East Bay political events round-up

Here’s a look at upcoming East Bay political events:

Walnut Creek

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the featured guest at a July 23 fundraiser in Walnut Creek for the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will introduce Boxer.

Called “Taste of California Summer,” the event will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

For information, visit www.contracostadems.org.


California Women Lead East Bay Chapter will host a special viewing of the documentary “Crime After Crime” on July 22.

The film chronicles the battle to free Deborah Peagler, a woman serving 24 years to life in California after a jury in 1983 convicted her of murdering her abusive boyfriend.

Walnut Creek attorneys Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran took the case pro bono in 2002 and set out to prove that Peagler was forced into prostitution and brutalized by her abuser.

Movie director Yoav Potash and Costa will answer questions after the showing.

For the movie trailer and more information, visit http://crimeaftercrime.com.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Danville Village Theatre, 422 Front St., Danville. Tickets are $20 each.

Attendees may also purchase fixed-price meal tickets for $50 which include discounted dinners at the Basil Leaf Cafe or the Amber Bistro, both located on Hartz Avenue in Danville.

A portion of the proceeds benefit “Debbie’s Campaign.”

California Women Lead is a nonpartisan organization of women serving or interested in political office.

For more information, contact chapter president Dana Tsubota at dct@msrlegal.com.


The Museum of the San Ramon Valley has recently opened a new exhibit entitled “Remember the Ladies: Celebrating the Centennial of California Women Suffrage, 1911-2011.”

As part of the exhibit, museum curator Beverly Lane will speak on July 9, 10:30 a.m., on “Women’s Lib, Then and Now.”

The exhibit runs through July 16 and tells about the hard-fought campaign to win women the vote in California.

California was the sixth, and largest, Western state to approve woman suffrage on October 10, 1911. The Susan B. Anthony amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which approved the franchise for women nationwide, won final approval in 1920.

The exhibit includes stories about the women of the San Ramon Valley who were rancher’s wives, mothers, merchants, post mistresses, farmers, telephone operators and teachers.

It includes vintage clothing, cartoons and posters on the Woman Suffrage campaign of 1911 and information about ways suffragettes supported less restricted clothing for women.

The museum is located in the Danville Train Depot, 205 Railroad Ave., in Danville, It is open Tuesday through Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Admission is $3 for guests and free for museum members. For more information, contact 925-837-3750 or go to www.museumsrv.org.

Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa Commission for Women seeks nominations of women for its 2011 Hall of Fame in a variety of areas.

Categories include women who demonstrate leadership, create community, work for justice, preserve the environment, improve health care, contribute to the arts, innovate in science and technology.

Honorees are recognized each March at the commission’s Hall of Fame event.

For more information on how to submit a nomination, contact womenscommission@gmail.com or www.womenscommission.com.


Hercules recall debate set

Hercules voters who want to see how the two city council incumbents facing a recall on June 7 stack up against their challengers will have the chance to view the candidates side-by-side.

I will moderate a candidates’ forum from 7-9 p.m. on May 9 in the Hercules City Council chambers.

Read Tom Lochner’s full story here.

Please send suggested questions to lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com. I can’t guarantee that every question will be asked, but I want to hear from Hercules voters about the issues that concern them the most.  Keep in mind:  None of the candidates or anyone else will see the questions in advance or know what I will ask.


East Bay political events round-up

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


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.


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.


East Bay events round-up

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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is the first congressman to host a mobile video town hall.

On Tuesday, starting at 6:16 p.m., residents may sign up for the video conference through Visible Vote’s free application for Facebook and smartphones including iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Viewers may watch the congressman answer questions real-time posed from those who have signed up for video conference. Many elected officials already deploy the use of telephone town halls, which allow thousands of people to listen and ask questions via the telephone.

But this is the first opportunity for constituents to see Garamendi on their phones as he answers their questions.

Learn how to set up Visible Vote is available at http://visiblevote.us/get-started. php. A video on how Visible Vote works is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HulPk2dJ3OA.


Contra Costa Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Gayle Uilkema will deliver the annual State of the County Address at a Feb. 10 luncheon sponsored by the Contra Costa Council.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Boulevard, Concord.

Tickets at $35 for council members and elected official and $45 for nonmembers.

The council is a nonpartisan public policy advocacy organization funded through membership of businesses and other local groups.

For more information, visit www.contracostacouncil.com, e-mail info@contracostacouncil.com or call 925-246-1880.

Pleasant Hill

UC-Berkeley Statewide Database Director Karin MacDonald is the keynote speaker at the inaugural Feb. 22 lunch meeting of Community Connections, a lecture series sponsored by Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff.

MacDonald leads the research center that will process Census 2010 data and geographic information system mapping for use in the state’s redrawing of its congressional and state legislative boundaries.

For the first time, an independent commission of residents will draw the boundaries after voters stripped legislators of the job.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

A lunch ticket costs $35. Prices for tickets to the full series vary from $1,000 to $100, depending on the type of membership. Proceeds benefit Mitchoff’s officeholder account, a non-campaign fund managed by elected officials.

San Francisco

Experts will discuss California’s unsustainable public pension system at a March 9 forum sponsored by the Bay Area Council.

