Upcoming East Bay political events

Here are a few upcoming political events in the East Bay that might interest you:


Organizing for America’s California Political Director Peggy Moore is the keynote speaker at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Moore will offers details about operations of the group, which is the successor organization to Obama for America and a project of the Democratic National Committee.

The organization advocates for progressive policies in the areas of health care, energy and education.

Before joining Organizing for America, Moore was the Northern California field director for Health Access and the outreach coordinator with Lavender Seniors of the East Bay.

The meeting is open to the public. The club’s general 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, Orinda. The cost is $5 per person and students are free.

For more information, call 925-210-7337 or visit lamorindademoclub.org.


The Contra Costa Democratic Party will host on Oct. 24 an opportunity to participate in the California Budget Challenge.

Sponsored by the nonpartisan Next 10 policy think tank, participants will make choices about how to pay for state schools, prisons and other state programs. (There’s also an online version.)

Audience members will register their selections via an instant electronic response system, and the results are tallied and presented on a large screen.

Next 10 budget experts will guide participants through the process, which will help residents see how legislators make decisions and the trade-offs required to balance the budget.

The free event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the party’s offices at 2737 Clayton Road in Concord.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg


California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will speak at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Commonwealth Club on legislative gridlock.

Jerry Lubenow, managing editor of the California Journal of Politics and Policy at UC-Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, will moderate the event.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

The cost is $12 for Commonwealth Club members, $18 for nonmembers and $7 for students.

For tickets, contact the Commonwealth Club at 415-597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen