Holiday Wishes

The state suffered a few environmental turkeys this year. But we still have hope in December.

I just spent a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday in Walnut Creek. It is a great tradition for my family and my brother Jonathan’s to get together at our aunt Ruth and cousin Sherrie’s house. No live invertebrates or endangered species on the menu. Just a typical Thanksgiving of gluttony, family conversations, debates and insults, football, and kids going feral. Thanksgiving remains my favorite holiday. (By the way, we did follow Jonathan’s recommendation to go to a pretty tasty Basque place called Wool Growers in Los Banos).

I have a lot to be thankful for. My family is healthy and I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and three kids. And I have one of the best environmental jobs in the state, letting me work with brilliant and dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to protect public health and California’s rivers, beaches and coastal waters.

Before you think I’m going soft in middle age, there are plenty of things I have not been thankful for this year.

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