The event, entitled, “Is California Headed for a Super Storm of Unfunded Pension Liabilities,” will feature San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility President Marcia Fritz, and Stanford professor and former state Assemblyman Joe Nation.

The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at the offices of SNR Denton, 525 Market Street, 26th Floor, in San Francisco.

“California’s public pension system has been described by some as a ‘time bomb’ or a ‘tsunami’ and by others as an over blown hoax,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council. “This forum is a chance to get down to the facts and see how much we actually owe, and to examine how to make reforms to get the state back on track.”

For more information, contact www.bayareacouncil.org or call 415-946-8710.


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Contra Costa political consultants Melody Howe Weintraub and Lisa Tucker will speak at the Thursday night meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Tucker, president of the Tucker Group, and Weintraub, leader of Winning Results, will offer analysis of political issues and races facing voters around Contra Costa, California and the nation.

The club’s social begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda.

The business meeting starts at 7:15 p.m., followed by the program at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ldclub.org.

San Francisco

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak on climate change, American leadership and women’s issues at the Friday evening meeting of the Commonwealth Club.

The programs will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth St., in San Francisco. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.

Non-member tickets are sold out but a limited number of $75 and $100 tickets are still available for members.

Nonmembers may purchase an annual membership on the phone for $110 and then buy a ticket for this event. For information, call 415-597-6705.


The Golden State Rally for America TEA Party is set for Saturday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes numerous speakers such as KSFO radio personality Brian Sussman, California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and Republican candidates.

Food, music and food will be available for purchase.

The rally is free but it will cost $8 for parking. The park gates open at 10 a.m.

For more details, visit www.pleasantonteaparty.com.


Common Cause Regional Director Derek Cressman is the featured speaker at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.

Cressman’s talk is titled, “Citizens United: The Victory for Big Everything,” referring to a recent U. S. Supreme Court decision that overturns prohibitions on corporate spending in federal elections.

Cressman, formerly Common Cause’s assistant director for election reform, also coordinates the organization’s work on a national popular vote and organizes around such election reforms as vote-by-mail. He is a leading expert on democracy issues and money in politics. He founded and directed TheRestOfUs.org, a nonprofit watchdog that raised awareness of the role of big money in politics and founded the environmental telephone company Earth Tones.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the United Democratic campaign headquarters, 2737 Clayton Rd., Concord. For information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org.


Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan will speak at the Oct. 20 luncheon of the Contra Costa Council.

She will outline the Transbay Transit Center project under construction in downtown San Francisco, being dubbed the “Grand Central of the West.”

The event will be held at the Hilton Concord Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, starting at 11:30 a.m.

For information and tickets, visit www.contracostacouncil.com.


U.C. Berkeley law professor John Yoo is the featured speaker at the evening Nov. 3 meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.

Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush,” generated considerable controversy for his role in U.S. policy on torture at the time he worked as deputy assistant attorney in Department of Justice.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Danville. A tie is not required but no denim.

Tickets are $25 and include hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails.

For tickets, contact Mrs. Wright by Nov. 1 at 2000 Victorine Rd., Livermore, CA 94551-9400, jwright736@earthlink.net or 925-828-0771.


Round-up: Political calendar

Check out these upcoming political events in the East Bay:

San Ramon

Republican Congressional District 11 primary candidates will speak at a Tuesday night event sponsored by the Contra Costa Republican Party and the Conservative Forum of the East Bay.

Candidate include Tony Amador, Elizabeth Emken, Brad Goehring and David Harmer.

The free forum begins at 7 p.m. at the San Ramon Golf Course banquet center, 9430 Fircrest Lane, in San Ramon.

For information or questions, call 925-930-9551 or visit www.contracostagop.com.


State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Cal State-East Bay political science professor David Wiggins will speak Tuesday on “California Politics: Fractured?”

The event is spnosored by a new partnership betweenthe League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and Cal State-East Bay’s Scholar-Oilli program.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Concord campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord. Attendees are advised to park in the afculty-staff parking lot.

Admission is $5 for thepublic and free to members of the league and Scholar-Olli


The East County Democrats for Action will host selected candidates at its Thursday evening meeting.

Speakers include Assessor candidate Bob Brooks, who will appear on the June 8 primary ballot, and two Antioch councilmembers seeking re-election in November, Reggie Moore and Martha Parsons.

Tique Le Caul with the Antioch chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is also on the agenda.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Carpaccio Ristorante, 2741 Lone Tree Way in Antioch.

For information, email gvanhasselt@sbcglobal.net.


The Lamorinda Democratic Club will host a May 13 forum for Democrats seeking nonpartisan Contra Costa County elected posts.

The club will ask Democrats running for Assessor, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coronor and Tax Collector to present their platforms.

The event begins at 7:4 5 .m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette

Admission is $5. Students are free.

For more information, call 925-567-3367 or visit www.lamorindademoclub.org.


Republican Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn is the featured speaker at the May 21 evening meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Road, Clayton.

The cost is $35 per person at the door. For reservations, call 925-672-5061 or e-mail jngcabot@pacbell.net.