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Round-up: East Bay political events

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

Danville

Dr. Howard Maccabee will speak on health care reform at the evening April 7 meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.

Maccabee is founder of the Radiation Oncology Center at John Muir Medical Center, where he was medical director, and was a delegate to the California Medical Association who helped prepare the legal groundwork for the provision of Medical savings accounts in California.

His speech is titled, “Health Care Reform: How to Cut Expenditures Without a Federal Takeover.”

The event will be held at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Danville. It starts at 5:30 p.m. with socializing and hors d’oeuvres followed by the speaker at 6:15 p.m.

The cost is $25 per person.

For reservations, contact Marianne Lyons at rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net or 925-820-6452.

Orinda

Former California Energy Commssioner Arthur Rosenfeld of Berkeley is the featured speaker at the April 8 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Rosenfeld will discuss energy efficiency and conservation. He works to make homes, buildings and appliances more energy-efficient.

The author or co-author of nearly 400 referred publications, Rosenfeld received the Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest in 1986, the Carnot Award for Energy Efficiency from the U. S. Dept. of Energy in 1993, and the Berkeley Citation in 2001 from the University of California.

The club 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 in Orinda. The cost is $5 per person.

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

Pleasant Hill

A job fair will be held April 10 at Diablo Valley College.

Sponsored by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, the 10th Congressional District Job Resources Fair will feature college opportunities and resources from other government agencies for job-seekers.

Supporting organizations include Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa County supervisors Susan Bonilla and John Gioia, East Bay Works and the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board.

It is free and open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

Brentwood

The four Republican primary candidates in the 11th Congressional District will participate in a Brentwood forum on April 26.

Sponsored by the East Contra Costa TEA Party and moderated by South San Joaquin County Republican Party Chairman Frank Aquila, the candidates include Elizabeth Emken of Danville, Brad Goehring of Clements, David Harmer of Dougherty Valley and Tony Amador of Lodi.

The free, two-hour forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at the East Bay Pentecostal Church, 605 Harvest Park Drive in Brentwood.

Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010
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Political events round-up

Check out the following upcoming political events in Contra Costa County:

Danville

Dunn

Dunn

GOP Secretary of State candidate and former NFL player Damon Dunn is the featured speaker at the March 10 evening meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Danville. The cost is $25 per person.

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

Orinda

Veteran author and journalist Peter Schrag will speak on California’s fiscal crisis at the March 11 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Schrag, a former Sacramento Bee editorial page editor who has written several authoritative books on California public policy, will speak on his 10-step solution for fixing California’s fiscal crisis while protecting the state’s education system and social safety net,

Shrag’s most recent book, “California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment,” was published by the University of California Press in April 2006. His “Not Fit for Our Society,” a history of immigration restriction movements and ideology in the United States is scheduled for publication in the spring

The club’s social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by its business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and its speaker at 8 p.m. It meets at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way in Orinda. Entry is $5 per person and students are free.

For more details, call 925-567-3367 or visit www.lamorindemoclub.org.

Walnut Creek

DeSaulnier

DeSaulnier

A free public workshop on ways to save money on telephone and energy bills will be held on March 12.

The event is sponsored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Speakers will discuss state and federally mandated programs, energy efficiency and conservation programs, bill payment assistance plans and how to empower consumers against scams and fraud.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Heather Farms Community Center, 301 North San Carlos Drive in Walnut Creek.

For more information on the utilities commission, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

Clayton

Businessman and 7th Congressional District GOP candidate Roger Peterson is the featured speaker at the March 17 luncheon meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.

Also on the agenda is Chase Cabot, who present his essay on the Transcontinental Railroad that has won for him a chapter and district award from the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter.

The luncheon begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Oakhurst Country Club. 1001 Peacock Creek Road in Clayton.

The cost is $22 a person. For reservations, contact Barbara Allen at 925-672-5061 or e-mail jngcabot@pacbell.net

Pleasant Hill

Bonilla

Bonilla

Contra Costa County Supervisor Susan Bonilla will host a budget town meeting on March 25.

The public is invited to voice their concerns and ask questions of a variety of county department managers, including County Administrator David Twa, Health Department Director and Dr. William Walker, Sheriff Warren Rupf, District Attorney Bob Kochly and Interim Contra Costa Fire Chief John Ross.

The town hall will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at 500 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.

For more information, contact Bonilla’s Concord office at 925-521-7100.

