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February 2018 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004            February 27, 2018


In this newsletter look for EVENTS, a major focus this month.  Get the latest news on the CADEMS convention, its tone, its issues and its endorsements or lack thereof.  Check out all the new as well as ongoing activities of our committees, which are revving up into high gear.  And don’t forget to check out opportunities for activism via petitions and lobbying.  A major issue taken on this month is gun violence, which will be addressed by our meeting speaker and commented on by two editorials from members.
WE NEED YOU to help us make a difference!

The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public on issues of common concern and advanc-ing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring speaker presentations on our “Topics of Community Interest.”
AADC has members from the City of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Democrats can learn more about the Club, subscribe to our AADC monthly newsletter and join by going to our website

March 8, 2018 meeting, 6:30 pm

General Gomez Arts and Events Center

Topic:  Preventing Gun Violence 
Speaker:  Amanda Wilcox, Chair for the  Brady Campaign
Refreshments will be served after talks and the business meeting will follow.

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The 15th Annual Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Planning meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, March 7, at 12840 Earhart Ave. Please join us and help us to plan this very important event. All funds from the event help us to support the goals of the Democratic Party, and in particular allow us to help Democratic candidates get elected. Last year we raised $5,000 at this one-day event. We hosted a sophisticated party with good wine and food, a great jazz quartet and an amazing silent auction. This year we hope to outdo last year’s success.
Mary Helen Fein, chair
Come join us at our meeting of the Fundraiser Committee on Wednesday, March 7, and help us with this year’s success!

Petitions on AADC web site
Check frequently for current petitions to be signed, both California and national, at our   AADC Petitions web page.

Petitions on Indivisible Auburn web site
Read analyses and take action on pending legislation on Scott Johnson’s Indivisible Auburn Facebook page blog.
Your input makes a difference!
If you hear of any legislation on the local, state or federal level that you would like to have shared with the Indivisible Auburn CA alert subscribers, please forward the information to Scott Johnson, Inclusion  in your email of any bill number and author of the legislation or any links to articles about the legislation would be helpful.
Scott Johnson

 Indivisible Auburn CA activities are in full swing (see Calendar below)

 Join our Local Advocates team!web site
Want to make a difference in local environmental issues and local politics?
AADC’s Local Advocates Committee jumps into Placer County Planning issues and 2018 Local Election Opportunities
Our newest Committee, Local Advocates, is off to a roaring start.  Not only have we begun to provide input to Placer County’s Planning Department about future developments that threaten our rural environment (click
HERE for information on our website about one of those developments), but we have also combined with other Democratic Clubs across the County to recruit more progressive can-didates for “2018 Open Seats” in Placer County.  Read on about our most urgent opportunities to put more progressive candidates in non-partisan positions in Placer County. If you want to get involved with this Committee contact Leslie Warren at
Since the deadline for Placer County positions is either immediate or by March 9th to file at Placer County Elections, here are our TOP PRIORITIES for the next few weeks:
#1 Opportunity – District 5 Placer County Planning Commissioner – VACANT – accepting applications now!  Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery (District 5/Democrat) is now accepting applications for District 5 Planning Commissioner!  We need to recruit a candidate NOW and talk to Jennifer about our support for this candidate.  If you have a viable candidate, please contact either Leslie Warren at or (530) 878-0738 or Jan Bell at or (530) 887-1083.  Let’s get this seat!!!
#2 and #3 OpportunityPlacer County Board of SupervisorsDistrict 1 (Jack Duran, incumbent and declared to run in 2018 – Roseville area) and District 2 (Robert Weygand, incumbent and declared to run in 2018 – Lincoln area).  Toni Fisher, Chair of Sun City Roseville, is the lead on the District 1 seat.  Al Fluter, Lincoln Dems, is the lead on the District 2 seat.  If you have candidates you feel would be stronger and viable for either one of the seats, contact Toni or Al now with your input.  You can reach Toni at  You can reach Al at (916) 409-5509 or  We may decide to support Duran and just work with him to be more progressive.
#4 Opportunity – Placer County District Attorney– Scott Owens, Placer County DA is running again in 2018, unopposed so far.  If you have a stronger candidate who would run against Owens, make them aware of the March 9th filing deadline at Placer County Elections.
#5 Opportunity – Next Placer County Planning Commission Meeting is Thursday, February 22nd.  Click HERE for more information (Agenda, etc.).  If you care about the future of Placer County’s rural environment, please plan to attend this meeting as critical projects will be discussed.
The next Local Advocates Committee meeting is Thursday, March 15, 5 to 7 pm at Placer County Democratic Headquarters, 699 Washington Blvd., Roseville (in the Washington Square mall, behind NY Pizza).  Join us!
Jan Bell, Auburn Area Democratic Club President & AD5 Delegate to CDP and
Leslie Warren, Local Advocates Chair


 If you haven’t joined yet or haven’t paid your dues for this fiscal year, now is the time to do so!

