The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sequoia Room, 45 John Glenn Drive, in Concord. (Please note the new location.)

The proposed meeting agenda from County Chairman Chuck Carpenter includes:

1. Flag Salute

2. Roll Call

3. Additions to the agenda

4. Visitor introductions and sign in

5. Speakers:  Betty Yee, Sam Kang confirmed.  Not Confirmed: Fiona Ma, Dave Jones, John Marquez, Board President Contra Costa Community College District

6. Minutes of March  meeting, by email

7. Eboard report

8. Controller/Treasure report: 

9. Old Business: 

10. New Business: Permanent Meeting Location?

11. Committee Reports: Issues update, Fundraising event: 6/27, Voter Registration ( Cinco de Mayo, 5/4, Richmond 23rd St.), Loop, editorial committee volunteers. 

12. Club Reports: DPCC Club Chair. Re chartering. Meeting locations, Dates and time for web site.  Concord Club organizing

13. All other reports:  District Representative reports, Elected Alternate reports

14. Event Announcements:

15. Next meeting, May 15, 2014,Unknown 7:30.  Eboard 1333 Pine,Martinez,1:00,  May 4, 2014

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla Hosts Job Fair for Veterans on April 11

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla will co-host the Bay Area Career Fair and Workshops from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Cal State East Bay – Concord Campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Concord. 

This event will bring together veterans and experienced professionals from around the Bay Area. Workshops will be provided to assist with resume building, interviewing and more! There will be free shuttles from the Concord BART station.

Interested employers are strongly encouraged to participate. Nearly 1,000 veterans from throughout the region are expected to attend. For more information, please contact Assemblywoman Bonilla's district office at (925) 521-1511.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Presents the Documentary “Inequality for All” on April 27

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will present "Inequality for All" an expose about the nation's widening economic gap featuring former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

The movie will be shown on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Little Theatre at the Bentley School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, in Lafayette.

The documentary runs 89 minutes. Refreshments and conversation to follow. Suggested donation is $5 at the door. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

California Labor Federation and UFCW Local 5 Present: From Poverty to Prospertiy, a Hearing on HR 1010

The California Labor Federation and UFCW Local 5 will present From Poverty to Prosperity, a Hearing on HR 1010 (legislation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour) on Monday, March 31, at the Richmond Civic Center, Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, in Richmond.

A light dinner and registration will be held from 5-6 p.m. with the program following from 6-7:30 p.m.

Many minimum and low-wage workers — who serve in important and often difficult jobs, but earn just $7.25-$8.00 per hour — do not earn enough to pay the bills, much less achieve the American Dream. Since its peak in 1968, the minimum wage has lost 31% of its purchasing power, as the prices of basic necessities such as food and rent have continued to climb. This means that American workers are falling behind. If we are truly going to rebuild the middle class, we must start by helping these workers.

The event will be moderated by former news anchor Barbara Rodgers. Presentations will be made by Dr. Sylvia Allegretto from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC-Berkeley and by Nikki Fortunato Bas, the Executive Director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy.

Panelists include Congressman George Miller, Congressman Mike Thompson, Ron Lind, Art Pulaski, and Christine Pelosi. A summation of the event will be made by State Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

Please click here to download an event flyer.

Democrats of Rossmoor April 24 Meeting Features Conversation About “Shutting Down the War on Women”

The Democrats of Rossmoor will present Shasta-Pacific Planned Parenthood Public Affairs Director Susannah Delano at its April 24 membership meeting at the Rossmoor Events Center, 1021 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek.

Ms. Delano’s topic will be “Shutting Down the War on Women.” She will discuss the state of current anti-choice activism and the increasing hardships faced by women in conservative states to obtain legal, safe abortions.

Shasta-Pacific Planned Parenthood provides over 100,000 individuals with health care and education services at more than 30 sites in 17 Northern California counties. It provides high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and teens. Services include a broad range of reproductive general health services including birth control, abortion, prenatal care, pregnancy testing, STD screening and treatment, sterilization, and counseling.

Social hour will begin at 2:30 with the speaker at 3. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s April 16 Meeting to Focus on Common Questions About the Common Core

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, April 16, meeting will focus on a discussion about Common Questions About the Common Core. 

Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, will explain Common Core, the new education standards that will change K-12 teaching and testing, placing less emphasis on standardized testing and focusing on critical thinking, real-world applications and problem-solving skills. 

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.

Hercules Democratic Club Co-Hosts Plastic-Free Book-To-Action on April 16

The Hercules Democratic Club is joining other organizations in co-sponsoring a Book-to-Action featuring Plastic-Free by Beth Terry on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:15 p.m. 

The library is doing a Book-to-Action using the book Plastic-Free. Learn more at: http://guides.ccclib.org/plasticfreeliving

The community will get free copies of the book, the library will host the author and other programs relevant to the book's subject matter and the Environmental Sciences class at HMHS will design, implement and lead a community service project based on the book's subject matter. This book to action program is made possible through funding from Recyclemore http://www.recyclemore.com/

We are expecting someone from Recyclemore to be our guest speaker. They have created a model ordinance on behalf of its' member agencies and that was used for the El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo bans. 

 

Tri-Valley Democratic Club’s April 21 Meeting To Focus on Getting Money Out of Politics

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's next meeting on Monday, April 21 will focus on getting money out of politics with speaker Michael Cannon of Represent.us.org and more.

Members will vote on the American Anti-Corruption Act, please review before voting. Refreshments, public & press invited.

The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW 595 Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club’s March 27 Meeting Features Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Candidate for Congress

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, March 27, meeting will feature State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, candidate for Congress in CD-11.

DeSaulnier will be joining the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club for an evening of discussion of hot topic issues around the Bay Area and the State.

Key issues include the Bay Bridge Construction and budgeting issues, other Bay Area transportation issues, balancing the state budget and ending poverty and inequality throughout the state. Senator DeSaulnier will also be discussing his upcoming Congressional race to fill Rep George Miller’s seat. After his remarks, Senator DeSaulnier will participate in a Q/A session with club members.

The second speaker of the night will be Ayore Riawunda, Candidate for Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25. The presentation is free. Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 25 to Jim Donnelly as the club needs a head count for the dinner. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

West County Democratic Club Meeting on April 10

The West County Democratic Club will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. at La Revolucion, 3190 Klose Way, in Richmond. 

The club will celebrate its inaugural meeting and reception as an official chartered Democratic Club of Contra Costa County.

To RSVP, please e-mail westcountydemocrats@gmail.com or call Maria at 510-366-6511.

Upcoming Contra Costa Democratic Events

  • April 21, 2014
    • Tri-Valley Democratic Club's Meeting To Focus on Getting Money Out of Politics

      Starts: 7:00 pm

      Location: IBEW 595 Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin

  • April 24, 2014
    • Democrats of Rossmoor Meeting Features Conversation About "Shutting Down the War on Women"

      Starts: 2:30 pm

      Location: Rossmoor Events Center, 1021 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek.

  • April 27, 2014
    • Lamorinda Democratic Club Presents the Documentary "Inequality for All"

      Starts: 4:00 pm

      Location: Bentley School, Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA, United States

  • May 15, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

      Location: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Meeting Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA

  • June 19, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

      Location: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Meeting Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA

  • July 17, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

      Location: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Meeting Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA

  • August 21, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

      Location: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Meeting Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA