Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese will be the guest of honor at a fundraising event for 11th Congressional District Republican candidate David Harmer.
Meese served President Reagan as counselor to the president from 1981-85 and attorney general from 1985-88. When Reagan was governor, Meese was his legal affairs secretary from 1967-68 and chief of staff from 1969-74.
The event will be held on Wednesday night at Clos LaChance Winery in the town of San Martin, near Morgan Hill.
Harmer, a San Ramon attorney, is seeking the seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton. He is running against Tony Amador, of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken, of Danville, and Brad Goehring, of Clements, in the June primary.
For information on the exact time and location of the fundraiser, call Mallory West at 530-277-9175 or send an e-mail to mallory@harmerForcongress.com.
Democratic congressional candidate Ami Bera gets endorsement
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund has endorsed of Democrat Ami Bera for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Dan Lungren, R-Gold River. The district includes Galt.
Bera, 45, is a lifelong Californian whose parents emigrated to the United States from India more than 50 years ago. He and Lungren are unopposed in the June primary and will square off in the November general election.
Bill introduced to improve air quality in San Joaquin Valley
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer have introduced the Air and Health Quality Empowerment Zone Act, legislation aimed at helping to improve air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.
House Resolution 5296 would allow San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, King, Tulare and Kern counties to receive grants for programs that help residents voluntarily replace or retrofit polluting engines. The bill also allows up to $20 million per year through 2015 to be allocated to the grant fund.
According to the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District, the San Joaquin Valley emits extremely high levels of pollutants, putting it at a level of non-attainment of air quality standards, according to McNerney's office.
Hundreds turn out for Stockton Salvation Army free lunch offer
Salvation Army officials say an offer of a free lunch attracted hundreds of people in Stockton.
The head of the Stockton chapter of the charitable organization said volunteers served up spaghetti lunches to about 500 people Saturday.
The free lunch was offered to help spread the word of the group's work to help the poor.
Besides Saturday's lunch, the Stockton chapter provides free groceries three times a week to the needy.
Capt. Eric Tumale said since the economy started slumping in late 2008, the amount of groceries his group hands out every week has tripled.
— Associated Press