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Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Lynda Hopkins For Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Lynda Hopkins For Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Lynda Hopkins for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 5, which includes the City of Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Occidental, and the western portion of the unincorporated county to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mendocino County to the north. Her endorsement was unanimous, recognizing her actions on the Board and her leadership in achieving resilience in the face of the flooding and wildfires that have directly affected her district.

“The Sonoma Dems are proud of Supervisor Hopkins’ leadership on the many complex issues that face Sonoma County. She is increasing transparency and exploring new approaches to solve

long-standing challenges, with a hands-on leadership style that supports our community- led efforts to provide more affordable housing while better addressing homelessness and mental health services, to invest in our roads and infrastructure, to protect our coastline, to preserve our agricultural heritage, and conserve our precious open space. These are issues that are important to all Democrats,” said County Democratic Party Chair Pat Sabo.

Supervisor Hopkins responded: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Sonoma Dems, and I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to address climate change and social justice, and to link arms to bring affordable housing to Sonoma County. It takes all of us working together to create change.”

This year the Sonoma Dems will be working for Supervisor Hopkins’ re-election in a variety of ways. Precinct walking, post cards to neighbors, and phone banking from our Coordinated Campaign Headquarters at 635 Fifth Street in Santa Rosa are planned, and direct mail into her District will take place as well.

Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Susan Gorin For Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Susan Gorin For Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Susan Gorin for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 1, which includes the eastern portion of Santa Rosa, the City of Sonoma and the unincorporated county to the eastern County Line. Her endorsement was unanimous, recognizing support for her actions on the Board and her leadership to achieve resilience since the fires of 2017.

“The Sonoma Dems are proud of Supervisor Gorin’s leadership on the many complex issues that face Sonoma County. Leading the effort to reimagine the use of Sonoma Development Center while protecting those most vulnerable who have been residents at the Center, building local affordable housing, renewal of the Springs area of Sonoma, building sidewalks, focusing on road improvements, and protecting our precious open space — these are all issues important to all Democrats” said County Democratic Party Chair Pat Sabo.

Supervisor Gorin responded, “I’m grateful to Sonoma County Democrats for their endorsement again, and I’m humbled that it was a unanimous vote! Their endorsement, along with hundreds of others found on my website www.Susan-Gorin.com , demonstrates the overwhelming support voters and leaders have for my platform that Pat Sabo so eloquently shared. Thank you all!”

This year the Sonoma Dems will be working for Supervisor Gorin’s re-election in a variety of ways. Precinct walking, post cards to neighbors, and phone banking from our Coordinated Campaign Headquarters at 635 Fifth St. in Santa Rosa are planned, and direct mail into her District will take place as well.

Resolution in Support of Community Microgrids

Resolution in Support of Community Microgrids

WHEREAS, recent power outages have levied enormous costs, the threat of grid disruption is not going away, there is an inherent vulnerability in transmitting large volumes of energy over long distances, transmission networks will always be subject to disruption by natural and human (negligence, terrorism) elements, dramatically declining costs for solar and storage have changed the economics of distributed energy, and ensuring power for critical facilities is a paramount public safety priority to protect the health and well-being of California’s citizens; and

WHEREAS, new employment opportunities from substantial grid modernization programs could be created not only for the labor workforce currently employed by utilities, but for other skilled workers looking for a steady job offering prevailing wages and benefits, and PG&E’s bankruptcy means that many jobs associated with PG&E are at risk, and one way to ensure these jobs remain viable is through redeployment in a massive effort to build energy resilient infrastructure at tens of thousands of critical facilities located throughout California, most of which are public facilities which would appropriately be subject to labor agreements; and

WHEREAS, relevant microgrid pilot project experience funded by the CEC could be rapidly replicated and up-scaled, building upon lessons learned from the existing California Energy Commission (CEC)- funded pilot projects, as well as the almost 2,000 microgrids currently operating in the United States, and this modernization effort can start at critical facilities in low income and disadvantaged communities in high fire threat districts that are likely to experience future power shutoffs, expanding upon priority criteria already developed by the CPUC for the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), and community microgrids can be optimally implemented through a proposed local energy resiliency planning methodology called Advanced Community Energy, integrating local government general planning and distribution energy planning in a fundamentally new way;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges our town councils, county supervisors and state legislators to research and incentivize the development of community microgrids; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls for passage of legislation to establish a state program to provide funding, technical expertise, best practices and local capacity building to help all cities and counties plan and implement local Advanced Community Energy (ACE) systems, including community microgrids.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on December 10, 2019

