Dec 12

Call for Nominations

The Sonoma County Democratic Party is seeking nominees for our annual awards dinner.

Award Categories

Roberta Hollowell

Young Democrat of the Year

Democrat of the Year

SCDP Award Nominations Requirements

All nominees must be registered Democrats. To nominate someone write a brief statement giving the qualifications of the nominee and reasons for nomination. 

Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Mail nominations to: SCDP, PO Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Or, email your completed form.

Dec 04

Mourning the loss of Helen O’Donnell

We lost a friend, mentor, and wonderful person recently. Helen O’Donnell passed away last week.

Helen O'Donnell

Helen O’Donnell

Below is a message from the CDP Chair Eric Bauman and Assemblymember Marc Levine.

CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR ERIC C. BAUMAN, ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARC LEVINE (D-SAN RAFAEL) MOURN THE PASSING OF SONOMA DEMOCRATIC LEADER HELEN O’DONNELL

CHAIR ERIC C. BAUMAN, CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

“California Democrats lost a dear friend and a true Blue heroine as Helen O’Donnell of Sonoma passed away this week. Helen was a pillar of our Democratic movement in Sonoma and Chair of the county’s fundraising committee. A longtime organizer of the Sonoma County Democratic Party’s one-of-a-kind crab feeds, she was honored at the 2017 event with the Roberta Hollowell Award.  Through her leadership and the countless hours she committed to electing Democrats, raising money for Blue candidates, mentoring young leaders, and serving as a state party delegate, Helen has left an enduring mark on our Party and the Golden State.

“In her professional life with the California Teachers Association, Helen empowered teachers to strengthen their vital profession for the benefit of California’s students and our future.

“Helen’s passing is a shock and a significant loss for our community of Democrats and the Sonoma family she loved dearly.  We send our deep condolences and support to Helen’s mother, sister and family.

“As we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, California Democrats will honor Helen by working even harder to achieve her vision for our Blue state.”

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARC LEVINE (D-SAN RAFAEL):

“Helen O’Donnell was the heart and soul of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. She gave of her heart, her time, and her intellect. Helen was a quintessential community organizer and I was honored to have her as my representative to the central committee. Her loss is heartbreaking and she will be deeply missed.”

Nov 21

Gratitude

In Sonoma County, we are full of gratitude. We cannot give enough thanks to our first responders, neighbors, and community in coming together to wage an effective and caring response to last month’s catastrophic fires. A special hats off to our elected officials. Even though some of them were evacuated, they responded rapidly to help coordinate our county, state, and federal agencies. In the face of the long and daunting process of rebuilding our community, we are heartened that we can rely on that level of leadership as we move forward together.

The Sonoma County Democratic Party members live, work, and attend school here in Sonoma County. Many of us were evacuated. Some lost homes. All were impacted. During those long days of uncertainty, we turned to our elected officials for leadership. They were there for all of us providing updates on social media, streaming live press conferences, and hosting informational town halls. Most importantly, they are still working to help the displaced find housing, providing help with government claims, and working to clean-up and rebuild Sonoma County.

Thank you for your leadership.

Oct 17

From Ashes to New Beginnings

Words cannot convey the appreciation we feel towards our first responders. Our hearts break for our local responders who lost their homes while fighting to protect others. Several days into the firestorms, our hope was restored as firefighters from across our nation, Canada, and Australia sent reinforcements. We ask you to forgive those lost souls who are directing their misplaced anger at you during this traumatic time. We all process grief differently.  Thank you for serving our community.

As evacuation orders are lifted, many of us are preparing to re-enter our neighborhoods to assess whether we have a home, and if so, begin the process of clean-up.

For those who have suffered loss from the fires please use the resources available to you. The Local Assistance Center (LAC) is in downtown Santa Rosa (Press Democrat building at 427 Mendocino Ave) with the hours of 10am-5pm. They can help you begin again. County Mental Health Services will have emotional support services available.

