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

The 2016 election 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!

Former 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).

Common Cause Call to Action – Pass SB1107 for citizen funded elections

1606The Citizens United decision threw our democracy completely out of balance. It tipped the scales wildly in favor of wealthy special interests – but the people are fighting back.

In 2015, from Seattle to Illinois to Maine, voters came together and won major victories. Americans are saying they’ve had enough of big money and are standing up to fight — and WIN.

California, we’re next. Tell your state senator we need a democracy of, by, and for the people. We need to pass SB 1107!

Incredibly, in California, voters are prohibited from passing laws that restore balance to the system through citizen-funded elections. Why? Because political insiders rigged the system almost 30 years ago.

But we can work together to fix it. Senate Bill 1107 would remove the 28-year-old ban on public financing, allowing our state and local governments to amplify the voices of all Californians, not just the super-rich.

If we want things to change in California, we’re going to have to work together make it happen. Tell the Legislature to restore balance to our democracy – pass SB 1107!‎
Clean elections work – we’ve seen it. New York City’s small donor matching funds system revolutionized political giving for municipal races, engaging voters in every part of the city, not just the richest precincts. In Connecticut, 74 percent of all elected officials participate in that state’s Citizen Election Program – Republicans and Democrats alike – with wide acknowledgment that it has shifted the balance of power away from lobbyists and back to the people.

It’s time for California to cut our politicians’ dependence on special interest money. Tell the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 1107.

‎Thanks for all you do for democracy!

Gavin Baker, Open Government Program Manager
and the rest of the team at California Common Cause

Sierra College’s Puente Club attends AADC Meeting

December 3rd Sierra College’s Reyes Ortega and the Puente Club attended AADC’s meeting to discuss their program and to exchange ideas of how to increase voter turnout in the Latino community.  The Puente Club presented AADC’s President, Sunny Carraway, and AADC’s Voter Registration Chair, Paul Comiskey, with Puente Club T-shirts (see photo).  Both groups agreed to work together in the future to increase Latino voter turnout within Placer County.

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Oil Trains rolling through Auburn – at what risk?

Did you know that oil trains traverse our little town of Auburn?  Did you know that these trains pose a danger to our families and our property?

If you want to know if your home is in an “Oil Train Blast Zone”, click on this link and type in your address: Oil Train Blast Zones

Click here to read a recent article about Valero’s proposal to increase oil trains to its Benecia refinery.

“Wide gauge” is the single largest cause of accidents involving track defects. In the case of the Pennsylvania derailment, it was broken spikes that caused the rail to widen, even though the track had been replaced in 2012, according to Federal Railroad Administration officials. – Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2015 by Ralph Vartbedian

Did you know that the rails running through our community are insufficient to handle this type of load and therefore increase the danger of a derailment?  According to some sources only 3.5% of the Union Pacific line through Donner Pass to Sacramento has the Class 4 or 5 rail necessary to safely transport numerous oil trains.

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Sarah Feinberg, chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, said “We have been incredibly lucky that the accidents have happened mostly in rural areas. Some of them have been very close calls.”

Is that comforting to you?? – since Auburn is a rural area, ask yourself – are we the next “close call”???

Click here for AADC member Rosie Wohlfromm’s editorial against Oil Trains.

la-na-oil-train-explosions-20150313Come to AADC’s February 4th Meeting to hear more about this local issue.  Lynne Nittler of Cool Davis will lead a panel discussion on the topic. We meet at 7 pm in the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada Street, Auburn.  Our speaker series is free and open to the public.