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Thursday, June 16
Assemblymember Mark Stone

Report from Sacramento:                                                                What's Happening -  What Can We Hope For?

Bring your questions about current legislation. 
          Advocate  for your issues/concerns.                                     &nb…

1)   Introductions:  Ken Smith, Patty Threet, Ron Pomerantz, Sandy Brown, Gail Jack, Nancy Abbey, Judy Geer, Chris Krohn, Rachel O'Malley, Tom Batley, Jim Logsdon, Tom Donohue, Nora Hochman, Gary Patton, Dru Glover, David Foster, George Knoll, Linda Kerner, Pauline Seales, Paul Elerick, Pat Dwyer, Coco Walter, Tom Burns, Steve Pleich, Dean Lundholm, Patrick Dwire, Jodi Nunes, Ken Smith, Matt Bruner, Wendy Macias, George Newell, Daryl Dichek, Peter and Sandra Nichols, Josh Brahinsky, Rick Longinotti, Bruce Larson, Jeff Ringold, Paul Johnston, Micah Posner.

2)   Nominating Committee: Nora Hochman explained that officers are nominated every year in May and voted on at the June meeting to serve from July 1 to June 30.  She reported the slate of officers p…

AB 700, the toughest disclosure law in the nation, passed in the Assembly on a historic 60-15 vote and is now in the Senate.  

Now there are 8 anti Big Money bills in the legislature https://act.myngp.com/el/-2262594102713317376/10969396887488512 , including bills for lobbyist reform, public financing of campaigns, and overturning Citizens United.  Including AB 700, four of the bills

1.      AB 700 (Gomez-Levine), California DISCLOSE Act:  Make political ads show who REALLY pays for them!  Sign petition!

2.      SB 1107 (Allen):  Start on the road to public financing of campaigns!  Sign SB 1107 petition!

3.      SB 254 (Allen-Leno), Overturn Citizens United Act:  Let us vote to urg…

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed sweeping statewide legislation that would allow new market-rate projects with onsite affordable housing to be approved "as of right," in potentially California's most significant housing policy change in years.

The proposal has big ramifications for the Bay Area, where many cities and well-organized residents' groups have long fought residential development.

The trailing legislation to the state's 2016-2017 budget would require state assembly and senate approval. Under the proposal, new projects with 20 percent affordable housing for tenants making no more than 80 percent of the area median income or projects with 10 percent affordable housing near transit would be exempt from most local reviews.That would be a sharp break from the current policy…

Developed by League of Women Voters:  Money in Politics
For more information about money in politics go to https://lwvc.org/issues/money-and-politics

For convenience, unofficial definitions of some of these terms and others follow, but it is important to know that for legal purposes many of these have detailed and well-established meanings in law  that are only approximated here.



Coordination. An expenditure for express advocacy made in "cooperation, consultation or concert" with or at the request of a candidate, or an agent of the candidate's committee or of a political party committee. However, the FEC's interpretations exclude many common-sense examples of cooperation.

Corruption. In Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the Supreme Court ruled that corruption or…

Cal-Access is the Secretary of State's online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure. State candidates and political committees submit required filings through Cal-Access for online publication. With heightened public alarm about money in politics, the outdated Cal-Access system - now more than 15 years old - is inadequate to provide meaningful transparency.

How can we modernize campaign disclosure?

SB 1349 (Hertzberg) would direct the SOS to develop a modern campaign finance disclosure system that is more user-friendly, and will allow voters to access important information that may inform their vote. The goals are to:

  • Create a data-driven system
  • Allow integration of city, county, and state-level data
  • Track and aggregate contributions, to allow voters to see…

Sacramento, CA - Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) and Senator Mark Leno (D - San Francisco) announced today their authorship of legislation to place an advisory measure on the November 2016 ballot urging the United States Congress to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

Allen and Leno's legislation, SB 254, is the latest step in a multi-year legislative and legal battle.  In 2014, the legislature approved SB 1272 (Lieu), which placed an advisory measure on the November 2014 statewide ballot asking whether Congress should propose an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision.  The Court's ruling rolled back the previous ban on corporate spending in federal elections, opening …

News Flash!

