The Lamorinda Democratic Club’s first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 13, will feature our member of the California State Assembly, Nancy Skinner.

Our program will examine what we can expect in California politics and public policy in 2011 now that Democrats, led by Governor Jerry Brown, control all statewide Constitutional offices. Most important, we will try to plan for what we can do as a club to support these new public policy initiatives. 

The club's social hour will begin at its regular 6:30 p.m. start time at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda. We will begin our business meeting at 7:15 p.m. with announcements about upcoming events and special short notices of interest to local Democrats. Asm. Skinner's presentation will begin at 8 p.m.

Governor Brown will introduce his first state budget blueprint on Monday, January 10. Analysts expect that it will include a series of dire cuts to key program areas—including education and the state’s safety net. 

The Governor, and some people close to him, have hinted that Brown will call for a special election in late May or early June to ask California voters to, at a minimum, extend the current temporary taxes that will begin to expire this year as a way to help close a projected $28 billion budget gap. 

We can expect major efforts from those who oppose government to try to stop this effort. What can our club members do to support plans to protect core government services in this crisis? Are we ready to talk to our friends and neighbors? Write letters to the editor? Lobby our legislators—and get our friends to lobby those in other areas of the state?

As part of Asm. Skinner's presentation, the club’s leadership hopes you will join in a conversation and discussion to go into the details of what we can do as a club to support Governor Brown and our new Democratic statewide team. 

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