Diablo Valley Democratic Club Presents “How to Get Big Money Out of Politics and Reverse Citizens United” on Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Tuesday, November 19, meeting will feature a presentation about "Pushing Back on the Supreme Court: How to Get Big Money Out of Politics and Reverse Citizens United" with Secretary of State candidate Derek Cressman. 

Public interest advocate Derek Cressman, former vice president of state operations for Common Cause, led the effort resulting in the recent $16 million settlement over the illegal funneling of money from an out-of-state nonpro?t in order to defeat two California initiatives.

Cressman will discuss ways voters can push for a constitutional amendment establishing that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech and corporations do not have the constitutional rights of real people.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club Presents “How to Get Big Money Out of Politics and Reverse Citizens United” on Tuesday, Nov. 19

Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s October 24 Meeting to Feature Supervisor Karen Mitchoff

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, October 24, meeting will feature a Contra Costa County Update with Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. 

Learn about the county budget as it affects fire protection, criminal justice, public safety, public employee contract negotiations and other issues from District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff.

Mitchoff was elected supervisor in 2010 after serving on the Pleasant Hill City Council for two years. She has served on the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District Board, Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Redevelopment, and Planning Commission.

Mitchoff's district includes Pleasant Hill, part of Walnut Creek, Clayton, Concord, and Concord Centre, but she will talk about issues affecting the entire county.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s October 24 Meeting to Feature Supervisor Karen Mitchoff

Diablo Valley Democratic Club To Discuss “Making Health Reform Work” on Sept. 25

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, September 25, meeting will feature a conversation about Making Health Reform Work. 

Signup for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins Oct. 1. The success of Covered California, our state's effort to help people get health coverage by signing them up for affordable insurance, is essential to the success of the ACA because other states will be watching California.

At our September meeting, Debbie LeVeen, Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University, will describe California's groundbreaking progress in implementing the ACA with a strongly progressive . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club To Discuss “Making Health Reform Work” on Sept. 25

Diablo Valley Democratic Club Summer BBQ on August 4

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club will host a Summer BBQ for its paid-up members on Sunday, August 4, at 4:30 p.m. at a home in Walnut Creek (address provided upon RSVP). 

Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan will be special guests at the event! To RSVP, email pat.vonbehren@gmail.com and put "BBQ" in the email subject line.

The club will supply the main course and beverages. There is a potluck for salads, sides, and desserts (A-H for salads, I-R side dish, S-Z desserts).

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Diablo Valley Democratic Club to Discuss Gun Control Post-Sandy Hook on June 19

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, May 30, meeting will feature a presentation about Gun Control Post-Sandy Hook with Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Contra Costa Chapter President Sandra Ruliffson. 

Ruliffson will discuss local, state, and national efforts to reduce gun violence after the Sandy Hook tragedy. There are nearly 300 million guns in U.S. communities. The Brady Campaign initiates policies that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people and public health and safety programs to inspire safer attitudes and behaviors around guns.

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, . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club to Discuss Gun Control Post-Sandy Hook on June 19

Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s May 30 Meeting to Focus on the Changes and Challenges in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s May 30 Meeting to Focus on the Changes and Challenges in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s April 24 Meeting to Focus on Today’s News: An Alternate View

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.

Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s March 20 Meeting to Feature Conversation about Mental Health Services in Contra Costa: What’s Working, What’s Needed

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, March 20 meeting will feature a conversation about Mental Health Services in Contra Costa: What's Working, What's Needed.

Come learn about our county's mental health services from the people who work daily with people with severe mental illness. The panel discussion will include:

Brenda Crawford, executive director, Mental Health Consumer Concerns, a non-profit agency advocating for and fostering empowerment of people with mental illness. Walter Gorski, mental health specialist, Contra Costa Mental Health Division and chief shop steward, Public Employees Union Local 1. John Gragnani, children's mental health clinical specialist, Contra Costa Mental Health Division and president, Public Employees Union Local 1. Lori Hefner, gerontologist and fiduciary/conservator, court-appointed to handle complex cases involving people unable to make decisions in . . . → Read More: Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s March 20 Meeting to Feature Conversation about Mental Health Services in Contra Costa: What’s Working, What’s Needed

Senator Lois Wolk to Discuss “Double Tunnel” at Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s Feb. 20 Meeting

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's February 20 meeting will feature Senator Lois Wolk discussing The Delta Water Conservation Plan: Double Tunnel or Double Trouble?

Senator Wolk, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability, will discuss the proposed $23.7 billion plan to build two water-diverting tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide habitat restoration. Gov. Brown's double tunnel plan is an extremely important topic. Northern Calif. Democratic legislators and environmental groups oppose it and Sen. Wolk is a mover on alternatives.

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 . . . → Read More: Senator Lois Wolk to Discuss “Double Tunnel” at Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s Feb. 20 Meeting

Climate Change: It’s Not Too Hot to Handle Focus of Diablo Valley Democratic Club’s January 23 Meeting

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's January 23 meeting will feature Shelly Ryan of former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. She will give a multimedia presentation on the status of climate change worldwide, what is being done to remedy the situation, and how every individual can make a positive difference.

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.

Upcoming Contra Costa Democratic Events

February 4, 2015

Contra Costa Democratic Clubs to Host Senate District 7 Candidates Forum

Starts: 7:00 pm

Location: Lafayette Library - Contra Costa County Library, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549, United States

February 19, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:30 pm

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

February 21, 2015

Assemblymember Jim Frazier's 4th Annual Lobster Feed Dinner

Starts: 5:30 pm

Location: Antioch Community Center, 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA

March 19, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:30 pm

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

April 16, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:30 pm

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

May 15, 2015

CDP Convention

Starts: 12:00 am

Location: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States

May 21, 2015

DPCCC Central Committee Meeting

Starts: 7:30 pm

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