Congressman Mike Thompson Letter to ICE

March 3, 2017

Congressman Mike Thompson Letter to ICE

March 2017 Report from Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry

Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry co-hosted and attended town hall forum with Senator Mike McGuire in Middletown about rebuilding after the fires.
Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry attended and co-sponsored Affordable Care Act town hall forum with Congressman Mike Thompson, Senators Dodd and McGuire and Assemblymembers Wood and Levine.
Assembly Aguiar-Curry continues to work with Senator McGuire and Lake County on the Anderson Springs Sewer Project.
Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry has been in close contact with Sheriff Martin and Lake County about the recent floods.
Staff from the Assemblymember’s office will be attending the Lake County Senior Summit.
Bills

AB401 – TELEPHARMACY
People living in pharmacy-deprived areas, both rural and urban, face many barriers to obtaining comprehensive medical care. These patients desire more convenient access to their health care services, and remote pharmacy dispensing is a proven model to provide improved care that is both safe and effective.
Under existing law, prescription drugs can only be dispensed by a licensed pharmacy and pharmacist. There is no current authorization for licenses to be issued to remote dispensing pharmacies, and no existing use of telepharmacy communication services in California.
AB 401 creates a state license for remote dispensing pharmacies. The Board of Pharmacy will issue these licenses and determine the pharmacy-deprived locations eligible for a remote dispensing pharmacy.

AB 707 – Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake
AB 707 would establish a Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake, housed within the Natural Resources Agency. By working towards improving the environmental quality of the lake, this bill will benefit Lake County as a first step in helping the local economy through promoting tourism and job creation.

AB 273 – “Unlocking Opportunities for Families” – Subsidized Child Care Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for state subsidized child care, families are required to meet eligibility requirements for income and need. AB 273 would add ESL and HSE educational programs to the list of eligibility criteria for state subsidized child development services under the California Educational Code.

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California Democratic Party – Take Action

Frustrated by Trump and his policies?

Let’s hold our Republican Congressmembers’ feet to the fire!

Here’s how to help to make REAL change:


 

Attend or Demand a Town Hall

 Hold Republican Congressional members accountable. Too many Republicans are hiding from the public – and we deserve to be heard. Plan to attend a local Republican Congressional town hall or call on your local Republican congressional member to host one.

ATTEND A TOWN HALL

Make Some Phone Calls

 There’s nothing more persuasive than a call from a congressional constituent. If you don’t live in a Republican congressional district, you can still call Democrats who do and ask them to get involved!

MAKE A CALL

Rallies, Marches and Trainings

 Click here to see a listing of visibility events with other unaffiliated allies. Keep checking back for more – they are updating their sites daily – and we will be adding more!

ATTEND A RALLY

Letters to the Editor

 Write a letter to the editor and make your voice heard, urging your local, state, and congressional representatives to continue to protect progressive values for all. Remember: these are brief and each paper has it’s own submission guidelines.

WRITE A LETTER

Congressman Mike Thompson February 2017 Legislative Report

February Legislative Update

  • Mike held a series of Healthcare Town Halls across the district to get the community’s thoughts on the GOP’s plan to gut the Affordable Care Act. He has held events in Vallejo, Martinez, Napa, and Santa Rosa—the last of which drew a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 constituents. Mike is taking your concerns and stories back to Washington as he prepares to fight for the ACA on the Health Subcommittee.
  • With Congress and the country still reeling from the President’s Muslim ban, Mike cosponsored two bills to protect immigrants’ rights. The Dreamers, Immigrants, and Refugees (DIRe) Legal Aid Act would provide help to the most vulnerable among us so they can receive legal assistance should they face detention or deportation. The Build Bridges Not Walls Act would block the President’s costly, ineffective, and insulting border wall.
  • In the wake of the allegations around Michael Flynn and his subsequent resignation, Mike called for an independent investigation into the administration’s ties to Russia.
  • With Women’s History Month right around the corner, Mike began accepting nominations for his annual Woman of the Year Awards, recognizing exception leaders in business, public service, philanthropy, and other sectors. The winners will be announced this month at a special ceremony.
  • At the urging of local law enforcement officers from our community, Mike led a group of lawmakers in calling on ICE to remove the word “POLICE” from its gear. By misidentifying themselves as police officers, ICE risks undermining the relationships between local law enforcement and immigrant communities. This puts everyone at risk, as crimes could go unreported for fear a victim or their loved one may be deported.
  • As Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Mike urged his colleagues to bring law enforcement officers as their guests to the President’s Address to a Joint Session. Together they held a press conference on Republican Proposals to Undermine Public Safety—raising much-needed awareness on the GOP’s attempts to deregulate silencers and weaken concealed carry permitting procedures.
  • Mike also launched “Adopt a District” to help elect Democrats in swing districts. He’ll host two fundraisers for Jon Ossoff in the GA-06 race on March 24th—one in Sonoma and one in Napa.
  • For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Jane Bowker at mjbowker@mikethompsonforcongress.com
  • Connect with the Congressman via his website ; Facebook or Twitter

Democratic Party of Lake County – March business meeting

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its regular monthly business meeting on Thursday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lower Lake United Methodist Church Social Hall, 16255 Second St.

