Club Endorses Cheryl Cook-Kallio For 16th Assembly District

The Lamorinda Democratic Club during its January 30 meeting voted to endorse Cheryl Cook-Kallio in her campaign for our 16th Assembly District seat currently held by a Republican.

Cheryl Cook-Kallio has dedicated her life to public service and volunteerism. A celebrated public school teacher, respected Pleasanton City Councilmember, and tireless community activist, Cheryl has fought to enhance public education, increase affordable housing options, improve streets and roads, and make our community safer.

As a teacher Cheryl provided our youth with the best foundation possible to be successful in the 21st century. She spent 39 years educating our youth in the areas of Advanced Placement U.S. History and U.S. Government, and Honor Economics.

During this time her professional accolades include the American Civic Education Teacher Award, the Fremont Education Foundation Excellence in Education Award, Irvington High School’s Teacher of the Year, State Senator Liz Figueroa’s Woman of the Year, Assemblymember Alberto Torrico’s Citizen of the Year, Teacher of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution and a James Madison Memorial Fellowship.

Cook-Kallio served eight years on Pleasanton’s City Council. During her time as Vice-Mayor and Councilmember, she led the way to increase affordable housing, expand parkland and implement curbside recycling. Working with regional transportation agencies Cheryl improved streets and roads finding solutions to traffic gridlock.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Masters of Arts degree in U.S. History with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution from San Jose State University. She holds teaching credentials in Social Science and English, with a supplemental credential in Spanish.

In 2002, she was selected to serve as a James Madison Congressional Fellow for United States Senator Diane Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2005 Cheryl was selected to serve as a James Madison Federal Courts fellow in Washington D.C.

For more information about her campaign, please visit www.cook-kallioforassembly.com/.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorses Susan Bonilla for Senate District 7

At the May 14 meeting, the Lamorinda Democratic Club approved new By-Laws.  This enables the club to endorse one Democrat over another Democrat in a top two candidate run-off.   With the new By-Laws in effect, the club members then endorsed Susan Bonilla by unanimous vote.

The Club also reelected the current slate of officers:  Katie Ricklefs – President, Craig Cheslog – Immediate Past President, Tom Duckworth – Vice President, John Hall – Treasurer, and Mike Rusk – Secretary.

After the short business meeting, Helen Grieco gave an update on the efforts by Common Cause to build a sustainable democracy.  She highlighted same day voter registration, on-line registration and increased registration at the DMV as immediate goals for improving voter participation.  With the current deluge of campaign literature sent by various PACs to influence the Senate District 7 special election, Helen’s comments about corporate campaign spending and “dark” money were very timely.  She said that Common Cause's long-term goal is public campaign financing.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorses Two Local School Parcel Taxes and Mark DeSaulnier as the Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 11

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At our March 13 club meeting, the membership voted to endorse the Acalanes Union High School District Measure A and Lafayette School District Measure B for the May 6 mail ballot election as well as Mark DeSaulnier as the Democratic candidate in the June 2 primary for Congressional District 11. Mark is running to replace George Miller who has announced his retirement.

During the week of April 4, voters in these districts will receive a mail-in ballot for Measures A and B. Measure A sustains critical funding to maintain academic programs and support services in the Acalanes Union High School District schools by renewing and extending the parcel tax that is expiring, without raising tax rates. Measure A will continue to provide ongoing, local funding to preserve excellence in our schools. Measure B will continue an expiring tax to pay for core academic programs including math, science and technology for schools in the Lafayette School District. As Democrats we must unite to pass these measures to maintain our excellent schools, so please mail in your yes vote immediately.

The club wishes to thank Rachel Zinn Superintendent, David Gerson Trustee, and Larry Zulch Committee Chair speaking on behalf of Lafayette School District as well as John Nickerson Superintendent and Kelly Mains Committee Chair speaking on behalf of Acalanes Union High School District.  Mark DeSaulnier also spoke to the club.

The club’s endorsement process began with the Candidates and Issues Endorsement Committee. The committee made recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Board then brought recommendations to a club meeting for a vote by the membership.  The endorsements required a 60% affirmative vote of the total votes cast.  The endorsements passed.

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.

Lamorinda Democratic Club To Consider Three Endorsement Recommendations at May 10 Meeting

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's dues-paying members will have the opportunity to vote on three endorsement recommendations made by the Board of Directors during the club's business meeting on Thursday, May 10. The business meeting will begin no earlier than 7:15 p.m. and no later than 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Directors has voted to accept the Issues and Endorsements Committee's recommendation that the club endorse Congressman George Miller (who will begin representing Lamorinda after the November elections), State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and a "Vote No" position on Proposition 28, a measure that would modify California's term limits law.