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Super Tuesday in California

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It is too important not to vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. As I typically do, I like to highlight some of my friends who are running for various offices locally.  I am not getting involved with who you might/should vote for president, but please consider these individuals if you see them on your ballot:

South Bay

  1. Josh Becker – State Senate for District 13

San Francisco

  1. Shamann Walton – District 10 Superivor
  2. Bivett Brackett – DCCC
  3. Tyra Fennell – DCCC
  4. Shaun Haines – DCCC

Solano County

  1. Monique Langhorne – Napa Valley Superior Court Judge
  2. K. Patrice Williams – Supervisor


Contra Costa County

  1. Nancy Skinner – State Senator
  2. Buffy Wicks– State Assembly – District 15
  3. Y’Anad Burrell – DCCC
  4. Gabriel Quinto – DCCC
  5. Mister Phillips – DCCC
  6. Uche Justin Uwahemu – DCCC
  7. Maria Alegria – DCCC
  8. Dr. Natisa Dill – Pittsburg City Council

Alameda County

  1. Barisha Spriggs – DCCC
  2. Amber Childress – School Board

Vote Tuesday for the MidTerm Elections!

OAKLAND, CA [November 2, 2018]  Although many people may feel disenfranchised or unmotivated about the mid-term elections, it is very import to exercise your civic duty by voting on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  If you do not know if you are registered or where your polling place is, please visit California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla’s, website at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or visit www.cadem.org/PollFinder to find a polling station near you and get your personalized endorsements here https://cadem.org/our-candidates.  The Democratic Party has more information than the ballot typically provides so I encourage you to review its stance on the various propositions and why.

One of the down sides of knowing a lot of people is that sometimes your friends and colleagues run against each other for the same office.  I am glad that my network is willing to roll up its sleeves to get involved in their communities, however, it makes it challenging for me to endorse them since most of them do not live in a region where I can vote for them.  Nonetheless, I make it a point to illuminate whom I know that is running for office and ask for the following:

1.)  That you review their campaign websites;
2.)  Consider writing a check/donate to their campaigns; and
3.). Consider voting for them.

The best way to make a decision is to inform yourself on the candidate, their platform, and their stance on the issues that most resonate with you, your family, and your community’s needs.  Good luck!

Statewide Elections:

Gavin Newsome – Governor

Alex Padilla – Secretary of State

Tony Thurmond – Superintendent of Public Instruction

Malia Cohen – Board of Equalization, District 2

East Palo Alto:

Regina Wallace-Jones – City Council

San Francisco:

Matt Haney – District 6 Supervisor

Shamann Walton – District 10 Supervisor

Theo Ellington – District 10 Supervisor

East Bay:

Assembly District 15

Oakland City Council 

Oakland Mayor

If I inadvertently left anyone off, please charge it to my head, not to my heart.  I can modify and update up until the election.  Thanks.

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Get Out and Vote on June 5, 2018!

OAKLAND, CA [May 31, 2018]  Although many people may feel disenfranchised or unmotivated about the mid-term elections, it is very import to exercise your civic duty by voting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  If you do not know if you are registered or where your polling place is, please visit California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla’s, website at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

One of the down sides on knowing a lot of people is that sometimes your friends and colleagues run against each other for the same office.  I am glad that my network is willing to roll up its sleeves to get involved in their communities, however, it makes it challenging for me to endorse them since most of them do not live in a region where I can vote for them.  Nonetheless, I make it a point to illuminate whom I know that is running for office and ask for the following:

1.)  That you review their campaign websites;
2.)  Consider writing a check/donate to their campaigns; and
3.). Consider voting for them.

The best way to make a decision is to inform yourself on the candidate, their platform, and their stance on the issues that most resonate with you, your family, and your community’s needs.  Good luck!

Statewide Elections:

Gavin Newsome – Governor

Jeffrey Bleich – Lt. Governor

Gayle McLaughlin – Lt. Governor

Alex Padilla – Secretary of State

Tony Thurmond – Superintendent of Public Instruction

Malia Cohen – Board of Equalization, District 2

East Palo Alto:

Regina Wallace-Jones – City Council

San Francisco:

London Breed – San Francisco Mayor

Matt Haney – District 6 Supervisor

Shamann Walton – District 10 Supervisor

Theo Ellington – District 10 Supervisor

Kwixuan Maloof – Superior Court Judge

East Bay:

Assembly District 15

Oakland City Council 

Alameda County 

Irella Blackwood – County Auditor

Pamela Price – District Attorney

Nancy O’Malley – District Attorney

Contra Costa County

Dianna Becton – District Attorney

If I inadvertently left anyone off, please charge it to my head, not to my heart.  I can modify and update up until the election.  Thanks.

