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Be Your Own Boss?

Senator Portantino’s Small Businesses Friendly Legislation Passes Key Committee in the Legislature

                                                                                                                               Wednesday May 1, 2019

Yvonne Vasquez (916) 651-4025


Sacramento, California – Today, SB 349 passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. SB 349 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) and co-authored by Assemblymember James Ramos (D- Highland) modifies the minimum franchise tax on small businesses and creates a tax structure to encourage entrepreneurship in California.  

SB 349 is an attempt to help small businesses succeed and encourage investment growth while also respecting protections with LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations).  The bill creates a fee structure based on a small businesses annual gross receipt to replace the flat $800 flat minimum tax mandate. This will help foster growth of small businesses and encourages entrepreneurship.

Running your own business can be fun or not! If you have an entrepreneurial spirit- it may be the perfect solution!

My friend Sharon just started her own business from her life long hobby- genealogy!

See www.JourneysUntoldGenealogy.com

Earth Day- Great Reads!

Celebrating your Space with Green ideas!! Natural Style: Using Organic and Eco-Conscious Materials for Earth-Friendly Designs is an eco-elegant guide to home décor and is packed with attractive decorating ideas inspired by the colors, forms, and themes of nature. The pictures are inspiring; there is one on every page! The textiles section is informative and easy to follow. The natural kitchen and bathroom ideas are gorgeous, and welcoming! Such a cool idea book! Make your space eco-lovely!

so much to Learn! The TIPS really help! Green Clean: Natural Cleaning Solutions for Every Room of Your Home explains how to eliminate toxic chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, homemade solutions, with practical, comprehensive advice for every household cleaning need from kitchen, bathroom, and laundry to windows, floors, grills, decks, and cars.

Spring Cleaning and EARTH DAY are here! I love all the suggestions- you will learn the best way to clean your home – AND – the metals, fabrics, tile and the rest. Clear explanations on a variety of items like air purifiers, dry cleaning and BBQ grills to name a few. Tips on cleaning windows too! Really helpful guide!

Stress is NO JOKE!

This is from Deepak Chopra MD:

I don’t want to open the vast discussion of stress that now exists, except to make two limited points.

  1. Stress isn’t good for you.
  2. The vast majority of people do not deal with their stress effectively.

Coming to grips with these two things is important for anyone who wants to create a conscious lifestyle. To be aware is to be open, alert, ready to meet unknown challenges, and capable of fresh responses. When you are under stress, these qualities are compromised. Raise the stress high enough and they are reversed. The mind closes down as an act of self-defense. In that state it is very difficult to be alert and open.

stressful living

But stress is bad for you in far more basic ways. The hormones that are released in the body’s stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are meant to be temporary. Their effect is to galvanize the fight-or-flight response, which is triggered in a primitive area of the brain, because fight-or-flight is an inheritance from our pre-human past. In the stress response, a privileged pathway is opened for dealing with emergencies, while at the same time the brain’s higher responses are temporarily suppressed.

More information about health and stress from Health Grinder! Take a look:

No one can healthily sustain the heightened alertness, quick burst of energy, rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and other marks of the fight-or-flight response.  Physically, the hormone rush must come to an end, leading to the opposite state – you become drowsy, lose energy, and have a hard time remaining alert and focused. So-called adrenaline junkies deliberately induce an aroused state because they enjoy being highly aroused, and they presumably value the courage, euphoria, and killer instinct that the stress response brings.

What they overlook is the down side. They may also be unaware of the physical damage done to various parts of the body, since various processes (e.g., growth, digestion, oxygenation of muscles) are temporarily shut down during fight-or-flight, which must be considered an abnormal, unbalanced state – no one would deliberately stay there. As stress experts have asserted for decades, the low-level stress of modern life fools the body into triggering a borderline condition of fight-or-flight that isn’t good for us. “Normal” stresses like being stuck in traffic contribute to hypertension and coronary artery disease, along with susceptibility to infections, insomnia, and much else.

So those highly competitive types who boast that they thrive on stress are living in a fantasy world when you consider the potential for damage to their bodies. The most recent studies on the genetic effects of exercise, diet, meditation, and stress reduction conducted Dr. Dean Ornish, a national expert on reversing heart disease, suggests that a positive lifestyle produces beneficial output form as many as 400-500 genes. This implies that the same genes are adversely affected by a negative lifestyle that ignores stress management.

