Assemblymember Nancy Skinner believes Californians should have the right to vote on whether temporary taxes should be continued to help close the budget deficit. The text of her letter follows: Dear Friend, In these difficult times, I've heard from thousands of Assembly District 14 residents on how to address our $26.5 billion deficit, almost a [...]

Brown Halts Budget Negotiations

March 31, 2011 | Comments Off

Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has suspended budget negotiations with the Republicans. As the Governor writes: I put forth a balanced balanced budget plan that included deep cuts and extensions of current existing taxes.  Under our constitution two Republicans from the Assembly and two from the Senate must agree before these tax extensions can [...]

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) announced that he has been designated the chair of three new select committees: the Select Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government, the Select Committee on Restoring California’s Middle Class, and the Select Committee on Small Business and the Underground Economy. To learn more about these new Select Committees, and [...]

Happy Birthday Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2011 | Comments Off

The California Budget Project notes the one-year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act into law by issuing a new budget brief describing the benefits of the law, including a description of the "new consumer protections and the law’s impact on coverage – both for individuals who purchase coverage privately and for [...]

The Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Friendly Favors, and The Peace Alliance invite you to a potluck and presentation by the first American journalists in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion – what they have learned, what are the possibilities and what we can do to influence the outcome. Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are [...]

The membership of the Lamorinda Democratic Club voted at its March 10 meeting to endorse Measure B, a mail-only May 3 ballot for a parcel tax to support the Lafayette School District. The club heard details about the budget situation and Measure B from Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill and Yes on B Campaign [...]

Enterprise Zone Program Needs Overhaul

March 12, 2011 | Comments Off

Lamorinda Democratic Club member Jason Bezis has a "From the Community" column in the March 11 Contra Costa Times discussing Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate the enterprise zone program. Bezis writes: As a consultant to public entities, I helped to create many EZs and have concluded that they are squandering taxpayer dollars. In this [...]

Senator Barbara Boxer invites you to join her at a Women Making History Luncheon honoring California State Attorney General Kamala Harris, Jane Morrison, and Susie Tompkins Buell, on March 23, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, Number One Nob Hill, in San Francisco. A VIP reception will begin at 11:15 a.m. with the luncheon following [...]

The Contra Costa Times web site now includes a story about a Friday announcement from Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia explaining how it is possible for people to receive emergency notifications from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office on their cell phones. To subscribe to this service, visit this web site and follow the [...]

The Region 6 Meeting of State Central Committee Members in advance of the April Convention is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20 at the Alameda County Labor Temple, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland. The Labor Temple building is located near the Oakland Coliseum and Arena. From I-880, exit at Hegenberger Rd. and take Hegenberger east; [...]

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