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Green supervisor re-elected, Statewide Green vote shows support for publicly-owned state bank, Top Two limits voter choice

http://www.cagreens.org/press-release/pr140307
Friday, June 6, 2014

In June 3rd primary elections, Mendocino County Green Supervisor Dan Hamburg was re-elected to office, returning as the highest elected Green in the state.

Statewide, Ellen Brown received 6.4% for Treasurer, the highest percentage ever for a California Green in a statewide partisan election.

Five Green Party endorsed statewide candidates received over 635,000 votes among them*, led by Brown (218,847 votes, 6.4%) and Laura Wells, Controller (188,605 votes, 5.6%).

Both Brown and Wells made campaigning for a publicly owned state bank a main priority, which Brown says would lead to “prosperity not austerity, stimulate the economy and create jobs, restore low-cost higher education, build 21st-century infrastructure and relieve the state’s debt burden.” Both felt the support they received affirms  the need for the Governor and legislature to turn the public state bank concept into a reality for our state.

Green gubernatorial candidate Luis J. Rodriguez talked about the movement-building aspect of his campaign: “The 46,000 Californians who voted for me did so with a purpose: overwhelmingly they were the grassroots leaders fighting poverty, injustice, environmental degradation and economic distress and those they brought to the polling places. Against overwhelming odds, we succeeded in creating a voice and choice for the most dispossessed.

Green Lt. Governor candidate Jena Goodman felt her campaign had a similar affect with students, inspiring them to get involved in the political process.  A 28 year old UC Davis anthropology major, “Students are a sleeping giant. If we wake up, we could shake the foundation of California by restoring free higher education, providing living wage jobs, and restoring our natural environment.”

Green Secretary of State candidate David Curtis – who received notoriety during the campaign by being excluded by the Sacramento Press Club from a candidate debate that included two candidates behind him in the Field Poll – ironically, while he was campaigning for greater democratization of the state’s electoral system – received a high of 8.1% in Mendocino County and 6.6% in San Francisco. Also in San Francisco – the state’s fourth largest city – Brown received 11.1% and Wells 8.8%.

In all but one case, Green statewide candidates finished first among all candidates who either represented 3rd parties or who expressed no party preference, and in some cases, finished ahead of Democrats and Republicans. “I think this indicates that the Green Party’s message still resonates with voters in California”, said Goodman, who finished second to incumbent Gavin Newsom in San Francisco.

Wells, who campaigned with Brown specifically as ‘no-corporate-money’ candidates, added “this was achieved with without taking any corporate money by any of our Green candidates. This is a sign that voters want to take back their democracy from the 1%, by supporting candidates free of corporate influence.”

The highest Green county total was Brown’s 15.1% and Wells’ 14% in Mendocino County.  Goodman’s high was her 5.8% in San Francisco, while Rodriguez received 3.6% there, finishing ahead of Republican Neil Kashkari and doubling the 1.8% there Peace and Freedom candidate Cindy Sheehan received. Rodriguez’s top county was Imperial with 4.9%.
“Yet despite this voter support, because of the Top Two system, Green voices will be silenced on the November ballot – a ballot where they used to appear and receive hundreds of thousands of votes, from Californian voters who are now denied a voice in the election,” said Michael Feinstein, Green Party spokesperson.
“The Green Party remains committed to overturning the travesty of Top Two through the courts and/or at the ballot box, because of the loss of voter choice and political voice it has wrought upon our democracy.”
Thinking globally and acting locally, Greens continue to run and win local elections10 out of 19 this spring, led by Hamburg, who is one of 53 Greens currently holding elected office.
“I’m fortunate to have been re-elected county supervisor for one of the most beautiful and politically progressive districts in California.” said Hamburg, who joined the Green Party in 1996. “I’ve translated the Green Party’s Ten Key Values into clean energy, water conservation and high-speed internet initiatives.  I’ve worked to instill operational efficiencies in local government, that are difficult but necessary in the highly skewed economic circumstances in which we live.  With large units of political and economic power becoming ever more neglectful of basic human needs, our challenge is to create alternative models that are vibrant and sustainable.”


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Meet Ellen Brown & Laura Wells, May 22-26th

You are invited!

Ellen_LauraEllen Brown and Laura Wells are scheduled to speak at events in Seaside, Richmond, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco between Thursday, May 22 and Monday, May 26. Hope to see you at one, or more.

Ellen Brown is the Green no-corporate-money candidate for California Treasurer on June 3, 2014, and is the author of Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution, from Austerity to Prosperity. Ellen has a wealth of information about Public Banking (and lots of other things) and she’s fun to be around!

May 22, Thursday, 7:00 pm — Seaside, CA — Candidates for State Office, presenting Cindy Sheehan for Governor, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Laura Wells for Controller. LOCATION: Monterey College of Law, 100 Col. Durham St., Seaside, CA, in Monterey County.

May 23, Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm — Richmond, CA — Green Party Candidates Night, presenting Ellen Brown for Treasurer and Laura Wells for Controller. Richmond is the biggest city in the country with a Green Party mayor. Gayle McLaughlin and her no-corporate-money colleagues stand up to Chevron and Wall Street banks. LOCATION: 1021 McDonald Ave, Richmond, CA.

May 24, Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Sacramento, CA — March Against Monsanto, march and rally. Speakers include Luis Rodriguez for Governor, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Laura Wells for Controller. Speakers, entertainment, Green Party table and more. LOCATION of rally: North Steps of the California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA.

May 25, Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm — Oakland, CA — Meet-and-Greet — Laura Wells for Controller will present Ellen Brown for Treasurer, plus other candidates and officials who will be in attendance. Light snacks and light (optional) fundraising. LOCATION: RSVP to laurawells2014@gmail.com for address.

May 26, Monday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm — San Francisco, CA — SF Occupy Forum, “There Are Solutions: Hear from 5 Green Party Candidates for June 3rd Election,” presenting Luis Rodriguez for Governor, Jena Goodman for Lt. Governor, Laura Wells for Controller, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Barry Hermanson, SF/District 12 candidate for US Congress. LOCATION: 215 Golden Gate between Hyde & Leavenworth, San Francisco.

Hope you can come! Please post and forward. See also, for your voting pleasure on June 3, 2014:

VOTER GUIDE — NO-CORPORATE-MONEY CANDIDATES
~ If corporate-financed candidates win, you don’t! ~

Statewide No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Luis Rodriguez, Governor
~and~
Cindy Sheehan, Governor

Jena Goodman, Lt. Governor
~and~
Amos Johnson, Lt. Governor

David Curtis, Secretary of State

Jonathan Jaech, Attorney General

Laura Wells, Controller

Ellen Brown, Treasurer

Nathalie Hrizi, Insurance Commissioner

Congressional No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Barry Hermanson, District 12 (SF)
~and~
Frank Lara, District 12 (SF)

Michael Powelson, District 30 (LA)

Ian Sachs, District 33 (LA)
~and~
Marianne Williamson, District 33 (LA)

Howard Johnson, District 34 (LA)

California Legislature No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Jack Lindblad, State Senate (LA)

Pamela Elizondo, State Assembly, District 2 (North Counties)

Eugene Ruyle, State Assembly, District 15 (East Bay)


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Thurs (3/27): Campaign Kick Off Rally for Jena Goodman’s Run for CA Lieutenant Governor

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Join Jena Goodman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, for her campaign kick off rally on Thursday March 27th at 12 noon at the Vallejo City Hall.

Goodman is a Vallejo resident and will kick off her campaign on steps of Vallejo City Hall at 555 Santa Clara St. in Vallejo.

Jena Goodman served over 7,000 students as president of the Associated Students of Napa Valley College from 2012-2013. She is also former chair of the Solano County Green Party. She is currently a student at UC Davis studying biodiversity and ecology.

Goodman’s campaign is about building coalition between the student movements, working class struggles, and environmentalism to bring a Green vision to California.

Her campaign platform calls for:

-Free access to public colleges and universities
-Living wage green jobs to build a green economy
-Protecting the environment

See:
http://www.jenagoodman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/646690438699632/

https://www.facebook.com/Jenagoodmanltgovernor


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Thurs (3/20): “Richmond Is Doing It, Why Not Vallejo?”

Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value? You’re not alone.

GayleMcLaughlinaCome hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new program that is designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.

When: March 20, 2014, 7:30. Doors open at 7.
Where: Bay Terrace Theater 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo
Parking available

Print out the flyer to help spread the word!


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Napa Meet-and-Greet for Three Green Candidates

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The Napa Greens will host a Meet & Greet with three Green/no-corporate-money candidates: Luis Rodriguez, Ellen Brown, and Laura Wells, who are running for Governor, Treasurer, and Controller respectively (see endorsement post). They call for using the budget surplus to help the poor, not to create a Rainy Day Fund, and for a publicly-owned State Bank to invest in California not Wall Street.
All candidates are gathering 10,000 signatures-in-lieu-of-a-filing fee (before recent “campaign reform” it was 150 signatures), raising funds, and and asking for your vote in the “Top Two” primary on June 3, 2014.
Slack Art Collective is a great space that serves as art studios and a community center.
WHEN
January 17, 2014 at 6pm – 9pm
WHERE
Slack Art Collective, 964 Pearl St, Napa, CA
CONTACT
Alex Shantz · alexshantz@gmail.com
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