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Ruscal Cayangyang named new VP of Vallejo school board

Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted: 02/04/16, 5:16 PM PST

Vallejo school trustee Ruscal Cayangyang will serve as board vice president for the rest of 2016.

In a 3-0 vote — with board president Tony Ubalde and recently named trustee Hazel Wilson abstaining — the board chose Cayangyang for the position during its meeting Wednesday night.

Last December, the board selected former board member Raymond Mommsen to serve as president, with Ubalde as vice president. Mommsen resigned from the school board in January. Trustee Burky Worel stated during Wednesday’s meeting that Ubalde automatically becomes president with the departure of Mommsen. He also nominated Cayangyang for vice president, which was followed by several seconds of silence from the remaining board members.

As Ubalde began to speak and declare the Worel’s nomination dead, Cayangyang seconded the motion.

“I appreciate trustee Worel for the nomination,” Cayangyang said, following his second. “And I can help Dr. Ubalde with whatever is needed to lead our district.”

Wilson then nominated Worel for vice president, with fellow trustee Ward “Ace” Stewart seconding. Worel declined the nomination.

Wilson then nominated Stewart, which he promptly declined.

Contact John Glidden at 707-553-6832.

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Organizing Strategies: How Richmond Progressives Defeated the Big Money of Chevron

A local community defining its own destiny


Guest Speakers: Richmond City Council members

Jovanka Beckles and  Gayle McLaughlin

Monday, October 5, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Joseph Room, adjacent to JFK Library
505 Santa Clara Street, Vallejo, CA

As Vallejo enters another election year with all the big decisions ahead, come out and participate in this meeting with Richmond City Council Progressives Gayle McLaughlin and Jovanka Beckles. These two fearless women are part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, an organization which helped the citizens wrest control of Richmond’s City Council from the Big Money influence of Chevron.

This meeting is hosted by Vallejo residents Ruscal Cayangyang and Nathan Stout, both of whom who are members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. By building bridges between our two cities we can learn from one another how to successfully organize for positive change and grassroots power. Together working as a citizen coalition we can undo the status quo here in Vallejo.

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Announces Exploratory Campaign for President in 2016

Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee, makes an announcement on her plans for the 2016 presidential election in an event at the National Press Club.jill_cspan

February 6, 2015
C-SPAN: Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidacy Announcement

ABC News: Meet the woman trying to turn the White House Green

About Jill:


In 2002 activists in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party approached Dr. Stein and asked her to run for Governor of Massachusetts. Dr. Stein accepted, and began her first foray into electoral politics. She was widely credited with being the best informed and most credible candidate in the race. She has twice been elected to town meeting in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is the founder and past co-chair of a local recycling committee appointed by the Lexington Board of Selectmen. In 2003, Jill co-founded the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, a non-profit organization that addresses a variety of issues that are important to the health and well-being of Massachusetts communities, including health care, local green economies, and grassroots democracy.

Jill represented the Green-Rainbow Party in two additional races – one for State Representative in 2004 and one for Secretary of State in 2006. In 2006 she won the votes of over 350,000 Massachusetts citizens – which represented the greatest vote total ever for a Green-Rainbow candidate. In 2008, Jill helped formulate a “Secure Green Future” ballot initiative that called upon legislators to accelerate efforts to move the Massachusetts economy to renewable energy and make development of green jobs a priority. The measure won over 81 per cent of the vote in the 11 districts in which it was on the ballot.

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15717962953_2dbafbae1a_zFrom the Vallejo Independent Bulletin:
“The VCUSD board has chosen to appoint Ruscal Cayangyang by a vote of 3-1. Only trustee Ubalde called for the board to place Hazel Wilson back on the dais. Ubalde cited Wilson’s experience and the need for a female perspective. Trustee Worel countered with the need to have a non “old person” on the board. Worel also heavily emphasized the need to respect the election results which place. Cayangyang next in line after the withdrawl of Richard Porter. His position was met with agreement by board president Ward “Ace” Stewart. Trustee Mommsen had few comments, but cast his vote for Cayangyang. After what has been a bumpy ride, it looks like Trustee Cayangyang is ready to roll up his sleeves.”  For photos see:

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Solano Greens Endorse Ruscal Cayangyang for Vallejo School Board

RuscalThe Green Party of Solano County is pleased to announce our endorsement of Ruscal Cayangyang for Vallejo City Unified School District School Board. A questionnaire was sent to all School Board candidates and those who submitted a response by the following meeting were considered for endorsement.

We believe that Ruscal Cayangyang will bring needed changes, increased transparency and fiscal prudence to our School Board government.

Find out more at:

campaign website:

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Visions of the Wild Festival: September 3-6, 2014

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Visions of the Wild Festival will be held in Vallejo, CA from September 3-6, 2014. It will include art shows, speakers, films, music, and field trips. The goal is to connect diverse urban communities to the wildness of nature around them.

The festival is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, and many other agencies and organizations.


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