Memorial Day Weekend —

In between the Nordstrom half yearly sale, the BottleRock Festival in Napa, Warriors basketball, and backyard barbeques – take a moment to stop and reflex on what the singular purpose of Memorial Day.

  • To honor those who gave their last full measure of devotion, their lives in service to the flag of the United States and the Republic for which it stands – one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all
  • Following the Civil War, Congress – in 1868 — set aside Monday May 30 as Decoration Day as a day when each community would decorate the graves of their community’s fallen with flowers and honor their sacrifice.
  • Decoration Day remained a state holiday until the passage of the Uniform Holiday Act in 1968 that created many three day holiday weekends – we celebrate —
  • But it was not until 1971 – during the Vietnam War — that Congress officially changed the holiday to Memorial Day in recognition of those who fell in all the wars fought since the Civil War – from the Indian Wars to 1898 to Two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam – and now the 16 year old war on terror
  • If you have the opportunity – take a moment or two or an hour to participate in the Memorial Day events scheduled in your community.

In the numbers this week:

California Public Education –

The Governor’s May Revised – the final revision of the planned California State Budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is in front of the Legislature and there are some interesting numbers for us to consider –

California $66,208,111,000 $10,467 $38,620,467,000 $6,203 $14,951,104,000 $2,401
New Jersey $26,025,344,000 $18,235 $14,138,558,000 $10,557 $6,222,199,000 $4,646
New York $59,209,906,000 $21,206 $30,338,328,000 $11,529 $16,463,224,000 $6,256

To catch up – to give our kids the education they deserve –

  • Smaller classes
  • Longer school year
  • More electives
  • Expanded athletics and other extra-curricular activities
  • The latest technology tools

The legislature would have to DOUBLE current state spending on education!