Tri-Valley Democrats to Host "Meet the Candidates" Night on February 20

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's Monday, February 20 meeting will feature an opportunity for you to meet candidates for Congress, State Assembly, State Senate, and County Supervisor. The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m.

Meet Congressional District 15 candidates Congressman Pete Stark and his challenger Dublin City Council Member Eric Swalwell, Assembly District 16 candidate Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Senate District 7 candidate State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Alameda County Supervisor District 4 candidate Supervisor Nate Miley, and Alameda County Supervisor District 1 candidate Supervisor Scott Haggerty. Questions and answers will follow brief statements by each candidate. A straw poll will be taken.

The Political Action Committee of the Alameda Democratic Party will make the presentation and lead the discussion. 

For more information about the Tri-Valley Democrats, please 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.

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.

Preparing for Contra Costa Redistricting

Monday's Contra Costa Times features a story by Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen describing the upcoming redistricting process for Contra Costa County Supervisor Districts.  

Continued population growth in East Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley will again drive the mandatory decennial redrawing of the county's five supervisorial districts.

Cities within Districts 5 and 3, represented by Federal Glover, of Pittsburg, and Mary Piepho, of Discovery Bay, respectively, have grown disproportionately faster than those of their three colleagues. Five of the six towns with growth rates since 2000 of more than 10 percent are in these two districts.

Unlike State Legislature and Congressional Districts, which voters have decided will be reapportioned by a Citizens Redistricting Commission, the County Supervisors themselves will determine the Supervisor Districts for the next decade. 

Vorderbrueggen also explained the timeline for the redistricting project and what will happen should the Supervisors find themselves unable to agree on a plan.

The Census Bureau is expected to release California population data in March, which will trigger the county's formal redistricting analysis and public hearing process. Staff members will apply census tract level population data onto digitized maps and display each step online.

The board is expected to adopt a final map by midsummer.

If it fails to pass new district lines by November, the job goes to a special panel consisting of District Attorney Mark Peterson, Assessor Gus Kramer and Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir.

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's leadership and Endorsements & Issues Committee will be monitoring this process closely as it unfolds.