Feb 19

Volunteers needed for California Democratic Party Convention in May

Hello Fellow Democrats!

Our 2017 Convention web site is still in the skeletal stages, but we are getting ready to send out our big blast email calling for volunteers. Since you’re situated not too far from Sacramento, where convention will be this year, we’d love your help in rounding up volunteers.

We’ll be sending a couple of email blasts about the sign ups in early March and we are expecting an enthusiastic response, so please encourage your local volunteers to sign up ASAP to ensure that they get a spot.

More information and the sign up form are now available on our web site at CDP Convention Volunteers

Thanks so much for your help!

All the best,
Sarah

Sarah Clough
California Democratic Party
(916) 503-7318 direct
www.cadem.org

Feb 04

McClintock Town Hall Protest – Go Forwards, not backwards!

Feb 01

Protest at Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s Auburn Office – Feb. 1st

Watch this short video of our protest to Protect Medicare and MediCal.

 

Feb 1st Protest at Doug LaMalfa’s Auburn Office

Jan 31

Public input needed into NID re: salmon in Auburn

Getting salmon to Auburn is very important to Auburn’s economy – Provide your input to NID now.

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is blocking Anadromous Fish in Auburn Ravine, which is illegal, and delaying the economic boon salmon spawning in Auburn will bring to the City. NID is a public agency accountable to the public and must operate by rules governing a public agency; whether or not NID so operates is debatable. It website says it is an Independent Public Agency which is a meaningless refinement.
Anyway, a public agency is not a private business. It has a publicly elected Board of Directors and is open to public input and review.

NID just received $177,000 from CDFW toward the removal of Hemphill Dam on Auburn Ravine. NID leadership is now using that money for further needless studies before the dam will be removed as its Board directed. The studies are needless because Hemphill Dam has been studied by county, state and federal agencies since it was rebuilt in 1989 by NID without a permit. It should never have been rebuilt and is still unpermitted and hence illegal; as a result, should be removed without studies. It has illegally blocked upstream migration of anadromous fish since it was originally constructed in 1935.

Not only is NID misusing these funds for unneeded studies, but this delaying is negatively impacting not only the people’s fishes, but also the economy of the City of Auburn, delaying the time the City will have salmon spawning in its two parks, attracting visitors from Highway 80 which passes through the heart of Auburn.

What kind of economic impact will salmon spawning in Auburn have on the city? In speaking with personnel operating Taylor Creek Stream Profile on Highway 89 east of South Lake Tahoe, they have a bright tale to tell of the attraction their Kokanee spawning has for the public. Taylor Creek is miles from Highway 50 and yet during spawning, 10,000 visitors a week pour in to see the Kokanee.
There is an advantageous difference between Auburn and Taylor Creek. The Kokanee in Taylor Creek were accidentally released into Lake Tahoe. They are not native to the Lake and have lived in the Lake for only a few years. Yet, they are a major attractant for visitors and provide robust income to the businesses along Hwy 89.

Now, contrast Taylor Creek to Auburn. Auburn is on Highway 80 with hundreds of thousands of travelers passing Auburn seasonally. When these travelers receive word Auburn has salmon and steelhead spawning in the center of the city a minute off the highway, its businesses could easily add a 100,000 or more visitors a week entering and spending in Auburn.

NID itself is an obstacle to this financial boon to Auburn, because instead of removing Hemphill Dam and providing fish passage over its next upstream obstacle Gold Hill Dam so fishes can reach Wise Powerhouse, one mile from Auburn, it is delaying needlessly, fiddling with addition studies on Hemphill.
No one, including the fishes, is well-served by NID’s deliberate delaying fish passage over its two remaining blockages to upstream anadromous fish passage.

If you want to have a say in what NID is doing with Hemphill Dam and salmon and steelhead in Auburn Ravine, then call General Manager Rem Sherzinger and ask to serve on the Hemphill Advisory Group, because NID is a Public Agency that encourages public involvement. So contact him (scherzinger@nidwater.com /530-273-6185) to help shape what NID does on the Auburn Ravine and what happens so salmon and steelhead can spawn in the two parks in Auburn.

Speaking of NID’s Gold Hill Dam, which was built in 1853 and contains most of the chemicals used in mining and much residual gold, fish passage will also be delayed for decades or more in NID-think before they remove it.  Actually, since the sediment is so toxic, the obvious procedure is to build a fish ladder, which the original builders provided for with an opening on the north side of the cement construct, but NID will only come to this obvious conclusion after years of “studies”, further delaying the time when Auburn will have salmon spawning in its center if there are salmon/steelhead still in Auburn Ravine.

