Democratic Central Committee to meet March 5, 2015

February 23, 2015

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Lower Lake Methodist Church Community Meeting Room at 16255 2nd Street in Lower Lake at 6:30 p.m. Here is the map link:


The agenda for the March 5, 2015 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 Stonewall Democratic Club Chair and the representative from the Lake County Democratic Club.


If you would like to get involved, please come to the meeting and we will find a way for you to participate.

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.


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Senator McGuire drives effort to secure over $900,000 in emergency funds for Lake County

March 4, 2015

Sacramento, CA – After weeks of working with the state Office of Emergency Services, Senator Mike McGuire has helped secure more than $900,000 in emergency funds to help Lake County recover from the devastating effects of a series of storms in early December.

Governor Jerry Brown this week issued an emergency proclamation for counties across the state that experienced damage from the series of rainstorms, high winds and flooding beginning Nov. 30. The storms impacted people and property by damaging private and public facilities and infrastructure and forced evacuations in some areas.

“The storms caused major damage to Lake County’s roads and infrastructure and we have been working overtime to ensure Lake County communities receive the resources necessary for a full recovery. We are grateful to work with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to deliver over $900,000 in disaster assistance, which will help the county recover from these significant storm events,” Senator McGuire said.

The storms caused extensive damage throughout the state. On Dec. 22, Gov. Brown also declared a State of Emergency in Marin and Mendocino counties as a result of damage to highways in those counties as well.

Lake County experienced damage to critical infrastructure, including local highways and roads and the majority of the emergency state funds will be used to repair and restore Lake County’s roadways.

Assemblymember Bill Dodd was instrumental in the efforts to secure the much-needed funding to help Lake County recover from the storm damage.

CDC Dem Club Leadership & Treasurers Workshop – Napa, CA

March 2, 2015

Dem Club Leadership and Treasurer Workshop  

Learn New Skills – Exchange Best Practices

Date:  March 14, 2015

Time:  8:30am – 12:00pm

Place:  IBEW LU 180, 720-B Technology Way, Napa CA 94558

This California Democratic Council (CDC) workshop resulted from an assessment of local Democratic Clubs around the state, which wanted help with a number of critical issues:

  • Declining club membership and a need for club growth, effectiveness, and relevance
  • Developing concern about club meetings/events and a need to make them more interesting, informative, and fun
  • Increased interest in gaining a better understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order, including how to bring order to a disorderly meeting
  • Increasing number of untrained club treasurers and the need for a “keep it simple,” but “keep us out of jail” workshop
  • Increasing threats to basic democratic principles and the need to clarify and expand the progressive message
  • Growing concern that we need to get motivated, organized and ready to elect Democrats in 2016

The Workshop for Dem Club Leaders and Club Treasurers is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, at the IBEW LU 180, 720-B Technology Way, CA 94558.   

Our expert presenters/discussion leaders will include:

  • Jess Durfee, National Democratic Committee Member and Immediate Past Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Herb Engstrom, Club Treasurer and CDC Treasure

Agenda for the morning sessions:

  • 08:00am – Setup
  • 08:30am – Registration and Social (coffee, tea, juice, snacks)
  • 08:45am – Session 1:  What Club Treasurers Needs to Know and Do (Keep it Simple)?
  • 10:00am – Break
  • 10:15am – Session 2:  How to Run Good Meetings and Robert’s Rules (Best Practices)?
  • 11:45pm – Closure and Clean Up
  • 12:00pm – Conclude

RSVP and for more information, follow the link…  Workshop Registration by Donation 

Senator McGuire introduces bill to protect redwood trees from burl poachers

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire introduced legislation this week to protect old growth redwoods — the tallest trees on the planet – and put a stop to the devastating  practice of burl theft  from our state and national parks and California’s forests. Burls – the dormant, knobby material that grows at the base of redwood trees – are the primary method of redwood tree regeneration. When burls are hacked away, it significantly injures, and can actually kill the state’s beloved old growth redwoods.

Cases of burl poaching have continued to increase, destroying old growth redwoods and causing substantial damage to our cherished state and national parks, threatening endangered species and wasting valuable public resources. Over the past five years, there have been more than 100 cases of old growth redwood burl theft from North Coast Redwoods.

SB 288, introduced Feb. 19, would make redwood burl theft a felony crime carrying a fine of up to $10,000.

“Burl poachers are literally carving away our state parks and threatening some of our nation’s most beloved treasures – old growth California redwoods. We must act now to protect these majestic trees and to prosecute these butchers who are causing irreversible harm to our forests for personal profit,” Senator McGuire said.

The incidents of redwood burl theft have increased, and so has the size of the burls being taken. Poachers are able to sell the beautiful, hard wood, which is used to create decorative products and trinkets, at high prices. Currently, the crime is a simple misdemeanor with no fine.

Senator McGuire represents the largest tract of old growth redwoods in the world. The Redwood National and State Park – a United Nations World Heritage Site – is 133,000 acres, 40,000 of which is home to spectacular old growth redwood. Only about 5 percent of the old growth redwood remains from the original 2 million acres.

SB288 is co-authored by State Assemblymember Jim Wood and has already garnered the support of local District Attorneys and state parks representatives.

