Democratic Club has meeting and speaker Dec. 13

Jim Steele, County Supervisor representing District 3 in Lake County, will present at the December 13, 2017 Club meeting.  Mr. Steele,  who is an informed spokesperson for Clear Lake biology, will discuss the issues– what we know and don’t know.

Our Assembly Representative, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, successfully carried legislation to establish a Blue Ribbon Committee to evaluate and recommend actions to keep Clear Lake healthy–  AB 707.  Read more at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB707)

A slate of officers will also be elected for the Club for the coming year.

The Democratic Club meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the Methodist Church, located at 16255 Second Street, Lower Lake CA. 95457.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

Change in website appearance

Do you notice a change in the look and feel of our website?  Our host at the CDC has updated it with a fresher look.  You will still find the same content and organization.

The changes were due to a WordPress theme updated by the original developer who was adding additional security to the site and an updated appearance.

Club meeting November 8 featured potluck and speaker

The November meeting of the Lake County Democratic Club had another  popular pot-luck dinner, followed by a speaker.  The potluck was at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting was at 6:30 p.m.

The Democratic Club meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the Methodist Church, located at 16255 Second Street, Lower Lake CA. 95457.

The speaker was Sandra Lowe, Senior Strategist for the California Democratic Party, and regional representative on the Democratic National Committee.

She discussed DNC strategies for 2018 and why the tag line “A Better Deal” has been adopted.  She  also cover hot races and issues the CDP is focusing on, and how grass roots organizations like ours fit in the whole scheme.

As Senior Strategist for the CDP, Lowe is responsible for advising the chair on matters related to campaigns, messaging, communications and internal structures.

Lowe graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley and holds teaching credentials in Mathematics and Social Science.  She taught high school and middle school mathematics in both rural and big city public schools.  Lowe also served as the Political Organizer for California Teachers Association in the Bay area and worked as the Assistant Manager for Political Action in the Governmental Relations division of the CTA, where she analyzed the legislative races, conducted opinion polling and organized field operations.

Meetings and the potluck are free and open to the public.

 

Garamendi offers resources for fire victims

October meeting changed to Wed. October 25

The Democratic Club of Lake County has moved its October meeting to Wed. October 25, 2017. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.  We will cover agenda items carried over from the cancelled October 11 meeting.

All meetings are free and are open to the public. Club membership is open to registered Democrats for $20 per year.

Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County.

Senator McGuire promotes climate change legislation

Senator McGuire’s Statement on Landmark Climate Legislation

 

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement in response to the landmark climate change legislation advanced by the State Legislature.

“Regardless of the short-sighted policies of President Trump, California will continue to lead the way on smart policy to combat climate change,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “We are the sixth largest economy in the world, number one in job growth for two straight years in a row and our economy grew by $42.3 billion in the first three quarters of last year — all while proving we can be a world-wide leader in clean air and clean water law and combatting climate change.” 

The bills will appropriate $621.7 million of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds for investments to fight climate change, mitigate the immediate impact on California, and begin the process of adapting to the long-term impacts of climate change.

The investments that will impact the North Coast include:

  • $200 million for healthy forests and fire prevention, of which $5 million will be used for activities of the California Conservation Corps. McGuire championed his investment which will greatly benefit Northern California.
  • As part of the $200 million healthy forest investment, the State will roll back the State Fire Fee which save over 96,000 North Coast households millions every year and help local fire districts and volunteer fire companies.
  • $99 million for methane reduction programs, including funding to build out methane digesters and development and alternative manure management  and healthy soil programs. McGuire was a leader to ensure these funds will benefit North Coast dairies, family farmers and our environment.
  • $18 million for low income weatherization for multi-family, solar, and farmworker residential units.
  • Additional millions would go to programs that help replace old and fuel inefficient busses, trucks and cars.
  • McGuire championed the $15 million for wetland restoration which will greatly assist coastal zones up and down the North Coast combat sea level rise.

September 13 meeting features Craig Cheslog

The September 13, 2017 meeting of the Democratic Club of Lake County featured a speaker who has experience working in the California legislature and is now an advocate for legislative action.

Craig Cheslog explained how legislation is made and what the challenges of a proposed bill like SB562 (Health Care for All) face. Attendees were fascinated to hear the inside story of how bills get made, and asked many questions.

The meeting was September 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake. All meetings are free and are open to the public. Club membership is open to registered Democrats for $20 per year.

Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County.

Craig Cheslog speaks to Democratic Club of Lake County

 

 

Rep. Thompson hosts meeting in Lakeport August 10

U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson hosted a Coffee with Your Congressman on August 10, 2017 at 3- 4:30 pm in the Lake County Board Chambers. The County Chambers are located at 255 North Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA. 95453.

 

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Democratic Club meeting on August 9 showcases film

The Democratic Club of Lake County met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.

