Solano Greens

The Green Party of Solano County California


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Town Hall Meeting on Phillips 66 Expansion, Wed (9/13/17), 6:30pm

     COME OUT, BE INFORMED AND MOBILIZE TO:
     STOP Rodeo Phillips 66 Expansion
     STOP Vallejo VMT Orcem Cement Plant and corporate polluters

Do you want to see supertankers bringing in 130,000 barrels  of Canadian tar sands every day into the Phillips 66 Refinery?  This expansion will more than triple the number of tankers allowed per year.  A Phillips 66 spill last year sent 100 area residents to the hospital.  This expansion threatens public health, as well as the water quality of the Bay.

Speakers:
Andres Soto – Communities for a Better Environment
Greg Karras – Senior Scientist, Communities for a Better Environment
LaDonna Williams, Ruscal Cayangyang – Vallejo School Board Trustee
And more!
Food will be provided!

WHEN
Wednesday, Sept 13, 6:30 PM
WHERE
Norman King Center, 545 Magazine St., Vallejo CA (map)

San Francisco Baykeeper, Friends of the Earth, Communities for a Better Environment, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Sierra Club have already submitted public comments that you can read here [PDF]

For more information contact: stopphillips66@gmail.com

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Solano Greens Endorse Gayle McLaughlin for Lt. Governor of California

The Green Party of Solano County is proud to endorse our local hero, Gayle McLaughlin, in her campaign for Lt. Governor in 2018.  Gayle will be running as No Party Preference in this race, but she has been a member of the Green Party for more than a decade and continues to literally embody the Green Party’s 10 Key Values (i.e., community-based economics in her support for worker cooperatives) and has helped make them a reality for her constituents in the City of Richmond.

Gayle was a Green during her time on the Richmond City Council and later as Mayor, and in part, because she was a Green, she was unencumbered by some of the limitations of her Democratic colleagues.  For example, as Mayor, Gayle was able to start the first ever lawsuit against Chevron by the City of Richmond for damages from the 2012 refinery fire, in part because as a Green, she took no corporate donations from Chevron.  Consequently, despite decades of violations, until a Mayor who could refuse corporate donations came along, Richmond residents were effectively held hostage to the abuses of Chevron by the large campaign contributions it could levy to forestall any significant legal consequences by elected officials.

Another example was Gayle’s response to the Occupy Movement — after the Obama Administration bailed-out Wall St. banks, instead of American homeowners — in which she never brought the power of the police state down to bear on Occupy Richmond.  In fact, she marched with them.  In contrast, nearly all Democrat mayors across the nation used the police to crush the movement and destroy their property, including Oakland’s Jean Quan, who was considered a progressive.  Members of Occupy (and in NY, reporters, as well) were widely brutalized by police to silence their totally non-violent display of public outrage.

These two small examples are among the many many cases of Gayle’s critically important progressive leadership, along with the Richmond Progressive Alliance, while serving the people of Richmond over the past decade.

Gayle McLaughlin for Lt. Governor
http://gayleforcalifornia.org/

MOYERS & COMPANY
Facing Down Corporate Election Greed
November 7, 2014
http://billmoyers.com/episode/facing-corporate-greed/

Democracy Now
Chevron to Pay $2 Million for 2012 Refinery Fire in Richmond, CA; 200 Arrested at Protest
August 06, 2013
https://www.democracynow.org/2013/8/6/chevron_to_pay_2_million_for

The Nation
Meet the Mayor Who’s Using Eminent Domain to Fight Foreclosure
By Laura Flanders, November 20, 2013
https://www.thenation.com/article/meet-mayor-whos-using-eminent-domain-fight-foreclosure/

The Washington Post
Richmond’s rules: Why one California town is keeping Wall Street up at night
By Lydia DePillis October 5, 2013
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/10/05/richmonds-rules-why-one-california-town-is-keeping-wall-street-up-at-night/?utm_term=.bea3599ee71e


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Stop the Cement Plant – City Hall Meetings on May 30th and June 1st

No_OrcemThe next step in stopping a cement plant in our community in Vallejo will be the City Council Hearings on Tuesday, May 30th, and Thursday, June 1st. Arrive early to get a seat. Doors open 4:00 pm.

The VMT/Orcem project is not a done deal:
City Hall officially opposes VMT/Orcem project

Planning Commission Vote 6:1 to Deny Project
http://video.sfexaminer.com/Vallejo-Says-No-To-A-New-Cement-Plant-32085473

Our letter to the editor opposing the plant was published in March.


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Jill Stein Rally in Davis! (Thurs, March 9th, 2017, 7pm)

jillstein-4The Green Party chapters of Sacramento and Yolo County are delighted to welcome Jill Stein to town! Joined by campaign manager David Cobb, she will be addressing critical issues in a rapidly changing political climate and looking at how ordinary people can resist.

Don’t get demoralized – join the fightback alongside the Green Party!

Please see the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/249285225482575/

Thursday March 9th at 7:00 pm

Muir Commons
2222 Muir Woods Pl,
Davis, California 95616


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Richmond renter protections to go into effect on December 30

by Lynda Carson, IndyBay
Dec 14th, 2016 6:30 PM

After a long hard struggle of opposition against the California Apartment Association, landlords, realtors and speculators, the “Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance,” known as Measure L, was passed by the voters on November 8. Renter protection ballot measures were passed by the voters in three Bay Area cities on November 8, including Richmond.

