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CoCo supervisor forum to air May 7 and 9

An election forum featuring two candidates for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will air on public access television on May 7 and May 9.

The Contra Costa Council sponsored the lunchtime debate with candidates Tomi Van de Brooke, president of the Contra Costa Community College District Board of Trustees, and Danville Mayor Candace Andersen.

The pair answered questions earlier today in Lafayette about a wide range of topics including pension reform, water policy, tax initiatives and county budget trade-offs. And they sparred over campaign finances and whether positions on social issues matter in the local, nonpartisan race.

The third candidate, solar technology professor Sean White of Lafayette, was out of town on business and could not attend.

Held in Lafayette, the debate will air at 8 p.m. on May 7 and 10 a.m. on May 9 on Contra Costa Television. For Comcast customers, CCTV is on Channel 27; Astound, Channel 32; and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99.

For information, visit www.contracostatv.org.

 

 

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Under: 2012 primary election, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics | 1 Comment »

Contra Costa supervisor candidate debate set for April 23

Contra Costa District 2 supervisor candidates Candace Andersen and Tomi Van de Brooke will face off at the April 23 lunch meeting of the Contra Costa Council.

Van de Brooke, an Orinda resident and elected member of the Contra Costa Community College District, and Andersen, mayor of Danville, will answer questions and discuss their platforms.

The third supervisor candidate, Sean White of Lafayette, is out of town and cannot attend.

The Contra Costa Council is a nonprofit membership and nonpartisan organization that advocates for economic development throughout the East Bay.

I am the moderator and the event is open to the public.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon. It will be held at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Tickets are $45 for non-members and $35 for members. For reservations, contact the Contra Costa Council at www.contracostacouncil.com or 925-246-1880.

 

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Under: Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Political calendar, Political events | 1 Comment »

East Bay events round-up

Here’s a look at upcoming political events:

Cyberspace

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.

Concord

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.

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011
Under: Political calendar, Political events | 1 Comment »

Woodward will headline Contra Costa event

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author Bob Woodward is the keynote speaker at Contra Costa USA 2011, an annual daylong conference sponsored by the Contra Costa Counncil.

Woodward’s speech is titled, “Inside the Obama White House,” and follows the release of his latest book, “Obama’s Wars.”

The conference, set for Jan. 27, also features former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Jr., economic forecaster Christopher Thornberg and Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters.

Walters and Thornberg will speak during the morning session. Brown Jr. is the luncheon featured speaker. Woodward will deliver the evening presentation.

Contra Costa USA opens at 8 a.m. at the Concord Hilton, followed by presentations and lunch. The evening’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 7 p.m.

The council is a nonpartisan, econoimc devleopment and public policy advocacy organization supported by members’ dues.

Ticket information will be available after Jan. 3 at www.contracostacouncil.com, 925-246-1880 or info@contracostacouncil.com.

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010
Under: Contra Costa County | No Comments »

Political events round-up

Check out these upcoming political events:

Orinda

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.

Pleasanton

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.

Concord

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.

Concord

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.

Danville

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.

Posted on Monday, October 11th, 2010
Under: Political calendar, Political events | 1 Comment »

DeSaulnier talks on budgets and dead governors

DeSaulnier

DeSaulnier

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, delivered his annual keynote speech at the luncheon meeting today of the Contra Costa Council. Watch the full video below.

The senator spoke on a broad range of subjects. For the first time in his career, he even used Power Point presentation in an effort to focus his often rambling style.

Among his comments:

  • Predicted the budget impasse may soon end, citing an afternoon scheduled caucus conference call and an order to appear in Sacramento on Monday. The other driving factor may be that without a budget, Caltrans will soon have to start shutting down construction projects.
  • The budget stumbling blocks include the governor’s demand for a hard spending cap, a restriction Democrats fear will hurt education and social programs. The governor also wants a bigger rainy day fund and a deal with SEIU that would require the the state’s clerks, janitors and other service workers to contribute more to their public employee pensions.
  • Described his disappointment at the Legislature’s failure to seriously consider the budget reforms developed by California Forward and passed out of committees in both the Senate and the Assembly. In response, he has created a campaign committee that will work to place the reforms on the ballot in 2012. They include performance-based budgeting, a requirement that all legislation for new programs identify a source of funds and a multi-year budget.
  • Announced his work on what he called “red teams,” collaborations between the state and the county to help businesses keep their doors open. “We know the best way to create jobs is to keep the ones you have,” he said.
  • On the subject of dead governors, DeSaulnier admits to a certain amount of hostility when he looks at the portrait in the Capitol of the father of California’s nearly 100 year initiative process, Hiram Johnson.

