October Newsletter

El Cerrito Democratic Club

Newsletter – October 2019


  1. Annual Dinner Saturday October 26 – LOCATION CHANGE
  2. Upcoming Business Meeting for October 26, 2019
  3. Program – Nancy Skinner
  4. November Program
  5. Membership Renewal – Greg
  1. Annual Dinner is Saturday October 26, 2019.

The Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at HANNA GARDENS (10870 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA). The Social hour will start at 6PM and Dinner will be 7PM.   NOTICE LOCATION CHANGE



At the Annual Dinner, we will have one business item associated with appointing representatives to vote in the election of the California Democratic Council officers.  The California Democratic Council (CDC) is a California Democratic Party (CADEM) Statewide Chartered Organization with the mission to ensure that every California Democrat is served by a visible, organized, geographic and/or affinity-based Democratic Club that reaches out year-round to its community; recruits quality Democratic candidates for every appointed and elected position in its purview; supports those elected officials in advocating for Democratic Party values both as candidates and in their sworn public roles. The CDC helps Democratic Clubs to communicate their policy messages and positions on issues in a democratic manner and at the appropriate level to provide information and guidance to appointed and elected officials and candidates.  Our own Hilary Crosby has been president since May 2018.  The election of officers will be at the Fall Endorsing Convention in Long Beach, November 15 to 17.  ECDC will likely have 7 votes that can only be cast by someone attending.  All votes can be cast by proxy.  There are no absentee votes.  The action before the general membership is to identify one or more representatives that will be attending the convention with the power to vote on the Club’s behalf.  


Nancy Skinner is our Dinner Speaker!

Come hear Nancy speak about this year’s legislation.  Nancy authored some exciting bills and will educate us about the housing, transportation and climate bills the Governor signed or vetoed 


Executive Board Proposes New Meeting Format!

The November meeting will introduce a new meeting format.  Meetings will consist of socializing, club business and a public forum/presentation.   The same pizza and socialization will occur between 6:00 and 6:30.  Starting at 6:30, we will conduct club business including officer reports and routine votes.  What will be really new is a focus on starting our featured programs at 7:00 PM. There will be Club business from 6:30 to 7:00.  Our first public forum on November 26 will be a brainstorm about our 2020 programs with a focus on causes the club can tackle.  Attend the meeting to express your opinions and guide the club in a direction you want.  

5. Membership Renewal 

All memberships are from January to December!

You can renew your membership now.  In order to participate in officer elections and budget setting votes in January, you will need to renew your membership before the meeting.  Dues have not changed: $5 Students, $20 single member, $30 two adults at same address $12 for hard copy newsletter.  Look for an email from Membership Vice-President Greg Lyman.

August Newsletter


  1. August 27 General Meeting Agenda
  2. August Program Details – West Contra Costa Unified School District & Schools First November Ballot
  3. July Meeting Minutes
  4. ‘The Power to Heal’ – Medicare for all and the Civil Rights Revolution
  5. Environmental Sub-Committee Information

AGENDA – August 27, 2019

Meeting Location: 545 Ashbury Ave, Back Building, El Cerrito

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

6:30 Call to Order

6:35 Minutes

6:40 Treasurer’s Report

6:45 Other Officer Reports

6:50 Report from Club Representative to Central Committee

6:55 Report on Selection of Club Representatives to the CDP process

7:00 Upcoming ECDC Meetings/ Speakers

September 24 Tuesday Supervisor John Gioia
October 26 Annual Dinner Nancy Skinner (no separate meeting) location to be announced

7:05 Announcements

Date of Next Climate Committee Meeting

7:20 Program

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Marcus Walton- Communications Director

Marcus Walton is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, community outreach and engagement, advocacy, as well as strategic planning and execution for public and private sector organizations. He is an expert in utilizing limited resources to develop effective communications and marketing strategies designed to reach diverse communities.

Mr. Walton has worked with West Contra Costa Unified School District for over five years as the Communications Director. Previous to this position, he worked with the Sacramento and the Capistrano Unified School Districts in their communications departments and served as a staff reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. He is a graduate of Sacramento State University and Pinole High School.

Michael Nye and Gordon Miller

The Schools and Communities First the November 2020 ballot measure

Michael Nye, retired secretary treasurer/CFO of the California Federation of Teachers and Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee representative for West Contra Costa County/Supervisor District 1.

Gordon Miller, retired industrial hygienist at the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and on the CARA Legislative Committee.

8:29 Good of the Order

8:30 Adjourn

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