Those re-entering neighborhoods please heed the warnings. Hazardous conditions and chemicals can still harm you please wear protective clothing, closed toe-shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Re-Entry kits with safety instructions and debris disposal information is being provided to residents at re-entry points. Safety Tips from PG&E

Rebuilding our community will not be fast or easy. That has never stopped us before. We are all in this together.

How to help

Time Donations

Volunteers will still be needed for several weeks, please consider donating your time.

Red Cross (register online)

Redwood Empire Food Bank (call 707-523-7900)

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Monetary Donations

Please consider supporting one of the many local resources to aid victims of the wildfires.

Redwood Credit Union fund for fire victims “2017 North Bay Fire Relief” in partnership with Senator Mike McGuire and The Press Democrat. Or mail your donation to PO Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. Make checks payable to RCU Community Fund with memo 2017 North Bay Fire Relief.

The Salvation Army

United Way Wine Country

Go Fund a Hero – For Firefighters who have lost their homes

North Bay & Napa/Solano Labor Council Disaster Relief Fund

Latino Community Fund Northern California Wildfire Relief

Sonoma County Humane Society

Volunteers of America Santa Rosa Fire Relief

Sonoma County Resiliency Fund

Sonoma Valley Fire Support

Oct 13

We Are One Community

With over 70,000 acres burned, countless businesses and home destroyed, our community is devastated and grieving. The fires that blazed through our communities did not discriminate between rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, resident or visitor. We hurt together, and together we will rebuild.

Many of our Sonoma County Democratic Party members were evacuated from their homes and are waiting to find out if they have a home left. Some of us, are on the edges of evacuation zones ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by these fires.

Be safe and stay out of evacuated areas for your own safety and that of emergency personnel. Do not fly drones. Air support for battling the fires will be grounded if drones are spotted.

Where to find fire updates

CalFire

CalFire: Ready for Wildfire

Santa Rosa Public Information Line: 707-543-4511 (for TDD call 707-543-4536)

County of Sonoma EOC Hotline: 707-565-3556 or call 2-1-1

Sonoma County Fire Information: Go to Nixle.com or text 888777 with your zip code.

Confirmed Evacuation Areas

Help for displaced

Register with “Safe and Well” or on the Facebook page of the crisis response for the fire(s) near you.

Evacuation Shelter Info at the City of Santa Rosa.  The list is updated regularly based on available space.

Large Animal Evacuation: Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (Petaluma), and Sebastopol Grange

WiFi is being offered from Comcast (login as “Guest”). Sonic is sheltering victims in their office and have postponed services. AT&T has issued a statement saying no overage charges for those in affected areas.

KSRO radio 1350AM or 103.5FM also has live updates.

Sonoma County Road and Traffic Info

 

Below are some ways to help.

Redwood Empire Food Bank is accepting donations of food (ready-to-eat and non-perishable) or monetary. Delivery of food items at 3990 Brickway Bldv, Santa Rosa.

Most of the Santa Rosa donations are being handled through Salvation Army for cleaning and sorting before distribution.  Salvation Army, 93 Stony Circle, Unit D, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Items needed at evacuation shelters: blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cots, ibuprofen, tylenol, bandaids, gloves, cold packs, eye drops, diapers, feminine products, baby formula, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, aluminum foil, 1 gallon plastic bags, ziplock bags, pet supplies (dog food, cat food, leashes, cages), tea, lotion, cough drops, chapstick, cell phone chargers, shoes, and socks.

Volunteer

Red Cross or call 707-577-7600.

Redwood Empire Food Bank volunteers needed to sort produce, bread and other essential items for evacuation centers. Location: 3990 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa or call 707-523-7900

Monetary Donations

Redwood Credit Union fund for fire victims “2017 North Bay Fire Relief” in partnership with Senator Mike McGuire and The Press Democrat. Or mail your donation to PO Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. Make checks payable to RCU Community Fund with memo 2017 North Bay Fire Relief.

