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,


Nine candidate statements were submitted for the forthcoming election in Assembly District 15. These are the statements, in alphabetical order by last name and in PDF format; click on the links to open the statements:

Judy Appel
Ben Bartlett
Jovanka Beckles
Dan Kalb
Andy Katz
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto
Owen Poindexter
Cheryl Sudduth
Buffy Wicks

These are the essay questions that were included with the questionnaire, together with the answers of all candidates:

Essay Questions

These candidates will speak at our forthcoming endorsement meeting, to be held in the cafeteria of Harding Elementary School on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Check-in will be at 6 PM and call to order will be at 6:30. We urge all Club members to read these statements carefully before that time, then to attend the meeting so that your vote can be counted. See you there!


Attendees:  Peter, Hilary, Kip, Tom, Marlene
Absent:       Gabe, Greg, Mollie, Mister
A. Dinner:
Suggest to incoming VP-Memberships that it is advisable to keep a separate sign-in for elected officials (to speed their movement into the room and to keep the Membership tally clear).
Hilary suggested Dems see Rita’s Facebook page for great photos!
B. Delegate Submission:
Peter will have emailed Rocky the delegate info on the official form.
Consensus was reached that including delegate candidate statements on the ballot was a good idea.
C. November 28 programming:
See meeting preview.
D. Holiday Party:  Dessert potluck at Hilary’s on Friday, December 8, starting at 7 pm.  Hilary will provide the mulled wine. Peter will check to see if Mister, Mollie and Gabe can attend.
E. Next year’s officers:   Currently we have vacancies in Membership, Publications, and Records.
Peter will talk to other current officers to determine whether they are continuing.
G. Website/Newsletter/data topics: The Board discussed the way in which our Publications need management by someone with an  IT background and web experience.  We also discussed how the Membership role might be enhanced by a database application (e.g. SQL) to enable keeping member lists, dues paid, and the ability to link to mailing/e-distribution (MailChimp, etc) to be done more coherently.
2018 Budget:
Greg and others attending thought some budget amendments should be discussed at the next meeting, probably mostly 2018 calendar year costs or revenue.
– cost for an IT consultant to help with Pubs and Memberships
– cost for postcard stamps & first class stamps (to be purchased before January 26 when USPS rates go up) for endorsement meeting
– cost of Feb 2018 meeting at ECHS for the AD15 endorsement, and July or Aug meeting for other, downticket endorsements
– increased fee for those few (~ 35 people) who receive a hardcopy newsletter.  Tom Cesa suggests that the price should be an amount that is distinguishable from a regular membership.
2018 Meeting Plans:
Peter – January meeting:  elect officers; setup 2018 calendar of topics
Peter – February 27 meeting:  AD15 Endorsement.   At least 9 candidates at 10 minutes per?   Invite our current assemblymember Tony Thurmond to attend.
Peter/Mister – Save the Date announcement at this Sat. Nov 4 forum at CCC re Feb 27 2018 for AD 15 candidates/endorsement.
Peter- to contact WCCUSD about the cost of venue.
Peter- July or August:  Candidate meeting at ECHS for down ballot races:  city council, community college, District Attorney, Regional Parks, Assessor, etc.
–Recruit walkers for November ballot….