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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
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/
SoCo Dems call for redistricting of key SRJC board seat
Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution
Support for Redistricting Sonoma County Junior College District Trustee Area #3,4,5
WHEREAS, the Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) elects three Board Members in at-large elections to represent the Trustee Area currently designated as #345; and
WHEREAS, Trustee Area #345 is uniquely gerrymandered and is disproportionately large population when compared to other SCJCD Trustee Areas; this disproportionality causes campaigns to be prohibitively expensive for candidates in this Trustee Area to run for office; and
WHEREAS, according to Scott Lay, CEO of the California Community College League, the California Voting Rights Act requires agencies to switch to trustee area elections and draw trustee areas if likely to enable protected classes to elect a member of that class, or for the protected class to influence the outcome of a Trustee Area election; and
WHEREAS, the current at-large election process for Trustee Area #345 dilutes the voting strength of the members of protected classes and of socioeconomically disadvantaged communities; the current process effectively prohibits poor people, people of color, Latino/a and minority residents from electing representative members from among their respective protected classes and communities; and
WHEREAS, the redistricting of SCJCD Trustee Area #345 into three separate Trustee Areas, supports the goal of SRJC’s Strategic Plan 2014 to “Serve Our Diverse Communities,” and enhances the plan objectives to “identify the educational needs of our changing demographics and develop appropriate and innovative programs and services with a focus on the increasing Latino/a population”, and to “promote social and economic equity in the communities we serve.”
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the redistricting of current Trustee Area #345, into three new Trustee Areas. Increased proportionality and representation in Trustee Areas will broaden the ability of the SCJCD Board of Trustees to reach and to be inclusive of a constituent body that is more broadly representative of our community, thereby promoting greater student equity, success, completion, degree awards; and will help to close achievement gaps.
Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on November 11, 2014
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
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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