Senator Mark DeSaulnier Receives K to College Hero Award

July 2, 2014 10:00 am · 20 comments


Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) has received the Hero Award from K to College. Senator DeSaulnier won the award in part for authoring legislation to create the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund.

The fund will provide tens of thousands of homeless children with the basic materials needed to achieve in the classroom. Senator DeSaulnier carried SB 1571 in 2012 to establish the fund. He is currently carrying SB 761 to ensure that the funds are distributed in a timely and efficient manner. The fund has raised over $644,000 since 2013.

“I am honored to receive the K to College Hero Award,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Students need to be equipped with the right tools in order to succeed, but so many homeless children are left without the supplies needed to receive a quality education. K to College provides tangible support to help some of our most vulnerable children.”

K to College is a nonprofit operating the largest charitable school and dental supply program in California. Since 2010, K to College has distributed more than $14,500,000 of grade-appropriate school and dental supply kits to more than 230,000 students in more than 100 California school districts.

Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

A for only a small tax ..

WC July 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Where do the funds come from? Maybe he can divert his leftover campaign contributions to the fund.

mike mac July 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

So the Fund honors a major donor i.e. funneling tax funds to the organization. The award appears designed to produce more funneling of funds.

Grumpy Old Man July 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

It takes a real HERO to give away tax payer’s hard earned money. Way to go Mark! I would agree with your award if you, personally, toured the state raising voluntary CONTRIBUTIONS for the homeless children.

Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I love it when politicians make up awards and give them to each other. No doubt he got an award for voting to let boys use the girls restrooms in public schools..

Always Right July 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Even the notion of “homeless children” should be disturbing.

Why are children allowed to stay with homeless, vagrant, intoxicated parents?

Answer: The left wing is invested in keeping people homeless !

We have foster care, so no child should be allowed to stay outdoors at night. Period. DeSaulnier is no hero. He is part of the problem.

@Always wrong July 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

and how do we have foster care in your world, that would mean the gov’t being involved in peoples lives, OMG and maybe money spent on poor people, OMG.

Michelle July 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Anonymous, that’s always the best part, just like the academy awards. 🙂

Sid July 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Grumpy Old Man, Mike Mac, and others,

The School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund is funded by VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS. You can choose to make a contribution (or not) on Line 422 of your CA tax return. It is VOLUNTARY.

Always Right July 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

@#7 – news flash – I have no problems with the concept of foster using local tax dollars. Not every child has family who can take care of them.

What motivates you to make such false and judgemental comments?

Atticus Thraxx July 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Got no use for the senator, but I can’t complain about K to College program. In fact it sounds like a damn good idea. I can take the deduction, right?

SKS July 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

It’s voluntary until it becomes institutionalized. Then when the program ends some useless senator (D-Concord) will pass a bill to fund it as part of the State’s general fund… then a “fee” or will appear on someone’s license or registration form.. it doesn’t matter where it comes from so long as it is a viable funding stream.

Ta-dah… that’s how government swells.

RIII July 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

However, where are Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla on the security of our borders and all these “Children” flooding into our country today? They are quick to sponsor some “Feel Good Legislation,” but where are they on issues that have some real consequences? Sadly, and without any surprise, they are missing in action!

Anon July 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I cannot believe he is going to replace George Miller, you people have failed.

Elwood July 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Mark fulfilled the Peter Principle when he was behind the bar at TR’s.

..... July 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

@RIII #13 – The politicians are not capable of taking action on issues of substance that are impacting this country. This “feel-good, do-nothing” legislation is all about appearances – and continues to ensure the support by the low/no-information voters. If they take substantive action on these major issues, they risk the wrath of the Party and the dumbed-down voters.

@anon#114 – My gut feeling is that he and Miller were just in cahoots for the last 4-5 years, planning to hand off the baton. Then again, look at Bonilla….nobody ran against her in the primary. Both of them are useless POS’s. They’re not in office to “make a difference”, because the bills they’ve introduced haven’t made a difference. The only difference they’ll make is in their bank accounts.

As Bonilla’s staff told me a couple of years ago (and I think I still have the e-mail), she is “perfectly in touch with her constituents.” I still gag whenever I remember THAT one!

@Elwood #15 – The only thing Mark’s done is push the “There Ought To Be A Law”….. Like we need more “laws” to address the problems today. How about people taking responsibility at ALL levels????

If they’re so “interested” and “committed” to the illegal immigrants, then I’m sure that they would be more than willing to personally take them in. But I digress….

As far as these “awards” – all they do is collect these meaningless awards so they can pat each other on the back and tell the low-information voters how much they done – when (again) they haven’t done a single substantive thing.

Off my soapbox. I need some coffee.

gratt July 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

really, a hero, really

Anonymous July 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Don’t criticize DeSaulnier for taxing and spending. It’s in his DNA. He simply can’t help it.

Take any issue and he will always be on the progressive side. So predictable. He knows how to spend our money better then we do.

..... July 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM


And he’ll tell you so while he’s patting himself on the back and continuing to vote in lockstep with the other tax and spend politicians.

I gotta say, though….the term “progressive” no longer means much when the politicians can no longer think for themselves or for who they supposedly “represent” – when they’re just voting along party lines and refuse to objectively listen to issues raised by others NOT of their political persuasion.

Marianne July 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM


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