Aug 19

Congressman John Garamendi is Looking to Fill an Intern, a Student or Community Volunteer Position

August 19, 2014

Congressman John Garamendi is looking for help in Lake County!
If you are interested in any of these positions as a  student or community volunteer or an intern, please contact Wesley Sagewalker at or 209-682-2372

Student Activist Program

Congressman John Garamendi’s Student Activist program is a youth-driven grassroots internship that focuses on impacting the community through public outreach efforts. What distinguishes this multifaceted organization from similar initiatives is its commitment to building the professional capacity of its participants. The Student Activist program will be open to all high school students throughout Lake County. This is a unique program in which interns are given the opportunity to gain valuable campaign experience through political management training that will build both their personal capacity and resumé. Student Activists responsibilities will include::

  • Leading Community Outreach Events
  • Learning Applied Political Management & Communication Skills
  • Planning Days of Action and Gaining Event Planning Experience
  • Gaining Valuable Business Skills That Will Strengthen a College Application.

Pathway to Progress Internship

Congressman John Garamendi’s Pathway to Progress college internship program calls upon young professionals throughout Lake County to advocate on behalf of core Democratic Values.  Interns are trained through the Garamendi campaign’s professional development program in how to write a business model, how to strategize and execute strategic plans, and how to become an effective project manager. Every participant will learn valuable professional skills that are applicable to both the public and private sector job markets. Interns will spend 12 hours each week:

  • Gaining Firsthand Experience on How a Federal Campaign is Structured
  • Engaging in Community Outreach & Learning Applied Political Management Skills
  • Becoming a Political Operative in Lake County
  • Learning Event Planning and Planning Days of Action

Team Leader Program

Congressman John Garamendi’s Team Leader program empowers community organizers to advocate on behalf of all coordinated Democratic campaigns throughout Lake County. Team Leaders impact the community and increase Democratic voter turnout by developing and executing their own strategic plans. The purpose of the Team Leader is to educate, advocate, and serve the larger community by influencing the political trajectory in Lake County. Team Leaders will:

  • Host Campaign Events for Local Democratic Candidates
  • Facilitate Letter-Writing Campaigns, Book Guest Speakers, and Organize Neighborhood Phone Banks
  • Work With Peers and Community Organizers to Execute Their Own Strategic Plans and Address Issues in Their Community
  • Plan and Execute Voter Registration Drives in Their Communities and Throughout Lake County.

Aug 16

Weekly Address: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

August 16, 2014

In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, President Obama talked directly to students and parents about the importance of preparing for an education beyond high school.

Aug 15

The Texas Tribune: Grand Jury Indicts Perry Over Integrity Unit Veto

August 15, 2014

Perry1CMS_jpg_312x1000_q100A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state’s anti-corruption prosecutors unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunk driving, stepped down from office.

The first count returned from a grand jury, abuse of official capacity, is a first-degree felony with a potential penalty of five to 99 years in prison. The second count, coercion of a public servant, is a third-degree felony with a penalty of two to 10 years.

Perry’s legal counsel, Mary Ann Wiley, said Perry would vigorously fight the charges.

“The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution,” she said. “We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

Read more.

Aug 15

Thank Senator Feinstein for Fighting to Release Post-9/11 Torture Report Publicly

August 15, 2014


Dear DSCC member,

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Senator Dianne Feinstein is fighting tooth and nail to make public the results of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into post-9/11 torture and so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques. Senator Feinstein is to be commended for this effort as uncovering the full extent of torture committed in our name – and how we keep it from ever happening again – goes to the heart of who we are as Americans.

Please click here to write Senator Feinstein to thank her for her efforts or better yet, call her office to say “thank you”: 202-224-3841


Peace and friendship,

John Burton Signature

John Burton


Aug 15

Lake County News: Final fall city council races set

Friday, 15 August 2014

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The filing periods have closed for the city council races for Clearlake and Lakeport, with the makeup of the fall election fields now set.

The councils have two seats each up for election in the fall municipal elections.

The filing periods were extended from last Friday to the end of business on Wednesday due to the nonfiling of two candidates: Jeri Spittler in Clearlake, who is in a runoff with incumbent Jeff Smith for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors, and Lakeport Councilman Tom Engstrom, who announced that he was not seeking a second term.

In Clearlake, a large field of seven has formed for the seats currently held by Spittler and Councilman Joey Luiz.

Luiz has signed up to run for a second term, according to City Clerk Melissa Swanson.

Also running for a council seat in Clearlake are Quincy Jackson, Russell Perdock, Michael Pesonen, Bruno Sabatier, Michael Walton and Andre Williams, Swanson reported.

