The Tri-Valley Democratic Club will present California Alliance for Retired Americans Vice President Hene Kelly on Monday, June 17. Kelly will explain why we need to tell Congress to keep its hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You can visit www.californiaalliance.org for more details.

The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier will hosts a Health Care Reform Town Hall on Thursday, June 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Walnut Creek City Council chambers, 1666 N Main Street, Walnut Creek. 

This is an opportunity for you to learn more from representatives of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and Covered California. They will explain how the Affordable Care Act and the Covered California Health Benefits Exchange will provide expanded coverage and improve affordability and health outcomes for Californians. 

For more information, please call 925-942-6082. To RSVP, please visit this web site.

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, June 27, meeting will feature a conversation about Covered California and how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in California. The featured speaker is Kaiser Permanente Community and Government Relations Director Ron Wetter.

Wetter will discuss some of the key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with particular emphasis on Covered California and some of the changes that are occurring in the health care industry as a result of some basic economics and the ACA.

Ron is the Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Area. He joined Kaiser in 2004. He oversees all community and government relations activities for Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area, with an emphasis on health care policy and reform and economic and workforce development.

Ron is an adjunct member of California State University East Bay’s graduate program faculty, teaching courses in health care policy and U.S. health care systems in the university’s Masters in Health Administration program. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ron served as the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, a 37-member public board that develops and coordinates workforce and economic development activities on behalf of Contra Costa County. He also worked for PG&E for 21 years as a regulatory policy analyst. He is currently the Vice President of Communications for the Contra Costa Council. Ron earned a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. He lives in Walnut Creek with his wife, Terri, and 20-year old son, Alex.

The club's second speaker will be Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, who will be running for State Assembly District 16 when Joan Buchanan becomes termed out. Newell has served as Councilmember of the Town of Danville for the past 18 years, starting in 1995, with four terms as Mayor. He serves on Tri-Valley Transportation Commission, Tri-Valley Council, Contra Costa Transportation Agency, Discovery Counseling Board, and Leadership San Ramon Valley Board among others. Prior to being elected to the Council Newell served four years on the Planning Commission and five years on the Design Review Board, a reason the Downtown section looks so quaint and interesting. Newell is a long time business owner and serves as the President/CEO of an architectural-planning firm based in Oakland and Los Angeles that he co-founded in 1978. He is a passionate advocate for providing quality public education by having served on the School District Facilities Committee resulting in the successful passage of the first Measure D School Bond and served as the Co-Chair of the Valley-wide Committee on Youth Safety & Development.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 20 to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, May 30, meeting will feature a presentation about Gun Control Post-Sandy Hook with Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Contra Costa Chapter President Sandra Ruliffson. 

Ruliffson will discuss local, state, and national efforts to reduce gun violence after the Sandy Hook tragedy. There are nearly 300 million guns in U.S. communities. The Brady Campaign initiates policies that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people and public health and safety programs to inspire safer attitudes and behaviors around guns.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Thursday, June 13, will feature a Sacramento Legislative Update from Assemblymember Joan Buchanan. Assemblymember Buchanan will discuss the latest from Sacramento, from legislation to key issues impacting the state budget.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, elected to the State Assembly in November 2008, represents the 16th Assembly District, which includes portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

Assemblymember Buchanan is the Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee bringing a deep understanding of educational issues gained during her 18 years of service on the San Ramon Valley School Board, including four terms as board president. Education has been a lifelong priority for Joan. She understands that for California's economy to thrive in the future, we must invest in a strong public education system, including a focus on instilling strong fundamentals in early grades. Through her service on the State Allocation Board, Joan works to maximize the state's investment in safe and up-to-date school facilities for all students.

