Lk. Co. News: District 5 candidates’ forum planned for May 25


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A forum featuring the candidates in the District 5 supervisorial race will be held this Wednesday, May 25.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St. in Lakeport.

Lake County News and the Lake County Economic Development Corp. are partnering to present the event.

Candidates in the District 5 race are incumbent Rob Brown, Philip Reimers and John Stoddard.

Elizabeth Larson, editor and publisher of Lake County News, will moderate the event.

The event will be recorded for rebroadcast.

The public may submit questions by emailing . Additionally, questions may be submitted to the moderator at the event itself.

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Expanding Overtime Pay

May 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama discussed one of the single most important steps to help grow middle-class wages – expanding the number of workers who are eligible for the overtime that they have earned. Every week, millions of Americans work more than 40 hours but do not receive the overtime pay they deserve. This week, the Department of Labor finalized a rule to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, which will boost wages for working Americans by $12 billion over the next 10 years. This action will not only mean a better life for more American families, but will also strengthen our economy across the board. The President emphasized that he will continue to build an economy where everyone gets a fair shot to get ahead.

Weekly Address: A Conversation about Addiction

May 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore joined President Obama to discuss a disease that affects far too many Americans: addiction. Macklemore opened up about his own experience, his life in recovery, and the loss of a friend who overdosed on prescription drugs at a young age – emphasizing that substance use disorder affects people from all walks of life. To underscore the importance of Macklemore’s story, the President noted that we can help those suffering in private by making the conversation public, and we should do everything we can to make treatment available to everyone who needs it. The President noted that while the House of Representatives passed several bills on opioids this week, without more funding to expand treatment, these bills will not be enough to provide Americans the help they need. President Obama said there is hope, and that when we treat substance use disorder as the public health problem it is, more people will get the help they need. If you are looking for treatment in your area, call 1-800-662-HELP.


May 11, 2016

Monica Rosenthal, Candidate for Lake County District 1 Supervisor, will host a series of “Meet and Greet” events in South Lake County communities. These informal events are an opportunity for South County residents to get acquainted with Ms. Rosenthal, ask questions and learn more about her perspective on important issues facing Lake County.

The first community gathering will be held in Lower Lake at the Lower Lake Coffee Co. from 8 – 10 AM on Monday morning, May 16. “Meet and Greets” will also take place in Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown. Coffee and cookies will be served.

“I consider it essential to speak regularly with my neighbors in South County,” says Rosenthal. ”I look forward to hearing their concerns and ideas, especially regarding the South Lake County fires of 2015 and our community’s recovery challenges.”


Lower Lake

Monday, May 16, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Lower Lake Coffee Co.

Monday, May 23, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Lower Lake Coffee Co.


Hidden Valley Lake

Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Mountain High Coffee & Books

Wednesday, May 25, 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Mountain High Coffee & Books



Thursday, May 12, 4:00 – 6 PM, 2 Women Traders

Thursday, May 19, 4:00 – 6 PM, 2 Women Traders

Thursday, May 26, 4:00 – 6 PM, 2 Women Traders


Other opportunities to speak with District 1 Candidate Rosenthal include:

Friday, May 20, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Hidden Valley Lake Concert on the Green

Sunday, May 22, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, North Coast Volunteer Celebration in Middletown Park

Sunday, May 29, 11:00 – 3:00 PM, Lower Lake Parade and BBQ


Ms. Rosenthal encourages all South County residents—as well as those living in other parts of the County—to attend and bring their questions, concerns and vision for the future. “I look forward to meeting and speaking with you!,” says Rosenthal; “Please put the Meet and Greet on your calendar, and don’t forget to VOTE on June 7!”

For further information, questions or comments, contact Monica Rosenthal by phone, 707-355-2762, or via email at or visit the “Monica Rosenthal for Supervisor” facebook page or the website.

If you have not yet donated to the campaign, please do so here:

Weekly Address: Happy Mother’s Day From President Obama

May 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama recognized all mothers in celebration of this upcoming Mother’s Day, including First Lady Michelle Obama. The President emphasized that we should give all parents the support they need by providing paid maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, accommodations for workers who are pregnant, good health care, affordable child care, flexibility at work, equal pay, and a decent minimum wage. Underscoring the importance of these issues, the President called on Congress to give meaning to Mother’s Day by taking action on these items.