Resolution on the Tree Protection Ordinance and the Climate Emergency

Resolution on the Tree Protection Ordinance and the Climate Emergency

WHEREAS the climate scientists represented in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have made clear that what humans do in the next 11-12 years will determine if we and our planet’s unique biodiversity survive, and the County has passed a Resolution acknowledging the Climate Emergency (September 2019); and

WHEREAS trees, woodlands, and forest offer one of the best means by which we take carbon out of the atmosphere and keep it stored in the ground and trees grow relatively slowly; and according to William Moomaw, doctor of physical chemistry at M.I.T. and author of five IPCC reports, “Standing forests are the only proven system that can remove and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at the scale necessary to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius this century. It is therefore essential to not only prevent further emissions from fossil fuels, deforestation, forest degradation, and bioenergy, but also to expand our forests’ capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it long-term. If we halted deforestation, protected existing forests, and expanded and restored degraded forests, we could reduce annual emissions by 75 percent in the next half a century;” and

WHEREAS there is currently a request before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to pass a temporary “time out” on significant “county-approved” permits and applications (not including fire safe efforts occurring around individual homes and cities) that propose to remove trees in large numbers;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the County Board of Supervisors to take the next logical step before the end of the year and call for a temporary “time out” on significant tree removal proposals until such time as the update of the Tree Protection Ordinance is completed.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on November 12, 2019

Sonoma County Democratic Party 2020 Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening – November 9, 2019

Sonoma County Democratic Party 2020 Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening – November 9, 2019

The Sonoma County Democratic Party is hosting a grand opening celebration for its new headquarters November 9, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Located at 635 Fifth St., in downtown Santa Rosa, the offices will serve as an activity hub in preparation for the 2020 elections. The headquarters can be found directly across the street from the 5th Street entrance to Corrick’s.

“The Sonoma Dems are opening a headquarters a year in advance of the 2020 General Election to support elections in California and throughout the country,” said Pat Sabo, local Democratic Party Chair. “We will elect a new Democratic President. Our headquarters will be participating in the election of strong Democrats for local, California State and Federal House and Senate offices as well. We are going to take our country back.”

Congressional representatives and elected officials from the community will attend the grand opening, along with leaders from local chartered Democratic Clubs. This event is free.

Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes DCCC blacklisting policy.

Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes DCCC blacklisting policy.

Resolution opposing DCCC’s blacklisting of firms working with primary challenges against incumbent U.S. House Democrats

WHEREAS the possibility of being challenged in a primary is one of the most effective way of holding our incumbent Democratic representatives accountable; and

WHEREAS shielding Democratic incumbents from Democratic primary challenges can be seen as an attempt to stifle our party’s democratic process in choosing the best candidates to assertively work for and uphold Democratic values, and principles as expressed in our Platform; and

WHEREAS the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House Democrats’ campaign arm, is a PAC that has issued a rule that by effectively restricting campaign resources gives incumbents who already enjoy immense advantages, even further advantage over Democratic party primary challengers;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party disapproves the undemocratic rule that weakens our party’s ability to nominate and elect the strongest leadership possible, and further erodes Democratic voters’ confidence and faith in our party’s adherence to fair election contests; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon our representatives to the DNC to urge the DNC to demand that the DCCC rule be amended to only apply to challenges to incumbents in swing districts, or be withdrawn entirely.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on April 9, 2019

Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Green New Deal Resolution

Sonoma County Democratic Party Endorses Green New Deal Resolution

Resolution from 350 Bay Area’s Youth vs. Apocalypse program, urging Democratic Party support for GND Resolution.

