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Central Committee, District 2Contra Costa County Democratic PartyJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Contra Costa County Democratic PartyCentral Committee, District 2

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Democratic
Small Business Counsel
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  • Engage more Contra Costa young people in Democratic Party politics.
  • Raise more funds to elect solid, progressive Democrats to local and regional offices.
  • Increase the diversity of those represented on the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee by creating positions for local officials and Democratic Club leaders.
Profession:Small Business Counsel
Attorney at Law, Pandell Law Firm, Inc. (2008current)
Member, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Facilities Oversight Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
Executive Board Representative for Assembly District 16, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2015current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2015current)
National Convention Delegate, Democratic National Committee — Elected position (2012current)
Member, University of California, Hastings College of the Law Alumni Board of Governors — Appointed position (2013current)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA) Juris Doctor (J.D.) (2008)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2005)
Treasurer, Contra Costa Young Democrats (2013current)
Alternate for Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee (2014current)
Statewide Parliamentarian, California Young Democrats (20152016)

Danville resident Jerome C. Pandell co-founded the Contra Costa Young Democrats in 2013 and currently serves as Treasurer of that organization -- the fastest-growing California Young Democrats chapter in the state.  During the day, Jerome works for a woman-owned law firm in Walnut Creek, advising and defending small businesses on litigation and corporate matters.  In 2014, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier appointed Jerome as his alternate to the Contra Costa County Democratic Centeral Committee, where Jerome serves as the fundraising chair and helped the committee raise almost $50,000.00 since 2015.  A graduate of San Ramon Valley public schools and Northwestern University, Jerome also serves on the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Board of Governors and on the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Facilities Oversight & Advisory Committee.  Jerome is endorsed by Congressman Eric Swalwell, the Contra Costa Young Democrats, former State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Evolve, and the Democrats of Rossmoor

  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Former State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
  • Democrats of Rossmoor
  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Evolve
  • California Democratic Party Region 2 Director Craig Cheslog
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Democratic
Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee
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  • Education! - work toward improved education for all students, k-12, and higher education, including advocating for more stabilized funding
  • Increase voter engagement, voter turn-out, supporting democratic candidates, and increasing understanding of our democratic election process
  • Environmental Stewardship and increasing awareness of environmental issues to our constituents
Profession:Environmental Planner, retired, & Trustee, Orinda Union School District
Board of Trustees,, Orinda Union School District, — Elected position (2012current)
Incumbent,, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee, — Elected position (2012current)
University of California, Davis University of California, Davis, B.S. , Environmental Planning (current)
  • Joan Buchanan, Assemblymember (retired)
Email sarahgbutler@hotmail.com
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Thomas E. Duckworth

Democratic
Employment Rights Attorney
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  • leverage local democratic organization to help get out the vote and educate democratic voters
  • Build a bench of strong democratic candidates with democratic values
  • Promote democratic values throughout Contra Costa County
Profession:Employment rights attorney

I am a founding partner of Duckworth Peters Lebowitz Olivier LLP and represent individuals in employment disputes. I have lived in Lafayette, California  since 1997 where my wife and I have raised two children. Both children received an excellent education at the local public schools.  I was previously the President of the Acalanes High School Sports Boosters which was responsible for the funding of 22 sports and cheer.   I am currently the Chair of the Acalanes Union High School District's Oversight Committe for Measures A and G. I mediate employment cases for the Northern District of California and the Contra Costa Superior Court.  I have not previously run for public office, but I have decided to do so because I believe that as Democrats we must unite to elect strong democratic candidates and the Central Committee should play an important role in uniting us. 

  • Rossmoor Democratic Club, Young Democrats of CoCoCounty, Evolve
Democratic
Technology Business Director
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  • Create more interaction between our diverse communities, so we can build community in our diversity and build a bridge between the old and new.
  • Leverage modern technology to enhance access and transparency in local politics and to engage young voters in the democratic process.
  • Guide, empower and encourage other progressive women to run for office.
Profession:Technology Business Director
Director, West Coast Solutions Architect, Highwinds (2014current)
by the City Council San Ramon to serve on the Transportation Advisory, San Ramon Transportation Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
University of South Alabama Bachelor of Science ( B.Sc), Computer and Information science (2001)
Member, Dougherty Valley / San Ramon Rotary (2015current)
Member, Leadership San Ramon Valley (2015current)
Graduate, Emerge California (20142015)
Fundraiser , AVON WALK for BREAST CANCER (20102013)

I am an active community leader, a successful business executive, and a technologist by background. I emigrated from Pakistan in my early 20s and moved to San Ramon in 2006 as a single parent with my two children, then aged four and nine years old. I did not yet have a job or a home, and chose San Ramon for its safe community, diverse neighborhoods, and one of the best public school districts in the country. I see myself as a classic example of the American dream – I have worked hard to achieve success and prosperity through determination, and initiative to build a better life for myself and my children. I am proud to be a long-time resident of San Ramon and wholeheartedly committed to giving back to my city and making a difference for the community I am so passionate about.  