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010
Under: California Senate, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Mark DeSaulnier | 3 Comments »

Political events roundup

Check out these upcoming political events in Contra Costa County:

MARTINEZ

Candidates for Martinez mayor and City Council will participate in an Oct. 5 breakfast forum sponsored by the Martinez Chamber of Commerce.

Mayoral candidates include incumbent Mayor Rob Schroder and challengers Michael Alford, Ed McGee and John Fitzgerald.

Council candidates seeking two open seats include incumbents Lara DeLaney and Michael Menesini, along with challengers Gay Gerlack, Scott Alstad and Kathi McLaughlin.

Contra Costa Times political editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate the free and public event, which begins at 7 a.m. at the Martinez Adult Education auditorium, 600 F St., Martinez.

Vorderbrueggen will ask the candidates questions on major town issues, and residents are invited to submit questions in advance to the chamber via e-mail at reba@martinez.chamber.com or at the event.

Allied Waste and Marty O’s will supply a continental breakfast.

For more information, visit www.martinezchamber.com or call 925-228-2345.

WALNUT CREEK

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center seeks nominations for its annual peace and justice award.

Last year’s winners included Arne Westerback, Sheila Pedersen, Barbara and Ed Tonningsen, Louise Clark and Bob Hanson.

To be eligible, an individual or group must be based in Contra Costa County, address a local peace or social justice need, show evidence of long-term commitment and leads and motivate others to participate.

Download a nomination form at www.mtdpc.org. The deadline is Oct. 28.

Winners will be honored at the Give Peace a Dinner Dance on Nov. 13.

The gala features a full-course gourmet meal, raffle prizes and dancing to the Big Bang Beat.

Tickets are $60 for the public and $50 for m embers, and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or 925-933-7850.

CLAYTON

Fred LaCosse, producer of dramatized talks with the nation’s Founding Fathers, is the featured speaker at the Oct. 20 dinner meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.

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

The cost is $35. For reservations, contact Barbara Allen at 925-672-5061 or e-mail jngcabot@pacbell.net.

CONCORD

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is the featured speaker at the Oct. 1 luncheon of the Contra Costa Council.

DeSaulnier will offer an update on the California budget and other state matters.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive in Concord.

The cost is $35 for council members and $45 for others. Download the reservation and payment form by Sept. 28 at www.contracostacouncil.com or e-mail info@contracostacouncil.com. For more information, call 925-674-1654.

DANVILLE

Kevin McGary, author of “Instanity!”, a book on communicating conservative values, is the featured speaker of the Oct. 7 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 and includes hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails.

To reserve a seat, send a check payable to Blackhawk Republican Women, Federated by Oct. 5 to Mrs. Wright, 2000 Victorine Road, Livermore, CA 94551-9400. For information, contact Wright at jwright736@earthlink.net or 925-828-0771.

EL CERRITO

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will lead an Oct. 2 rally and precinct walk of the West County Democrats.

The “Walk the Talk” event will start at 10 a.m. at the Democratic Party’s offices at 11760 San Pablo Ave., Suite A, in El Cerrito.

Volunteers will walk neighborhoods and deliver door hangers followed by a barbecue at the offices.

For more information, call 510-395-4823.

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Under: Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Political events | 2 Comments »

AD15: Buchanan, Wilson spar today

Wilson

Wilson

Buchanan

Buchanan

My able and esteemed colleague, Josh Richman, covered the first face-to-face appearance this election season of Assembly District 15 candidates Joan Buchanan and Abram Wilson. Read his story here.

Buchanan, the Democratic incumbent, and GOP nominee Wilson, sparred in Alamo at an event sponsored by the Contra Costa Council. I was the moderator.

Posted on Friday, September 10th, 2010
Under: 2010 election, Assembly District 15 | 2 Comments »

Political events roundup

Here is a roundup of political events and news:

Concord

Buchanan

Buchanan

Wilson

Wilson

The two candidates vying for California’s 15th Assembly District, Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and GOP challenger and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, have agreed to debate on Sept. 10.

Organized by the Contra Costa Council, the candidates will answer questions from a moderator and the audience at a luncheon set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road, in Alamo.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen, political columnist and reporter for the Contra Costa Times, will moderate the discussion.

Event co-hosts are the Engineering and Utility Contractors Association and IBEW Local 302, and the sponsor is AT&T.

The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

For reservations, call 925-246-1880 or fax 925-674-1654 by noon on Sept. 7. Visit www.contracostacouncil.com for more details.

The Contra Costa Council is a nonpartisan private sector, public policy organization with a membership that includes business, government, education and labor.

Livermore

Robert Rao

Robert Rao

GOP candidates invited to meet-up: All Republican Candidates for federal, state and local offices have invited to a Livermore ranch for a Sept. 25 meet-and-greet and fundraiser sponsored by the Alameda County Republican Party.

