ECDC Endorsement Results for August 28, 2018

Thirty-five El Cerrito Democratic Club members listened to candidates from the Stege Sanitary District race and considered El Cerrito Measure V and other Local, regional and State offices and Statewide ballot measures. Propositions 3, 5, 7 and 10 will be discussed at the September 25, 2018 meeting along with Candidates for AC Transit Board. Here are the results from August 28, 2018:

Stege Sanitary District

  • Al Miller 29 Endorsed (83%)
  • Dwight Merrill 28 Endorsed (80%)
  • Juliet Christian-Smith 29 Endorsed (83%)

El Cerrito Measure V, Charter City

  • Yes 29 Endorsed (83%)
  • No 2
  • No Endorsement 3

Democratic Candidates

  • Yes 32 Endorsed (91%)
  • No Endorsement 2

Democratic Candidates include:

  • Gavin Newsome, Governor
  • Alex Padilla, Secretary of State
  • Betty Yee, Treasurer
  • Fiona Ma, Controller
  • Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner
  • Malia Cohen, Board of Equalization
  • Xavier Becerra, Attorney General
  • Mark DeSaulnier, U.S. Representative
  • John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor

Statewide Ballot Measures passed the following positions unanimously:

  • Support: Proposition 1 – issue $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans
  • Support: Proposition 2 – Authorize $2 billion of millionaire’s tax for homelessness prevention housing
  • Support: Proposition 4 – Issue $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals
    Oppose: Proposition 6 – Repeal 2017 fuel tax and vehicle fee
  • Support: Proposition 8 – Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above specified amount
  • Oppose: Proposition 11 – Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during paid breaks
  • Support: Proposition 12 – Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specified sizes

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

Jobs & Economy Resolution Approved and Issued

The following resolution was approved at the February 27, 2018, membership meeting:

“A Pro-Employment & Pro-Environment Industrial Policy

WHEREAS, Republican strategies on jobs and economy aiming at tax cuts, trade agreement changes, and reduced regulations will fail to create the claimed number of jobs, although they claim to be the party of jobs, business and economic development.

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party needs to strengthen its rhetoric in this area by proposing a bold and courageous plan of its own, so that it can regain advantage by claiming to be THE party that knows better how to create sustainable and manufacturing jobs.

WHEREAS, in the last election, the Democratic Party lost many working class voters that had traditionally voted for the Democratic Party, and we face the need to win these voters back, besides motivating new and young voters to vote with us on candidates and issues

BE IT RESOLVED, that we propose a four-point strategy on jobs and economy that will pose a strong counter point to the proposals so far trotted out by the Republican Party, namely

  1. Encourage pro-employment tax reform that will allow depreciation of Human Capital like training and other forms of education.
  2. Encourage a pro-employment re-industrialization policy that systematically creates new industries and businesses that favor greater employment per unit of finance, supporting the process all the way from R&D to production, and from financing to marketing.
  3. To help depressed communities, favor local production for local use, that would encourage R&D and the development of industries that develop capital equipment for the processing of agricultural, forestry and fishery products – food and non-food, from a wide variety of local sources.
  4. Favor the Transforming of All Activities – Making them Sustainable, Pro-Environment & Climate Friendly: By transforming activities leading to Sustainable Energy, eco-Cities and Townships, Sustainable Industry (using clean energy and recycling all products), sustainable Transportation (low carbon, low noise and low pollution), sustainable Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recommend the Democratic Party adopt this as a Resolution at higher levels of the Party and that all candidates, local, state or national, be encouraged to adopt such jobs and economy rhetoric as part of their election campaigns to counteract the strategies on this front by the Republicans, and in their subsequent work if elected.”

Contact: Hari Lamba, member El Cerrito Democratic Club, hlamba101@gmail.com