Friday, August 26, 2011

Field Rep for Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Note:  Due to the new redistricting, the new district will contain most of North San Jose and Santa Clara.  A typical assembly district has about 500,000 residents

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski seeks a proactive, strategic, and community-oriented individual for the position of Field Representative in his Fremont District Office.

Basic Function: To act, within Southern Alameda County and Northern Santa Clara County, as an official representative and liaison to the Assemblymember. This is a FULL TIME, Entry Level position.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Establish relationships with elected officials, community leaders, business groups, and local organizations.

• Attend local meetings, events, and hold office appointments on behalf of the Assemblymember.

• Recommend and execute strategies to meet identified outreach goals, and track issues of importance to our community.

• Work in collaboration with staff to identify, plan, and coordinate events for the Assemblymember to attend and host.

• Resolve constituent concerns with state and local agencies.

• Complete various assigned tasks and projects, as directed.

• Provide administrative assistance, including: data entry, answering phones, writing correspondence, greeting constituents, and maintaining basic office

operations and systems.


• Candidates MUST understand the basic functions and organization of the California State Legislature.

• Strong verbal and written skills are required. Must be comfortable with public speaking.

• Enthusiastic, proactive, and organized. Time management skills are a MUST.

• Must possess extensive computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Internet, Outlook Email.

• Professional demeanor.

• Willingness to be flexible in a small, team oriented office.

• Candidates must be team players that also work well independently.

• Must have a car and valid driver's license.

• Willingness to work nights and / or weekends as necessary to attend events with or on behalf of the Assemblymember.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Candidates with political experience or knowledge of local or state government are preferred.

• Familiarity with the East Bay Area, including San Jose, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, and Castro Valley.

• B.A. or equivalent degree.

• Additional knowledge of computer graphic programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design are a plus.

• Second language (Spanish / Chinese) is a plus.

Salary: Dependent upon experience. Excellent Benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample to:

Office of Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Attn: Trisha Tahmasbi, Chief of Staff

State Capitol, Room 4162

Sacramento, CA 95814

Or Fax: 916.319.2120

Attention: Trisha Tahmasbi, Chief of Staff

No telephone calls, please.

Compensation: Salary: Dependent upon experience. Excellent Benefits.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ông Nguyễn Cao Kỳ và Hòa Giải Dân Tộc (Nguyen cao Ky and His Reconciliation)


The former South Vietnam Vice President Nguyen cao Ky passed away earlier this month .  He was 81 years old.   Just like his life, his death is a news maker.   There are numerous articles and discussions on the Web about his flamboyant life of booze and women, his rise briefly to power in a corrupted South Vietnam political system, his hardliner against communism and ultimately his return as a refugee in America to live in Vietnam (albeit part time) as a middleman trying to bring American investors to build a golf resort in a communist country. 

What livid a lot of the anti-communist groups is his condescending attitude toward them.  In an interview on 4/30/2005 in Vietnam by VTVI Hanoi as part of a program titled  "The Vietnam War In Retrospective after 30 Years", Nguyen cao Ky did not mince his words (see video).  The first few minutes of his interview is transcribed as follows -

"... I told many Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) and my former soldiers,  I used to fight along their side and just like them,  I wanted to have a final victory to unite the country.   I know that it is a responsibility of every Vietnamese citizen to unify the country. 

But we could not do it.  The people on the other side did it.  This is now history and we have to accept it.  The country is now united after 30 years.  I cannot understand why some people still talk about the country is lost and we have to take back the country.  The country is not lost to China or France.  Why we have to regain our country?  From what?  Even the 3 million Vietnamese people overseas cannot say they represent the true Vietnam.  They are not representing Vietnam.....................

There are extreme elements in the community who always claim that they are in the name of nationalism, freedom and democracy (to fight to take back the country).  These people are crooks who hide under these worned-out jingoisms to take money from the people.  To manipulate people's good will for their own agenda.   Don't be fool by them I tell you...........  These anti-communist extremists are making a lot of noises even though they only represent a very small minority.  The majority of the community ignore them.  That is the saddest thing about our Viet Kieu community.  These anti-communist people are a bunch of clowns.........."