Join us at our 24th annual Legislators BBQ!!

Join us for our 24th annual Legislator’s BBQ on Sunday October 8,2017, 2pm-5pm.
We are pleased to host Delaine Eastin, candidate for California Governor as our keynote speaker.

Our honored legislative guest speakers 
Congressmember Mike Thompson; Congressmember John Garamendi; State Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry.

Get your tickets here

Enjoy BBQ Tri-tip ; tempting side dishes and dessert from Cactus Grill, and Lake County wine. 
Music by Lake County favorite David Neft. 
Silent Auction and raffles
Sunday October 8, 2-5pm Clearlake Highlands Senior Center 3245 Bowers Ave., Clearlake.

California Democratic Party August Executive Board Meeting

Over the weekend of August 26 & 27, 2017, the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party met in Anaheim.

The following reports from CDP Standing Committees were adopted by the Board:

Legislation Committee

https://www.cadem.org/our-party/standing-committees/body/CDP-Legislation-Committee-Report-Adopted-17-08-28.pdf

Platform 2018

https://www.cadem.org/our-party/standing-committees/platform-committee

Resolutions Committee

https://www.cadem.org/our-party/standing-committees/body/CDP-Final-Resos-for-Floor_Aug-EBoard-17-08-29.pdf

Rules Committee

https://www.cadem.org/our-party/standing-committees/body/Rules-Committee-Report-2017-August.pdf

 

John Garamendi Report

         Opposed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, issuing an official statement and joining 20 of House colleagues in asking the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington to maintain these states’ leadership in finding solutions to the climate crisis. He also authored a column for the Davis’ Enterprise outlining his reasons for opposing Trump’s move.

·         As a Founding Director of Operation Respect, a national organization dedicated to creating learning environments free of bullying and prejudice, Congressman Garamendi joined a discussion of programs and strategies aimed at ending the epidemic of bullying (at the organizations meeting held in Washington, DC early this month).

·         Appeared on FOX news, MSNBC, & other networks to discuss the effect of repealing provisions in Dodd-Frank that protect consumers from Wall Street, the Comey firing, the nation’s infrastructure needs, tax reform and health care.

·         Committed as a solid “no” vote on the Wrong Choice Act, that (if passed) will weaken Wall Street reforms passed after the Great Recession.

·         Vowed to protect public lands threatened by the Trump administrations review of land protected by the Antiquities Act (such as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument).

·         Co-sponsored the 21st Century New Deal for Jobs, an infrastructure package that would employ 2.5 million Americans in its first year and help the country meet many of the most pressing infrastructure needs (roads and bridges, clean energy, clean water, transit, and rural broadband) and strengthen existing Buy America standards.

·         In the wake of the shooting of Congressman Scalise, and others, in Washington, DC the Congressman condemned violence as a response to political disagreements.

·         Regarding our continued war in Afghanistan, Congressman Garamendi authored an OpEd in USA Today, stating “It is not enough for Congress to continue to ask administration after administration for the next grand strategy in Afghanistan. It is not enough for the administration to simply explain what 13,000 troops will accomplish that 100,000 could not in 2011 at the height of our presence. It is Congress’ responsibility to authorize war, and it is long past time for the American people, through their elected representatives, to debate the terms on which this war will continue.”

·         Renewed his commitment to work toward improving the Affordable Care Act, and opposing both the House and Senate bills that are currently proposed as these worsen access to healthcare.

·         Issued an amendment to protect the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was unanimously adopted by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The trust fund is money set aside for ongoing air infrastructure needs in case of an economic downturn. He commits to opposing Trump’s proposal to privatize America’s air traffic control system, stating it’s “essential that we keep the Airport and Airway Trust Fund entirely separate from this transfer of responsibility.”

·         Authored an OpEd piece in the Sacramento Bee regarding the “twin tunnels” project, which received a green light after its environmental review. His short summary is, that this “sounds concerning, but it’s not at all the case… I believe the entire state will be much better served by focusing on water projects funded by Proposition 1, rather than spending at least $15 billion on a project that can suck the Delta dry and creates little new water.”

·         Spoke with The New York Times about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, and why it’s critical to protect this important program. The Trump budget request includes a 15% cut to Peace Corps funding. The Congressman states that this is not wise as cutting the Peace Corps’ funding curtails a vital component of U.S. international relations – providing aid, educating a community, and negotiating peaceful resolutions to foreign conflicts.

