Win some lose some.
The election is over and now it is time to pack away or recycle those yard and window signs. Each jurisdiction has its own ordinance on when political signs need to be removed. If you are unsure what that is where you live and/or work below is a reminder.
County of Sonoma unincorporated areas: within 20 days
Cloverdale: 30 days total on display (possible extension to 45 days with approval)
Cotati: within 10 days
Healdsburg: within 15 days
Petaluma: within 15 days
Rohnert Park: within 10 days
Santa Rosa: within 15 days
Sebastopol: no specific guidelines
Sonoma: within 10 days
Windsor: 45 days total on display
Official Endorsements of the California Democratic Party and Sonoma County Democratic Party
Federal and State
CD2 – Jared Huffman*
CD5 – Mike Thompson*
SD3 – Bill Dodd
AD2 – Jim Wood*
AD4 – Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
AD10 – Marc Levine*
Note: If a race is not listed, that means there was no endorsement.
Board of Supervisors,
Sonoma County Board of Education, Area 1
City Council RacesCloverdale City Council
Mary Ann Brigham*
Cotati City Council
Healdsburg City Council
Petaluma City Council
Santa Rosa City Council
Sebastopol City Council
Sonoma City Council
Windsor Town Council
School Board Races
Santa Rosa Junior College Board
District 3, 4, 5
Cotati/Rohnert Park School District
Santa Rosa School District
Sonoma Valley Unified School District
West Sonoma County Union High School District
Windsor Unified School District
Esther Lemus (Short Term)*
George Valenzuela (Full Term )*
Statewide Ballot Propositions
51 YES Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 Repairs and upgrades older schools; relieves classroom overcrowding.
52 YES Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act Ensures continued access to Medi-Cal.
53 NO Stop Right Wing Millionaire’s Attack on Local Control and Infrastructure Erodes local control of infrastructure projects.
54 NO Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Gives special interests the power to block needed and timely legislation on key issues facing California.
55 YES Tax Extension to Fund Children’s Education and Healthcare Maintains current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion in cuts to public education.
56 YES Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law EnforcementIncreases cigarette tax by $2/pack to keep children from smoking, improve healthcare, and save lives.
57 YES Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act Authorizes parole consideration for nonviolent inmates under certain conditions.
58 YES The LEARN Initiative (Language Education, Acquisition, and Readiness Now!) Helps students learn English quickly and expands opportunities for English speakers to learn a second language.
59 YES Overturn Citizens United Stops the flood of secret corporate money into our elections.
60 NO Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Would allow any California resident to sue adult film performers and other workers; violates their privacy and reduces workplace safety.
61 YES State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Would change standards used by state agencies for negotiating and paying for prescription drugs. (CADem* – No Position)
62 YES Replace the Costly, Failed Death Penalty System Replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole.
63 YES Safety for All Act Keeps communities safe with common-sense laws to curb gun violence.
64 No Position – Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (CADem* – YES)
65 NO Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Changes specifications for revenue from carry-out bags. (CADem* – No Position)
66 NO Death Penalty. Procedures. Removes legal safeguards in death penalty procedures, greatly increasing the risk of executing an innocent person.
67 YES Plastic Bag Ban Keeps in place California’s current ban on plastic bags.
*CADem = California Democratic Party
Local Ballot Measures
Note: Measures P, Q, and S were not considered.
C YES Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Bond
D YES Healdsburg Unified School District Bond
E YES Sonoma Valley Unified School District Bond
F YES Windsor Unified School District Bond
G YES Guerneville School District Bond
H YES Rincon Valley Union School District Parcel Tax
I YES Wilmar Union School District Parcel Tax
J YES Sonoma County Regional Parks and Water Quality Improvement One-half-cent sales tax in unincorporated areas to expand, maintain, and improve Regional Parks.
K YES Sonoma County Community Separators Protection Act Renews voter protections for community separators, preserving open space and farmlands.
L YES Sonoma County Tourist Tax Addresses impacts of tourism by increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from 9% to 12% in unincorporated areas.
