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WHEREAS the California Democratic Party’s 2018 Platform holds that “California Democrats believe that a healthy democracy is based on free and fair elections, with all eligible voters able to participate. We oppose the culture of cronyism and corruption … We demand transparency and accountability from both our party and government;” and

WHEREAS the Platform further holds that “to promote honest leadership and open government, California Democrats will actively work for an educated citizenry, equal opportunity for influence, honest public debate, competitive elections, and robust civic participation in order to enhance the democratic process;” and

WHEREAS the Platform further holds that “to promote safe communities for all, California Democrats will support the ongoing legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol, while prioritizing the health, education, and safety of California’s communities and the country over revenue or profits;” and

WHEREAS the Sonoma County Democratic Party, as a charter member of the California Democratic Party, has adopted and is called upon to support the Platform; and

WHEREAS over 60% of the City of Sonoma’s voters supported Proposition 64 to legalize adult use of cannabis in 2016, and 767 electors of the City of Sonoma have validly petitioned the City of Sonoma to amend its municipal code to allow for cannabis dispensaries; and

WHEREAS Sonoma’s City Council, on a 3-2 vote, chose to expend community resources on a pretextual 30-day “study,” with the clear objective of denying the validly qualified cannabis dispensary petition a place on the November 2018 ballot, in an effort to delay a vote until November of 2020; and

WHEREAS citizen petitions such as the one at issue in Sonoma present an equal opportunity for influence and promote honest public debate through competitive elections, and such petitions are evidence of and further encourage robust civic participation that enhances the democratic process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls on the Sonoma City Council, including the past-endorsed members Madolyn Agrimonti and David Cook, to reconsider their decision to block the citizen petition, and instead place the matter on the November 2018 ballot, in the interest of promoting free and fair elections, with all eligible voters able to participate, and to publicly take a clear stand in favor of transparency and accountability, and against corruption and cronyism.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 29, 2018.

Printable PDF of the Resolution to Sonoma City Council


Whereas, Sonoma County experienced multiple firestorms in October, 2017, with unprecedented ferocity, speed, and scope of destruction, exacerbated by development of the wildland-urban interface in a previously identified historic fire corridor, forest understory overgrowth, limited fuel reduction management in an environmental background of a changing climate, and

Whereas, the response to the wildfires in Sonoma County have shown a commitment to rebuild better than ever so that a more sustainable and resilient community results, stronger in both heart and infrastructure in the face of future disasters, both natural and climate change induced, and

Whereas, that commitment needs to be supported by policies suited to the tasks, under pressures of a vast public need and the accelerating new normal of increasing heat and systemic instability, necessitating: climate strategies of carbon sequestration, and building soil health, in addition to our county climate action plan; housing strategies that promote more availability and affordability; building strategies that creatively finance baseline improvements in resource efficiency, energy efficiency, and renewable energy infrastructure, encourages fire-resistant building materials, and promotes wise resource management practices to protect and enhance the environment; now

Therefore, be it resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports a comprehensive set of policies to support sustainable building/rebuilding strategies and practices that maximizes resiliency in response to ongoing climate change for both areas destroyed by the October 2017 firestorms, and for the community at large, and

Be it Further Resolved, that the SCDP support options as stated in the draft 2019/2020 State of California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (1) and the Sonoma County Climate Mobilization Draft Technical Implementation Plan (2) and the post fire recommendations of the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition (3) and Sonoma (4), and The Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic Ordinance (5) and urges the County of Sonoma and municipalities to adopt these measures.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 13, 2018

Printable PDF of Resolution to Support Sustainable, Carbon Reducing Rebuilding


Whereas, as fires raged through our communities, and in the triage and recovery aftermath, Workers for the County of Sonoma were and are the consummate First and Second Responders, reporting to worksites during disaster despite threats to, or loss of their own homes, logging thousands of hours on long and irregular schedules on fire lines, evacuation zones, shelters, Local Access Centers, Emergency Operations Center, and supporting grieving Community Members while they, too, were in a state of shock and fear, and,

Whereas, during the first days/hours of the fire, it was local employees, living in the County, who could be on the scene the quickest, responding by exhibiting a level of commitment and dedication that was overwhelming, Firefighters saving lives and structures, Sheriff Deputies guiding and protecting evacuees, County nurses and Social Workers staffing shelters for mental health support, Staff from all over the County greeting, interviewing, and guiding traumatized survivors at the LAC, providing hotline information at the EOC to anyone calling needing information, delivering supplies to all worksites and centers in operation, and,

