Diablo Valley Democratic Club's April 26 Meeting Features Asm. Joan Buchanan

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, April 26 meeting will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan discussing what is happening in Sacramento amid budget challenges in this election year.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.

Assm. Joan Buchanan Reception on March 6 with Speaker John PĂ©rez

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan invites you to join her for an early evening reception with Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The reception will be held at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Rd, Alamo, CA 94507. Tickets are $50, with sponsorships available.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Pam Clemmons by phone 415-518-3430 or by email at pam(at)joanbuchanan.com. You can download a pdf of the invitation and you can purchase tickets on-line using ActBlue.

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan To Speak at Club's February 9 Meeting

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, February 9, will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, who after redistricting will be running to become Lamorinda's new Assemblymember in 2012. Buchanan's talk will include a welcome to her new district and provide an update from Sacramento.

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 at 7:15 p.m., and Buchanan's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Buchanan was elected in November 2008 and re-elected in November 2010 to represent the 15th Assembly District, which includes portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. In the new districts created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, Buchanan will be running to represent the new 16th Assembly District, which includes Lamorinda and the Tri-Valley in one of the state's new competitive districts (Democrats have a 6-point registration advantage in the district, and Governor Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman by about 5 points in the 2010 election). 

A member of the Assembly Budget Committee, Buchanan chairs the budget subcommittee on State Administration and Information Technology.  She serves on a number of additional policy committees including the Education, Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, and Accountability and Administrative Review committees.  In 2009, she was appointed by the Speaker to the Special Education Commission and in 2010 the Speaker appointed her to the Standing Committee to the Judicial Council on Court Technology and to the State Allocation Board.  She also chairs the Select Committee on Government Efficiency, Technology, and Innovation.

Before being elected to the State Assembly, Buchanan served on the San Ramon Valley School Board for nearly 20 years.  Under her leadership, the district took a new direction, both expanding and renovating facilities and improving core academic programs. Over 94% of the district’s graduating seniors attend college or university.  Despite being severely underfunded, San Ramon Valley School District has received state and national recognition for student achievement, ranking among the top 5% of all school districts in California.

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.

Asm. Susan Bonilla Hosts Free Energy Workshop for K-12 Educators on October 19

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project ,and GenOn Energy, Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming NEED Energy Workshop for K-12 educators on Wednesday, October 19, in Concord from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Center, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA.

This workshop will provide professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and to provide engaging and exciting energy curriculum for students in today’s classrooms.

Educators who participate in the workshop will receive a free NEED Science of Energy Kit to take back to their schools. The NEED Science of Energy Kit is designed to teach the concepts of force, motion, light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism and energy transformations through hands-on activities. In addition, GenOn Energy and NEED will reimburse school districts for the cost of a substitute teacher and for the teacher participating in the workshop.

To register, please click here: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1013729.