Law enforcement leaders speak Feb. 24 – Meeting open to public

Dear Democrats of Napa Valley Club Members:

Our meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7 PM will feature Napa County Sheriff John Robertson and Napa Police Chief Steve Potter. We will meet in the Community Room at the Napa County Library located at 580 Coombs Street in Napa. This will be a great opportunity to hear them discuss some of the important law enforcement issues facing Napa including neighborhood policing, Triangle Park, the new California driver license law and plans for the new jail. There will be a question and answer period after their initial presentations so please bring your questions.

Chief Potter was born and raised in Napa. He worked for the Napa County Sheriff’s Department for six years before being hired at the Napa Police Department in 1987. During his career at the Napa Police Department, he worked many different assignments and was promoted through the ranks serving as captain managing the Operations Division prior to becoming chief after the recent retirement of Chief Rich Melton.

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson has been a peace officer for more than 35 years.  He spent 10 years working as a Police Officer with the City of San Mateo and more than 25 years working through the ranks of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked in every division of law enforcement and at every rank with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and served on numerous committees and commissions. He is currently a member of Congressman Mike Thompson’s Immigration Task Force.

We look forward to seeing you on February 24. Please let other people in the community know about this opportunity to hear Napa’s top law enforcement officials speak about the issues.

Best regards,

Conchita Marusich

President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DONV Thursday January 29 Meeting

Our state Senator Lois Wolk was just appointed as California Senate Majority Whip by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon.  The Democrats of Napa Valley Club is honored to have her as our featured speaker next Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs Street, Napa.  Please join us as Senator Wolk talks about her priorities for the upcoming legislative season which include budget reform, end of life issues, water management and clean, renewable energy. There will be a question and answer period after her talk.

January 29 Meeting:  6-7 PM:  Executive Committee Meeting                                                                                                   7 PM:  Featured Speaker California State Senator Lois Wolk

Conchita Marusich
President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Democrats of Napa Valley November 12 Potluck Dinner

Come join us for a relaxing and fun post-election potluck dinner on Wednesday, November 12.

TIME and PLACE:  6PM at the Napa County Library at 580 Coombs Street in the Community Room.

For more information, email Conchita Marusich at president@DONV.org

Posted in City of Napa, Events | Leave a comment

Democrats of Napa Valley November 2014 Endorsements

Dear Democrats of Napa Valley Club Members:

Below are the endorsements of the Democrats of Napa Valley Club as well as the California Democratic Party and Napa County Democratic Central Committee.  Please use this list as a guide when you vote and share this list with your family, friends and neighbors.  Every vote is important and voting is still low both statewide and in Napa.

For those voters in the downtown area, please remember that the drive-through ballot drop-off at the Carithers Building alleyway will NOT be offered this year because of earthquake damage to the building.  The closest polling place for downtown voters is at the Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 1st Street, Napa.  Or please call the Election office at 707-253-4321 for more information.  Thanks for being a Democrat and for voting.

Best regards,

Conchita Marusich

President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

Endorsements

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Controller: Betty Yee

Supt. of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson

U.S. House of Representatives (District 5): Mike Thompson

California Assembly (District 4): Bill Dodd

Napa County District Attorney:  Gary Lieberstein

Napa City Council: Peter Mott

Napa City Council: Jose Hurtado

Napa Valley College Board of Trustees Area 2: Bruce Ketron

Napa City Measures A, B, and C: Yes

Yountville Town Council: Marita Dorenbecher

Yountville Town Council: Richard Hall

Yes on Proposition 45
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE — Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.

In addition to the Club’s endorsements, the California Democratic Party and the Napa County Central Committee also endorse:

Governor: Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown

Treasurer: John Chiang

Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom

Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris

Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones

Measure E: Yes

Ballot Initiatives:

(text below by cadem.org)

Yes on Proposition 1
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) –Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.

NOTE:  this proposition does not include the tunnel plan to ship Northern water to Southern California.

Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT — Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts

Neutral on Proposition 46
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE –Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.

Yes on Proposition 47
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. — Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.

Yes on Proposition 48
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS REFERENDUM —  This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.

 

 

 

Posted in City of Napa, County, State | Leave a comment

Celebrate Napa 2014

The Napa County Democratic Party
Invites you to join us to…
Celebratenapa2014sm
An Evening of Gratitude, Sharing Earthquake Stories and Inspiration

Come meet Congressman Mike Thompson!
Hear what he has to say about our future and find out where he needs our help. We will also hear from other elected officials and candidates. Be informed!

Entertainment * Wine * Appetizers
September 28th, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Home of Yountville, 260 California Dr., Yountville, CA 94599
Everyone is Welcome and Admission is FREE!!!
Please bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank
Sponsorships are available at:
$1000, $500, $250
For additional information please send an email to ncdcc13@gmail.com or call (707) 312-8038

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

August Democrats of Napa Valley Meeting

Dear Democrats of Napa Valley,

Please mark your calendars for our endorsement meeting that will take place on Thursday, August 21st, starting at 6:30 PM at 707 Randolph Street (corner of Randolph and 4th Street).

If your membership has expired, you can renew in advance on-line through ActBlue by clicking on or pasting this link into your browser: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/donv-join

You may also renew at the Election meeting, by using either cash or check (We will not be able to accept credit cards).

Also, please join our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaign.  We need your help to reach out to voters through precinct walking, registering voters and phone banking.  We have a number of important local elections as well as state offices and ballot propositions that will be decided in the November elections.  Please use our contact form to volunteer.

Best regards,

Conchita Marusich
President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

July Democrats of Napa Valley Meeting

Dear Democrats of Napa Valley:

We would like to invite you to attend our July 23, 2014 monthly meeting.

Guest Speaker: Assemblymember Mariko Yamada

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014: 6 PM Executive Committee meeting
7 PM General Meeting with Mariko Yamada

Where: 303A Post Street off of Silverado Trail in Napa

We are honored to have Assemblymember Yamada as our speaker. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and find out about the many areas that she is involved in.

Assemblymember Mariko Yamada chairs the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, a position that reflects her professional background as a social worker and her longtime work advocating for seniors and persons with disabilities. She is also a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture; Housing and Community Development; Water, Parks and Wildlife; and the Assembly Select Committee on Homelessness. She also chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture and the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety. As a member of these committees, she continues her work to protect vulnerable populations and those who care for them; precious farmland and open space; and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest freshwater estuary in North America.

Also on the agenda: A Discussion of our upcoming endorsement meeting in August and our Get Out The Vote Campaign (GOTV).

Please mark this date on your calendar.

Best regards,

Conchita Marusich
President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

July Happenings:

July 22: Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Public Discussion at City Council Meeting, City Hall, 955 School Street at 6:30 PM

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

June Meeting: Democrats of Napa Valley Club Elections!

Please join us at our next monthly meeting of the
Democrats of Napa Valley Club!

Dear Democrats of Napa Valley Club Members:

The Democrats of Napa Valley Club will be holding its election for new officers on Wednesday, June 25 at the Napa County Library at 580 Coombs Street in Napa. Registration begins at 6:30 PM.

In order to continue the work we started last June, I am running again to be the President of the Democrats of Napa Valley Club. Joining me is Ricky Hurtado who is running to be Vice-President. Ricky has been very involved in the Club this year with both the Latino Outreach Committee as well as the Affordable Housing Forum Committee. He has also been our liaison with the Dreamers. Ken Allen who has served as our Secretary for the past 3 years and has done an excellent job is running again for the position of Secretary. Jim Test, who joined our Club last year, is our candidate for the position of treasurer. Experienced in dealing with budgets, Jim was very active in Humboldt County politics where he served as Mayor of Arcata for 3 years and City Councilmember for 8 years.

Nominations for officer positions can also be made from the floor.

Betty Labastida, who has done a terrific job as Vice-President, is stepping down in order to concentrate on her role as Co-Chair of the Latino Outreach Committee. Pam Budge, our current Treasurer, has done an outstanding job but will not be running again. We thank them both for their hard work, dedication and support over the past year.

We look forward to continuing our work in bringing a spirit of renewal to the Club as we look for ways to increase our membership as well as bring interesting and inspiring speakers to our meetings. We would also like to build upon the success of our recent community forum and continue the dialogue about affordable housing. Furthermore, we will be coordinating our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign with the Napa County Democratic Central Committee and labor beginning in August and continuing until the November election.

We recently approved a new set of Bylaws on May 28, 2014. Since these Bylaws were just approved, we have decided that the election will be conducted under the old Bylaws. You can access both the  new Bylaws and the old Bylaws by clicking on “About Us” on this website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Democrats of Napa Valley Club elections on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Napa County Library at 580 Coombs Street in Napa.

Conchita Marusich
President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club

 

Posted in Events | Leave a comment

May Democrats of Napa Valley Meeting

Please join us at our next monthly meeting of the
Democrats of Napa Valley Club!

Members will be voting on our new bylaws at our next meeting on Wednesday, May 28th, at 7PM at the IBEW Union Hall at 720 Technology Way in Napa.

Please click here to view the new bylaws under consideration
Click here to view our current bylaws

Posted in Events, General Interest, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Affordable Housing Forum

Are you concerned about affordable housing in Napa? Then come to the Affordable Housing Forum! Free, open to the public, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, Napa County Library, 580 Coombs Street, Napa Hosted and sponsored by the Democrats of Napa Valley Club

ahsideOverview:

 

Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember District 4

Larry Florin
Napa County Director of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs

Rick Tooker
City of Napa Community Development Director



Panel Discussion:

Moderator:  Cass Walker, Former Napa Community Development Director

Panelists:

Kathleen Dreessen
Executive Director, Napa Valley Community Housing

Ken Frank
Board Chairman for the Napa Chamber of Commerce;
Executive Chef and Owner of LaToque

Bill Dodd
Napa County Supervisor

Alfredo Pedroza
Napa City Councilmember

Rex Stults
Government Relations Director, Napa Valley Vintners

For more information, please email: affordablehousing@napadems.org

 

 

Posted in City of Napa, Events, General Interest, Uncategorized | Leave a comment