Whereas, for a thriving local economy, and ready availability in case of disaster, the County of Sonoma needs to keep employees local as the best way to serve the community, especially during this time of rising costs of housing and overall cost of living, and,

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports maintaining a strong, local, viable County employee workforce to serve the needs of County residents both in the stable, day to day functions of government, and especially in the chaos of crisis and response to disaster, and,

Therefore, Be It Further Resolved, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports County Workers in their contract negotiations, seeking fairness and good faith bargaining to rapidly resolve labor discussions and focus on rebuilding our community, and that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to support County workers’ bargaining position.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on February 13, 2018

Printable PDF of Resolution in Support of County Workers


Whereas, the California Democratic Party believes that by uniting our Party around a bold vision for jobs and infrastructure, we have the best chance of passing legislation that works for all, and in the process stopping any infrastructure legislation aimed at solely making money for Wall Street banks and foreign companies; and

Whereas, Donald Trump’s stated vision for infrastructure spending is a cynical ploy full of shell- game financing, attacks on workers’ rights and environmental oversight, and would create billions in profits for corporate interests at the public’s expense; and

Whereas, the California Democratic Party stands for an infrastructure policy that includes the following core principles: Investments that create new jobs building roads, bridges, clean energy infrastructure, telecommunications systems, parks, schools, libraries, housing and community assets; ensures that direct public investment provides the overwhelming majority of funding for infrastructure; prioritizes racial and gender equity through project labor agreements/community workforce agreements and environmental justice; embraces 21st-Century clean energy jobs, including expansion of solar and wind power, energy efficiency and energy grid modernization; expands and enforces Buy America provisions, requiring the use of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage standards, local and veteran-hiring policies; ensures the wealthiest Americans and profitable corporations who benefit from public goods pay their fair share for maintaining them; ensures that investments are not paid from raiding Social Security, Medicaid or any other social program; prioritizes resilient infrastructure that can withstand environmental disasters, physical or cyber attacks;

Therefore, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party calls on its Members of Congress to support Rep. Ted Lieu’s efforts in the House and similar efforts in the U.S. Senate to unite Democrats around these principles, and

Be it further resolved that we join progressive and civil rights organizations from around the country in mobilizing constituents to stand together in rejecting so-called “infrastructure” proposals that reward the billionaires at the expense of working families, the environment, and social justice.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on January 9, 2018.

Printable PDF of Resolution Supporting CDP Real Infrastructure Investments


WHEREAS Felta Creek is the last tributary of the Russian River to support Wild Coho Salmon (oncorhynchus kisutch) an endangered anadromous fish (born in fresh water, migrating to the ocean where it grows, and then returns to the small tributary in which it was born to build a redd in the gravel in order to lay its eggs);

WHEREAS many thousands of public dollars and hours of time have been devoted to studying and protecting the fish in this watershed and the Mill Creek/Dry Creek watersheds which are designated critical habitat; and

WHEREAS the headwaters of Felta Creek run through a relatively undeveloped 160-acre parcel where logging is proposed near the creek and in the steep uplands, the land owner has the property on the market for sale, and the public, elementary school children, Senator McGuire, and Supervisor Gore have weighed in expressing concerns over this logging proposal (Timber Harvesting Plan No. 1-17-017-SON) especially the potential impacts on the one lane private road and the proximity of logging truck (approximately 1200 trips) traffic on Westside Elementary School activities;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the County Board of Supervisors to immediately direct staff at the Agriculture Preservation and Open Space District and the Sonoma County Water Agency to approach the land owner with a proposal to protect the land in perpetuity in order to mitigate the impacts of the Warm Springs Dam and to prevent the take and extirpation of a protected class of salmon struggling to survive in the Russian River basin.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 11, 2017.

Printable Resolution to Save Felta Creek

Resolution to Support the California Democratic Party (CDP) endorsement of the Department of Peace Building Act of 2017, HR 1111.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 11, 2017.

Oppose HR 10, Financial Choice Act of 2017

Position to Oppose to HR 10 the Financial Choice Act of 2017 was adopted on July 11, 2017.


