2nd Saturday Cinema – December 14th

Funding for FIRST 5 program essential to serving our community.

The Programs & Recruitment Committee will host Carla Ritz on November 13, at 6:00 pm in Lower Lake.  Carla Ritz has served as the Executive Director for First 5 Lake County since 2017. She has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arizona and has spent the bulk of her career in nonprofit administration.  At First 5, she has orchestrated the development of a five-year strategic plan, facilitated the launch of the Smart Start Collective, brought the Brain Architecture Game and the Stewards of Children trainings to the County, and spearheaded the State of Our Children effort.

Carla, her husband Jason, and their son Timothy lived in Lake County from 2000-2006 and returned to the area in 2016.

First 5 Lake County exists to build the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Lake County’s youngest children are safe, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and life. It was founded in 1998 as the conduit for the use of Proposition 10 revenue and has allocated those funds for the good of children (prenatally through age five) and their families within the County for the past 20 years. The First 5 Lake Commission consists of nine members who make funding decisions based upon their strategic plan which is reviewed annually.

Attend this meeting for an opportunity to learn and engage.  Ms. Ritz will be providing us – the citizens – information on how we can help advance the interests of Lake County families.

All are welcome!


The Programs Committee of the Lake County Democratic Party meets every 2nd Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.  All meetings are open to the public.

2nd Saturday Cinema

State Senator Mike McGuire to bring his energy to Lake County!

The Lake County Democratic Party will host State Senator Mike McGuire at the Programs & Recruitment Committee meeting on October 9, at 6:00 pm in Lower Lake.   Mike McGuire has been Lake County’s representative in the California State Senate since January 2015.  He started his career representing California residents at the age of 19, when he was elected to the Healdsburg School Board.

Senator McGuire will address a range of issues including PG&E planned power shutdowns, jobs development, the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act, funding firefighting resources, funding early childhood education, and his work to secure funding specifically to Lake County to backfill property tax revenue lost from housing losses.  Mike is an energetic, knowledgeable, hardworking public servant.  Attend this meeting for an opportunity to learn and engage with your State Senator.

All are welcome!

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The Programs Committee of the Lake County Democratic Party meets every 2nd Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall of the United Methodist Church, 16255 2nd Street, Lower Lake.  All meetings are open to the public.  Associate membership in the Lake County Democratic Central Committee is open to registered Democrats, and dues are $25/annually.

2nd Saturday Cinema

Candidate & Campaign Training

Serving our foster children and vulnerable teens

The Programs & Recruitment Committee invites you to a presentation by Mary Pagan, MSW from Lake County Child Welfare Services, and Sheri Young from Lake Family Resource Center (LFRC) on September 11, at 6:30 pm in Lower Lake.

Ms. Pagan is a Program Manager for Lake County Department of Social Services.  Her presentation will focus on her efforts to recruit more foster families in Lake County.  With at least 40% of our foster children being placed out of county for lack of foster family homes in Lake County, this problem needs a solution. Being placed out of county can be very traumatic for children who are already removed from their families and then have to leave their community, school, and friends.  Ms. Pagan is committed to ensuring more foster families are available for our kids.  She will discuss one of the new outreach programs, Foster Together, that is just getting under way.

Ms. Young, Victim Services Program Director for LFRC, will discuss issues around domestic violence and sexual assault, and the efforts she is working on to offer services to victims.  Also presenting will be Ms. Sharon Maher, Teen Services Coordinator.  She will focus on human trafficking and how to help those ensnared.  Human trafficking is present in Lake County.  Teens are often courted on-line where a relationship turns into becoming sex trafficked.

Both Ms. Young and Ms. Maher have State grant requests out for funding to further strengthen their programs.  Our September program will include information on how to contact legislators and/or appropriate agencies to advocate for this funding.

Q & A is encouraged, so come for your opportunity to learn, engage, and advocate.

All are welcome!

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The Programs Committee of the Lake County Democratic Party meets every 2nd Wednesday 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.  Associate membership in the Lake County Democratic Central Committee is open to registered Democrats and dues are $25/annually.

Second Saturday Cinema

SAVE the DATE — Annual BBQ on October 20

We’re hosting a big wig! State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

The Lake County Democratic Party invites you to the Programs & Recruitment Committee presentation by State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, August 14, at 6:30 pm in Lower Lake.

Our State Treasurer provides financing for our schools, roads, housing, levees, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of all Californians. Ms. Ma oversees an investment portfolio of more than $102 billion, approximately $20 billion of which are local government funds. Her office serves as the agent for the sale of all State bonds and are the trustee on over $100 billion of outstanding debt.

Ms. Ma began her public service career in 2002 when she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  She served four years in that capacity, then ran for State Assembly.  Ma served for six years, including 2 years as Speaker pro Tempore.  Her next role was as an elected member of the California Board of Equalization from 2015 until January 2019.  She was elected State Treasurer.in November 2018 and took office earlier this year.  Already she is spear-heading initiatives like CalSavers (a retirement savings program for small business employees), cannabis-related business banking, clean energy bond financing, and various housing programs.  You will hear her energy, intelligence, and dedication when you attend our meeting.

Fiona Ma knows Lake County well.  She maintains a part-time residence in Clearlake.  She has been a consistent supporter of the Democratic Party of Lake County.

Q & A is encouraged, so come for your opportunity to engage with your elected officials.  To learn more about Treasurer Ma and her responsibilities to all Californians, visit the website:  https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/

All are welcome!

The Programs Committee of the Lake County Democratic Party meets every 2nd Wednesday 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.  Associate membership in the Lake County Democratic Central Committee is open to registered Democrats and dues are $25/annually.