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 To Consider Three Endorsement Recommendations at April 12 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, April 12. 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 Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (who will begin representing our area after redistricting), Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (who has represented us the past four years) and a Least Toxic Pest Management Ordinance for Contra Costa County.
 
Contra Costa County Departments applied 12,000 pounds of pesticide products in 2011 along roadsides, creeks and in open spaces. This includes more than 4,000 pounds of the most threatening chemicals, termed “Bad Actor” pesticides.

Contra Costa County applies considerably more pesticides than Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Marin Counties combined.  Our county needs an ordinance that would create an incentive for county staff to decrease pesticide dependency and look to solutions already being used by neighboring counties.

The Ordinance will enable the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to hold County staff accountable for unnecessary pesticide use.

That's why our club's Board of Directors recommends the club endorse Contra Costa implementing a Least Toxic Pest Management Ordinance like our neighboring counties have. The Ordinance should, at a minimum, include the following 8 items:

  •  Disclose where and when pesticides are being applied, including along the 120 miles of roadsides, 70 miles of flood control channels/creeks, empty lots, and in thousands of acres of open space.
  •  Post signs on the County website and at locations where pesticides will be applied, at least 48 hours prior to application. Signs shall remain posted for 1 month.
  •  Post original pesticide use reports within 2 weeks of pesticide application. Within 2 months, post all raw data, calculations and graph the pesticide use trends in order to assess progress in each pest program.
  •  Document and Report how least toxic alternatives have been investigated and tried prior to choosing pesticides for each pest control program.
  •  Phase out Bad Actor Pesticides by the end of 2012 for pest control programs unless all other alternatives have failed.
  •  Prohibit County Staff addressing pest control from recruiting individuals for the IPM Advisory Committee.
  •  Create a Permanent Seat on the IPM Advisory Committee for a Public Health Expert (MPH, PhD or DrPH) with a track record in supporting public health and environmental health issues.

 

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.