Analysis of SD-7 Election and What to Expect in 2016, with Prof. Kim Geron at San Ramon Valley Democratic Club, May 28th

Kim Geron - 2015 MAYThe 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.
Members & Invited Guests: $26, including dinner.
Non-members: $30 ($26 for dinner and $4 requested donation to help offset program costs).
Limited seating for Presentation only ($5 requested donation)
Please RSVP by email to Brodie Hilp by Monday, May 25th. Thank you!

A Note From the Chair on the Race in SD7

To My Fellow Democrats:

I'm asking those of you who live in California's Senate District 7 to join me in voting for Susan Bonilla for State Senate. (If you don't live in SD7, I have a request for you, too. Please keep reading.) This race has now reached national implications as the KOCH BROTHERS have contributed several hundred thousand dollars to support her opponent. The entire nation is watching how we respond to the Koch Brothers challenge. We cannot allow Corporate America and the top 1% dictate to us on who will be our representative in the State Senate.

The Koch Brothers aren't the only billionaires to try and buy the race. Billionaire Bill Bloomfield from Southern California has also spent over $1.6 million in support of Susan's opponent, trying to purchase influence from several hundred miles away. Think about it: when billionaires are trying to buy a seat in the legislature, how "independent" can a candidate be? He says he's a "progressive Democrat," but much of his support is coming from people who have proven they do not share our Democratic values.

Here are my two requests:

1. For those of you in SD7: Please vote for the only candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and the California Democratic Party, with the support of working familiesSusan Bonilla, and tell your family, neighbors, and friends to vote for Susan Bonilla for State Senate.

2. For all Democrats: Please donate to Susan Bonilla. You can go to her website www.susanbonilla.com to contribute. Every dollar will help defeat the Koch Brothers and Bill Bloomfield.

Thank you,

Jeff Koertzen
Chair, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee

RESTORING CALIFORNIA’S PROMISE OF AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION

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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

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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

Citizens United and the First Amendment with William Turner at San Ramon Valley Dems

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.

Continue reading Citizens United and the First Amendment with William Turner at San Ramon Valley Dems

Inequality and Public Policy – Prof. Paul Pierson at San Ramon Valley Dems March 26th

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.

Continue reading Inequality and Public Policy – Prof. Paul Pierson at San Ramon Valley Dems March 26th

Immigration Law: History, Current Law and Proposals at San Ramon Valley Democratic Club Feb. 26th

Nora Privitera, an immigration lawyer and a recognized expert in immigration law, will address the following topics:

  • The key elements in US Immigration Law history
  • The current system and why it doesn’t work
  • What’s in the bipartisan 2011 Senate bill which the House has refused to consider
  • The legality of President Obama’s executive actions implementing DACA (Deferred Action for Child Applicants) and the latest DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents).

Continue reading Immigration Law: History, Current Law and Proposals at San Ramon Valley Democratic Club Feb. 26th

Concord Democratic Club January 2015 Membership Meeting

The Concord Democratic Club invites you to its January 2015 membership meeting featuring Senate candidate Susan Bonilla. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at the Susan Bonilla for Senate Campaign Headquarters, 2280 Diamond Blvd, Suite 500, in Concord. 

For more information, please visit the club's web site

Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s 4th Annual Lobster Feed Dinner

Assemblymember Jim Frazier invites you to join him for his 4th Annual Lobster Feed Dinner on Saturday, February 21, at the Antioch Community Center, 4701 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch. The event will begin with a wine reception at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $75 per person with sponsorships available at $1500, $2500, and $4100. Please RSVP to christina@jimfrazierforassembly.com or call 925-330-3178. This event sells out and tickets are limited. Please RSVP early to guarantee your seats. 

Contra Costa Democratic Clubs to Host Senate District 7 Candidates Forum

The Lamorinda, San Ramon Valley, Concord, Rossmoor, and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs are co-hosting a Senate District 7 Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library's Community Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. 

This meeting will be an opportunity to hear from announced Democratic candidates Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and former Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. 

There is a $5 meeting fee requested to help cover expenses, with no charge for students. For more information, please visit the Lamorinda Democratic Club's website

Upcoming Contra Costa Democratic Events

June 18, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

July 16, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

August 14, 2015

2015 CDP Summer EBoard

Starts: 12:00 am

Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010, United States

August 20, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

September 17, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

October 15, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

November 19, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: John F Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA, United States