Lake County News: Final fall city council races set

Friday, 15 August 2014

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The filing periods have closed for the city council races for Clearlake and Lakeport, with the makeup of the fall election fields now set.

The councils have two seats each up for election in the fall municipal elections.

The filing periods were extended from last Friday to the end of business on Wednesday due to the nonfiling of two candidates: Jeri Spittler in Clearlake, who is in a runoff with incumbent Jeff Smith for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors, and Lakeport Councilman Tom Engstrom, who announced that he was not seeking a second term.

In Clearlake, a large field of seven has formed for the seats currently held by Spittler and Councilman Joey Luiz.

Luiz has signed up to run for a second term, according to City Clerk Melissa Swanson.

Also running for a council seat in Clearlake are Quincy Jackson, Russell Perdock, Michael Pesonen, Bruno Sabatier, Michael Walton and Andre Williams, Swanson reported.

In Lakeport, a smaller field has formed to fill the two seats up for election in November.

Lakeport City Clerk Janel Chapman told Lake County News that Robert Balentine, incumbent Stacey Mattina and Mireya Gehring Turner have all qualified to appear on the ballot.

The election is Nov. 4.

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Put Water Bond Before Voters



August 13, 2014

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to put a comprehensive water bond before voters this November.

“Water is the lifeblood of any civilization and for California it’s the precondition of healthy rivers, valleys, farms and a strong economy,” said Governor Brown. “With this water bond, legislators from both parties have affirmed their faith in California’s future.”

The legislation signed by Governor Brown, AB 1471 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), replaces the current $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 37-0 and the Assembly 77-2. The new bond includes $7.12 billion in new debt, plus the repurposing of existing unspent bond funds of $425 million for a total of $7.545 billion. None of the repurposed bond funds will be taken from existing projects. The measure will be Proposition 1 on the November ballot.

The bond provides for water use efficiency and recycling, groundwater cleanup and management and $2.7 billion for additional water storage. It invests in safe drinking water, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and provides for watershed restoration and increased flows in some of California’s most important rivers and streams. An outline of the final bond can be found here.

Governor Brown also announced that he vetoed identical legislation, SB 866 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis). A veto message can be found here.

For full text of the bills, visit:

McGuire’s Senate Campaign Launches “Next Gen Votes” Registration Drive

August 12, 2014


Mike McGuire announced today that his campaign has begun a grassroots initiative committed to increasing voter registration and participation throughout his district. McGuire is the leading candidate for the senate seat now held by retiring Senator Noreen Evans.

“After the historically low voter turnout in the primary election this June, we wanted to take up the challenge of getting more people registered, engaged and to the polls this fall,” said McGuire. “That is what Next Gen Votes is all about.”

The initiative’s first week of organization saw 124 new voters.

Next Gen Votes is working to make our democracy stronger and ensure our communities thrive.  You will see our motivated, trained and bilingual volunteers bringing positive change to our community at local events, festivals, storefronts, school campuses and neighborhood gatherings – because we know that organizing from the grassroots makes our neighborhoods stronger.

“Decisions are being made every day in Sacramento, Washington, DC and here at the local level of government that have huge impacts on our lives and the lives of our families. Yet, too many eligible voters have no voice in these decisions – because they’re not registered to vote and don’t go to the polls,” said McGuire.  “We have to turn this around and register the next generation of engaged voters.”

McGuire handily won his primary election in June, gathering over 57% of the vote against three other candidates. Prior to his current service on the Board of Supervisors, McGuire was a small business manager in the television and radio industries and served as the City of Healdsburg’s youngest Mayor and as a School Board President.

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Update on the Situation in Iraq

August 11, 2014

On Saturday morning, President Obama delivered an update on the situation in Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House. The President detailed the progress of current American operations in Iraq, and spoke about what the operations mean for our country.

