October 14th General Meeting is cancelled due to Giants baseball game. It will be re-scheduled. Go Giants!
LDC Members and Friends,
In October 2021, the Lamorinda Democratic Club is optimistic and looking at the glass at least half full.
Firstly, congratulations and well done to the LDC Precinct Organizing Project team! Determined, enthusiastic, and energetic—65 amazing LDC organizers covering 45 precincts in 11 cities throughout Contra Costa County reached over 22,000 Democrats in their communities, neighbor to neighbor, and Got Out The “NO” Vote in the September Recall Election.
While we do not have the final numbers from the county, as of Election Day, Democratic voter turn-out in precincts with an LDC Precinct Organizer was higher than voter turn-out in the state and county and also surpassed Democratic voter turn out in either the state or the county. Please be sure to check out the “POP” (Precinct Organizing Project) page on our website, where you can find out more about precinct organizing or how to join the team. The 2022 Primaries are just around the corner!
In the meantime, we plan to soon host another get-together in celebration of LDC Precinct Organizers. So please stay tuned!
Those of you who have been LDC members for a while know that our club recognizes the importance of having good Democratic representation at all levels of government. Members and friends of the LDC stay informed and engaged on issues across the spectrum: from school boards and waste-water districts to city councils, State Assembly, State Senate, U.S. Congress, and the White House. Our Precinct Organizers and volunteers work hard to elect Democrats to each of these offices because we know that decisions affecting the environment, education, good jobs, housing, clean air, water, and everything we care about happen locally, as well as nationally.
Please join us for the next LDC General Meeting, when city council members from Concord, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek will be presenting a Local Update on Climate Change Adaptations on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. You can click here to connect with the meeting!
Among the overlapping concerns from the challenges posed by increasingly extreme weather patterns are wildfires, drought, air quality, heat, flooding, soil erosion, and even landslides. How is climate change influencing city planning for housing, transportation, land-use and development, water, energy, traffic, economy, emergency management? Our Thursday, October 14, meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from our elected leaders about adaptation strategies in our cities and towns and about some of the specific challenges our communities face.
Thank you to the following invited speakers for participating in what we hope will be just the first in a series of presentations dedicated to the topic:
- Carlyn Obringer, Concord City Council
- Carl Anduri, Lafayette City Council
- Wei-Tai Kwok, Lafayette City Council
- Renata Sos, Moraga Town Council
- Kevin Wilk, Walnut Creek City Council
- Cindy Darling, Walnut Creek City Council
- Amy Worth, Orinda City Council
Also, there is lots of good news to report from our AD 16 Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, who has been very busy and successful this legislative session.
Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan secured funding to:
- Establish a new mental health crisis phone line (to go live in July 2022)
- Upgrade East Bay Regional Park fire equipment
- Improve community access to natural infrastructure
- Upgrade pedestrian safety near schools
- Preserve Tesla Park
- Combat homelessness
Among Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s authored legislation signed into law by Governor Newsom:
- AB 624: Protects rights for juveniles in the criminal justice system
- AB 1356: Battles the rise in harassment and doxing of patients accessing their right to reproductive health care
So, LDC Members and Friends, while it’s good to see that our glass is half-full, it also means that we’ve got plenty of room to add more. Please stay connected, and join us!
Lamorinda Democratic Club President