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SCDP Resolution Supporting Establishment of a Citizen Review Board


In a resolution approved overwhelmingly on April 8, the Sonoma County Democratic Party’s Central Committee voiced its backing for establishment of a citizen review panel that would have authority to conduct independent investigations of incidents in which the public has complaints about actions of law enforcement officers.
 
Members of the Democratic Party’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Oversight delivered the text of the resolution on Monday evening to the Community and Law Enforcement Task Force. The 21-member task force, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, is considering ways to improve community confidence in law enforcement, including whether to create an independent process for reviewing complaints about law enforcement.
 
The Sonoma County Democratic Party has been on record since 2000 as supporting recommendations of the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which called for creation of citizen review boards. Full text of the resolution follows:
 
 
Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution Supporting Establishment of a Citizen Review Board

Whereas, the Sonoma County Democratic Party has historically advocated for the creation of a Citizen Review Board of Sonoma County law enforcement agencies, dating to the recommendations of the May, 2000 fact finding report of the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, which included the establishment of a citizen review board that has never, to date, been established; and

Whereas, the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the work of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force chartered by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on December 10, 2013, in an effort to begin rebuilding public confidence in local law enforcement, following the fatal shooting, on October 22, 2013, by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy of thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez in unincorporated Sonoma County; 

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party reaffirms that a citizen review board should be established in Sonoma County that would have two functions: the independent review of complaints about, and the monitoring of, law enforcement, and which would include the following elements:
 
Constitution, administration and staffing
  1. Volunteers should be appointed by elected officials with the makeup of the board reflecting the racial and ethnic diversity of Sonoma County.
  2. Board volunteers should be properly trained with instruction, including a minimum three-hour ride-along with an officer, diversity training, and attendance at a training created by county law enforcement to familiarize board members with law enforcement procedures.
  3. The Board should have a paid staff, which should include, at a minimum, a trained investigator, an administrator, and an administrative support staffer.
  4. The budget and size of the staff should be adequate to support the work of the Board and to keep the workload of volunteer members at a level at which all members of the community may serve, regardless of constraints of full time work, childcare, or study.
  5. Board meetings should be open to the public.
  6. All Board recommendations should be directed to the elected body that created the board. 
 
Review of complaints
  1. The Board should have the power to conduct independent investigations with subpoena power, the right to interview witness, and access to all investigative materials, including, but not limited to, reports of the coroner and reports by officers on the scenes.
  2. The Board should review all complaints directed to it by the public.
  3. The Board should automatically investigate any officer-involved fatality or firearm discharge.
  4. The Board should automatically investigate any deaths in custody.
  5. The office of the review Board should be in a location separate from any law enforcement agency.
 
Monitoring of law enforcement
  1. The Board should have the power to review and recommend changes to police policy and procedures, including, but not limited to, community policing, the use of officer activated cameras, the use of tasers, the content and frequency of officer training, appropriate use of force, risk management, and community relations.
  2. The Board should implement the creation of an Early Intervention System (EIS) to track complaints against officers.
  3. The Board should audit the quality of complaint investigations with regard to intake, screening, recording, reporting, investigative effort, and disposition.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on April 8, 2014  
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Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution in Support of Working Families, Our Environment and Fair Trade   

WHEREAS, U.S. trade negotiators have crafted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) according to the outdated architecture of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) using a secretive and deeply flawed negotiation process; and 

WHEREAS, agreements built according to NAFTA/WTO architecture have caused millions of U.S. jobs losses, substantially contributed to dismal growth in real wages, and allow foreign corporations to challenge domestic public interest laws in offshore courts; and 

WHEREAS, negotiations for the TPP have given multinational firms undue influence in crafting the agreement while virtually locking out organized labor, human rights advocates, environmental and public health groups, and dangerously ignoring the need for prudent financial regulation; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as currently constructed, because it will dramatically increase fracking across the U.S., fails to include adequate environmental and labor protections, dangerously grants new rights to foreign corporations and undermines prudent regulation of the financial industry; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party opposes granting Trade Promotion Authority (a.k.a. Fast Track) for the TPP, and encourages the creation of a transparent and inclusive trade negotiation procedure.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on February 11, 2014
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Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution in Support of Public Banking


WHEREAS, public banking has been used by nations around the world for two centuries; promoting the public welfare, and enhancing the commons, by empowering governments to hold capital in favor of the common good, rather than toward the benefit of private interests; taking advantage of the “local multiplier effect” that has proven in multiple studies to double, and even triple, the amount of revenues spent locally by local independent business versus regional and national chains; and

WHEREAS, international events, such as the “bail-ins” of Cyprus, along with the housing and market crashes of the previous decade, have made the future financial stability of the world uncertain, and put the savings and earnings of the people, and public holdings, at risk; and   

