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September 29, 1966 - May 20, 1967

Bob Swanson at age 3 and age 20

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Hosted by Thuy Vu, KQED 
Senior Anchor of Newsroom
KQED and USS Hornet Vietnam War 
Town Hall
Video Aired November 17, 2017
PTSD and Medical Cannabis Question to the VA

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
2013 and 2017 Conferences Oakland Ca.
Medical Cannabis for PTSD
MAPS Conference 2017
PANEL: Marijuana for PTSD 
Philippe Lucas, Suzanne Sisley, & Zach Walsh
MAPS Conference 2017
Dr. Sue Sisley's study of medical marijuana for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in U.S. 
Veteran Thomas Mundell responds to a question from Rep. Ron Hicks regarding cannabis and PTSD. Tuesday February 24th, 2015 - Committee hearing of Missouri HB 800. 
My Question to Dr. Sisley
at the MAPS Conference 2013

Robert E. (Bob) Swanson, Jr., YN3 
Castro Valley, California
Raised in Western Springs, Illinois and attended Forest Hills Elementary, McClure Junior High and Lyons Township High School (Class of 1965) (G.E.D. 1964)

Here is some of what I have been up to.

The 1960's

The 1970's
  • Sonoma State University: B.A. Psychology, B.A. India Studies, one year Post Graduate study Psychology.
  • One Semester Field Experience in Maharashtra, India: Eastern Philosophy, Meditation, 
  • Instructor, De Anza College (Cupertino, Ca): Taught Introduction to Parapsychology
  • Instructor, Ohlone College (Fremont, Ca): Taught Psychology of Human Relations
  • Research in Parapsychology: Appeared in "The Secret Life of Plants" (the Book and the Movie)
The 1980's
  • Founder, Caltrans Tenants Organization
  • Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee to Alameda County Board of Supervisors. 
  • Human, Civil and Housing Rights Advocate. 
  • Alameda County, Castro Valley General Plan Revision Committee. 
  • Southern Alameda County Community Housing Resource Board (CHURB). 
  • Member, Citizens for Castro Valley. 
  • Political Activist 
  • Meditation Councilor and Instructor. 
The 1990's The 2000's


Bob Swanson's Retirement Party - Hosted by Supervisor Nate Miley & Staff

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Introduces: Bob Wiecowski State Senator | 5:02 - Debra Cox, representing Assemblymember Bill Quirk | 7:34 - Mike Sweeney, Hayward Mayor (Ret.) | 13:53 - Dr. Marion Sanchez, Spectrum Board | 15:25 - Introduction of Elected Officials | 18:12 - Kris Kokotalo, Meyers Nave Law Firm and Spectrum Board | 21:01 - Ellen Corbett, State Senate Majority Leader (Ret.) | 26:51 - Charlie Engel, Human Rights Advocate | 34:18 - Paul Lukes, Navy, VSf-1, USS Shangri-La | 37:46 - Paul Smith, Attorney HUD | 43:01 - John McPartland, B.A.R.T. Board of Directors | 48:43 - Nate Introduces Matt Turner | 55:28 - Nate makes comments | 57:51 - Roland Freiburg, Spectrum Board | 59:13 - Linda Gardner and Lane Bailey, Alameda County HCD | 1:02:25 - Steve Dimick, Attorney | 1:06:37 - Charlie Engel, Story of Buck-Buck | 1:08:59 - Nate Miley, Presentation to Bob Swanson | 1:13:42 - Bob's concluding remarks.

38th Annual Hayward Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinnner October 6, 2015
Bob Swanson, Spectrum Community Services Volunteer of the Year

Bob Swanson joined the Spectrum Community Services Board in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he focused on upgrading Spectrum's kitchen to meet the demands of an increasingly aging population. The renovation of Spectrum's kitchen at Eden Housing's Josephine Lum Lodge was completed in July of 2014. 

Bob served as President of Spectrum, and retired from the Board in 2014. Spectrum provides nutritious Meals on Wheels for Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Senior dining sites in Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, and Union City. 

Spectrum conducts Senior Fall Risk programs, the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program and Payment Assistance for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). 

Bob served in the United States Navy and was a Constituent Liaison and Community Organizer for Supervisor Nate Miley, retiring this year after 14 years with the County. Bob is enjoying retirement with his wife, Donna, at their home in Castro Valley.


Bob Swanson Receives the Fran Forsyth Community Service Award
From Hayward Demos Democratic Club

Castro Valley TV (CVTV):
CV Community Liaison Bob Swanson Retiring
After 14 years serving the community working as community liaison and organizer for Supervisor Nate Miley, Bob Swanson is calling it a career. The CVTV crew caught up with Swanson and Supervisor Miley and got the story directly from them.

Castro Valley forum Newpaper - Wednesday, February 11, 2015
After 14 Years On-the-Go, Castro Valley’s Chief Problem-Solver Heads for Retirement


I work for Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

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Hot Bay Area Housing Market Squeezing Out Renters
  NBC Bay Area - May 8, 2014


How Medical Pot Is Helping Seniors Get Off (Prescription) Drugs


WWII Iwo Jima, U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient 
Hershel "Woody" Williams and me.

