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.
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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
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
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 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 email@example.com or call 925-330-3178. This event sells out and tickets are limited. Please RSVP early to guarantee your seats.
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.
The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's meeting on Monday, January 19, will feature club officer elections and a candidates forum for Senate District 7 candidates Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla.
Bonilla and Buchanan will tell the club why they are seeking the club's endorsement. Members will vote by secret ballot on the endorsement question. The press and public are invited.
The meeting will be held at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the club meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the candidates' forum beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, January 22 features a presentation on “Capital in the 21st Century”, a best-selling book by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Piketty writes about wealth inequality in the context of economic growth and the returns on capital and labor. He argues that the rate of return on capital in developed countries is persistently greater than the rate of economic growth, and that this will cause long-term increases in wealth inequality that will eventually undermine democracy and result in grave social and economic instability. Piketty adds that political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past and may do so again.
Topics will include:
Why does the value of capital grow faster than the economy?
What have been the wealth trends during the last two centuries?
Why did the wealth gap drop so dramatically from 1914 to the 1970s?
So what? Why is the growing wealth gap a problem?
What policies would reduce the widening wealth gap?
Ramsay Thomas, our speaker, gives an insightful and engaging synopsis of this 700+ page book with a presentation featuring graphs and charts from Piketty’s book. His presentation is a collaboration that grew out of a book/study group whose members read and discussed “Capital”. A few of our members saw this presentation and thought it would be a wonderful presentation for the club. Ramsay Thomas is a retired AP History and AP Comparative Government and Economics teacher from the Acalanes High School District.
We meet at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Come at 6:15 to talk with the speakers before the meeting. Buffet dinner ($26) is at 6:45 pm with the program beginning at 7:15 pm. Please RSVP by email to Brodie Hilp by Monday, January 19th.