Apr 22

Yamada’s Water Rate Assistance Bill Flows Through Utilities and Commerce

April 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 1434, authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), establishing a ratepayer assistance program to help low-income Californians with their water bills passed the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce today.

In 2012, AB 685 (Eng) established that access to safe, clean, andaffordable water is every human being’s right.  While the measure required the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to consider low-income rate relief, there was no requirement to implement such programs. Moreover, they do not have authority over utilities that qualify as public agencies which are the vast majority of water service providers in the state.

“I am pleased to have the support of my colleagues as we work to help rural Californians that are significantly underserved when it comes to these Low-Income Rate programs,” Yamada stated. “The majority of smaller utility companies cannot or otherwise choose not to provide their low-income consumers with assistance. AB 1434 is intended to ensure water affordability.”

AB 1434 would direct the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) in conjunction with the Board of Equalization (BOE) to develop and implement a statewide Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program for low-income ratepayers.

Low-income Californians need a statewide program to receive assistance in order to overcome the problems individual water service providers have in operating a low-income assistance program.  AB 1434 creates a functional collaboration for CSD and the BOE to create these programs and manage the fund that will help millions of Californians with their water bills.

This bill will be heard next in Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

Yamada represents the Fourth Assembly District which includes all or parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.

Apr 22

Democratic Central Committee to meet May 1, 2014

April 22, 2014

by William Manners

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee regular monthly meeting is being held at the Lower Lake Methodist Church Community Meeting Room at 16255 2nd Street in Lower Lake at 6 p.m.

Map link: http://goo.gl/maps/A8oiW

There is an election coming in June we encourage you to visit our website www.lakecountydemocrats.org   and visit our Facebook page  www.facebook.com/LakeCountyDemocrats for more information on the issues and candidates. Informed voters make wise choices.

Please visit the websites of the California Democratic Party endorsed candidates.

Mike McGuire running for State Senate District 2 seat now held by Noreen Evans, who is stepping down. His Facebook information is at www.Facebook.com/SupervisorMikeMcGuire.

Dan Wolk, Davis City Councilmember, is running for Assembly Dist. 4.

The agenda for the May 1, 2014 meeting also includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and State Senator Noreen Evans, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

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

We invite public participation. Please help us to address all of our community’s local concerns and make the Lake County Democratic Central Committee the model for the Nation.

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.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County please visit our website www.lakecountydemocrats.org  and visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/LakeCountyDemocrats

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

Apr 20

Weekly Address: President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings

April 19, 2014

In this week’s address, the President offers his warmest greetings as millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Easter, and recounts the Passover Seder he hosted at the White House earlier this week, joining Jewish families around the world in their celebration.

Apr 16


The Executive Committee of the Lake Co. Democratic Club has called an emergency meeting for this Friday, April 18th @ 6:30.  Meeting to be held at Guido’s Pizzeria in Kelseyville.

This meeting is open to all Club members:





Guido’s Pizzeria, 5440 Live Oak Dr.

Kelseyville, CA



                                                                April 18, 2014


    1. Chair –


  1. Vice-Chair –



    1. Discussion of  possible day and time change
    2. Selection of a keeper of the key to the Community Center.
    3. Ongoing insurance for the use of Center





Apr 12

Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President underscores the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlights the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women.

Apr 12

Boxer, Mikulski Urge Social Security Administration Not to Penalize Taxpayers for Decades-Old Social Security Overpayments

April 11, 2014

Senators Highlight Washington Post Story on Woman Whose Tax Refund Was Seized to Repay an Overpayment to an Unknown Relative in 1977

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) today called on the Social Security Administration to end the policy of seizing taxpayers’ refunds to hold them accountable for decades-old errors made by the agency that led to the overpayment of benefits.

The Senators highlighted a story on the front page of the Washington Post this morning that detailed the case of Mary Grice, whose tax refund was seized by the U.S. government to repay an overpayment of benefits made to an unknown member of her family in 1977.

“While this policy of seizing tax refunds to repay decades-old Social Security overpayments might be allowed under the law, it is entirely unjust,” the Senators wrote in a letter today to the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Carolyn Colvin. “Grice and other families like hers are unfairly being held responsible for decades-old errors at the Social Security Administration – even though many of these taxpayers were children at the time the error was made. Too many of these families are now finding themselves trapped in a mess of paperwork and red tape that is both costly and time-consuming.”

These garnishments are possible because of a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill, which allowed the Social Security Administration to pursue claims owed to it for overpayments beyond what had previously been a ten-year statute of limitations. However, the law gives the Social Security Administration the discretion not to pursue repayment of the debt in cases where doing so would be “against equity and good conscience.”