M YES Sonoma County Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance Countywide ban on cultivation of genetically engineered crops.
N YES Santa Rosa City Services Measure Extends existing voter-approved 1/4-cent sales tax for eight more years.
O YES Santa Rosa Public Safety Spending Levels Amends minimum funding requirements for public safety services.
R NO Healdsburg Growth Management Ordinance Amends existing Growth Management Ordinance.
T No Position – City of Healdsburg Moratorium on water fluoridation.
U YES City of Sonoma Extends existing voter-approved 1/2-cent sales tax for five years to support city services.
V YES City of Sonoma Bans use of gas-powered leaf blowers within city limits.
W YES City of Sonoma Expands protections from secondhand smoke.
Y YES Sonoma County Library Sales tax of 1/8 of one cent to fund library services.
Sonoma County Democratic Party Volunteers Rock!
So far this year, they have:
Registered 1,651 new voters
Prepared over 13,000 door hangers
Mailed 22,622 slate cards
Made over 3,000 phone calls
Knocked on over 3,640 doors
Whew! We have not even begun GOTV!
Thank you to our amazing volunteers.
By now, all registered voters who signed up for absentee ballots should have received theirs in the mail.
They should also have received their copies of the Sample Ballot from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters (with local measures and statewide and local candidates) and the California Official Voter Information Guide that has information on the statewide propositions.
Here’s a link to the endorsements of the Sonoma County Democratic Party:
Here’s a link to the county Sample Ballot with instructions on polling places and who is on the ballot in your area:
Come by headquarters to purchase Hillary for President buttons and bumperstickers on SALE for $1 each.
Reps. Thompson, HUFFMAN call on Korean War veterans to come forward, receive medal from South
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Jared Huffman (CA-02) today announced that they are calling on all veterans of the Korean War living in Sonoma County to contact Rep. Thompson’s Santa Rosa District Office. Thompson and Huffman are working with the office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco to facilitate the presentation of medals to Sonoma County veterans from the Republic of Korea in recognition of their service in the Korean War.
“Our nation owes a big thanks to our Korean War Veterans,” said Rep. Thompson. “Thanks to those brave Americans who answered our country’s call to service, South Korea is free and prosperous today. Though the Korean War is often remembered as the ‘Forgotten War’, our veterans will not be forgotten. I ask every veteran of the Korean War to contact my office so that they can be recognized for their service and sacrifice.”
“Although the Korean War did not receive the same level of public attention as many others, we must never forget how these servicemen answered the call and valiantly served their country,” said Rep. Huffman. “I urge all Korean War veterans to come forward so that we can properly recognize and honor these brave individuals for the sacrifices they have made in service for our country.”
Thompson and Huffman are compiling a list of names of those veterans living in Sonoma County who served during the Korean War. They hope to have a complete list so that every Korean War veteran in our County can receive an “Ambassador for Peace” medal from the Republic of Korea. The Ambassador for Peace medal is granted by the Republic of Korea to our veterans out of appreciation for restoring and preserving South Korea’s freedom and democracy through their service in the Korean War. The medals will be presented during a ceremony hosted by Thompson and Huffman in Sonoma County to be announced at a later date.
Veterans should contact Thompson’s Santa Rosa office at (707) 542 – 7182 or Sonoma.KoreanWarVeterans@mail.house.gov as soon as possible to be included among the veterans eligible for a medal.
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Hillary Clinton showed tonight she’s all the things Donald Trump claims to be: strong, smart, and ready to lead. Any parent who’s ever had a sniffling, whining toddler who just needs to go to bed has to admire her patience and persistence. Trump interrupted Clinton again and again but he came across as a whining bore instead of a would-be leader. After tonight, even more Americans will start to lose patience with Trump’s antics.
We are busy this election season. Every day our office is filled with volunteers doing a variety of activities ranging from preparing walk materials, phoning banking, registering voters, and more.
For more information on how you can volunteer please call our office at 707-575-3029 or complete the volunteer form and hear back from us.