Sunday, October 13, 2013

Introverts on Twitter

He who travels fastest travels alone.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Andra Hoffman for Assembly 2014, an Introduction

Andra Hoffman is running for the California State Assembly in the 45th District, which spans the northwest part of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley including the communities of Bell Canyon, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Hidden Hills, Northridge, Reseda, Tarzana, West Hills, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.

Andra has been endorsed by the Glendale College Guild, AFT Local 2276, an affiliate of the California Federation of Teachers. She is a thoughtful democrat who will focus on issues that uniquely affect the neighborhoods in the 45th district such as higher education, transportation and jobs. Laws that affect women and children are also a major concern.

I strongly feel that we need more women elected to local and state offices.  Gender equality, reproductive justice and higher education are extremely important issues that do not get enough attention at the state level, and laws that affect women are all too often crafted and then passed by men.

Andra grew up in Van Nuys, attended Grant High School, Los Angeles Valley College, and California State University, Northridge.  As a single mom, Andra raised her children in the San Fernando Valley where they attended LAUSD schools.  She has worked for two non-profit organizations, including the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council where she was the Director of Community Outreach creating girl scout troops with paid leadership in housing projects and homeless shelters in the San Fernando Valley.  She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge while working full-time and raising two kids.

She has been employed at Glendale Community College for the past sixteen years and is currently a faculty member teaching California State and Local Government and Politics.  She is also a full-time administrator at the college serving as Director of Governmental and External Relations.  This capacity has sent her she to Sacramento many times on behalf of community college students.  She is an AFT member  (American Federation of Teachers).  She is a past member of the board of the YWCA in Glendale and also a past board member for AYSO Region 58.

Further information can be obtained at :

Andra Hoffman for Assembly 2014
16161 Ventura Boulevard, Suite C-315
Encino, CA  91436

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cats and Health

I read in Spry Magazine that owning a cat has a real benefit to my health. Cat owners are 40% less likely to of a heart attack and 30% less likely to die of stroke, heart failure, or cardiovascular disease.

The blurb said that one reason maybe that interacting with cats reduces anxiety and stress. However, I find that cat ownership certainly has its own set of demands. As the joke goes - "Cats, e.g. Pumpkin (pictured) and Mini, are alarm clocks that need to be fed."

Having a dog like my Holly, of course, encourages many people to get more exercise through taking walks, playing fetch, and the like. However, Spry maintains that pets, even fish, are associated with better health in their owners.