 

 

 

 

Local Friends Running for Political Office

With all of the hustle and bustle/controversy over this nation’s presidential election, it is easy to lose sight of the local elections that are also very important.  Rather than focus on particular races, I am going to share with you some of my personal friends who are running for office.  Please take a look at their platforms and if so moved and you live in the appropriate district, cast your vote accordingly:

 

San Francisco:

Matt Haney – School Board

Paul Henderson – Superior Court Judge

London Breed – Board of Supervisors

 

East Bay:

James Vaughn – Tracy Unified School Board

Mister Phillips – West Contra Costa School Board

Lateefah Simon – BART Board

Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto – El Cerrito City Council

Peggy Moore – Oakland City Council at Large

Rebecca Kaplan – Oakland City Council at Large

Marcie Hodge – Oakland City Council District 7

Lynette Gibson McElhaney – Oakland City Council District 3.

Uche J. Uwahemu – Richmond City Council

It takes a lot of guts to put your money where you mouth is, roll up your sleeves, and dedicate your life to be a public servant.  They all should be applauded.

And don’t forget to vote for Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton!  Get out the Vote!

If you need any California Voting information, please visit The Secretary of State’s Site here  http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got your business card, now what?

img_4460By: Kevin L. Nichols

[OAKLAND – October 11, 2016]  Although many people think that business cards have been put out to pasture by QR (quick response) codes, LinkedIn, or Twitter handles, I feel that business cards are still significantly useful. What defines a true networker is what you do with them after you have received them. Lots of my friends and colleagues often ask me how do I stay organized, what’s my follow-up like, and how does it impact my success? Thus, here is what I do with the business cards that I collect and why I do what I do:
1. Scan Each Business Card Using Evernote – In the past, I used to copy all of the pertinent information of each business card because it helped me with memorization. There is something about physically typing someone’s name, email address, and phone number that stuck with me. Unfortunately, I realized that it was very time consuming and slowed me down to move on to other important things, such as following up. I Googled the best business card scanning apps and was not having success just by reading their reviews, so I started to search via reputable sources like Mashable, CNet, etc. to see if there were any recommendations. I stumbled upon an article that mentioned Evernote and I realized that it had been acquired by LinkedIn, which was the best of both worlds for me. As I scanned the business card, it automatically retains a picture of the card, extracts the information from the card, determines what’s a work number, mobile number, etc. and compares the email address with a LinkedIn profile. If there is a match, it will automatically populate additional information from LinkedIn and a profile picture if applicable. Then, you can connect with that individual via LinkedIn, edit the contact information if there are errors, and ultimately go back to whatever app that you use for your contacts and add where you met this person, what you discussed, and any follow-up required.

2. Use a Text File to Create the Same Text for the Notes Section and LinkedIn Request – Often times, I may forget a name or a place, but I won’t forget where I met someone. By adding this information and a time frame, such as “October 2016,” in the notes section of a contact, I can look up all of the contacts that I have met at particular event and determine who I was thinking about. I copy a phrase, such as “Met at the California Minority Counsel Program’s State Convention in San Francisco in October 2016” and put that in the notes section of the business card contact. Then, I add any specific things that I can recall during our conversation.

3. Use Your Computer Instead of Your Mobile App to Connect Via LinkedIn – The mobile app does not allow you to select a company that you have worked at where the recipient would associate you with in order to connect with them. For example, I used to work at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and if I wanted to reconnect with a former colleague, identifying this fact could definitely jog the person’s memory of me. Moreover, it doesn’t allow you to customize your request to connect. I craft a version of where we met in my LinkedIn request introduction, something like, “It was great meeting you at the CMCP in SF earlier today. I’d like to stay connected by adding you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” This is useful in case the person does not check their LinkedIn requests often and needs to jog his/her memory regarding why you would like to connect.

Once your contacts are in your LinkedIn contacts, you can follow their professional trajectory and stay abreast of their movements. If you are connecting for a specific purpose, i.e. sales, etc. it is helpful to use the notes you have written down for your follow-up contact to set up a meeting. People will think that you have a photographic memory, but instead, you just have an impeccable work ethic like a highly performing athlete such as Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Steph Curry, or a Lisa Leslie. Now, all you have to do is build a relationship with these individuals in order to be able to leverage them in the future.
Kevin L. Nichols is an entrepreneur, a legal technology, diversity, social media, and political consultant who resides in the Bay Area. He is a passionate community organizer and activist. Kevin is affectionately known as The Social Politician™ and The Social Engineer™ who is engineering a better life for the next generation, socially. For more information, please visit www.kevinlnichols.com.

June 7th Elections to Watch in Cali

I am not going to weigh in on who you should pick for President, however, there is no secret that I have been an early Hillary Clinton supporter.  But here are some local races that have personal attorney friends of mine, either via college, fraternity, or professional community outreach that are running for superior court judges.  Please consider voting for the following Superior Court Judges in these counties:

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– Jennifer Madden, Alameda County – https://maddenforjudge2016.com/

 

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-Paul Henderson, San Francisco County – http://www.paulhendersonforjudge.com/

 

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– Otis Bruce, Marin County – https://otisbruce4judge.com/

 

Please visit  http://www.vote411.org to find your polling place on June 7, 2016.  Thanks for your time and consideration!

 

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Kevin L. Nichols
The Social Politician

Evening with Hillary in San Francisco

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Please join Secretary Hillary Clinton and Special Guests on Friday, May 6th 5 p.m.7 p.m. in San Francisco (location to be announced shortly).

