Maria Shriver (sans family) dines in the TL to reinforce family values
While Arnie stays home preparing to veto Mark Leno’s annual gay couple’s rights bill, California First Lady Maria Shriver comes to the TL, to reinforce family values…and wisely leaves the rest of her family at home.
Her appearance in the generally downright dangerous part of town on Turk St occurs to promote something dreamed up in Sacramento called ” It’s About WE ™, ” which seems to be some sort of feel good concept idea that encourages poor people to stay off the street and for families with kids to spend more time together.
Perhaps this BAND-AID™ type solution to societal ills explains the presence of Johnson & Johnson as a sponsor of the dinner at the Tenderloin Community School tonight at 5:30pm. Indeed it appears free BAND-AID® brand bandages will be available to satiate any aching or wounded attendees.
It’s doubtful if the menu will include the type of fare Maria and Arnold have served in their Santa Monica restaurant “Schatzi On Main” which featured Austrian dishes like bratwurst, knackwurst, wienershnitzel, zwiebel rost braten, or an apple strudel (made from Arnold’s mother’s recipe). The press release issued promises “healthy” food from “The Network for Healthy California”, a public health effort empowering Californians to blah blah blah… something about Brita® filtered water and Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener…
It’s a fine state government sponsored collaboration involving 3 tax payer funded agencies : The Office of The First Lady, The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, as well as a state agency that manages programs to increase volunteerism, named of all things “CaliforniaVolunteers”. Corporations riding the PR train for this media dog & pony show include Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, and Safeway.
The corporate press release announces Shriver’s endorsement of “Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children”, whose promoters claim “the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.”
Or as Sacramento blogger Jeff Vaca notes:
For some reason, this one strikes me as a bit odd. What if the family drinks, smokes, or heaven forbid, takes drugs during dinner? For instance, I have a glass of wine with dinner. By doing so, am I dooming my children to a life of squalor?
What it doesn’t strike me as is a comment that was based on any type of scientific study. But, I could be wrong.