I was appointed to the San Ramon Valley Transportation Advisory Committee in 2015 and I am also a member of the San Ramon Dougherty Valley Rotary Club. I am a member of the San Ramon Valley Leadership program, which provides current and emerging community leaders with the necessary skills to lead this diverse City. I am also a graduate of Emerge California program that trains progressive women to run for office.

As a parent, I have volunteered actively with the PTA and Girl Scouts of Northern California, and am widely recognized for my efforts to bring the community together. I extensively volunteer with community projects. I am also affiliated with Women in Tech and Women Who Code organizations promoting the growth of women in the field of technology.

Presently, I lead the Solutions Architecture & Sales Engineering for an Internet Software and Cloud Infrastructure Company. I hold a degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of South Alabama.

 

 

I am dedicated to serving my community as a citizen, a mother, as an immigrant and as a technologist.

  • Craig Cheslog - California Democratic Party's Region 2 Director
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus

I am a progressive that strongly believes in fair immigration policies, a woman's right to choose and equal rights for all. Government should make decions based on community and social reponsibility. I am a strong believer in equity, fainess demands remedies to redress historic injustices. I am strongly in support of gun control and saving our childrens live from mass murders. Our tax dollars need to be spent on educating children at an earlier age rather than building jails for them later. It is the govenment's responsibily to provide universal healthcare and affordable housing for it's citizens. We need a reasonable paid family leave for working mothers and fathers. Most of all we as citizens need to curb the hate and suspicion that is creeping into our society & communities by working towards cultural assimilation. 

Democratic
Appointed Incumbent
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  • We need to identify and mentor potential Democratic candidates for city councils, school boards and state assembly and senate.
  • We need to reach out to Democrats in our county (1) to get feedback on what they consider important to their communities, (2) increase awareness of candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party
  • We need to reach out to people in the community to register them to vote.
Profession:Appointed incumbent and secretary of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
University of California, Riverside Ph.D., Psychology with emphasis on Sociobiology, Research Methodology, Statistical Analyses (current)
President, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club (2014current)
Secretary, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County (2013current)
Public Policy Chair, American Association of University Women, Danville-Alamo (19951997)
Founder and Board member, Monter Foundation for Montair Elementary School (19951997)
Member, Steering Committee of San Ramon Valley Unified School District School Bond Campaign (19951996)
  • Joan Buchanan, Assemblymember (retired)
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus PAC
  • Craig Cheslog, Region 2 Director of the California Democratic Party
Democratic
Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee
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  • Providing assistance to Voters, including how to register to vote & vote by mail; bringing information to voters about candidates & issues, including informing voters about the endorsed candidates of the CA Dem Party (CDP), issues & ballot measures &
  • Helping Democratic candidates get elected, especially those endorsed by the CDP & supporting Democratic elected officials to get their message out AND helping pass ballot measures endorsed by the CDP
  • Making a real difference in the community to help achieve environmental, social, racial & economic justice by fighting for causes that advance these and other Democratic values.
Profession:Research Psychologist, Scientist, Teacher, President of Non-Profit
Elected Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2010current)
Elected Precinct Captain, Democratic Party of State of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) — Elected position (19961999)
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (19911993)
Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (19861991)
Lecturer, Harvard University Extension, Cambridge MA (19851985)
Teaching Assistant & Associate, University of California, Berkeley (19821984)
Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley (19791984)
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA Entrepreneurial Leadership Certificate, Entrepreneurship, Business Startup, Leadership (2011)
University of California, Berkeley Ph.D., Behavioral science: Cognitive and Personality Psychology, Research Methodology, Assessment (1986)
President, AgLantis (501c-3) (2012current)
Executive Director, CoCo San Sustainable Farm (501c-3) (2012current)
Member, Lamorinda Democratic Club (2000current)
Community Organizer, Democratic Party Organizer, Actively involved as an organizer in many Community Organizations and Non-profits and Democratic Party Organizer(since 1990) (1980current)
Field Organizer/Created County Official Democratic Party Slate Card Program, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee (20102010)

I was blessed to have the privilege of obtaining my PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Personality and Cognitive Psychology in 1986. The critical thinking and research skills I gained have changed every aspect of my life.  I am an expert learner and problem solver, no matter to what I turn my attention.  Nothing has been more transformative in my life than my education. For that reason, I believe fantastic public education is one of the most important places for public investment.  I have taught and conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard U Extension and then the University of Michigan.  

