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East Bay political events round-up

Check out these upcoming East Bay political events:

Pleasanton

The holiday cards for America’s troops program sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is under way.

Last year, his office collected more than 7,000 cards.

They will be sent to troops stationed overseas in packages organized by East Bay Blue Star Moms, Pleasanton Military Families, Packed with Pride and Summerset Veterans clubs.

Cards will also be sent to veterans at Bay Area veteran’s hospitals, Camp Parks, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Cards should be signed and addressed to a generic person, such as “Dear Service Member.” Please do not include inserts such as photographs.

Send cards by Dec. 15 to McNerney’s office at 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 175, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

San Ramon and Walnut Creek

San Ramon and Walnut Creek activists will participate Nov. 5 in MoveOn.org’s national “Make Wall Street Pay” action targeting banks.

In Walnut Creek, activists will gather from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Newell and South Main streets.

San Ramon protesters will appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3100 Crow Canyon Place in San Ramon.

They will ask people to move their money out of the offending major financial institutions and protest the mortgage crisis and bank greed.

Richmond

National Democratic Party campaign leaders will speak at a reception Nov. 6 in Richmond about the upcoming presidential election.

Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard and Obama Campaign Battleground States Director Mitch Stewart will talk about key swing states, local organizing and other campaign topics.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Marina District, in Richmond.

Admission is $30 per person. For more details, visit https:/donate.barackobama.com/OneYearCA.

Antioch

Contra Costa faith leaders will on Nov. 7 call upon elected officials to focus on key social justice issues in East Contra Costa County.

The Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization, or CISCO, will gather at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., in Antioch.

Clergy and faith leaders will speak on the need to keep families in their homes, holding banks accountable for blighted properties, establishing local hiring programs, expanding health care access and improving communications with immigrants.

The free event is open to the public and a broad range of local elected leaders have been invited.

Participating organizations include St. Ignatius, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Most Holy Rosary and St. Anthony Catholic churches; Antioch Christian Center; Community Presbyterian Church; St. John Lutheran Church; Antioch Church Family; Islamic Faith Center of the East Bay; and International Christian Ministry.

Lafayette

California Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Ann Notthoff is the featured speaker at the Nov. 10 evening meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Notthoff will talk about what she views as Republican attacks on the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

In 2010, Notthoff led the successful bipartisan campaign to defend California’s landmark climate law, Assembly Bill 32.

She has also helped advocate for the council’s work on stronger marine life protections, cleaner cars, global climate regulations and water policy reforms.

The event begins at 7:15 with the club’s business meeting followed by the speaker at 8 p.m.

It will be held at the Lafayette Library and Community Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette. Admission is $5 per person. Students are free.

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

Walnut Creek

The Contra Costa Women’s Summitt will be held Nov. 14 in Walnut Creek.

Sponsored by Assemblywomen Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo,  the event features a variety of speakers and workshops.

Former state superintendent of public schools Delaine Eastin will serve as the moderator.

Among the speakers are Connie James, manager of Contra Costa County Reducing Health Disparities team; Katy Ertz-Berger, executive director for the Contra Costa Child Car Council; and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Director Anna Roth.

Registration begins at 12:30 followed by the program at 1 p.m. and a reception at 5 p.m. It will be held at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

For reservations or more information, call 925-521-1511 or visit www.asmdc.org/kp.

Walnut Creek

Contra Costa County Administrative Officer David Twa will speak on the county’s grim financial picture at the Nov. 16 evening meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.

Twa will talk about the effect of budget cuts on law enforcement, the judicial system, health care and other county services.

He oversees county operations, a $1.2 billion budget and a staff of 8,220. He has served as county administrator since September 2008.

Twa joined Contra Costa in 2008 after working as a county manager for Ramsey County, Minnesota, and serving two terms as an elected county attorney. He holds a juris doctor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is a certified public accountant.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

For information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org.

 

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San Ramon

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement will come to San Ramon on Oct. 11 and 12 as protesters plan a demonstration in front of Chevron’s headquarters.

MoveOn.org, a liberal political activist group, will gather from 4-6 p.m. at 6121 Bollinger Canyon Road on both days.

Protesters will focus on their opposition to federal subsidies of the highly profitable oil industry.

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is a loosely defined but growing sign of discontent as protests expand in American cities among progressives who say corporations exert too much control over the economy and U.S. politics.

Lafayette

Economic author Joshua Holland will speak at the Oct. 13 evening meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Holland, who wrote “The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy,” will speak about his views on the economy, jobs, federal deficit, taxes and trade.

He is also an editor and senior staff writer at AlterNet and edits it’s special coverage of corporations, work and immigration.

The event begins at 7:15 p.m. with the club’s business meeting followed by Holland at 8. m.

It will be held at the Lafayette Library and Community Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Admission is $5 a person.

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

Pittsburg

Contra Costa County Administrator David Twa is the keynote speaker at the Oct. 14 breakfast club meeting of Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg.

Twa will discuss the new supervisor districts and other county issues.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Wedgewood Banquet Center, 2222 Golf Club Road, in Pittsburg.

Tickets are $50 for nonmembers of Glover’s breakfast club and $25 for members. Proceeds benefit the supervisor’s officeholder account, which is used for expenses related to serving office but not for campaigns.

For reservations, send email to gloverbrkfst@yahoo.com.

Walnut Creek

The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley will host on Oct. 15 a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote.

The celebration features a suffragists’ march around the Bortin Fellowship Hall courtyard, re-enactments by actors form the San Ramon museum of history and historical information about the historic California vote on Oct. 10, 1911, to give women the vote.

Wine, cheese, finger food and pink tea will be served. There will be singing. And participants are asked to wear suffragist colors of white, yellow and purple.

The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. Admission is $10 a person.

For more information, visit www.lwvdv.org.

Antioch

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will speak at the Oct. 19 evening meeting of the East County Democrats for Action.

McNerney will discuss jobs, federal budget cuts and take questions.

The free event will be held form 7-9 p.m. at Carpaccio Ristorante, 274 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch.

Danville

Contra Costa Supervisor Gayle Uilkema will host a “meet and greet” on Oct. 20 in Danville to introduce herself to her new constituents.

The Board of Supervisors revised district lines this summer and her district now includes San Ramon, Danville and Alamo.

The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Danville Chamber of Commerce, 117E Town and Country Drive, Danville.

Uilkema will hold similar events in Alamo and San Ramon on future dates.

 

 

 

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East Bay political events round-up

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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Political events round-up

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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.

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If  you aren’t doing anything about 8 p.m. tonight, come on over to the Orinda Community Church where I will be talking about Tuesday’s election results with the members of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

The church is at 10 Irwin Way in Orinda.

You don’t have to be a Democrat to attend but the club will charge you a few bucks admission. (They serve snacks and wine, though, so it’s not a bad deal.)