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming: “I appreciate Senator McGuire’s rapid and well-reasoned response to the issue of redwood burl theft, which I hope will prevent irreparable harm to the natural resources in our national and state parks and other lands. If such crimes do occur in the future, the Humboldt County DAs Office will take full advantage of the legislation in dealing with offenders.”

Del Norte District Attorney Dale Trigg: “We are truly blessed to live in this unique part of the world where we are surrounded by the majestic Redwoods.  It is our obligation to the world to protect these treasures.  I applaud Sen. McGuire for his efforts to protect the Redwoods and fully support and endorse this legislation.”

Liz Burko, Acting Superintendent, North Coast Redwoods District, California State Parks: “Burl poaching along the North Coast is a major concern to our iconic state parks. Cutting burls from redwoods can cause irreparable damage to the historic trees.”

Photo courtesy National Park Service attached: Wildlife biologist Terry Hines stands next to an old growth redwood tree near Klamath that was gutted by burl poachers in 2013.

Photo courtesy National Park Service attached: Wildlife biologist Terry Hines stands next to an old growth redwood tree near Klamath that was gutted by burl poachers in 2013.


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Weekly Address: We Should Make Sure the Future Is Written by Us

February 21, 2015

In this week’s address, the President underscored the importance of continuing to grow our economy and support good-paying jobs for our workers by opening up new markets for American goods and services.

While America’s businesses, ranchers, and farmers are already exporting goods at record levels, there’s more room for growth with 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside our borders. In order to pursue new trade agreements, the President called on Congress to pass trade promotion authority so that the U.S. — not China — can play a leading role in negotiating 21st century trade deals that protect our workers, support good wages, and help grow the middle class.

Supervisors support joining state of Jefferson movement

February 18, 2015 Lake County News

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The majority of a split Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to consider placing before Lake County voters a ballot measure to withdraw from the state of California and join the movement to create a 51st state.

The board voted 3-2 – with Anthony Farrington and Jim Steele dissenting – to move forward with support for forming the state of Jefferson.

There was, however, some confusion about the precise action the board took on Tuesday.

The motion, made by Supervisor Jim Comstock and seconded by Supervisor Rob Brown, stated, “Upon approval by the State Legislature of the petition for withdrawal from the state of California and to form the state of Jefferson, the Lake County Board of Supervisors will consider the measure for placement on the ballot of the next general election.”

owever, when clarified later in the meeting, County Counsel Anita Grant raised issue with the motion’s wording, suggesting that bringing it back to local voters after the approval of the State Legislature suggested a fait accompli.

In an effort to clarify the language, the board will bring it back for further discussion and action at 9:15 a.m. at its meeting on Tuesday, March 3.

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Dodd seeks $2.4 million to help protect Clear Lake

February 18, 2015 Press Democrat by Glenda Anderson

Lake County would receive $2.4 million to improve and protect the ecosystem of its visual and economic centerpiece — Clear Lake — if newly introduced state legislation is approved.

The bill would use dedicated preservation funds from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to help restore wetlands, improve water quality and prevent invasive species such as quagga mussels from entering Clear Lake.

“It’s a great thing,” Lake County Supervisor Tony Farrington said Wednesday of Assembly Bill 367, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg.

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Senator McGuire helps lead charge to fund rural counties and local economies

February 18, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire co-authored legislation introduced this week to help rural counties recover more than a decade worth of payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) from the state.

Small, rural counties with tax-exempt state land miss out on taxes they would otherwise be paid for the property. Instead, the state is obligated to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to help counties recover the lost property tax revenue. The state more than $19 million in PILT obligations to counties across the state, for funds they have not been paid over the last several years.

Senate Bill 234, introduced Feb. 13 by a bipartisan group of more than two dozen legislators, would appropriate $19 million to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for back payments to counties.

Counties have not received their Fish and Wildlife PILT payments since 2001,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “It’s time we make it a priority that our rural counties get what they are due.”

According to California Fish and Game code, payments are required to be made to counties equal to the property taxes previously levied on the property. However, no payments have been made to counties since the 2001–02 fiscal year when a partial payment was made.

SB 234 was authored by Senators Lois Wolk and Jim Nielsen. Principle coauthors are Senators McGuire, Berryhill and Cannella with Assemlymembers Alejo, Dodd and Frazier. Coauthors are Senators Gaines, Galgiani, Morrell, Stone and Vidak with Assemblymembers Achadjian, Bigelow, Chávez, Dahle, Gallagher, Gray, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Melendez, Olsen, Patterson, Steinorth, and Waldron.

For more information or questions, please contact Kerrie Lindecker, Communications Coordinator, at 707-319-3654, or email her at Cole.

Weekly Address: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot

February 14, 2015

In this week’s address, the President laid out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.


Yuba College Clear Lake Spotlights Black History Month

February 15, 2015  By Randall Cole

Yuba College Clear Lake Campus invites the public to a free cultural and historical presentation celebrating Black History Month at 1 pm on Thursday, Feb. 19 in Building 200 on the campus at 15880 Dam Road Extension in Clearlake.  The opening prayer will be given by Thomas L. Brown followed by music from Doug and Sissa Harris and Bill Bordisso.  Deloris Davis will read a Black history poem, Denise Johnson will speak on Black History, and the MC and motivational speaker will be Randall Cole.

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Black History Month Celebration February 28, 2015

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