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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.dvdems.org.
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 www.commonwealthclub.org.