May 20

Our endorsements in the June 7 primary election…

These candidates are endorsed by the Sonoma County Democratic Party:


Mike Thompson in the 5th Congressional District


Jared Huffman in the 2nd Congressional District


Susan Gorin in the 1st District election for Sonoma County Supervisor


Noreen Evans in the 5th District election for Sonoma County Supervisor


Measure AA for restoration work in the San Francisco Bay wetlands



Apr 27

Save the date: New HQ opens Friday, May 13 @5pm

The Sonoma County Democratic Party’s election headquarters for 2016 officially opens on May 13.

It is located in downtown Santa Rosa at 120 D Street.

More details later.

Apr 15

Sonoma County Democratic Party endorses Susan Gorin for 1st District Supervisor & Noreen Evans for 5th District Supervisor

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.

Apr 08

Debate in Brooklyn; Watch it in Santa Rosa

With less than two weeks to go before the April 19 Democratic Party primary election in New York state, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off in debate on April 14.
No need to travel to Brooklyn.
Join other Democrats watching the debate at:
Round Table Pizza
1791 Marlow Rd. at Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa
Gathering at  5:30 pm;  Debate starts at 6:00 pm

Mar 10

Thanks to all for making Crab Feed 2016 a success !!

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.

Feb 29

Yes…more issues from Hillary & Bernie at a SR debate watch party Sunday evening

Back by popular demand, the Sonoma County Democratic Party Political Organizing Committee is holding another watch party for the Democratic Party candidates for President.
The next debate watch party will be on Sunday, March 6, at the Round Table Pizza on Marlow and Guerneville Roads in Santa Rosa.   Come join us and your Democratic neighbors to watch real debates on issues we care about.
Details:  March 6, 4:30 p.m.  ( Debate begins at 5pm)
Round Table Pizza, Safeway Shopping Center
1791 Marlow Rd (at Guerneville Rd), Santa Rosa

Jan 31

Annual SoCo Democratic Party Crab Feed is this Friday, March 4

Keynote Speaker: Dave Jones, California insurance commissioner

Featured: Democrat of the Year, Young Democrat of the Year and recipient of the Roberta Hollowell award.

Details: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Doors open 5 pm for bar and silent auction. Dinner at 7 pm.

This event sells out every year – purchase
tickets early to guarantee a seat.
Tickets will NOT be available at the door.
Sponsorship levels;
$1,500 President level for 16 tickets, reserved table
$1,000 Governor level for 10 tickets, reserved table
$500 Speaker of the House level for 6 tickets, reserved table
$300 Senator level for 4 tickets
$150 Congress member level for 2 tickets
Individual tickets are $50
Our preferred method is to purchase tickets & sponsorships by mail,
Please send checks to:
Sonoma County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3727
Phone: 707-575-3029
Tickets & sponsorships available online from ActBlue from the link below:
They charge us 4% 
Funds raised from this event will be used to support our 2016 Campaign Headquarters and endorsed Democratic candidates.
Thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing you at the Crab Feed!

Nov 28

Save the date — March 4 — for the Crab Feed

The popular annual Crab Feed sponsored by the Sonoma County Democratic Party will be Friday, March 4. Usually held on the final Friday of February, that weekend is taken by the state Democratic Party convention in San Jose, from Feb. 26-28. Details soon on sponsorship opportunities, tickets and the prospect of even having crab.

Jun 30

AUG 22….the annual SoCo Democratic Party BBQ



                   8th ANNUAL BARBEQUE


Saturday August 22 Noon – 3P.M.

Howarth Park

Santa Rosa


Individuals $15 Family

$40 (2 adults & 2 or more children)



Flaming Hot $1000 20 Tickets

Sizzling Hot $500 8 Tickets

Red Hot Coals $250 6 Tickets

Burning Embers $125 4 Tickets

Fire Starter $75 2 Tickets

 Paid for and authorized by the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee

Donations are not tax deductible

FPPC # 742674

Apr 14

SoCo Dems detail support for & objections to CALLE recommendations

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

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