Minutes for June 1st, 2017 DCC Meeting

MINUTES Meeting of Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kelseyville Senior Center

CALL TO ORDER – ROLL CALL Meeting called to order 6:30pm by Chair Carlos Negrete.

Roll call taken by circulating an attendance sheet. Quorum verified to be present.

Voting Members Present: District 1: Susan Cameron, Ron Green (via Alternate Doug Harris), Carlos Negrete, District 2: Shirley Howland; District 3: Deb Baumann, James Evans, Jonathan Holt, Louis Rigod, John Sheehy; District 4: Larry Bean, Virginia Cerenio, Tom Jordan, Natalie Higley District 5: Debra Boivin, Becky Curry, Adckinjo Esutoki Ex-Officio Alternates: Michael Friel, Sissa Harris Club Representative: Richard East Voting Members Absent: District 2: Tim Everton Joey Luiz (McGuire) — Attendance not required Regular Member Alternates Present: Carlene Lesker, Stephanie Pahwa, Associate Members present: Dolores Barron, Ava Kennedy, Anna Ravenwood, Guests: Greg Peters, Ann Prehn Approval of Agenda Agenda approved as amended* (M/S by J.Evans/N.Higley – Approved)

• Club report to be given by Richard East (not Susan Cameron)

• Added Susan Cameron’s Membership Committee proposal to Ongoing Business Approval of May 4, 2017 Minutes: Minutes approved as amended* (M/S by S.Cameron/A.Esutoki – Approved)

• Correct name of Club’s upcoming speaker = Jocelyn Hoey on Climate Reality Project

• Correct name of Susan Cameron’s group = Health Care for All

Public Comment

• Louis Rigod expressed concern about loss of jobs due to robot technology. Appointments & Resignations Resignations & Vacancies:

• Lenny Mathews is moving & can no longer be Ex-Officio Alternate for C.Aguiar-Curry

• D1 – passing of Wanda Harris opens one seat and one Alternate seat New District Regular Members:

• D1 – B.Curry nominated Doug Harris, seconded by T. Jordan Open seats for regular members are now as follows:

• D1 – 1 seat (nomination has been made); D2 – 1 seat; D4 – 1 seat; D5 – 2 seats

• Ex-Officio Alternate for C.Aguiar-Curry Legislator’s Reports Congress Member Thompson – Alternate M. Friel

• As Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Mike joined former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, members of Team 26, and other activists and lawmakers to demand Congress take steps to reduce gun violence. To that end, Mike proposed forming a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study causes of mass shootings, how to improve background checks, linkages between firearms and suicides, and other important information.

• Given the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and mounting links between the President and Russia, Mike called for an independent commission to investigate. He praised the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor. Mike also introduced a resolution with other sitting and former members of the House Intelligence Community condemning the President’s sharing of classified information with Russia.

• With talk in Washington turning to tax reform, Mike wrote a powerful op-ed for The Hill saying tax reform should help the middle class instead of billionaires or big business. Tax reform has to mean more than tax cuts—it especially needs to do more than just cut the corporate tax rate. Mike proposed expanding tax credits to help working adults return to school, bringing back the Build America bond program to put Americans back to work in infrastructure, and other programs that would help our families.

• Mike sharply criticized the President’s budget proposal as a full-throated attack on the middle class. It would gut Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, the Highway Trust Fund, the EPA, medical research, and other critical programs.

• Mike authored bipartisan proposals to expand access to telehealth services—allowing rural and underserved communities to get better care—and provide additional protections to those who use prosthetic and orthotic services. One of Mike’s top priorities is making sure our communities have the healthcare they need and deserve, and he continues to work across the aisle to expand access to critical services.

• Finally, Mike hosted a group of Mexican-American vintners from our district in Washington to highlight their success. Many grew their businesses literally from the ground up, and they are living proof the American Dream is still alive and well. Additional discussion: Many present had suggestions for actions they would like to see:

• Anna Ravenwood requested that Thompson do what he can to impeach Trump.

• Greg Peters would like to see taxes raised on the wealthy.

• Larry Bean said corporations should pay more taxes.

• Adckinjo Esutoki said we need to start talking point on emboldening of Trump’s followers, wants Thompson to counter the craziness.

