As well as the excellent presentation on Measure AA by our County Supervisor John GIoia, several of our members provided information about upcoming events, and our Vice President of Membership Igor Tregub presented legislation sponsored by our Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and our State Senator Loni Hancock.

Jonee Grassi announced the May 16 lobbying day for healthcare as announced elsewhere in the newsletter.

Al Miller announced the April 2 candidates’ roundup for SD 9 presented by the NAACP.

Rita Xavier is a Member of Senior Legislators working on senior related legislation.  Unfortunately, this group may be disbanded due to lack of funding.  It’s funded through a check box on tax return.  

Gabe Quinto announced the Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee Third Annual Roosevelt Dinner on April 23 at the Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Our own Hilary Crosby will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award, and several other luminaries will receive awards.  See complete information at

Kiev Smith announced a disco dance party Fundraiser for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Igor Tregub discussed the Young Dems Convention and its endorsement of Kamala Harris.

Betty Brown announced a reading in 17 parts of Martin Luther King’s Beyond Vietnam speech, by a coalition of antiwar groups, on April 5 at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Paul Fadelli delivered several pieces of information about ongoing security at BART, the track closure, and the collaboration between BART and the Arts Commission plans for the Del Norte Station.

Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto informed us that the El Cerrito Human Rights Commission is working on ways to address the recent hate Crime in El Cerrito, and that the NAACP Chapter has a subcommittee to move to respond to this as well.  

Igor Tregub presented information on the following legislation which our club then voted unanimously to support:

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond’s bills ABX 2-9; AB2406; AB 2756; AB 2824 and Senator Loni Hancock’s Senate bills SB 1277; SB 1278; SB 1279; SB 1280 which were more fully described in our March, 2016 newsletter article which you can read at