WHEREAS the time to address the adverse impacts caused by humans on earth’s climate, and the adverse impacts caused by inequality on society is urgent, and

WHEREAS the observable signs of climate change – sea rise from the melting of the earth’s ice caps,massive fires, intensified storms, and droughts – hurt everyday people, wildlife, and the vital ecosystem functions upon which we all depend, and

WHEREAS the young people of our world will bear the consequences of actions not taken, inaction today represents generational theft on a scale previously unseen and unimaginable;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party thanks the student members of 350 Bay Area’s Youth vs. Apocalypse program, Sonoma County CA, for their urgent call to support the concept of the Green New Deal as an environmentally and economically sound solution to address adverse impacts of climate change and income inequality, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the California Democratic Party to urge our elected representatives at the state and national level to work towards ensuring that all future acts, laws, and regulations of state and federal governments are consistent with the tenets of the Green New Deal by signing on to and actively supporting the principles and goals it expresses.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 12, 2019

Statement from California Democratic Party Acting Chair on Resignation of Eric Bauman

Statement from California Democratic Party Acting Chair on Resignation of Eric Bauman

Sacramento, CA – The following is a statement from California Democratic Party (CDP) Acting Chair/First Vice Chair Alexandra “Alex” Gallardo Rooker on the resignation of Eric Bauman as Chairman of the CDP:

“As the acting Chair of the California Democratic Party, it is my responsibility to see that we continue to investigate the allegations that led to the resignation of Eric Bauman as chair. I am also responsible for ensuring a smooth and orderly transition and election of a new Chair. 

“With respect to allegations of workplace misconduct against Mr. Bauman, the CDP’s Director of Human Resources, Amy Vrattos, contacted the CDP’s longstanding employment counsel, Shaye Schrick of Delfino, Madden, O’Malley, Coyle and Kowler LLP.

“Based on Ms. Schrick’s guidance and recommendation, Ms. Vrattos retained Debra Hinshaw Vierra of Churchwell White LLP as an independent investigator.

“Ms. Vierra is an experienced investigator; she has conducted over 250 workplace investigations and she was retained to investigate any and all complaints against Mr. Bauman. This investigation is currently underway and will continue despite Mr. Bauman’s resignation. Upon completion of her investigation, Ms. Vierra will provide her final report to outside employment counsel, Ms. Schrick. An executive summary of the findings will be released publicly, and a full report, containing appropriate anonymization and redactions of personally identifying information, will be provided to the CDP’s Executive Board.

“In addition, we are setting up a centralized hotline and e-mail account for any individual to report any claims of harassment, assault, or other misconduct he or she has experienced or witnessed. Only Ms. Vierra and her colleagues will have access to these accounts.

“With respect to the transition and succession of the Chair of the CDP in the wake of Mr. Bauman’s resignation, I will be acting Chair until a new Chair is selected by party delegates as per CDP by-laws. In the coming days, we will release a detailed statement with a clear plan for an election for Chair, likely during the May CDP Convention, as outlined by our By-Laws.

“I have no intention of seeking to be elected as Chair and will be focused on keeping the Party working on its normal day-to-day activities until a new Chair is selected. For example, as acting Chair, I am continuing to oversee the preparations for the Assembly District Election Meetings and working with the Governor-elect, Senate President pro Tem, and the Speaker of the Assembly on the transition.

“I want to reemphasize that as acting Chair my foremost concern is the safety and well-being of CDP employees and the larger Democratic community. I care deeply about all of our staff and volunteers and my heart aches to know that any may have suffered harassment or abuse. There is no place for harassment or abuse in our Party or in any workplace. As a Party, all of our officers and senior staff must be committed to ensuring that the culture of our workplace changes for the better. We can do better, and we will.”

CDP Acting Chair Gallardo-Rooker Calls on Congress to Halt Trump Border Insanity

CDP Acting Chair Gallardo-Rooker Calls on Congress to Halt Trump Border Insanity

This week, our country crossed another terrible milestone – we’ve now become the kind of nation that fires tear gas on innocent children. As a mother and a grandmother, I know what it means to want the best for your kids – and my heart is weeping for the mothers who are willing to risk so much so their kids could have the chance at a life in the United States, only to be met with tear gas and violence at our border.

All of our hearts should be breaking. What Trump and his border thugs are doing to these families is cruel, heartless and un-American. It is morally wrong to kidnap kids from their parents. And it is monstrous to fire tear gas into a crowd full of innocent kids.

These unspeakable acts must stop! I call on House Democrats to use the full weight of their investigatory, legal and oversight powers to ensure that Trump stops using California’s southern border to divide our country, harm innocent children and stoke dangerous racial resentments.

As California Democrats, we must speak out on this crucial issue so that our newly elected Representatives can bring an end to Trump’s border insanity.

Call 202.224.3121 to be connected to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard and reach your representative. We have the power to stop this –  but we must make our voices heard!