Since NID is a public agency, it is definitely in need of public input … and guidance.  Send NID some suggestions

Jan 20

Auburn Protest – Save our Healthcare – January 15th

Jan 19

TAKE ACTION – Demand investigation of Trump’s conflicts of interest and tax returns

Tell House Government Oversight Chair: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption

Petition to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz: “Do your job. Investigate Trump’s ever-widening web of corruption, from personally profiting off of the presidency to his refusal to release his tax returns.”
Add your name:
Sign the petition

Progressive champion Rep. Elijah Cummings says House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz “appears to be taking marching orders directly from Trump’s tweet.”

Instead of investigating Michael Flynn or Trump’s ever-widening web of corruption, Chaffetz parroted Trump’s tweets and asked the Inspector General to target the people who brought to light Flynn’s lies and the administration’s suspect ties to Russia.

In the face of potential treason and clear conflicts of interest, in fact, Chaffetz just recently decided to instead seek criminal charges over Sec. Clinton’s emails.

Once again, Chaffetz has refused to use his power as head of the House Government Oversight Committee to investigate Trump directly. But he’s feeling the heat – hundreds chanted “do your job!” at him at a recent town hall in his district.  We need to join that call and turn up the pressure on Chaffetz to do his job.

After Kellyanne Conway broke federal ethics rules, Chaffetz refused to investigate Trump corruption and merely referred the case to the White House ethics office, which recommended repercussions. He has politely asked the Trump administrations for documents about sensitive discussions being held in the open at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, after spending years and countless dollars investigating Benghazi.

Chaffetz has ignored Cummings’ repeated calls for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to investigate Trump’s corruption. Rep. Mark Pocan is now circulating a letter demanding Chaffetz act, and we need to echo that message.

What Conway did is just the tip of the corruption iceberg. Trump’s massive web of potential corruption is on a never-before-seen scale. Past presidents have sold assets and placed money and investments in blind trusts. Trump, by contrast, claims to be handing over his businesses to his children. But he lashed out at Nordstrom in a tweet objecting to the store ceasing to sell Ivanka Trump products, and still receives regular updates on Trump Organization earnings.

Because he is still hiding the full extent of his business entanglements, we have no way of knowing if he is under the thumb of foreign interests, whether his business interests in the Middle East or other countries run counter to American foreign policy or whether he is merely using the presidency to enrich himself. We can’t let Trump Republicans try to pretend it is normal for a president to profit off his time in office.
Tell House Government Oversight Chair Chaffetz: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption.

No one knows the full extent of Trump’s foreign financial and business entanglements because of his unprecedented secrecy and refusal to release his tax returns. Government ethics experts have already said Trump is likely violating the Constitution by personally profiting from the presidency and called his pretend show of giving his sons control of his company “meaningless.” On top of it all, we still do not know whether he is indebted to foreign interests that would give them influence over the commander in chief.

After spending untold hours investigating Clinton’s non-scandals, Chaffetz owes it to the American public to investigate naked conflicts of interest emerging in the Trump administration. Tell House Government Oversight Chair Chaffetz: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption. Click below to sign the petition:

Thank you for speaking out,
Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Jan 02

Saturday January 21st March on Sacramento

Women’s March on Sacramento – Saturday January 21st, in solidarity with the March on Washington D.C. – some photos to see what it was like if you couldn’t make it…..marvelously peaceful and upbeat, but resistant to the Trump Agenda.   The first photo is from the Capitol looking down toward the Tower Bridge – alive with protestors.  The other photo is of the gathering crowds.  We will do more big protests, so bookmark www.auburndemocrats.com to know when and where!

Dec 21

Sign Petition against 27% cuts to Social Security

Are you prepared for a 27 percent reduction in your Social Security benefits? If Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Social Security Subcommittee, has his way, that’s what 70 percent of beneficiaries would see on average under his new plan.

The newly introduced “Social Security Reform Act” that conservatives are parading around Washington attempts to camouflage the draconian nature of the plan with targeted benefit increases for low earners (26 percent of recipients). But don’t let this phony progressivism fool you.

Johnson’s bill includes an assortment of benefit cuts including raising the retirement age to 69 (equivalent to a 13.5 percent across-the-board cut), changing the benefit formula (9 percent average cut), and slashing the cost-of-living adjustment (13 percent average cut). Some long-lived beneficiaries could see cuts of up to 74 percent.

Despite Johnson’s window dressing, as many low earners will see cuts as increases.

Stand with the EPI Policy Center and our friends at Social Security Works to oppose the “Social Security Reform Act,” which cuts benefits for 70 percent of Social Security recipients.

The Johnson bill disproportionally hurts women and low-income workers who had employment gaps due to caregiving and unemployment. And it hurts those who had uneven earnings during their wage-earning years.

Johnson disingenuously claims his plan is motivated by an interest in extending Social Security’s trust fund. But he then turns around and eliminates the taxation of benefits on high earners—the very people who can afford to pay a little more.

Sign the petition today! Oppose the Johnson plan to cut Social Security benefits for 70 percent of recipients.

