Apr 26

Great crowd at March for Science in Sacramento

Hundreds of people marched at the recent March for Science event in Sacramento to show their support for scientists and what they contribute to our society.

In contrast to the Trump Administration, whose policies deny science and their warnings about our climate change crisis, the Democratic party supports scientific research and investments in environmental sustainability.

Apr 04

Great Trump opposition turnout at McClintock TOWN HALL – April 8th

Mar 12

Tribute to Carol Norberg, Placer County activist, dies at 92

“A Simmering Feminist Who Went Full-throttle”

Carol Norberg, former Roseville resident and long-time Placer County activist died February 13, 2017 in San Leandro, CA. Mark Norberg , her husband of 65 years was at her bedside. She was 92 years and despite recent health challenges had been active till the end. The day before she died she was aggressively working to rent a room in the local library to show a recently purchased DVD on fracking which she felt was a threat to the environment.

Wife, mother, substitute teacher, community activist, firebrand, writer, proud Democrat and generous patron of women organizations and issues, Carol juggled the various hats with unbelievable energy and curiosity. In a recent conversation, she admitted to be a simmering feminist until her children were raised and she well full-throttle. She believed in equality for all, which defined being a feminist. She proudly called her husband Mark a feminist and indeed they were in partnership in all her activities for equality.

She was a proud and committed Democrat. Since naming their first-born after defeated Adlai Stevenson, she and Mark worked campaigns of women and feminist men wherever they lived. They originally joined the Placer County Democratic Central Committee to help a woman candidate they felt was virtually ignored.   That began a long struggle to rebuild the committee and another 13 years of planning meetings, dinners, events, outreach at county fairs, moderated a monthly TV forum Democratic Dialogue; edited the newsletter of the same name ; orchestrated annual dinner and picnic preparations.

She and her husband suggested booths at local fairs, handled the arrangements, designed and set up the booths, then staffed along with volunteers (a growing number each year) for 12 years. They worked to develop clubs, first the Women Democrats of South Placer, then a short-lived Roseville Club, the North Tahoe Club, Sun City Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton Fan Club, Democratic Club of South Placer, and the in-process Lincoln Democrats.

While Mark served as chair of the Central Committee for two terms, Carol served as secretary for four, and now, as vice chair. She scheduled successful voter registration drives for party bounty money for the clubs. As Secretary for Women Democrats: Carol Norberg held group together through the thin times; recruited new members and garnered speakers. It was Carol who initiated the Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon that later recognized women in the community who emulated Eleanor Roosevelt’s ideals of community service.

In addition to organizing a Hillary Rodham Clinton fan club, Carol developed displays for Women’s History occasions and coordinated women suffrage parades with Diana Madoshi. Carol later joined the board of the National Women History Project. She also became involved with CEDAW (the U.N. Women’s Treaty) and the CAWA (the California Women’s Agenda) That led to her becoming coordinator for the ratification effort for which she organized a county coalition to persuade city councils to pass resolution in favor of ratification.

In 2005, Carol and Mark Norberg decided to relocate to the Bay Area where three of their four children resided. A big bash was held for them (affectionately referred to as the Godfather & Godmother of Placer Democrats) in Sun City Roseville. Although, the Norberg made the move to the Bay Area, they never severed their connections to Placer Democrats. Carol continued to support women history programs and donate books to libraries as administrator of the Doris Foster Foundation. They attended and supported fundraising events.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the American Association of University Women and Planned Parenthood are only a few organizations that Carol passionately supported. Ten days before she passed, Carol and Mark attended a Sacramento meeting of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

My last conversation with Carol centered on how proud she was of the re-energized Placer Democrats Clubs, especially the new Placer Women Democrats club, the amazing rally of support for Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March.

Like many of the foremothers of the women suffrage movement and civil rights movement, Carol Norberg planted and nourished many seeds for others to move us forward in our quest for human dignity and equality for all.

Mar 11

Why Obamacare matters!

Learn why Obamacare matters and why we have to save it!

Need more information so you can fight for Obamacare and defend what it has done for Americans?

Then click on this link from the Organize For America team to learn everything you need to know about Obamacare.

Fight for it before we lose it!!!

Feb 24

Over 1500 Indivisible activists overwhelm McClintock Town Hall

Saturday, March 4th Representative Tom McClintock (R) held a Town Hall in El Dorado Hills and was greeted by a noisy crowd of Indivisible activists from all over Congressional District 4  protesting the Trump Administration actions on a number of policies, most specifically repealing the Affordable Care Act.

If you want to join the RESIST TRUMP movement, click on the Indivisible tab on this website and get connected to the movement. 

Feb 04

McClintock Town Hall Protest – Go Forwards, not backwards!

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

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.”

Nov 17

California’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, what the repeal of “Obamacare” means to Americans

“Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act threatens more than 20 million Americans with death and despair.

Over 20 million Americans who were uninsured now have health insurance thanks to the ACA.

President-Elect Trump and Republican leaders in Congress propose to repeal the ACA. And replace it with health savings accounts which are not sufficient to enable many people to afford health insurance.

As a result, over 20 Million Americans newly insured who rely on the federal assistance in the ACA will lose their health insurance. And so at least 20 million Americans will be denied the life saving treatments and medical care they need.

Everyone already insured got a host of important consumer protections from the ACA. Like protection from being thrown off your insurance when you get sick. And banning insurers from denying health insurance to Americans with pre-existing health conditions.

So we all lose. Read my full statement here.

We won’t let this happen without a fight. But it is going to require sending a loud and clear message to Republicans in Congress and to President-Elect Trump. To learn how you can help, go to Families USA, the “leading national voice for health care consumers.”

Thank you for continuing to advocate for policies that help all Americans.

Sincerely,

DAVE JONES
Insurance Commissioner

Jun 03

“Everybody Got Choices – VOTE!” and “Don’t Boo, VOTE!”

This election year has graphically illustrated the disenchantment Millennials and minorities have for our political process – they complain about dark money and cronyism.  However, the answer isn’t to give up on our democracy, but to demand it’s return!

President Obama has challenged us – “Don’t boo, VOTE!” – so check out the information on the flyer to left and get out and VOTE!

Need more inspiration?  Check out a song by J Ross Parrelli which is a call to action for Millennials and minorities…take a listen….and if you want more music by J Ross, go to her website (click here).

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