Congratulations to all of our candidates

Congressman Mike Thompson

Congressman John Garamendi

State Senator Mike McGuire

State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Lake County District Attorney Susan Krones

Lake County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg

Superior Court Judge candidate Shanda Harry*

Lake County Supervisor (D2) Bruno Sabatier

*Candidate Harry advances to the November General election

Statewide & Federal California results here  

Lake County results here

Counties have 30 days after election day  to complete the canvass of the vote

 

Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry’s May report

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s

June 2018 Lake CC report (1)
June Report

AB 2292 – Improving Infant and Toddler Care
• Assembly Bill 2292 will strategically invest in California’s child care system by increasing state rates for infant and toddler care, creating a grant program to fund implementation and start-up costs of new child care facilities, and establishing a fund to recruit a new generation of family child care providers.
• Passed Assembly Floor, In the Senate

AB 2576 – Emergencies: Healthcare
• AB 2576 is critical to ensure that communities continue to receive timely access to care when disaster strikes. This bill takes into account the experiences of clinics and health providers in communities impacted by the 2017 wildfires, and proposes policy streamlining that will provide for improved continuity of care even in the face of natural disasters. AB 2576 is a comprehensive bill to address a variety of challenges identified during the disaster response to the wildfires of 2017. These changes will improve the ability of community health clinics and their health care providers to deliver timely access to services after a disaster occurs.
• Passed Assembly – In the Senate

In the District
• Met with SEIU Local 2015
• Spoke with League of CA Cities
• Attended and spoke at Lake County Early Child Educator Awards

Election Results
• Cecilia is honored with the overwhelming support she received in the election.
• There were three official ‘write in’ candidates – one from Dixon, one from Davis and one from Lake County. We are waiting for the final results as to who will move on to the November election with Cecilia. She received 94.1% of the Lake County vote.

Senator Mike McGuire’s May Report

May 2018 Report

McGuire May 2018 Report (1)

Legislation:

• SB 897 – Residential property insurance: wildfires passed through the Senate Insurance Committee last week!
o Senator McGuire’s SB 897 would waive inventory claim form requirements (an itemized contents list) during a governor-declared state of emergency, allowing homeowners the option of foregoing the itemization and instead automatically collecting at least 80 percent of the policy limit. Without the itemized lists, some insurance companies will provide as little as 30 percent payoff.

• SB 833 – Emergency Alert Legislation passed the first Senate Committee Hearing with bipartisan support.

• SB 1453 – Illegal Conversions just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill would extend statute of limitation for illegal conversions of timberland from one year to three years in order to go after illegal cannabis operations. Additionally, this proposal would allow the cause of action to accrue upon discovery of the violation.

• SB 929 – Special Districts Transparency Act passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee with bipartisan support.
o The bill will require every independent special district to create and consistently maintain a website with specific and detailed information including meeting agendas, clear information on the district’s budget and expenditures, compensation reports, information on how to contact representatives of the district and more.

• SB 1029 – the Great Redwood Trail Act Updates:
o Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will create the Great Redwood Trail from the San Francisco Bay to the Humboldt Bay is one step closer to reality after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 9-0 vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee.
o The Great Redwood Trail will be a significant economic driver for the rural North Coast communities it would wind through. California outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Golden State’s economy. It generates over $92 billion a year here in California, is responsible for nearly 700,000 jobs with over $30 billion in wages, and brings over $6 billion in tax revenues back to state and local communities. The trail will attract hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors alike to hike this spectacular landscape and inject needed funds into the small, rural economies that would neighbor the potential future trail.
o The North Coast Rail Authority will be dissolved through SB 1029, and the 300 mile long right-of-way will be segmented roughly at the halfway point. The Northern Segment – from Arcata to Willits – will be temporarily transferred to the state Department of Transportation, who is charged with beginning the “railbanking” process, cataloging property easements and advancing environmental work. The Great Redwood Trail Agency would then take over to start building the actual trail. The legislation supports freight where it is currently existing and supports rail around Humboldt Bay.
o While there are years of planning, community meetings and work ahead, the Great Redwood Trail is gaining momentum. SB 1029 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in May.

• Senator McGuire’s advanced a critical state budget request to fund enhanced screening and counseling for opioid and meth addiction.
o Senator Mike McGuire is fighting to secure millions that would allow California to implement a successful enhanced drug screening program, which has been proven to help combat drug addiction in other states. The funding would be focused on screening of opioid and methamphetamine addiction when patients see their doctors.
o The funding will allow for all Medi-Cal patients to receive screening from their providers, which would ask them about any potential drug use. This results-driven practice is not currently deployed in California for the state’s more than 7 million Medi-Cal patients, 21 and older.
o If this funding is secured, when a patient goes to their doctor for a regular visit, they would receive a questionnaire asking if they use any opioid prescriptions or illicit drugs to help them sleep, relax, calm down, feel better, or lose weight. Their answers could lead to additional drug screening, counseling and substance abuse treatment.
o Senator McGuire has officially requested that the budget committee advance an allocation from the state’s General Fund to cover the costs of this data-driven screening program. This would include allocating $8.4 million ($2.58 million from the State General Fund/$5.82 million in matching dollars from the Federal Financial Participation).
o The screening dollars, if secured, would be invested with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to expand the Medi-Cal benefit for Alcohol Misuse, Screening and Counseling (AMSC) to include screening for overuse of opioids and other illicit drugs.
o Routine screenings for excessive alcohol use in California, followed by brief intervention or counseling and referral to treatment has helped countless Californians get the help they need to combat their addiction. The program, Screening Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT), has been in place in emergency rooms, public hospitals and federally qualified health centers across California for 15 years focused solely on alcohol. Now, Senator McGuire wants to take the same results driven process and apply it to opioid use and methamphetamine.

