November 6, 2018 Democratic Party Endorsements

Federal U.S. Senate Kevin DeLeon
Mike Thompson U.S. House – CD 5
John Garamendi U.S. House – CD 3


Governor Gavin Newsom
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
California State Controller Betty Yee
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
Board of Equalization Dist. 1 – Tom Hallinan Dist. 2 – Malia Cohen Dist. 3 – Tony Vazquez
California State Senate Mike McGuire
California State Assembly Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Lake County

Shanda Harry Lake County Superior Court Judge
Dirk Slooten Clearlake City Council
Herb Gura Konocti School Board
Larry Allen Middletown School Board
Ana Santana Upper Lake School Board

Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition 1 YES – Veterans Home Loans

Proposition 2 YES – Homeless Housing

Proposition 3 NEUTRAL -Water Infrastructure

Proposition 4 YES – Children’s Hospitals

Proposition 5 NO – Property Taxes

Proposition 6 NO – Defund Infrastructure Repair

Proposition 7 – YES – Repeal Daylight Savings

Proposition 8 – YES – Limit Dialysis Clinic Revenue

Proposition 10 – YES – Local Rent Control

Proposition 11 – NO – Ambulance Driver Overtime

Proposition 12 – YES – Prevent Animal Cruelty

Lake County Democratic Party issues endorsements for November election.

2018 Endorsements From LakeCountyDems – click here to download

The Lake County Democratic Party voted, at the September 6 business meeting, to endorse four candidates in races for local Lake County office for the November 6 general election. We could not be prouder of this team.

At the same meeting, the party reaffirmed their strong support for Shanda Harry for Lake County Superior Court Judge. Contact Ms. Harry’s campaign here

Every person in Lake County will be well served by the election of these candidates.

The county party voted to endorse Dirk Slooten for Clearlake City Council.

Slooten, a native of the Netherlands, obtained a degree in engineering Amsterdam and immigrated to the USA in 1972. He owned Slooten Consulting, a firm focused on land surveying and engineering.  Slooten and wife Karen have owned property in the city since 1996 and became full time residents in 2012.

He currently serves on the City Planning Commission, the Measure V Oversight Committee and the city’s steering committee to oversee the city’s zoning codes. He is current president of the Clearlake Rotary.  As chair of the Lake Area Rotary Clubs Association Slooten helped raise more than one million dollars for county fire relief.

Slooten’s priorities are the to enhance the city’s economic development plan by attracting business, to work with all stakeholders in the city and county to address our homelessness issue and to fast track Measure V, the city’s street improvement project.

To help with Dirk’s campaign – contact the candidate at

Larry Allen received the party’s endorsement for Middletown School Board

Allen is a retired teacher who served for 32 years in the Middletown District, teaching students at almost every grade level.

He was president of the Middletown Teachers Association and served on the California Teacher’s Association’s as a state council representative teachers in Lake County. Allen served on the NEA’s board of directors and the CTA Board of Directors, representing teachers on the North Coast. Allen believes that students and student support are foremost in a school, and that there is no school without students and those who serve them. Teachers, bus drivers, cooks and custodians are essential personnel to a school’s daily operation. Allen is a fierce advocate for public education and its role in the foundation of democracy.

Allen can be contacted via facebook here or at Larry Allen for MUSD Board, PO Box 870 Cobb, CA 95426.

Ana Santana, running for Upper Lake School Board, received the endorsement.

Santana, a first generation Mexican American immigrant, has lived in Lucerne for 38  years. She graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1988. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College. She has worked with families and children in various advocacy roles for 29 years. Santana now serves as program director for Healthy Start Youth and Family Services. Santana believes strongly in the value of public education. Santana’s goals include retaining and recruiting highly qualified teachers, developing and supporting academic initiatives that will prepare all children, and to ensure our taxpayer dollars are spent directly in the classroom.

To help with Ana’s campaign contact her at 707-600-1460, or 707-342-9696 via email at

Herb Gura, an incumbent on the Konocti School Board was endorsed by the party.

Gura, a Brooklyn native, moved to Lake County in 1977. He became a volunteer for the Senior Law project in the 80’s, and took classes at Northwestern California University School of Law.

He was hired by AWARE in 1986, where he provided legal services to victims of domestic abuse.

In 1987, Gura founded the Self Help Law Center in Clearlake where he continues to provide free and low cost legal assistance to unrepresented Lake County citizens. He is a trained mediator and earned Lake County’s first “Mediator of the Year” award in 1995.