·         Announced a Town Hall in Winters on Saturday, August 19th, to discuss critical issues with attendees.  The meeting is free and open to the public, and all 3rd District residents are encouraged and invited to attend. Congressman Garamendi will deliver a brief update on the state of affairs in Washington, and then take questions from the audience. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The town hall will take place from 1:30-3:30 pm PT at St. Anthony’s Parish on 511 Main St. in Winters, CA.

Mike Thompson Report

JUNE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

  •  The Senate introduced their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan
  • Congressional Budget office found it would cost 23 million people their health insurance. Mike slammed the bill for its cruelty and called on Republican leadership to work with Democrats on a plan that expands access to healthcare and makes it more affordable.
  • Mike voted against the repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The recession proved that Wall Street cannot be allowed to gamble with our money again. People lost their savings, their homes, their retirement accounts, and their jobs. Mike opposes any measure that would undermine the middle class or the gains we’ve made since 2008.
  • After the President pulled America from the Paris Climate Accords, Mike joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. Climate change poses serious threats to our community and our country. We’ve already seen some of the worst flooding in memory damage homes and businesses in our district. The Climate Solutions Caucus is composed of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats—40 in total—committed to addressing the risks and reality of our changing climate.
  •  In the wake of the shooting on Republican Members of Congress during their practice for the annual charity baseball game, Mike called for civility and compassion to return to our politics. Hatred and threats cannot be tolerated. He continues to wish for a speedy recovery for Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was injured in the attack.
  • Mike welcomed Vallejo resident and high school senior Alannah Elyse Ruiz to Washington, and presented her with the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Alannah earned the medal after completing 400 hours of community service by tutoring foster children, serving as a teen mentor at Kaiser Permanente, and volunteering at a soup kitchen in Solano County. She also completed 200 hours of physical fitness training and organized a week long cultural immersion trip to Aruba.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE REPORT MAY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE-Thompson

As Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Mike joined former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, members of Team 26, and other activists and lawmakers to demand Congress take steps to reduce gun violence. To that end, Mike proposed forming a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study causes of mass shootings, how to improve background checks, linkages between firearms and suicides, and other important information.

Given the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and mounting links between the President and Russia, Mike called for an independent commission to investigate. He praised the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor. Mike also introduced a resolution with other sitting and former members of the House Intelligence Community condemning the President’s sharing of classified information with Russia.

With talk in Washington turning to tax reform, Mike wrote a powerful op-ed for The Hill saying tax reform should help the middle class instead of billionaires or big business. Tax reform has to mean more than tax cuts—it especially needs to do more than just cut the corporate tax rate. Mike proposed expanding tax credits to help working adults return to school, bringing back the Build America bond program to put Americans back to work in infrastructure, and other programs that would help our families.

Mike sharply criticized the President’s budget proposal as a full-throated attack on the middle class. It would gut Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, the Highway Trust Fund, the EPA, medical research, and other critical programs.

Mike authored bipartisan proposals to expand access to telehealth services—allowing rural and underserved communities to get better care—and provide additional protections to those who use prosthetic and orthotic services. One of Mike’s top priorities is making sure our communities have the healthcare they need and deserve, and he continues to work across the aisle to expand access to critical services.

Finally, Mike hosted a group of Mexican-American vintners from our district in Washington to highlight their success. Many grew their businesses literally from the ground up, and they are living proof the American Dream is still alive and well.

Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry May Report to the Central Committee

May 2017 Lake Dem Report

Congressman Thompson’s April Report to the Central Committee

April Central Committee Report

Congressman Garamendi’s May Report to the Central Committee

Congressman Garamendi – May 2017 report

Lake County Democratic Club hosts Jocelyn Hoey on Climate Realities

On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. the Lake County Democratic Club will host guest speaker Jocelyn Suzanne Hoey who plans to present a slideshow from her recent training with Al Gore – “Climate Realities: Curious? Concerned? Get the Facts.”
Lake County Democratic Club meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.  All meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to registered Democrats.
Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County
Visit the webpage at www.lakecountydemocraticclub.org

Congressman John Garamendi’s 40th Annual Basque BBQ – Sat. May 13, 2017

Please join Congressman John Garamendi and the entire Garmendi family as they host their 40th Annual Basque BBQ at their private ranch in Calaveras County on Saturday, May 13th.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music, trail rides, and a petting farm. Meat from the Garamendi ranch and all other fixings will be served, along with vegetarian options, and the event will run from 3:00 to 8:30 pm with dinner at 5:00 pm. Congressman Garamendi hopes you will join him to discuss current events, and share a day with friends and family.

RSVP Here

https://johngaramendi.ngpvanhost.com/bbq

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