Political happenings in the East Bay

Here is a list of upcoming political events scheduled for the East Bay:


The Lafayette Flag Brigade will host on Sept. 11 its 8th annual 9/11 remembrance rally in Lafayette.The free program will take place from 3-8 p.m. at the El Curtola Bridge Overpass in Lafayette. The overpass is located off Highway 24 at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road.

The event features what organizers describe as the largest overpass flag display in California, an updated “Wall of Honor,” live music performances and speakers from groups such as the Blue Star Moms and Operation Postcard.

The rally will also include an “Operation Welcome Home” display, video presentations, Scottish American Military Society bagpipers, Patriot Guard Riders Motorcycle Group, free commemorative American flags for children and a candlelight vigil at dusk.

For more information, call 925-212-9260 or 925-262-3307 or visit www.nevereverforget911.com

White House adviser on faith-based organizations Eboo Patel will lecture Sept. 15 at Saint Mary’s College.

Patel, author of “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” will speak as part of the college’s yearlong Interfaith Initiative project.

Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution dedicated to building a global interfaith youth movement. He was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,

He will speak about “the necessity of interfaith engagement and how young people can help foster religious pluralism through shared values and service across the religious landscape,” according to the college.

The event is free and open to the public.

It begins at 7 p.m. at the Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga.

Walnut Creek

East Bay physicians Len Saputo and Lonnie Bristow will host a health care reform town hall forum on Sept. 16 in Walnut Creek.

The doctors are jointly sponsoring the event with the Health Medicine Forum, the Rossmoor Wellness Group and the Community Club of Rossmoor.

Bristow is the former president of the American Medical Association.

Saputo is the founder of the Health Medicine Forum and Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek. Both men have practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The event is open to the public and costs $5 per person.

It will be held from 7-10 p.m. in the Hoffman Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
Walnut Creek

Water experts will speak at the Sept. 16 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club about the problems facing the state.

Speakers include wildlife biologist and vice chairman of the Contra Costa Fish and Wildlife Committee Jim Hale, SaveDeltaFish.org founder Robert Johnson, Jr.; and Mindy MacIntyre, consultant for the state Senate select committee on Delta stewardship and sustainability.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

It begins at 7 p.m. at the  Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

For information, call 925-946-0469 or visit www.dvdems.org.


A panel will speak on health care reform at the Sept. 21 meeting of the Tri Valley Democratic Club.

Speakers include Ellen R. Shaffer, co-director of the Center for Policy Analysis;  Karl Keener, lawyer involved with volunteer community service; and Linda Leu, Northern California Regional Organizer of Health Access and Health Care for America Now.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin.

For information, contact Ellis Goldberg at 925-831-8355 or Ellisg237@aol.com.
El Cerrito

West Contra Costa County United School District Superintendent Bruce Harter and United Teachers of Richmond President Pixie Hayward Schickele are the featured speakers at the Sept. 22 meeting of the El Cerrito Democratic Club.

The pair will speak on “Giving Education Top Priority in Tough Times.”

The event is open to the public.

The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the El Cerrito United Methodist Church, 6830 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be available along with pizza for $4 a person.

For questions or information, contact Kip Crosby at 510)-527-5953 or panterazero@gmail.com .

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Patty O’Day


    Thanks for advertising the September 11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil hosted by the Lafayette Flag Brigade. We are now in our 8th year.

    I just wanted to clarify one thing. This day is NOT a political event. Although politicians are welcome, as is EVERYONE, this is NOT a teaparty, or a townhall meeting or protest of any kind. This is a day of Rememerance for the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Please bring your friends, family, and American Flags to wave because we will NEVER EVER FORGET 911.