In 1990, I became a whistleblower in science in what was to become a nationally publicized case. I have spent 25 years counseling whistleblowers in science and fighting for the protection of young scientists, and testifying to commissions, etc.

Being a whistleblower on a corrupt system made me a lifelong political activist. In the Democratic Party, I am a leader, a voice who is listened to and respected. I am in my second term on the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee.  I also held elected office in the Democratic Party in Ann Arbor, MI.

In 2014, I received the first ever Distinguished Democrat Award from the Contra Costa County Democratic Party for my service to my community and party.  

Awards and recognitions for my public service include:

2015                Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability Award

                             Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County

 

2015                Nominated by Supervisor Federal Glover for 2016 East Bay Innovation Award                     East Bay Economic Development Alliance

 

2014 & 2015    Nominated for Leadership in Sustainability Award • Sustainable Contra Costa

 

2015               Assembly Certificate of Recognition: Presented to CoCo San Sustainable Farm  

• California State Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla

 

2015                Hall of Fame  • Democratic Party Contra Costa County

 

2014                Distinguished Democrat of the Year Activist Award, Roosevelt Awards Dinner 

• Democratic Party Contra Costa County

 

2014               Certificate of Special Recognition • Congressman Jerry McNerney

 

2014               Certificate of Recognition • The City Council of the City of Concord

 

1997-1998       Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

 • Ann Arbor MI School District

 

1987                Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of California, Berkeley

 

  • Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, California Assembly
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Councilwoman
  • Supervisor Federal Glover, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
  • Michael R. McGill, Chair Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board; Board Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
  • Tim, Farley, Contra Costa Community College Board
  • Sarah Genn Butler, Trustee of Orinda Union School District; Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee
  • Jim Donnelly, Vice-Chair Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Igor Tregub: President, East Bay Young Democrats; Co-Chair California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus

I am proud to be a Progressive Democrat, who believes in being fiscally prudent, but always socially responsible for the well-being of the weakest in our society.  

Environmental, Social, Racial, and Economic Fairness are my top priorities for investing my time and supporting candidates and issues.

HUMAN RIGHTS

WOMEN'S & MEN'S RIGHTS. I am pro-choice and strongly support women's rights, equal pay, and equal treatment for both men and women. Men's rights must be equal too, and there are areas where this needs improvement (child custody). Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Now, women on average work more than 3 months for free every year before they start being paid, if you are matching their salaries to men's.

I have been a gay rights activist since the 1970s.  I have strongly support marriage equality and believe that we will not rid ourselves of the bullying and suicides of young gays until we give gays and lesbians equal rights in all areas. Separate is not equal. The marriage contract is a basic human right, as is the right to make all other contracts. LGBTQ Rights are human rights and basic equality is fundamental.

EDUCATION. I believe that a GREAT education is a right of all children and we must pay for this for all children, or pay later in prisons and crime.  Federal and state governments must subsidize higher education to greatly reduce or make free the cost of community college and university so that the cost is not a barrier.

PRESCHOOL. Universal preschool would provide every child a "head start" and frees both parents to be fully employed, lifting families out of poverty.  This experiment was tried during the necessities for women to work in WWII and was hugely successful and brought women fully into the workforce, instead of with minimum wage part time jobs.  Universal preschool would also help women achieve EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK, because they would not be forced into part-time low paying jobs and could stay on track for promotions and career advancement.

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL. We must have some sort of universal health care. We can not have a health care system where so many are sick and dying due to lack of basic preventative health care. It's immoral. Obamacare has provided access for millions.  We need more innovation to bring down costs, while still paying doctors enough that they can stay in business. We need to bring down the costs of drugs by having drugs be part of Medicare and having large purchasing power of Medicare.  We can bring down the costs of hospitalization with better checks and balances so medical errors are reduced, which are one of the major costs to the system. (Some hospitals have introduced checklists like pilots use and greatly reduced medical errors.)

