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Renewable Energy is the Future, Fossil Fuels are in the Past

  Resolution: Planning a Transformation to a 100% Renewable Energy California

   WHEREAS, fossil fuel combustion creates particulate matter and air pollutants known to cause respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, and forms of cancer; and given that extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, cyclic steam injection as well as transportation, storage, and refining contaminate drinking water supplies; and, per U. S. Geological Survey, there is earthquake activity associated with extreme extraction methods; and

  WHEREAS, the continued burning of fossil fuels causes climate changes that impact Californians including long term mega-drought, snowpack shrinkage, wildfires, and sea level rise; and climate scientists calculate that 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid further climate destabilization and warming of the planet beyond 2̊C - a tipping point for our climate; and

  WHEREAS, fossil fuels are finite and being depleted on a regular basis, and while the world’s largest private bank urges investors to move to invest in renewable energies, it is estimated that $22 trillion over the next 25 years will be invested for fossil fuel generation, more than 3 times what will be invested in the faster-growing, clean, renewable energy sector.

 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls for a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that references planning at the state level such as Stanford University scientists’ Mark Jacobson, et al, and UC Davis researchers, that:    · By 2020, 100% of all new power for all purposes (including transportation, heating/cooling, and industrial processes) be from electricity that is produced only by wind, water, solar (WWS) and other zero-pollution and zero-carbon-emitting and non-nuclear renewable sources combined with significant energy reduction, energy efficiency, and efficient energy storage,    · By 2030, that 80-85% of the existing fossil fuel based energy infrastructure be replaced by renewable energy, as per above,    · By 2050, 100% of the State of California’s energy infrastructure will produce only renewable energy, as per above.

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the transition to a 100% RPS be informed by the principles of climate, environmental, and worker justice; such that WWS energy projects are sited per no regrets, including factors cited per the Recommendations of the Independent Science Advisors for the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan; provide for labor to both train and represent workers; that emphasize prevailing wage, local hire, domestic content goals; and fully engage community based organizations.

   Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on September 9, 2014
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SoCoDems call for Living Wage set at $15 an hour

    Resolution on a Living Wage for Sonoma County

  WHEREAS, the polarization of wealth and incomes in California and Sonoma County have reached record high levels; and

  WHEREAS, if annually adjusted for inflation, since the late 1960s, the California minimum wage which is now $9.00 an hour would be more than $11.81 an hour; and

   WHEREAS, the California minimum wage is insufficient to lift a typical family above the poverty line and an actual “living or self-sufficiency wage” for the County of Sonoma in 2014 for two parents each working full-time to support two children is $20.51 an hour; and

   WHEREAS, in response to the failure of both the federal and state governments to substantially raise the minimum wage, more than 140 cities, counties, and public agencies have implemented “living wage ordinances” since 1994 including 33 in California; the counties of Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Marin, and Los Angeles; and the cities of Sebastopol (2003), Sonoma (2004), and Petaluma (2006);

   NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports a Living Wage Ordinance for the County of Sonoma that mandates a $15 an hour “living wage” for workers employed by the county, large county contractors, and firms receiving economic development assistance or leasing property from the county, and

   BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to all members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and urge the supervisors to implement a $15 an hour Living Wage Ordinance.

      Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on September 9, 2014
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Democrats call for U.S. military to fully accept Sikhs

Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution

Fully Accept Sikhs in the U.S. Military

WHEREAS, the Sikh community has been an integral part of the American fabric for over a century and made numerous contributions to the progress and prosperity of our society, including a proud tradition of military service dating back to World War I, but the U.S. military effectively banned devout Sikh soldiers from serving in the 1980s and continues to severely limit their ability to do so; and

WHEREAS, when the U.S. Army recently made limited progress by granting three Sikh soldiers the opportunity to serve while wearing turbans and maintaining unshorn hair and beards in accordance with their religion, two of these patriotic Americans have served admirably in Afghanistan, one receiving a Bronze Star Medal for his service, and another earning a NATO Commendation Medal; and

WHEREAS, America’s allies, including Great Britain, Canada, and India, presumptively allow Sikhs to serve in their militaries, and by allowing devout Sikhs to serve with their articles of faith intact, America’s military can project core values of pluralism and equal opportunity to the world and expand its pool of qualified soldiers; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party joins with the members of Congress who have called upon the Secretary of Defense to end the presumptive ban on devout Sikh soldiers in the U.S. Armed Force by modernizing the U.S. Armed Forces appearance regulations so that patriotic Sikh Americans can serve their country while abiding by their articles of faith, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the California Democratic Party to ask our representatives to support ending this religious discrimination, and call for the U.S. Military Administration to give devout Sikh Americans an equal opportunity to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on August 12, 2014
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SoCo Dems endorse Maggie Fishman in race for SRJC board seat

 The Sonoma County Democratic Party is endorsing Maggie (Margaret) Fishman in her bid for a seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees.

The party’s governing board voted overwhelmingly on Aug. 12 to support Fishman to represent the Area 2 seat, which covers southern Sonoma County.

Fishman, who lives in Penngrove and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College, is a retired educator with an extensive background in all levels of education, from elementary schools through college. Most recently, she served six years on the board of Mentor Me Petaluma.

She has been active in the Friends of the SRJC Petaluma Campus Trust and is a past PTA president at Penngrove School in addition to serving as chair of its site council and on the Superintendents Advisory Council. She has taught English as a second language at Montgomery High School as well as in programs at the University of Southern California.

The Sonoma County Democratic Party enthusiastically supports Fishman in the Nov. 4 general election.

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Resolution Urging California Senators to Support Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

WHEREAS, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to budget appropriations legislation recently passed by a majority of the US House of Representatives seeks to restrict the Department of Justice from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs, while at the same time, not inhibiting the federal government from taking action against individuals or organizations involved in activities that are not explicitly allowed by state laws; and
WHEREAS, over 80 state and national health care organizations -- including the American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, the American College of Physicians, and The New England Journal of Medicine -- support granting qualified patients immediate legal access to medical cannabis; and

WHEREAS, basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow seriously ill patients to use whatever medication their doctor has prescribed to provide safe and effective relief; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the California Democratic Party to acknowledge and reiterate support for our own state law, and on behalf of the millions of Californians who support Prop 215, and the patients who benefit from it, make every effort to support the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, and help end the Department of Justice’s futile, costly and obsolescent crusade against state marijuana laws; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges US Senator Barbara Boxer and US Senator Dianne Feinstein to support the amendment when the budget appropriations legislation comes before the Senate.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 10, 2014  
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