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Sonoma County Democratic Party urges legislators to oppose U.S. military action in Syria
At the September 10, 2013 SCDP Central Committee meeting, a resolution was passed urging legislators to oppose U.S. military action in Syria and to instead pursue diplomatic solutions to stop Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
Full text of the resolution follows:
Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution Opposing the Proposed Military Action, Including Bombing, in Syria
WHEREAS, U.S. military action in Syria will not stop the killing or bring those responsible for the use of chemical weapons to justice, and
WHEREAS, the majority of the American people and the majority of Democrats are opposed to the bombing of Syria, and
WHEREAS, the United States should not respond alone to the use of chemical weapons and should work through the UN, the International Court of Criminal Justice, and through diplomatic engagement with international and regional stakeholders to end the use of chemical weapons.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) opposes military action in Syria, including bombing.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SCDCP will expeditiously notify all our elected officials to vote against military action, including bombing, in Syria and to support diplomatic and multilateral solutions to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria and to end the conflict in Syria, and that the SCDCP will distribute this resolution to the press.
Resolution submitted by Mike Smith on September 10, 2013.
Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on September 10, 2013.
Press Release: Sonoma County Democratic Party Statement on Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s Arrest
August 14, 2013
(Santa Rosa, CA) The Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP), at the August 13 meeting of its Central Committee, approved release of the following statement on the arrest of Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo:
As a Central Committee, we believe elected officials need to be held to a very high standard. For a Supervisor to be arrested is always a matter of serious concern. In this case, the circumstances described by the Santa Rosa Police Department that led them to recommend charging a sitting Supervisor with a felony raise grave concerns for the victim.
As Democrats, we believe that everyone should be able to feel safe in his or her community, and this especially extends to women feeling safe in their own homes. We can only imagine how afraid the woman who called 911 – not once, but twice – must have been. The person who was arrested as a result of those calls was Efren Carrillo. The Santa Rosa Police Department stated that they found him dressed only in his underwear and socks.
As Democrats, we also believe in the due process of law. Affording legal protection to the accused is at the heart of our democracy. Efren Carrillo is entitled to present his defense in a court of law. However, if the details of this case have thus far been portrayed accurately, we believe that Supervisor Carrillo’s behavior fails to meet the standard of conduct we expect from our elected officials, and he should resign. Like all citizens, Supervisor Carrillo has the right to publicly defend himself.
Click here to read the August 14 article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
SCDP Asks County Supervisors to Return Overtime Pay to Temporary Fair Workers
On August 5, 2013, the attached letter was delivered to the Board of Supervisors concerning the County's new policy of denying overtime pay for approximately 600 temporary workers at the Sonoma County Fair. This is the first year the County has withheld overtime pay for the lowest paid County employees.
This is a basic issue for Democrats who stand for paying a fair wage and ensuring the workers are protected from exploitation, including making employees work long hours and consecutive days of work without premium pay.
We are calling on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to overturn the decision of the Fair Board and restore overtime compensation for fair workers this year and in the future.
We have provided this information to the press in order to make them aware of this action being undertaken by the Sonoma County Democratic Party
Text of the letter follows:
August 5, 2013
Chairman David Rabbitt
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
575 Administration Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Dear Chairman Rabbitt,
The Sonoma County Democratic Party was dismayed to learn that the Sonoma County Fair Board changed County Policy with respect to payment of overtime for approximately 600 temporary workers hired by the County to work during the Sonoma County Fairs 16-day run. This is the first year that the County has refused to pay overtime to employees in this temporary employee category.
In her public statements, your Fair Manager (whose salary exceeds $100,000 per year) stated the fair should not pay overtime because a legal exemption exists that allows “saving” $20,000 in overtime pay. We question the wisdom of reducing worker pay and protections simply because you can.
If the County Fair is in such a dire financial crisis, we certainly understand that the County may need to take extreme measures. However, we question the County’s priorities.
Throughout the run, the Fair Directors host a free catered luncheon at which alcoholic beverages are served. The celebratory luncheons are attended by some of the most influential people in Sonoma County at a cost that is more than twice the amount saved by denying overtime pay to temporary employees. If a fiscal crisis exists, perhaps providing lavish catered luncheons should be reconsidered.
There is no such thing as a “free lunch.” In this case, the lowest paid temporary workers are subsidizing a “free lunch” the county provides to some of the most affluent members of our community. Surely this is not the message about your personal priorities that you intend to deliver to the hard working people who elected you.
