DPCCC Announces 2014 General Election Endorsements

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County is pleased to announce our local endorsements in the November 2014 General Election.

For city, school board, and special district races, please see our 2014 Local Endorsements page.

For statewide, congressional, and legislative races, please see the 2014 Endorsements page for the California Democratic Party.

Our 83rd Annual Picnic

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County invites you to our "On to the Election, 83rd Annual Democratic Party Picnic" on Saturday, September 27th from Noon until 4PM at Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante.  Tri Tip and Corn, Watermelon, State and Local Candidates will speak.  Purchase your tickets by clicking here!

Click here to download an event flyer.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Movie Night Presents “Chasing Ice” on Sept. 26

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Fall Movie Night will feature "Chasing Ice" on Friday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Duckworth home, 1146 Vallecito Court, in Lafayette. 

This documentary runs 75 minutes and is the story of an environmental photographer's expedition to complete the Extreme Ice Survey documenting the earth's changing climate. The Huffington Post called it, "One of the most beautiful and important films ever made."

Refreshments will be provided. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, please visit the club's web site.  

SRVDC October Meeting: Net Neutrality – What It Is and Why It Matters

Have you heard of Net Neutrality, or Internet Slowdown Day, and do you wonder what all the fuss is about? In simple terms, net neutrality means that Internet providers should treat all data that travels over their networks equally, rather than slowing down or even blocking access to sites of their choosing. This sounds fair and reasonable, and yet our very own Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that would let Internet providers violate Net Neutrality.

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, October 23rd features Vera Ranieri, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on intellectual property and innovation. Ms. Ranieri will discuss “net neutrality”: what it is and why it matters. She will talk about the development of the Internet, the history behind FCC’s previous attempts at regulation, and why the current debate has generated over 1.5 million comments to the FCC. She will present the arguments for and against net neutrality as put forth by various stakeholders, discussing the benefits and drawbacks of the various positions. This will help you form your own opinion and learn what you can do to influence government policy.

The meeting is free and open to the public (suggested $5 donation). Come at 6:15 to talk with the speakers before the meeting. Buffet dinner ($25) is at 6:45 pm with the program beginning at 7:15 pm. To reserve a dinner, please RSVP to Jim Donnelly, (925) 570-9289 or james.r.donnelly@comcast.net.

Contra Costa Young Democrats September Membership Meeting

The Contra Costa Young Democrats invite you to join them at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, for an endorsement meeting, including AD15 candidates Elizabeth Echols For Assembly and Tony Thurmond! 

Join the Contra Costa Young Democrats for conviviality with FREE refreshments at our monthly general membership meeting at the headquarters of our supportive friends, IBEW Local 302, 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez. 

What do Tim Sbranti for State Assembly, Eric Swalwell in #CA15, Mark DeSaulnier in CA11, Tom Torlakson, and Alex Padilla all have in common? All of them were endorsed by Contra Costa Young Democrats and WILL WIN in November 2014 with our help!

Members who paid dues ($45 for young professionals, $25 for full-time students) and attended at least one chapter meeting and/or event are eligible to vote on endorsements!

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Central Committee Meeting Proposed Agenda for Thursday, September 18

The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at in Room S209/213 at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, in Pleasant Hill (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

5. Presentation:  J F K University President, Mark Powell, Prop 46, yes and no invited.

6. Minutes of  August meeting, by email

7. Controllers Report: monthly, to date.  

8. Old Business:

9. New Business: Local Ballot Measures (handout), Picnic September 27, Kennedy Grove (same location as 2013) need committee, Endorsement Report 9/15/2014 meeting (handout) 

10. District Rep 1-5 reports. 

11. Committee Reports: Clubs 

12. Club Reports: 

13. Event Announcements:  Please bring handouts or Google Group post

14. All other reports:  

15. Next meeting, September 18, 2014, 7:30.  Eboard, 9/6/14, 1333 Pine, Martinez, 1:00.

League of Women Voters to Moderate Assembly District 16 Debate at Rossmoor

The Democrats of Rossmoor and the Republican Club of Rossmoor will jointly sponsor a debate featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for California’s 16th Assembly District on Thursday, October 9, at the Rossmoor Events Center. Seating will be available at 12:30.

Democrat Joan Buchanan has held the Assembly seat since 2008, and terms out this year. The 16th District, which includes Rossmoor, is one of 80 California Assembly Districts.

Campaigning for the seat are Democrat Tim Sbranti and Republican Catharine Baker. Sbranti is a teacher, coach, and former Dublin Mayor. Sbranti was first elected to the Dublin City Council in 2002, and was elected Mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. The City of Dublin enjoyed a budget surplus in 2012 after several years of an economic downturn. Catharine Baker is a local attorney with Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel and has received awards for her pro bono work. In 2011, she received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the California State Bar Association, one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. Baker is Vice President of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council, and has served on the school’s Safety Committee for five years, two as chairman.

The debate will be moderated by the non-partisan League of Women Voters. It will be structured; responses will be timed. The debate will be followed by a wine reception in the Donner Room (also in the Event Center) so that attendees can meet the candidates. Food will not be served.

Questions for the candidates will come from two sources. They will be collected ahead of time by the respective clubs. Questions from the Republican Club of Rossmoor members should be emailed to Tom Fryer at tomfryer02@gmail.com, or mailed to Tom at 1708 Golden Rain Road Apt. 6, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Questions from Democratic Club members should be emailed to Jane Walter at walterjane4@yahoo.com or mailed to Jane at 1832 Golden Rain Road, Apt. 3, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Questions will also be gathered from the audience on note cards and organized by representatives of the League of Women Voters.

There is no charge for the debate and everyone is welcome. If you have questions please contact Fran Cavenaugh (Republican Club of Rossmoor) at 945-7211, or Jane Walter (Democrats of Rossmoor) at 945-1429. 

2014 General Election Candidates for Endorsement

The following are the candidates who are eligible for the DPCCC endorsement and have requested the endorsement. (If the race is not listed, there were no eligible candidates, or it was determined that there is no reason to endorse in the race due to the number of candidates who filed being equal to or less than the number of open seats.)

Continue reading 2014 General Election Candidates for Endorsement

Special Endorsement Meeting on Monday, September 15

Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Chair Chuck Carpenter has called a special meeting of the Central Committee to consider endorsements on Monday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m.in Room S209/213 at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, in Pleasant Hill. 

The agenda is:

1. Call to Order
2. Reading of the Bylaws on endorsement.
3. Report and Recommendations from Jim Donnelly, Chair 2014 Endorsement Committee.
4. Motion, Discussion, vote on endorsement
5. Adjourn

Lamorinda Democratic Club to Feature Local Democratic Candidate Information

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Thursday, September 11 will feature an opportunity for you to meet many Democratic candidates for local races in our area. 
 
The club meets at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. 
 
The club will also consider endorsements. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

Hercules Democratic Club Meeting Features Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

The Hercules Democratic Club's meeting on Wednesday, September 10, will feature Assemblymember Nancy Skinner providing an update on the state budget and the just-concluded legislative session. 

The club meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Hercules Public Library, 109 Civic Drive, in Hercules. For more information, please visit the club's Facebook page

Upcoming Contra Costa Democratic Events

  • October 9, 2014
    • League of Women Voters to Moderate Assembly District 16 Debate at Rossmoor

      Starts: 12:30 pm

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

  • October 16, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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

  • November 20, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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

  • December 18, 2014
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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

  • January 15, 2015
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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

  • February 19, 2015
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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

  • March 19, 2015
    • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Meeting

      Starts: 7:30 pm

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