NUTRITIOUS FOOD, SHELTER, SAFETY

Every human deserves a safe place to live that is affordable. We need to make a real effort to increase affordable housing, reduce homelessness to only those who will not live within shelters. and provide public safety for everyone.  Nutritious food is a human right and one which I spend my days working to provide. See www.Salads4Schools.org

MASS INCARCERATION

We must invest in our children at young ages and even in utero with nutritious food for their moms. We must invest inutero to grave and keep our criminal population to a minimum. When arrested we must invest in diversion programs like Kamala Harris' Clean Slate Program and rehabilitation.  Revenge may feel good, but it doesn't work.  Retribution must be replaced with science based rehabilitation programs.  No one should grow up knowing there is a significant chance they will spend much of their life in prison.  Our minority youth need early support and we can save money on prisons, which are societal disgrace.

PLANET'S RIGHTS

There is no problem more urgent that Global Warming.  Our children and grandchildren are being left an overheating planet. My current work focuses on REVERSING Global Warming by teaching farmers and others how to SEQUESTER CARBON in their SOIL. Organic, regenerative soil practices are the only method of reversing global warming. We must sink carbon back into our soil by protecting and fostering the growth of the soil microbes that use atmospheric carbon and sink it into soil. 

FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

I do not believe that throwing money at problems without careful analysis is a good idea. Too often, thinking is not done.  However, we do need to spend money on infrastructure, public transportation, great schools and pre-schools, medical benefits for all including dental, and nutritional poverty.  There is no excuse for 1/8 to go hungry in America and for 25% of our population to suffer from poor nutrition.  These problems are solvable.  

WORKER'S RIGHTS

Nothing is more important to the future of the United States than a strong Middle Class. I believe Unions helped create the great Middle Class that my parent's generation created and our country thrived because unions thrived. Of course, like anything, there can be abuses. However, we must support workers rights and good middle class jobs that built the Greatest Generation and needs to build the next great generations.

You don't need to know more than that about me!

Reducing Nutritional Poverty While Protecting the Environmental and Providing Hands-On STEAM Education

Summary

We will be providing free or very low cost produce to schools and the food bank.   We will grow produce on 15 acres of unused sanitary district surplus buffer land, using recycled water, otherwise discharged into the Bay.  This recycled water is high in nitrogen & phosphorus, providing free fertilizer.  The Food Bank is a mile from the farm & will pick up the produce and use existing systems to distribute the produce to their clients and schools.  We are deploying under-utilized resources to grow produce, nearly eliminating four of the major costs of food production with a low carbon footprint: LAND, WATER, FERTILIZER, and TRANSPORTATION.  Every aspect of science & engineering touch a farm. Art also has a place on a farm. We teach African dance and Recycled Art. We feed, educate, train for green jobs & protect the environment with this quadruple bottom line, replicable solution.

ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE FARM

 

The CoCo San Sustainable Farm which is a project of AgLantis TM, a 501c-3 non-profit.

 

It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad and 35 cents to feed a child pizza.


PROBLEM & PROPOSED SOLUTION
It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad.  Most schools cannot afford that. The Contra Costa Food Bank cannot get enough fresh salad vegetables because they are highly perishable and unavailable locally.  We will be providing low cost sustainably grown produce to schools, the food bank, and the community.


We will grow produce on 15 acres of public buffer land and in a high-tech Agra Tech solar light greenhouse (144' X 42'), using recycled, agricultural-grade water, which is otherwise discharged into the Bay.  This recycled water is high in nitrogen, providing free fertilizer.  

 

Nearly 1 trillion gallons of reclaimed water are discharged into the greater San Francisco Bay waterways each year. UC Davis estimated the water shortfall in the CA Central Valley to have been 2.1 trillion gallons this past year.  We threw about half that much water away in the Bay Area alone.  This water is high in nitrogen which is bad for the Bay, but great for agriculture, providing free fertilizer.  With one more treatment is it perfect for agriculture and certified by the State of CA for Ag.


The Contra Costa Food Bank is a mile from our farm and will pick up the produce and use existing systems to distribute it to schools and clients, providing transportation. CSAs on the farm will provide low cost produce to the community.


Hence, we are deploying under-utilized resources to nearly eliminate 4 of the major costs of food production: LAND, WATER, FERTILIZER, and TRANSPORTATION. 

 

We have dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of this food by growing and delivering locally with natural fertilizer and other sustainable methods.


EDUCATE
One of the goals of the farm is to educate.  Every aspect of science touches a farm such as physics, soil science, hydrology, meteorology, and nutrition.  We are working with local schools and community colleges and other groups to provide students and the rest of the community hands-on opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering and math learned in an inquiry based context on the farm. 

 

JOBS INCUBATOR
The farm will be an incubator for green jobs. We will partner with other local businesses to showcase their products and teach aspects of jobs related to these industries.