The agenda for the meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and State Sen. Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the representative of the Lake County Democratic Club.

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 for the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County visit www.lakecountydemocrats.org or www.facebook.com/LakeCountyDemocrats . Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at democratsoflakecounty@gmail.com .

Take Action February – From Congressman Mike Thompson- Let’s win GA 06 April 18

It’s been just over a month since Inauguration Day, and already, our country faces steep challenges. Whether you’re concerned about Republican attacks on healthcare, the rights of refugees, or the politicization of national security, the past few weeks have left many feeling frightened and angry.

Marching into 2018

That’s why the first thing I want to say is this: our activism is working.
The Women’s March, the Day without Immigrants, the turnout at Town Hall events across the country – these efforts are making a real difference. The President’s immigration ban has been halted in the courts; Republicans across the country are having to answer for their party’s dangerous attack on the
Affordable Care Act; nonprofit organizations like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have seen record levels of donations.

There is no doubt that we have tough fights ahead of us. This
President has shown a total disregard for the facts. He has insulted immigrants, women, and the disabled. He repeatedly attacks the press. And he promotes one dangerous policy after another. So we cannot stand idly by. We cannot get discouraged, or lose steam. Our efforts are working.

Keep it up.

Adopt-a-District

One question I hear a lot from constituents is “How can I help?”

Folks all over the country are looking for ways to get involved
and support the causes they care about. And for these efforts to be successful, we need to engage and mobilize across the country – not just in our hometowns.

That’s why I’m starting a program called “Adopt a District.” Our goal is to support candidates fighting for causes we believe in, all over the country, as part of our larger effort to take back Democratic control of Congress. And we’re going to start in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, a journalist and former Congressional national security staffer, is running to replace Republican Tom Price. In a crowded field, Jon stands out: he’s earned the endorsement of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, and his national security expertise, experience in Congress, and the work he’s done to support investigative journalism make him an exceptional candidate.

The special election is slated for April 18, 2017. In advance of
the vote, I’m holding two fundraisers for Jon here in our district on Friday, March 24. One will be a morning, coffee-style fundraiser, to be held in Napa at 8:30 a.m, and the other will take place at 5 p.m. that evening in Santa Rosa.

It’s a great opportunity to support a promising Democratic
candidate in a tough race, and taking back a seat in the House of Representatives would be a big pickup before the 2018 elections. For more information on, and to purchase tickets for, the event in Napa, click here. For Santa Rosa, click here.

Women’s March Videos

Lastly, like many of you, I was blown away by the passion and the courage demonstrated by everyone who took part in last month’s Women’s Marches,both here at home and across the country. I marched in Napa, where I gave a
brief speech, and I’ve had several constituents who were unable to attend ask me if my remarks were taped. That video can be found here.

As I said that day, it would be very easy to get discouraged and
give up. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And if I know our district – if I know you – I know we’ll keep the faith, get in gear, and fight even harder for the things we care about.

3-Step Action Plan: Make Transparency Great Again

Support SB 149!

Thank you for your commitment to good government – and to increasing transparency and accountability in one of the most important decisions that voters ever make: our votes for President.

Senate Bill 149 – the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act – is designed to ensure that future elections do not result in an avalanche of unanswered questions about dangerous presidential conflicts of interest with hostile foreign governments such as Russia. Be sure to check out our SB 149 Fact Sheet for details.

We need your help! Here are three ways you can take action, bring back transparency and stand strong for American constitutional values, starting now:

1. Spread the word about SB 149 on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #TaxReturns:

Share the petition that’s on our website
Tag your state representative in your posts to thank them for their support or encourage them to take a look at the bill
Share relevant articles or TV segments on President Trump’s tax returns with a link to the website – and don’t forget to use #TaxReturns in your post

2. Let’s March! Thousands across California are organizing a massive movement on Tax Day (April 15). Join the march in your city (or organize one yourself!) to urge President Trump to release his tax returns and uphold American constitutional values. Click here to learn more about the Tax Day marches – and please share SB 149 information on the marches’ social media pages.

3. Call or email your hardworking state representative! Every message is stronger when it comes from constituents! Click here for a sample phone message, sample email and other resources you can use to help us pass the bill.

We are so grateful for you support for SB 149. If you haven’t already, add your name to our petition.

We’ll be back in touch over the next week to update you on our progress and provide you with information on an important briefing we’ll be hosting with other motivated neighbors on SB 149, how you can get involved with the Tax Day Marches and what other actions you can take to build the momentum in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, thank you for your partnership. Both Senator Wiener and I are excited to be working with you to bring transparency and accountability back to the Office of the American President.

