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Campaign decor is now available from the Sonoma County Democratic Party headquarters. Buttons, bumper stickers, posters, t-shirts and yardsigns. We are open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, located at 120 D St in Santa Rosa. Email: scdp @sonic.net =============================================================== August 28 Precinct Walk & BBQ Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor Sunday, …View full post
We regret to announce that the Democratic Party fundraiser scheduled for June 25 is being postponed until a date in October, to be determined. Details will be the same, date will change. Details: The Sonoma County Democratic Party is hosting a special event at the Hawley Winery in Dry Creek Valley. The Hawley family has …View full post
Victory on Nov 8 for the Democratic Party candidates won’t be possible without the help of volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare, we are looking for volunteers to contact voters and to staff the office headquarters. in downtown Santa Rosa at 120 D. Street. We are generally open from 10 am to …View full post
The governing board of the Sonoma County Democratic Party decided April 12 to support re-election of Susan Gorin as 1st District Supervisor and to back former state legislator Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————–Excerpts of the news media release on the Evans endorsement: The governing board of the party decided that Noreen Evans …View full post
About 600 people dined on crab and pasta at the 28th Annual Sonoma County Democratic Party Crab Feed on March 4. In case you missed it: Dave Jones, the incumbent state insurance commissioner and candidate for Attorney General, was the featured speaker. Special annual awards went to: Jack Buckhorn, IBEW leader and North Bay Central …View full post
990 A Street, Suite 301, San Rafael
We regret to announce that the Democratic Party fundraiser scheduled for June 25 is being postponed until a date in October, to be determined.
Details will be the same, date will change.
The Sonoma County Democratic Party is hosting a special event at the Hawley Winery in Dry Creek Valley.
The Hawley family has graciously opened their beautiful property for a wine and food pairing that will raise funds needed to operate the Democratic Party’s 2016 election headquarters.
Maintaining a campaign office this summer through the November election will enable us to increase voter contact on behalf of our endorsed candidates and ballot issues.
Please join our host committee that includes Sonoma County supervisors Susan Gorin, James Gore and Shirlee Zane in sponsoring this event for $250.
For information on this event, please contact us at 575-3029 or at email@example.com.
Sponsorship checks can be sent directly to the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA., 95402.
Victory on Nov 8 for the Democratic Party candidates won’t be possible without the help of volunteers.
If you have a few hours to spare, we are looking for volunteers to contact voters and to staff the office headquarters. in downtown Santa Rosa at 120 D. Street.
We are generally open from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays.
Campaigns get crazy and we could use your help.
Val Hinshaw, campaign coordinator
The governing board of the Sonoma County Democratic Party decided April 12 to support re-election of Susan Gorin as 1st District Supervisor and to back former state legislator Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————–Excerpts of the news media release on the Evans endorsement:
The governing board of the party decided that Noreen Evans has an unmatched record of public service to her constituents, a record that dates back to her vast experience in the state legislature as well in Santa Rosa government. Over the last 23 years, Evans has already represented portions of the broad Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers west Santa Rosa and spans the West County to the Sonoma Coast.
“Noreen’s experience, particularly on environmental protections and on affordable housing, reflect the values of Fifth District residents,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. “An open seat on the board gives us a unique opportunity to set a new course for the future. The Democratic Party is confident the people of this district don’t want to go down the path of inexperience again.”
Evans is an attorney who returned to private practice in Sonoma County after serving four years in the California senate and six years in the state Assembly. Before that, she was on the Santa Rosa city council for eight years and on its planning commission for three years.
Excerpts of the news media release on the Gorin endorsement:
The governing board of the party decided that, due to her outstanding record of leadership during the last four years, Susan Gorin merited a second term representing the residents of east Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley.
“Four years ago, the Democratic Party endorsed Susan in first run for the county Board of Supervisors. Susan has devoted every day of those four years to putting leadership into action,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. “Susan’s priorities always put working families at the forefront of the board’s efforts to build Sonoma County’s sustainable economy.”
In addition to her four-year term as supervisor, Gorin served six years on the Santa Rosa city council, two years on the city planning commission and four years on the Santa Rosa school board. She was an active community volunteer prior to her 14 years as an elected official. During all that time, she has proven to be a solid advocate for the best interests of the community.