ENVIRONMENT
The environment will also benefit because we will be rebuilding barren soil, plant crops that sequester carbon and clean the air and increase ground water.  We also reduce the major types of carbon pollution associated with food production:  FOSSIL FUEL- BASED FERTILIZER and TRANSPORT.  


SCALABLE
Sanitary districts in San Francisco Bay Area discharge as much as a trillion gallons of water in a year into the Bay waterways.  They also have thousands of acres of buffer land.  Our business model is scalable and once proven, can be replicated with other sanitary districts to utilize these precious resources and greatly reduce nutritional poverty.

 

TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

AgLantis is a California non-profit public benefit corporation,501c-3 . (Our EIN is 46-463443-0.) The work we are doing on the CoCo San Sustainable Farmnow has a triple bottom line – social, economic and environmental.  This farm is a model for healthy, fresh, sustainably produced, local produce and education for the community. 

 

An apple a day will not keep the doctor away.

But a salad a day might!

 

See: www.Salads4Schools.org

 

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Personal Biography

Summary

I am a Berkeley PhD, behavioral scientist, a mom, and President of a non-profit urban farm which focuses on reducing nutritional poverty and hands-on STEAM education.

My Background

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and moved to California for my doctoral studies in Cognitive and Personality Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. I taught at Berkeley as a grad student, then Harvard Extension (night school) and then at the University of Michigan. I am retired.

I had two children the last 14 months of graduate school (there is never a good time if you are an academic)! In 1985 my first child Ryan was born in Berkeley, then I moved to Ann Arbor, MI for a position at the University of Michigan while I finished my dissertation. In 1986, my second child Tara was born. My daughter is currently in graduate school obtaining her PhD in Political Science. My son obtained his M.S. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Cognitive Science.

I was a teacher and researcher at the University of Michigan until I became a whistleblower in what became a nationally prominent science fraud case. Subsequently, I have worked with Congressional Subcommittees, testified to a Congressional Commission (the Ryan Commission), testified to the National Academy of Sciences, and been an outspoken widely publicized activist in science, speaking out about science fraud and particularly on the protection of young scientists from exploitation by senior scientists.

In Ann Arbor, I volunteered extensively in the schools when my children were young and won the Ann Arbor School District Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 1997. I was also a Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years.

Although I was a "lab rat" early in adulthood, my activism in science involved me in politics. I have been a political activist and organizer in the Democratic Party and the community for 20 years. In the 1990s, I served as a publicly elected Precinct Captain and Convention Delegate for the Michigan Democratic Party. In 2010, I was elected to the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee. I immediately became the Field Organizer for the county party and under my leadership and the help of many we delivered nearly 10% of the Official Democratic Party slate cards that were delivered in CA (nearly 200,000). (Our county party had never delivered such slate cards before.) Our work in this county probably made the crucial difference in electing Congressman Jerry McNerney and Attorney General Kamala Harris, as our county produced unexpectedly high votes for each of them in very close races.

In 2007, I founded the Michelle Obama Fan Club on Facebook to influence the national Presidential elections by turning people out to vote. We have over 50,000 members in our group and our Page has over 200,000 LIKES!

Currently, I have initiated a project working with Board and Staff at Contra Costa County Central Sanitary District to use some of the approximately 30-200 million gallons of recycled water they throw away every day into the Bay to instead grow organic fruit and vegetables on 15 acres of buffer land. The plan is to donate these fruits and vegetables to local schools to provide healthier lunches for children and to the Food Bank for distribution to those in need. We have a 1/6 greenhouse donated to grow hydroponic vegetables year round.  When in full production, we expect to grow over 100,000 pounds of produce per year. The farm also provides environmental education and we will be working with students to provide hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math education when we are fully operational.

I believe that Democratic leaders need to make a real difference in their communities if they want to attract new voters to the Democratic Party and to turn out to vote for Democratic candidates.

 

Thank you!!

 

 

Primary goals of AgLantis and the CoCo San Sustainable Farm is to protect the environment by teaching sustainable living practices, especially organic, regenerative, agricultural and gardening practices and to work to reverse global warming.

Carbon sequestration in soil is the only known way to reverse global warming.  AgLantis (501c-3) offered classes on our urban farm to teach people how to protect increase soil microbes and thereby sink carbon in their soil.  These include organic soil management, keeping soil covered with cover crops or other crops, using integrated pest management to reduce death to soil microbes and other beneficial insects and animals, and permaculture which is a philosophy and set of principles for growing plants which has been used to regreen desert lands because it is so powerful.

