San Ramon Valley Dems – 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.

Diablo Valley Democratic Club Meeting to Feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan Discussing Women in Politics

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's next meeting on Wednesday, October 22, with feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan discussing "Women in Politics: What is the Status in Califormia?"

Women make up half of the population, but only 28 percent of the state legislature and that number has been going down. Assemblymember Buchanan has been in the Assembly (AD 16) nearly six years. Learn from her what it's like to be in the female minority in the legislature and what the trends are for women in politics across the state.

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

Concord Democratic Club Door Hanger Drop Precinct Walk Weekend

The Concord Democratic Club is organizing a coordinated campaign effort to deliver the California Democratic Party's Endorsement Door Hangers this weekend to permanent absentee voters.

The walks will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 9 a.m.-12 noon and from 2-5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-12 noon and from 2-5 p.m.

The walks will leave from the Mark DeSaulnier for Congress Headquarters, 2280 Diamond Blvd., Suite #500, in Concord.

Donuts will provided in the morning and a light lunch for returning walkers.

Ballots get into voters hands this week so it is critical to to let them know who the local Democratic candidates are early. We know 1/3 of these voters cast their ballots within a week. 

Please join the Concord Democratic Club, Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, and Public Employees Local 1, and many more to come!

Please RSVP to Becca Barrett at rebecca.faith.barrett@gmail.com.

Betty Yee for Controller Sunday Brunch in Benicia

Please join community leaders from Napa, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties for a Sunday Brunch supporting Betty Yee for State Controller on Sunday, October 12, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Veterans Hall, 1150 First Street, in Benicia. 

Tickets are $40 with sponsorships available at $100, $500, $1000, and $2500. 

To contribute online, visit www.BettyYee.com

RSVP by Friday, October 10, 2014 to Patricia Cheng by emailing Patricia@BettyYee.com or by calling (415) 813-1933.

Mark DeSaulnier for Congress Reception Featuring Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

The Mark DeSaulnier for Congress Campaign invites you to an Orinda Reception featuring Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on Thursday, October 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the home of Amy and Tom Worth (address provided upon RSVP). 

All donations, up to the maximum, will be accepted. 

For more information please call (925) 957-1123 or visit the campaign's web site

Lamorinda Democratic Club will Present Night Two of Local Democratic Candidate Information Series

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will host a second night of its Local Democratic Candidate Information Series on Thursday, October 9, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. 

This is an opportunity for you to come and meet many of the Democratic Candidates for our local City Councils, School Boards, and Regional Districts.  These elections are important because these officials make decisions that directly impact our lives and local officials often run for higher office.  These candidates  are running for office out of civic duty;  they look forward to working long hours for no salary and yet they will represent our values.  Thus, it is our civic duty to understand each Democratic candidate  we endorse and help them win in November.

The club will also be voting on endorsements. For more information, please click here to visit the club's web site

Concord Democratic Club October Social Event Featuring Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla

The Concord Democratic Club will host an October Social on Tuesday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hop Grenade, 2151 Salvio St., in Concord. 

The event will feature Senator (and Congressional Candidate) Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. 

For more information, please visit the club's website

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.

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.

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