WHAT’S ON TAP?

Join us at our next monthly meeting on April 11th to learn about proposed revisions to our club’s bylaws.  These revisions include the addition of a second Vice-President.  A handout with the proposed revisions will be provided and discussed openly among the membership.  A vote on these revisions is expected to occur at our May 9th meeting. Remember you must have paid your 2019 membership dues in order to vote on these revisions.

The discussion on proposed revisions to our club’s bylaws will be followed by our normal programming, including a panel on clean and affordable drinking water.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Lafayette Library
Complimentary refreshments will be provided!
Suggested donation of $5.00 for guests.

 

Shout Outs From March 8, 2018 Meeting

Sign  petitions for SB 651 – Petition Disclosure Act

Sign petitions to get split tax Proposition 13

Visit March for Our Lives Facebook page to get evolved.

Together We Will Contra Costa – working to remove endorsement of Sheriff Livingston.  Sign petition to ask Steve Glazer to remove his endorsement of Sheriff Livingston.

Request to Sign Up for “Deep Green” under the Lafayette MCE Option – Sustainable Lafayette is trying to get 1,000 businesses.

Sign our Call to Action to support upcoming gun safety legislation.

BART Director Speaks to the Lamorinda Democratic Club

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The LDC met Thursday, March 10 at the Lafayette Library.  About 35 people heard about BART improvements, labor relations, future plans, and a proposed bond measure from BART Director Rebecca Saltzman.

Saltzman shared some interesting statistics about recent growth in ridership and BART’s importance in Lamorinda. This February, BART ridership grew to an historic high of 446,000 riders per weekday.  The benefit to Contra Costa County is illustrated by the fact that nearly as many people travel on BART into Oakland as through the Caldecott tunnel on a weekday morning peak hour. Another example of the benefit is that residential property values are 12.8% higher 1/2 mile from a BART station compared to 3% higher within 2 to 5 miles.

Saltzman described a number of areas where BART is making improvements.  A $1 billion project is underway and under budget that will make BART safe in an earthquake and reduce recovery time afterwards. Other current projects include improved station access and signage, additional bicycle storage (which is always fully utilized), canopies above entrances to underground BART stations, and the system extension to Antioch utilizing Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) technology. 

There is a significant need to update BART’s infrastructure, some of which is 45-years old. Projects to address aging infrastructure include 775 more comfortable and efficient cars with additional doors and a new train control system for a 25% increase in traffic through the transbay tube. It is interesting to know that the new train control system will allow closer spacing between trains, because the location of trains will be more precisely known.

A $3.5 billion bond measure is one potential funding source for the estimated $9.6 billion cost of these infrastructure projects.  There will be benefits of reduced crowding and delays as well as increased safety.

Saltzman received many questions from the audience were many about labor relations. She responded that steps are being taken, which she believes ensure negotiations, to start next year, will be successful.  She said there has been a recognition of the mistakes made and the management inexperience that led to the strike. There are also joint labor-management efforts this year to build trust and a common understanding of BART data. She also explained that the right-to-strike for BART workers was established by state law and is therefore not up to the Board.

Saltzman also received questions about station conditions, parking, late night hours, and expansion around the bay. Generally what the Board can do is limited by funding and may also require action by others.

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Endorsements Approved at Lamorinda Democratic Club’s September 11th Meeting

The Lamorinda Democratic Club membership approved the following endorsements at the Club's September 11 meeting:

Tim Sbranti for Assembly
Yes on State Proposition 2
Yes on State Proposition 45
Yes on State Proposition 47
No on State Proposition 48

The LDC Endorsements Committee has not completed its analysis of State Proposition 1. The Club takes no position on State Proposition 46.

At the September 11th meeting the Club also heard from eight Democrats running for local offices. Eight more candidates are schedule to speak at the October 9th meeting.  Additional endorsements will be presented to the membership for approval at the October meeting.

Congratulations to Our 2013-14 Officers

At the Lamorinda Democratic Club's May 10 meeting, the following members were elected as our officers for the 2013-14 year:

President: Katie Ricklefs
Vice President: John Hall
Secretary: Marie McDonald
Treasurer: Carol Nacon

Congratulations to our officers! Please contact any member of the Board of Directors if you would like to volunteer to help our club and its programs in the coming year.