May 12

Democrats say Yes on Measure C

Democrats say Yes on Measure C

The Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) and all eight Democratic Clubs in Sonoma County stand united. We all say vote YES on Measure C.

Yes on C logo

Yes on Measure C for Fair and Affordable Santa Rosa

In September 2016, the SCDP voted unanimously for the ordinance passed by the Santa Rosa City Council to enact rent stabilization and just cause eviction. In April 2017, we voted unanimously to SUPPORT MEASURE C.

The lack of affordable housing and rising homelessness are community housing crises that need immediate action. With rents increasing by over 50 percent over 5 years, the City Council took steps to ensure housing security for residents, almost half of whom are renters.

Protecting housing rights and ensuring people can afford to live where they work are crucial economic issues. Local business cannot thrive without workers to provide services or produce products. Without affordable housing or security in rental costs, workers will be forced to relocate. Housing takes time to construct. Rent stabilization is a necessary immediate action that will help protect a healthy local economy.

On May 9, 2017, the Press Democrat published an article about apartments with the median of $2,500/month (2 bedroom). That is a $360 increase from $2,140 median rents noted in a Feb 21, 2017, PD article. At the current California minimum wage of $10.50/hour, a worker makes only $1,820/month. A family of four with two working parents at minimum wage will have $1,140/month for other expenses.  This family’s rent alone takes up 68 percent of their gross pay, well above the recommended 30 percent. Forty-seven (47) percent of Santa Rosa residents fall into the category of “overpaying households.” At a 1 percent vacancy rate, renters are left with scant options to find and secure an available rental.

With a large percentage of income dedicated to housing, families and workers are not able to fully provide for themselves let alone support a healthy economy. Local businesses will see fewer and fewer paying customers, which leads to failing businesses and joblessness. Measure C is a stopgap on this cycle. Rent stabilization ensures workers and families can remain in their homes, keeps students in school, and supports local business in customer retention.

We need protections today, like Measure C, while we work toward longer term solutions on affordable housing to build a healthier and more sustainable economy.

Do not be misled or confused by mailings paid for by the California Association of Realtors and Woodmont Real Estate using FPPC I.D. 1395025.  They are not authorized to speak for the Democratic Party.  Their misleading mailing that may have arrived in your mail box recently is alternative news of the worst kind.

Join the Sonoma County Democratic Party in voting YES on Measure C for a fair and affordable Santa Rosa.

May 03

SCDP Supports CA legislation protecting immigrants

Sonoma County Democratic Party supports

California legislation to protect immigrant rights.

On April 11, 2017, the Sonoma County Democratic Party voted to support four (4) pieces of legislation currently in the California Legislature related to immigration.

AB 3 Public defenders: legal counsel: immigration consequences: grants

By Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) to create state-funded regional centers to train defense attorneys and public defender’s offices on immigration law and the consequences of criminal convictions.

SB 29 Law enforcement: immigration

By Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to declare that the state does not tolerate profiting from the incarceration of Californians held in immigration detention and the state’s desire to ensure the just and humane treatment of our most vulnerable population, and by adding Section 1670.9 to the Civil Code, would prohibit placing immigrants in for-profit detention centers, and specifies that when otherwise detained, the facility shall not deprive an immigrant detainee in civil immigration proceedings of specific rights.

SB 31 California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies:disclosure of religious affiliation information

By Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) the California Religious Freedom Act would prohibit a state or local agency or a public employee acting under color of law from providing or disclosing to the federal government personally identifiable information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, as specified, when the information is sought for compiling in a databse of individuals based on religious belief, practice or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.

SB 54 Law enforcement: sharing data

By Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), known as the California Values Act, to prevent the use of state and local public resources to aid federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions.

 

 

Apr 28

Resolution Supporting May Day 2017

The Sonoma County Democratic Party adopted a

Resolution in Support of May Day 2017

on April 11, 2017

Please join us in protecting labor, immigrant, and civil rights.

For the full resolution language, please click here.

Facebook event link to the local May Day March.

Apr 14

Endorsements June 2017 Election

Endorsements for June 6, 2017 election.

City of Healdsburg

Leah Gold for City Council

SCDP Endorses Gold for Healdsburg

City of Santa Rosa

Yes on Measure C

SCDP Endorses Yes on Measure C

City of Sonoma

Yes on Measure E

SCDP Endorses Yes on Measure E

 

Jan 13

DNC Future Forum

Phoeniz Future Forum (first of four forums) for the  Democratic National Committee

Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12pm-5pm Phoenix, AZ

LIVE Stream Link

Below is a list of candidate who have confirmed their participation in the Phoenix Future Forum. 
 
Candidates for Chair:
Sally Boynton Brown, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director
Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, Association of State Democratic Parties Chair
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative (MN-5)
Jehmu Greene, Fox News Political Analyst
Jaime Harrison, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair
Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
 
Candidates for Vice Chair:
Michael Blake, New York State Assemblyman (79th District)
Melissa Byrne, Former National GOTV Digital Director for Bernie 2016
Mitchell Caesar, Former Broward County Democratic Party Chair
Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (NY-6)
Elizabeth Jaff, Head of Business Development and Campaigns for Crowdpac, Inc.
Lorna M. Johnson, Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Los Angeles
Latoia Jones, Assistant Director of Human Rights, American Federation of Teachers and Co-Founder of Black & Engaged
Rick Palacio, Colorado Democratic Party Chair
Adam Parkhomenko
 
Candidates for Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation:
Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana Democratic Party Chair
Melissa Fazli, Executive Board Member and Delegate for the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 55
 
Candidates for Secretary:
Ana Cuprill, Wyoming Democratic Party Chair
Roberta Lange, Nevada Democratic Party Chair
Jason Rae, DNC Youth Council Chair
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, DNC Secretary and Former Baltimore Mayor
 
Candidates for Treasurer:
Joyce Amico, President of JPCM Incorporated
William Derrough, Managing Director of Moelis & Company
 
Candidates for National Finance Chair:
Henry Munoz III, DNC National Finance Chair

Jan 13

Introducing the SCDP governing board for 2017-2021

The Sonoma County Democratic Party officially swore in a new governing body and officers on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for term 2017-2021. Delegates to the California Democratic Party were also elected for term 2017-2019. Below is a list by Supervisorial District of the governing body (*denotes CDP delegate, **denotes CDP Executive Board delegate).

 

District 1

Maria Peluso, Corresponding Secretary*

alternate John Kelly

Laura Declercq, First Vice Chair**

alternate Helen O’Donnell*

Bill Schauber

alternate vacant

Mike Smith*

alternate Beth Hadley

Laurie Gallian, Chair*

alternate Ray Gallian

open seat

 

District 2

Valerie Minton*

alternate vacant

Dale Axelrod*

alternate vacant

Blake Hooper* (ADEM10 delegate)

alternate Elizabeth Escalante

Scott Alonso*

alternate Ken Quinto

Peggy Carr*

alternate vacant

 

District 3

Jennifer Dawes*

alternate vacant

Val Hinshaw, Second Vice Chair*

alternate Janet Reynolds, Recording Secretary

Erin Carlstrom

alternate vacant

Miles Kurland (ADEM2 delegate)

alternate vacant

 

District 4

Patricia Sabo*

alternate Ola King-Claye

Rick Massell*

alternate vacant

Sandy Reynolds

alternate vacant

open seat

 

District 5

Deborah Dobish

alternate vacant

Kimberly Burr

alternate Lynn Hamilton

Don Frank*

alternate vacant

Elizabeth Basile

Cal Weeks*

alternate Rosario Rodriguez

 

Elected Officials and Ex-Officios

Stephen Gale** for Congressman Mike Thompson

vacant for Congressman Jared Huffman

vacant for Senator Mike McGuire

Logan Pitts* for Senator Bill Dodd

Carol Taylor* for Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Chris Snyder* for Assemblyman Marc Levine

Mary Watts for Assemblyman Jim Wood

 

As evidenced from this list, there are still positions available. Please contact scdp@sonic.net for more information.