Since being elected to the Assembly, Joan has focused on working with local leaders to solve problems. This session, Joan's legislative package focuses largely on education issues, including a package of three bills dealing with teacher evaluation, discipline and dismissal, as well as mandated reporting. In the areas of educational facilities funding, she has co-authored a bill that will put safeguards on the sale of Capital Appreciation Bonds. She has also introduced The Pink Plate Bill to create a specialized license plate promoting breast cancer awareness and prevention.

In 2012, Joan led the Assembly's review of the Governor's Reorganization Plan successfully fighting for significant changes in the plan including technology acquisition, maintaining the independence of the California Transportation Commission and the Delta Stewardship Council, and retaining an Advisory Commission on Boating and Waterways.

Joan honed her financial and analytical skills at Delta Dental, becoming one of the fastest rising women in the company and Director of Commercial Operations before the age of 30. She left the private sector to raise her five children and in the process became one of the San Ramon Valley's most effective community activists.

Joan is a 30 year resident of Alamo and a native Californian. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, May 30, meeting will feature a conversation about the Changes and Challenges in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District with School Board Members Brian Lawrence and Barbara Oaks.

Brian and Barbara were elected to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board in 2012. Brian served on the Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee for six years and has two children who attend Mt. Diablo schools. Barbara taught students with special needs and was a high school vice principal. Her children attended Mt. Diablo schools.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, May 23, meeting will feature Assemblymember Joan Buchanan.

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 2013-2014 Budget in January. After input from the Assembly and Senate and revised numbers, the “May Rewrite” has now been released. Assemblymember Joan Buchanan will discuss the main topics and the implications of the California Budget. With her breadth of knowledge and her ability to make complex concepts simple, Joan will give us a good understanding and the next steps we need to take.

Assemblymember Buchanan will also discuss a proposed financial path forward the  Assembly Democrats have created the "Blueprint for a Responsible Budget," a set of guidelines for lawmakers as we craft the state budget in time for the June 15 deadline.

The local speaker at this meeting will be John Mills, Future Candidate for the San Ramon City Council. 

John is a local Democrat who is planning to run in this fall’s election. He’s spent his career as staff to elected officials at the city, county, and state levels of government since 2000, most recently as the Chief of Staff since 2006 to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His public service extends beyond his work life, including as a member of the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission since 2008 and the Chair for Legislative Advocacy of the Country Club Elementary School PTA Board since 2011. John also has been involved with the City of San Ramon since 2006, serving on the City’s Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committees, and most recently as a member of the Parks and Community Services Commission.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation). Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 20 to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club will present California Alliance for Retired Americans Vice President Hene Kelly on Monday, May 20. Kelly will explain why we need to tell Congress to keep its hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You can visit www.californiaalliance.org for more details.

The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

Congratulations to Our 2013-14 Officers

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At the Lamorinda Democratic Club's May 10 meeting, the following members were elected as our officers for the 2013-14 year:

President: Katie Ricklefs
Vice President: John Hall
Secretary: Marie McDonald
Treasurer: Carol Nacon

Congratulations to our officers! Please contact any member of the Board of Directors if you would like to volunteer to help our club and its programs in the coming year.

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Friday, May 10, (please note the special night) will feature Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. 

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses. As part of the club business meeting prior to Kish Rajan's presentation, the club will hold its annual officer elections for the 2013-14 year.

Kish has a 20-year track record of success in both government and the private sector. During his talk, Kish will discuss his work with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). It was created by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. 

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kish began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide first to United States Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer. 

Kish left to build a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in the mobile technology arena, managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value.

While building this successful business career, Kish earned a JD, started a family, and settled back in his hometown of Walnut Creek.  In 2008, Kish re-entered public service when was elected to the Walnut Creek City Council.  Drawing on his political and business experience Kish became a regional leader who advocated for transportation improvement, education and economic development.

In 2012, Governor Brown appointed Kish Rajan as the GO-Biz director to lead the executive team. His directive from Governor Brown is to enhance California’s job creation effort by streamlining business regulations, promoting statewide economic development, and fostering greater international trade opportunities.