Sequestering carbon in soil is the only way to reverse global warming. We must protect soil microbes which utilize atmospheric carbon dioxide and sink it into the soil. This event was organized by Dr. Carolyn Phinney, the President of AgLantis, to teach the community how to protect their soil with cover crops and integrated pest management. The greater Bay Area throws away about 1 trillion gallons of treated waste water that could be recycled and reused.  The CoCo San Sustainable Farm will demonstrate the value of recycled water by growing Salads for Schools and the Food Bank on 15 acres of public buffer land. Growiing fresh produce locally reduces the carbon footprint of food.  We reduce four of the major costs of production by using essentially free land, free water, free fertilizer (the water is high in nitrogen and phosphorus), and free transportation (from the Food Bank).

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Jane Elizabeth Walter

Democratic
Retired College Instructor
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  • Work to make the DPCCC a more effective organization in its basic job to elect Democrats up and down the ballot
  • Coordinate the DPCCC activities with those of the Democrats of Rossmoor Club of which I am a board member and Past President
  • Work to help give local Democratic Clubs a vote on some measures at the DPCCC meetings and improve the links between these organizations
Profession:retired Community College Instructor
Instructor, Durham Technical Community College (19912004)
Tufts Univeristy, Boston University, Durham Technical Community College B.A, M.A. Assoc. Science, B.A. in history, M.A.in Government, Assoc Sci in Respiratory Therapy (current)
Immediate Past President, board member and Membership Co-Chair , Democrats of Rossmoor (2013current)

I received a B.A. in history form Tufts University and an M.A. in government from Boston University and then taught middle school history for a few years before starting my family of four children. Returning to the workforce while my children were still young, I retrained at my local community college.  to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.  After working in this field for several years, I returned to the community college as a full time instructor in the Respiratory Therapy progam. In this position I was able to mentor and train many young single moms, displaced homemakers and recently unemployed for well paying and in demand jobs in health care. I retired from this position in 2004 and in 2005 moved to the retirement community of Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California.  Here I became politically active in the 2012 Obama campaign and in 2013  assumed a two year Presidency of the 500 member democratic club, Democrats of Rossmoor.  As immediate Past President and Membership Co-Chair, I remain an active board member of this club. I am also its representative to the DPCCC Club's Council.  I have also been an advocate for Progressive causes as a regular writer for the Progressive View column in the Rossmoor News and as founder and organizer of the Democrats of Rossmoor Book Club.

  • Region 2 Director of CA Democratic Party, Craig Cheslog

I am basically a Progressive Democrat and believe that a government should support policies which provide an equal opportunity for all  of its citizens.  There needs to be robust safety net for those who need it and good public education from pre-school through college should be available to all. Jobs need to be availabe to everyone  who wants one and anyone who works hard all day deserves to earn enough to live decently.  Healthcare is a right and should be available to all.   Because I was a working mother I support policies that help women to achieve inthe workforce--affordable childcare, paid maternity and familly leave, and of course equal pay for equal work.  I believe in the free enterprize system, but I believe that the government need to support policies that  prevent great the great  inequalities in wealth and opportunity which seem to be part of today's America.  Of course, I believe that we should encourage everyone to particpate in the political process and support our great Democracy.

Why I am running for a seat on the DPCCC

Summary

A brief history of my recent work for Democratic causes

The DPCCC is the governing body for Democrats in Contra Costa County.  It has the jobs of educating and  engaging voters, building a strong bench of Democratic candidates and winning elections.  However, this body has not been functioning as effectively as it might.  I am actually running for a seat on the DPCCC along with a slate of five other candidates who were asked to run by our Regional Director in the hopes of bringing new life to the committee.  I am going to describe a little bit about the work I have done for Democratic causes because I hope it will explain what skills I might bring to the DPCCC

In 2012 I wanted to do something to help President  Obama get elected. At that time the Democrats of Rossmoor took no active part in helping candidates to be elected.  A friend and I started a club for Obama and set about organizing phone banks in Rossmoor for the President.  This was my first taste of grass roots political organizing.

Then, as President of the Democrats of Rossmoor I ran a large organization.  One mission of the club was to educate our members and as such I helped to secure speakers for our monthly meetings, set up candidate forums and arrange meet the candidate nights. We also engaged our club members in efforts to directly support local candidates. The board of the DOR is a great tem and I am proud to be a part of that team.  I also am a regular writer for the Progressive View column in the Rossmoor news and use this voice to educate and advocate for Democratic causes and candidates. 

At present Democratic Clubs do not have a vote at DPCCC meetings.  I would like to see that changed.  I have been active in the DPCC's Club Council which has enabled me to get to know the Presidents and representatives from other local clubs and to share and exchange information with them.  and if elected to the DPCCC I would work to effectively coordinate the work of the DPCCC with  to my own and other local Democratic Clubs.

