June 26, 2018 Meeting Preview

Meeting will be held on June 26, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church at 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito 94530. Meeting begins at 6:30 PM.


  • 6:00 Doors Open:  Pizza available ($5)
  • 6:30  Call to Order
  • 6:30  Approval of Minutes of May 22, 2018 Meeting
  • 6:35  Treasurer’s Report
  • 6:40  Summary of E-Board Actions of June 4, 2018 – Janet Abelson
  • 6:45  Committee Reports
  • 6:55  4th of July Volunteers – Champagne Brown
  • 7:00  Deadline for Paying Membership Fee to vote on Endorsements – Greg Lyman/ Champagne Brown
  • 7:05  Fall Precinct Walking Volunteers – Greg Lyman
  • 7:10  Announcements


The following are articles and speakers for the Program items

7:25 pm: Maria Alegria, Chair, Democratic Chair of Contra Costa County Democratic Party

Maria Alegria will review the results of the June 5th CA Primary, focus on the Contra Costa contests and other key local races leading to the November General Election.

On the Contra Costa County website, Chair Alegria wrote:

“The Democratic Party of CCC is the voice of over 311,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County.  We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, our seniors, LGBTQ community and those that have been disenfranchised by institutional racism and discrimination.  We speak out when we see injustice.  We are dedicated volunteers working with our allies to elect democrats, pass effective legislation and empower our democratic clubs and community to take action. Our job as Democrats requires a multi-faceted approach. At the national, state and local level, we must Resist Trump’s Executive Orders. Locally, we must Build our Party by registering voters, support grass-roots organizing efforts, empower our Democratic Clubs, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). We must “Build the Bench” for 2018 & 2020.” 

Alegria is a former City Councilmember of Pinole and recently worked for Assemblyman Tony Thurmond as a district director before becoming chair of the county party.

7:55 pm: Kim Alexander, President and Founder, California Voter Foundation (CVF)

Alexander re-founded the nonprofit and nonpartisan CVF in 1994 “to advance the responsible use of technology in the democratic process and improve the voting process to better serve the needs and interests of voters.”  (CVF was originally founded in 1989 by California Secretary of State March Fong Eu).  CVF’s current priorities include:  equal treatment and opportunities for voters; more funding for election administration; and voting system security and meaningful auditing of ballots.

Kim Alexander was raised in Culver City.  She is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in political science and philosophy.  She is a fifth-generation Californian now residing in Sacramento with her husband.

8:25 Adjourn


We’ll be combining the remainder of our member-approved topics into a water themed meeting. With all the questions about environmental issues and the recent drought, we must ask: where does our water come from? And where does the water go?

Luckily, two speakers at our next regularly scheduled meeting (November 28, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) will help empower us with valuable water knowledge.  Paul Gilbert-Snyder, civil engineer with EBMUD, and Rex Delizo, general manager for Stege Sanitary District, will each present a 5-10 minute presentation (10-20 minutes total), followed by a Q&A session for our general members.
How will El Cerrito accommodate the new medium and high density housing units? Will our sewer rates go up? What’s all the noise about the Twin Tunnels project in the Delta? Did Stege’s governing board redivert public funds to fund extracurricular programs for private schools? Come with questions for our presenters!
This Nov. 28 meeting will be our last regularly scheduled meeting for the 2017 year. Our December meeting will be our traditional Dessert Potluck Holiday Party, set for Friday December 8. ECDC’s Immediate Past President, Hilary Crosby, and ECDC’s VP of Publications, Kip Crosby, are graciously opening up their home at 1001 Elm Court, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Festivities begin at 7PM, with our gracious hosts providing the mulled wine.
If there are other updates, I’ll be sure to update the meeting preview on our website. See you soon!

Assembly District 15 Candidate Race In Full Swing!

The California Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus – co-sponsored by ECDC – hosted a candidate forum on Saturday, November 4. Below is the list of questions asked:

1) Should the Air Quality Management District have the authority to cap emissions?
2) Do you support the repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act?
3) Do you support race-based Affirmative Action?
4) Do you support spending $20k in per-pupil funding (for public schools) by the year 2020?
5) The farmworkers were required to pick grapes during the Napa wildfires. What would you do to ease the burden on farmworkers (moderator changed the italicized words to “increase the protections of farmworkers”)?
6) How will you increase housing for low-to-moderate income families in AD 15?
7) What are your top three criminal justice reforms?
8) What would you do to bring a full service hospital to West County?
9) What would you do to prevent sexual harassment in Sacramento?

(Lightning Round)

1) Should private companies be allowed to use prison labor?
2) Should CA ban fracking?
3) Do you support SB 562, the Healthy Californians Act (single payer health care bill)?

(Not lighting round)
1) Johannes Mehserle (BART police officer) killed Oscar Grant (African-American Oakland resident) in the Bay Area. What would you do to end extrajudicial killing by police officers?
2) How would you change the authorization process for charter schools?

Wondering about the candidates’ answers to these questions? Then come to the ECDC AD 15 candidate forum on February 27! Save the date!