We are only now beginning to understand that subjective states like pain and happiness are not standardized. In fact, as we constantly reshape the brain and nervous system through everyday experience, each of us is structuring a unique response to the world, including our response to stress. This implies that there are people with high tolerances for stress and people with low tolerance, just as there is for pain.  But if you put soldiers under the high stress of battle, eventually all of them will become shell-shocked unless they are given time away from the front lines. The firefighters and police who responded on 9/11, a group self-selected to go into stressful situations, suffered very high rates of post-traumatic symptoms.

Therefore, don’t try to make stress your ally, either by toughing it out or turning your back on the problem. The conscious choice is to recognize that modern life is a battleground of low-level stress, sometimes peaking into high stress, that will have a damaging effect over time unless you deal with everyday stressors in a consistent, effective way.

From the Editor: A great way to release stress is working out, hiking, dancing & moving, walking, stretching, yoga. If you need INSPIRATION – join a group! You’ll sleep better, and you’ll have more clarity over a longer time period. Be Gentle with yourself. – Jacqueline

Planting Trees is a Team Activity

Earth day/ month is coming, Arbor Day is just around the corner.  On  4/27 in Gellert Park (Daly City, CA), Arbor day is being celebrated with residents picking up a “flag” to put in their yard to indicate where they want their free tree. This is part of the re-greening of Daly City and other cities in San Mateo county. Many trees have been lost to drought, disease and age. On this day, volunteers will plant trees in Gellert Park50 Wembley Dr, Daly City, CA 94015  This park is huge, built for picnics, soccer, baseball, running and community events. It even has a tot lot and club house!

(picture is JFK Elementary School on Price St. Daly City)

Now it is time for the community to give back! Get involved, bring a team and enjoy your community.  We are hoping that this tree planting will be extended to a nearby dirt path…  add a couple trees on the end of the 200 block of Wyandotte Avenue. There is an opportunity to collect money to pay for a bench also…this is the route that the kids take to get to JFK Elementary, wouldn’t that be great? These kids love science and trees and learn about them in school.

This is a great service to add trees to the SM COUNTY landscape. The contact in Stephen Stolte in Daly City. Project Green Space, 650-991-8126 or email sstolte@dalycity.org.

There is a choice of four trees,

  1. Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
  2. Strawberry Tree (Arubutus ‘Marina’) a manzanita
  3. Peppermint Will (Agonis flexuosa)
  4. Water Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina)


You pick up a “flag” for the tree location and an arborist comes out and plants it. Front or back yard. Must register and request tree.We picked a Strawberry Tree (coast live oak is too big and slow growing though a native).

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

APA is coming in MAY!!!

There are many Community Events  

Asian Art Museum

This museum is beautiful and fun, it’s only walking distance from the Civic Center BART station.

Free general admission courtesy of Target  Sunday May 5 10:30 AM–4 PM

Insider’s tip: skip the line on Sunday by ordering advance tickets online!

On Sunday, May 5, the Asian Art Museum joins the City and County of San Francisco in Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a free, museum-wide celebration featuring poetry readings, an artist’s talk, kids’ tours, art-making and more.

Get to know the collection through Storytelling or Kids’ Tours, and make art with the museum’s high school Art Speak interns.

From <http://www.asianart.org/regular/apa-heritage-month>

Local Libraries

  • San Mateo County Libraries:  https://smcl.org/blogs/post/celebrate-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/  – 7 events. (Henna, book discussion, Hula, Family research, Candy Lei Making, Japanese Taiko Drumming, New Zealand Taiko Drumming)
  • San Francisco Public Library has partnered with the APA Heritage Foundation and has more than 100 programs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage, including special events, exhibits, author talks, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the full program guide here. 2 events of special interest are below:
    • Saturday 5/12 Chinatown Meeting Room 2:30-4pm, at the SF Public Library Chinatown Him  Mark Lai on 1135 Powell St. SF Lemon Drops: A Bittersweet Memoir, author Frances Chin describes the journey of her mother as a “picture bride” in 1935, going to San Francisco from China. (in English) LINK
    • Tuesday, 5/22 Koret Auditorium, 6-7:30 at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St. For the “My Favorite Book” series, the speaker is Vanessa Hua, the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.  LINK   Make sure to stop by and see the exhibition: The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China – Through June 2, Main Library, Intl’ Center.