Saturday December 2, 2017 at 1 PM the State of California's Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty was dedicated in unincorporated Fairview adjoining Hayward, Ca . The Keynote speaker was Hershel "Woody" Williams, a U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient, and designer of the Gold Star Families Memorial. Congressman Eric Swalwell was present and spoke to honor the Gold Star Families. (Video)


Congressman Eric Swalwell and me
at the Home of Dr. and Mrs. Basil and Amirra Besh
in Pleasanton February 3, 2018

In My Work I Get To Meet and Work With Interesting People

Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland (Max lost 3 limbs in Vietnam)
Union City Council Member Richard Valle (Army Vietnam Vet) and myself

California State Senate President pro Tempore-elect Darrell Steinberg
Assembly Assistant Majority Whip Mary Hayashi
and myself campaigning

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and myself

Me and Sharon Davis, wife of former California Governor Gray Davis

Castro Valley Democratic Club Treasurer Jean Gaylord, Club President Sonya Howes,
myself and Former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides
(Phil lost to Swartzengagar for Governor)
and Karla Goodbody, aid to Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Me and Tipper Gore at Iris Alliance annual Fund Gala

Me and California State Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi Labor Day Picnic

Greeting Congresswoman Jackie Speier at Sikh Gurdwara in Fremont, Ca.

My California State Senator Ellen Corbett and me

California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico
and me viewing Capital Lawns in Sacramento

Me and California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
The First African American Woman Assembly Speaker in the United states

Me and California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
and former State Attorney General

Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney
(Former California Undersecretary of Resources)
and Me

Alameda County Democratic Party 
Central Committee Holiday Celebration Dec. 3, 2008
I am informing Congressman  Jerry McNerney  that the State and Alameda County are losing $4.2 million per year in sales tax because the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has raided and closed the 3 Medical Marijuana Collectives in unincorporated County.  Photos of Raided Medical Marijuana Collectives 


2010 Me with California Assembly Speaker John Perez
with Assemblymember Mary Hayashi

Farewell to Susmita Gongulee Thomas
Consul General of India in San Francisco, June 24, 2011
Farewell to Susmita Gongulee Thomas Consul General of            India in San Francisco
Jeevan Zutshi, Founder, Indo-American Community Federation (IACF-USA),
Bob Swanson, husband Thomas P. Thomas of
Susmita Gongulee Thomas, Consul General of India in San Francisco

The Consul General is leaving for her new post as India's Ambassador to Turkey. She previously served as the India's Ambassador to Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Then she was the Indian Ambassador to Chile from 2004 to 2008. 


March 24, 2012 - At the Unity Dinner I was honored to introduce my Boss
Alameda County Board President, Supervisor Nate Miley and
Dr. Basil Besh, Chairman of Orthopedics at Washington Hospital
and also Attorney Anjali Shaykher Zutshi.
YouTube Video
Photo Album
Unity Dinner home page

MY Boss Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and me
in the Castro Valley Rowell Ranch Parade

A Charlie Chaplin and me and a local Cub Scout Den and me

Me and my boss Nate Miley hold up a sign given to us
at the Castro Valley Parade


Bob Swanson to be Honored for
Volunteer Work Next Thursday

By Robert Souza
October 15, 2008

Castro Valley man-about-town Bob Swanson will be honored for his volunteer efforts by the City of Hayward next week.

"I'm currently the vice president for Spectrum and have volunteered here for the past eight years," Swanson said Thursday at the Spectrum offices in Hayward. "And, well, what I do for Spectrum is kind of hard to define, because I do a little bit of everything."

Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney, who is also CEO of the private, nonprofit Spectrum Community Services, said. Swanson "provides leadership and a wealth of experience with just about any issue we need help with. He always looks for ways to help out with issues in the community, whether it's for our clients or funding."

Founded in 1971, Spectrum has provided meals, fall-prevention and self-sufficiency courses to seniors in addition to computer literacy classes and assistance for PG&E bills to those eligible from their modest Grove Way offices. "I've always been interested in senior issues, and the former CEO wanted me involved on the board, so I decided to come help out," said Swanson, who also an aide to Supervisor Nate Miley.

Spectrum served 110,000 nourishing meals to seniors last year, and-with Swanson's help-is hoping to move its entire facility to another parcel of Cal-Trans owned land adjacent to its current location.

"I used to be a baby boomer and now I'm a senior boomer," Swanson said with his trademark raspy laugh. "It's really quite an honor to have been nominated and recognized. I just do what I think is right and that's just how I've always done things."

The City of Hayward will hold its 31st annual recognition and awards dinner to honor Swanson and 31 other outstanding volunteers on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Centennial Hall in Hayward.

For more information, call 272-6692.


City of Hayward

Volunteer & Awards Dinner
October 23, 2008


Text Version

Some Web Sites that I have created
Veterans Memorial Park of Castro Valley
William “Bill” Brown Wigglesworth (my Uncle) - 84th Bombardment Squadron, 47th Bombardment Group

Bob's YouTube Channel


Guru Nanak's Birthday October 29, 2007

Sikh Community Organized for Political Education (SCOPE) Bay Area
The Sikh Community Organized for Political Education is a civil rights advocacy organization working towards the social, political and economic well being of American Sikhs in the Greater Bay Area region.
SCOPE endorsement and fund raising event, October 25, 2008

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