The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, May 30, meeting will feature a conversation about the Changes and Challenges in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District with School Board Members Brian Lawrence and Barbara Oaks.
Brian and Barbara were elected to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board in 2012. Brian served on the Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee for six years and has two children who attend Mt. Diablo schools. Barbara taught students with special needs and was a high school vice principal. Her children attended Mt. Diablo schools.
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.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, May 23, meeting will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.
Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 2013-2014 Budget in January. After input from the Assembly and Senate and revised numbers, the “May Rewrite” has now been released. Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will discuss the main topics and the implications of the California Budget. With her breadth of knowledge and her ability to make complex concepts simple, Joan will give us a good understanding and the next steps we need to take.
Assemblymember Buchanan will also discuss a proposed financial path forward the Assembly Democrats have created the "Blueprint for a Responsible Budget," a set of guidelines for lawmakers as we craft the state budget in time for the June 15 deadline.
The local speaker at this meeting will be John Mills, Future Candidate for the San Ramon City Council.
John is a local Democrat who is planning to run in this fall’s election. He’s spent his career as staff to elected officials at the city, county, and state levels of government since 2000, most recently as the Chief of Staff since 2006 to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His public service extends beyond his work life, including as a member of the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission since 2008 and the Chair for Legislative Advocacy of the Country Club Elementary School PTA Board since 2011. John also has been involved with the City of San Ramon since 2006, serving on the City’s Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committees, and most recently as a member of the Parks and Community Services Commission.
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, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). 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 Monday, May 20 to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.
The Tri-Valley Democratic Club will present California Alliance for Retired Americans Vice President Hene Kelly on Monday, May 20. Kelly will explain why we need to tell Congress to keep its hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You can visit www.californiaalliance.org for more details.
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, May 16, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Hall in Martinez.
The proposed agenda from County Chairman Chuck Carpenter includes:
1. Flag Salute
2. Roll Call
3. Additions to the agenda
4. Visitor introductions
5. CDP election results and resolutions
6. Minutes of April meeting, by email
7. Controllers Report
8. Old Business:
9. New Business: Strategic Plan Committee, Voter Registration, 2014 June, November Election Strategy Committee
10. Committee Reports: Issues, Finance, Fundraising, Picnic
11. Club Reports
12. Event Announcements; All other reports.
13. Next meeting, June 20, 2013, 1875 Arnold, 7:30. Eboard, 1333 Pine, Martinez, 1:00, 6/9/2013
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla invites you to join her and Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joe Ovick and the Contra Costa Council for an Education Finance Forum on Thursday, May 23 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill City Council Chambers, 100 Gregory Lane.
Those attending the event will receive an update on current efforts to increase funding for education and provide input on how the Local Control Funding Formula affects your school district. Carolyn Chu from the Legislative Analyst’s Office will present on the Governor’s budget proposal for funding education.
For more information on this event, call (925) 521-1511 or go to www.asmdc.org/members/a14/.
Assemblymembers Susan A. Bonilla and Jim Frazier, in cooperation with NEXT 10 (an independent, nonpartisan organization) and Los Medanos Community College, invite you to join them for an interactive Budget Workshop on Thursday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Los Medanos Community College Library Community Room, 2700 East Leland Road, in Pittsburg.
This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience for yourself a process to balance the California state budget using high-tech clickers. Come take the budget challenge!
For more information, please call 925-521-1511. You can RSVP for the forum by visiting this web site and click here to see a pdf of the event flyer.
The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Friday, May 10, (please note the special night) will feature Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.
The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses. As part of the club business meeting prior to Kish Rajan's presentation, the club will hold its annual officer elections for the 2013-14 year.
Kish has a 20-year track record of success in both government and the private sector. During his talk, Kish will discuss his work with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). It was created by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kish began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide first to United States Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer.
Kish left to build a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in the mobile technology arena, managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value.
While building this successful business career, Kish earned a JD, started a family, and settled back in his hometown of Walnut Creek. In 2008, Kish re-entered public service when was elected to the Walnut Creek City Council. Drawing on his political and business experience Kish became a regional leader who advocated for transportation improvement, education and economic development.
In 2012, Governor Brown appointed Kish Rajan as the GO-Biz director to lead the executive team. His directive from Governor Brown is to enhance California’s job creation effort by streamlining business regulations, promoting statewide economic development, and fostering greater international trade opportunities.
For more information, please visit the club's web site.
The Contra Costa Young Dems will hold their next meeting on Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Alehouse at 1410 Locust Street in Walnut Creek.
The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 302 Hall in Martinez.
The proposed agenda from County Chairman Chuck Carpenter includes:
1. Flag Salute
2. Mary Filson : A service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday at Wilson & Kratzer Funeral Home at 825 Hartz Way, Danville, California
3. Roll Call
4. Additions to the agenda
5. Visitor introductions
6. CDP election results and resolutions
7. Minutes of March meeting, by email
8. Controllers Report
9. Old Business:
10. New Business: Kennedy King Scholarship Dinner, May 17, Strategic Plan Committee
11. Convention Report: 20 minutes or less
12. Club Reports
13. Committee Reports: chairs, meeting times and locations for web site
14. Event Announcements; All other reports.
15. Next meeting, May 16, 2013, 1875 Arnold, 7:30. Eboard, 1333 Pine, Martinez, 1:00, 5/5/2013
The Mike Thompson for Congress Committee invites you to attend his Crockett Pasta Dinner on Sunday, April 28, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Crockett Community Center, 850 Ponoma Street, in Crockett.
Individual Tickets are $20, with sponsorships available at $100, $250, $500, and $1000.
For addition information, click here or please contact Karen Peterson at (510) 685-0070 or Mary Jane Bowker at (707) 226-8989.