September 13 Candidates Endorsement Forum

Meet Our Local Democratic Candidates

Join us in meeting democratic candidates running for State Assembly, local school boards, city councils, county seats and other elected positions. All members will be asked to vote on endorsing candidates.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.  Free for members, suggested $5.00 donation for non-members.

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Lamorinda Democratic Club to Host January 10 Brunch Reception to Honor Our Past Legislative Champions

The Lamorinda Democratic Club will host a Brunch Reception to Honor Our Past Legislative Champions on Saturday, January 10, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.

The event will honor recently termed out State Assembly members Joan Buchanan and Nancy Skinner, retiring Congressman George Miller, and outgoing State Senator (and incoming Congressman-Elect) Mark DeSaulnier.

Skinner represented Lamorinda prior to California’s last legislative redistricting in 2012. Since 2012, Buchanan represented our area until she termed out of office at the end of the 2014. Miller has represented Lamorinda, depending on redistricting, during portions of his 40-year career in Congress. DeSaulnier has represented our area in the State Senate since 2008, and will continue to serve our area as our new Congressman beginning in January 2015.

There will be limited seating for this special event, so please RSVP as soon as possible with John Hall at The event will be free, but a $5 (or more) donation is requested to help cover the club’s costs in hosting this meeting.

Senator Mark DeSaulnier Hosts Health Care Reform Town Hall on June 20

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will hosts a Health Care Reform Town Hall on Thursday, June 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Walnut Creek City Council chambers, 1666 N Main Street, Walnut Creek. 

This is an opportunity for you to learn more from representatives of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and Covered California. They will explain how the Affordable Care Act and the Covered California Health Benefits Exchange will provide expanded coverage and improve affordability and health outcomes for Californians. 

For more information, please call 925-942-6082. To RSVP, please visit this web site.

Lamorinda Democratic Club's June 13 Meeting To Feature Sacramento Legislative Update with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Thursday, June 13, will feature a Sacramento Legislative Update from Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. Assemblymember Buchanan will discuss the latest from Sacramento, from legislation to key issues impacting the state budget.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, elected to the State Assembly in November 2008, represents the 16th Assembly District, which includes portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

Assemblymember Buchanan is the Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee bringing a deep understanding of educational issues gained during her 18 years of service on the San Ramon Valley School Board, including four terms as board president. Education has been a lifelong priority for Joan. She understands that for California's economy to thrive in the future, we must invest in a strong public education system, including a focus on instilling strong fundamentals in early grades. Through her service on the State Allocation Board, Joan works to maximize the state's investment in safe and up-to-date school facilities for all students.

Since being elected to the Assembly, Joan has focused on working with local leaders to solve problems. This session, Joan's legislative package focuses largely on education issues, including a package of three bills dealing with teacher evaluation, discipline and dismissal, as well as mandated reporting. In the areas of educational facilities funding, she has co-authored a bill that will put safeguards on the sale of Capital Appreciation Bonds. She has also introduced The Pink Plate Bill to create a specialized license plate promoting breast cancer awareness and prevention.

In 2012, Joan led the Assembly's review of the Governor's Reorganization Plan successfully fighting for significant changes in the plan including technology acquisition, maintaining the independence of the California Transportation Commission and the Delta Stewardship Council, and retaining an Advisory Commission on Boating and Waterways.

Joan honed her financial and analytical skills at Delta Dental, becoming one of the fastest rising women in the company and Director of Commercial Operations before the age of 30. She left the private sector to raise her five children and in the process became one of the San Ramon Valley's most effective community activists.

Joan is a 30 year resident of Alamo and a native Californian. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's May 23 Meeting To Feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, May 23, meeting will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 2013-2014 Budget in January. After input from the Assembly and Senate and revised numbers, the “May Rewrite” has now been released. Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will discuss the main topics and the implications of the California Budget. With her breadth of knowledge and her ability to make complex concepts simple, Joan will give us a good understanding and the next steps we need to take.

Assemblymember Buchanan will also discuss a proposed financial path forward the  Assembly Democrats have created the "Blueprint for a Responsible Budget," a set of guidelines for lawmakers as we craft the state budget in time for the June 15 deadline.

The local speaker at this meeting will be John Mills, Future Candidate for the San Ramon City Council. 

John is a local Democrat who is planning to run in this fall’s election. He’s spent his career as staff to elected officials at the city, county, and state levels of government since 2000, most recently as the Chief of Staff since 2006 to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His public service extends beyond his work life, including as a member of the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission since 2008 and the Chair for Legislative Advocacy of the Country Club Elementary School PTA Board since 2011. John also has been involved with the City of San Ramon since 2006, serving on the City’s Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committees, and most recently as a member of the Parks and Community Services Commission.

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.

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier to Host One-On-One Meeting Opportunity in Alamo on Sat., April 20

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will host a One-On-One Meeting opportunity in Alamo in Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Alamo Chamber of Commerce, 120 Alamo Plaza, Suite B, Alamo. 

Do you have an idea or need help with a state agency? Do you want to give your opinion about legislation impacting your community? Then here's an opportunity for a personal meeting with Senator DeSaulnier. No appointment is necessary.

Click here to see a flyer about this event.

Congressman George Miller to Host Town Hall Meetings in Lafayette and El Cerrito on Saturday, March 16

Congressman George Miller will host two Town Hall meetings on Saturday, March 16. The first will be from 9-10 a.m. at  the Acalanes High School cafeteria, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. The second will be from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Harding Elementary School auditorium, 420 Front Avenue, El Cerrito.

Please join Congressman Miller to hear from him directly about issues important to his constituents and the nation.