Congressman Thompson’s April Legislative Report to the DPLC

May 6, 2016

Mike Thompson’s April Legislative Report to the Democratic Party of Lake County 

Democratic Party of Lake County May 5, 2016 meeting

May 1, 2016

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee holds its regular monthly business meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The meeting takes place at the Lower Lake United Methodist Church Social Hall, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake at 6:30 p.m.

Map link:


The agenda for the meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the representative of  the Lake County Democratic Club.


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 for the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County visit .

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

Democratic National Convention – delegate elections Sunday May 1

April 28, 2016

Each candidate for president, in each congressional district will hold elections on Sunday May 1 to select their delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Elections for Congressional District 3 for Bernie Sanders
Caucus location
Doors open: 2pm
Meeting begins: 3pm
Muir Commons
Community House
2222 Muir Woods Place
Davis, CA 95616

Cross Street: Shasta Drive & Denali Drive

Female Candidates
3 Delegates + 1 Alternate

Male Candidates
3 Delegates

Elections for Congressional District 5 for Bernie Sanders
Caucus location
Doors open: 2pm
Meeting begins: 3pm
IBEW Local Union 180 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Meeting Room on 2nd Floor
720-B Technology Way
Napa, CA 94558

Cross Street: Gateway
Elevator available for those who can’t take stairs. Bathrooms on both floors. Parking in lot and on street.
Female Candidates
4 Delegates
Male Candidates
3 Delegates + 1 Alternate
Elections for Congressional District 3 for Hillary Clinton
Caucus location
Doors open: 2pm
Meeting begins: 3pm
IBEW Local 1245
30 Orange Tree Cir
Vacaville, CA 95687
Cross Streets/Landmarks: Orange Tree Cir/Orange Drive
Female Candidates
3 Delegates + 1 Alternate
Male Candidates
3 Delegates

Elections for Congressional District 5 for Hillary Clinton
Volunteers are needed for this election process – you cannot be running for delegate
Volunteers will arrive at 1:00 pm with the Caucus registration starting no later than 2:00. Registration closes at 3:00 followed by 30 second speeches from the applicants for delegate. Counting the vote and finalizing the results is likely to take place sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. So it is an all afternoon commitment.
CONTACT Stephen Gale at or at 707-695-9858
Caucus location
Doors open: 2pm
Meeting begins: 3pm
Carpenters Local 751
1706 Corby Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Cross streets: Baker Avenue/Corby Avenue

Female Candidates
4 Delegates

Male Candidates
3 Delegates + 1 Alternate

List of delegate candidates for each campaign, in each CD here:


WEEKLY ADDRESS: Ensuring Our Free Market Works for Everyone

April 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President discussed important steps the Administration has taken to encourage competition – the most essential ingredient in a healthy free market. Right now, too many companies are engaging in behaviors that stifle competition, stacking the deck against consumers, workers, and small businesses. The President emphasized that this isn’t fair – and that’s why he is doing everything he can to reverse this trend and to promote more competition. The President said that’s also why his Administration is encouraging the FCC to open up set-top cable boxes to competition, which will allow for companies to create new, innovative, higher-quality, lower-cost products – because it’s good for workers, businesses, and our economy.

LA Progressive: New California Accountability Report Cards Flunk Many Democrats

April 14, 2019

California is often perceived politically as a sea of solid “blue” – a state, with its Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled legislature, that has become synonymous with progress.

“Not so fast!” says a coalition of groups concerned that Democrats, while they have the edge in this state, are taking voters for granted.

REPORT-CARD 4Last week, the Courage Campaign, which leads a new accountability project whose members include the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action (ACCE), Progressive Kick, and ColorOfChange, released the People’s Report Card of California. This scorecard examines every assembly member’s vote on 25 critical bills from the previous year. The report card measures whether legislators voted to prioritize the needs of their constituents over corporations or special interest groups. Its genesis came late last year when Governor Jerry Brown was trying to push through two big climate-change bills, says Eddie Kurtz, the Courage Campaign’s executive director. Read more

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