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Santa Rosa, CA 95402
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2490 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA
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Resolution in Support of the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012
WHEREAS, the State?of California faces budget deficits of over $20 billion, and an ?all cuts? solution has resulted in huge cuts to education, and vital services to working families, seniors, the disabled, and the needy, and without new revenue, more than $5 billion in added cuts to schools, universities and public safety will have to be made, and
WHEREAS, the top one percent of the wealthiest Californians have doubled their share of California?s income while paying even lower tax rates than they once did, and the state?s financial plight can be remedied by requiring these Californians ($250,000 per year income and more) to pay their fair share, and
WHEREAS, a broad coalition of labor and grassroots organizations have come together and negotiated an agreement with Governor Brown to each set aside their separate ballot measures and join forces on a new initiative which, if passed, will raise $9 billion in the first year, $8 billion of which will be achieved through a progressive income tax increase for individual Californians making more than $250,000 a year, or households making more than $500,000 a year, and
WHEREAS, no one making less than $250,000 will see an income tax increase, and a sales tax increase, affecting all Californians, will be just 1/4 cent, representing approximately 15% of the new tax measure?s revenue;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party?endorses the initiative, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges an unprecedented effort be made over the next 3 weeks to place this initiative on the ballot, and a sustained effort thereafter be made to pass this compromise measure to ensure that funding for public education, vital services, and public safety is restored.
Adopted by Sonoma County Democratic Party Central Committee on April 10, 2012
June 5, 2012 Primary Election - Important Dates and Voter Information
April 26 ? ?First day sample ballots may be mailed
May 7???????Voting by mail opens
May 21? ??Voter registration deadline
May 29????Deadline to request ballot by mail
Click on the links below for detailed voter information:
SCDP Central Committee Supports District Elections for Santa Rosa City Council
?Once every decade, Santa Rosa?s charter review process gets the chance to do the right thing for the voters of this city.
This time, Santa Rosa voters deserve the opportunity to decide whether their elected representatives should come from the same areas of the city as the last hundred years or whether their councilmembers should truly representative the modern face of the electorate.
The time is long overdue for the city council to be elected by district.
More and more, cities our size, in the 100,000 to 200,000 population range, are turning to district elections to ensure the views of all citizens are equally represented. Those rights are guaranteed by the federal Voting Rights Act and the outdated method of selecting our city council through at-large elections comes dangerously close to flouting that guarantee.
Last week, the elected representatives to the Sonoma County Democratic Party unanimously voted to join increasingly calls for giving Santa Rosa voters the opportunity to decide on district elections. Our resolution states that district elections are long overdue because history shows that ?council members do not come equally from all areas of the city but are disproportionately elected from the North East area; an area that houses only 25 percent of the residents.?
Only a glance at the map of where our current and past councilmembers reside should tell you all you need to know about the imbalance of influence perpetuated by at-large elections.
Full text of the resolution, which was approved unanimously at the March 13 SCDP Central Committee meeting, follows:
Resolution in Support of District Elections in the City of Santa Rosa, CA
WHEREAS, the City of Santa Rosa considers District Elections only once every 10 years during its Charter Review process, and
WHEREAS, Santa Rosa currently has at-large elections for all 7 council members and council members do not come equally from all areas of the city but are disproportionately elected from the North East area; an area that houses only 25% of the residents (see the attached map), and
WHEREAS, District Elections are a safe haven from voting rights act complaints and lawsuits; and district elections are successfully used by the Sonoma County Democratic Party Central Committee, the Sonoma County District Junior College (SRJC) Board of Trustees, Sonoma County Office of Education, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the State Assembly and Senate, and the House of the United States; and because it costs less for the city of Santa Rosa to run district elections.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports District Elections for the City Council of Santa Rosa, California, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party send a letter to both the Santa Rosa Charter Review Committee and to the City Council of Santa Rosa recommending support for District Elections.?