In solidarity and friendship,

Senator Mike McGuire

P.S. Let’s keep in touch! Join the conversation on Twitter: @ILike_Mike.

This email is proudly paid for by Mike McGuire for State Senate, 2018. FPPC ID# 1373364.

 

 

From the office of Congressman John Garamendi – Re Flood Insurance

Due to recent evacuations, many folks are asking whether or not they can purchase federal flood insurance.
Please read the information below regarding FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Because California has been saturated with rain and snow and with the NWS predicting more wet weather to come over the next 90 days, for those of you who may be seeking flood insurance, NFIP may be a choice worth considering. There is a 30 day wait period, however, so those wishing to purchase should do so soon.
Please share this information with your networks, colleagues, friends and neighbors.

Sincerely,
Jeannie Klever
District Representative
Office of Congressman John Garamendi-CA03
Yuba City
Office: 530-329-8865
Work e-mail: Jeannie.Klever@mail.house.gov

http://garamendi.house.gov/
a) Will FEMA waive the 30-day wait period for insurance to begin if they sign up now?
Response: FEMA does not have the authority to waive the statutory standard 30-day waiting period. 42 U.S.C. § 4013(c)(1) specifies that all new flood insurance policies “shall become effective upon the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date that all obligations for such coverage (including completion of the application and payment of any initial premiums owed) are satisfactorily completed.” Further, 44 CFR 61.11 specifies that:

[T]he effective date and time of any new policy or added coverage or increase in the amount of coverage shall be 12:01 a.m. (local time) on the 30th calendar day after the application date and the presentment of payment of premium; for example, a flood insurance policy applied for with the payment of the premium on May 1 will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 31.

There are three exceptions to this waiting period.
1. 42 U.S.C. § 4013(c)(2)(B) and 44 CFR 61.11(a) allow for next-day coverage during the first 13-months following the revision of a flood map in the property’s community.
2. 42 U.S.C. § 4013(c)(2)(A) and 44 CFR § 61.11(b) allow for next-day coverage when the initial purchase of flood insurance is in connection with a mortgage loan transaction.
3. 42 U.S.C. § 4013(c)(2)(C), as added by BW-12 § 100241, provides a narrow exception related to post-wildfire flooding.

Save those limited exceptions, the NFIP cannot waive the 30-day waiting period because it a statutory mandate.

b) Can they even get insurance when they are under an Evacuation Advisory?
Response: Yes, unlike many private homeowners insurance policies, the NFIP does not stop writing policies in an area facing immediate threats of losses. Individuals can purchase flood insurance at any time from their insurance agent. Individuals needing help finding an NFIP agent can call the NFIP Referral Call Center at (888) 379-9531 to request an agent referral. New policies would still be subject to the 30-day waiting period.

Take Action from Congressman Mike Thompson

February 5, 2017

This has been a time of ups and downs. Let me start by saying how incredibly proud I was to see everyone at last week’s Women’s Marches From Napa and Santa Rosa to Washington, DC, your bravery, your passion, and your toughness blew me away. I can’t tell you how much it means to know I live in a country and a district where people stand up for their beliefs.

And if this week was any indication, we’re just getting started. In light of the President’s reprehensible actions towards immigrants, troubling cabinet picks, and general disregard for truth and facts, I’ve been hearing from many of you about what our next steps should be.

  • Keep contacting your elected officials. I’m on your side, but it still helps to know how people are personally affected by the immigration ban and other actions–and if I can intercede, I will. We’ve made progress over the weekend, but we have much more work to do to overturn this order.
  • Join the movement to prevent millions from losing their healthcare. If the Affordable Care Act has helped you or your loved ones, we want to hear about it. Let’s make sure Republican leaders know exactly how they’re hurting hardworking Americans–and that we’re holding them accountable. Using the hashtag #ShareYourStory, tell us on Facebook and Twitter about your experience with the ACA.
  • Visit https://www.womensmarch.com/. March organizers are planning ten actions for the next hundred days – the first of which is explained on the website. By signing up, you’ll receive updates on future events and activities you can take part in.
  • Find local events to attend and support. Or, better yet, organize an event yourself. Events like these can help focus community action and promote coherent strategies.

Our fight’s just getting started. It’s been two weeks since the Inauguration, and we already face tough battles on the environment, immigration, women’s rights, and healthcare. We can’t stop now. I’ll keep you updated on my work in Congress, and continue to let you know what you can do to help.

Thanks for your continued support, please feel free to pass on to your members.

All the best,

Mike

 

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Lake County Democratic Club’s Guest Speaker is Tom Hoskins from the Konocti Unified School District

February 4, 2017

Lake County Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

The guest speaker will be Tom Hoskins from the Konocti Unified School District who’s topic will be Local Control Funding Formula for schools.

New officers will be elected for 2017, and organizing to #resist will be discussed.

The meeting will be held in the Social Hall of the Lower Lake Methodist Church, Community center. 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.

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