Posted on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
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Political events round-up

Here are a few upcoming political events:

Danville

Laurie Firestone, former White House Social Secretary for President George H.W. Bush, is the featured lunchtime speaker at the Feb. 23 meeting of the San Ramon Valley Republican Women.

Firestone is a renowned expert and consultant in business event planning, international protocol, etiquette and fundraising. Her book, “An Affair to Remember: State Dinners for Home Entertaining,” will be available for sale

San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, a Republican primary candidate for the 15th Assembly District, will also speak.

The event will be held at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville.

The cost is $23 for person. For reservations, call 925-833-8771, e-mail lindaking118@att.net for visit www.srvrwf.org.

El Cerrito

Dale Sorenson with the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas will at the Feb. 23 evening meeting of the El Cerrito Democratic Club.

Sorenson’s talk is titled, “The Coup in Honduras: What Happened, Why, and What Role did the United States Play?”

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the El Cerrito United Methodist Church, 6830 Stockton Ave. in El Cerrito.

The cost is $4 per person and includes light refreshments and pizza.

For information, call 510-527-5953 or e-mail panterazero@gmail.com.

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
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Saint Mary’s will host Garamendi town hall

Garamendi

Garamendi

Saint Mary’s College in Moraga will host a public town hall with Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, on Feb. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Here are the details provided by the college:

Saint Mary’s College of California to Host 10th Congressional District Town Hall Meeting

What: Saint Mary’s College of California will host a 10th Congressional District Town Hall Meeting where U.S. Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) will discuss national and regional issues such as job creation, economic development, health care and transportation. The event is free and open to the public and includes a question and answer session with Representative Garamendi.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Saint Mary’s College of California, Soda Activity Center, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94556

Background: The 10th Congressional District spans parts of four counties –Contra Costa, Solano, Alameda and Sacramento. It includes the unincorporated communities and cities of Alamo, Antioch, Bethel Island, Dixon, El Cerrito, Fairfield, Isleton, Kensington, Knightsen, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Suisun City, Walnut Creek, Walnut Grove and sections of Concord and San Ramon.

For more information contact Michele Gault, District Director, Office of Congressman John Garamendi, (925) 932-8899 or Tim Farley, Director of Community & Government Relations, Saint Mary’s College, (925) 631-4830.

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
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Political events round-up

Here are a few upcoming political events in the East Bay:

Orinda

Common Cause chief Derek Cressman will discuss at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club the impacts of the recent Supreme Court case decision that relaxed restrictions on federal campaign contributions.

Cressman is the organization’s western states regional director and founded TheRestOfUs.org, a nonprofit watchdog over the role of money in politics.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way in Orinda. The cost is $5 per person.

For information, call 925-210-7337 or visit www.lamorindemoclub.org.

Danville

Author Eric Golub will speak at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women on combating ideological bigotry.

Golub is the winner of the 2007 Bloggers Choice Awards, wrote “Ideological Bigotry” and blogs on the Tygrrrr Express.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails at Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Danville. The cost is $25 per person.

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

Clayton

Retired Air Force pilot and Republican 7th Congressional District candidate Rick Tubbs is the featured speaker at the Feb. 17 luncheon meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.

The event begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Road in Clayton. The cost is $22 a person.

For reservations, call 925-672-5061 or e-mail jngcabot@pacbell.net.

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010
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Rep. Miller to speak on health-care

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, one of the authors of the health insurance reform legislation stalled in Congress, will speak on the subject at a Feb. 1 breakfast meeting of the Contra Costa Council.

The breakfast will be held 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Hilton Concord Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd., in Concord.

Breakfast registrations are due to the Council by noon today 925-246-1880. For more information, visit the Council website at www.contracostacouncil.com and click on the calendar. The price is $35 for members and elected officials, and $45 for nonmembers.

The event is being co-hosted by the Contra Costa Community College District, NECA/IBEW, Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo. Sponsors are John Muir Health, Miller Starr Regalia and Archer Norris.

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2010
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East Bay political events roundup

Check out these upcoming political events:

Manteca

The Republican primary candidates in the 11th Congressional District have been invited to participate in a Jan. 11 forum sponsored by the South San Joaquin Republican Club.

Club president Frank Aquila will moderate the event.

Candidates who have indicated they will participate include: Tony Amador, retired U.S. Marshall; Robert Beadles, businessowner; Elizabeth Emken, autism research and cure advocate; Brad Goehring, winegrape grower; Larry Pegram, businessman; and Jeff Takada, teacher.