Position in Opposition of AB 947

Press Release AB947

Letter to State Reps Oppose AB947


WHEREAS the Trump administration has wasted no time in fulfilling Trump’s bigoted campaign promises by attacking immigrants, refugees, and Muslims with travel bans and ICE raids; and

WHEREAS millions of youth and working people across the nation have vigorously protested the President’s policies, with the Women’s March on the first day of his presidency being the largest demonstrations in U.S. history; and

WHEREAS unions, a prime target of the right wing, face the real threat of union-busting Right to Work (for less) legislation, which is being considered by a Republican controlled U.S. Congress, and public sector unions could soon see a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would decimate their collective bargaining rights; and

WHEREAS the right wing agenda has long included breaking unions, gutting the social safety net, privatizing public education, eviscerating environmental laws, deregulating banking and other industries, militarizing the police, waging endless war, and weakening civil rights protections, and Trump’s Cabinet appointees indicate that they plan to follow this reactionary agenda; and

WHEREAS national immigrant rights organizations are calling for “A Day Without an Immigrant” national actions on May 1st, 2017; and

WHEREAS history has shown that direct action in the streets and strikes have been the most effective weapon in labor’s arsenal, and motions supporting these actions on May Day, the international workers’ holiday, have been passed throughout the United States and around the world:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the movement to take our message to the street on May 1st, 2017, and urges our community, to work with other unions, low-paid workers, and community groups to organize a movement that is national in scope; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the demands of direct actions will be:
Stop Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, refugees, and the environment;
Defend unions – stop Right to Work laws, repeal the Taft Hartley Act;
Equality for all – fight discrimination against women, workers of color, and LGBT people, and support women’s equality by demanding equal pay for equal work, full reproductive rights, and free childcare;
Jobs for all through rebuilding the infrastructure and public jobs programs;
Defeat attempts to destroy the social safety net, including subsidized healthcare; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution be shared widely with unions, central labor councils, and the community in order to help build widespread support for May Day actions.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on April 11, 2017.
Printable Resolution for May Day 2017

Election Protection Resolution Urging the Democratic National Committee to Safeguard Voting Rights and Protect the Integrity of Our Elections

Whereas, it has been well documented that a database program to prevent alleged voter fraud known as “Interstate Crosscheck,” currently in use in up to 30 states, has wrongly tagged voters, listing them as either registering in two states, or potentially voting in two states, a felony crime; and

Whereas, evidence that the Crosscheck system uses to determine that someone may have voted or registered in two states is that the voter shares a first and last name with another voter, e.g., that Maria ISABEL Hernandez of Virginia is supposedly the same voter as Maria CRISTINA Hernandez of Louisiana, and its methodology has a built-in racial bias that puts people with African-American, Latino and Asian names at greater risk of being tagged, with the result that the Crosscheck system has generated a suspect list of potential criminals containing an astonishing 7.2 MILLION NAMES—naming ONE IN SEVEN voters of color in the Crosscheck states; and

Whereas, it has also been well documented that other means of vote suppression and manipulation, such as gerrymandered districts, racially discriminatory voter ID laws, reducing polling locations in demographically targeted areas, and failing to supply adequate staff and working voting equipment, have resulted in either disenfranchisement, or discouragingly long lines and inordinate wait times before citizens are able to cast their votes, often as in some states such as Pennsylvania, on paperless electronic machines that provide no human-readable backup record in case of machine failure or for audit and recount purposes;

Now therefore, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party urges the Democratic National Committee to demand that the Civil Rights division of the U.S. Justice Department  conduct an immediate investigation into the Interstate Crosscheck program’s racially and ethnically biased purge operation — and that the entire list of over seven million Americans suspected of voting or registering in two states be challenged; and

Be it further resolved that we urge the Democratic National Committee to establish and expedite a 50-state strategy to proactively explore, investigate, and pursue all remedies in overturning current and future methods used in undermining U.S. citizens’ right to vote or to have their votes counted as cast in free, fair, verified elections, including “Jim Crow” voter ID restrictions, targeted reductions in polling locations, times, staff, and equipment, unverifiable paperless election systems running on secret, privately-controlled software, and other vote suppression and manipulation techniques, including gerrymandering.

Resolution, adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on April 11th, 2017, to be submitted for adoption by the California Democratic Party at its May 19-21 State Convention.