• Deb Baumann said defensiveness is not a winning strategy, Democrats need to give voters positive reasons to vote for them. “We’re not Trump” did not work in 2016 and will not work in future, either. Congress Member John Garamendi – Alternate S.Harris: In the month of May, Congressman Garamendi

• issued an Op Ed (printed in the local papers) opposing any changes that would affect the status of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in response to President Trump’s Executive Order on the Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act.

• reiterated his support for net neutrality and his opposition of Representative Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) nullifying the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules.

• announced that he is a proud cosponsor of the Equality Act, HR 2282, which would update the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.

• introduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, an important bill to require at least 30 percent of exports of crude oil and liquefied natural gas to be carried on American-made ships by 2025.

• voted no on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and publicly vowed to continue the fight for improving the ACA, which Trump Care does not do.

• called for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked, and for Congress to create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia’s involvement in the election and any undisclosed ties to the Administration. The FBI investigation will be limited to issues of criminality, so Congressman Garamendi believes that Congress needs to act, too. Note: Congressman Garamendi was one of the original cosponsors of #HR356, the Protecting our Democracy Act, establishing a bipartisan independent commission to investigate foreign influence in the 2016 election (also has Republican co-sponsors).

• went on record opposing the cuts to education, social programs, science and research proposed in the Trump budget. He made several media appearances to discuss the consequences of this budget proposal.

• went on record opposing the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, as it seems is a possibility.

• voted in favor of H.R. 953 reversing a court decision concerning the pesticide approval process through the EPA (requiring a Clean Water Act permit prior to going public). NOTE: At the request of interested community members, I e-mailed his office staff on May 26, 2017 asking for a position statement outlining his reasons for supporting this legislation. To date, I have not received a reply.

Additional Discussion: • James Evans thanks Congr. Garamendi for his media appearances explaining healthcare industry.

• Michael Friel requested that Garamendi arrange a meeting for the Middlecreek Restoration project.

• Jonathan Holt requested Garamendi take action to support Spring Valley Lakes Recovery project, which is “shovel ready” and just needs funding.

State Senator Mike McGuire – Alternate J.Luiz not present, no report.

• Becky Curry said she would alert Sen. McGuire to the Spring Valley Lakes Recovery project, per Jonathan Holt’s comment above.

Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry – Alternate Lenny Matthews absent, no report.

Additional Discussion:  Tom Jordan commented on AB707 – Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake, said Native American tribes had requested their own representative to that committee.

• Tom Jordan requested that PG&E rates be changed so as to raise the tier 1 ceiling by 30%, due to high usage in rural areas by residents who do not have gas as an option. Club Report – Richard East, Club Representative

• Guest speaker at May meeting – Jocelyn Suzanne Hoey of the Climate Reality Project

• HealthCare for All now has its own Lake Co. chapter: www.healthcareforall.org

• Newly elected Chair Susan Cameron has as priorities: 2018 elections, building a structure to increase membership and adding social events to build camaraderie

• Treasurer John Sheehy reported balance on hand of just over $4200 and 2 new members in April

• Call Debra Boivin to help with tabling for voter registration events this summer 628-8590

• In July the LCDC will meet on July 5th instead of July 12th.

• On June 14th there will be a Pot Luck Social before the meeting at 5:30. Guest speakers will be Joey Luiz on executive orders targeting LGBTQ and CL Vice-Mayor Bruno Sabatier on Clearlake’s annual Pride Proclamation Officer Reports:

Chair Negrete – Had phone meeting with Registrar of Voters about impact of changes to local polling stations (“Voters Choice California”) – Lake County will not be impacted.

• Nominate Stephanie Pahwa for opening of Ex-Officio Alternate for C.Aguiar-Curry

• BBQ speakers –tried to get Dave Jones, Daraka Larimore-Hall, Kevin de Leon, Gavin Newsom, John Chang

• CADEM Officer election showed we are a divided party, need to unite

• Next Gen Climate – grants available, BOS is interested

Vice Chair Curry: Attended Next Gen workshop at convention, Voter Services Committee, how to run small campaigns • Suggested we obtain pocket Constitutions to give to newly registered voters

Secretary Baumann: Next speaker at June meeting of Our Revolution, Lake County / PDA is Gayle McLaughlin, former mayor of Richmond CA and current candidate for Lt. Governor of California.