Prices for attendance are as follows:
For45 (Young Professional under 35): $45 (Limited availability)
Guest: $125 (General admission, limited availability)
Supporter: $250 (General seating)
Sponsor: $1,000 (Includes premier seating)
Champion: $2,700 (Includes premier seating and VIP reception)
Event Host: Raise $5,000 (Includes photo with Secretary Hillary Clinton, premier seating and VIP reception)
Please visit  http://hrc.io/1XI7Vyh  to purchase your ticket!
Please email  kevin@kevinlnichols.com if you would like to be a host.  Many thanks.

President Obama in Atherton 2016

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You are invited to a Brunch Reception with President Barack Obama in Atherton CA on Thursday February 11, 2016 at the home of Steve and Anita Westly.
We would genuinely be so grateful if you might consider joining us for this fantastic experience.  Prices for attendance:  $1000 Premium Seating (almost sold out); $10,000 Photo Line Guest; and; $25,000 Co-Host.
Sorry that the general admission tickets are sold out!

Hillary Clinton’s Visit to the Bay Area on January 8, 2016

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Friday January 8th

 

A Conversation with Hillary Clinton

2:00PM – 4:00PM

At the home of Diana Nelson

San Francisco, CA

$2,700 per person

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/1125176/?raiser=316968

 

 

 

A Family Celebration with Hillary Clinton

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Family ticket prices:

$5,400 primary (Admission and family photo with Hillary Clinton for two adults and children under 16)

$2,700 (two adults, children under 16)

$1,000 (one adult, one child under 16)

$500 individual ticket (limited availability)

Cohosts raise $10,000 (includes Family Photo with Hillary Clinton)

Innovation Hangar, San Francisco, CA

Address provided upon RSVP

RSVP to llassman@hillaryclinton.com, or call 202-215-0627.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/1124922/?raiser=316968

 

 

 

 

An Evening Reception with Hillary Clinton

6:30PM-8:30PM

$2,700 per person

Cohosts raise $27,000

Home of Sarah and Greg Sands, Palo Alto, CA

Address provided upon RSVP

RSVP to mtrambley@hillaryclinton.com or call 562-256-5396.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/1124160/?raiser=316968

Not Giving Up When You See The End

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By: Kevin L. Nichols – The Social Engineer

[October 19, 2015]  EL CERRITO.  Last weekend, I was in New York celebrating the 25th Anniversary of an organization that I was apart of in high school called Summer Search, Inc. The program inherently took underrepresented minorities, recent immigrants, low income students, etc., to experience a life changing excursion during either the summer of their sophomore or junior year (or both). These excursions could include backpacking and camping in a foreign country or state, attending a competitive boarding school far away, or learning a foreign language abroad, to name a few, all for free.

To celebrate the triumph of this organization, we had an alumni summit where over 200 alumni came together to learn about where the organization is now, how they can get more involved, and walk away with some useful professional development to assist them in their careers. One distinguished alum, Robert Reffkin, a former White House Fellow, Chief of Staff of the President & CEO of Goldman Sachs, and now Founder & CEO of a real estate start-up call Compass, talked about in addition to all of his accomplishments, how he’s run a marathon in every state of the Union. I was amazed and astonished to hear about this feat and wondered what kind of discipline, dedication, and determination must have gone into it.  I recalled completing my first HALF marathon a few years ago and realized what that meant to me personally.  After the pain and exhaustion surpassed, it was just me, the finish-line, and my will.

Lately, I have been traveling a lot and have been a slacker on exercising.  For some reason, I felt determined that I would start running my 5ks on Monday’s and Friday’s again after hearing Robert’s analogies about running marathons and life in general.  He said:

  1. Training IS the marathon (the preparation is where the hard work is);
  2. Run Slow to Run Fast (many people start out too fast and don’t know how to pace themselves); and
  3. Nobody succeeds alone (having people in the crowd supporting you makes all of the difference).
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Robert Reffkin – Founder & CEO of Compass – Summer Search Alum

Today, I ran my first 5k in weeks. I was very sluggish and tired. Many times I wanted to quit along the way.  It was about 68 degrees, a mild breeze, a clear sky and a beautiful day.  As I ran with my Nike app tracking my distance and I listened to some old school hip hop and R&B on my headphones, I made some connections in my mind.  I thought about, how often do we quit even though we know when then end is near?  I knew how far 5k was but almost gave up. I decided to push myself until the end and reached my goal. I’m not saying that it wasn’t hard, but I realized that far too often we set goals, know what, when, and how to make them happen, but give up n them because of fear, lack of preparation, discipline, or just not knowing how to pace ourselves endurance wise. My message to you, my friends, is don’t give up. You know where you are going and how to get there. Just get there.

Kevin L. Nichols is an entrepreneur, a legal technology, diversity, social media, and political consultant who resides in the Bay Area.  He is a passionate community organizer and activist.  Kevin is affectionately known as The Social Politician and The Social Engineer™ who is engineering a better life for the next generation, socially.  For more information, please visit www.kevinlnichols.com.

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