The Democratic Party of Lake County relayed the following letter to State Senator Noreen Evans

August 9, 2014


Senator Noreen Evans

200 South School Street
Ukiah, CA 95482


Re: AB 2145 (Bradford) *              OPPOSE


Dear Senator Evans,


 I am writing on behalf of the Democratic Party of Lake County in strong opposition to the amended AB 2145. AB 2145 remains nothing more than a corporate monopoly power grab to destroy competition from Community Choice clean energy programs and further entrench the monopoly utilities. It should be thrown out in its entirety.


AB 2145 contains:


1) Anti-competitive Geographic Barriers

2) 5 Year Rate Setting Community Choice Poison Pill

3) Unprecedented Complaint Process Bureaucracy


1) Anti-competitive Geographic Barriers: With its three-county restriction, AB 2145 would prevent cities and counties from grouping together to serve larger numbers of customers in order to buy and generate energy at lower bulk rates and compete on electricity prices with the monopoly utilities. Many small, rural, and lower income communities would find it impossible to launch Community Choice programs, because they would be forced to do so with a prohibitively small customer base. To limit the size and buying power of Community Choice programs undermines their competitiveness, especially when the utilities have no such restrictions.


Building a larger customer base for group buying power is crucial. When Marin’s program expanded to bring in additional customers in the working class city of Richmond, rates for customers went down. Marin’s inclusion of Napa County is projected to lower rates by 3%, while still delivering a greener energy mix than PG&E. If AB 2145 becomes law, communities all over California will be blocked from repeating Marin’s successes.


2) 5 Year Rate Setting Community Choice Poison Pill: AB 2145’s requirement that Community Choice programs set rates for customers five years in advance (while the monopoly utilities have no such requirement) is an unacceptable double standard. It is yet another attempt to place regulations on Community Choice that the utilities themselves don’t have to follow. It would be impossible for any energy provider to set rates five years in advance. This provision would expose Community Choice to endless lawsuits over even the smallest unexpected rate changes, and could potentially shut down every Community Choice program in the state.


3) Unprecedented Complaint Process Bureaucracy: AB 2145 takes customer relations oversight away from local accountable elected officials, and places it in the vast state-level bureaucracy of the CPUC. No other local public water or power systems are placed under such a heavy handed, distant, state agency governing process. This section would tie local Community Choice customer relations in knots, would create a financial burden both locally and at the CPUC, and would delay timely resolution of customer communications and concerns.




California’s two operating Community Choice programs in Marin and Sonoma counties are already exceeding the state’s renewable portfolio standard, and are doing so at lower prices to customers than the existing monopoly utility. Over a dozen other California cities and counties are preparing similar programs to provide a wide array of strong community benefits including greatly expanded local renewable energy and energy efficiency, stimulation of local economies by localizing energy spending, improved local health outcomes (through shutting down fossil fuel power plants), resilience against power outages and shortages, and increased clean energy sector union jobs.


All of this is providing powerful new competition with the monopoly utilities.


AB 2145 is an insidious attempt to undermine Community Choice competition with the utilities and further entrench their antiquated business model. Enactment of AB 2145 would not only be bad for consumers and workers. It would also interfere with California’s ability to meet its climate action goals, which are crucial to the California economy and the sustainability of the planetary environment.


We urge you to strongly oppose AB 2145.




Rebecca Curry

Chair, Lake County Democratic Party


*Currently AB 2145 is in the State Senate Committee for Appropriations. The Bill has been placed in the suspense file. The suspense file is for a bill or set of bills, with a fiscal impact, set aside in Appropriations Committee by a majority of Members present and voting. These bills may be heard at a later hearing.


Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq

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In this week’s address, the President detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq—targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists.

CDP 2014 Ballot Initiatives and Endorsement Information

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Click here for  CDP endorsement information.

The July 2014 Executive Board Meeting Resolutions Committee report  can be found here.

The July 2014 Rules Committee report can be found here.

It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

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In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month—the longest streak since 1997.

Lake County Democratic Club hosts Craig Cheslog in August

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by Carlene Leskar

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lake County Democratic Club will host special guest speaker Craig Cheslog.  Mr. Cheslog is the elected California Democratic Party Region 2 Director and current Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.CraigCheslog

August 12 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Agenda

July 8 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Meeting Minutes

Lake County Democratic Club meetings are held at the Lower Lake Community United Methodist Church, 16255 Second St. Lower Lake on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County
Contact us at

Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

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In this week’s address, the President continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody.