Printable version

The Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution Supporting Construction Of Teacher And Staff Housing In Sonoma Valley And Sonoma County

Whereas, SB 1413, known as the “Teacher Housing Act of 2016,” sponsored by State Senator Mark Leno, has been codified at Health & Safety Code § 53570 et seq., providing the express authority to allow K-12 districts to construct faculty and staff housing, and removing any doubt regarding limiting the rentals to teachers and staff, the use of lands held in educational trust, and allowing for innovative financing and intergovernmental cooperation; and

Whereas, California places a high value on our public education system, and the stability of housing for school employees is critical to the overall success and stability of each school in California, and a growing trend driving teacher turnover is the steadily increasing cost of housing in certain markets, and in addition to the negative emotional and developmental impacts teacher turnover has on students, the costs borne by school districts to recruit, hire, and train new teachers each summer is immense; and

Whereas, students and the community at large are benefited by the creation of affordable housing options for teachers near or on school sites, allowing teachers to live in the community in which they practice their profession, ensuring stability, community involvement, and stronger ties between teachers, their students, and their families;

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the Sonoma Valley Unified School District to explore possible sites including but not limited to the property on Macarthur owned by the Sonoma Valley Health Care District and  to explore and to strive to cooperate in developing teacher and staff housing, and encourage all government agencies, affected bargaining units in Sonoma County, particularly school districts, to pursue projects under the authority granted by Health & Safety Code § 53570 et seq.; and

Be it further resolved that we commend former State Senator Mark Leno for his dedicated work in seeing this legislation brought to fruition, which facilitates the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable rental housing for teachers and school district employees, to ensure that educators can maintain access to housing, and to ensure long term housing stability for K-12 school district teachers and staff.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 14, 2017.

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The Sonoma County Democrat Party has called upon Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator-elect Kamala Harris to oppose the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

Here is the text of our letter:

The Sonoma County Democratic Party urges you to make immediate efforts to indicate your opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General, and your intention to reject his nomination during Senate confirmation hearings. His positions on LGBT rights, capital punishment, reproductive rights, and the authority of the President in times of war have been challenged by respected civil rights organizations. The U.S. Attorney General is charged with protecting the civil rights of all Americans, yet Senator Sessions has a history of making racist comments.

We strongly feel this appointment, along with other objectionable nominations recently publicized, if confirmed by the Senate, could undermine the civil rights of our country’s citizens. We support all efforts that you can make beforehand, and in the Senate confirmation hearings, to reject this appointment and similar ones.

Action was taken by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on December 13, 2016

Sonoma County Democratic Resolution

Resolution Demanding Respect for and Enforcement of Standing Rock Denial of Easement

Whereas, the Army Corps of Engineers, on December 4th, denied an easement necessary for Energy Transfer Partners to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by drilling underneath the Missouri River and Lake Oahe, a project that peaceful water protectors have demonstrated against for many months, deeming it a violation of Native American treaty rights and environmental impact requirements; and

Whereas, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) responded to the Army Corps’ denial with a statement that concluded “ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way;” and

Whereas, previously, local North Dakota law enforcement has seemingly sided with Energy Transfer Partners, and faced off with undue force against the tribes and their supporters, attacking non-violent water protectors with tear gas, concussion grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons, violating their First Amendment rights and sovereignty in peacefully seeking to safeguard their water on treaty-protected lands;

Now therefore, be it resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the United States Department of Justice to send Federal observers to rigorously enforce the denial of easement and to insure that Energy Transfer Partners does not proceed with any further construction or drilling until the Army Corps has completed its additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline; and

Be it further resolved that we urge the California Democratic Party, having recently passed a resolution opposing the DAPL, to reaffirm its position and commitment, and do what it can to urge our Congressional representatives to call for Federal monitoring and enforcement of the denial of easement, and prevention of any further construction on the project until further notice by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on December 13, 2016

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Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

WHEREAS, the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the critically needed rent stabilization and just cause eviction ordinances enacted by the Santa Rosa City Council in August 2016; and

WHEREAS, these laws help address the lack of affordable housing in Sonoma County and provide significant protections to many tenants; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes efforts to repeal or weaken these ordinances.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on September 13, 2016

Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Calling upon California Coastal Commission to reaffirm principles of the Coastal Act when hiring new executive director

Whereas, California’s population is increasing in ethnic diversity and social justice, civil rights, environmental, public health and coastal advocates across the state support decision-making by the Coastal Commission that honors social justice and civil rights principles, including that California’s coast and beaches are a democratic commons belonging to all residents and that public access for all is fundamental to democracy and equality.

Whereas, the Coastal Commission has made decisions in recent months that are perceived by the public to be contrary to these principles, including by removing public access requirements.

