Thursday, March 30, 2017

• Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez in Wildomar

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez held one of her community coffees at Wildomar VFW Post 1508. The room was packed with her constituents, as she fielded questions on a variety of topics.
Panoramic shots always seem to make crowds look smaller than they were. The room had two aisles of six chairs that went back about ten rows, and many people only had standing room spots.

She started off by honoring local veteran Ron Larsen on his 75th birthday. 

He's a local in the Windsong neighborhood, and many of us know him as the kind man that can be seen walking with a large sunhat and sunglasses, and often accompanied by his friend, and Wildomar resident Kevin Jon Sax.
Ron Larsen is flanked by Assemblywoman Melendez, and Wildomar Mayor Tim Walker as Kevin Jon Sax snaps some pictures of the occasion.
Next was recognition of the Vietnam Veterans Day. 

With a certificate from the city and a plaque from the Assemblywoman thanking all veterans for their sacrifice for our country, the sacrifices their families made and for their love of our country. 

Mayor Walker got a bit choked up when presenting the certificate, and that's why I admire this man. He's real, he's genuine. 

"I'm not a veteran, so I salute you guys for doing your job and protecting us.... thank you."
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, Steve Regalado, and Mayor Tim Walker.
From here she went over some current legislation. Bills that she has introduced, bills that she finds troublesome, and other bills that she likes.

She fielded all sorts of questions, ranging from Russian hacking, why she didn't support last year's tobacco tax, Governor Brown's bullet train, the recently proposed vehicle taxes, the talk about having California secede from the union and several others.

What I have to admire about her is that she treats all the questions, including the dumb ones, seriously. 

It's not a regular thing that an elected official cares enough to meet the community as often as she does. I suggest that you get on her mailing list and plan to attend one of her upcoming coffees.

To finish up the evening, she recognized two groups for outstanding work in the community. 

Michelle's House that helps with those battling cancer, and Operation Prom Girl that helps underprivileged teenage girls obtain dresses for the prom.
From left to right: Dawn Schultz, Michelle Wallis, Mary Martinez, and Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez.
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If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the "as if" technique.

– William James 1842 –1910

Wildomar Rap tip of the day: You don't have to say "as if" when trying the "as if" technique..

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