U.S. Treasury's Geithner to speak in Palo Alto

Monday appearance at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center is open to the public

Nearly two years after being tasked with bringing the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Timothy Geithner will talk about the nation's financial health at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto Monday (Oct. 18) afternoon.

Geithner will address the Obama administration's proposals to help get more Americans back to work and help reinforce long-term growth at home as well as efforts to build a more stable financial system and to strengthen the global economy, according to the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, the event organizer.

Tickets, ranging from $10 for students to $50 for premium seating, are available at 800-847-7730 and the Commonwealth Club website.

Geithner, 49, will be joined by moderator Michael Moritz, managing member of Sequoia Capital and former San Francisco bureau chief for Time magazine.

When Geithner became the treasury secretary in January 2009, he was charged with deciding which banks and other financial companies to rescue and under what conditions the funding would be given, according to the Washington Post.

Within his first month on the job, he played a key role in creating the administration's $787 billion economic-stimulus package. More recently, he helped shape the Dodd-Frank financial regulation overhaul package, which took effect in July 2010, the Washington Post reported.

Before assuming the role of treasury secretary, Geithner helmed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He worked in three presidential administrations for five secretaries of the treasury. He served as under-secretary of the treasury for international affairs from 1999 to 2001 for secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers and was director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 until 2003.

What: Timothy Geithner to speak in Palo Alto

When: Monday, Oct. 18. 12:15 p.m. check-in; 1 p.m. program

Where: Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Tickets: 800-847-7730 and the Commonwealth Club website.

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Posted by Alan Perryswinkle
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Having to pay money to see an appointed US government official speak [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online] about how the Obama administration plans to get the country's economy back on track?

I don't believe in God, but the Universe seems to have an amazing sense of humor.

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Posted by Yuk
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Wow..did a good job, didn't he(they)?

Did he ever pay the taxes he got busted on not paying? Or is it still "others pay, not me" business as usual?

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Alan and Yuk - if you have nothing good to say, don't say it. What have you done for your fellow men lately? Nothing, I bet.

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Posted by Alan Perryswinkle
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Sorry Tony, are we not allowed to express discontent anymore? Is this not an area for discussion?

You know what's hilarious - is that your response contains nothing positive or helpful. I wonder then, why you didn't take your own advice and keep your negative comments to yourself. Would you care to enlighten me with what you've done for your fellow man lately? [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online.]

Also, my point still stands, and while my original comment was censored, it's not right for the public to be charged money to see a member of our current government (who spends our tax dollars) speak in a house of religion. No one should be profiting off this [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online]. Separation of church and state anyone?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online.]

BTW Alan...the JCC isn't a "house of religion" -- it's a community center, with members of all faiths and ethnicities who come there for recreation and for the gym, for lectures/classes, and for friendship.

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Posted by Jocelyn Dong
editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Oct 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Jocelyn Dong is a registered user.

Folks, let's have a civil discussion.

The Town Square Terms of Use spell out how best to keep the conversation on topic, without flaming or provocation. Here they are, in part:

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