Many thanks for keeping AADC strong!
Roke Whitson, Membership Committee Chair

Don’t forget to keep up your membership. Your annual dues are due each year on JULY 1st, so please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604  or pay on-line at AADC membership.
Your dues support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email 


The following items are commentaries on our most recent school shootings.
“This is not the time to talk about this.” “Our hearts are with you.” “My prayers are with the victims.” Blah, blah, blah…
So, we have another shooting at a school. School used to be a place where parents thought their children would be educated and be safe. No more.
When are we going to have a real discussion on what is happening here? When are we going to hold our representatives accountable for their lack of leadership in preventing gun violence? When are we going to say, “Enough!”
Personally I am just sick that mass shootings seem to be becoming the norm in our country.   I truly thought when the carnage at Sandy Hook happened, something would be done. But nothing did. Do you realize this is the 8th school shooting just this year?
Today our President said, “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.” I agree.
If you feel as I do and want to have a serious conversation regarding gun violence, please join me in attending the meeting of the Auburn Area Democratic Club on Thursday, March 8th at the General Gomez Art & Events Center, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn.   Amanda Wilcox, Chair for the CA Brady Campaign will be the speaker. Doors open at 6:30.   (Auburn Journal, 2-17-18)  A.J , 2-17-18
Rosalie Wohlfromm

This one was sent to the Public Comment for the recent meeting of the Auburn  of the City Council.
To: Amy Lind; Millee Livingston
Subject: Re: Auburn City Council Meeting, Monday, February 26th
Dear Amy,
As per our conversation today, here is my Public Comment for this evening’s Auburn City Council Session.
I am very concerned about the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I am hoping that the Auburn City Council has given thought about this shooting that has taken 17 lives of students and teachers.
In 2018 alone, there has been more than one school shooting per week in the United States.  19 years after Columbine, there have been more than 130 shootings at elementary, middle, and high schools, and 58 more shootings at colleges and universities.
 Children all over the country are making one single demand: They and their classmates want to go to school without the fear of gun violence.
 Military grade weapons, assault weapons with capacity ammunition magazines, which hold up to 100 bullets, should not available for public purchase.  There is no need for these types of weapons for hunting.  Asking teachers to be armed with weapons is not a good way to solve these shootings. Universal background checks for all gun sales, personal or gun shows,  is a good idea.
 Thoughts and prayers are not enough.  I ask the Auburn City Councilmembers to take action and develop a plan and a public statement of their concerns what would make it safe for our children to go to school without fear.
 Thank you.
 Millee Livingston, Auburn, CA

 President’s Message

Where do I start?  There is so much going on, it’s overwhelming – but it is all GOOD.  So read on for a brief summary, then decide what you want to do this month to make a difference!
Special NOTICE: Our March meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday – March 8th 
Here are the highlights of events/meetings where you can get involved in the month of MARCH (Click on March to go to our AADC web page Events listing for all the details on each event):
March 1st – AADC participates in the 32nd Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Chef event at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
March 3rdVoter Registration Committee Meeting at Depoe Bay
March 7th – AADC 15th Annual Fundraiser Committee Meeting 
March 8thAADC’s Monthly Meeting – Topics of Community Interest Speaker is Amanda Wilcox speaking on Preventing Gun Violence 
March 10 – AADC hosting students & their families – Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference at UC Davis
March 10 & 11California Away Team – Calling Democrats to Get out the Vote in CD4
March 14Sierra Forward speaking at Indivisible Auburn’s event regarding CD4 campaign
March 15Local Advocates Committee\Open Seats Project meeting
March 20 – Placer Housing Forum
March 24 – AADC team participates in AAUW Trivia Bee – go team!
     In 2017 we marched, in 2018 we VOTE!!!!
Jan Bell, AADC President 2017-2018 and AD5 Delegate to CDP

Editor’s Corner

Stay awake… things are getting interesting!  While the CADEMS convention is over with no major loss of blood this year, the same can’t be said about the races now really beginning heat up.  This will be one of the most active off-year campaign seasons perhaps in California history.  Concerted efforts are being made on several levels to take on and defeat our several Republican congressmen, including our own local Tea Partiers LaMalfa and McClintock.  AADC continues to play a role by hosting events featuring our candidates and will actively support our successful nominees to victory!  The state races are also very exciting this year, and California’s future lies in the balance.