This meeting featured a 35 minute film called “Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody,”  followed by a Q&A session.  To see a trailer of this film about universal healthcare, click on the link. http://nowisthetimemovie.com/

All meetings are open to the public and free. Membership is open to registered Democrats and is $20 per year. Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County.

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Mike McGuire leading fight to protect California’s coast

McGuire’s Resolution Opposing Trump’s Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Approved by Senate 

California’s iconic coast is one of our state’s most important environmental and economic resources. The California coast attracts over 150 million visitors every year and the Golden State’s coastal economy is worth $40 billion and nearly a half million jobs are dependent on a healthy coast.

President Trump has introduced an Executive Order that would turn back the 5 year moratorium that President Obama approved in the final days of his presidency that banned all off shore oil and gas drilling off the shores of California, Oregon and Washington.

Senator Mike McGuire is leading the fight to forever protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling and introduced Senate Resolution 51, which was approved by the State Senate Thursday.

This important resolution puts the State Senate on record, firmly against the President’s plans to reopen the Pacific Coast to new oil and gas leasing. This resolution couldn’t come at a more important time as the federal comment period on this proposal closes on August 17, 2017.

“This is an unprecedented and unconscionable action from President Trump, and goes against the opinion of the vast majority of Californians who adamantly oppose any new oil drilling off our coast,” Senator McGuire said. “Trump’s claim that this will lead to ‘millions and millions of jobs’ is typically specious and patently false. California’s coastal economy is worth over $40 billion and the President is making stuff up as he goes and we will fight any action that puts our coast and economy at risk.” 

Dem Club hears Joan Jacobs at July 5th meeting

Joan M. Jacobs was the guest speaker at the Lake County Democratic Club on July 5, 2017.  Ms. Jacobs is the author and creator of Adventures in Keytonia and the Keep Well Kids Club Program  (keepwellkidsclub.com) which is an interactive and entertaining way to teach children healthy habits in hygiene, nutrition and more.

The Club met one week earlier than usual on July 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake. Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  All meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to registered Democrats. Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County.

 

Action needed– support our Berryessa Snow Mtn. National Monument

 

Senator Mike McGuire helps Northern California in State Budget

Sacramento, CA – With the release of the California State Budget bills, Senator Mike McGuire is pleased that many of the critical issues he fought for that will benefit Northern California have been included in the state’s budget.

“We have always said that we will fight hard for Northern California to get their fair share when it comes to state resources, this budget reflects that top priority,” Senator McGuire said. “Local students will benefit from the largest boost in education funding in California history, we’re investing in medical and dental services that will expand programs for the most vulnerable, nearly $3 billion for our crumbling roads will be put to work and our rainy day fund remains strong at $8.5 billion.”

Budget highlights:

  • Largest increases in public education funding in California history. School funding has increased $4,500 per student, over the last six years. Schools will now receive $11,058 per student which is the highest the figure has been in California history.
  • $2.8 billion to fix our state’s crumbling highways and local streets and roads.
  • Expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit which will benefit tens of thousands of low income workers across the North Coast and throughout California.
  • Over $460 million for physician and dental rate increases. These increases will expand Medi-Cal for the state’s most vulnerable residents.
  • $50 million will be included for family planning services, which will be met with a 9-1 federal match, which will benefit programs such as Planned Parenthood.
  • Keeping the state’s Rainy Day Fund whole at $8.5 billion. The rainy day fund is anticipated to increase to $12 billion by 2021.
  • The California Senior Legislature is receiving $375,000 from the General Fund to bridge their funding gap until new legislation goes into effect for its long-term funding sustainability, allowing the CSL to continue advocating on behalf of California’s senior community.

“The bottom line: This year’s budget keeps California moving forward, but recognizes the need to protect the rainy day fund as there could be a softening of the economy ahead,” Senator McGuire said.

The Legislature is expected to take up 16 budget bills this Thursday, June 15. Additional budget related bills may be taken up in the coming few weeks.

Lake County Democratic Club – Pride Month program and potluck

Joey Luis speaks to Lake County Democratic Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Democratic Club welcomed summer with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. (an hour earlier than the usual meeting time).

June is Pride Month and the Club hosted two speakers – The keynote speaker, Joey Luiz, addressed the issue of federal executive orders targeting LGBTQ. Also, Clearlake Vice-Mayor Bruno Sabatier spoke about the City’s annual Pride Proclamation.
The July Lake County Democratic Club meeting is Wednesday July 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake. All meetings are open to the public. Membership is open to registered Democrats.
Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County

Lake County Democratic Club hosts Jocelyn Hoey on Climate Realities

On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. the Lake County Democratic Club hosted guest speaker Jocelyn Suzanne Hoey, who presented a slideshow from her recent training with Al Gore – “Climate Realities: Curious? Concerned? Get the Facts.”
Lake County Democratic Club meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.  All meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to registered Democrats.
Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County
Visit the webpage at www.lakecountydemocraticclub.org