Treasurer Evans: April & May 2017 (4-1-2017 to 5-31-2017) — BOH = $3,370.16 o General Fund: o In April & May we received $175 in dues, $128 for commemorative glasses and $2,262 for the 100 Days Dinner. We spent $48 for Act Blue fees, $1,367 for our accountant, $28 for office supplies, $10 for postage stamps, $715 for the storage unit, $1,031 for the 100 Days Dinner and $25 for the BBQ facility reservation deposit. Our balance on hand is $3,370.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS NOTE 1: As DCC Chair, Carlos Negrete is a member of all committees. NOTE 2: * indicates committee which should have at least 1 member from each District Elections* – D4 Tom Jordan, Chair / D1 Ron Green, D2 Tim Everton, D3 John Sheehy, D4 Virginia Cerenio, D5 –VACANT, Alternate Reps for Garamendi, Thompson, McGuire, Aguiar-Curry

• Becky Curry said she would like the open seat for D5 (must be appointed by Chair Negrete)

• School district vacancies in 2018: Upper Lake, Kelseyville, Clear Lake

• All four judges will be up for re-election

• Becky will send updated spreadsheet to entire DCC

• Susan Cameron asked how to get the word out? For one, contact people who ran and lost last time.

Finance – D3 James Evans, Chair / D1 Susan Cameron, D4 Virginia Cerenio, D4 Tom Jordan, D5 Adckinjo Esutoki

Feb- May Report: • New Members: Six new members joined since January. We welcome Timothy Everton, Michael Friel, Michael Green, David Rogers, George Spurr and Marilyn Swan.

• Commemorative Glasses: We received $128 for 49 commemorative glasses at the 100 Days Dinner. My full accounting of glassware is somewhat skewed due to potential inaccuracies reported to me. That said we have received $544 for 185 glasses since we received the glasses in 2014. We paid $616 dollars for 314 glasses at that time. We should have 129 more glasses in stock.

• 100 Days Dinner: We received $2,462 in donations for the 100 Days Dinner. Of that $1,950 were reservations, $455 were door donations and $57 were beverage donations. We received 98 reservations, 13 RSVPs and 23 door entries. Total attendance was 80. We spent $1,700 to fund the event including $452 for invitations, $139 for facility rent, $1,000 for catering and $101 for beverages. The net proceeds from the event is $770. And we signed up 4 new Central Committee associate members.

Issues* — D3 Deb Baumann, Chair / D1 Ron Green, D2 Shirley Howland, D3 Louis Rigod, D4 Jim Knox, D5 VACANT, Alternate Reps for Garamendi, Thompson, McGuire, Aguiar-Curry

• Issues Committee met 3 times in two months prior to May convention, and read/researched over a dozen bills and resolutions… therefore taking a break and no meetings in June.

• Debra Boivin requested to fill D5 vacant seat (must be appointed by Chair Negrete)

Voter Registration* — D5 Debra Boivin, Chair / D1 – VACANT, D2 Shirley Howland, D3 Jon Holt, D4 Larry Bean, D4 Natalie Higley

• Circulated sign-up too DCC members for voter registration work Descriptions of Standing committee duties are in the DPLC bylaws http://lakecountydemocrats.org/about-us/bylaws/democratic-party-of-lake-county-bylaws-revised-june-7-2015/

ONGOING BUSINESS • Website – Natalie Higley is updating website and logo • BBQ Update – Natalie Higley and Becky Curry have set the location (Clearlake Senior Center) and date (October 8) and are working with CDP on insurance. Next year, should start planning in January, and consider finding a new venue (?)

• Susan Cameron presented proposal for new Membership Committee & moved to approve, seconded by N.Higley. After much group discussion, motion was not approved.

Announcements -Tom Jordan –June 21 fundraising event for Kelseyville Senior Center

• Susan Cameron – Financing Plan for SB 562 finally published – good news (HealthyCalifornia.org)

• Carlos Negrete – tribes are sponsoring boat races this weekend and July 3 will hold fireworks at Konocti Vista Casino

• Ava Kennedy – progressives will meet informally at Buddha Thai in Middletown on Fridays at noon

• Next DCC meeting is Thursday July 6, 2017 at 6:30pm – Lowerlake Methodist Church Adjourned at 8:40pm Minutes recorded by secretary D.Baumann

John Garamendi Report

         Opposed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, issuing an official statement and joining 20 of House colleagues in asking the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington to maintain these states’ leadership in finding solutions to the climate crisis. He also authored a column for the Davis’ Enterprise outlining his reasons for opposing Trump’s move.