Recently:

• The Senator spoke at a Middletown Area Town Hall in April discussing legislation updates and all things fire recovery.

• Senator McGuire & First 5 hosted a town hall on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Humboldt last Friday. The forum discussed community response and initiatives that have been launched to positively change the lives of some of Humboldt’s most vulnerable kids. Humboldt County has some of the highest rates of ACEs in California. The town hall featured presentations from community leaders on trauma informed care programs and community action teams, as well as an update from the county on reforms taking place following the Attorney General’s report on Humboldt County Child Welfare.

• Legislature’s Wine Committee held a hearing in April in Healdsburg to talk fire recovery, ag tourism, and water supply.
o Senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry united their respective Select Committees on Wine for a hearing in Sonoma County’s Wine Country to discuss wildfire recovery following the devastating North Bay Firestorm and receive a report on water supply issues.

Congressman Garamendi’s June Report

Congressman Garamendi – June 2018 report

June Legislative Update

“Protecting California’s Water
As always, I am doing everything I can to stop the disastrous twin tunnels. Unfortunately, a Southern California member from the majority party recently introduced legislation that would invalidate all current lawsuits against the project and prohibit any future suits. I have been doing everything I can to sound the alarm on this threat, and I will fight to ensure this language does not pass the House of Representatives. And if it does, I will work with California’s Senators to ensure that the Senate rejects it.

On a more positive note, I am pleased that the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, H.R 8. This critical bill authorizes flood control projects across the country, and I was able to insert a number of 3rd district priorities. Specifically, the bill includes language to expedite completion of the lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study, which will provide greater flood protection for the City of Woodland, and language to allow the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority to construct three miles of levee on the Yuba River.

Supporting Our Troops
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m also working on giving our servicemembers the support they deserve while setting policy to make our military as strong and wise as it can be. Recently, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, H.R. 5515. It contains a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops the largest in nearly a decade. I also ensured that the legislation supports Travis AFB and Beale AFB and provides the vital facility and equipment upgrades they need to continue their missions to keep America safe.

However, I am extremely concerned about the direction the recently-passed defense bill sets for America’s nuclear weapons policy. The bill authorizes the development of dangerous new low-yield nuclear warheads. Not only does this pull us even further into a dangerous arms race with Russia, but it would also increase the risk of miscalculation in a conflict. I submitted amendments to the bill that would have stripped this authorization, but they were defeated. I will continue to work with the Senate to remove this dangerous provision from the Defense Authorization Bill.

Honoring Our Veterans
I’m also working on giving a very important group of veterans a well-deserved honor. I’ve introduced H.R. 5879, the World War II Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would award one of our nation’s highest public honors to the brave Merchant Marine veterans from World War II.

In World War II, our armed forces relied on Merchant Mariners sailing American-made Liberty Ships to transport supplies and cargo to the front. It was a dangerous job: The Merchant Marine had the highest casualty rate of any of our forces. Over 8,300 mariners died and 13,000 were wounded. But despite their heroism and bravery, these mariners didn’t even receive veteran status until 1988.

I recently had the chance to meet some of these veterans and hear their stories about braving waters infested with German and Japanese submarines to deliver vital supplies to our troops in the field. After all they did for us, this honor is the least we can do in return.
These are just a few of the things I’m working on in Congress to give Americans a Better Deal. As always, it’s an honor to represent you in Congress.”

Congressman Thompson’s May Update

May Legislative Update

  • Congressman Thompson convened Members of Congress from the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force for a forum with students from Parkland, Florida and other schools from around the nation to hear from the young leaders. Students shared their experiences with gun violence and their proposals for reform with over 40 members of Congress.

 

  • The Congressman also joined with local, state, and federal officials to mark the completion of major debris removal from the 2017 wildfires. This was the most expansive removal since the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, including 2.2 million tons of debris. Thompson’s work to secure federal dollars and resources for relief efforts continues.

 

  • Congressman Thompson’s legislation to help combat the opioid crisis passed the Committee on Ways and Means. His bills will help remove barriers to care for those suffering from addiction and increases treatment options. This is an important step forward but work to fight the crisis must continue. Thompson remains committed to studying all causes and exploring all options to promote access to treatment and help those still suffering.

