November Newsletter

ECDC Membership General Meeting – September 24, 2019

  • Call to Order

President Janet Abelson began the meeting of the El Cerrito Democratic Club (Club) at 6.30pm. 

  • Minutes

A motion to approve minutes of the June 25, 2019 and August 27, 2019 meetings was seconded, and unanimously approved. 

  • Other Officers’ Reports

Greg Lyman briefly discussed membership and renewals. 

  • Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Kathy Flemming reported a balance of $9,394.04. 

  • Report from Club Representative to the DPCCC

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County’s (DPCCC) Annual Roosevelt Dinner is October 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Concord, said Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto.  The DPCCC is seeking individuals interested in running for seats on the Executive Committee for 2021. 

  • Report on selection of Club Representatives to the CDP process
  • Upcoming ECDC meetings/speakers

The ECDC Annual Dinner with California State Senator Nancy Skinner is set for October 26, 6pm.  Volunteers are needed. 

  • Announcements
  • Next meeting of the Climate Committee is October 10 at Janet’s house. 
  • Cerrito Vista Sip & Savor, sponsored by the El Cerrito Rotary, happens October 13 at the Berkeley Country Club. 
  • Program – John Gioia, Supervisor – Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors

Janet introduced John Gioia, now serving his sixth term as a Contra Costa County Supervisor, as “the hardest working elected official I have ever met.”  

John discussed county efforts to counter disruptions caused by the Trump administration, including support for immigrant rights, and to maintain California’s power to establish and enforce vehicle emission standards under a Federal waiver granted in the 1960s. 

Contra Costa County is considering a half-cent sales tax to support health services, which could generate $80-$90 million.  Alameda County already has such a tax. 

Wildfires and fire prevention are a big initiative and include collaboration among various agencies.  Additional funding is being sought for firebreaks, etc. 

During questions and answers session, John noted he is often on the losing side of votes by the 5-member Board of Supervisors, which frequently splits 3-2. 

  • Adjourn

The Club adjourned at 8.15pm.