Gura has served on the Konocti Board of Trustees since 1994. He lists the board’s accomplishments the establishment of career based learning with KEC, a career based school for careers in health and performing arts, the free breakfast and lunch for every student regardless of income, state of the art facilities thanks to the community’s support of our bond measures and the ability to provide the community use of our facilities during fires.

Gura’s goals for the next term will be focused on improving academic performance, the continuation of support for music, and the arts and other elective programs and more parent and community involvement.

Contact Gura at

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018

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Monday 10-6
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Friday 10-6
Saturday 12-6

Mike Thompson Ravioli Feed on April 13

Event Date  – Apr 13 2019


Invites you to attend his
Annual Lake County Ravioli Dinner

Saturday, April 13, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm

Boatique Winery
8255 Red Hills Rd, Kelseyville

Platinum Sponsorship $1000
(includes 10 tickets)
Gold Sponsorship $500
(includes 8 tickets)
Silver Sponsorship $250
(includes 6 tickets)
Bronze Sponsorship $150
(includes 4 tickets)

Individual Ticket Price $25

Lake County Democrats open headquarters

Come visit us at 150 3rd St. in Lakeport. We’re open most weekdays and Saturdays.

The Lake County Democratic Party has opened the headquarters for the fall campaign season

In preparation for the Nov. 6 general election, local Democrats are participating in the statewide coordinated campaign efforts for the Democratic Party.

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Support Shanda Harry for Superior Court Judge  

Lake County Democrats have proudly endorsed Shanda Harry for Superior Court Judge

Wildfire Update – How you can help – Congressman Mike Thompson

Our region is being hit by the largest fire in California history, threatening homes, businesses and lives across our district. Our thoughts are with those devastated by this disaster and those still evacuated, not knowing if they will see their homes again. We are deeply grateful to the incredible firefighters, law enforcement, and first responders working around the clock to keep us safe, often in harm’s way themselves.

This week I wrote to the president, along with Democrats and Republicans from across our state, asking that he immediately grant a federal disaster declaration to provide the individual and public assistance that survivors will need on the road to recovery. Know that I will fight for every penny of federal support possible. Together, we will rebuild.

Everyone should take a minute to sign up for the alerts that will keep you and your family up to date on developments, evacuation procedures, and how to seek help.

To find out how you can help survivors, you can click here to learn about the Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund. Please let us know what we can do by replying to this email.

—Team Thompson

Congressman Thompson’s July report

July Legislative Update
• Once again, Lake and Napa Counties are threatened by destructive wildfires that have destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Congressman Thompson is doing everything he can to deliver federal resources that will help recover and rebuild.

• Congressman Thompson wrote to HHS demanding they allow him to visit child detention facilities located close to our district that are housing children separated from their parents at the border. After initially being denied access, Thompson and other Members of Congress were allowed to visit. Following their tour of the facilities, Thompson again called on the Administration to reverse their separation policy and immediately reunite families that were torn apart.

• The Congressman also highlighted the long-term impact of Republican-led sabotage of the Affordable Care Act in a House Committee on Ways and Means markup and called on the majority to consider legislation that will end the sabotage and make a real difference in lowering costs and improving our health care system.

• The Congressman also joined with other military veteran Members of Congress to denounce the President’s statements at a summit with Putin in Helsinki. Led by Thompson, they demanded the President strongly state that he knows Russia interfered in our election and support the intelligence community reports that provided this vital information and keep our nation safe each and every day.

• Finally, the Congressman wrote to the State Department asking them to once again reinstate their ban on the publication of gun blueprints. As the chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Thompson cited the extreme danger of these guns to the public and their inability to be traced by law enforcement.

CDP Rural Caucus Executive Board Meeting Report

CDP Rural CaucusJuly 20, 2018

Takeaways from E-Board

Dear Fellow Rural Caucus Members, I am still “unpacking” everything I saw and heard at the Executive Board Meeting in Oakland, but wanted to send you a quick report on our Caucus meeting.

The turnout was great! I was so impressed and appreciative. This was my first time chairing. Thank you for such a great showing.

Huge thanks go to Marge Joehnck , Carol Taylor, Jaimie Buetler, Mike Duncan, Lupe Arin-Law (and daughter Lucinda), Angela Torens and Renee Zeimer for a flawless, perfectly smooth election.