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Democratic
Member, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee
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  • Promote the Democratic Party platform.
  • Endorse local candidates.
  • Confer on locally endorsed candidates the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.
Profession:mediator, negotiator, attorney
court-appointed mediator, courts, parties (1976current)
Elected Member,, Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2001current)
lobby the state legislature for the U.C. budget, University of CA Alum, University of California Alumni Assn. — Appointed position (19882008)
attorney, DISPUTE RESOLVERS (19922002)
telephone crisis line volunteer, listening to people who yearned to be, Contact Care ('Sorry I don't remember the dates.) — Appointed position (19901993)
3 Lafayette City Commissions: City Manager Search Committee, Blue Ribb, City of Lafayette — Appointed position (19851989)
Lafayette Unit Leader, League of Women Voters — Appointed position (19851988)
Georgetown University Law Center Juris Doctor, Law (1976)
University of California, San Diego B.A., Communications (1972)
Diablo Valley College A.A., Sociology (1968)
campaign volunteer for numerous local candidates, Democratic Party (1972current)
geographical swimmer (around Manhattan Island 3x, Alcatraz to SF 40 times), U.S. Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming, clubs, teams, and solo (1981current)

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  • George Miller, Mark DeSaulnier, Tom Torlakson, 19 local mayors, 4 county supervisors, etc.
  • When I ran for College Board, I was endorsed by practically everyone, including:
  • I haven't sought endorsements for this office.
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Democratic
Environmental/Water Engineer
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  • Wise Water Use, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development
  • Job Creation and Workforce Development
  • Wide Access to Higher Education
Profession:Professional Engineer (MCE, P.E.)
President, Principal Civil Engineer, MMS Design Associates (1983current)
Board Member, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District — Elected position (2006current)
Chair, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County — Elected position (2013current)
Commissioner, Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) — Elected position (2011current)
Regent/Trustee, John F. Kennedy University — Elected position (1989current)
Trustee, National University — Elected position (2009current)
University of Michigan M.S.E., Water Resources Engineering (1976)
University of Michigan M.S.E., Civil Engineering (1974)
University of Michigan B.S., Civil Engineering (1973)
Associate Member and Alternate, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee (2010current)
President and Founding Board Member, Los Medanos Community College Foundation Board (1996current)
Board Director and Co-Chair of the Land Use Task Force, East Bay Leadership Council (1984current)
Member,, Water Environment Federation (1997current)
Board Member,, CALAFCO (1 of 16 Elected Statewide Board Members of Association of the California Local Agency Formation Commissions) (2012current)

Michael R. McGill, P.E.

Founder, President, Principal Civil Engineer

MMS Design Associates

3527 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549

925-383-9750

 

EDUCATION

·       M.S., Civil Engineering: Water Resources, University of Michigan

·       M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan

·       B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan

   

LICENSED ENGINEER: California, Arizona and Michigan

 

EXPERT WITNESS: 1981 to Present

·       Qualified in: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano Superior Court

                                                                 

ELECTED OFFICE

·       Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Elected Board Member, 2006-Present

 

OTHER ELECTED AND APPOINTED POSITIONS

·       Contra Costa LAFCo Commissioner, 2011-Present

·       CALAFCO, Board Member and Legislative Committee Member 

·       Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, Chair

 

EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

·       John F Kennedy University, Trustee and Chair of the Compensation Committee

·       National University, Trustee and Chair of the Compensation Committee

·       City College of Seattle, Trustee and Chair of the Compensation Committee

·       Los Medanos Community College Foundation, President

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

·       Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Director and Vice-Chair Economic Development

·       East Bay Leadership Council, Director and Co-Chair Land Use Task Force

·       EC2: The Collaborative, Co-Founder and Co-Chair

·        Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee, Associate Member

·       Diablo Valley Democratic Club, Member

·       Democrats of Rossmoor, Member 

·       Lamorinda Democratic Club, Member

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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·      American Public Works Association (Life Member)

·       Water Environment Federation:

 

SELECTED AWARDS:

·       East Bay Leadership Council Outstanding Task Force Chairs Award, 2014

·       Kennedy Citation for Outstanding Leadership, John F. Kennedy University, 2004

·       Antioch Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Award, 2013

 

DETAIL:

 

MMS Design Associates (MMS) is a consulting firm which for over 30 years has provided development-based services to cities, public agencies, and private sector clients.  MMS specializes in large, complex projects involving major infrastructure analysis, funding, financing, long-range planning and design, construction, and contract administration.