The 2010 Republican Roundup features a barbecue and live music on a working cattle ranch overlooking the Livermore hills. Invited candidates, who have not necessarily confirmed their attendance, include all GOP nominees from the U.S. Senate to governor and other statewide offices, along with Congress and the California Legislature.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rao Ranch on Mines Road in Livermore. Owner Robert Rao ran for the Assembly in 2008.

To RSVP, contact the Alameda County Republican Party at 510-638-3414 or info@alamedagop.org.

Pleasanton

The office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is accepting internship applications.

Students interested in public policy, civics and government are encouraged to apply for the unpaid positions in his Stockton, Pleasanton and Washington, D.C., offices. Interns may also be eligible for academic credits.

College and postgraduate students are eligible to apply for any of his three offices. Applications from high school students are considered on a case-by-case basis for internships in the Stockton and Pleasanton offices.

To apply for a position in either the Stockton or Pleasanton office, mail or fax a cover letter and resume to the respective office. Mail delivery to D.C. is delayed due to security, so applicants are encouraged to fax a cover letter and resume.

The addresses and telephone numbers are as follows:

Stockton Office, Attn: Staff Assistant, 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., No. 7, Stockton, CA 95207. Phone 209-476-8552 or fax 209-476-8587.

Pleasanton Office, Attn: Staff Assistant, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, No. 175, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Phone 925-737-0727 or 408-744-0727 and fax 925-737-0734.

Washington, D.C., Attn: Staff Assistant. Phone 202-225-1947 and fax 202-225-4060.

Richmond

Gioia

Gioia

Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, of Richmond, seeks volunteers for the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup at Richmond’s Marina Bay on Sept. 25.

Gioia has volunteered since 1990 and his office reports that in 2009, hundreds of volunteers helped pickup everything from tires to cigarette butts and plastic bottles along the shoreline and marsh areas.

Other event sponsors include The Watershed Project, city of Richmond, and Citizens Shoreline Response Team.

The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and free lunch will be served to the volunteers at noon. Meet at the Shimada Friendship Park at the end of Marina Bay Parkway.

For more information, contact Kate Rauch at 510-374-3231 or kate.rauch@bos.cccounty.us.

California

September is National Voter Registration Month and voters are reminded to check their registrations or send in their applications and vote.

The registration deadline is Oct. 18 in order to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

To be eligible to vote, a California resident must be a United States citizen, reside in California, at least 18 years old by Election Day, not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, and have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

A voter must re-register to vote after changing names, permanent residence or political party choice.

To check registration status, take advantage of a new feature on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/index.htm for a list of county Web sites and phone numbers dedicated to registration verification.

People who would like to register to vote can download a form online at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/, print, sign and mail it. Californians can also pick up a voter registration form at any county elections office, public library or U.S. post office.

Voter registration forms, vote-by-mail applications and the Secretary of State’s “Guide to Voting” can be found in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_multi.htm.

The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 26. Use the application printed on the sample ballot booklet mailed by his or her county elections official or go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf.

Sacramento

Bob Stern

Bob Stern

Center for Governmental Studies President Bob Stern, the former state political watchdog agency counsel who helped write the California Political Reform Act, will serve as co-chairman of a panel that will recommend changes to campaign finance laws.

Stern was appointed to the 25-member panel by the Fair Political Practices Commission to the Chairman’s Advisory Task Force.

He will lead in the panel with Republican political attorney Chuck Bell.

The panel has been asked to make the state’s complex 1974 Political Reform Act clearer and more accessible for candidates and the public, according to the FPPC.

Stern, who leads the nonpartisan Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies, is the co-author of a number of campaign reform proposals, including the initiative that established the Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the commission’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, and previously served as an attorney for the Assembly Elections and Reapportionment Committee and the Secretary of State’s office.

Co-chairman Chuck Bell is the senior partner of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk, LLP. He has practiced election and campaign law for over 30 years, and was the founding chairman of the California Political Attorneys Association.

The task force is scheduled to unveil its recommendations January and the commission hopes to place its suggested revisions on the 2012 ballot.

Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Under: 2010 election, campaign finance, Contra Costa County, Election reform | No Comments »

Rep. Miller will keynote business lunch

Rep. George Miller

Rep. George Miller

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will keynote the luncheon meeting of the Contra Costa Council and its Small Business Task Force from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Holiday Inn in Concord.

Miller will speak on small business issues and provide an update from the Capitol.

Reservations are due by noon on Aug. 23. The event is open to the public.

The cost is $35 for members and elected officials and $45 for nonmembers. Contact the council at 925-246-1880  or www.contracostacouncil.com.

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010
Under: Congress, Contra Costa County | 3 Comments »