·         As a Founding Director of Operation Respect, a national organization dedicated to creating learning environments free of bullying and prejudice, Congressman Garamendi joined a discussion of programs and strategies aimed at ending the epidemic of bullying (at the organizations meeting held in Washington, DC early this month).

·         Appeared on FOX news, MSNBC, & other networks to discuss the effect of repealing provisions in Dodd-Frank that protect consumers from Wall Street, the Comey firing, the nation’s infrastructure needs, tax reform and health care.

·         Committed as a solid “no” vote on the Wrong Choice Act, that (if passed) will weaken Wall Street reforms passed after the Great Recession.

·         Vowed to protect public lands threatened by the Trump administrations review of land protected by the Antiquities Act (such as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument).

·         Co-sponsored the 21st Century New Deal for Jobs, an infrastructure package that would employ 2.5 million Americans in its first year and help the country meet many of the most pressing infrastructure needs (roads and bridges, clean energy, clean water, transit, and rural broadband) and strengthen existing Buy America standards.

·         In the wake of the shooting of Congressman Scalise, and others, in Washington, DC the Congressman condemned violence as a response to political disagreements.

·         Regarding our continued war in Afghanistan, Congressman Garamendi authored an OpEd in USA Today, stating “It is not enough for Congress to continue to ask administration after administration for the next grand strategy in Afghanistan. It is not enough for the administration to simply explain what 13,000 troops will accomplish that 100,000 could not in 2011 at the height of our presence. It is Congress’ responsibility to authorize war, and it is long past time for the American people, through their elected representatives, to debate the terms on which this war will continue.”

·         Renewed his commitment to work toward improving the Affordable Care Act, and opposing both the House and Senate bills that are currently proposed as these worsen access to healthcare.

·         Issued an amendment to protect the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was unanimously adopted by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The trust fund is money set aside for ongoing air infrastructure needs in case of an economic downturn. He commits to opposing Trump’s proposal to privatize America’s air traffic control system, stating it’s “essential that we keep the Airport and Airway Trust Fund entirely separate from this transfer of responsibility.”

·         Authored an OpEd piece in the Sacramento Bee regarding the “twin tunnels” project, which received a green light after its environmental review. His short summary is, that this “sounds concerning, but it’s not at all the case… I believe the entire state will be much better served by focusing on water projects funded by Proposition 1, rather than spending at least $15 billion on a project that can suck the Delta dry and creates little new water.”

·         Spoke with The New York Times about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, and why it’s critical to protect this important program. The Trump budget request includes a 15% cut to Peace Corps funding. The Congressman states that this is not wise as cutting the Peace Corps’ funding curtails a vital component of U.S. international relations – providing aid, educating a community, and negotiating peaceful resolutions to foreign conflicts.

·         Announced a Town Hall in Winters on Saturday, August 19th, to discuss critical issues with attendees.  The meeting is free and open to the public, and all 3rd District residents are encouraged and invited to attend. Congressman Garamendi will deliver a brief update on the state of affairs in Washington, and then take questions from the audience. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The town hall will take place from 1:30-3:30 pm PT at St. Anthony’s Parish on 511 Main St. in Winters, CA.

Mike Thompson Report

JUNE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

  •  The Senate introduced their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan
  • Congressional Budget office found it would cost 23 million people their health insurance. Mike slammed the bill for its cruelty and called on Republican leadership to work with Democrats on a plan that expands access to healthcare and makes it more affordable.
  • Mike voted against the repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The recession proved that Wall Street cannot be allowed to gamble with our money again. People lost their savings, their homes, their retirement accounts, and their jobs. Mike opposes any measure that would undermine the middle class or the gains we’ve made since 2008.
  • After the President pulled America from the Paris Climate Accords, Mike joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. Climate change poses serious threats to our community and our country. We’ve already seen some of the worst flooding in memory damage homes and businesses in our district. The Climate Solutions Caucus is composed of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats—40 in total—committed to addressing the risks and reality of our changing climate.
  •  In the wake of the shooting on Republican Members of Congress during their practice for the annual charity baseball game, Mike called for civility and compassion to return to our politics. Hatred and threats cannot be tolerated. He continues to wish for a speedy recovery for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was injured in the attack.
  • Mike welcomed Vallejo resident and high school senior Alannah Elyse Ruiz to Washington, and presented her with the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Alannah earned the medal after completing 400 hours of community service by tutoring foster children, serving as a teen mentor at Kaiser Permanente, and volunteering at a soup kitchen in Solano County. She also completed 200 hours of physical fitness training and organized a week long cultural immersion trip to Aruba.