We respectfully ask that the Board of Supervisors direct the Fair Board to rescind this policy for this year and for future years. Further, we ask that you pay overtime to all 600 temporary workers this year, even if this requires retro-active payment for work already performed before the Board of Supervisors acts.
Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party
Cc: Vice-Chair Carrillo, Board Members Gorin, McGuire and Zane
Resolution Supporting the Civil Rights of California's Homeless
Whereas, on any given night in California, over 160,000 men, women, and children are homeless, due to the fact that emergency shelters are full with long waiting lists, and not enough affordable housing, employment opportunities, and other services are available which could help them transition out of homelessness, and that according to data collected by the McKinney-Vento Educational Programs, over 292,624 California children experience homelessness each year, representing 13% of the 2,200,000 children living in poverty in our State; and
Whereas, in keeping with a shameful history of using discriminatory policies to keep particular people out of public spaces and consciousness while denying them basic human needs and rights, among them: Jim Crow Laws, Ugly Laws, Anti-Okie Laws, Operation Wetback and other so-called morality laws where people were charged with criminal behavior on the basis of their racial, economic, social, immigration or disability status; and given that California is experiencing an upsurge of such laws, targeting mainly people without homes with ordinances possessing supposedly civic-minded names such as ?Quality of Life,? ?Civil Sidewalks,? and ?Safer Cities,? where the very acts necessary for survival, such as sleeping, resting, sharing food, attending to personal hygiene, and covering oneself from the elements have been made crimes; and
Whereas, an August 2011 United Nations General Assembly report by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water observed the prevalence of U.S. policies where homelessness is being increasingly criminalized and provided as an example, Sacramento, where the denial of services specific to the needs of human biological functions ?in some cases, amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,? and calling to the world?s attention, unjust policies which occur frequently in other California municipalities;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, the California State Democratic Party supports the position that homeless people should have the right to use public spaces to engage in life- sustaining activities; to have access to hygiene centers, and to be fairly treated and not targeted by law enforcement for just appearing homeless; and
Be It Further Resolved that we endorse and promote the concept of enacting legislative protections for the rights of homeless people which would override the policies currently designed to exclude and eject poor and homeless people from business districts, neighborhoods and cities, and that by disbanding these unfair practices, efforts can instead be redirected towards real solutions to homelessness: affordable housing, homeless services, hygiene centers and employment opportunities.
Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 11, 2013
Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 667 (Hernández) - California Accountable Tax Credit/Public Subsidy Act
Whereas, Assembly Bill 667 was introduced by Assemblymember Roger Hernández on February 21, 2013; and the bill requires a local government agency, prior to permitting the construction or alteration of a "superstore" in an "economic assistance area," to make a finding that the superstore will not adversely affect the economic welfare of the impact area, based on information contained in an economic impact report; superstores typically combine a large variety of discount general merchandise with full-service grocery sales under one roof, thereby often generating more intense land use and environmental impacts than other large-scale retailers and wholesale membership clubs; AB 667 defines an "economic assistance area" as an enterprise zone, a local agency military base recovery area (LAMBRA), a manufacturing incentive area, a targeted tax area, a redevelopment (or successor) area, or recipients of over $100,000 in financial assistance;
Whereas, the economic impact report provided for in AB 667 gives local governments the needed community input process and an opportunity to review whether the project is (1) meeting the goals of the economic assistance zone, (2) not undermining the significant investments in economic development that have been made to date, and (3) not creating additional economic burdens on state and local resources; the economic impact report provided for in AB 667 will provide useful planning information to: (a) ensure responsible development, (b) prevent unintended consequences, such as the substitution of low-wage jobs for better ones and the aggravation of neighborhood blight, and (c) preserve and promote small and neighborhood businesses;
Whereas, AB 667 allows for a case-by-case review of the impacts of a particular superstore on a particular neighborhood and provides greater opportunities for community residents to have a voice in these kinds of developments; creates a level playing field for all localities by requiring the review of the economic impact by all cities and counties; and the Sonoma County Democratic Party desires to express its support of AB 667, as introduced by Assemblymember Hernández, by adoption of this Resolution.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports Assembly Bill 667 (Hernández), which would promote responsible use of taxpayer dollars to support development of economically self-sustaining communities, and
Be It Further Resolved that the Sonoma County Democratic Party is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to Assemblymember Roger Hernández, Governor Jerry Brown, all Assembly and State Senate representatives for Sonoma County, and all California county central committees.
Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 11, 2013
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