Whereas, historically people of color and low-income communities have been disproportionately denied the benefit of coastal access, the California Coastal Commission’s policy on sea level and climate change includes a chapter devoted to environmental justice issues and principles, and sea level rise will have a growing impact on public access to California’s beaches such that there is a strong need to prioritize public access over private rights to armor the coast in all permit decisions and ensure equal access for all people.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved that we strongly urge the Coastal Commissioners to resolve to fully comply with laws and regulations that prevent discrimination, and prohibit the disparate impact of discrimination, by actively promoting equal access to California’s beaches for all people and by prioritizing the protection of public access as sea level rise impacts public access to California’s beaches, and to stringently interpret and enforce Coastal Act provisions that limit private rights to armor the coast.

Therefore Be It Further Resolved that we strongly urge the Coastal Commissioners to commit to hiring a new Executive Director who is knowledgeable about, and committed to upholding, the core principles of the Coastal Act, the need for Commission staff to remain independent from the Commissioners, and who is experienced with and has a demonstrated commitment to important issues including social and environmental justice, science, sea level rise, public policy, and public participation, and as a measure to rebuild public trust ask the Commission to invite one public member from the social justice and civil rights community, one public member from the conservation community, and one public member representing the educational and science perspective to participate in the hiring process to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 8, 2016



                                     Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Opposing Attempts to Fire Dr. Charles Lester, Executive Director California Coastal Commission

WHEREAS, the 1976 California Coastal Preservation Act states that, “the California coastal zone is
a distinct and valuable natural resource of vital and enduring interest to all the people and exists as a
delicately balanced ecosystem,” that “the permanent protection of the state’s natural and scenic
resources is a paramount concern to present and future residents of the state and nation,” and sets as a
goal to “Protect, maintain, and where feasible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the coastal
zone environment and its natural and artificial resources,” and

WHEREAS, throughout the forty-year tenure of the Coastal Act, every public opinion poll conducted
concludes overwhelming support for the Coastal Commission’s role in upholding the Coastal Act, and
during Dr. Charles Lester’s tenure as Executive Director of the Commission since September 2011 his
leadership has led to great accomplishments, including a Sea Level Rise planning document, the
largest budget augmentation in 15 years, greater public transparency and accessibility, and new
authority to preserve and enhance public access for all coastal visitors, and

WHEREAS, the Commission will consider termination of Dr. Lester, but no cause or justification has
been given, and recent newspaper articles cite knowledgeable sources that this unjustified attempt to
fire Dr. Lester would result in significant impairment and harm to the decades-long success of
protecting California’s majestic coastline; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party adamantly opposes
any and all unjustified attempts to fire Dr. Charles Lester from his tenure as Executive Director of the
California Coastal Commission and strongly supports his long and enduring tenure as Executive
Director of the California Coastal Commission, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution will be transmitted to the following: Governor
Jerry Brown, Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Dr. Charles Lester,
Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, and Steve Kinsey, Chair, California Coastal

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on February 9, 2016



Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Supporting the renewal and strengthening of voter protections for Sonoma County Community Separators

WHEREAS, for more than 20 years, nearly 17,000 acres of unincorporated agricultural and natural lands designated by the County of Sonoma in the General Plan as community separators have served as greenbelts between cities, towns and communities to prevent sprawl, maintain community identity and protect rural character; and

WHEREAS, because voter protections for community separators that passed with more than 70 percent of the countywide vote expire at the end of 2016, and in 2018 for the Petaluma-Novato Community Separator, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is now considering renewing voter protections for community separators, strengthening policies, and implementing priority community separators designations as identified in the 2020 General Plan; and

WHEREAS, Sonoma County’s environment, economy and residents benefit from community separators by supporting city-centered growth while maintaining greenbelts that help protect agriculture, waterways, drinking water, groundwater and recharge, wildlife corridors, hillsides, grasslands, and woodlands; maintain clean air; and contribute to climate resiliency;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to renew voter protections and extend by at least 25 years, strengthen policy protections to support agriculture but prevent inappropriate commercial/industrial development, and designate as community separators the most at-risk greenbelts in urban corridors adjacent to existing community separators with a countywide ballot measure in November 2016, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to fully implement community separator designations as described in the 2020 General Plan including priority greenbelts identified by the Agricultural and Open Space Preservation District’s Acquisition Plan, lands around Penngrove, lands around Cloverdale and lands between unincorporated communities as appropriate as part of the ballot measure and/or in a parallel planning process that concludes no later than the end of 2017.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on December 8, 2015