Jan 09

Taking Action in 2017

Thank you to those who turned out for the Community Organizing Open House on Saturday, January 7th. For those who were unable to attend you missed a visit from Congressman Mike Thompson, a panel on connecting to elected officials, and small group discussions on important issues and how we can take action.

Special thanks to Janet Reynolds for putting this slideshow together.

SCDP Community Organizing 7Jan2017

Here is a printable PDF of the pamphlet distributed with important contact information for elected officials and local Democratic Clubs.

SCDP Guide to Elected Officials 2017

Dec 16

SCDP supports Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

The Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the election of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“We believe Keith Ellison is the best choice to lead the Democratic Party to a better future nationally,” said Bleys W. Rose, chair of the local Democratic Party. “Ellison has committed to leading the DNC in building up our base at local levels. He is committed to taking on the position full time by resigning from Congress to focus on the Democratic Party.”

Support for Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair results from a vote taken Dec. 13 by the governing board of the Sonoma County Democratic Party.

Although selection of a national party chair may be a couple months away, the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports efforts to coalesce around a leader who is demonstrating the desire to bring new ideas to a party much in need of forging like-minded coalitions to oppose the destructive policies being advocated by the Republican Party.

We are encouraged that U.S. Rep. Ellison has already won endorsements from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will replace Reid in 2017.

For information, contact:

Bleys W. Rose

Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party

email

phone

For information about Keith Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair, see:

https://keithfordnc.org/

Nov 20

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 Nomination 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 6, 2017

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

Email: Helen O’Donnell

Nov 14

CADEM Election Information

If you would like to take a more active role in the California Democratic Party, here is an opportunity for you to be involved.  In January 2017, the CDP will be holding Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEM) where 14 (7 female & 7 male) Delegates are elected to represent their Assembly District (AD). 2 (1 female/1male) Assembly District Executive Board Representatives (E-Board) will also be elected. These Delegates will attend the State Party Conventions in 2017 and 2018 (a 2-year term).
Who may participate?
Any Democrat registered to vote (as of October 24, 2016) and residing in the Assembly District may participate in electing these delegates, or may run for election as a Delegate.
Filing information

Democrats interested in running to be an Assembly District Delegate must file with the State Party by 5:00PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016. The application to file for AD candidate will open Wednesday, November 16, 2016. There is a filing fee of $20.00 to run as an ADEM Candidates, which may be done online. 

See this “quick reference” for more information: CADEM Delegate Expense Responsibilities
Delegate expenses and responsibilities
Please note that if you are elected as a Delegate to these state conventions, you will be responsible for all expenses including travel, hotel and food. Costs may easily run more than $1,000 per year for the two year term.  Please refer to the following attachment, “Delegate and E-board Expense and Responsibility Sheet” for more information on delegate responsibilities and expenses.  The information sheet below is from 2014 and may be updated by the CDP.
CADEM Assembly Districts relevant to Sonoma County are AD2, AD4, and AD10
AD2
For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 2, the following information is available   Check this website for updates CADEM or contact Region 2 Director, Joe Louis Wildman at  for details.
SEIU Ukiah 100 Kings Ct. –  Jim Mastin 
Eureka Labor Temple. – Robert Service
AD4
For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 4, information about the ADEM day (either January 7 or 8) and location(s) is not available at this time.  Please check this website for updates CADEM, or contact Region 4 Director, Craig Cheslog for details.

AD10

For Sonoma County registered Democrats who reside in Assembly District 10, the following information is available.  If you have any questions regarding the AD10 ADEM, please contact the convener, Pat Johnstone or 415-847-1940.

Not sure what Assembly District you live in? Look it up here.

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