Where: Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation, 6531 San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante
What: Come out for a summer BBQ, connect with our elected officials, and other Democratic friends!
Cost: $25 General admission; $10 College students w/ ID, and teens ages 13-18; Children 12 and under free
DPCCC Members: Please also bring a salad, appetizer, or side dish to share, since we are hosting this!
Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Michael Nye at (415) 342-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the BBQ!
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Congressman Mark DeSaulnier who will speak about his first eight months in Congress. What is it like to be a legislator in the House? What are the hardest things? What kind of things can be accomplished? Is nonpartisan compromise possible?
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier represents California’s 11th Congressional District in the San Francisco East Bay, including a majority of Contra Costa County. In January 2015, he was sworn in as a member of the 114th Congress. He was appointed to the serve on the (1) Committee on Education and the Workforce, and on its two subcommittee: (a) Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and (b) Subcommittee on Workforce Protection. He was also appointed to the (2) Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with its Subcommittees (c) Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and (d) Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.
Mark is a former small business owner who has been in public service for the last 25 years. During that time, DeSaulnier passed 61 bills into California law as both a California State Senator and Assembly member. Included in that portfolio is a first-in-the-nation menu labeling bill to address growing obesity. Other landmark legislation he co-authored created a new regional planning approach to solve environmental challenges that no single city can fix on its own.
In the California State Senate, DeSaulnier was Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee where he spearheaded an investigation on issues plaguing the Bay Bridge. In the State Assembly, he received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. He has experience as a Concord City Councilmember, Mayor and as a member of the County Board of Supervisors. Mark also served as a representative on the California Air and Resources Board and as a board member for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Congressman DeSaulnier lives in Concord where he raised his two sons.
Please join us at 6:15 pm to talk about the latest political news or to just socialize and have fun.
Where: Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, 94526.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Andy Katz, Director of East Bay Municipal Utility District for Ward 4. Andy was first elected to the East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2006 and he served as EBMUD Board President from 2013-2014. Andy is knowledgeable, energetic and a true progressive representing Ward 4, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and North Oakland. He will talk about the drought and how it is affecting the water situation in the Bay Area.
Andy is an environmental and workers’ rights attorney, a public health advocate, and a former Chair of Sierra Club California. Prior to his election to the EBMUD Board, he served for five years as a member of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board. He has supported EBMUD’s efforts to expand water conservation programs and double recycled water projects, protect water quality, and protect our climate. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of City Planning degree from U.C. Berkeley, a law degree from Santa Clara University, and lives in Berkeley.
The DPCCC will conduct an all-day strategy session on July 18 at 10:00 am at JFK University, room S209, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. In this session, we will determine our priorities, strategy, and approach for the 2015-2016 election cycle. The session will be conducted by Four Waters, a consultant with the California Democratic Party.
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The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome two City Councilmembers, Newell Arnerich of the Danville Town Council and and Phil O’Loane of the San Ramon City Council. O’Loane will speak on “San Ramon As It Enters Early Adulthood”, including the changes that have occurred and are coming to San Ramon and the opportunities and challenges of an East Bay city as it starts to mature. Arnerich’s topic is “Danville and the Role of Regionalism in the Tri-Valley.” He will present updates on the projects in Danville and give us a view of the regional economy and how public agencies work together.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Professor Kim Geron, speaking on Election Analysis of SD7 and What to Expect in CA 2016 Elections. Professor Geron began teaching at CSU East Bay in 1999 and is Chair of the Political Science Department. He received a B.A. in Labor Studies at CSU Dominguez Hills in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1998 at University of California, Riverside.
Professor Geron teaches courses in American politics, Public policy, Public administration and Race and Ethnic politics. His research interests include race and ethnic politics, the labor movement, social movements, and immigration policy. He is currently conducting research on the Asian American Movement, Latino politics, race and labor politics, and community based urban politics.
Time and Place: Thursday, May 28, 6:15 pm at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, 94526. Buffet dinner is served at 6:45 and the program begins about 7:15.
RESTORING CALIFORNIA'S PROMISE OF AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION
WHEREAS, in the past California provided its residents affordable higher education which established California as the cultural and technological center of excellence for innovation and entrepreneurship, and grew California to the 5th largest economy in the world, and provided an affordable path towards upward economic mobility to all state residents; and
WHEREAS, California's skyrocketing college tuitions have steadily increased since 1970, caused by a firm decrease of California’s state funding of higher education, now placing educational opportunities for residents of average means out of reach unless they are willing to take on an enormous debt that until it is paid off, hounds them to their grave; and
WHEREAS, the exorbitant cost of higher education has hurt our economy as students struggle to repay college debt, has made California less competitive as employers struggle to find qualified and educated workers, has throttled the supply of college graduates to professional and graduate schools such as medical, legal, and science/engineering schools, and has further extended the income inequality divide as lower income families are priced out of a college education and qualification for higher paying jobs;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County calls for tuition and fees for California residents at California's state universities and colleges to be rolled back to 1970 levels after adjustment for inflation, and funding for higher education to be restored to 1970 levels after adjustment for inflation, in order to regain California's prosperity and leadership across the world.
Sponsored by Chairman Jeff Koertzen
Approved by the DPCCC 3/19/2015
REGARDING THE PHILLIPS 66 OIL TRAIN OFFLOADING FACILITY EXPANSION IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
WHEREAS, the oil train offloading facility expansion, being considered by San Luis Obispo County, would increase rail traffic through densely populated areas Issues Committee Report of Contra Costa County, including high risk of oil spills, fire, and explosion to residences, businesses, and schools located in the “blast zone” along the projected route; and
WHEREAS, our current rail system is NOT designed to move increasingly larger quantities of hazardous materials like crude oil through populated areas; and
WHEREAS, the diesel emissions from trains along the route would generate increased toxic pollutants that cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma, in an area with high incidence of childhood asthma disorders; and the crude being delivered to San Luis Obispo County would be much more flammable than “traditional” crudes and contain many times more toxic heavy metals, such as vanadium and nickel than traditional crudes that would be released into the air during a railroad derailment fire;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County requests that the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors deny permits for the Phillips 66 oil train offloading facility expansion; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and all Democratic members of the California State Legislature and U.S. Congress who represent Contra Costa County.
Sponsored by Ellis Goldberg
Approved by the DPCCC 3/19/2015
San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome William B. Turner, speaking on Citizens United and the First Amendment. For the past 29 years, William Bennett Turner has taught courses on freedom of speech and the press at the University of California at Berkeley. He also teaches First Amendment courses at OLLI@Berkeley and at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.
After graduating from the Harvard Law School, and after a Fulbright fellowship in comparative law, Mr. Turner spent three years with a New York law firm. This was followed by nearly ten years with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in civil rights law. He returned to teach at Harvard in 1977. He founded his own law firm in San Francisco in 1978 and served as its senior partner until 1992. As a San Francisco lawyer, he specialized in unusual litigation, including constitutional law. He has argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court (including two First Amendment cases), and he served as lead counsel in many notable state and federal trials.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club is pleased to welcome Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, speaking on Inequality and Public Policy. Pierson, who recently served several years as the chair of the Berkeley political science department, has written a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller Winner-Take-All Politics, co-authored with Jacob Hacker, political science professor at Yale.