Proposal to reject donations

Proposing Writing a Resolution for DNC not to Accept Money from Fossil Fuel Workers or Companies

Two months ago, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a ban on receiving donations from the fossil fuel money PACs (Political Action Committees). Then recently, the DNC executive committee voted 30-2 to accept money from fossil industry workers, union PACs and employer PACs, and voted for language to support an “all of the above”  energy policy.

While workers should be encouraged to donate as individuals, this decision by the DNC is in direct conflict with all of our strategies for solutions to Climate Change. Neither the Democratic Party, nor any Democratic candidate, nor any elected official should accept any money from the fossil fuel industry. During the 8/28/18 meeting announcement period, we will briefly discuss this issue, and if there is support, we will draft a resolution expressing this viewpoint, for direct transmittal to the DNC.

Climate Change Flyer distributed

GLOBAL PROBLEMS

  • Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm before the industrial revolution to about 400 ppm today (350.org goal to bring it down to 350 ppm)
  • Temperature rise is about 1.8F (or 1C) today. Even with Paris agreement, temperature rise estimated to be 3.5 C. With US reversal, temp rise may be higher.
  • Antarctic/arctic/glaciers melting, sea level rise, worsening wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, coastal storms, catastrophic rains and floods, mudslides, heat waves, and bleaching of coral reefs

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

  • We need to get back to strengthened Paris Agreement. We need ALL of the about 195 nations to cooperate to make it happen. US must again show its leadership, as well as help the poorer nations. Need large Green-House Gas (GHG) reductions!
  • We need a new Global Climate Change Organization (GCCO) with the power and resources to help the world solve global warming. For the ecological crisis we need a Global Environmental Restoration Organization (GERO) – My suggestions (HSL)

NATIONAL PROBLEMS

  • Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is Trump’s “Great Leap Backwards”. He is increasing fossil fuel production, building pipelines, increasing coal production, and has totally gutted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • We have worsening wildfires, mudslides, massive flooding (east coast and Texas), heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes (number of tornadoes per cell have increased), and coastal storms – among others

NATIONAL SOLUTIONS

  • In the face of the Federal Reversal, states, cities and people have been trying to pick up the slack. Companies have become more sensitive and have internal sustainability and clean energy plans
  • The solution we need the most a MASSIVE DEFEAT of the Republicans in elections

CALIFORNIA SITUATION & PROBLEMS

  • Massive wildfires – 2017 was the worst, and 2018 may equal that. These are usually followed by massive flooding, and mudslides when the rains come

CALIFORNIA SOLUTIONS

  • California recently reached its 2020 goal ( to get down to 1990 level) for Green House Gas Reductions ahead of schedule. 1990 emissions 431 Million Metric Tons. (MMT) After reaching peak of 534 MMT in 2004, we now are down to 429 MMT!
  • California has made big progress in renewable energy production (solar and wind). CCA – Community Choice Aggregation, that empowers communities to get all of their energy from renewable sources has made some progress.
  • California has become the first state to require that new homes be built with solar panels. The rules go into place in 2020 and are part of the state’s ambitious efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But these requirements also make it more expensive to build in a state where housing is already extremely expensive.
  • Future looks tougher in terms of added reductions as emissions from cars and trucks is continuing to increase. The Federal removal of the power of California to regulate its car and truck emissions will make it much worse. Electrification needs to be more massive, and transition to a low carbon transportation system is desperately needed (not just here, but globally).
  • The Sierra Club has made significant progress in its push to have favorable legislations passed. SB 100 has passed assembly and now goes to the Senate. AB 813 (regionalization) may be a big step backwards and the Sierra Club is opposing it. Will update the membership at the next meeting.
  • California needs to mandate higher energy efficiency standards for all building construction (residential, business and industrial) – these structure will be there for 30-100 years – My suggestion (HSL)
  • California needs massive programs that help to mitigate the problems of Wildfires, flooding and mudslides, BEFORE they occur. Recommending a WPA and CCC (depression era type programs), so that for example all the forest areas are prepared for wildfires (building barrier zones, etc0, making it much easier for firefighters to fight and contain wildfires. After wildfires, efforts needed on the denuded hillsides to reforest them, and prepare them to mitigate the effects of mudslides – My suggestion (HSL)
  • Distributed by Hari Lamba

Review of Members Meeting – March 27, 2018

Meeting Commenced at 6:30 pm

Announcements

  • Maria Allegria, of the Contra Costa Democratic Club showed CADEM’s (California Democratic Party’s) announcement to honor ECDC, for Volunteer of the year award
  • Moved Crosby, seconded E. Brown to Waive 10-day notice rule to permit vote on Roosevelt Dinner advertisement – approved
  • Motion moved and seconded (Alegria/O’Connor) to take out a quarter page advertisement for the Roosevelt awards dinner, April 21, 2018, 6-9 pm, Concord Democratic Party of Contra Costa County (contracostadems.org)- approved
  • Al Miller Announcement: El Cerrito Library Foundation – For the first time the library will be open on Wednesdays. The First Wednesday Celebration will be on April 4, 2018 (4-6 pm). There will be a party at the Library – food, music and entertainment.
  • Joan Carpenter Announcement: The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County is co-sponsoring with the County Library system an AD15 delegates candidates forum at San Pablo Library on April 23, 6:00 pm.
  • Ayore Riaunda running for Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller spoke – fight for good decent wages