Resolution In Support of a Proposed Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors Adding Chapter 32A to the Sonoma County Code to Require the Licensure of Tobacco Retailers

WHEREAS, a local licensing system for tobacco retailers is appropriate to ensure that retailers comply with tobacco control laws and business standards of the County, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents; and

WHEREAS, a wide body of research demonstrates that local tobacco retail ordinances dramatically reduce youth access to cigarettes and A Portrait of Sonoma County, a recent report to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors commissioned, strongly recommended the County “redouble anti-smoking efforts” as one of its key recommendations to promote the overall well-being of Sonoma County residents; and

WHEREAS, the tobacco retail license ordinance being considered by the Board would represent one of the strongest to be passed in California and the Country, effectively decreasing underage access to tobacco, limiting the impacts of tobacco on our community’s youth, and that of all residents of Sonoma County; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the Proposed Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma, State of California, which adds Chapter 32A to the Sonoma County Code to Require the Licensure of Tobacco Retailers, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party shall provide a copy of this resolution and letter stating our support to each member of the Board of Supervisors and will also publicly add our name to those supporting this initiative.


Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on August 11, 2015


Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Resolution on a Living Wage for Sonoma County

WHEREAS, the polarization of wealth and incomes in California and Sonoma County have reached record high levels; and

WHEREAS, if annually adjusted for inflation, since the late 1960s, the California minimum wage which is now $9.00 an hour would be more than $11.81 an hour; and

WHEREAS, the California minimum wage is insufficient to lift a typical family above the poverty line and an actual “living or self-sufficiency wage” for the County of Sonoma in 2014 for two parents each working full-time to support two children is $20.51 an hour; and

WHEREAS, in response to the failure of both the federal and state governments to substantially raise the minimum wage, more than 140 cities, counties, and public agencies have implemented “living wage ordinances” since 1994 including 33 in California; the counties of Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Marin, and Los Angeles; and the cities of Sebastopol (2003), Sonoma (2004), and Petaluma (2006);

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports a Living Wage Ordinance for the County of Sonoma that mandates a $15 an hour “living wage” for workers employed by the county, large county contractors, and firms receiving economic development assistance or leasing property from the county, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to all members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and urge the supervisors to implement a $15 an hour Living Wage Ordinance.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on September 9, 2014

Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution



Resolution supporting the transformation of SONOMA DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER to include critical patient services and protection and public access to the land.

WHEREAS: The Sonoma Developmental Center has been slated to close in three years. The center has been in existence since November 24, 1891.  It employs 1,200 people who provide services to a reduced population about 400 of very fragile clients, many of whom have been there for decades.


WHEREAS: Some individuals are successful in community homes, but after over 30 years of placements in the community, the patients who remain at SDC have extremely severe medical or behavioral problems that cannot be met in the community.


WHEREAS: The reported cost difference between SDC and community placement is very deceptive, as the Developmental Center costs include medical treatment, dental treatment, equipment, therapies and day programs. In addition, there are developmentally disabled citizens inappropriately housed in our jails, but their costs have not been included in the figures reported. Finally, admissions to SDC have been halted for several years, increasing the cost per patient to maintain the facility.


WHEREAS: There are unique and beneficial services at SDC that are not available in the community such as custom-made wheelchairs, custom shoes, dentists who know how to work with severely disabled patients, eye care, specialized health care for the medically fragile (many of whom languish in urban hospitals because they have nowhere else to go), and high-risk psychological assessment and treatment.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges Governor Brown and the California Department of Developmental Services to actively and creatively pursue the “transformation” of Sonoma Developmental Center rather than its closure.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the Parent Hospital Association’s (PHA) key points: a SDC site to provide adaptive wheelchairs and other durable equipment, medical, dental and behavioral support to the developmentally disabled; and housing for those who are not successful in community facilities.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports permanent protection of the open land on the SDC property and expand public access and recreation opportunities that are compatible with the protection of the property’s conservation values.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party wants the views of the PHA, the SDC Coalition, and those of the Sonoma community heard and seriously considered in making a plan for the future of SDC.


Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on August 11, 2015


WHEREAS actions motivated by racial hatred or acts of discrimination on the basis of race are repugnant and such actions should be condemned, and;

WHEREAS the Confederate Flag, in its many different forms including that of a Battle Flag, has been recognized as an emblem signifying support for racial prejudice and acts of discrimination on the basis of race since the defeat of the Confederate States of America in 1865 and continues as such to this day, and;

WHEREAS the Confederate Flag, in its many different forms including that of a Battle Flag, has no reason to be displayed on public property by public officials of any Federal, State or Local governmental entity;

THEREFORE be it resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party repudiates the public display of the Confederate Flag by government on government property; and

THEREFORE be it further resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party submit this resolution to the California Democratic Party for consideration at the next E-Board meeting and also send a letter and copy of this Resolution to all elected officials representing some portion of Sonoma County.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 14, 2015



Resolution Urging the Settlement of the Lawsuit Brought by the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees (SCARE) Against Sonoma County

 Approved July 14, 2015

WHEREAS from 1964 to 1989, the County of Sonoma promised its employees that when they retired it would provide them with paid medical benefits for life at the same rate and on the same terms as active employees in return for faithful service to the Sonoma County Public; and

WHEREAS in 1989, the County enshrined its promise of lifetime retiree medical benefits in written provisions contained in Labor Contracts with County Employee Organizations, while adding increased years of public service requirements for new hires to vest in these benefits; and

WHEREAS from 1989 to the mid-2000s, the County continued to keep its commitment to retirees, and to reiterate its promise of lifetime retiree medical benefit coverage, and used lifetime medical benefits for the purpose of employee retention and recruitment of replacement staff ; and

WHEREAS beginning in the mid-2000s the County, becoming concerned about the unfunded liability it had accrued to provide these promised benefits, took steps to cut back retiree medical benefits, beginning with County administrators deciding to stop referring to the benefits as vested, and management then devising a plan to dramatically cut the existing lifetime medical benefits for those who had already retired; and

WHEREAS, concerned with legal liability based upon prior agreements to tie retiree medical benefits to active employee medical benefits, the County proceeded to cut its Health Care premium dollar contributions for both active employees and retirees, while simultaneously providing active employees with a lump sum monthly cash payment, a ruse designed to circumvent the County’s obligations and promises to its retirees; and

WHEREAS, 20% of retirees get less than $1,000 a month and 46% get less than $2,000 a month, after working 20 to 40 years for the public; and

WHEREAS the County has now spent in excess of $4,000,000 (Four Million Dollars) of public funds in Legal Fees attempting to evade its obligations, yet nevertheless has received unfavorable decisions from both the United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court, with the result that almost all of the retirees’ claims are proceeding.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the Board of Supervisors to honor its long standing commitments to its retirees and quickly move to settle the lawsuit on terms that are fair to those who gave their working lives to the public of Sonoma County, yet are now being asked to spend more than they ever could have imagined to maintain their medical coverage. Any fair settlement must do more than simply shift around the County’s drastically reduced expenditures for retirees’ medical benefits; the County must shoulder more of the burden of providing those medical benefits, as it would if it were truly providing retirees with the same benefits as its active employees.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on July 14, 2015


Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Approved June 9, 2015

Urging the Expansion of Restorative Justice Practices
in All Schools in Sonoma County

WHEREAS, in 2014 the California Democratic Party passed a resolution which encourages all school districts to establish a district policy and implementation plan that will provide all students with positive tiered behavioural interventions, including but not limited to restorative justice based on policies and programs and other effective alternatives to suspensions, as well as increase instructional time, prevent bullying, harassment, and intimidation; and

WHEREAS, this same resolution also urges candidates campaigning for school board positions, school communities, which include parents, students, teachers, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, site administrators and classified support staff, all of whom are key to more positive outcomes, a more inclusive school learning experience, and a safer environment, to publicly support and work toward adoption and implementation of restorative policies for all California schools; and

WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa City School District in 2013-2014 partnered with the nonprofit Restorative Resources organization to implement a Restorative Justice Pilot program at Elsie Allen High School and Lawrence Cook Middle School which resulted in a drop in suspensions, expulsions, and an overall positive change in the school environment with increased daily attendance, decreased education code violations and arrests at the schools, and which translated into a savings of tens of thousands of dollars in ADA money alone;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the implementation of restorative justice practices in all the schools in Sonoma County subject to ongoing assessments to show continued reduction in suspensions, expulsions and transfers using restorative practices to provide balance through accountability, changing a broken punitive justice system to restore families, the school environment and communities as it repairs harm by healing relationships, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that since the program eventually pays for itself, the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the Sonoma County City Mayors and Council Members, the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, and anyone running for office, to find a way to include the implementation of this life saving, cost saving program when they orchestrate their respective budgets for the next 2 years, without interfering with the current budget which supports other programs already set up for the school community.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 9, 2015




Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

April 14, 2015

Resolution to Encourage United Nation Support of a Global Resolution which Urges the Creation of Infrastructures for Peacebuilding Within Governments and Civil Society of the 196 UN Member Nations


WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party supports the creation of a Department of Peacebuilding, and adopted language to the 2014 Party Platform to “actively promote national institutions based on the organizing principles of violence prevention and nonviolent conflict resolution, utilizing and developing a network of ‘best practice’ peacebuilding policies and programs both within United Nation member states and externally among nations”; and


WHEREAS, delegates from civil society, governments and UN institutions and agencies from more than 50 countries of GAMIP, the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA, and many countries within the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe, who, since 2007, have a United Nation’s liaison working with NGO’s to create the UN global resolution to urge the establishment of infrastructures for peace within the governments of the 196 United Nations member countries; and


WHEREAS, countries within the GAMIP coalition have already begun to institute  networks of peacebuilding practices which will address conflicts at home and abroad saving lives and money, such as Nepal’s Department of Peace and Reconstruction, created in 2006, and Costa Rica’s Department of Justice and Peace created in 2008, and the Canadian Liberal Party, which adopted a resolution in their 2014 Party Platform to establish a government institution dedicated to promote a culture of peace, with a mandate that includes the creation of a permanent Canadian Civilian Service of professionally trained men and women, to work toward violence prevention, peace education and nonviolent conflict resolution at every level of society.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the California Democratic Party to support the Global Resolution to Establish Infrastructures for Peace, found at soon to be presented to the United Nations General Assembly, and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party encourages the 58 County DCCs, CDP Caucuses, CDP Standing Committees, friends, families, and kindred spirits to do likewise.


Approved by the Sonoma County Democratic Party Central Committee on April 14, 2015.


Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

 March 10, 2015



WHEREAS, all people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights; and California’s Uniform Healthcare Decisions Acts affirms the specific patient right to self­determined care at the end of life; and

WHEREAS, advances in science and technology have created medical interventions that often prolong the dying process and increase suffering; and many find comfort and peace of mind in having access to options at the end of life, including aid in dying, even if they do not exercise those options; and

WHEREAS, the Sonoma County Democratic Party recognizes that the choices a person makes at the end of life are inalienably grounded in that individual person’s life experience; and perceives that California statute on “assisted suicide” does not encompass the rational judgment of a psychologically healthy, terminally ill individual facing end­of­life suffering, who asks her physician for the means to die in a humane and dignified manner;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party respects the diversity of perspectives on end of life decisions; supports equal protection within the diversity of perspectives on end of life decisions; and recognizes the practice of aid in dying as a desirable medical choice for many terminally ill, mentally competent adults; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the California Legislature to enact SB128 End of Life Option Act, allowing for open and accessible aid in dying for those terminally ill, mentally competent adults seeking control over their own deaths.



Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 10, 2015





Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

March 10, 2015 and amended April 14, 2015




WHEREAS, the California State Water Board is required by law to comply with federal Clean Water Act Section 316(b), which states that the location, design, construction and capacity of cooling water intake structures must reflect the best technology available to protect aquatic life, and on May 4, 2010, the Board adopted a policy regulating the use of seawater for cooling purposes at power plants in California entitled The Statewide Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling; and


WHEREAS, the policy establishes clear standards to implement the Clean Water Act in a consistent manner and thereby reduces the harmful effects associated with the cooling water intakes on life in the ocean and estuaries, and is applicable to all currently operating coastal utilities including Diablo Canyon which was granted a temporary exemption; and


WHEREAS, Diablo Canyon’s antiquated, “once-through cooling” system’s intake and effluent of 2.5 billion gallons of water a day from the Pacific Ocean amounts to 80% of the marine damage of all California coastal power plants combined; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the California State Water Resources Control Board, to issue a ruling requiring that cooling towers be built to replace the antiquated and environmentally damaging “once-through cooling” system at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in order to meet the state’s marine protection standards, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the California Democratic Party to ask the Governor, our other state government representatives, and our environmental protection agencies to urge and support such a ruling.




Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 10, 2015; amended on April 14, 2015