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

Attention voters in Lake County who have been displaced by last fall’s fires

April 14, 2016

If you are a voter in Lake County who has been displaced by last fall’s wildfires and are unsure of your voting status:

  • The deadline to register for the June 7 Primary is May 23, 2016
  • Voting materials are not forwarded
  • If you have intention of returning to your old address then you are registered at that address and  you will receive a your voting materials.
  • If you have no intention of returning then reregister
  • If you have a new mailing address you must re-register at your old street address and new mailing address to receive your sample ballot and voting materials.
  • Polling place info is on the sample ballot/voting materials – as per usual for EVERY election you should ALWAYS read your sample ballot to see where your polling place is – nothing new here. The easiest way to avoid confusion here is to register Vote By Mail.

The Democratic Party of Lake County endorses Monica Rosenthal for Lake County Board of Supervisors, District 1


We are proud to join Congressman Mike Thompson, State Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma, and numerous Lake County leaders in supporting the most qualified candidate for Supervisor.Monica Rosenthal 2

We are impressed with Ms. Rosenthal’s proven track record of collaborative problem solving, her organizational ability and her commitment to  solution oriented  policy making.

Join us and vote on June 7 for Monica Rosenthal for District 1 Supervisor!

Democratic Candidate Meet and Greet

April 5, 20116

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Join the Democratic Party of Lake County on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 3pm-5pm at the Middletown Mansion, 20650 Highway 29 in Middletown to meet endorsed our Democratic candidates.

Speakers include Monica Rosenthal, candidate for Lake County Board of Supervisors District 1. Ms. Rosenthal recently received the unanimous endorsement of the Democratic Party of Lake County and Assembly District 4 candidate, Davis Mayor, Dan Wolk, endorsed by the California State Democratic Party at the State Party convention in February. Both will meet and address our guests.

We are honored to have State Board of Equalization Chair, Fiona Ma lead the event.

Speakers from the Democratic presidential candidates will be on hand to give updates on each campaign.

Enjoy Lake County wines and locally prepared canapes.

We are grateful to our sponsors  Congressman Mike Thompson, Senator Mike McGuire and UFCW Local 5 for their support.

Tickets are $20.00 each and will be held at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Purchase online at

For more information contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at

Senator McGuire’s bill to require reporting of 911 Emergency outages in rural communities moves forward

April 10, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Californians have come to expect that when a major utility is down they’ll be informed and can easily access information about the outage, that it’s being responded to, and when service will likely be restored. It’s a core responsibility of providing service – whether the electricity goes out, or a gas line has a major leak, when the water stops flowing to a city or the sewer system has a major disruption – residents are informed.

That is, unless you live in rural California and a major telecommunications outage disrupts your emergency 911 service. Then there’s no level of communication that is required.

Today, Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that would require telecommunications providers to report rural 911 outages to local and statewide emergency officials was approved in its first Senate committee. The vote was bipartisan, 7-0. SB 1250 – the 911 Emergency Reliability and Public Safety Act would develop a statewide outage reporting threshold for rural California.

“Public health and safety is at risk when a simple fiber cut can lead to rural residents not being able to access an ambulance, the fire department or law enforcement. As it stands now, telecom companies don’t let emergency officials know when the local 911 system is not operating which puts lives in danger,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “To adequately provide rural residents the public safety they deserve, emergency responders have to be kept in the loop. There is a basic level of communication that must occur between the utility company, the customer base and the local government.”

Since 2014 along the North Coast, the 911 network went down at least five times, preventing residents the ability to both make and receive calls.

During these outages, life threatening emergencies could not be responded to. For example: Neighbors threatened by a wildland fire couldn’t call out, emergency teams in Mendocino County were forced to position ambulances at highway intersections and operate off of an antiquated ham radio network in order to anticipate emergency response calls, the Coast Guard had to fly 24 hours straight patrolling the coast, electronic medical records couldn’t be accessed at health centers and hospitals, ATM machines went dark and millions of dollars were lost by local businesses.

To make matters worse, during one outage, for almost seven hours, there was no communication from AT&T with the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Service or the sheriff’s office. In fact, Senator McGuire had to inform the California Office of Emergency Services of the major outages in both September and December of 2015.

“In each of these cases, local emergency officials and neighbors had no idea why the service was down, no idea if the utility provider was responding, or if, and when it would be restored. Our rural residents deserve better, and that is why we have introduced this important legislation,” Senator McGuire said.

In large, more urban areas, similar outages would fall under the federal Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) threshold which requires telecommunication providers to report data and 911 outages.

Having telecom providers contact the California Office of Emergency Services so that OES officials can provide counties with an update by satellite phone of the general location of the outage and its duration, will provide State and County Offices of Emergency Services critical information about the communication outage, increasing public health and safety.

Testifying on behalf of SB 1250 were Mendocino County Emergency Services Coordinator Tami Bartolomei, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman and Regina Costa, Telecommunications Director at The Utility Reform Network.