Last week, U.S. forces began conducting targeted airstrikes against terrorist forces who were advancing on the city of Erbil, in addition to conducting humanitarian airdrops to Iraqi men, women, and children stranded in northern Iraq. Our forces have already delivered thousands of meals and gallons of water, and will continue to protect American personnel in Iraq.

Watch President Obama’s full statement.


Learn more about the current situation in Iraq:

See President Obama’s statement from earlier today on the latest political developments in Iraq.

Evans Responds to Parks Forward Commission Draft Plan

August 5, 2014

Sacramento, CA. – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement in advance of the August 6th Parks Forward Commission meeting where their draft plan will be discussed:

“The most recent Commission report represents an overdue analysis of California’s struggling state park system.  I’m encouraged to see many of the challenges addressed and reviewed and look forward to additional discussions with the Commission and the public.”

“In order of importance, I believe the following issues represent the greatest challenges for our state parks:

1.  Fix the bureaucracy. The Department needs long-term, stable and visionary leadership, with strong legislative support and cooperation.
2.  Stabilize funding.  The Department needs a long-term and sustainable funding source that is sufficient to provide the services expected by the public. Part of the funding must include an expanded and improved parks pass program.
3.  Create a new vision for State Parks.  The way we’ve managed these precious public resources in the past is simply insufficient now. We need to improve and modernize facilities, incorporate technology where appropriate, and improve access.

Overall, the report offered many good ideas that would benefit from further public discussion.   I look forward to working closely with the Commission in the coming months to develop a plan that will protect these wonderful resources while benefiting every Californian. ”

State Senator Noreen Evans is the chair of the Senate Banking & Finance Committee and represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin (caretaker), Napa, Solano and Sonoma.

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The Democratic Party of Lake County relayed the following letter to State Senator Noreen Evans

August 9, 2014


Senator Noreen Evans

200 South School Street
Ukiah, CA 95482


Re: AB 2145 (Bradford) *              OPPOSE


Dear Senator Evans,


 I am writing on behalf of the Democratic Party of Lake County in strong opposition to the amended AB 2145. AB 2145 remains nothing more than a corporate monopoly power grab to destroy competition from Community Choice clean energy programs and further entrench the monopoly utilities. It should be thrown out in its entirety.


AB 2145 contains:


1) Anti-competitive Geographic Barriers

2) 5 Year Rate Setting Community Choice Poison Pill

3) Unprecedented Complaint Process Bureaucracy


1) Anti-competitive Geographic Barriers: With its three-county restriction, AB 2145 would prevent cities and counties from grouping together to serve larger numbers of customers in order to buy and generate energy at lower bulk rates and compete on electricity prices with the monopoly utilities. Many small, rural, and lower income communities would find it impossible to launch Community Choice programs, because they would be forced to do so with a prohibitively small customer base. To limit the size and buying power of Community Choice programs undermines their competitiveness, especially when the utilities have no such restrictions.


Building a larger customer base for group buying power is crucial. When Marin’s program expanded to bring in additional customers in the working class city of Richmond, rates for customers went down. Marin’s inclusion of Napa County is projected to lower rates by 3%, while still delivering a greener energy mix than PG&E. If AB 2145 becomes law, communities all over California will be blocked from repeating Marin’s successes.


2) 5 Year Rate Setting Community Choice Poison Pill: AB 2145’s requirement that Community Choice programs set rates for customers five years in advance (while the monopoly utilities have no such requirement) is an unacceptable double standard. It is yet another attempt to place regulations on Community Choice that the utilities themselves don’t have to follow. It would be impossible for any energy provider to set rates five years in advance. This provision would expose Community Choice to endless lawsuits over even the smallest unexpected rate changes, and could potentially shut down every Community Choice program in the state.


3) Unprecedented Complaint Process Bureaucracy: AB 2145 takes customer relations oversight away from local accountable elected officials, and places it in the vast state-level bureaucracy of the CPUC. No other local public water or power systems are placed under such a heavy handed, distant, state agency governing process. This section would tie local Community Choice customer relations in knots, would create a financial burden both locally and at the CPUC, and would delay timely resolution of customer communications and concerns.