Do your part whenever there is an opportunity, and there are many, as you see by the event listings on both AADC’s and Auburn Indivisibles’  web sites. Try to keep up with the Alerts as  they are published and participate as often as possible.

The time is NOW and we are the KEY!  We can slow down to breathe and perhaps even celebrate later, if we’ve done our jobs well.

Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor


The next scheduled event for AADC is the annual Auburn Chamber of Commerce “Celebrity Chefs” dinner on March 1 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

AADC traditionally offers the services of two entrants, who coordinate, cook and serve the club’s entry at this event.  This year we’ll have three, Rosie Wohlfromm, Richard Sanborn and Sunny Carraway.
Our soups we served last year, minestrone and bacon cheddar potato, went over so well that we’ll be repeating that category, one which usually has little competition. We’ll be serving a Middle Eastern vegetable soup, clam chowder and Jamaican pumpkin soup. This event is a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, so come out and join us for delicious food, meeting up with fellow Auburnites and contributing to a worthy cause.  Tickets are $17.50.
Chefs Cooking for Community Service: Celebrity Chefs. March 1, doors open at 5:30pm, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Tickets $17.50. For more information see   Celebrity Chefs
Sunny Carraway,   and       Rosie Wohlfromm,,   Events
       Committee co-chairs         

The Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference will take place at U.C. Davis on Saturday, March 10. 
The Voter Registration Committee is using this event to do outreach to the youth and families of our area. We are publicizing the event and offering assistance with the online registration process and transportation to the event.
The conference is for students from 6th grade through community college. Thousands of students from Northern California will gather at UC Davis on Saturday, March 10, to learn about going to college, to hear about different careers, how to finance going to college and  much more. The program consists of inspirational speakers, educational counselors to offer individual consultations to students, a tour of the campus and 36 “pull out” sessions where students can learn about different professions they may want to pursue. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to be inspired about the different possibilities for their lives and for the AADC to do meaningful outreach to the Latino community.
 The event has tracks from 6th through 8th Grades, High School and Community College. The Voter Registration  committee has been doing intensive outreach to all three groups.
We need members to be sponsors.   CLICK HERE for more information about being a student or family sponsor. You will contact the family, assist with registration and drive them to the conference on March 10, stay for the conference and then return them home.
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Registration and Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696
IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Paul Comiskey, our long-time fearless leader of the Voter Registration and Outreach Committee, has decided to step down as chair on June 1, 2018, because of conflicting commitments. 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED AND COMMITTED CANDIDATES to step up to chair (or co-chair) this busy committee!  This is an important  focus for our club.
Progressive  Neighborhood  Project

Interested in connecting with your neighbors who are Democrats?   The effort we have started, a joint project of AADC and Indivisible Auburn, is called the “Progressive Neighborhood Project.”  Paul Comiskey, AADC voter services chairperson, is leading the project. There are monthly meetings the second Saturday at 1:30 at Depoe Bay Coffee in downtown Auburn. 
Roke Whitson,  chair of the Membership Committee
Candidate event

 Jessica Holcombe’s Canvassing & Training Kick OffSaturday, March 3rd

9:00 am – Doors Open
9:15 am – Program and training begins
11:00 am – #TeamHolcombe canvas begins
At  Summer Thyme’s, 231 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945     Click here to RSVP!
Please join us as we Get Out the Vote!   We’re going to kick the morning off with coffee, hello’s from a few guest speakers, a brief training, then we’ll head out for a big team canvass. Can we count on you to join us?


See AADC and Auburn Indivisible sites for more candidate information.


