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Sonoma County Democrats back Dorothy Battenfeld for SRJC board


The Sonoma County Democratic Party is endorsing  Dorothy Battenfeld in her bid for a seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees from Area 3, 4 and 5.

The party’s governing board voted overwhelmingly July 8 to support Battenfeld to represent an area that covers most of central Sonoma County.

As an educator in Sonoma County for more than 27 years, Battenfeld is uniquely qualified to address the issues concerning California’s foremost community college.

She is an award-winning instructor at Montgomery High School and is coordinator of the school’s highly regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.  She has long been active in Sonoma County in various education, social service and civic organizations.

Battenfeld’s four children attended public schools in Santa Rosa, and were SRJC students. As an educator, community leader, and parent, we believe she will promote high quality educational programs for SRJC’s diverse student population.

Battenfeld is running in the Nov. 4 general election. This is an early endorsement that indicates the Democratic Party enthusiastically supports her candidacy. 

Contact her campaign at: http://democracy.com/Battenfeld4JCBoard

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Sonoma County Democrats endorse Jordan Burns for SRJC board


The Sonoma County Democratic Party is endorsing Jordan Burns in his bid for a seat on the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees.

The party’s governing board voted overwhelmingly on July 8 to support Burns to represent an area that covers west Sonoma County.

As a former student at SRJC elected by his peers to be student representative on the SRJC board, Burns is uniquely qualified to address the issues concerning California’s foremost community college. Burns graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a political science degree and went on to become executive director of a nonprofit agency that provides education and health support to children.

Burns is running in the Nov. 4 general election. This is an early endorsement that indicates the Democratic Party enthusiastically supports his candidacy.

Contact his campaign at: http://electjordanburns.com/

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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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