 

  • The Congressman also announced his 2018 Student Leaders of the Year for each county in the Fifth Congressional District. Chosen for their academic achievements, leadership, and engagement in their community, the winners are:

 

  • Naya Murdock, Juliet Stephenson, Harmony Soffer, Phoeben Tang, Kate Wohlford, and Alan Kobylik in Contra Costa County;
  • The entire Middletown High School Leadership Class, including Kassandra Agapoff, Ellie Bazzano, Abbey Brown, Noah Brown, Treeanna Brownfield, Cade Browning, Aaliyah Cerveny, Casey Chicoine, Thomas Cook, Rose Duncan, Jack Farres, Alyssa Ferguson, Andrea Garcia, Julisa Garcia, Victor Guzman, Colton Hall, Kenna Harbison, Alyssa Hart, Yasamine Heidary, Amy Herrmann, Luke Holt, Jon Hoogendoorn Jr., Dimitrios Imbrunetti, Kaylee McKenney, Willard Morris, Trey O’Neill, Tyler Olson, Shea Rockwell, Taelor Roderick, Veronica Rosales, Alessandra Diaz, and Kyle Pryor-Landman in Lake County;
  • Travis Risely, Anthea Johnson, Isabella Goldman, Savanna Harwood, Larkin Dewyer, and Juan Carlos Mora in Napa County;
  • Carson Rendell, Shannon Sweeney, Azaria Riggins, and Olivia Sanchez in Solano County;
  • And Jonah Gottlieb, Jacquelyn Torres, Cian Martin, Kimberly Uzzo, Ellie Bon, and Lauren Worona in Sonoma County.

 

Conditional Voter Registration period now open

Did you miss the May 21 deadline to register so you can vote in the June 5 Primary?

You can still register and vote!

An important new law allowing people to register conditionally right now and vote in the June 5 Primary is in place.

Lake County will only offer this service at the Courthouse in Lakeport…not at polling places

Contact the County Registrar of Voters with your questions – 707-263-2372

Conditional Voter Registration
During the period of 14 days prior to Election Day through and including Election Day, an individual can go to the office of their county elections official to conditionally register to vote and vote a provisional ballot. This process is called Conditional Voter Registration (CVR).

In order to conditionally register, the individual must first complete an affidavit of registration (also known as a Voter Registration Card). After that they are given a CVR provisional ballot to vote.

Once the county elections official processes the affidavit of registration, determines the individual’s eligibility to register, and validates the individual’s information, the registration becomes permanent and the CVR provisional ballot will be counted. This process occurs before or during the canvass period.

Conditional voter registrations are treated and processed the same as other registrations; CVR provisional ballots are treated and processed the same as other provisional ballots.

CVR was enacted in 2012, to be operative on the January 1st after the certification of a statewide voter registration database. (Assembly Bill 1436 [Feuer], Ch. 497, Stats. of 2012.) VoteCal, California’s statewide voter registration database, was certified on September 26, 2016; CVR became operative as of January 1, 2017.

You may check the status of your voter registration at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

CVR is found in Elections Code sections 2170 through 2173.

 

Congressman Thompson’s April Report

April Legislative Update

Congressman Thompson’s Legislative Report

Democratic Party endorsements for June 5, 2018

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2018 Primary

Federal                                                     

Mike Thompson                                             U.S. House – CD 5

John Garamendi                                            U.S. House – CD 3

California                                                       

Betty Yee                                                      California State Controller

Alex Padilla                                                  California Secretary of State

Ricardo Lara                                               California Insurance Commissioner

Fiona Ma                                                       California State Treasurer

Tony Thurmond                                      California Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mike McGuire                                          California State Senate

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry                            California State Assembly

 

Lake County                                      

Shanda Harry                                                 Lake County Superior Court Judge

Susan Krones                                                 Lake County District Attorney

Brock Falkenberg                                        Lake County Superintendent of Schools

Bruno Sabatier                                             Lake County Board of Supervisors District 2

Statewide Ballot Measures               

Proposition 68 YES                                    Parks, Environment & Water Bond

Proposition 69  YES                           Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment

Proposition 70  NO                               Vote Requirement to Use Cap-and-Trade Revenue Amendment

Proposition 71 YES                                Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment

Proposition 72 YES                             Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessments Amendment

 

Lake County Superintendent of Schools Candidates Debate

Monday April 30, 2018 6pm

Board of Supervisors Chambers, Lake County Courthouse

255 N. Forbes,  Lakeport

Incumbent Brock Falkenberg, endorsed by the Lake County Democratic Party, and challenger Pat Iaccino will meet to discuss the issues.

The debate will be recorded and posted on line

Sponsored by the Lake County Bar Association, Lake County Economic Development Corp. and Lake County News.

Superior Court Candidates Debate

Debate link 

Join all 3 Superior Court Judge candidates for a debate hosted by LakeCoNews and the Lake County Bar Association.

Come out and support our candidate, Shanda Harry for Superior Court judge

Wednesday May 2, 2018 6pm-8pm

Clearlake Senior Community Center, 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA