Election Report 2013: Record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year

by Mike Feinstein, November 6, 2013

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk - La Mirada School Board

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk – La Mirada School Board

Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide.

Led by Fairfax Town Councilmembers Renee Goddard and John Reed – who make up 2/3 of the Green Town Council majority there – nine of ten Green incumbents were re-elected, as well as 64% of all Greens who ran on November 5th (16/25) and in 2013 overall (18/28).

Among Greens elected for the first time, Sean Reagan won the most competitive race, elected Governing Boardmember to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District in Los Angeles County, finishing 3rd/7 for four seats in a race that included four incumbents.

Among the 16 Greens elected on November 5th, two were elected to Town Councils and seven to School Boards. The most Greens elected from a single county came from Humboldt County (eight) and Marin County (four). The previous high number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (where there are fewer elections than in even-numbered years) was 11 in both 2001 and 2003.

A list of all California Greens elected on November 5th follows below, with links to official election results for all 25 California Greens who ran at this link:

http://www.cagreens.org/elections/fall-2013

Renee Goddard, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
John Reed, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
Sean Reagan, Governing Boardmember, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk (Los Angeles County)
Curtis Robinson, Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 6, Board of Education (Marin County) incumbent
Christopher Sabec, Governing Boardmember, Lagunitas School District (Marin County) incumbent
Brigitte Kubacki, Governing Boardmember, Green Point School, Blue Lake (Humboldt County)
Katherine Salinas, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Rama Zarcufsky, Governing Boardmember, Maple Creek School District (Humboldt County)
James Harvey, Board of Directors, Water and Sanitary District, Montara (San Mateo County) incumbent
Illijana Asara, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Big Lagoon (Humboldt County)
John Duffy Griffin, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Briceland (Humboldt County)
George A. Wheeler, Board of Directors, Community Service District, McKinleyville (Humboldt County)
Joseph Gauder, Board of Directors Community Services District, Covelo (Mendocino County) incumbent
William Lemos, Board of Directors, Fire Protection District, Mendocino (Mendocino County) incumbent
Russell Pace, Board of Directors, Willow Creek Fire District (Humboldt County)

Tues Nov 5th: Town Hall Meeting on Sheriff and District Attorney

Time to Get A New Sheriff and District Attorney!

From evictions and racial profiling to the treatment of immigrants
and civil liberties, our current Sheriff and District Attorney do not
represent Alameda County.

Voice Your Own Grievances at a Town Hall Meeting.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 7:00 PM

South Berkeley Senior Center (Near Ashby BART)
2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley
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Speakers:
Wilson Riles, former Oakland City Councilmember;
Principal, Seven Generations Consulting
Dan Siegel, civil rights attorney, former aide to Mayor Quan,
former School Board Member
Brooke Anderson, Labor Fellow, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project,
Santa Rita arrestee
 Rev. Daniel Buford, Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church; Participant,
Facing Urban Shield

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Demand Justice!
It’s Time to Get Rid of DA O’Malley and Sheriff Ahern!

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Just a few things a new District Attorney could do:

  • Investigations into wage theft, abuses by creditors, foreclosure fraud and environmental crimes.
  • Voice support for improved crime labs, removal of police from schools
  • Refusal of prosecution for drug possession or use.
  • Voice opposition to curfews, arrests of school children, solitary confinement of children.
  • Independent investigations of police misconduct.
  • Keeping costs down by not keeping low level offenders in jail awaiting prosecution decisions


Just a few things a new Sheriff could do:

  • No cooperation on ICE raids and no use of ICE holds.
  • Abandon the pursuit of the acquisition of drones.
  • Refusal to participate in homeowner evictions.
  • Keeping costs down by using ‘cite and release’ to keep low-level offenders out of jail
  • An independent, unbiased Coroner’s Office.

Sponsored by: Representation for the People, a coalition of Alameda County Progressive Organizations.
For More Information: Represent4tp@gmail.com  (website coming!)

Friday (10/25): Meet & Greet with Luis J. Rodriguez, Candidate for CA Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez will be having a meet-and-greet in Richmond and Oakland to discuss ending poverty in California, clean and green energy and jobs, single-payer healthcare system in California, and ending the California prison system as we know it.
https://www.facebook.com/events/466492930131710/

Juliana Mojica's photo.
 
TWO BAY AREA COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Lunch Gathering
Friday, October 25th, 12-2pm
Artisan Kitchen & Café
865 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond
510.235.2323 (Artisan Café
Contact: Molly Raynor zipora.ray@gmail.com
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Friday, October 25, 7:30pm
Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation
1470 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
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Listen to KPFA 94.1FM (live-stream) for interviews with Luis Rodriguez discussing the issues:

Thursday, October 24, 8am, The Morning Mix with Andres Soto

Friday, October 25, 5pm, Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein and Miguel Molina

This Thursday (10/10): Occupy Oakland’s 2nd Anniversary Party!

The encampment began on October 10th, 2011 at Oscar Grant Plaza (renamed from Frank Ogawa Plaza a few days later). Two years hence we’re going to start two hours earlier, at 2:00 PM. Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and a movie will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
OWSTheme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. The continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Title: Occupy Oakland 2nd Anniversary Party!
START DATE: Thursday October 10
TIME: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location Details:
Oscar Grant Plaza, Broadway & 14th St, Oakland
photo oo-2nd-anniversary-color-v2_zpsd2ff1813.jpg Speakers:

Sarah Shourd is an author, activist and Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian Government in 2009-2010. Before being captured Shourd was living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria working with the Iraqi Student Project. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek’s Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Her memoir (co-authored by her now-husband Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal) will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2014.
For more information visit her website.
 
Fred Hampton Jr. (either in person or via speaker phone) Fred Hampton, Jr. (born December 29, 1969) is an African-American political activist and the son of Fred Hampton, Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago Police in 1969. Hampton’s mother Deborah Johnson, who was also shot, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the pre-dawn police raid. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death; Johnson was 19…Hampton is the chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.). On July 3, 2013, Hampton and three others filed a false arrest and excessive force lawsuit against Oakland and Emeryville, claiming that they were held for almost three hours on January 21, 2013 in retaliation for their well-known activism.
 
Laleh has been active in Anti-Repression and lately with Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. She has spoken movingly before the Oakland City Council and at many Occupy Oakland events. She had a video documentary (Preview) made about her.
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Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and movies will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
This Year’s Theme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. And of course the continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Schedule of Events
2:00 PM: Music begins.
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Music! Rocker T, JuJu, Street Black, TMac and others.
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Our Guest Speakers.
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: OO Committees & Activist groups give reports on theirs doings.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Food! Brought to you by ‘Big Red’ and the informal OO food group.
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM: Announcements by organizers.
7:15 PM – ?: Movies! (New Occupy Oakland documentaries, Porky the Anarchist Pig, Occupy the Sierras)
See You There!
 
One of the original Occupy Oakland posters from two years ago:
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Wednesday (10/2): Fight to save Berkeley’s post office!

BerkeleyPostOfficeDear Friends,

Over the last month, my petition telling the U.S. Postal Service not to sell Berkeley’s historic, publicly owned, main post office got over 2,600 signatures (thank you, and let’s keep it going!).

Although the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the USPS, has thus far refused to block the sale, Berkeley’s Planning Commission is considering a new proposal to ensure the building continues to serve the community.

On October 2, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed zoning law that would ensure all historic buildings in the Civic Center Historic District, including the post office, could only be used for community-oriented, civic purposes.

I’m hoping you can attend the hearing to show your support next Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.

If enough of us speak up for this new proposal, we can build pressure on the USPS to negotiate with city officials and keep the post office open so that even if the building is eventually sold, it will continue to serve the community.

In the meantime, we’re not giving up on directly asking the USPS to stop this sale. We can still build pressure on the USPS to halt the sale if you share this petition with your friends and family by clicking the links below.

Click here to share the petition on Facebook

Click here to share the petition on Twitter

Tell your friends why you decided to sign the petition and why it’s important to you, then invite them to join you next Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. at the the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.

Share the link below with your friends, then ask them to sign the petition and join you on Wednesday:

http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/don-t-allow-the-usps-to-sell-berkeley-s-main-post-office-a-historic-landmark

Thanks for your support!
- Donna
Donna Paullin via CREDO Mobilize organize@credoaction.com

Brown signs bill creating ‘environmental platform’ to expand fracking

by Dan Bacher
Monday Sep 23rd, 2013 10:45 AM
Source

Senator Fran Pavley and Governor Jerry Brown claim the legislation “regulates” hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), acidizing, and other oil extraction techniques, while opponents, including over 100 environmental, consumer and community groups in the coalition Californians Against Fracking, say the bill actually gives the green light to expanded fracking in California.

californians_against_frackingGovernor Jerry Brown on Friday, September 20 signed Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 4 – a controversial fracking bill that the head of the oil industry lobby admitted will clear the path to expanding the environmentally destructive oil extraction process in California.

“While SB 4’s requirements went significantly farther than the petroleum industry felt was necessary, we now have an environmental platform on which California can look toward the opportunity to responsibly develop the enormous potential energy resource contained in the Monterey Shale formation,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).

Reheis-Boyd, who previously feigned disappointment with the bill even after it had been gutted with last minute pro-oil industry amendments, gushed, “With the signing of Senate Bill 4, California has the toughest regulations of hydraulic fracturing and other energy production technologies in the country.”

“There remains a great deal of work to clarify and implement the requirements of SB 4. WSPA and our members stand ready to work with the Administration, Department of Conservation and other stakeholders to ensure SB 4 is implemented effectively and fairly,” she concluded.

All mainstream media accounts of the Pavley legislation that I have seen failed to mention the alarming fact that Reheis-Boyd, in one of the biggest environmental scandals in California over the past decade, chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged “marine protected areas” on the Southern California coast. The oil industry superstar also served on the task forces for the Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast.

MontereyShaleSenator Fran Pavley and Governor Jerry Brown claim the legislation “regulates” hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), acidizing, and other oil extraction techniques, while opponents, including over 100 environmental, consumer and community groups in the coalition Californians Against Fracking, say the bill actually gives the green light to expanded fracking in California.

