A few upcoming political events

…and by a few, I mean: Wow.

Wednesday, May 13 – State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is inviting constituents of his 11th State Senate District to take part in what he says is that chamber’s first-ever live online streaming town-hall meeting from the State Capitol, from 7 to 8 p.m. on his Web site. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will join Simitian to help field education questions, but all topics will be open for discussion. Questions can be sent in advance through Simitian’s Web site, and he says everyone who submits a question will get an answer.

Thursday, May 14 – Just five days before voters decide whether to approve a package of special-election ballot measures he advocates to patch up the beleaguered state budget, California State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, will share his ideas for putting the Golden State on a course for success with the Commonwealth Club of California at 6 p.m. in the club’s office, on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $18 for non-members and $7 for students with valid ID, and are available through the club’s Web site.

Thursday, May 14 — The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated will host guest speaker Steve Giraud, Director of the NorCal Minutemen Defense Corps, at a 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting at Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road in Livermore. “Discussion will focus on the Minutemen’s efforts to secure our borders and coastal boundaries against the unauthorized entry of individuals and contraband,” the news release says. Tickets cost $26 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and reservations – required no later than Saturday, May 9 – can be made by calling 925-846-5944.

Tons more, including some hot CD-10 action, after the jump…

Monday, May 18 – Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who has said he’ll run for the 10th Congressional District seat should Rep. Ellen Tauscher be confirmed to the State Department post to which she has been nominated, will speak at the TriValley Democratic Club meeting at 7 p.m. in the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin. Also invited are 10th Congressional District candidates state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; Adriel Hampton; and Anthony Bothwell. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 28 – Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, who’s running to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010, will be the featured speaker at a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a private residence in Piedmont, hosted by the Alameda County Republican Party. The event features a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation. Tickets cost $50 per person or $75 per couple and are available by calling 510-339-2818.

Thursday, May 28 – Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, nominated this week by President Obama to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, will speak on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the U.S.’s strategic posture in a 6:30 p.m. Commonwealth Club of California forum in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $18 for non-members and $7 for students with valid ID, and are available on the club’s Web site.

Saturday, May 30 – Longtime anti-war activist and former Assemblyman and state Sen. Tom Hayden, along with foreign-policy author and activist Phyllis Bennis, will headline a forum on “Afghanistan: Promoting Alternatives to War” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room at the Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St. The event is sponsored by the Resolution Peace Network; a $10 donation is requested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.