2018 California Democratic Party Convention – California: The Big Blue Beacon of Hope
As an Assembly District 5 Delegate, I attended this weekend’s California Democratic Party (CDP) Convention in San Diego.  For those of you very worried about Democratic unity, this Convention was a total turn-around from the last contentious CDP Convention right after the 2016 Election.
Under the theme of CALIFORNIA: The Big Blue Beacon of Hope, this Convention ran smoothly, allowed for disagreements/discussions, and delivered an updated CDP Platform, an endorsed candidate list for many races, and we celebrated Black History Month and the contributions of African-Americans to the Democratic Party.  Nancy Pelosi commented “Black women are the smartest voters in America and when black women vote, we win.”
Here’s a quick update on the Convention, with links to read more on the CDP website if you want more information.
The DRAFT CDP Platform was approved which includes a new “Rural” Plank written by the CDP Rural Caucus members and “World Peace and International Relations” Plank written by the Platform Committee with input from multiple hearings.  It is 46 pages long, but an important read.  It represents the policies and values of the CDP and I encourage everyone to read it as it is the most progressive political platform in the Democratic Party and we should be proud of all that it supports (Single Payer Healthcare, DACA, Overturn Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission decision, etc.)  Here’s a link to the 2018 CDP Platform.
2018 Election Endorsement Results fell into two categories – 1) candidates who received over 60% of the caucus votes received official CDP endorsement; and 2) races where no candidate received 60% or more of the caucus votes remain as “No Consensus” (hence no official CDP endorsement going into the June 5th Primary.  NOTE: At the July CDP E-Board, top Democratic candidates coming out of the June Primary can then obtain CDP endorsement).
Official CDP Endorsements for national, statewide and local area races are:
US Congressional District 4 – Jessica Morse (65.6% of vote)
State Secretary of State – Alex Padilla (87% of vote)
State Controller – Betty Yee (95% of vote)
State Insurance Commissioner – Ricardo Lara (62% of vote)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tony Thurmond (89% of vote)
State Treasurer – Fiona Ma (92% of vote)
California Assembly District 5 – Carla Jean Neal
California Assembly District 6 – Jackie Smith
[NOTE: California Assembly District 1 – No Democratic candidate filed; California State Senate District 4 – No Democratic candidate filed]
No Consensus – Races without CDP endorsement – June 5th Primary
US Senate – Kevin de Leon (54%), Dianne Feinstein (37%), Pat Harris (5%)
US Congressional District 1 – Audrey Denney, Jessica Holcombe, Marty Walters
Governor – John Chiang (30%), Delaine Eastin (20%), Gavin Newsom (39%), Antonio Villaraigosa (9%)
Lt. Governor – Jeff Bleich (7%), Ed Hernandez (41.5%), Eleni Kounalakis (41%)
State Attorney General – Dave Jones (56%), Xavier Becerra (42%)


Next phase of CD1 and CD4 races – Candidate status and Democratic/Republican Debates
After the Pre-Endorsement Conferences and the California Democratic Party (CDP) Convention, here are the outcomes impacting our local Congressional races.
There is no CDP endorsed candidate in Congressional District 1 (CD1 encompasses North Auburn, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Weimar, Applegate, Christian Valley, Lake of the Pines, Grass Valley & Nevada City).  Votes in the Pre-Endorsement Conferences were split across the three candidates: Marty Walters, Jessica Holcombe and Audrey Denney (a recent entrant from Chico) so all advance to the Primary without endorsement.  These three candidates will be actively campaigning until the June 5th Primary Election.  We have had opportunities to hear from Jessica Holcombe and Marty Walters, and we plan to invite Audrey Denney to Auburn to meet with our members in the near future.  In the meantime, you may want to attend a CD1 Forum on Sunday March 11th from 1 to 4 pm at The Foothills Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd., Grass Valley where you can meet Audrey and the other CD1 candidates.  Click HERE for more information about the CD1 Forum.
In contrast, in Congressional District 4 (City of Auburn, Newcastle, Penryn, Loomis, Roseville and Granite Bay) Jessica Morse received 65.6% of the caucus votes at the CDP Convention this past weekend, so she won the CDP Endorsement.  At this time, Roza Calderon and Regina Bateson are continuing to run their campaigns, so all three CD4 candidates will advance to the June 5th Primary, but only Jessica Morse does so with the CDP Endorsement.  As a Democratic Club, affiliated with CDP, we will discuss and vote on whether we should add our endorsement to Jessica at our upcoming March 8th meeting or wait until the outcome of the June 5th Primary to endorse.  In the meantime you may want to attend a presentation by Sierra Forward about the CD4 race on March 14th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the General Gomez Arts & Events Center, put on by our friends at Indivisible Auburn.  Click HERE for more information about the Sierra Forward event.
We have dedicated our upcoming April 5th and August 2nd AADC Meetings to Congressional Candidate Debatesas these are both dates when Congress is in recess and our incumbent Representatives should be available to attend.  We have invited both Tom McClintock and Doug LaMalfa to our April 5th date, but LaMalfa has declined the invitation.  We hope Representative McCintock will accept our invitation for April 5th.  We have asked both the Placer County Republican Party and the local League of Women Voters to join us in hosting this debate.  And, we plan to invite Doug LaMalfa to our August 2nd AADC meeting and hope he will agree to attend at that time.  More information to follow in our Newsletters and Alerts about both of these upcoming Congressional Candidate Debates.
Jan Bell, Auburn Area Democratic Club President &
AD5 Delegate to CDP