Annual Membership Renewal time

ECDC membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Existing members can renew any time before June 1st, and must be renewed to participate in any club votes – like election of club officers in January.  After June 1st, past members are treated like new members.  New members can join any time after September 1st and be members for 16 months (the balance of the current year and all of the next year) before they need to renew.  In addition to this newsletter article, please look forward to an email from one of the ECDC Officers reminding you to renew.  Membership is $20 for one person at an address, $30 for two at the same address, $5 for students and $12 if you request a hardcopy newsletter delivered to your mailing address.

Election results for ECDC-endorsed candidates

* Too Close to Call

BOLD is an endorsed candidate that won or a measure that turned out the way the club endorsed

Strike Through is an endorsed candidate that did not succeed or a measure that did not go as endorsed

 Statewide Democratic Candidates:

  • U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein
  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • Treasurer Betty Yee
  • Controller Fiona Ma
  • Superintendent of Schools *Tony Thurmond
  • Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
  • Board of Equalization Malia Cohen
  • Attorney General Xavier Becerra

City of El Cerrito Candidates and Measures:

  • El Cerrito City Council Gabe Quinto
  • El Cerrito City Council Janet Abelson
  • Stege Sanitary District Al Miller
  • Stege Sanitary District Dwight Merrill
  • Stege Sanitary District Juliet Christian-Smith
Measure V El Cerrito Charter City YES

Contra Costa County Candidates:

  • U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier
  • County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey
  • West Contra Costa County School District Consuelo Lara
  • West Contra Costa County School District Madeline Kronenberg
  • West Contra Costa County School District Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis

Regional Candidates and Measures:

  • AC Transit Dollene Jones
Measure FF Extends existing $12/year parcel tax for wildfire protection, public safety and habitat enhancement YES

Statewide Ballot Measures:

Prop. 1 Issue $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans YES
Prop. 2 Authorize $2 billion of millionaire’s tax for homelessness prevention housing YES
Prop. 3 Issue $8.9 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects no decision
Prop. 4 Issue $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals YES
Prop. 5 Revise process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments NO
Prop. 6 Repeal 2017 fuel tax and vehicle fee NO
Prop. 7 Authorize legislature to provide permanent daylight savings time if federal government allows no decision
Prop. 8 Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above specified amount YES
Prop. 10 Allows local government to regulate rent no decision
Prop. 11 Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during paid breaks NO
Prop. 12 Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specified sizes YES

Propositions 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 were defeated with a NO vote.

Club meeting preview


– November 27, 2018

Upcoming regular Membership Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church at 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito 94530. Meeting will start at 6:30 pm.

Agenda (Janet Abelson)

6:00 Doors Open:  Pizza available ($5)

6:30  Call to Order

6:35 Minutes

6:40 Treasurer’s Report

6:45 January Elections of Officers

6:50 Recap of Precinct Walking and Suggestions for Next Year

6:55 Holiday Party notice (on December 11 at 7 – 9 PM at 7 Pomona Avenue in El Cerrito, bring casserole or dessert to share, wine if you want it.)

7:00  Announcements

  • No Meeting in December. Next meeting on January 22.
  • Other

7:10 Program Presentations

  • Talks by Speakers – Elected Legislators
  • Election Results vs Endorsements

8:30 Adjourn

Program Details for November 27, 2018 Meeting (Paul Fadelli)

Speakers – Elected Legislator(s)

The General Election on November 6, brought some surprises and some disappointments which will result in many changes of policy and personnel at the federal, state and local levels of government in the coming year.

As is custom, the November meeting for ECDC will focus on a review of the recent election and allow discussion of the ramifications and what may lie ahead.

The ECDC endorsement list (included here) will be updated with final results for candidates and propositions. Let’s see how well we did!

At the time of this publication (soon after the election) the Club has invited our State Senator Nancy Skinner to either speak at this month’s meeting, or a subsequent one, to give her views on the election results and what priorities she may have in the new state legislative session beginning in January 2019.

If the Senator’s schedule will not permit her to attend this next meeting, ECDC will reach out to other local elected officials who can attend  to give their view on the General Election and the political year ahead.