Strangely enough, Reheis-Boyd essentially agreed with the opponents’ assessment that the bill will actually result in expanded oil drilling in the Monterey Shale Foundation.

“SB 4 tragically green-lights an extremely dangerous practice with terrible public health impacts near the homes and schools of California’s communities already most overburdened by pollution,” said Madeline Stano, Luke Cole Memorial Fellow at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid – typically water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to kill fish and cause cancer in humans– are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This releases extra oil and gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well, according to Food and Water Watch.

Senator Pavley lauded Brown for signing Senate Bill 4.

“I am pleased that Governor Brown is committed to rigorously implementing this important law,” Senator Pavley said. “I look forward to working with the governor and Natural Resources Secretary Laird to ensure that we meet the expectations of all Californians of transparency and rigorous oversight when the law kicks in on January 1, 2014.”

Pavley added, “Starting January 1, 2014, oil companies will not be allowed to frack or acidize in California unless they test the groundwater, notify neighbors and list each and every chemical on the Internet. This is a first step toward greater transparency, accountability and protection of the public and the environment. Now we need immediate, robust enforcement and widespread public involvement to ensure the law is upheld to its fullest.”

Likewise, Governor Brown in his signing statement claimed Senate Bill 4 “establishes strong environmental protections and transparency for hydraulic fracking and other well stimulation operations.”

“I am also directing the Department of Conservation, when implementing the bill, to develop and efficient permitting program for well stimulation activities that groups permits together based on factors such as known geological conditions and environmental impacts, while providing for more particularized review in other situations when necessary,” he stated.

Caleen-portraitCaleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said Brown’s signing of Pavley’s bill shows how “we are led by representatives who believe oil is more important than water for the people.”

“There is such a high price to pay for the last drops of oil – then what? Even this extreme mining for oil will come to an end!” Sisk noted.

The passage of Pavley’s green light for fracking bill occurs in the larger context of the oil industry’s enormous influence on California environmental processes. Pavley, Laird and Brown were all strong supporters of the oil lobbyist-overseen Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create questionable “marine protected areas” in Southern California, so it is no surprise that they will now be helping to implement the fracking of California – or as Reheis-Boyd claims, “responsibly” developing the “enormous potential energy resource contained in the Monterey Shale formation.”

These so-called “Yosemites of the Sea” and “underwater parks” fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling and spills, pollution, military testing, wind and wave energy projects and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. The alleged “marine protected areas” are good for the oil industry and ocean industrialists – and bad for fishermen, tribal gatherers, the environment and the people of California.

State officials and representatives of corporate “environmental” NGOs embraced the leadership of Reheis-Boyd and other corporate operatives who served on the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Forces to create “marine protected areas” that fail to actually protect the ocean. By backing her leadership as a “marine guardian,” they helped to increase the influence of the Western States Petroleum Association, the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento.

Two of the groups who were among the strongest supporters of the MLPA Initiative – NRDC and the League of Conservation Voters – also strongly backed Pavley’s green light to fracking bill until the very last minute when amendments they suggested weren’t included in the bill’s final draft. They, along with Clean Water Action and the Environmental Working Group, withdrew their support on September 11 after the oil industry gutted the already very weak bill.

FrackingMapGlobalExNow Pavley, Brown and Laird, true to form, will preside over expanded fracking in Cailifornia that will result in tremendous damage to groundwater supplies, rivers and imperiled fish populations, and human health.

Pavley, Brown and Laird also support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The construction of the tunnels will result in the export of massive quantities of northern California water to corporate agribusiness interests irrigating drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

The construction of the tunnels would hasten the extinction of Central Valley salmon and steelhead, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species, as well as imperil the salmon and steelhead populations of the Trinity and Klamath river.

For more information about the hijacking of “marine protection” in California by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), go to: http://yubanet.com/california/Dan-Bacher-Top-Censored-Environmental-Story-of-2012-Marine-guardian-lobbies-for-offshore-oil-drilling-fracking.php

Background: Big Oil dominates California politics

The oil industry, now the most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento, exceeds corporate agribusiness, the computer and software industry, the film and television industry, the aerospace industry and other major corporate players in California politics in the power that it wields.

The association now has enormous influence over both state and federal regulators.Oil and gas companies spend more than $100 million a year to buy access to lawmakers in Washington and Sacramento, according to Stop Fooling California, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to mislead and confuse Californians. The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) alone has spent more than $16 million lobbying in Sacramento since 2009. (http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/07/the-ocean-frackers/)

The association spent the most of any organization in first six months of 2013, $2,308,789.95, to lobby legislators and other state officials, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State.

When the oil industry wields this much power – and an oil industry lobbyist oversaw the process that was supposed to “protect” the ocean – it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that California’s ocean waters, as well as farmland, are now being “fracked.” Both the state and federal regulators have completely failed in their duty to protect our ocean, bays, rivers and Delta.

For more information about the MLPA Initiative, go to: http://intercontinentalcry.org/the-five-inconvenient-truths-about-the-mlpa-initiative/

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