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.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorsement Process

The Lamorinda Democratic Club invites Democrats running for office in our area to apply for the Club's endorsement. (Per Section 8.1 of our club's by-laws, we only endorse persons who are registered Democrats).

The first step in our endorsement process requires a candidate to complete our questionnaire (click here to download it in pdf format).

After a candidate's questionnaire is received, it will be reviewed by our Endorsements Committee. The Endorsements Committee may request an in-person interview and/or vote to send an endorsement recommendation to the club's Board of Directors. The Board may then decide whether to recommend the endorsement to our club's membership.

If the Board recommends an endorsement, the vote will be taken at the club's next meeting. Endorsements require a vote of 60 percent of the total votes cast at the meeting, per Section 8.2.e.3 of the club's by-laws.

Completed questionnaires may be sent to the the Endorsements Committee by email (LDCIssuesCandidates [at] ldclub.org) or by mail to Lamorinda Democratic Club, P.O. Box 31, Orinda, CA  94563.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorses AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act

After hearing a presentation during the November 10 Lamorinda Democratic Club business meeting about AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, club members in attendance voted unanimously for the club to endorse the measure. This was consistent with the club's long-time support for Clean Money elections and campaign finance reform.

As the California Clean Money campaign explains,

AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, would fight back against unlimited hidden spending on campaigns by letting voters know who REALLY is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves.  Authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, AB 1148 would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974, and so can either be put into effect by a 2/3 vote of the legislature or a majority vote placing a measure on the ballot for the voters to decide.

The California DISCLOSE Act would require all political television ads, print ads, and websites to list their Top Five funders in a clear and unambiguous fashion.  The Top Two funders will be required to be listed on radio ads.

Requires the largest funder of television and radio ads to "stand by their ad".  For example, instead of saying, in small print, “Paid for by Stop Hidden Taxes – No on 25/Yes on 26, a coalition of taxpayers and employers…”, Yes on 26 ads would have said:  "I'm John Watson, CEO of Chevron, located in California.  Chevron helped pay for this message and approves it."

The California Clean Money Campaign and other supporters of the California DISCLOSE Act will be hosting a Legislative Campaign Kick-off event on January 7, 2012, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Oakland City Hall. We will post more information about that event as the event date draws near. You can also preregister at www.YesFairElections.org.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorses Lafayette School District Measure B

The membership of the Lamorinda Democratic Club voted at its March 10 meeting to endorse Measure B, a mail-only May 3 ballot for a parcel tax to support the Lafayette School District.

The club heard details about the budget situation and Measure B from Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill and Yes on B Campaign Co-Chair Corrine Christensen prior to voting to endorse the measure.

"The Lamorinda Democratic Club has a long tradition of supporting more funding for our schools, especially given the fiscal emergency they are facing because of the state budget situation," said Lamorinda Democratic Club President Craig Cheslog. "One of our club's priorities is supporting our public education system."

Measure B will provide stable, locally controlled funding to support programs maintaining student achievement. Measure B will preserve core academic programs, funding for arts and music, help attract and retain the most qualified teachers, keep classroom computers, technology, and science labs up-to-date, and support early academic intervention programs. It is an emergency parcel tax measure of $176 per parcel for four years only, with exemptions for seniors.

For more information about Measure B, please visit http://www.yesonmeasureb.net/ or the measure's Facebook page.

Club Endorsement Votes

At its September 16 meeting, the members of the Lamorinda Democratic Club voted to endorse the following candidates and positions on statewide propositions. The candidates join the list of previously endorsed candidates.

The LDC’s endorsement process begins with deliberations by our club’s Candidates and Issues Committees. Those committees then make recommendations to the club’s Board of Directors. The Board then can bring the recommendations to the full club for a vote.

Statewide Candidates:
Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
Susan Bonilla, Assembly 11th District
Dave Jones, State Insurance Commissioner

Contra Costa Candidate:
Dan O’Malley, District Attorney

City Councils:
Brandt Andersson, Lafayette City Council
Mike Menesini, Martinez City Council
Kathi McLaughlin, Martinez City Council
Dean Orr, Orinda City Council
Amy Worth, Orinda City Council
Kristina Lawson, Walnut Creek City Council

School Boards:
Art Kapoor, Lafayette School District
Berch Parker, Lafayette School District
Brian Lawrence, Mt Diablo Unified School District
Linda Mayo, Mt Diablo Unified School District
Lynne Dennler, Mt Diablo Unified School District
Juliane Rossiter, Orinda Union School District
Sarah Butler, Orinda Union School District
Tyson Krumholz, Orinda Union School District

Special Districts:
Sandra Bonato, Pleasant Hill Rec & Park District
Michael McGill, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Deborah Hinkson, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Statewide Propositions:
Proposition 21 (State Parks Vehicle Surcharge): Support
Proposition 23 (Suspend AB 32 Climate Change Law): Oppose
Proposition 24 (Tax Fairness Act): Support
Proposition 25 (Simple Majority Vote for State Budget): Support
Proposition 26 (Polluter Protection 2/3 Vote for Fees): Oppose

You can see the Lamorinda Democratic Club’s entire endorsement list in the web site’s right-hand column.