Aug 23

Congressman Thompson joins local Democrats at Campaign Open House, Wednesday Sept 3

August 23, 2014

Lake County Democratic Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening

With the November 2014 election only 2 ½ months away, the Lake County Democrat Central Committee has announced the opening of the Lake County Democrat Campaign Headquarters in Lakeport.  The office, located at 390 North Main Street, will be open Monday through Saturday every week beginning on September 3, 2014 until the General Election on November 4, 2014.  Office hours will be 12 noon to 6 pm.


Lake County voters can pick up literature, signs, and other resources regarding Democrat candidates at the office.  In addition, residents will be able to register to vote, including new registrations, address changes, name changes, etc.


To kick off the “Election Season”, the public is invited to an open house at the new office on September 3, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm.

We are pleased to announce that Congressman Mike Thompson, one of our generous sponsors, will be joining us.

There will be refreshments and beverages.


In addition, volunteers are being recruited to help in the new office.  Even a few hours would be appreciated.  If you would like to spend some time helping in the office either for a few hour or on a regular schedule, please call  (707) 533-4885 or email at

Sep 02

The Lake County Democratic Club meets September 9

September 2, 2014

September 9 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Agenda

August 12, 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Meeting Minutes

Sorhna Li Jordan, candidate for Lake County Assessor/Recorder, will speak at the next meeting of the Lake County Democratic Club on Sept. 9 at 6:00 pm.

Lake County Democratic Club meetings are held at the Lower Lake Community United Methodist Church, 16255 Second St., Lower Lake, on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County

Visit the webpage at

Contact us at


Sep 02

Democratic Central Committee to meet Sept. 4, 2014

September 2, 2014

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will meet Thursday September 4, 2014 at the Lower Lake Methodist Church Community Meeting Room at 16255 2nd Street in Lower Lake at 6 p.m.

September 4 2014 Agenda for the Lake County Central Committee

Our guest speakers are:

Join us for the Annual Legislator’s BBQ and Fundraiser on October 5.

Visit our website   and visit our Facebook page for more information.

The agenda for the Sept, 4, 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.

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 our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email

Sep 01

Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

August 30, 2014

In this week’s address, the President wished Americans a Happy Labor Day weekend, highlighted the important economic progress we’ve made, and reaffirmed his commitment to accelerate our progress and ensure that our growing economy fuels a strong middle class.

Sep 01

Assemblymember Yamada Statement on Napa Earthquake

Wed 8/27/2014

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) issued the following statement regarding the 6.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred five miles northwest of American Canyon on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

“Yesterday’s early morning quake was a ‘wake-up’ call in more ways than one.  As relief and recovery efforts begin today, I wish to thank all of our local officials, first responders, emergency medical and hospital personnel, law enforcement, public utilities workers, Napa Red Cross, and everyday citizens for a well-coordinated response to this serious and unexpected event.  Special thanks to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for keeping our office apprised during those first critical hours and throughout the day.  The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) was put to the test and once again, proved effective.”

Assemblymember Yamada represents the 4th Assembly District which includes all or parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.  She also serves on the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness.  More information on how to prepare for an emergency may be found at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website:

Aug 25

Weekly Address: The Export-Import Bank

August 25, 2014

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the progress made towards rebuilding our economy, including the creation of nearly 10 million new private sector jobs in the past 53 months and the rise in the number of American exports to an all-time high.

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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