PDC endorses Panetta, Leopold, Friend

First ever electronic endorsement balloting with 54% of eligible members voting.

  • California 20th Congressional District:           Jimmy Panetta   
  • Santa Cruz County Supervisor 1st  District:   John Leopold      
  • Santa Cruz County Supervisor 2nd District:    Zach Friend        

Your help is needed. 

If you're available and interested in helping then please email Brent compassionman@hotmail.com or phone  234-9848

Volunteer Roles:

  • Street Team - putting the word out on the street during the daytime to those who'll benefit that night.
  • Mobilization - Wednesday only 5pm - help load the materials transport vehicle (1 hour)
  • Soup! - Wed. & Thurs. - We serve 4 gallons of soup at both the Shuttle Stop AND at the all-night Warming Center (can be different people) 
  • Shuttle & Soup Stop host - Wed. & Thurs. 7pm-10pm - Serve soup to people waiting for the shuttle and keep a warm and friendly vibe.
  • Load in & Set up - Wed. & Thurs. 8pm - help us load a large amou…

In 1988, when Bernie Sanders was first running for the U.S. House, he made a cassette recording. One side was a revealing explanation of what socialism means to him.

It starts with a vision for a much better world?

"You really can almost take it seriously that you live in a world where it is considered normal that people go around killing each other. You turn on the television, there they are shooting each other. . . you have people who are living out on the streets or in some places on this planet starving to death, while at the same time you have other people who have billions and billions of dollars. More wealth that they're going to be able to use in a million lifetimes."

 "The basic insanity of that, the immorality of that to me is so abhorrent…

Are rents in the District actually rising? Maybe on Class A properties, but not overall.

"Rents Rise in the District (ofColumbia) Despite a Crush of Class A Units," shouts the most recent headline from the real estate newsletter Urban Turf. The article points out that developers were worried that the wave of new Class A apartments that came online in 2014 would actually force rents down, when in fact the opposite has happened. (Class A properties are defined as large buildings that came online after 1991 with full amenity packages.)

But are rents in the District actually rising? Maybe on Class A properties, but not overall.

Statistics compiled by Real Estate Business Intelligence show that rents in the District have actually fallen overall by?3.89 percent in 2014 vers…

Question                                                   Answer


Is the initiative an extension of Proposition 30?


Yes. This initiative temporarily extends the income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians created under Prop 30.

Revenues from the extension will increase funding for public schools and colleges, increase revenues in the Rainy Day Fund, while at the same time freeing up dollars in the general fund and, if certain criteria are met, increasing funding towards health …

Last fall, Gov. Brown signed into law major changes to California's initiative process.  The following changes are cited in an article on KQED blog by John Myers.
  1. a new month long public review of initiatives in which backers can make changes;
  2. a process for legislators and initiative proponents to craft a compromise in the state Capitol and avoid an election altogether;and
  3. a new, continually updated online list of top initiative donors.

Read the full article at: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/27/big-changes-to-california-initiative-process-signed-by-jerry-brown/

The increasing affordable housing crisis diminishes the quality of life in our community and the lives of each of us.  We can make a difference.  These are our goals:

1.      Advocate for most efficient use of urban infill sites as limited community resource

a.   Employee housing on institutional sites

b.   Maximize the benefits of remaining housing sites within the urban areas, including evaluating appropriate densities

2.      Encourage mixed use housing developments, particularly along transit corridors and hubs in urban areas and rural village areas

a.   Underutilized existing commercial properties and parking lots

b.   Encourage mixed use developments

3.      Encourage…

Introduced by Assembly member Rich Gordon http://asmdc.org/members/a24  

Status: 2016-05-05 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12:30 p.m.


Existing provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974 regulate the activities of lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers in connection with attempts to influence legislative and administrative action by legislative and other state officials, including requirements that lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers register and file periodic reports with the Secretary of State. For purposes of these provisions, "lobbyist" is defined, in part, as an individual who receives $2,000 or more in economic consideration in a calendar month, or whose principal duties as an employee are, to communicate …

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