“Currently due to our low population density and high federal reporting thresholds, there is no requirement that a carrier notify the local, or state, Office of Emergency Services when a loss of 911 services occurs. This lack of simple notification is unacceptable as life safety is our highest priority,” Bartolomei said. “The quicker we can be notified that a communications outage has occurred and the extent of the outage, the quicker we can establish alternative emergency communications and take other actions to protect life and safety.”

Also in support of SB 1250 are: California Police Chiefs Association, California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Fire Chiefs Association, Fire Districts Association of California, California Professional Firefighters, Consumer Federation of California and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, among others, including local counties and broadband associations.

Attached: This map of California highlights the rural versus urban areas of the state. Currently, rural areas of the state – 95% of California’s land mass – don’t fall within reporting thresholds for 911 outages, leaving rural residents and emergency responders without access to critical outage information. SB 1250 seeks to add a rural reporting requirement for widespread outages.


Weekly Address: Playing by the Same Rules

April 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President highlighted two specific steps the Administration took this week to make sure everyone plays by the same rules. First, in order to help more Americans retire with the security they have earned, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that will ensure retirement advisers compete based on the quality of advice they give rather than acting in their own financial interests. In addition, the Treasury Department took action this week to crack down on corporations that take advantage of inversions, a loophole that allows some businesses to avoid paying their fair share in taxes here at home. These actions underscore the President’s belief that we should continue to build an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules.

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

April 7, 2016

Mike Thompson’s March Legislative Report to the Democratic Party of Lake County (1)

Deadline to apply April 13, 2016 — How to become a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

April 7, 2016

Find your candidate’s webpage and find your local group for that candidate, get involved and be part of the process.


Do you want to represent and cast a vote for your chosen Democratic Presidential  candidate in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention in July?

Do you want to be a district level delegate to the Democratic National Convention?

In 2016 California will send a total of 546 delegates and 40 alternates to the Democratic National Convention.

The delegate selection process is open to all registered California Democrats and the state is known for fielding one of the most diverse delegations in the nation.


Remember These 2016 Dates:

February 29 – April 13 – May 1

If you want to run to be one of California’s 317 district-level delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), remember these steps:

 5 Simple Steps to become a District-Level Delegate 

  1. Register: Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  2. Check Your District: Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  3. File: Submit Form A during the filing period from February 29 – April 13
  4. Canvass: Start organizing your friends and supporters
  5. Caucus: Show up with your supporters to vote in the May 1 caucus in your district


Register: You must be a registered Democrat to file.

Although California Democrats allow Decline-to-State voters to participate in our presidential primary election, only registered Democrats are eligible to become delegates to the national convention.


Check Your District: You will need to determine the congressional district (CD) where you are registered. If you aren’t sure which district you are in go to, enter your postal zip code at the top right hand corner of the website and it will give you your Congressional District as well as the Representative for your district.


File: Beginning on February 29, 2016, Form A  on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at .

You may fill out Form A online or print out and submit via fax, but remember that we also need your original signature on file to be “official,” so be prepared to mail the original to our Sacramento office.

If you complete Form A online, a PDF copy of your completed form will be emailed to you to sign and submit. When filing Form A, you must pledge your support for one presidential candidate.

However, should your chosen candidate drop out of the presidential race prior to the Form A filing deadline of April 13, 2016 at 5:00pm, you have the option to re-file Form A and pledge your support to one of the remaining candidates (sort of like having a “Plan B” for your Form A).

Form A


Canvass: Start canvassing your community… your gym, work, local clubs, friends, relatives, Facebook friends you never talk to anymore – any registered Democrat who lives in your same congressional district who can attend the district caucus and vote for you.

They can even register as a Democrat on-site – that’s how easy we make it!


Caucus: You and your supporters will need to attend your presidential candidate’s caucus on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Remember, people can arrive early, sign-in and cast a vote – they don’t have to stick around to hear the speeches. Caucus times and locations will be posted at when available.

Candidates will be slated by caucus vote totals, though the final results will not be made until the results of the June 7, 2016 primary are certified. Once the primary results are in, the presidential campaign committee and the CDP will notify and confirm all the winners in each district based on how many delegates each presidential candidate are allocated by vote totals.

These elected Delegates will join the California Delegation at the mandatory June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting and the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


List of Candidates already applied



There are two other ways to become a delegate if you choose not to run at the  District level:

At-Large: At-large delegates are selected from a statewide pool and offer another way

for Democrats to participate in the national convention. Potential candidates for at-large

delegate must submit Form B, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, within

the filing period of Feb 29 – Jun 9. Selection of at-large delegates will be confirmed at the

June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

Form B will be available on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at .


PLEO: Party Leaders and Elected Official (PLEO) are Democrats from one of the

following categories: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative

leaders and state legislators; other state county and local elected officials; California

Democratic Party leaders. PLEO candidates must submit Form C, pledging their

support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – June 9.

Form C will be available on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at .

Selection of PLEO delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

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