San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's June 27 Meeting To Feature Discussion About How Will the Affordable Care Act Be Implemented in California

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, June 27, meeting will feature a conversation about Covered California and how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in California. The featured speaker is Kaiser Permanente Community and Government Relations Director Ron Wetter.

Wetter will discuss some of the key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with particular emphasis on Covered California and some of the changes that are occurring in the health care industry as a result of some basic economics and the ACA.

Ron is the Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Area. He joined Kaiser in 2004. He oversees all community and government relations activities for Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area, with an emphasis on health care policy and reform and economic and workforce development.

Ron is an adjunct member of California State University East Bay’s graduate program faculty, teaching courses in health care policy and U.S. health care systems in the university’s Masters in Health Administration program. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ron served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, a 37-member public board that develops and coordinates workforce and economic development activities on behalf of Contra Costa County. He also worked for PG&E for 21 years as a regulatory policy analyst. He is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Contra Costa Council. Ron earned a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. He lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, Terri, and 20-year old son, Alex.

The club's second speaker will be Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, who will be running for State Assembly District 16 when Joan Buchanan becomes termed out. Newell has served as Councilmember of the Town of Danville for the past 18 years, starting in 1995, with four terms as Mayor. He serves on Tri-Valley Transportation Commission, Tri-Valley Council, Contra Costa Transportation Agency, Discovery Counseling Board, and Leadership San Ramon Valley Board among others. Prior to being elected to the Council Newell served four years on the Planning Commission and five years on the Design Review Board, a reason the Downtown section looks so quaint and interesting. Newell is a long time business owner and serves as the President/CEO of an architectural-planning firm based in Oakland and Los Angeles that he co-founded in 1978. He is a passionate advocate for providing quality public education by having served on the School District Facilities Committee resulting in the successful passage of the first Measure D School Bond and served as the Co-Chair of the Valley-wide Committee on Youth Safety & Development.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 20 to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's May 23 Meeting To Feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, May 23, meeting will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 2013-2014 Budget in January. After input from the Assembly and Senate and revised numbers, the “May Rewrite” has now been released. Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will discuss the main topics and the implications of the California Budget. With her breadth of knowledge and her ability to make complex concepts simple, Joan will give us a good understanding and the next steps we need to take.

Assemblymember Buchanan will also discuss a proposed financial path forward the  Assembly Democrats have created the "Blueprint for a Responsible Budget," a set of guidelines for lawmakers as we craft the state budget in time for the June 15 deadline.

The local speaker at this meeting will be John Mills, Future Candidate for the San Ramon City Council. 

John is a local Democrat who is planning to run in this fall’s election. He’s spent his career as staff to elected officials at the city, county, and state levels of government since 2000, most recently as the Chief of Staff since 2006 to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His public service extends beyond his work life, including as a member of the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission since 2008 and the Chair for Legislative Advocacy of the Country Club Elementary School PTA Board since 2011. John also has been involved with the City of San Ramon since 2006, serving on the City’s Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committees, and most recently as a member of the Parks and Community Services Commission.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 20 to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's April 25 Meeting To Focus on Climate Change: What Is It and What Does It Mean For Our Future?

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, April 25, meeting will feature a discussion of Climate Change: What Is It and What Does IT Mean For Our Future presented by SRVDC President Jim Donnelly.

Jim will present the history of scientific evidence of climate change and current research with up-to-date charts and data substantiating its huge effects. He will also discuss the expected Climate Change impacts for the US and globally.

Jim is an Environmental, Health & Safety consultant with more the 40 years of experience. He has presented many papers and written book chapters on air pollution control and waste management. He has also been a peer reviewer of EPA’s Combustion research program. Jim provided testimony before the U.S. Senate on air pollution controls for the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional, Past President of the Institute for Professional Environmental Practice and currently serves as the Golden West Section Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association. He teaches environmental review courses for professionals pursuing an environmental professional certification with one section of the course covering Global Climate Change. He is also a MSHA instructor for surface miners. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.A. in Leadership.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 22, to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's March 28 Meeting Features "Capitalism Hits the Fan" and Richard D. Wolff, Ph.D.

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, March 28, meeting will feature a review and discussion of the DVD Capitalism Hits the Fan, featuring Richard D. Wolff, Ph.D.

With breath taking clarity, renowned University of Massachusetts Economic’s Professor breaks down the root cause of today’s economic crisis showing how it was decades in the making and in fact, reflects seismic failures within the structures of American style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the source of economics crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown.

By placing the crisis within this larger historical and systemic frame, Wolff argues convincingly that both the government ‘bailouts’ and calls for increased market regulation will not be enough to address the real causes of the crisis-in the end suggesting that more fundamental changes will be necessary to avoid future catastrophes. Richly illustrated with graphics and charts, this is a superb introduction that allows ordinary citizens to comprehend and react to the unraveling economic crisis.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club member Nat Simons, a former Professor of Economics, Ohio State University, will critique the presentation and lead a discussion.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation).Please RSVP by Monday, January 21, to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's February 28 Meeting to Focus on the Obama Campaign in Virginia

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, February 28, meeting will feature Doug Offenhartz, who will share some of his experiences in the 2012 campaign during which he canvassed for President Obama in Spotsylvania, Va.

Doug arrived in Danville in 1971 to head the start-up of the San Ramon Valley Community Center and, as its first staff member, worked with teenagers and community leaders to remodel the facility and initiate programs and activities. In 1982, he was elected to Danville’s first Town Council and served two terms, including one year as Mayor.

As a Democratic Party activist, Doug served as an officer in the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club in the 1970s and 1980s and canvassed for many Democratic candidates, including Tom Torlakson, George Miller, Ron Dellums, Barbara Lee, and Jerry McNerney.

In the early 1990s, he organized and served as first president of the Tenth Congressional District Democratic Leadership Caucus, focused on ousting Congressman Bill Baker and eventually electing Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in 1996.

He served as the Tenth Congressional District Canvassing Chair for the Obama campaign in 2008, and canvassed on his behalf in Contra Costa Country and Reno, Nevada, during the primary campaigns, and in Colorado Springs during the General Election. 

He currently volunteers as an English tutor at Diablo Valley College and as a regional representative with the Brackett Foundation, supporting ethnic Burmese students pursue their education in Thailand.

The club's second speaker that night will be Anne Cavazos, Co-Founder and President of Sustainable San Ramon. She will present Sustainable San Ramon’s mission, vision, and plans for 2013 and beyond. She will also discuss ways that the community can be involved.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation).Please RSVP by Monday, January 21, to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.