June 14 Club Meeting Features Discussion of the June Primary Election with Contra Costa Times Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, June 14, meeting will feature a review and discussion about the June California primary elections with Contra Costa Times Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen.

Contra Costa and California voters will be going to the polls in June for elections to local offices and determine which candidates will make the June runoff for Statewide and Congressional elections. What is the impact of the County Supervisor election in our area? How did the new top-two primary rules and redistricting impact the state's political picture? What did we learn and how might the results impact the November general election?

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 to begin no earlier than 7:15 p.m. and no later than 7:30 p.m. depending on the length of the agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen is a politics and government reporter and columnist for the Contra Costa Times and the Bay Area News Group, where she has held the post since 2004.

Prior to her political assignment, she covered regional growth and transportation at the Times. During her time as a transportation writer, she appeared in a film that won an Emmy for best documentary, "A Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story," which chronicles the saga around the construction of the new Bay Bridge.

She joined the Contra Costa Times in 1996 after working as the Carson City, Nevada, bureau chief for the Reno Gazette Journal and as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Las Vegas Review Journal. She also worked as reporter, editor and columnist for the Nevada Appeal, a Carson City, Nevada, daily.

Vorderbrueggen’s work has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Nevada Press Association.

An Oregon native, mother of four adult children and grandmother to eight, Vorderbrueggen lives in Martinez with her husband, Joe.

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.

Advancing the Progressive Democratic Agenda with Rep. George Miller on Saturday, Nov. 12

The Lamorinda Democratic Club, Contra Costa Labor Club, Democrats of Rossmoor, Diablo Valley Democratic Club, and San Ramon Valley Democratic Club are joining together for to kickoff the 2012 campaign on Saturday, November 12 with a fundraiser for the 2012 Democratic Campaign Office.

Rep. George Miller will be the principal speaker at the November 12 event, which will be hosted by the Democrats of Rossmoor from 3-5 p.m. at the Diablo Room, Hillside Clubhouse, Rossmoor. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will also attend.

General admission is $10 and sponsor admission is $25. You can download an event flyer by clicking here.

April 14 Meeting: Everything You Wanted To Know About Ranked Choice/Instant Runoff Voting, But Were Afraid To Ask

Steve Chessin, the President of Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER) will be the featured speaker at the Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, April 14, 2011, meeting. The meeting will be held at a special location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.

Chessin will discuss everything you wanted to know about Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, but were afraid to ask.

The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Chessin's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

CfER is an organization that has been educating and advocating on behalf of alternative electoral systems, including instant runoff voting (IRV) and various forms of proportional representation, since its founding in 1993.

Chessin joined CfER at its founding. He was elected to the organization's board in 1995 and has serveda s President or Co-President since 1999. He is also active with the California Democratic Party, serving on the State Central Committee since 1986, the Santa Clara County Central Committee since 1990, and the Party's State Executive Board since 1993.

Chessin was the prime mover behind Santa Clara County's successful 1998 charter amendment allowing the county to use IRV in county elections. He is also active with the League of Women Voters and was partially responsible for the California LWV adopting a position in favor of IRV.

Chessin lives in Mountain View with his wife and daughter. In his day job he is a software engineer. His hobby is politics.