WHEREAS, San Francisco Deputy Attorney Thomas J. Owen recently issued a legal opinion supporting San Francisco's authority to create a public bank as a charter city, stating: “A court would likely conclude that Section 23007 [and Article XVI, section 6 of the State Constitution] does not cover San Francisco because the City is a chartered city and county [. . . .] [A] court would likely then determine that neither those laws nor the general limitations on expending City funds for a municipal purpose bar the City from establishing a municipal bank,” and that Santa Rosa and Petaluma are charter cities within Sonoma County; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the city councils of Petaluma and Santa Rosa, as charter cities, to introduce resolutions in favor of the creation of municipal public banks in order to mobilize the assets of all the municipalities and special districts within Sonoma County into complimenting public banks, cooperating with the banks in the county, including those local, regional and national, enlarging the power and opportunities for the development of agriculture and local business in the whole county, while respecting the historical labor culture of Sonoma; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the California Democratic Party, to adopt similar language into its charter, circulate it amongst the county Democratic parties, and to call upon to the State Legislature to amend the state constitution so to empower the state and its non-charter cities, and counties, to create a system of public banking to promote the sovereignty of the state and the prosperity of the commonwealth.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on January 14, 2014
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Resolution to Support Establishment of a Regional Funding Stream for San Francisco Bay Habitat Restoration, Flood Control, and Shoreline Public Access


WHEREAS, in the decades following the Gold Rush, a full third of the Bay was diked off or filled for development such that by 1961 residents of the Bay Area had access to less than six miles of shoreline, and the bay was choked with raw sewage and industrial pollution, and 
 
WHEREAS, through the tireless work of thousands across the Bay Area for the past 50 years, tens of thousands of acres of former Bay habitat has been restored, allowing millions of fish, birds, and other wildlife to thrive across the Bay region, yet we are still far from the 100,000 acres of tidal marsh habitat that scientists agree is required for a healthy Bay, and
 
WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy and incredible quality of life are dependent upon the San Francisco Bay; that the Bay is a world-class treasure, and a thriving estuary supporting hundreds of species of fish and wildlife.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party hereby recognizes the unique and critical role of the San Francisco Bay to those living and working in the Bay Area, and that restoring wetland habitat across the Bay is of critical importance to us all, and   
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party publicly supports the work of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority in placing a regional funding measure before Bay Area voters to create a new and much needed stream of local funds so that this critical restoration work can help reverse past impacts and keep San Francisco Bay clean, safe, and healthy for generations to come.     
 
Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on January 14, 2014  
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Affordable Care Act Outreach Events - February 2014


 
The SCDP and Organizing for America Sonoma County (OFA) will host the following canvassing and tabling events to help inform the public about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Covered California. Please sign up HERE at the OFA website so organizers can coordinate events.
 
Tuesday, February 4, 4-6 p.m.
Oliver's Market - 546 E Cotati Ave, Cotati.
Tabling event to help promote the Affordable Care Act, with information regarding eligibility, sign ups, and health care resources in our community.
 
CANCELLED - Sunday, February 9, 1-4 p.m.
Neighborhood canvassing in Rohnert Park. Orientation, maps and flyers will be provided.
Meet Deb Dobish at 400 Santa Alicia Dr., in front of Creekview Place Apartments. Parking available across the street at Alicia Park. One lot is between the soccer practice court and the baseball diamond, and another is at the west end of the block by the Girl Scout hut.
 
Tuesday, February 11, 10 a.m.-Noon, Noon-2 p.m.
Santa Rosa Junior College - 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Tabling event - OFA/SCDP volunteers will give out information on how and where to enroll in insurance plans offered through ACA. We will also provide a list of clinics available regardless of ability to pay. Tabling will be outside the Bertolini Student Center. 
 
Saturday, February 15, 11-2 p.m.
Neighborhood canvassing in Rohnert Park. Orientation, maps and flyers will be provided.
Meet Deb Dobish at 400 Santa Alicia Dr., in front of Creekview Place Apartments. Parking available across the street at Alicia Park. One lot is between the soccer practice court and the baseball diamond, and another is at the west end of the block by the Girl Scout hut.
 
Wednesday, February 19, 4-6 p.m.
Tabling at Oliver's Market - 546 E Cotati Ave, Cotati.
Tabling event to help promote the Affordable Care Act, with information regarding eligibility, sign ups, and health care resources in our community.
 
Sunday, February 23, 1-4 p.m.
Neighborhood canvassing in Rohnert Park. Orientation, maps and flyers will be provided.
Meet Deb Dobish in the shopping center at 355 Southwest Blvd. (at the Southwest corner of Southwest Blvd. and Adrian Drive). Go to the part of the parking lot closest to the corner.  
 
Signup
If you would like to participate, please sign up at the OFA website by clicking on this link.
 
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