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This is an interview Jessica did recently on radio station KPFZ in Lakeport.

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.

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.

Democrats March in Lower Lake Parade

Staying visible and promoting our Democratic values, local Democrats marched in two Memorial Day parades.  This one as part of Lower Lake Daze on Sunday the 26th, Susan Cameron, Laurie Friedman, and Polly Ann Johnston represent.  The day before, we walked in the Lakeport parade.  Both opportunities to build community and keep our message out there.

Lake County Democrats meet with CDP chair candidates

The California Democratic Party is electing a new chair at the May 31 Convention in San Francisco.

Several candidates running for Chair came to Lake County to meet with our delegates to the state party and any other Democrats who were interested to attend.

Above: Kimberly Ellis is second from upper left

Above: Daraka Larimore-Hall is third from lower right

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

CD5 2018-07 Thompson 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.

CD5 2018-06 Thompson June Report

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.

AD4 2018-07 Aguiar-Curry July Report

  • Cecilia has been monitoring the Pawnee and County Fires and has been in constant communication with CalFire, OES and local electeds and first responders. She and Senator McGuire came to Lake after the Pawnee fire began.
  • November General Election:  Cecilia will face one of the official “write in” candidates from the June election.  The highest vote getter from the “write in” candidates moves on to the November election. This is standard.  The candidate could receive three votes and if they are the highest write in candidate voter getter, they move onto the General.

We are still waiting for confirmation about who the candidate will be in the General.

  • Last weekend, Cecilia participated with Congressman Thompson and Leader Nancy Pelosi in the inaugural Rock the Ride/Walk benefit ride in Yountville to bring awareness about gun violence and raise money for nonprofits working on gun violence prevention.

 

 

SD2 2018-07 McGuire July Report

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> Legislative Updates:
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> All of Senator McGuire’s bills have moved onto their next step in the committee process!
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> The following bills have moved onto their next step in the process:
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> SCR 92: Rumfelt Memorial Highway
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> SCR 124: Del Ponte Memorial Highway
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> SB 1029: NCRA
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> SB 269: Electronic Fish Tickets
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> SB 1309: Fish Omnibus
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> SB 1310: Dungeness Crab Task Force
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> SB 896: Aggravated Arson
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> SB 929: Special Districts Websites
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> SCR 115: Opioid Crisis
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> SB 1415: Ghost Ship: Housing
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> SB 1416: Ghost Ship: Local Fees
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> SB 175: Crisis beds (through its first committee)
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> SB 965: Cattle Council
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> SB 668: Commercial Feed
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> SB 833: Emergency Alerts
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> SB 175: Crisis Beds (second committee of the week)
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> SB 629: Alcohol Fees: Websites
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> Pawnee Fire:
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 2. Senator McGuire secured $2 million in State funding for upgrades to the Redwood Valley County Water District.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> State Budget:
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> 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.
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> $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.
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> Immigration:
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> 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
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> 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.
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> 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
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