About 600 people dined on crab and pasta at the 28th Annual Sonoma County Democratic Party Crab Feed on March 4.
In case you missed it:
Dave Jones, the incumbent state insurance commissioner and candidate for Attorney General, was the featured speaker.
Special annual awards went to:
Jack Buckhorn, IBEW leader and North Bay Central Labor Council president, as Democrat of the Year.
Blake Hooper, Conservation Action community relations coordinator and Young Democrats activist, as Young Democrat of the Year.
Maggie Fishman, trustee of the Santa Rosa Junior College board, as recipient of the Robert Hollowell award.
Thanks so much to these event contributors at the President level:
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson
Ca. Sen. Mike McGuire
Noreen Evans for Sonoma County Supervisor campaign
Tony Crabb & Barbara Grassechi
Santa Rosa Democratic Club
Service Employees International Union, Local 1021
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 551
Operating Engineers, Local 3
The next fund raising event for the Democratic Party will be May 21 at the Hawley Winery.
We look forward to the next Crab Feed returning to its usual position on the calendar, the last Friday in February, Feb. 24.
Paid for and authorized by the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee
Donations are not tax deductible
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Sonoma County Democrats detail support for & objections to CALLE recommendations
April 13, 2015
For more than a year, the Sonoma County Democratic Party has monitored the proceedings and deliberations of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force and it recently voted to approve dozens of recommendations on courses of action.
Here is a condensed summary of our findings and our conclusions:
Subject: Law Enforcement Accountability
1. Establishing an Office of Independent Auditor
The Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee strongly supports this portion of the recommendation, including review of the conduct of the entire SO employees, including the employees in the Detention Division and jail. In April 2014, overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the creation of a robust, independent review body to oversee the operations of law enforcement in the county. The resolution said: “The Board should have the power to conduct independent investigations with subpoena power, the right to interview witnesses, and access to all investigative materials, including, but not limited to, reports of the coroner and reports by officers on the scenes.”
2. Independent and confidential audit review of internal departmental investigations of officer use of force incidents, incidents of officer misconduct and complain
This is a key function of the OIA, a bottom line. The criteria cited — complete, objective, thorough and fair — are the terms of art used in the field and we appreciate that the LEA is using them. We would add, however, that the audit should also scrutinize how complaints are screened, how they are classified and recorded, and whether the dispositions were timely.
3. Creating an OIA Citizens Advisory Committee.
The SCDCC strongly supports citizen involvement in the oversight process, and this is a creative and appropriate way to institutionalize it. Unfortunately, the recommendation does not address how the Committee would be constituted. In our SCDCC resolution we called for a “Board of volunteers, [who] should be appointed by elected officials with the makeup of the board reflecting the racial and ethnic diversity of Sonoma County.” Does the LEA envision that the BOS would appoint the members? Would we run the risk that appointments by elected officials will simply reward their supporters? Should there be an application process similar to the Grand Jury with screening by judges, removing the process from our politicians? This is a significant issue and should be addressed.
4. Separating the Office of the Coroner from the Office of the County Sheriff.
The LEA is correct that there is a built in conflict of interest when the sheriff is also the coroner. The SCDCC agrees that the offices should be separated.
Subject: Community Oriented Policing
1. Improving Critical Incident Response
We regard this recommendation favorably. At the site of a critical incident, the presence of a non-uniformed officer, trained in interpersonal relations and communications can serve community members by responsibly informing them of what is occurring, calm them with respectful & informative communications, and can actually enlist the helpful engagement and cooperation of community members in resolving the situation. We regard very favorably the sustained efforts with community communication & engagement (remaining on the critical incident scene until community mood has settled), publicly announcing and then conducting a community forum (within 5-7 days with thoughtful planning of this forum taking place within 48 hrs), as well as clearly posting press releases and audio and video of the incident.
2. Enhance Alternative Use of Force Practices
There is perhaps nothing more crucial to repairing public trust in local law enforcement than reform of the use of force policy. The Task Force has heard testimony from families who found a family member dead at the hands of law enforcement, when their hope was that a crisis situation would be defused. We are in support the recommendation aligning the Sonoma County law enforcement agencies’ use of force policies with recent Albuquerque, NM and Seattle, WA models. The principles governing the use of force policies required in Albuquerque and Seattle serve to define, limit, report on and track the use of all forms of “force”. The policies spell out disciplinary action for officers who violate any use of force policy. They also spell out officer responsibility to seek medical care for individuals injured by use of force. In addition these policies spell out training for officers and procedural guidelines for interacting with individuals with mental illness or disability.