“Garnishing taxpayers’ refunds to pay for debts that are more than a decade old – and incurred through no fault of their own – is a policy that cannot be continued in good conscience,” the Senators wrote. “Therefore, we ask you to immediately use the discretion granted to the Social Security Administration under the law to waive recovery of overpayments more than ten years old if the beneficiary is not at fault.”

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Apr 12

Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Ryan-Tea Party Budget

April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted against Congressman Paul Ryan’s Tea Party-inspired budget, because it would harm our nation’s recovery, destroy jobs, and punish seniors and lower income Americans to reward millionaires, billionaires, and oil companies with more tax breaks. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a 219 to 205 vote, with almost every Republican Member of Congress voting for it and every Democrat voting against it.

“If enacted into law, this extreme Tea Party-inspired budget would wreck havoc on my district and communities across America,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Construction on levees in flood prone Sacramento Valley communities would be delayed. College students would shoulder even more debt. Agricultural researchers at UC Davis would see their groundbreaking work halted. Seniors in Rio Vista would see their health costs skyrocket. Struggling families in my district would see food, housing, and health care taken away from them.”

He added, “As our nation climbs out of a deep recession, this budget would kick us back down. It would eliminate the jobs of three million Americans by destroying engines of growth: education, research, and infrastructure. This budget increases hardship for the working and middle class while it presents millionaires, billionaires, and oil companies with massive tax breaks. These priorities are backwards. Let’s work together to develop a more thoughtful and foresighted plan.”


The Ryan Budget takes an axe to desperately needed services in Medicare and Medicaid. Under this budget, people 55 and under will be forced into a voucher coupon system as a replacement for traditional Medicare, subjecting future Medicare enrollees to many of the same flaws, vulnerabilities, and unscrupulous practices found in for-profit health insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that this type of system would raise the cost of Medicare Part B premiums by 50 percent.

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Apr 12

Raw Deal for Home Dairy Farms Seeking Common Sense Raw Milk Regulations

April 09, 2014


Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and Home Dairy Supporters during press conference on AB 2505- Farm-to-Fridge at Phoenix Ranch, Vacaville on April 4, 2014. 

Sacramento – Two years ago, a working group hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) per farmers’ requests, invited numerous stakeholders to the table to discuss the practice of sharing and selling the excess raw milk from families with a small number of lactating animals after some farmers were issued cease and desist letters for sharing or selling their raw milk without a permit.  Home dairy farmers, with technical input from agencies such as CDFA and the Department of Public Health (DPH), designed safety standards to regulate the practice and to protect the consumers. These recommendations were translated into Assembly Bill 2505 introduced by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) that died today in Assembly Agriculture Committee.

“I authored AB 2505 because one-size fits all regulations have never worked for our diverse agricultural state. Current facility requirements for those who wish to share small amounts of excess milk with their neighbors are cost-prohibitive for these small family farmers,” Yamada said. “Although AB 2505 enjoyed strong support from the Community Alliance for Family Farms, the California Grange, and hundreds of individual small home dairy owners, we were unable to overcome opposition from the California Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen, and the California Medical Association.”

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Apr 12

The Lake County Stonewall Democratic Club Will Meet on April 28

The Lake County Stonewall Democratic Club will be hosting its monthly Pot Luck and meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014 in the Social Hall of the Clearlake Oaks Untied Methodist Church, 12487 The Plaza, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423.

  • Pot Luck begins at 6:30 PM.
  • Call to Order at 7:00 PM.
  • Guest Speakers this month will be Ron Green for No on N and Sorhna Li Jordan for Lake County Assessor-Recorder.

This meeting is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.

  • Please bring a canned or other non-perishable item to the Stonewall Club Meeting. All donations go to support Community Care HIV/AIDS Program (C.C.H.A.P.) Food Pantry here in Lake County.

Hope to see you there!

The Lake County Stonewall Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County. All club meetings are sponsored by the Democratic Party of Lake County.

The Public is always welcome and membership is open to all registered Democrats.

Contact the Lake County Stonewall Democratic Club  :

Essie Coons, Chairperson

Phone:  707-701-3720

Email:  ecoons@zoho.com


Apr 08

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar Hosted by Assemblymember Yamada

April 07, 2014

NAPA, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a free Senior Scam StopperSM seminar.  This great resource for seniors and their family members will provide information on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud from a panel of financial and fraud experts.  Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain in-person assistance if they have already been scammed.

“I am pleased to partner with the California Contractors State License Board to provide this important seminar, especially for seniors and those who care for them,” said Assemblymember Yamada. “Scammers prey on vulnerable populations such as seniors and use a variety of tactics to gain access to their assets.  Attendees will receive reliable information on how to identify scams and tips on how to stay vigilant.”

This event is open to the public and will take place on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Napa Senior Center located at 1500 Jefferson St. in Napa. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Assemblymember Yamada’s American Canyon District Office at (707)552-4405.

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