Democratic Central Committee to meet Wednesday August 6, 2014

July 25, 2014

by Bill Manners

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday August 6, 2014 at the Lake County Tax Services office, 1210 S. Main Street, Lakeport at 6 p.m.

This change from our 1st Thursday of the month schedule is to accommodate Mike McGuire and Mariko Yamada’s  Town Hall meeting in Library Park, Lakeport from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  More information about the town hall meeting can be found in the Lake County Democrats website by clicking here

We will be working on organizing the fair booth, opening a United Democratic Campaign headquarters and our fundraiser BBQ on Sunday Oct 5 in Clearlake.

The agenda for the August 6, 2014 meeting also includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and State Sen. Noreen Evans, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

Agenda For August 6 2014 Lake County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Meetings are open to the public and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic party in Lake County please visit our website   and visit our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at

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CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake City Council is set to discuss an agreement to prepare an environmental impact report for the proposed expansion of the city’s Walmart store and the 2014-15 budget.

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Clearlake City Council July 24 2014 Agenda

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In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

Announcement from Betty Yee

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Betty Yee

Betty Yee, the California Democratic Party-endorsed candidate for Controller, issued the following statement this afternoon:

“I want to thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for doing the right thing in recognizing that the recount was unlikely to reverse the outcome of the June primary election.  This allows us to move forward and to be united for the November general election.  John A. Perez is an outstanding leader who has played an important role in helping to put California back on sound fiscal footing.  He ran a strong and positive campaign and will have a long career of leadership and public service.”

The Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: Pérez should pull plug on recount

July 15, 2014

By Becky Curry and Jamie Beutler
Special to The Bee

Nearly all who followed the close race for second place in the state controller primary know that Democrat Betty Yee prevailed after the last ballots in Lake County were tallied in late June.






But fellow Democrat John A. Pérez has now called for a time-consuming recount in hopes of overcoming his 481-vote deficit.

That’s a decision we hope he reconsiders.

First, the protracted recount process threatens to drag on for weeks. It covers hundreds of precincts in 15 counties and could take long enough to hamper preparations for the Nov. 4 general election.


Second, a recount threatens to undermine what most Democrats consider a core value of our party – putting the public interest ahead of self-interest. This is not the first time Pérez has put his own goals ahead of party unity. This spring he ignored advice from party elders not to demand a vote seeking endorsement over Yee at the party convention in Los Angeles. Pérez, from Los Angeles and then still the Assembly speaker, pressed ahead with the motion to endorse – and lost, capturing less than 50 percent of the ballots. Calling off the recount now would only work to his advantage. It’s not too late to show party unity and back Yee with all the resources he’s got.

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Betty Yee Endorsed for State Controller

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EBoard members deliver roaring welcome for Endorsed state controller candidate @BettyYee2014

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In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.


Lake County Town Hall with Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and State Senate Candidate Mike McGuire

July 14, 2014

Mike McGuire Town HallDear Neighbor,


I hope this finds you well!

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 7, for an important countywide town hall meeting featuring Assemblymember Mariko Yamada as the special guest.

We’ll share ideas for moving Lake County forward – and share an incredible Italian dinner catered by the Pasta King! Here are the details:

WHO: Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, State Senate Candidate Mike McGuire and Lake County neighbors

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting focusing on important issues facing Lake County and California

WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Library Park, 222 Park Street in Lakeport

COMPLIMENTARY DINNER: Mike will be serving up an incredible Italian Dinner with all of the fixings catered by the Pasta King. Complimentary refreshments and dessert will also be available for all attendees.

MORE INFO: Contact Karlene Rebich at 
(707) 838-3279

I am especially grateful that Assemblymember Yamada will join us. Her career spans more than 38 years of public service and she has always been a champion for families and seniors.

Speaking about the town hall, Assemblymember Yamada said, “Mike McGuire is a fierce advocate for our rural communities and one of the hardest working people I know. Mike will make Lake County’s prosperity a priority – and put his proven experience to work creating good jobs, improving our public schools and protecting our environment. Our joint town hall meeting is a great opportunity to share your ideas for moving Lake County forward.”

I look forward to seeing you in person at our August 7 town hall meeting!

Warmest regards,



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