Subject: Community Engagement and Healing
1. Establishing full-time counselors in schools, extending their duties beyond students to families and staff and training them to provide trauma and on-going counseling.
SCDCC recommends that resources instead be found to increase behavioral health counseling through clinics and other agencies, with outreach to families and communities as well as schools. Potentially, many of the services can be reimbursed because of new medical insurance requirements.
2. Expanding the number of school resource officers to provide law enforcement, support students the school community and to provide education in public safety and the law.
SCDCC recommends that the expansion of school resource officers be explored in detail to determine which schools would benefit most, and to determine the further training in community policing they receive, with respect to law enforcement needs, educational environment and overall benefits to the student community. The funding sources from schools, cities and county should be clarified.
3. Continuing to hold regular community forums for residents and law enforcement to interact, question and develop better relationships.
SCDCC recommends that the proposed forums between law enforcement and the community be integrated with community engagement meetings taking place in cities and unincorporated areas to gather input from residents about their concerns. Some of these meetings could use the same principles that the healing subcommittee used in their forums to foster positive interaction between law enforcement and the community. It is essential that there be a procedure in place to follow through on the questions, criticisms, suggestions and other feedback that arise from these meetings
Feb. 27, 2015
The Sonoma County Democratic Party proudly recognizes several leaders for their roles in improving our community.
Recognized at the 37th Annual Crab Feed at the SR Vets Bldg. were:
Noreen Evans, our former state senator and former SR city councilwoman, as the honored guest and featured speaker.
Marty Bennett, a leader in North Bay Jobs with Justice and fighting for a Living Wage for working families, as Democrat of the Year.
Pat Sabo, a veteran California Teachers Association activist, as recipient of the Roberta Hollowell Memorial Award.
Mike McGuire, former Sonoma County 4th District supervisor and now state senator, as Young Democrat of the Year.
Bill Kortum, the North Coast’s premier environmentalist and coastal preservationist, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, accepted in his memory by his wife, Lucy.
And Thank You to all the recipients and donors who made the annual crab feed event a success, bringing 700 Democrats and guests together and raising tens of thousands of dollars for advancing Democratic Party principles
Sept. 10, 2014
The Sonoma County Democratic Party is launching its campaign for favored candidates after completing its endorsements last night and opening its headquarters last Saturday.
Party headquarters at 120 D St., Santa Rosa, will be open and staffed daily through the Nov. 4 election.
Last night, the party’s governing board voted to endorse these candidates:
In Sonoma, for city council we support Rachel Hundley, Ken Brown and Madolyn Agrimonti.
In Sebastopol, for city council we support Una Glass and Sarah Glade Gurney.
In the Santa Rosa School District race, we support Omar Medina and Ron Kristof.
In the Windsor School District race, we support Cheryl L. Scholar.
In the West County High School District race, we support Kellie Noe.
The Democratic Party urges all voters to cast their ballots for these candidates as well as those previously endorsed.
For Sonoma County Supervisor in the 4th District: Deb Fudge
For the Santa Rosa city council: Curtis Byrd, Chris Coursey and Lee Pierce
For Mayor of Petaluma: David Glass
For Petaluma city council: Teresa Barrett and Janice Cader-Thompson
For Windsor town council: Sam Salmon and Evan Zelig
For Cloverdale city council: Carol Russell and Jude Gibson-Byers
For Cotati city council: Mark Landman
For Healdsburg city council: Brigette Mansell
For Area 7 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Jordan Burns
For Areas 3, 4 and 5 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Dorothy Battenfeld
For Area 2 seat on the SRJC Board of Trustees: Maggie Fishman
For California State Assembly District 2: Jim Wood
For California State Assembly District 4: Bill Dodd
For California State Assembly Distrcit 10: Mark Levine
For California State Senate District 2: Mike McGuire
For U.S. Representative 2nd District: Jared Huffman
For U.S. Representative 5th District: Mike Thompson