ECDC Business

  • Minutes of Feb. 27, 2018 meeting moved/seconded (Allegria/Quinto) to approve– approved
  • Treasurer’s Report: Have a balance of $ 11,000. The club is financially stable. If members have not paid dues, please do so – Treasurers’ report approved
  • Ratification of Janet Abelson’s appointment of Hari Lamba as VP of Publications – moved/seconded (Miller/Lyman) to approve – approved

 6:45 Program Presentations

Lisa Tucker spoke on Regional Measure 3 (RM3) to be voted on by all nine Bay Area Counties in June.  Purpose is to help solve the Bay Area’s growing congestion problems.  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) worked with the state Legislature to authorize this ballot measure to finance a comprehensive list of highway and transit improvements through an increase of bridge tolls over time on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges. A handout brochure described transit, road and bridge projects that will benefit Contra Costa County, if approved. Question: Reduced fare for lower income folks? Answer: Transit will have lower cost, but toll will have to be fully paid. A number of RM3 projects were described by Lisa. Senate Bill 595 (authored by Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose) was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brown in fall 2017.  If approved by a majority of voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties, toll revenues would be used to finance a $4.45 billion slate of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes.

Presentations by the East Bay Regional Parks: Erick Pfuehler, Government Affairs Manager, and Lisa Baldinger, Legislative Assistant, presented and discussed the proposition on the June 5 statewide ballot – Proposition 68.  A “yes” vote would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. $200 m for park districts, $21.25 m for SF Bay coastal conservancy, and $ 20 m for Measure AA. $ 725 m for parks for park poor neighborhoods. A number of other funding opportunities were presented.

Extension of East Bay CC Measure (2018 California Park and Water Bond & Measure CC Extension). This was adopted in 2004. There is a funding proposal for 11.5 added positions. 2004 allocations were $ 46m, and 2018 Final proposed allocations are $ 49m. Motion considered to consider in support of proposition 68 – Motion passed with one no vote. Motion to support other one – approved – 3 abstentions.

Rebecca Saltzman, El Cerrito art Director spoke on El Cerrito BART issues/SB 1 Repeal efforts and provided a brief update on issues impacting El Cerrito BART riders and stations.  Video shown – We’re Rebuilding. Showed track upgrades and replacements based on funding Measure RR Bonds issued $ 3.5 b. Independent oversight committee oversees the activity. She also provided information on efforts to place a proposition on the November ballot to repeal recently passed SB 1 (Beall) which raised the gas tax and will provide funding for a variety of road, transportation and transit programs and projects in the state. SB 1 funding projects were discussed – this money is needed for variety of improvements. New Train cars – they have ordered 775 cars. El Cerrito del Norte station will be modernized – expanded Paid Area and adding escalators. Bart.gov/betterbart. A new focus on fare evasion enforcement, higher barriers, etc. Cleaner stations, with 15 new cleaners, and deep cleaning nightly. Safety and security – hire more officers, increase visibility, and connect homeless to services. Get a Clipper Card Online. New youth fares. The noise reduction will focus on new wheel profiles and regular grinding of the track. New cars should reduce the noise. A number of questions were asked and answered. When they get a new train control system, they will be able to run more cars, so added funding in RM3 will help fund added cars.

Mister Phillips spoke about the 2nd Annual Building & Construction Trades Career Fair for middle and high school students, that will be held on Saturday, April 21, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Lavonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 McDonald Avenue, Richmond.  For more info contact Mister Phillips at (510) 307-7872, or at mister.phillips@wccusd.net.

County Candidates and Measure for ECDC Endorsement

The El Cerrito Democratic Club sought endorsement by its members of the following candidates and measures at the meeting on March 27, 2018.

The candidates included here are (1) Democrats running for positions in Contra Costa County and (2) the State Superintendent of Public Instruction — a non-partisan post where a majority vote on the June primary election will elect that candidate without a General Election campaign.

More information on Contra Costa County elections can be obtained at:

http://www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/2018_CandidateGuide.pdf

Ballots: Votes received for each candidate

State:

  1. State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • Tony Thurmond – 21 (Endorsed)
    • Marshall Tuck – 1
    • No Endorsement – 1

Contra Costa County:

  1. Contra Costa District Attorney
    • Diana Becton – 21 (Endorsed)
    • No Endorsement – 1
  2. Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools
    • Lynn Mackey – 20 (Endorsed)
    • No Endorsement – 1
  3. Contra Costa County Assessor
    • Gus Kramer – 8 (No Decision)                                                  
    • Geoffrey William Steele – 4
    • No Endorsement – 8
  4. Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller
    1. Ayore Riaunda – 21 (Endorsed)
    2. No Endorsement – 2

Regional:

  1. Regional Measure 3
    • Support – 19 (Endorsed)
    • Oppose – 2
    • No Endorsement – 1

Meeting adjourned around 8:15 pm