MINUTES Meeting of Thursday, May 4, 2017 Lowerlake Methodist Church

CALL TO ORDER – ROLL CALL

Meeting called to order 6:40pm by Chair Carlos Negrete.

Roll call taken by circulating an attendance sheet.

Quorum verified to be present. Voting Members Present: District 1: Susan Cameron, Ron Green, Carlos Negrete, Wanda Harris via Alternate Dolores Barron, District 2: Shirley Howland; Tim Everton (voted in at this meeting) District 3: Deb Baumann, James Evans, Louis Rigod, John Sheehy; District 4: Larry Bean, Virginia Cerenio, Tom Jordan, Natalie Higley District 5: Debra Boivin, Becky Curry, Ex-Officio Alternates: Lenny Mathews (Aguiar-Curry) Club Representative: Richard East Voting Members Absent: District 3: Jonathan Holt District 5: Adckinjo Esutoki, Holly Luia (resigning) Sissa Harris (Garamendi) — Attendance not required Michael Friel (Thompson) — Attendance not required Joey Luiz (McGuire) — Attendance not required Regular Member Alternates Present: Dolores Barron, Carlene Lesker, Jim Knox Associate Members present: Anna Ravenwood, David Rogers Guests: Holper Jergens Approval of Agenda Agenda approved as amended (M/S by D.Baumann/B.Curry – Approved) Approval of March 2, 2017

Minutes: One correction: Sub-committee memberships updated Minutes approved as amended (M/S by J.Evans/L.Rigod – Approved)

Public Comment Anna Ravenwood announced she will be new Alternate for Debra Boivin, and requested that Constituency Services Office (CSO) in Lake County be added to June agenda.

Appointments & Resignations Alternate Appointments: D5 – Anna Ravenwood for Debra Boivin Resignations: D5 – Move to accept resignation of Holly Luia (M/S by D.Baumann/B.Curry – Approved)

New District Regular Members: D2 – Move to confirm Tim Everton for open seat in D2 – (Approved)

• In April, D.Baumann nominated David Rogers for open seat in D4, seconded by S.Cameron – TABLED Open seats for regular members are now as follows: D2 – 1 seat; D4 – 1 seat; D5 – 2 seats Lake County Democratic Central Committee PO Box 1151 Lakeport CA 95453 Phone 707.533.4885; www.lakecountydemocrats.org FPPC#961174/FEC#C00389189

Legislator’s Reports Congress Member Thompson – Alternate M. Friel Becky Curry received email from Michael saying he would not be able to attend, but he did discuss Constituency Services Office (CSO) with Thompson’s aide and response was strong “no way”

Congress Member John Garamendi – Alternate S.Harris not present, D.Baumann gave report sent by Sissa: • I attended Congressman Garamendi’s Senior Roundtable in April, held at the Live Oak Senior Center – as did several our local DCC folks. This meeting was videotaped and is available to view on the Congressman’s Facebook page. The Congressman held at least four other Roundtable/Town hall meetings, all available to watch on Facebook.

• The same day Carlene Leskar and I did voter registration at the Woodland Community College Earth Day event. We handed out several forms, but only received one completed form. I have a copy of this form to pass on to our membership person.

• Congressman Garamendi has appeared on MSNBC and CNN 3 times this month discussing foreign policy, especially the situation with North Korea. All are available to view on Facebook. He was on Fox News discussing Climate Change (and other issues) over the last week (these aren’t available on Facebook). I appreciate that he is vocal about issues that concern our local DCC.

• The Congressman continues to stand strong against Trump Care, and is a co-sponsor of HR 676, Medicare for All.

• The Congressman promises to fight to keep the National Monuments safe from exploitation and extraction.