Together we must stop this thinly veiled attempt to destroy Social Security.

Thank you,

Monique Morrissey
Economist, EPI Policy Center

Nov 17

Michael Moore’s Plan to impeach Trump

By Grant Stern of Occupy Democrats

“For the second day in a row, the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has published a listicle plan for activists to put into motion. What’s getting all of the attention is item #2 on the list, pursuing the impeachment of Donald Trump. It’s highly unlikely that the requisite minority of obedient House Republican tea-party members would defend the Constitution from a rampaging member of their own party. But theoretically it could happen at any time with the number of lawsuits and charges leveled against Trump across the country.

He also wants to ditch the electoral college, which at this point makes sense considering that until 1996 it had only a 5% failure rate to deliver the most voted candidate and since 2000 has failed to deliver the elected candidate to office 40% of the time.

Moore’s second list of day-after recipes for the American left to move forward isn’t strictly an anti-Trump declaration either. Beyond proposing that a swift opposition movement emerge, he also demanded a Republican-style program of obstruction to deny Supreme Court judges, reform within the Democratic National Committee and even an apology to Bernie Sanders from the party.

The most immediately doable item on the list would be a special prosecutor to investigate FBI Director James Comey’s partisan interference in this year’s election. There’s already a bi-partisan movement to terminate the FBI Director‘s employment for violating the Hatch Act. If there could be a yearlong email server investigation, surely the government does have the resources to investigate its top lawman after the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel rules on the Hatch Act complaints.

Moore’s wish list ended with the national and the personal. He called for major changes to our country’s voting systems for federal elections to ensure an accountable paper trail, a holiday on election day and to end the disenfranchisement of felons who have completed their sentences.

Here’s all of them:

1. Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. I will do my part to help lead this as I’m sure many others (Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, MoveOn, the hip-hop community, DFA, etc.) will, too. The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don’t tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.

2. Prepare to impeach Trump. Just as the Republicans were already planning to do with President Hillary from Day One, we must organize the apparatus that will bring charges against him when he violates his oath and breaks the law — and then we must remove him from office.

3. Must commit right now to a vigorous fight (including civil disobedience, if necessary) which will block any and all Donald Trump Supreme Court nominees who do not meet our approval. We demand the Democrats in the Senate aggressively filibuster any nominees who support Citizens United or who oppose the rights of women, immigrants and the poor. This is non-negotiable.

4. Demand the DNC apologize to Bernie Sanders for trying to fix the primaries against him, for spinning the press to ignore his historic campaign, for giving Clinton the questions in advance at the Flint debate, for its latent ageism and anti-Semism in trying to turn voters against him because of his age or religious beliefs, and for its anti-democracy system of “superdelegates” who are elected by no one. We all know now had Bernie been given a fair shot, he probably would have been the nominee and he — as the true outsider and “change” candidate –would have inspired and fired up the base and soundly defeated Donald Trump. If no apology is soon forthcoming from the DNC, that’s ok — when we take over the Democratic Party (see yesterday’s To-Do List, #1), we will issue the apology in person.

5. Demand that President Obama establish a Special Prosecutor to investigate who and what was behind FBI Director James Comey’s illegal interference into the Presidential election 11 days before the vote was held.

6. Begin a national push while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind for a constitutional amendment to fix our broken electoral system: 1. Eliminate the Electoral College — popular vote only. 2. Paper ballots only — no electronic voting. 3. Election Day must be made a holiday for all — or held on a weekend so more people vote. 4. All citizens, regardless of any run-ins with the criminal “justice” system, must have the right to vote. (In swing states like Florida and Virginia, 30-40% of all Black men are prohibited by law from voting.)

7. Convince President Obama to immediately do what he should have done a year ago: Send in the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to dig up and replace all the poisoned pipes. NOTHING HAS CHANGED; the water in Flint is still unusable.”

Nov 17

Donald Trump’s 100 day Plan

Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

November 9, 20163:45 PM ET
Amita Kelly 2016 
Barbara Sprunt 2016 
BARBARA SPRUNT

At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office.

The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on Congress; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He also laid out his plan for working with Congress to introduce 10 pieces of legislation that would repeal Obamacare, fund the construction of a wall at the Southern border (with a provision that Mexico would reimburse the U.S.), encourage infrastructure investment, rebuild military bases, promote school choice and more.

Transcript: Donald Trump Speaks At Victory Rally
Below is the 100-day plan Trump’s campaign released in October, called “Donald Trump’s Contract With The American Voter.”

“What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington

Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;

* SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);

* THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;

* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;

* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;

* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:

* FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205

* SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

* THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator

* FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately

* FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.

* SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward

* SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

* FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama

* SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States

* THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities

* FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back

* FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.

Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.
On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.

This is my pledge to you.

And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.”

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