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.

Dec. 14 Seasonal Potluck Hosted by Tri-Valley Democratic Club, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club & Diablo Valley Democratic Club

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club, Diablo Valley Democratic Club invite you to their seasonal pot luck party with music by JUICE on Friday, December 14, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin.

Come meet Democrats and our elected officials.  Last name A to I please bring side dishes, J to R salads or appetizers, and S to Z desserts.

Also please bring some canned or dry food to donate to our local food banks or a warm coat or blanket for “Christmas for Everyone.”  We also need volunteers for set up and clean up. Contact EllisG237@aol.com to volunteer and RSVP to SHGold237@aol.com so we will know how many main dishes to get. Click here for more . . . → Read More: Dec. 14 Seasonal Potluck Hosted by Tri-Valley Democratic Club, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club & Diablo Valley Democratic Club

Diablo Valley Democratic Club to Discuss What’s Next with Education in California at November 29 Meeting

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's November 29 meeting will feature a conversation about Education in California: What's Next with Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Cheslog will report on the meaning of Proposition 30 and the expected Democratic legislative supermajority on California's public elementary and high schools and colleges. He is Superintendent Torlakson's personal strategist, advisor, spokesperson, liaison to outside individuals and organizations, and coordinator of his major education initiatives.

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 Presents Deciphering the Perplexing Props with Assemblymember Susan Bonilla on Sept. 19

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's September 19 meeting will feature a presentation about Deciphering the Perplexing Props, featuring Assemblymember Susan Bonilla.

Assemblymember Bonilla will report on the financing of our schools and explain Proposition 30, which protects school funding. Other speakers include the club member Steve Olsen and John Roe from the United Food and Commercial Workers.

DVDC members will also vote on endorsements.

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

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

    Starts: 6:30 pm

    Location: The Hop Grenade, 2151 Salvio St, Concord, CA 94520, United States

    Description: 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 at http://concorddems.com/.

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  • 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

    Description: 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.

  • Mark DeSaulnier for Congress Reception Featuring Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

    Starts: 5:00 pm

    Location: Home of Amy and Tom Worth (Address to be provided upon RSVP)

    Description: 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 at markdesaulnier.com.

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

    Starts: 7:30 pm

    Location: Lafayette Library - Contra Costa County Library, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549, United States

    Description: 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 at ldclub.org.

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  • Betty Yee for Controller Sunday Brunch in Benicia

    Starts: 11:00 am

    Location: Veterans Memorial Hall, 1150 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510, United States

    Description: 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 http://www.BettyYee.com.

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

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  • 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

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  • Mike Thompson for Congress Bocce Tournament

    Starts: 8:30 am

    Location: Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA 94553, United States

    Description: The Mike Thompson for Congress Committee invites you to attend his Bocce Ball Tournament on Saturday, October 18, at the Martinez Waterfront Park, Joe DiMaggio Drive, in Martinez.

    Sign in at 8:30 a.m. with play starting at 9 a.m. Fee is $25 per player. Team sponsorships are available for $250. Team entries are limited and must be completed by October 11. Entry fee includes continental breakfast and a BBQ lunch. Click here to purchase your event tickets today!

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  • Contra Costa Young Democrats' 2nd Annual Young DemOktoberfest

    Starts: 1:00 pm

    Location: IBEW Local 302, 1875 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA

    Description: The Contra Costa Young Democrats invite you to join them for their 2nd Annual Young DemOktoberfest -- an afternoon of brews, brats, and blue on Sunday, October 19, at 1 p.m. at IBEW Local 302, 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez!

    Tickets cost $25 for Young Democrats belonging to any chapter, seniors (60+), and military veterans, $20 if you're a full-time student or under 21, and $40.00 for "Young-At-Heart" supporters aged 40 and up. Purchase your ticket today!

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

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Location: Ygnacio Valley Library - Contra Costa County Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, United States

    Description: 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.

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  • San Ramon Valley Dems - Net Neutrality, What It Is and Why It Matters

    Starts: 6:15 pm

    Location: Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville, CA 94526, United States

    Description: 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.

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