• The Congressman promises to fight against the Trump Tax Plan. State Senator Mike McGuire – Alternate J.Luiz not present, no report. Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry –

Alternate Lenny Matthews gave report: Lenny is moving to Ashville NC and a new Aguiar-Curry rep will be needed. Legislation AB707 – Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake AB 707 would establish a Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake, housed within the Natural Resources Agency. By working towards improving the environmental quality of the lake, this bill will benefit Lake County as a first step in helping the local economy through promoting tourism and job creation. Status: In Assembly Appropriations AB1665 – Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund (Assemblymember is a primary Co-Author) AB1665 expand broadband access and digital literacy to communities deprived of a reliable internet connection. Status: In Assembly Appropriations In the District Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry attended and spoke at the Lake County Democratic Party event in April. Also in April, she met and toured Anderson Marsh State Park. She will be attending the graduation ceremony at Woodland Community College – Lake County campus on May 26. On June 16th, she will be speaking and attending the Kelseyville High School graduation.

Club Report – Richard East, temporary Chair:  Club met on April 12, guest Justine Schneider spoke on immigration and law enforcement, website for her organization is peoplepower.org  Will have booth at Cinco de Mayo o Next speaker will be J. Holt on Climate o Becky Curry updated club on Walmart expansion o Wanda Harris nominated Susan Cameron to chair, club approved

Next meeting: May 10

Officer Reports: Chair Negrete – • Due to passage of SB415, no more off-year elections in Lake County, therefore everyone whose term would have expired in 2017 will serve until 2018 • Eric Parades of SEIU Local 2015 would like to come to our meeting and work with DCC’s

• Dollar General approved for Middletown, causing ruckus

• Billion dollar resort planned at Guenoc starting now… Butts Canyon Road Vice Chair Curry:

• MOE training via PDI  no word yet – PDI wants to come to each county to train but that probably won’t happen before the convention. For those of you who want to start on this I can make you a login/pword & you can do some self training.

• Dollar General ClearLake 9100 sq ft major use permit appeal denied by BOS 4-1 vote o However we understand now that DG is back with a minor use permit for a smaller building o Dismayed by the wobbliness of some BOS members on this issue.

• Walmart expansion – thanks to all who submitted public comment & signed petition – still time to sign petition- I’ll send it out again. No word yet on when 1st public hearing @ clrlk PC will be.

• Harold Riley – June is Pride month

• Voter reg tabled @ earth day in clrlk

Secretary Baumann: • SB 562 was topic of April PDA/Our Revolution meeting

• Mike Thompson signed onto H676 (pressured by Justice Democrats) Treasurer Evans: No Report

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS NOTE 1: As DCC Chair, Carlos Negrete is a member of all committees. NOTE 2: * indicates committee which should have at least 1 member from each District Elections* – D4 Tom Jordan, Chair / D1 Ron Green, D2 Tim Everton, D3 John Sheehy, D4 Virginia Cerenio, D5 –VACANT, Alternate Reps for Garamendi, Thompson, McGuire, Aguiar-Curry

• Chair Jordan said committee never met to discuss formal LC DCC endorsement in the CDP Chair race because he assumed delegates would decide for themselves how to vote.

• SB 415 – local elections bill, 24 electeds up by 2018, 12 are GOP, 7 decline to state

• Looking for local folks willing to step up and run Finance – D3 James Evans, Chair / D1 Susan Cameron, D4 Virginia Cerenio, D4 Tom Jordan, D5 Adckinjo Esutoki o Susan Cameron requested results of 100 Day Dinner at next meeting Issues* — D3 Deb Baumann, Chair / D1 Ron Green, D2 Shirley Howland, D3 Louis Rigod, D4 Jim Knox, D5 VACANT, Alternate Reps for Garamendi, Thompson, McGuire, Aguiar-Curry

Issues Committee Recommendations for May 4: 1) AB 14 California DISCLOSE Act of 2017 – would make it easier for voters to see the true funders of political ads by improving the clarity of the formatting of disclosures and by making it illegal to purposely mislead voters about who paid for them. RECOMMEND YES, SUPPORT M/S Ron Green/James Evans, APPROVED 2) California Bail Reform (Senate Bill 10 – Hertzberg; Assembly Bill 42 – Bonta) RECOMMEND YES, SUPPORT M/S Ron Green/Becky Curry, APPROVED 3) Rural Telephone and Internet Service Quality – No Recommendation from IC yet – discussed at DCC, motion to support M/S by Becky Curry/Natalie Higley, APPROVED Voter Registration* — D5 Debra Boivin, Chair / D1 – Wanda Harris, D2 Shirley Howland, D3 Jon Holt, D4 Larry Bean, D4 Natalie Higley Voter Registration Booths:

• May 7 – Cinco de Mayo, Bruno’s parking lot in Lakeport

• May 19 – HVL Concert on the Green

• May 28 – Lower Lake Days Descriptions of Standing committee duties are in the DPLC bylaws http://lakecountydemocrats.org/about-us/bylaws/democratic-party-of-lake-county-bylaws-revised-june-7-2015/

ONGOING BUSINESS

100 Day Dinner – Debra Boivin, Chair – Committee members – J. Evans; S. Harris; W. Harris; C. Negrete; A. Ravenwoode; L. Rigod; Everything ready, reminder that desserts need to be delivered by 3pm, bring recipe card

New Business

1) Volunteer needed to manage website content – Adckinjo will be available to train Natalie Higley volunteered tentatively depending on software (Word Press), Carolos will send login info to Natalie

2) DCC Member Recruitment – Susan Cameron will write proposed charter for new committee to recruit members

3) BBQ organizer and committee – Natalie Higley volunteered to chair BBQ committee with help from Becky Curry and others. Date: October 8, 15 or 22..? Location: Clearlake Senior Center

4) “Resiliance” free screening at Soper Reese in Lakeport on May 19 Announcements o Susan Cameron: Healthy California chapter formation meeting Saturday at 4pm, 11 people are scheduled to attend, she will feed them good food

Next meeting is Thursday June 1 2017 at 6:30pm – Kelseyville Sr Center Adjourned at 8:45pm Minutes recorded by secretary D.Baumann

CENTRAL COMMITTEE REPORT MAY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE-Thompson

As Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Mike joined former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, members of Team 26, and other activists and lawmakers to demand Congress take steps to reduce gun violence. To that end, Mike proposed forming a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study causes of mass shootings, how to improve background checks, linkages between firearms and suicides, and other important information.

Given the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and mounting links between the President and Russia, Mike called for an independent commission to investigate. He praised the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor. Mike also introduced a resolution with other sitting and former members of the House Intelligence Community condemning the President’s sharing of classified information with Russia.

With talk in Washington turning to tax reform, Mike wrote a powerful op-ed for The Hill saying tax reform should help the middle class instead of billionaires or big business. Tax reform has to mean more than tax cuts—it especially needs to do more than just cut the corporate tax rate. Mike proposed expanding tax credits to help working adults return to school, bringing back the Build America bond program to put Americans back to work in infrastructure, and other programs that would help our families.

Mike sharply criticized the President’s budget proposal as a full-throated attack on the middle class. It would gut Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, the Highway Trust Fund, the EPA, medical research, and other critical programs.

Mike authored bipartisan proposals to expand access to telehealth services—allowing rural and underserved communities to get better care—and provide additional protections to those who use prosthetic and orthotic services. One of Mike’s top priorities is making sure our communities have the healthcare they need and deserve, and he continues to work across the aisle to expand access to critical services.

Finally, Mike hosted a group of Mexican-American vintners from our district in Washington to highlight their success. Many grew their businesses literally from the ground up, and they are living proof the American Dream is still alive and well.

Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry May Report to the Central Committee

May 2017 Lake Dem Report

Congressman Thompson’s April Report to the Central Committee

April Central Committee Report

Congressman Garamendi’s May Report to the Central Committee

Congressman Garamendi – May 2017 report

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 will host guest speaker Jocelyn Suzanne Hoey who plans to present 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

Congressman John Garamendi’s 40th Annual Basque BBQ – Sat. May 13, 2017

Please join Congressman John Garamendi and the entire Garmendi family as they host their 40th Annual Basque BBQ at their private ranch in Calaveras County on Saturday, May 13th.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music, trail rides, and a petting farm. Meat from the Garamendi ranch and all other fixings will be served, along with vegetarian options, and the event will run from 3:00 to 8:30 pm with dinner at 5:00 pm. Congressman Garamendi hopes you will join him to discuss current events, and share a day with friends and family.

RSVP Here

https://johngaramendi.ngpvanhost.com/bbq

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