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East Bay political events round-up

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 2:10 pm in Political calendar, Political events, tea party.

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

Pleasanton

The Pleasanton TEA Party and the Tri-Valley Patriots, conservative political action groups,  will officially merge during a Saturday event featuring California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro, of Lafayette, among other speakers.

The group will also host a tax day protest on Friday from 1-4 p.m. in Pleasanton at the corner of Santa Rita and Black streets.

Pleasanton TEA Party founder and Dr. Bridget Melson said the merger came about after she moved to Southern California and needed new partners to help keep the local group moving ahead. Melson remains on its board and also serves on the California Republican Party’s strategy committee as a TEA Party representative.

The combined Tri-Valley TEA Party has 15,000 members, Melson said.

The Saturday event is in Hayward and open to the public, but those interested in attending must RSVP and obtain the location and address from Melson at drb@pleasantonteaparty.com.

Other speakers include NAACP and TEA Party member Antoine Miller and  Frederick Douglass Foundation President Kevin McGary.

Lafayette

Steve Chessin, president of Californians for Electoral Reform, is the featured speaker at the Thursday evening meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

The meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.

Chessin will discuss ranked-choice voting and instant runoff voting, alternatives to the traditional winner-takes-all election method used in most communities.

The club’s social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Chessin’s presentation to begin at 8 p.m. The cost is $5.

During the club’s business meeting, Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission Chairman Chair Mike McGill will speak about the agency’s purpose.

Walnut Creek

Technology expert Tom Mahon is the featured speaker at a noon potluck session on Saturday at the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

Mahon, a Walnut Creek resident who has written about technology in Silicon Valley for over 30 years as a publicist, journalist, novelist, dramatist and activist, has “spoken and written widely on the need to reconnect technical capability with social responsibility; to re-integrate technical knowledge with self-knowledge,” according to the center.

Mahon is currently completing an eBook titled “Reconnecting Calm: Reclaiming our Humanity in a Silicon Civilization.”

The center is located at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. For more information, call 925-933-7850 or visit www.mtdpc.org.

The event is free but bring a potluck item to share plus something for Monument Crisis Center such as cereal, canned or dry goods; toddler-size diapers; shampoo, soap, toothbrush or toothpaste.

Walnut Creek

California High-Speed Rail Authority Planning Manager Will Gimpel will discuss the project at the April 20 evening meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.

Using a video and slide show, Gimpel will explain the cost of the project and how Diablo Valley residents will access the trains.

The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

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

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  • Muckraker

    Not sure why the location of the Saturday event merging the Pleasanton TEA Party and the Tri-Valley Patriots is such a secret. Here’s the scoop–

    You are cordially invited: TriValley Patriots – Pleasanton Tea Party Merger

    Come hear about the 2012 elections and plans for CA!

    CRP Chair, Tom Del Beccaro | Special Music, Guests, Media and more!!

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

    Suggested Donation: $10.00 at door (To cover food and entertainment)

    Location: McGary Estate, Hayward Hills (3795 Arbutus Court Hayward, CA 94542)

  • Tom Benigno

    Lets hope that the merging of the parties leaves a few republicans still standing. If not we are finished.

  • Gopack

    Muckraker, it’s NOT a secret. RSVP gives the hosts opportunity to plan for enough food from the caterers!