Save the Date! The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County's Holiday Party will be held from 7- 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at the IBEW 302 Hall at 1875 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
This is a wonderful potluck event with smoked turkey and tri-tip. Please bring a dish to share and join our elected officials in a holiday celebration! Click here to download an event flyer!
Senator Mark DeSaulnier invites you to join him at a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 18, from 4-7 p.m. The event will be at his District Office at 1350 Treat Blvd, Suite 240, in Walnut Creek.
This is an opportunity to learn about current legislative issues and state services in a festive atmosphere.
Click here to RSVP or for more information please call 925-942-6082.
Assemblymember Susan Bonilla invites you to attend her Sixth Annual Christmas Breakfast on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 a.m. at the Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road, in Pleasant Hill.
Tickets are $25. The special musical guests are the Salvation Army of Concord Brass Band.
For sponsorship information and to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-360-8053.
The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's next meeting on Monday, November 18, will feature Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett. She will tell the club why she should be endorsed in the Democratic Party Pre-Primary endorsement process. Public & press invited.
The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.
The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez.
The proposed meeting agenda from County Chairman Chuck Carpenter includes:
1. Flag Salute, Moment of silence for the people of the Philippines.
2. Roll Call
3. Additions to the agenda
4. Visitor introductions
5. Minutes of October meeting, by email
6. Controllers Report:
7. Old Business: Roll call procedure, Google groups
8. New Business: Vacancy Districts 3 Representatives to DPCCC Nominations open. WCWD Board Report Maria Alegria Press release, Endorse Tom Torlakson for SPI,
Discuss Vaccination Resolution
9. Committee Reports: Issues( Nadine Peyrucain Chair), By Laws, Finance, Fundraising, Voter Registration(food bank events) and Outreach/Loop.
10. Club Reports: Young Dems on DPCCC web site
11. Event Announcements: Holiday Party(Joey Smith Chair) 12/12/2013, 7-9pm. Sign up.
12. All other reports: Region 2 Candidate Training date, CaDem Executive Board November 22-24, Burlingame
13. Next meeting, January16, 2014, 1875 Arnold, 7:30. Eboard, 1333 Pine, Martinez,1:00, 1/5/2014
The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Tuesday, November 19, meeting will feature a presentation about "Pushing Back on the Supreme Court: How to Get Big Money Out of Politics and Reverse Citizens United" with Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman.
Public interest advocate Derek Cressman, former vice president of state operations for Common Cause, led the effort resulting in the recent $16 million settlement over the illegal funneling of money from an out-of-state nonpro?t in order to defeat two California initiatives.
Cressman will discuss ways voters can push for a constitutional amendment establishing that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech and corporations do not have the constitutional rights of real people.
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.
This Resolution was passed by both the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and Region 2 of the California Democratic Party
Radioactive Shale Oil and Gas Drilling Wastewater Disposal
Author: Charles Davidson AD-15 delegate; email@example.com
WHEREAS, high levels of radioactive wastewater from shale oil and shale gas well drilling, typically from one, two or more miles underground, has been found to contain radioactivity levels up to 3,600 times safe drinking water levels and 300 times allowable industrial effluent levels, according to the EPA ;
WHEREAS, shale oil and gas drilling may release radioactive heavy-metals typically locked within deep rock layers, termed Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, or NORMS; Horizontal shale drilling plus aggressive well stimulation methods, such as hydraulic fracturing and acid matrix stimulation, may release radioactive heavy-metals into the wastewater stream, such as radium, uranium and thorium; That compared to conventional vertical drilling into shallower pooled petroleum reserves, current horizontal shale oil and gas drilling is typically much deeper and involves aggressively disturbing greater amounts of tightly-embedded NORMS.
WHEREAS, Radioactivity levels of California drilling wastewater are currently deemed insignificant, based upon a 1996 study during the Administration of Governor Pete Wilson, from vertical-only wells drilled into pooled petroleum resources typically more shallow than shale; The California Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), therefore, deemed all oil drilling wastes to be, a priori, not a potential radioactive hazard. 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, to make obsolete the Wilson Administration era oil drilling wastewater study and undertake a new study to investigate current levels of wastewater radioactivity from horizontal or directional shale wells and potentially radioactive solid shale drilling wastes, such as filters and pipe and tank scale; That radioactivity levels in shale well produced-wastewater be assessed at the well-head and correlated with gamma ray spectroscopy from the original well logs made while drilling.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That oil and gas drilling waste having significantly elevated levels of radioactivity above accepted levels of concern, be disposed of and transported in the appropriate manner, if measured above levels deemed safe during the Wilson Era study, while both consistent with and not exempt from general industrial radioactive levels set by California and Federal guidelines; That significantly radioactive drilling-process wastewater be deemed unfit for Class 2 injection wells traditionally used for wastewater with insignificant radiation levels and that the most appropriate and robust storage or injection well must be required for its safe long-term disposal; That significantly radioactive solid oil and gas drilling waste also be disposed of in special radioactivity-capable facilities; That there be prudent consideration of the seismic threats to wastewater injection well integrity.
Concord City Councilmember Edi Birsan invites you to a Party Extravaganza to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his election. The event will be held on Sunday, November 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the home of Beri and Jeff Kasper, 1709 Anita Court, in Concord.
Please RSVP by October 31 by calling 510-812-8180. Cost is $49 a ticket or $50 for a couple. Donations up to $999.49 accepted. Make checks payable to Ed Birsan for Concord City Council 2016, FPPC# 1320964, 950 Alla Avenue, Concord, CA 94518. For more information, please visit his website.
The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County announces that it is seeking applicants to fill an elected position vacancy in Supervisorial District 3.
People interested in applying for this vacancy must reside in the district. The election to fill this vacancy will be held at the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County's meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
Interested people are encouraged to attend the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County's Central Committee Meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the IBEW 302 Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez. Applicants should also express their interest by e-mailing County Chair Chuck Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three new members were appointed by the members of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County to fill vacancies in Districts 4 and 5 at the October meeting.
In a unanimous vote, Carol T. was appointed to fill the vacancy in District 4. Carol has served as an alternate for various members over the past several years, most recently as the alternate for State Senator Mark DeSaulnier. The seat was vacated by longtime activist, DPCCC Secretary, and 2012 DPCCC Volunteer of the Year Marie McDonald who moved to Southern California to be closer to her children. Senator DeSaulnier then appointed Jerome P. as his alternate due to the opening created by Carol's appointment.
In a contested race for one of two open seats, Satinder M. and Tique C. were appointed to represent District 5. Satinder currently serves as the chair of Contra Costa Young Dems and Tique is a longtime party activist. One seat became available when the DPCCC voted to declare a vacancy in September. The other seat was vacated after the resignation of college board Trustee Greg Enholm due to scheduling conflicts.
In other news, Chuck Carpenter appointed DPCCC Parliamentarian Sally S. as the new Bylaws Committee Chair. Sally replaces interim committee chair, Jeff Koertzen, who also serves as DPCCC Controller and Finance Chair.