Lake County Democrats have proudly endorsed Shanda Harry for Superior Court Judge
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.
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.
July 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
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
June Legislative Update
• Congressman Thompson blasted the Administration for its “zero-tolerance” policy that separates kids from their parents, including condemning the policy in a statement with local faith leaders and after visiting a facility in Virginia that houses children separated from their families. He continues to demand answers about the whereabouts of the kids and their conditions as well as fighting to reunite families and ensure this inhumane policy is ended once and for all.
• The Congressman also announced that the American Legion and AMVETS, two of our nation’s largest veterans service organizations, have endorsed his bill to restore and maintain the Mare Island Cemetery. This cemetery is the final resting place for over 800 of our nation’s veterans and must be preserved in their honor. The bill has more than 85 cosponsors, Democrat and Republican, and continues to gain momentum towards final passage.
• Congressman Thompson announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Napa County $15 million in federal funding for runway repairs at the Napa County Airport. An important economic hub for our district, the airport will now have funding to repair and repave a critical runway.
• The Congressman also announced his 2018 Service Academy Appointees who will serve in our nation’s military academies this fall. They include: Charleen Mei Lazaro Muyot and Patrick McDermott for the U.S. Air Force Academy, John “Jack” Murray and Antonius Wells for the U.S. Naval Acadmy, and Dora Zoeller for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
We are still waiting for confirmation about who the candidate will be in the General.
> July 2018 Report
> Legislative Updates:
> All of Senator McGuire’s bills have moved onto their next step in the committee process!
> The following bills have moved onto their next step in the process:
> SCR 92: Rumfelt Memorial Highway
> SCR 124: Del Ponte Memorial Highway
> SB 1029: NCRA
> SB 269: Electronic Fish Tickets
> SB 1309: Fish Omnibus
> SB 1310: Dungeness Crab Task Force
> SB 896: Aggravated Arson
> SB 929: Special Districts Websites
> SCR 115: Opioid Crisis
> SB 1415: Ghost Ship: Housing
> SB 1416: Ghost Ship: Local Fees
> SB 175: Crisis beds (through its first committee)
> SB 965: Cattle Council
> SB 668: Commercial Feed
> SB 833: Emergency Alerts
> SB 175: Crisis Beds (second committee of the week)
> SB 629: Alcohol Fees: Websites
> Pawnee Fire:
> After the Pawnee Fire erupted on June 23, Senator McGuire immediately contacted Sheriff Martin, OES, and Cal Fire and continues to be in contact about the fire’s movements. The Senator is focused on resources for fire survivors.
> Senator McGuire is working with the County of Lake and the CA Department of Finance on solutions for the property tax losses that Lake has endured from 5 fires in three years.
> On June 6th, Senator McGuire honored North Coast Opportunities as Non-Profit of Year – an incredible organization serving Mendocino and Lake county communities that led individual recovery and donation distribution efforts after last year’s Redwood Complex and Sulphur fires.
> Bruder and NCO Board Chair Ross Walker joined Senator McGuire at the State Capitol Wednesday for a special ceremony in recognition of nonprofits across the state that have been chosen to represent their districts for California Nonprofits Day.
> 2. Senator McGuire secured $2 million in State funding for upgrades to the Redwood Valley County Water District.
> When the Redwood Complex Fire burned over 36,000 acres and destroyed over 500 structures last October in Mendocino County, that included 187 homes that are in the Redwood Valley County Water District. The District infrastructure faced significant damage due to the fires and it was discovered the main water line would need to be expanded in order to rebuild the homes to meet modern-day fire safety and building code requirements, with enough flow to accommodate fire sprinklers.
> For the past six months, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood have been working with the County of Mendocino, the Redwood Valley County Water District, California’s Office of Emergency Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine how $7 million in upgrades to the system could be funded.
> State Budget:
> For months, Senator Mike McGuire and the entire North Bay Legislative Delegation worked tirelessly and led the way with the California Fire Chiefs, the California Professional Firefighters Association, CalFire Firefighters, California Fire Districts Association, California State Fire Fighters Association and many other public safety organizations to secure millions in new funding for enhanced mutual aid. McGuire, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is pleased to announce $50 million dollars will be dedicated to enhanced mutual aid response, which will better equip and prepare our state’s firefighting agencies to battle the “New Normal” of California’s wildfire season.
> $500 million from the General Fund will be available as emergency assistance for local governments to respond to homelessness. In addition, since he was first elected, Senator McGuire has pushed for dedicated funding for Career Technical Education to train our future workforce. In 2015, Senator McGuire – working with Governor Brown – secured $900 million over three years in Career Training and Job Skills programs in public schools. In this year’s budget deal, $300 million in ongoing funding has been allocated for Career Technical Education programs in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
> Senator McGuire is part of a leadership team in the Senate bringing a resolution on the issue of the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. The text of the resolution, SR 114, can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SR114
> Senator McGuire also believes that the state of California should take legal action against the administration for their inhuman actions, and is working to pursue that avenue of response as well. Further, a letter was sent to Governor Brown signed by Senator McGuire along with several other legislators urging the Governor to recall the California National Guard at the border because we cannot tolerate our state resources to support government agencies detaining young children involuntarily ripped from their parents, many of whom were seeking refuge in accordance with national and international laws. CA doesn’t want take any part in President Trump’s inhumane, zero-tolerance policy separating children from their parents.
> Other states that have already pulled their National Guard troops, including states that are led by both Republican and Democratic Governors, include: Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, while Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Oregon have refused to send troops
|LBM||Proposition 1||Bonds||Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans|
|LRSS||Proposition 2||Bonds||Authorizes state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing|
|CISS||Proposition 3||Bonds||Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects|
|CISS||Proposition 4||Bonds||Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals|
|CICA/SS||Proposition 5||Taxes||Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments|
|CICA||Proposition 6||Taxes||Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires public vote on future increases|
|LRSS||Proposition 7||Time||Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows|
|CISS||Proposition 8||Healthcare||Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above a certain amount|
|CISS||Proposition 9||Statehood||Asks government to divide california into three states|
|CISS||Proposition 10||Housing||Allows local governments to regulate rent|
|CISS||Proposition 11||Labor||Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks paid|
|CISS||Proposition 12||Animals||Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes|
LBM – statewide bond
LRSS – legislatively referred state statute (referred from legislature)
CISS – initiated state statute – (initiated from signature gathering
CICA – initiated constitutional ammendment
CICA/SS – combined initiated constitutional ammendment and state statute
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s
June 2018 Lake CC report (1)
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
• 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.