The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, June 27, meeting will feature a conversation about Covered California and how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in California. The featured speaker is Kaiser Permanente Community and Government Relations Director Ron Wetter.

Wetter will discuss some of the key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with particular emphasis on Covered California and some of the changes that are occurring in the health care industry as a result of some basic economics and the ACA.

Ron is the Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Area. He joined Kaiser in 2004. He oversees all community and government relations activities for Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area, with an emphasis on health care policy and reform and economic and workforce development.

Ron is an adjunct member of California State University East Bay’s graduate program faculty, teaching courses in health care policy and U.S. health care systems in the university’s Masters in Health Administration program. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ron served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, a 37-member public board that develops and coordinates workforce and economic development activities on behalf of Contra Costa County. He also worked for PG&E for 21 years as a regulatory policy analyst. He is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Contra Costa Council. Ron earned a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. He lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, Terri, and 20-year old son, Alex.

The club's second speaker will be Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, who will be running for State Assembly District 16 when Joan Buchanan becomes termed out. Newell has served as Councilmember of the Town of Danville for the past 18 years, starting in 1995, with four terms as Mayor. He serves on Tri-Valley Transportation Commission, Tri-Valley Council, Contra Costa Transportation Agency, Discovery Counseling Board, and Leadership San Ramon Valley Board among others. Prior to being elected to the Council Newell served four years on the Planning Commission and five years on the Design Review Board, a reason the Downtown section looks so quaint and interesting. Newell is a long time business owner and serves as the President/CEO of an architectural-planning firm based in Oakland and Los Angeles that he co-founded in 1978. He is a passionate advocate for providing quality public education by having served on the School District Facilities Committee resulting in the successful passage of the first Measure D School Bond and served as the Co-Chair of the Valley-wide Committee on Youth Safety & Development.

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, May 20 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.

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