Adopted by Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, March 13, 2012
June 5, 2012 Primary Election Endorsements
??The Sonoma County Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party will reconsider candidate endorsements (in previously unendorsed races) for the November 6, 2012 election based on the results of the June 5 Top-Two Primary election. Full list of endorsements for the June 5 primary follows:
?Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
1st District - No Endorsement (Due to lack of concensus)
The Sonoma County Democratic Party bylaws require a two-thirds vote to endorse a candidate for election to a local non-partisan office. Five Democratic candidates sought endorsement for the 1st District seat, and no single candidate achieved the two-thirds vote required for endorsement.
3rd District - Shirlee Zane (Incumbant)?
5th District - No Endorsement?(Due to lack of concensus)?
The?Sonoma County Democratic Party?bylaws require a two-thirds vote to endorse a candidate for election to a local non-partisan office. Three Democratic candidates sought endorsement for the 5th-District seat, and no single candidate achieved the two-thirds vote required for endorsement.?
District 2 - Wes Chesbro (Incumbent)
District 4 - Mariko Yamada (Incumbent)
District 10 - Michael Allen (Incumbent)
3rd District - Lois Wolk (Incumbent)
2nd District - No Endorsement (Due to lack of consensus)
The Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee is prohibited from endorsing a candidate running for statewide or federal office unless that candidate has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party. The CDP bylaws require a 50% vote of members of the State Democratic Central Committee at the party?s Pre-Endorsement Caucus (held January 21, 2012) to qualify a candidate for endorsement in an open Congressional race. With four Democratic candidates seeking endorsement for this seat, no single candidate reached the 50% threshold required for endorsement.
5th District - Mike Thompson (Incumbent)
Statewide Ballot Measures?
Prop 28 - YES: Limits on legislators? terms in office?
Prop 29 - YES: Imposes additional tax on cigarettes for cancer research
Local Ballot Measures?
Measure D - YES?? Cotati-Rohnert Park schools tax
Measure E - YES?? Healdsburg school bond?
?Measure F - YES?? Guerneville school bond??
?Measure G - YES?? Old Adobe school bond???
?Measure H - YES???Sebastopol school bond????
?Measure I - YES???Wright school bond????
?Measure J - YES???City of Sonoma sales tax
Early Endorsements - November 6, 2012 Election
Santa Rosa City Council:
Nominations Sought for Annual Democratic Party Awards
?The Sonoma County Democratic Party is seeking nominations for their annual awards (to be presented at the 2012 Crab Feed) from the Democratic community. All nominations will be screened and recommendations for each award category will be made to the Sonoma County Democratic Party Central Committee, along with a list of all nominees.
At the January 10 SCDP Central Committee meeting, members will discuss the merits of each candidate, culminating in a vote by secret ballot for one person for each award category.?
Please review the award categories and the requirements for each. Write a brief statement giving the qualifications of your nominee and your reasons for nominating.
Nominations must be received by December 31, 2011 for consideration.
Return nominations to the SCDP electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or by U.S. mail to Sonoma County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 3727, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Award Categories and Requirements ?**All Nominees Must Be Registered Democrats**
1. Democrat of the Year Award
Requirements: Male or Female ? Outstanding Service to the Democratic Party 2011-2012
2. Young Democrat of the Year Award
Requirements: Male or Female, age 18-35, with at least 2 years of active service to the Democratic Party
3. Roberta Hallowell Award
Requirements: Female with at least 10 years of service to the Democratic Party
This award was created in memory of Roberta Hallowell, who was a leader in the Democratic community and a member of many organizations. As a retired teacher, education was one of her passions. She was active in the California Teachers Association, National Education Association, the Sonoma County Educators Council, and the Healdsburg Area Teachers Association. Other affiliations included National Organization for Women, Sierra Club, NAACP, National Women?s Political Caucus and California State Democratic Central Committee.?Her union work and liberal politics probably started as a family trait, but Roberta blazed her own path and was a mainstay of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. Throughout her life she was active in a host of issues that benefited from her skills and contacts.?
2010 Sonoma County Democratic Party