State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will host a One-On-One Meeting opportunity in Alamo in Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Alamo Chamber of Commerce, 120 Alamo Plaza, Suite B, Alamo.
Do you have an idea or need help with a state agency? Do you want to give your opinion about legislation impacting your community? Then here's an opportunity for a personal meeting with Senator DeSaulnier. No appointment is necessary.
Click here to see a flyer about this event.
The April 2013 issue of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County's THE LOOP is now available!
Editors Ellis Goldberg and Marie McDonald have compiled a newsletter of information about the austerity hoax, DISCLOSE Act, Truth Bites, Did You Know items, and releases from our elected officials.
Click here to read this issue!
The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, April 25, meeting will feature a discussion of Climate Change: What Is It and What Does IT Mean For Our Future presented by SRVDC President Jim Donnelly.
Jim will present the history of scientific evidence of climate change and current research with up-to-date charts and data substantiating its huge effects. He will also discuss the expected Climate Change impacts for the US and globally.
Jim is an Environmental, Health & Safety consultant with more the 40 years of experience. He has presented many papers and written book chapters on air pollution control and waste management. He has also been a peer reviewer of EPA’s Combustion research program. Jim provided testimony before the U.S. Senate on air pollution controls for the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional, Past President of the Institute for Professional Environmental Practice and currently serves as the Golden West Section Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association. He teaches environmental review courses for professionals pursuing an environmental professional certification with one section of the course covering Global Climate Change. He is also a MSHA instructor for surface miners. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Leadership.
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, April 22, 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.
Senator Mark DeSaulnier invites you to a Summer Resources Fair on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Woodside Elementary School's Multipurpose Room, 761 San Simeon Drive, in Concord.
This is an opportunity gather information on summer activities including enrichment programs, performing arts, preschools, daycare, sports, and other summer programs. Plus you can get an update on pending legislative issues.
For more information, please call 925-942-6082.
The Tri-Valley Democratic Club will host a California Democratic Party Convention Decompression Meeting on Monday, April 22. Those people who attended the Convention will share their experiences.
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.
Sheilah Fish mentioned the following event during the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County's most recent Central Committee meeting:
$$$ Out! People In!, A Northern California coalition dedicated to getting big money out of politics, will present the award-winning documentary Pricele$$, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Community Room on Sunday, April 7, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Pricele$$ has been described by Harvard University Professor Alex Keyssar as, "an excellent and vivid introduction to one of the central challenges facing American democracy: the role of money in politics…things have to change and soon."
The program will also feature a live Q&A Skype session with Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Rootstrikers, discussing how big money rules the USA.
RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, to email@example.com.
The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, April 24, meeting will feature a conversation about Today's News: An Alternate View with AlterNet senior staff writer Joshua Holland.
Holland will discuss the economy, income inequality, immigration, and other topics close to the hearts of Diablo Valley Democratic Club members. He received a 2005 Schumann foundation grant for independent journalism and two Project Censored Wards.
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 Contra Costa Young Dems will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Pandell Law Firm located at 1990 N. California Blvd., Ste. 1010.
The following is a message from Democratic Party of Contra Costa County Central Committee Member Maria Alegria concerning a resolution adopted by the DPCCC at its Central Committee meeting last week.
Dear DPCC Executive Committee,
Can you please circulate to DPCC members and CDP delegates the summary and resolution in support of Adult Education under the K-12 System. In order for the "late" resolution to be heard before the Resolutions Committee at the Convention next month, it will need unanimous support from the Resolutions Committee. DPCC members and CDP delegates can contact me if the would like to support this resolution.
Summary of Adult Schools Organized Under the K-12 System in California
The Governor’s Budget Plan recommends that adult school programs currently organized under the K-12 schools, be reorganized under the community colleges. Governor Brown is to be commended for recommending funding for adult education. However, the proposal is flawed.
A recent recommendation by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) states that adult schools and community colleges should remain two separate systems and that better coordination between the two would better serve adults, than the Governor’s Budget Plan’s recommendation, to reorganize Adult Education under the community colleges.
On March 19, 2013, Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 on Education and Finance rejected the proposal to reorganize adult schools under the community colleges unanimously in a bipartisan 4-0 vote, with one member absent. Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), chair of the subcommittee, pointed out that the decision to eliminate dedicated funding for adult education and allow districts to “flex” the funding was made “in the midst of great financial crisis”, and stated, “It was never the intention to destroy adult education… We’re not going to continue down that path. It’s far too critical for thousands and thousands of Californians as the place where they can have their education needs met.”
Source: “Assembly Committee Rejects Moving Adult Education to Community Colleges” by Susan Frey, EdSource, March 19, 2013.
California Democratic Party Supports Adult Education
Under the K-12 System in California
WHEREAS, adult schools organized under the K-12 system, which have been a part of California’s infrastructure for over 155 years, almost as long as California has been a State, work well for their students, providing outcomes, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office Report of December 5, 2012, comparable to community college non-credit programs, and
WHEREAS, efforts to reorganize California’s 300 adult schools under the 112 California community colleges would inevitably result in reductions in service, especially in those areas of California that are not already within a community college district, a circumstance that would be particularly detrimental to veterans, workers in transition, students seeking their GED, and low-income students with limited access to transportation, and
WHEREAS, adult schools support the mission of K-12 schools, since the teaching of basic literacy, the primary function of adult schools, is more in line with the mission of K-12 schools than with that of community colleges, which is to provide college level instruction, and adult school classes at neighborhood schools increase parent involvement and make schools into true community centers.
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and California Democratic Party,
1. Declares support for California adult schools organized under K-12 schools, and
2. Opposes any proposal to reorganize adult schools under the community colleges.
Elected Delegate, Supervisorial District 1
Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
Voted & Adopted by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
Date: March 21, 2013
The El Cerrito Democratic Club's Tuesday, March 26, meeting will will focus on efforts in the California legislature to advance gun safety legislation. The club meets from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Zion Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito.
The club will hear from two people who have been intimately involved in the push: Sylvia Moir, El Cerrito Police Chief, and Mark Chekal-Bain, District Director for Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.
Chief Moir has been actively consulting on a series of bills in the California State Senate, with ten separate bills currently in committee review. Meanwhile, in the Assembly, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has a bill that would require additional reporting of large sales of ammunition.
Following the formal presentations and Q&A, we’ll consider endorsing the Contra Costa County Central Committee’s resolution on gun safety,and discuss whether we want to bring up specific legislation for endorsement at our April meeting. For more information, please visit the club's web page.