Plethora of political events set for Contra Costa

Check out my latest list of political event briefs. It’s listed in date order and includes Republican and Democrat events.

POLITICAL EXPERT TO SPEAK: Tony Quinn, co-author of the California Target Book, will be the guest speaker at the May 12 meeting of the Rossmoor Community Club.
Quinn will speak on the statewide ballot measures that will appear on the May 19 special election.
The free community meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room, 1001 Golden Rain St. in Rossmoor.
For more details, contact Community Club President Tom Mader at ditoma@comcast.net.

NATIONAL SECURITY IS TOPIC: Claremont Institute’s American Studies Fellow Larry Greenfield will speak at the May 13 dinner meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.
Greenfield’s speech is titled, “Liberty, Prosperity and National Security: How Conservative Principles will Recapture the American Spirit.”
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6:15 p.m.
It will be held at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Alamo. The cost is $25 per person and no denim is allowed.
For reservations or more details, e-mail rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net or call 925-820-6542.


Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner

NEW ASSEMBLYWOMAN TO SPEAK: Elected in November, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will speak on her legislative experiences at the May 15 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.
Skinner will also speak about the ballot measures on the May 19 statewide special election.
She is the chairwoman of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Assembly Utilities and Commerce, Public Safety, Local Government and Appropriations committees.
The club meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the speaker at 8 p.m. It will be held at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way in Orinda.
The cost is $5 per person. Students are free.
For more details, call 925-210-7337 or visit lamorindademoclub.org.


CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES INVITED: Prospective candidates to fill an expected vacancy in 10th Congressional District have been invited to speak at the May 18 evening meeting of the Tri-Valley Democratic Club.
Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, has been nominated to a White House post and awaits U.S. senate confirmation.
Lt. Governor John Garamendi is expected to attend and the club has also invited others who have declared interest in the seat including state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, Dublin investigator Adriel Hampton and others.
The free meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin.
For more details, contact Tri-Valley Democratic Club President Ellis Goldberg at 925-831-8355 or www.trivalleydems.com.

Walnut Creek
BLOGGER TO HEADLINE LOCAL EVENT: Liberal blog Calitics founder Brian Leubitz will address the May 20 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.
Leubitz will talk about the results of the May 19 special election and the expected special election to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, if she is confirmed as an undersecretary in the U.S. State Department.
Leubitz, an Internet and campaign consultant, is also on the board of the San Francisco Young Democrats and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.
For more details, call 925-946-0469 or www.dvdems.org.

Walnut Creek

Jill Buck

Jill Buck

GOP ENVIRONMENTALIST TO SPEAK: Go Green founder Jill Buck will speak at the May 21 meeting of the Conservative Connection, the Lamorinda Republican Women’s evening satellite club.
Buck’s Pleasanton-based consulting firm helps firms adopt “green” policies and has led a successful initiative to integrate political conservative ideals with environmental conservation.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Buttercup Grill and Bar, 660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The cost is $16.
For more details or reservations, contact Kris Hunt at ksh13@comcast.net or 925-451-7794.

OIL LEADER TO SPEAK: Western States Petroleum Association President Joe Sparano will speak at the May 21 luncheon of the Lamorinda Republican Women.
Sparano’s speech is titled “Happiness is Full Gas Tank: California’s Craving for Gas at the right Price, Right Here, Right Now.”
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante in Orinda. The cost is $25 including lunch of $15 for just the speech.
For more details or reservations, contact Elsie Euing at 925-254-8617.


Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo

TAUSCHER TO SPEAK ON ARMS RACE: Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, who has been nominated as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, will be the featured speaker at the May 28 meeting of the Commonwealth Club.
Joining Tauscher as moderator will be Harold Smith, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley and the former assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Program.
First elected to the 10th Congressional District in 1996, Tauscher awaits an expected U.S. Senate confirmation to the State Department post.
Tauscher will discuss the U.S. role in nuclear nonproliferation policy at a time when countries such as North Korea and Iran are pursuing nuclear capability.
Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Lafayette.
The cost is $12 for Commonwealth Club members and $18 for nonmembers.
Purchase advance tickets at 415-597-6705 or www.commonwealthclub.org.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen