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In Honor Of Crystal Bertheau April 23, 2015
Sam Farr, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to bring to the House’s attention the outstanding public service work of Crystal Bertheau on the occasion of her retirement from the Santa Cruz County Elections Department following a long and distinguished career. In Ms. Bertheau’s professional career, she embodied the fundamental principal that should guide American democracy across our great nation: that every voter should have easy access to the ballot and that every vote cast should be counted. It is an example that stands as a beacon even now in the 21st Century. Crystal started her professional career in San Mateo County in 1972 where she and her co-workers created an annual program for Court Room Clerks at Stanford University. From 1981 to 1996, Crystal worked for Judge Clarence B. Knight. In 1996, Crystal transferred to the San Mateo County Elections Department. In 1997, she and her husband, David, moved to Scotts Valley, California. In 1998, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department hired her as the poll worker training and recruitment coordinator for the county. She was instrumental in launching and implementing the county Inspector Hotline, a dedicated phone number for poll workers to call in questions on Election Day. In 2002, she took on the duties of Program Coordinator in charge of candidate filing. Crystal quickly became known as the knowledgeable and friendly face who helped thousands of candidates navigate their way through the candidate filing process. Crystal also served as a Passport Acceptance Agent and a Deputy Commissioner for Civil Marriage for the County of Santa Cruz. She and her co-workers earned the 2013 Employee Recognition Gold Award for successfully facilitating the start of same sex marriages in Santa Cruz County. Crystal’s passion for elections and community service is unsurpassed. She has worked 20 hour Election Days, spent many weekends serving her community on Passport Saturdays and Weekend Voting, and conducted weddings near the midnight hour on Valentine’s Day. Crystal has enjoyed sailing in the San Francisco Bay, has run 2 half marathons and dozens of 10ks, has backpacked in the High Sierras, and enjoyed scuba diving in Cozumel, Bonaire, and the Monterey Bay. In retirement Crystal hopes to continue to enjoy her hobbies of golf, gardening, hiking, playing the piano, reading, and spending time with family and friends, especially her son Mark. Mr. Speaker, I know that I speak on behalf of the entire House in thanking Crystal for her 42 years of public service and outstanding leadership, showing one person can impact the lives of many. I wish her the very best in the next chapter of her life."
National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act Of 2015 April 23, 2015
Joaquin Castro, D-TX
"Mr. Chairman, first, I am very honored to be joined by my fellow colleagues and Members of Congress from both parties from San Antonio, Texas—Congressmen Smith, Doggett, Cuellar, and Hurd—who each represent a portion of Bexar County and have joined me on this amendment."
Honoring Dr. Ruth B. Love April 23, 2015
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"Dr. Love was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, and grew up in Bakersfield, California, where she attended public schools. From a young age, Dr. Love displayed a deep passion for reading, which she transformed into a career in education. Dr. Love received her B.A. in education from San Jose State University, her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Psychology from the United States International University."
Honoring Peoples’ Self-Help Housing April 23, 2015
Lois Capps, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, which has served my constituents on the Central Coast of California since its incorporation on August 6, 1970. Since its inception Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has provided vital affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups in our local community. Over the past 45 years, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has developed nearly 1,600 affordable rental units at 45 properties throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Their home building program utilizes a collaborative group method known as “sweat equity” to build homes for limited income families. This valuable program has resulted in over 1,200 new homes constructed by individuals as owner-builders under the supervision of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing. Furthermore, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing provides safe and attractive shelter for 4,400 residents throughout the Tri-Counties. The organization has also received numerous national, state and local awards in recognition of their significant contributions to revitalizing our neighborhoods and communities, ensuring stable housing for veterans and those who were formerly homeless, and for their innovative work in educating our youth population. I congratulate and offer my sincerest thanks to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing for 45 years of successfully providing affordable housing and vital community services to the people of the Central Coast."
Honoring The Life And Achievements Of Susie Wilson April 22, 2015
Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today, along with my colleagues the Honorable Anna Eshoo and the Honorable Michael Honda, to honor the life and achievements of a distinguished member of our community, Susanne (“Susie”) Wilson. She has been a longstanding leader in the Santa Clara Valley as both a public official and a community advocate. Susie served as a member of the San Jose City Council from 1973-1978. She also served as Vice-Mayor of San Jose from 1976-1978, she was a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for District 1 from 1979-1991; serving as Chairperson in 1982, 1986, and 1990."

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