The Salvation Army

United Way Wine Country

Go Fund a Hero – For Firefighters who have lost their homes

North Bay & Napa/Solano Labor Council Disaster Relief Fund

Latino Community Fund Northern California Wildfire Relief

Sonoma County Humane Society

Volunteers of America Santa Rosa Fire Relief

Sonoma County Resiliency Fund

Sonoma Valley Fire Support

Many benefits will be held for the fire victims, and below are a few already scheduled.

Sunday, October 15th the North Bay Fire Relief Fundraiser Event & Drive Up Donations

 

 

Be Safe.

Oct 04

Puerto Rico Relief

Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, and reports from the ground grow worse every day. It has rapidly become a humanitarian crises with food and medical supplies quickly depleting. Most of the island will remain without power for months, forcing everyone (businesses, hospitals, residents) to rely upon generators.

Our fellow Americans need our help now. As a U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico is American soil and residents are American citizens. Eight days to waive the Jones Act to enable much needed supplies to arrive by ship is an outrage to all Americans.

Please consider showing our nation’s leader that we as Democrats support our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico by donating to one of these relief organizations.

United for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund

Direct Relief

As Democrats, we believe in helping the most vulnerable of society. A natural disaster does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, gender, or class. All Puerto Ricans need our aid.

Sep 26

BBQ Appreciation

Thank you to everyone who supported our 11th Annual BBQ

It was a fabulous event with a great turnout.

Special thanks to Lt Governor Gavin Newsom for stopping by.

Lt Gov Gain Newsom with band

Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom took some time to jam with the band at our 11th Annual BBQ.

Our local elected officials also made appearances including Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Supervisor Susan Gorin, Supervisor James Gore. Thank you for remembering the grassroots.

Assemblymember Jim Wood, Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, Jeff Parr

Assembymember Jim Wood, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, and Jeff Parr at the 11th Annual BBQ.

Ed Sheffield, SRCS and Supervisor James Gore

Santa Rosa City School Board member Ed Sheffield and Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore at our 11th Annual BBQ.

Supervisor Susan Gorin

Supervisor Susan Gorin chatting at our 11th Annual BBQ

For more BBQ photos please visit our Facebook album.

Aug 02

11th Annual BBQ

Sonoma County Democratic Party

11th Annual BBQ

Saturday, August 26, 2017

12pm-3pm

Gazebo in Howarth Park

600, Summerfield Drive, Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Democratic Party kicking donkey logo for BBQ

Please join the Sonoma County Democratic Party at our 11th Annual BBQ.

As always there will be good food, good conversation, and great opportunities to chat with local elected officials and candidates. Vegetarian options are available.

Tickets are $15 each or $40 for a Family Pack (2 adults and 2+ children)

Sponsorships

$75 Fire Starter (2 tickets)

$125 Burning Embers (4 tickets)

$250 Red Hot Coals

$500 Sizzling Hot

$1,000 Flaming Hot

NOTE: Act Blue CANNOT accept donations from unions, state, and local candidates. They may donate by mail at: SCDP ~ PO 3727 ~ Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3727

Jul 13

Positions on State Legislation

At the June 2017 meeting, the Sonoma County Democratic Party voted to adopt the following positions on current legislation before the California State Legislature.

Support AB 14: Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures (aka Disclose Act)

Support SB 651: Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: circulators (aka Disclosure of Initiative Funding)

Support AB 1089: Local elective offices: contribution limitations

Support SB 562: Healthy California Act (aka Universal Single-Payer Health Care Coverage)

Jul 10

Voter Registration and Engagement Trainings

Frustrated with national politics? Ready to get involved?

We have a solution!

Please join us for a Voter Registration and Engagement Training. We are conducting training’s regularly in preparation for 2018 election season. Voter registration and engagement is critical to winning elections.

Two training’s are being held this month on July 22nd and July 25th. Register today.