In Lakeport, a smaller field has formed to fill the two seats up for election in November.

Lakeport City Clerk Janel Chapman told Lake County News that Robert Balentine, incumbent Stacey Mattina and Mireya Gehring Turner have all qualified to appear on the ballot.

The election is Nov. 4.

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Aug 14

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Put Water Bond Before Voters

August 13, 2014


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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to put a comprehensive water bond before voters this November.

“Water is the lifeblood of any civilization and for California it’s the precondition of healthy rivers, valleys, farms and a strong economy,” said Governor Brown. “With this water bond, legislators from both parties have affirmed their faith in California’s future.”

The legislation signed by Governor Brown, AB 1471 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), replaces the current $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 37-0 and the Assembly 77-2. The new bond includes $7.12 billion in new debt, plus the repurposing of existing unspent bond funds of $425 million for a total of $7.545 billion. None of the repurposed bond funds will be taken from existing projects. The measure will be Proposition 1 on the November ballot.

The bond provides for water use efficiency and recycling, groundwater cleanup and management and $2.7 billion for additional water storage. It invests in safe drinking water, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and provides for watershed restoration and increased flows in some of California’s most important rivers and streams. An outline of the final bond can be found here.

Governor Brown also announced that he vetoed identical legislation, SB 866 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis). A veto message can be found here.

For full text of the bills, visit:


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Aug 13

McGuire’s Senate Campaign Launches “Next Gen Votes” Registration Drive

August 12, 2014


Mike McGuire announced today that his campaign has begun a grassroots initiative committed to increasing voter registration and participation throughout his district. McGuire is the leading candidate for the senate seat now held by retiring Senator Noreen Evans.

“After the historically low voter turnout in the primary election this June, we wanted to take up the challenge of getting more people registered, engaged and to the polls this fall,” said McGuire. “That is what Next Gen Votes is all about.”

The initiative’s first week of organization saw 124 new voters.

Next Gen Votes is working to make our democracy stronger and ensure our communities thrive.  You will see our motivated, trained and bilingual volunteers bringing positive change to our community at local events, festivals, storefronts, school campuses and neighborhood gatherings – because we know that organizing from the grassroots makes our neighborhoods stronger.

“Decisions are being made every day in Sacramento, Washington, DC and here at the local level of government that have huge impacts on our lives and the lives of our families. Yet, too many eligible voters have no voice in these decisions – because they’re not registered to vote and don’t go to the polls,” said McGuire.  “We have to turn this around and register the next generation of engaged voters.”

McGuire handily won his primary election in June, gathering over 57% of the vote against three other candidates. Prior to his current service on the Board of Supervisors, McGuire was a small business manager in the television and radio industries and served as the City of Healdsburg’s youngest Mayor and as a School Board President.

For more information, please see

Aug 11

Update on the Situation in Iraq

August 11, 2014

On Saturday morning, President Obama delivered an update on the situation in Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House. The President detailed the progress of current American operations in Iraq, and spoke about what the operations mean for our country.

Last week, U.S. forces began conducting targeted airstrikes against terrorist forces who were advancing on the city of Erbil, in addition to conducting humanitarian airdrops to Iraqi men, women, and children stranded in northern Iraq. Our forces have already delivered thousands of meals and gallons of water, and will continue to protect American personnel in Iraq.

Watch President Obama’s full statement.


Learn more about the current situation in Iraq:

See President Obama’s statement from earlier today on the latest political developments in Iraq.

Aug 11

Evans Responds to Parks Forward Commission Draft Plan

August 5, 2014

Sacramento, CA. – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement in advance of the August 6th Parks Forward Commission meeting where their draft plan will be discussed:

“The most recent Commission report represents an overdue analysis of California’s struggling state park system.  I’m encouraged to see many of the challenges addressed and reviewed and look forward to additional discussions with the Commission and the public.”

“In order of importance, I believe the following issues represent the greatest challenges for our state parks:

1.  Fix the bureaucracy. The Department needs long-term, stable and visionary leadership, with strong legislative support and cooperation.
2.  Stabilize funding.  The Department needs a long-term and sustainable funding source that is sufficient to provide the services expected by the public. Part of the funding must include an expanded and improved parks pass program.
3.  Create a new vision for State Parks.  The way we’ve managed these precious public resources in the past is simply insufficient now. We need to improve and modernize facilities, incorporate technology where appropriate, and improve access.

Overall, the report offered many good ideas that would benefit from further public discussion.   I look forward to working closely with the Commission in the coming months to develop a plan that will protect these wonderful resources while benefiting every Californian. ”

State Senator Noreen Evans is the chair of the Senate Banking & Finance Committee and represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma.

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Aug 10

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.


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