Political events round-up

Here’s a round-up of upcoming East Bay political events:

Bay Point

The law offices of Ashe & Ramirez will be host three Contra Costa County candidates for a “Meet & Greet “ on Friday.

Bob Brooks, candidate for Assessor; Dan O’Malley, candidate for District Attorney; and, Brian Kalinowski, candidate for Sheriff, will be on hand to talk with visitors from 5-7 p.m.

The offices are located at 1975 Willow Pass Road in Bay Point. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.


A coalition of elected officials will host a Financial Fitness and Family Support Fair from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday.

The free event will feature credit counselors, low income educational program providers, housing assistance professionals, free food programs, financial and tax services and consumer protection organizations.

Sponsoring officials include Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, State Controller John Chiang, Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

It will be held at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.

Experts will offer programs such as how to talk to a financial planner, how to manager your money, math for finances, foreclosure prevention and loan modification programs.

Exhibitors include the Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond, Food Bank of Contra Costa And Solano, Head Start of Contra Costa County and the Internal Revenue Service.

El Cerrito

A West Contra Costa County ballot proposition and candidate event will be held Saturday in Richmond.

From 1-4 p.m. at the Postal Worker’s Union Hall, 402 37th St., a proponents of propositions 13, 14, 15 and 17 will speak.

Candidates for office in the June 8 election that have committed to appear include:

Attorney General — Alberto Torrico and Rocky Degaldillo

Superintendent of Public Instruction — Larry Aceves and Tom Torlakson

Contra Costa County District Attorney — William “Dan” O’Malley, Elle Falahat and Mark Peterson

Contra Costa Sheriff-Coroner — Brian Kalinowski and Dave Livingston

Contra Costa County board of supervisors, 1st District — Mister Phillips and John Gioia.

Event sponsors include the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council, National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 1111, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee, West Contra Costa County United Democratic Committee, Contra Costa Central Labor Council, El Cerrito Democratic Club and Richmond Vision.

Walnut Creek

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will sponsoring “Make a Bid for Peace,” a spring auction and fundraiser on Saturday.

The auction will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will be the honorary auctioneer.

Items for sale include three carved Chinese warriors (c. 1860), works of art, gift baskets, gift certificates for restaurants, and local services provided by local experts.

Entertain will be provided by local musicians Stevie Keys and Bill Wentz and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Proceeds will support the center’s activities, including its lectures, art and writing contests.

Tickets are $20 per person at the door or $15 in advance. For information, phone 925-933-7850 or e-mail info@mtdpc.org.

Walnut Creek

Former U.S. astronaut Brian O’Leary will speak on “The Energy Solution Revolution” at the Tuesday meeting of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

The lecture begins with a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7 p.m., at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek.

O’Leary is former astronaut and physics professor who studies and promotes renewable, environmentally friendly energy sources.

He was a NASA scientist and astronaut during the Apollo program, the first to be selected for a planned Mars mission, and he participated in unmanned planetary missions a professor.

He currently lives in Ecuador, where he is building and opening a new eco-retreat center for peace, sustainability, the arts and new science.

The is $20 per person and a dish to share. RSVP online at http://www.friendlyfavors.org.

For more information, contact the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center at 925-933-7850.


U.S. Senate candidate to speak: Republican Assemblyman and U.S. Sen. candidate Chuck DeVore will be the featured speaker at the May 13 evening meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women Federated.

The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the speaker at 6:30 p.m., at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, in Danville.

The cost is $25 per person.

For reservations, send e-mail to rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net or call 925-820-6452.

For more information, visit www.BlackhawkRWF.com.


The Lamorinda Democratic Club has invited Democratic candidates running for nonpartisan Contra Costa Countywide offices to speak at its May 13 meeting.

The event will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Lafayette, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour followed by a business meeting at 7:15 p.m. and the speakers at 7:45 p.m.

Democrats seeking nonpartisan countywide offices of Assessor, District Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer-Tax Collect have been asked to present their platforms.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen