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Chris’s essay in the Mercury News…

In case you missed it (or want to read it again, like the way some of us watch The Breakfast Club over and over), this was published in the Mercury News on March 22: As you may know, the President’s first budget draft eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, and for the […]

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President Dave Cortese (far left) with a crew of us who fought for Measure A last year: Betty Duong, Tom Steyer, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, me, and Supervisor Cindy Chavez

The State of the County 2017

Last night the President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Dave Cortese gave his State of the County Address to a standing-room-only crowd. He spoke for sixty minutes, far longer than his previous SOC address. …because in 2017, I think you’d agree, there’s more to discuss. A reminder: The County owns and operates […]

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gingie

A great victory…and the future it informs.

There is an adage that goes “success has a thousand parents; failure is an orphan”. This, obviously, speaks to people and organizations who seek credit for a good thing happening. Sometimes that’s unjustified and unfair. But what about when a great success really does come about because so many stood up and stepped up? That’s […]

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Healthcare philanthropy should help everyone, not just VIPs

One major reason I joined the VMC Foundation 12 years ago is that Valley Medical Center cares for anyone, regardless of status. It remains the cornerstone of my commitment. Furthermore, the quality of care doesn’t vary according to any sort of “wallet biopsy”. The woman living in a shelter gets the same world-class care as […]

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Chris Wilder Flu Shot 2013

Happy 30th Birthday Valley Health Plan!

Long story short: When I first started here at the VMC Foundation, the job afforded no health coverage. Which was ironic, don’t you think? My wife’s company did, and I was already on her plan. I don’t remember what it was, or any of my doctors’ names. That’s because the few times I ever went […]

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