 

McGill Martin Self, Inc (also MMS) was part of Contra Costa Water District Los Vaqueros project team that was awarded the ASCE 1999 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement.

 

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) mission is to protect public health and the environment by collecting and treating wastewater, recycling water for reuse and promoting pollution prevention.  CCCSD has now been awarded 16 National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Peak Performance Platinum Awards and the California Water Environment Association Large Treatment Plant of the Year Award for 2008 and 2012 and Collection System of the Year for 2007 and 2012. In addition the District was awarded its13th consecutive Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting; the District won awards for its Safety Program from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and the Water Environment Foundation (WEF); the National Purchasing Institute’s annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award; both the Sustainable Design and People’s Choice Awards from the Walnut Creek Action for Beauty Council for the District’s new Collection System Operations facility; and the Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the California Special Districts Association.

 

Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is established in each county to be responsible for overseeing most forms of local government boundary change, including incorporation, annexations, and special district formations.

 

The California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) is established to: 1) Arrange and conduct periodic meetings for the purpose of educating members and the public as to the powers and responsibilities of LAFCOs; 2) Arrange for the exchange of information among local agency formation commissions and represent the views of the Corporation before the legislative and executive branches of state government; 3) Review and/or initiate proposed legislation affecting local agency formation commissions; 4) Coordinate and collaborate with other local government organizations or similar associations in furtherance of these purposes.

 

National University System, including John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), National University, City University of Seattle and WestMed College, meets the changing needs of diverse student populations with multiple pathways to reach educational goals.  In addition to JFKU and National University, there are five other affiliated institutions located around the world.  Mike McGill was a Regent of JFKU from 1989 to 2009 and served as Board Chair from 1998 to 2005.  After JFKU’s affiliation with the National University System, Mr. McGill was elected a Trustee of the National University System and all affiliated institutions.

 

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDB) is a 41-member, business-led body whose members are appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to shape and strengthen local and regional workforce development efforts. The WDB brings together leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, community-based organizations, and public agencies to align a variety of resources and organizations to enhance the competitiveness of the local workforce and support economic vitality in our region.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Chuck Carpenter
  • Chuck Carpenter, Past-Chair, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee
  • Sarah Genn Butler, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee; Trustee Orinda Union School District
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Council
  • Federal Glover, Supervisor, Contra Costa County
  • Carolyn R. Phinney, Contra Costa County Democratic Party Central Committee

Socially Progressive: Pro Women's Right to Choose, Pro LGBTQ Marriage and Rights; etc.

Economically Responsible

Conservation: Sustainable Water and Development; Save the Delta

Increasing Access to Higher Education, Job Training and Workforce Development

Job Creation, Transportation Improvements, Adequate Public Services and Orderly Growth

 

 

Mike McGill Presentation the Walnut Creek City Council May 3, 2016 — May 14, 2016 City of Walnut Creek/Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

CentralSan's general services and particular services to Walnut Creek.  Focus on "One Water: Wise Use" and opportunities for using recycled water.

Democratic
Retired Healthcare Executive
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  • Strengthen DPCCC's success in developing strong bench of Democratic candidates to win elections.
  • Increase effectiveness of DPCCC's voter engagement and activism to increase voter turnout.
  • Improve collaboration between DPCCC and local Democratic Clubs and other politically aligned groups.
Profession:Retired Healthcare Executive; current Advocate for Women's Health & Reproductive Rights
Delegate, California Democratic Party — Appointed position (20102012)
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente (19922002)
Commissioner, Partnership Healthplan of California — Appointed position (19942002)
Director of Facilities Planning, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California (19871992)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA Master of Health Administration, Healthcare Management and Planning (1978)
Mills College, Oakland, CA Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (1975)
Board Member, Lamorinda Democratic Club (2008current)
Board Member, California Family Health Council (20092015)
Board Member, Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific (20042014)
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Contra Costa Young Democrats
  • Evolve
  • Democrats of Rossmoor
  • Craig Cheslog, Region 2 Director, CA Democratic Party

I have supported Democratic values of fairness, equity and transparency all of my life.

I have fought for access to quality healthcare and women's reproductive rights throughout my professional and volunteer careers.

I believe Democrats need to lead by example and bring our values to leadership roles in all sectors of our community: public office, professional service, volunteer work, family life, etc.  Democrats should be engaging voters, identifying and supporting candidates, communicating about initiatives and electing strong Democrats at all levels.

I would be honored to help my Central Committee become a recognized leader for Democrats in Contra Costa County.

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