The free event is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Crossroads Grace Community Church, 1505 Moffat Blvd. in Manteca.

For more information, contact Aquila at 209-825-0123 or mantecarepublicans@yahoo.com.

Orinda

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick and California State PTA Education Advocate Nancy Vandell will speak about the future of education in California at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

The general business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the speakers at 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way in Orinda.
The cost is $5 per person.

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

Clayton

Iraq War veteran Eric Boettcher will speak at the Jan. 20 morning meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.

The meeting begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Road in Clayton.

The cost is $22 per person.

Contact Barbara Allen for reservation 925-672-5061 or jngcabot@pacbell.net.

Orinda

Brandon Middleton with the Pacific Legal Foundation will speak Jan. 21 on water and the Endangered Species Act at the luncheon meeting of the Lamorinda Republican Women Federated.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante in Orinda.

The cost is $25 for the speech and lunch or $15 for the presentation only.

Respond by Jan. 18 with a check made out to the LRWF, P.O. Box 382, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2010
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Garamendi schedules first town hall

As promised in public statements prior to his election on Nov. 3, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has scheduled the first of three in-person town halls before the end of the year.

He invites constituents to join him at a brownbag lunch town hall in Livermore on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.at City Hall, 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore. (It’s not a telephone town hall; you can come and see him in person.)

Prior to the town hall, Garamendi will meet with local transportation and elected officials

Two of the other town halls will be held on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. The times and locations will be announced when they have been finalized.

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2009
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The upcoming political calendar

Check out these upcoming political events in the East Bay:

Walnut Creek

A retired FBI agent will speak about the controversial Vietnam era anti-war group, the Weather Underground, at tonight’s dinner meeting of the Conservative Connection.

Max Noel is a law enforcement consultant and retired federal agent who investigated the Patricia Hearst kidnapping, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, Unabomber Ted Kaczynksy, and the Weather Underground and one of its founders, Bill Ayers.

Members of the Weather Underground bombed public buildings as part of its anti-war protests. In most instances, the group set off bombs in empty buildings. Ayers, now a college professor, has also been accused of being complicit in the bombing-related death of a San Francisco police officer.

The dinner is open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Buttercup Grill & Bar, 660 Ygnacio Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

The cost is $16 for dinner or $5 for the speech only.

Contact Phyllis Stout at louisstout@comcast.net or 925-938-4098 for reservations. For more information, visit www.lamorindarepublicanwomen.org.

Danville

Rep. Jerry McNerney

Rep. Jerry McNerney

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will deliver an update on national issues at a June 30 joint luncheon meeting of the Tri-Valley and Contra Costa business councils.

The event is open to the public. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville.

The cost is $35 for members of the councils or $45 for nonmembers. To RSVP, contact Terry Shoaff at tshoaff@cococo.org.

Walnut Creek

A Democratic forum of candidates seeking to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, in the 10th Congressional District will be held in a joint meeting of Central Contra Costa County Democratic party clubs on Friday .

Invited candidates include civil rights attorney Tony Bothwell of San Francisco, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; investigator Adriel Hampton of Dublin; Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; Lt. Governor John Garamendi of Walnut Grove; and Iraq War veteran Anthony Woods of Fairfield.

The forum is open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

Livermore

California Lt. Governor John Garamendi will deliver the keynote address at a June 30 summit sponsored by the U.S. and Livermore chambers of commerce intended to promote the Tri-Valley as a center of science and technology.

Garamendi will speak on “Long-term Issues Impacting California’s Vitality and Global Competitiveness.”

He has also announced plans to run for the 10th Congressional District after the expected confirmation of Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, to a State Department job.

The day long event includes a variety of panels and speakers including representatives of Sybase, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories

The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. in Livermore.

The cost is $65 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.

Register online and find a complete schedule at www.livermorechamber.org.

Antioch

A forum of Democratic candidates for the 10th Congressional District will speak at a July 2 meeting of the East County Democrats for Action.

East County NAACP Vice President Cherise Gilliam will moderate the discussion.

Invited candidates include civil rights attorney Tony Bothwell of San Francisco, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; investigator Adriel Hampton of Dublin; Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; Lt. Governor John Garamendi of Elk Grove; and Iraq War veteran Anthony Woods of Fairfield.

The forum is open to the public. It will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Antioch City Hall at the corner of Second and H streets in Antioch.

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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