And, heartfelt congratulations go to Martha McClure, our newly elected North Coast Regional Chair.

I am very excited about the tremendous support we are gaining from the Party:

Chairman Eric Bauman formally announced the hiring of a community organizer for rural California – a very real investment in our efforts.

A highlight of the weekend was communications specialist Isaac Wright’s workshop on rural voter outreach and engagement. Isaac has offered to help us develop messaging specifically for rural California. His keys points include:

Rural voters count more than ever. We have over five million rural voters in California, representing 10% of the population.
Our core values – Social Security, building on the ACA and increasing Medicaid, expanding clean, alternative energy, preserving the environment, equality and opportunity – will resonate in our rural communities when we communicate locally and authentically. (Isaac’s presentation deck is here attached.)

The Voter Services Committee has formed a Rural Outreach Subcommittee. Our contact is Justin Meyers.

The CDP is making Voter Circle, a friend to friend voter outreach app, available at no charge for rural counties. Amy Champ is meeting with them in Sacramento this week. Details to follow on how to sign up. In the meantime, here is the link to their website

We were honored to have civil rights icon Dolores Huerta speak to us. I was particularly struck by her call to action to rally support in the Legislature for SB 623, Senator Bill Monning’s measure to provide all Californians with clean and safe drinking water. The bill is facing an uphill battle and will need our support when the Legislature reconvenes August 6.

Shockingly and intolerably, one million Californians, mainly in rural and disadvantaged areas, do not have access to reliable, safe, clean drinking water. Clean drinking water has been deemed a human right and is mandated by state law.

In that vein, as Mike Smith reported, the Water Policy Discussion Group has formed an offshoot, working group to monitor that state monies already available are actually getting to rural and disadvantaged communities.

Also on the topic of water, much as our Water Policy Discussion Group arrived at no consensus, so too the E-Board voted “no position” on Proposition 3 (aka the Water Bond).

Regarding the internet – a key issue for our rural communities, the call went out to keep up the pressure on Net Neutrality. Push your legislators. And, if you can, please attend and voice our concerns at the California Public Utility Commission workshop on its funding program to extend rural broadband September 25 in Sacramento. Here is the agenda for that meeting and a link to watch the livestream.

A thousand apologies to Helene Rouvier, who started to give her presentation on the excellent work being done by the Cannabis Committee, but was cut short by time constraints. Please read her flyer, by clicking here, which lays out the significance of this issue to rural communities and small farmers, how you can get better informed and involved, starting with answering the survey to identify the specific concerns in your county.

Lastly, we passed an amended version of our Bylaws, which will be posted on our Rural Caucus website and the CADEM website. The Bylaws are still a “work in progress” as more amendments will be needed to comply with the requirements of the CDP Rules Committee for our Caucus re-certification. I will get those revisions to you as soon as I get them, certainly in plenty of time before our next meeting in Long Beach in November.

I am very proud of the work we are doing on so many important topics. Please know how much I appreciate you and all that you do.

With all my very best, Joy

CaDem November 2018 Ballot Measure Positions – Adopted by CaDem Resolutions Committee – July 2018 Executive Board Meeting


For further info on each campaign & California’s Ballot Measure process use ballotpedia

California Democratic Party Resolutions Committee Report July 2018 Executive Board Meeting
November 2018 Ballot Measure Positions


1 Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018. (SB 3, Chapter 365,
Statutes of 2017)

2 No Place Like Home Act of 2018.
(AB 1827, Chapter 41, Statutes of 2018)

3 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed,
Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and
Storage. Initiative Statute.

4 Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s
Health Care. Initiative Statute. Support

5 Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their
Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional
Amendment and Statute.

6 Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by
Repealing Revenues Dedicated for Those Purposes. Requires Any Measure to
Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Submitted to and
Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Daylight saving time.
(AB 807, Chapter 60, Statutes of 2018) Support

Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges for
Patient Care. Initiative Statute. Support


9 Division of California Into Three States. Initiative Statute. Oppose
10 Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential
Property. Initiative Statute. 

On July 18, 2018 the California Supreme Court removed Proposition 9 from the ballot. 

10 . Local Rent Control Initiative allowing local governments to adopt rent control, repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.                                                                                                                                                                         Support

11 Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call
During Work Breaks. Changes Other Conditions of Employment. Initiative

12 Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans
Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products. Initiative Statute.

** No Official Position