California’s two operating Community Choice programs in Marin and Sonoma counties are already exceeding the state’s renewable portfolio standard, and are doing so at lower prices to customers than the existing monopoly utility. Over a dozen other California cities and counties are preparing similar programs to provide a wide array of strong community benefits including greatly expanded local renewable energy and energy efficiency, stimulation of local economies by localizing energy spending, improved local health outcomes (through shutting down fossil fuel power plants), resilience against power outages and shortages, and increased clean energy sector union jobs.


All of this is providing powerful new competition with the monopoly utilities.


AB 2145 is an insidious attempt to undermine Community Choice competition with the utilities and further entrench their antiquated business model. Enactment of AB 2145 would not only be bad for consumers and workers. It would also interfere with California’s ability to meet its climate action goals, which are crucial to the California economy and the sustainability of the planetary environment.


We urge you to strongly oppose AB 2145.




Rebecca Curry

Chair, Lake County Democratic Party


*Currently AB 2145 is in the State Senate Committee for Appropriations. The Bill has been placed in the suspense file. The suspense file is for a bill or set of bills, with a fiscal impact, set aside in Appropriations Committee by a majority of Members present and voting. These bills may be heard at a later hearing.


Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq

August 09, 2014

In this week’s address, the President detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq—targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists.

CDP 2014 Ballot Initiatives and Endorsement Information

August 6, 2014

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Click here for  CDP endorsement information.

The July 2014 Executive Board Meeting Resolutions Committee report  can be found here.

The July 2014 Rules Committee report can be found here.

It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

August 02, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month—the longest streak since 1997.

Lake County Democratic Club hosts Craig Cheslog in August

July 28, 2014

by Carlene Leskar

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lake County Democratic Club will host special guest speaker Craig Cheslog.  Mr. Cheslog is the elected California Democratic Party Region 2 Director and current Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.CraigCheslog

August 12 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Agenda

July 8 2014 Lake County Democratic Club Meeting Minutes

Lake County Democratic Club meetings are held at the Lower Lake Community United Methodist Church, 16255 Second St. Lower Lake on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Club is an officially chartered club of the Democratic Party of Lake County
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Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

July 26, 2014

In this week’s address, the President continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody.

Democratic Central Committee to meet Wednesday August 6, 2014

July 25, 2014

by Bill Manners

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday August 6, 2014 at the Lake County Tax Services office, 1210 S. Main Street, Lakeport at 6 p.m.

This change from our 1st Thursday of the month schedule is to accommodate Mike McGuire and Mariko Yamada’s  Town Hall meeting in Library Park, Lakeport from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  More information about the town hall meeting can be found in the Lake County Democrats website by clicking here

We will be working on organizing the fair booth, opening a United Democratic Campaign headquarters and our fundraiser BBQ on Sunday Oct 5 in Clearlake.

The agenda for the August 6, 2014 meeting also includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and State Sen. Noreen Evans, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

Agenda For August 6 2014 Lake County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Meetings are open to the public and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic party in Lake County please visit our website   and visit our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at

Clearlake City Council Discuss Walmart EIR

July 23, 2014

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake City Council is set to discuss an agreement to prepare an environmental impact report for the proposed expansion of the city’s Walmart store and the 2014-15 budget.

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Clearlake City Council July 24 2014 Agenda

Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

July 19, 2014

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

Announcement from Betty Yee

July 18, 2014

Betty Yee

Betty Yee, the California Democratic Party-endorsed candidate for Controller, issued the following statement this afternoon:

“I want to thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for doing the right thing in recognizing that the recount was unlikely to reverse the outcome of the June primary election.  This allows us to move forward and to be united for the November general election.  John A. Perez is an outstanding leader who has played an important role in helping to put California back on sound fiscal footing.  He ran a strong and positive campaign and will have a long career of leadership and public service.”