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Political events round-up

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


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, 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


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


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

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010
Under: Political calendar, Political events | No Comments »

One-stop shopping for Democratic candidates

The Coalition of Bay Area Young Democrats, conjunction with the San Francisco Young Democrats, will host a massive candidates’ forum at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 6 at the SEIU Local 87 hall, 240 Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco.

Free and open to the public, the forum aims to hear from, and give attendees a chance to ask questions of, candidates in some of 2010’s highest-profile races. Confirmed speakers include gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown; lieutenant governor candidate Janice Hahn; Attorney General candidates Kamala Harris, Chris Kelly, Pedro Nava and Alberto Torrico; incumbent state Treasurer Bill Lockyer; Insurance Commissioner candidates Hector De La Torre and Dave Jones; Superintendent of Public instruction candidates Larry Aceves and Tom Torlakson; and incumbent Board of Equalization member Betty Yee.

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Under: 2010 election, 2010 governor's race, Alberto Torrico, Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, Democratic Party, Democratic politics, Elections, Janice Hahn, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Lt. Governor, Pedro Nava, Political events, Tom Torlakson | 1 Comment »

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 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
Under: healthcare reform, Political calendar, Political events | 2 Comments »

CCUSA annual event set for Jan. 27

Steve Westly

Steve Westly

Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman

Michael Milken

Michael Milken

Today is the deadline to reserve tickets for the Jan. 27 annual Contra Costa USA, a daylong conference hosted by the Contra Costa Council.

Speakers include former Environmental Protection Agency director Christine Todd Whitman, former gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly and philanthropist Michael Milken.

Westly will speak at breakfast on investing in clean technology. Todd Whitman is the lunch keynote speaker, who will talk about “Staying Ahead While Going Green.” Milken will headline the dinner event.

The conference will be held at the Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. For times, registration and prices, contact the Contra Costa Council at info@contracostacouncil, 925-246-1880 or

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Under: Contra Costa County, Political events | No Comments »

Political events round-up

Here are some upcoming East Bay political events:


The Delta Area League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and San Joaquin County will host on Jan. 23 an educational Delta water forum.

The free public event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Antioch Historical Society Hall, 1500 W. 4th St., Antioch.

A moderated panel of experts will discuss the agribusiness, environmental, legislative, commercial, and financial impact of any plans to affect the Delta.

Speakers include Gregory Gartrell, assistant manager of the Contra Costa Water District; Kari Fisher, counsel for the Farm Bureau; Lawrence Kolb, former assistant director for the Water Quality Board; Karla Nemeth, liaison, California Natural Resources Agency and Bay-Delta Conservation Plan; David Nesmeth, Environmental Water Caucus; Mary Piepho, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District III; and Susanna Schlendorf, 15th Assembly district director for Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo.

San Ramon

Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District will participate in a Jan. 26 forum hosted by the San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated and the Lincoln Club of Northern California.

Invited candidates include Tony Amador of Lodi, Robert Beadles of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken of Danville, Brad Goehring of Danville and David Harmer of Dougherty Valley.

The candidates have declared they will run in the June 8 primary election, where the victor will most likely face incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the November general election.

Lincoln Club of Northern California Vice President Judy Lloyd will moderate.

The social hour begins at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon. It will be held at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, and tickets cost $23 each.

For tickets, contact Leta Rockwell at 925-838-2908 or

Walnut Creek

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, will speak at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club on ways to improve California governance.

DeSaulnier is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Improving State Government, which will soon release a list of recommendations.

A business meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7:30 p.m.

The free public event will be held at the Ygnacio Public Library, 2661 Oak Grove in Walnut Creek.

For more information, call 925-945-7272 or visit


Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a member of the prominent political family and the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, will visit Saint Mary’s College Feb. 14-19 as the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Townsend will speak with student groups and visit classes to address topics such as volunteerism and service, women in power and the intersection of faith and politics, according to the college.

She will also present a lecture titled “The Dream Shall Never Die: Hope and Action for Today,” on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center at the College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Woodrow Wilson Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures.

Townsend, an author, is the eldest daughter of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy.

She is the founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Bestowed through the RFK Center for Human Rights, the award honors individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Townsend has also served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice.


Republican California gubernatorial candidate and eBay founder Meg Whitman will speak at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Commonwealth Club in Lafayette.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Veteran’s Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

Tickets are $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets online at

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2010
Under: Political events | 2 Comments »

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 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
Under: Congressional District 10, Political calendar, Political events | 7 Comments »

East Bay: Political events

A listing of upcoming political events in the East Bay:

Pleasant Hill

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, Executive Director Charles Mead will speak Thursday on the impacts of state budget cuts on foster children.

The free presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa and the social justice committee of Christ The King Catholic Church.

It begins at 7 p.m. at the Christ The King church’s parish hall, rooms A and B, 199 Brandon St. in Pleasant Hill.

Refreshments will be served after the talk.


Former FBI agent Donald Noel, who worked on high-profile cases such as the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, is the featured speaker at the Thursday meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.

Noel also investigated the Weathermen Underground, the hijacking of a PSA flight by Bulgarian terrorists, the disappearance of Teamster President James Hoff and others.

The recipient of the Attorney General’s Award of Distinguished Service will speak on “Domestic Terrorism: William Ayers and the Media’s Refusal to Make the Connection.”

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

For information, e-mail or call 925-820-6452.


Linguistics expert and UC-Berkeley professor George Lakoff will speak at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club about his ballot initiative that would eliminate the two-thirds voting requirement for a state budget or new taxes.

Lakoff wrote “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate” and “The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain.”

The social hour begins at 6:30 followed by the club’s business meeting at 7:30 and Lakoff’s presentation at 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person and it is open to the public.

The group meets at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way in Orinda. For more information, call 925-210-7337 or visit


Republican lieutenant governor candidate and state Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, is the featured speaker at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Lamorinda Republican Women Federated.

Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and the speaker at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is $25 for lunch or $15 for the speaker only. It will be held at the Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante in Orinda.

For information, contact Elsie Euing at 925-254-8617.

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009
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Fazio to speak about health care debate at UC-Berkeley

Victor Fazio

Victor Fazio

Former Congressman Victor Fazio will speak on lessons from the health care debate as part of the free 2009-2010 Matsui Lecture Series on Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.

Fazio represented the Sacramento area from 1979-1999.

The event will held in the Lipman Room at Barrows Hall on the UC-Berkeley campus.

A reception will follow.

Click here to register.

Read on for the press release with additional details about the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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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


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

Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
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CD10: Candidate forum set for Oct. 26

The five candidates in the Nov. 3 special general election to replace former East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will participate in an Oct. 26 public forum at Saint Mary’s College.

In addition to the college, the event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and the Contra Costa Times.

Tauscher was confirmed in June as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the U.S. State Department.

The candidates include Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Democrat; David Harmer, Republican; Mary McIlroy, Peace and Freedom; Jeremy Cloward, Green Party; and Jerry Denham, American Independent.
The bulk of the 10th Congressional District is in Contra Costa County, with smaller segments in Solano, Alameda and Sacramento counties.

The bulk of the 10th Congressional District is in Contra Costa County, with smaller segments in Solano, Alameda and Sacramento counties. (Click here for a map of the district.)

I will moderate the forum and pose questions to the candidates submitted by members of the audience.

The free forum will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. (Click here for driving directions to the college.)

A video of the forum will also be made available at and air on local public access television stations.

CCTV will air the candidates’  forum on Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Under: 2009 CD10 special election, Political events | No Comments »