Celebrating with your family? APA Scholastic books for Children K-12 “27 Books to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”

PLEASANTON: Hawaiian May Day Festival Sat/Sun May 11-12, 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Ave.

Pleasanton, CA

kumuhulaassociation.com  (check the URL for the cost)

Be a CAAMFest36 Volunteer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be here in MAY! 

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Entering its 37th year!! Sign up for the Volunteer Orientation on April 17 or 18, and get all your questions answered.
WHEN??? May 9th – 19th, 2019
Hundreds of Movies are shown … in both San Francisco and Oakland, CAAMFest will continue to be an anchor event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. If you’d like to volunteer, that is very fun, you’ll be working at the showing of three movies, and for each volunteer time slot, you’ll get a voucher to see a move. Helping out and Having fun. There is a VOLUNTEER PARTY at the end of May.  This is a great way to get involved and support a community non-profit event.


CAAMFest36 Volunteer  volunteeradmin@caamedia.org 415-863-0814 x 303 May 9-19, need to discuss the 12 hour minimum and volunteer orientation required. Contact: Czarina Garcia.

Amazon Shuts its POP-UP Stores

Amazon to Shut All U.S. Pop-Up Stores As It Rethinks Physical Retail Strategy

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

““After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program,” an Amazon spokeswoman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal. The closings are expected by the end of next month, some employees at Amazon pop-up stores said. These shops typically occupy a few hundred square feet of space and showcase devices like voice-assistant speakers, tablets and Kindle e-readers. They feature staff, dressed casually in black Amazon T-shirts, who encourage passersby to sample the newest products. Pop-ups are operated in locations ranging from malls and Kohl’s stores to Amazon’s Whole Foods stores in 21 states.”

I’m a little sad, I was able to go to only one of these, and it was full of the most interesting gadgets and highly rated items…. most of which I had never seen. The one I checked out was in Berkeley and had a great kids toy section. It took care of my biggest problem with Amazon shopping….. I am always looking at the picture and description an wondering what something FEELS like…..

Take a Hike- Get Creative!

Try this!!

Unplugging, taking a break from tech / job hassles can help your mood, and outlook, but did you know it can boost your creativity??

– you’ll be a better problem-solver

– time in nature helps your cognition

– and happy time in nature makes you more resilient

Yes, go for a Healthy walk! 

March 8 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

On this day we celebrate our achievements. Everyone can celebrate, because everyone benefits when women are superstars in their work and communities. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year. LINK to Site


I cannot think of a better way to get engaged and build skills than to join a non-profit board. This work boosts your leadership, community understanding and showcases your abilities. In San Francisco, we can go to Board Match in May to learn more about the non-profits that help our communities and need members to join their boards.

The Board Match – Thursday, May 8 –5:30 pm.

The Board Match is an exciting event featuring hundreds of Bay Area nonprofits whose members will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their board of directors. Each year there are more than 1,100 participants in this annual event. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from cultural groups, environment, arts, youth and more. Bring your business cards to share with your potential match. Free! Register at www.theboardmatch.net  Board Match comes to many cities, take a look at their schedule.


And BIG Thanks to the Professional Business Women of California for their many seminars, tweets, and inspiration. This is great organization to check out! Do not miss PBWC’s historic 30th Annual Conference: Unstoppable! In San Francisco, April 23, 2019.  Wells Fargo is a Gold Sponsor of this event, and has supported PBWC for years. Makes me proud that they join with dozens of other companies that KNOW this is so important for women!

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – March 2

I read to kids in a literacy program called Reading First. It pairs up volunteers with new books…. the books are read to children at school and that wonderful book is left in the school library. I LOVE doing this volunteer service in my community.

I have noticed over the years that Dr. Seuss books are consistently one of the most fun books to read to the young students. The laughter is contagious, and the children often know some of the words and even the littlest ones are engaged and interested.

HATS off to Dr. Seuss…. and Happy Birthday!