of Solano County? About the Geoengineering that we are all subject to and have no say in.... did we vote to have Chemtrails around the country contain a dangerous and extremely poisonous mix of chemicals that includes: barium, nano aluminum-coated fiberglass [known as CHAFF], radioactive thorium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, desiccated blood, mold spores, yellow fungal mycotoxins, ethylene dibromide, and polymer fibers. sprayed on us? Youtube ...... What in the world are they spraying

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  • DontTalkAboutTheWeatherApril 24, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJZuFQ6E-NA

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  • What in the World Are They Spraying? (Full Length)April 24, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

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  • http://intellihub.com/find-the-fema-camp-nearest-you/April 24, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Google... The evidence that we the people, are at risk of being placed under martial law, and losing all of our rights as guaranteed by the Constitution is overwhelming. By Dave Gibson Examiner June 13, 2013..... Some locations of FEMA Camps?.... On October 17, 2006, President Bush signed into law, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act. The law allows the President to declare a “public emergency” at his own discretion, and place federal troops anywhere throughout the United States. Under this law, the President also now has the authority to federalize National Guard troops without the consent of Governors, in order to restore “public order.” The President can now deploy federal troops to U.S. cities, at will, which eliminates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act......In short, President Obama can now declare Martial Law anytime he sees fit to do so............On October 1, 2008 the U.S. Army´s 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division began their stateside mission under U.S. Northern Command. It was the first time that an active duty Army unit has been assigned this type of mission. They are known as the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force. They are responsible for responding to terrorist attacks, and restoring order in case of civil unrest...............On December 31, 2011, while on vacation in Hawaii, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law which in addition to allocating $662 billion to the Pentagon also contains a measure which allows U.S. citizens to be taken into custody and held indefinitely without ever being charged with a crime...................Not only can any citizen deemed a threat to “national security interests of the United States,” be held forever without receiving a trial, but the military will be the ones arresting those citizens.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 23, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    I wish they had booed him. Fairfield is a war zone. Business and industry want to move and none really want to locate here. The US Senate and BRAC decide Travis's future, not the House of Representatives. Garamendi likes big government, a failed war, open borders, welfare, Agenda21, Common Core, No water, no energy, no agriculture, unionized thug cops, thug criminals, disloyal bureaucrats and in general "more of the same" ... Do You?

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  • patrickApril 24, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    RICH you forgot to mention taxes

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  • Rich GiddensApril 24, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Governor Rick Perry of Texas has challenged Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to a debate about business, taxes, regulations and job creation. Cuomo is the cowardly scion of the former Governor, Mario Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo is refusing to debate a critical issue with the Governor of a State (Texas) that produced 30% of all jobs created in the USA last year. Somebody needs to debate Garamendi on these and other issues because things are rotten----a lost war, a crumbling anemic economy with business, industry, jobs and 2 parent families leaving, massive uncontrolled illegal immigration with California encouraging, aiding and abetting same, a massive expansion of the welfare state and food stamps instead of business expansion and jobs! I vote 2 thumbs down for this outcome! And you guys? Am I to assume that you like it as the bullets fly in anger in your formerly nice neighborhoods?

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  • BJApril 24, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Can someone, anyone, please shut Rich up!

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  • BJNeedsABrainApril 24, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    Dear BJ: Please read the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. 'Nuff said.

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  • Salty DogApril 24, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    So BJ you want to take away Rich's 1st amendment right of freedom of speech and silence him because you do not agree with what he is saying?

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  • FreedomaintfreeApril 24, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Why is it that we heard nothing out of Garamendi for months on end, but now that election time is near and he is saddled with Obamacare he is suddenly all over the news. Run, John, run; a legitimate candidate is going to chase you down big spender.

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