The Richmond City Council is expected to certify the results of the November 8 election, that passed Measure L, at it’s December 20, 2016, City Council meeting, and the ordinance will become effective on December 30. The ordinance is expected to protect tens of thousands of renters against landlords involved in price gouging, and eviction-for-profit schemes.

(Full story continued here)

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Richmond voters to decide on rent control in November
By KARINA IOFFEE, East Bay Times
July 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

RICHMOND — The fate of rent control in Richmond will be decided by voters in November after a successful signature-gathering drive by supporters.

The small victory comes after nearly two years of battles, during which the City Council passed a rent control and just cause for eviction ordinance only to rescind it when the California Apartment Association launched a petition drive last fall to repeal it.

Last summer, Richmond became the first California city to pass a rent control measure in 30 years. But the ordinance was quickly suspended after opponents organized the repeal effort, causing confusion among both renters and landlords, many of whom thought rent control was in effect.

Getting the issue on the ballot, already crowded with at least 17 state initiatives, was hailed as a victory by the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which has three members on the City Council; the Alliance of Communities for Community Empowerment (ACCE); and SEIU Local 1021.

(Full story continued here)


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The Recount: What You Need to Know

Below are a few common questions that voters have about Jill Stein’s recount effort – see: http://www.jill2016.com/recountfaq

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Why are you really doing this?

Despite the many rumors swirling on the Internet, Jill Stein genuinely believes in the power of grassroots democracy. Independently funded candidates like Jill Stein cannot stand a chance if our electoral system is rigged in favor of establishment, corporate-funded candidates. The evidence so far shows it is easy to hack many voting machines being used in elections.

In Michigan, 87,810 voters cast a ballot, but did not cast a vote for president. That compares to 49,840 no-votes for president in 2012. The high number begs investigation.

The DRE voting machines used in Wisconsin were banned in California after discovering their vulnerability to hacking and malicious programming because of inadequate security features.

Aside from conducting a recount, we advocate Ranked Choice Voting and federal campaign financing, just a few solutions put forth by the Green Party in its six-point plan for grassroots democracy. The Green Party Platform calls for “publicly-owned, open source voting equipment and deploy it across the nation to ensure high national standards, performance, transparency and accountability; use verifiable paper ballots; and institute mandatory automatic random precinct recounts to ensure a high level of accuracy in election results.”

This is the first-ever attempt to demand recounts in multiple states following a presidential election.

How are donations used?

The money raised for Recount 2016 can only be used for recount purposes. That money sits inside of a separate account created just for the recount initiative. It cannot mingle with the Stein/Baraka campaign’s general funds, per the Federal Election Commission’s rules. Because the state of Wisconsin increased the amount needed to file for a recount, it is unlikely money will be left over after all recounts.

How will you use surplus funds?

If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.

Why do recounts matter?

Well, here’s the impact of the 2004 recount:

The 2004 Green Party presidential campaign of David Cobb and Pat LaMarche led investigations and demanded recounts in Ohio and New Mexico in the wake of widespread complaints about disqualification and obstruction of legitimate voters. The complaints came mostly from majority-black precincts and college campuses, and included allegations of tampering with computer voting machines on Election Day.

Democrats, led by nominee John Kerry, were silent in response to these complaints. A notable exception was U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who held hearings on the Ohio election theft and published “What Went Wrong in Ohio.” A few local Democrats in Ohio spoke up, but the Green Party ultimately led the charge. Cobb was joined by Libertarian nominee Michael Badnarik, although Greens did most of the recount work. Greens raised the money to file the initial recount and litigated all the issues in court. Democrats and the major media have swept most of this under the rug—especially the role of the Green Party. Greens stood up for clean elections in 2004 and exposed GOP irregularities, while Democrats (who should have learned something from 2000) looked the other way.

Here are additional concrete, tangible results of the 2004 recount efforts:

  1. The investigation uncovered evidence that led to the conviction of two Republican operatives in Cuyahoga County, greater caution in many states regarding computer voting and the decision in some states not to use Diebold machines in future elections.
  2. It helped to accelerate the growth of the “Election Integrity” movement, which is largely responsible for the halt of the proliferation of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines (which is renowned for “Black Box Voting”).
  3. The recount helped to provoke a “top to bottom” review of the California voting systems by then-Secretary of State Debra Bowen. This led to DREs being outlawed in that state.
  4. New Mexico Green Rick Lass helped organize a citizens’ lobbying effort that culminated in that state revamping its voting system: They eliminated all DREs and went to a full paper-ballot system. They instituted mandatory audits. They instituted state-funded recounts in any state races where the reported margin of victory is 0.5% or less.
  5. A group of citizens from Minnesota participated as election observers in the Ohio recount, and were so appalled by their experience that they created Citizens for Election Integrity, a nonpartisan organization advocating for verifiable, transparent and accurate elections across the country. Their searchable database of recount/audit laws is the premiere source of information for anyone attempting to understand this complicated legal landscape.


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Solano Greens Endorsements for the November 8th Election

Federal Offices
President
Jill Stein

State Offices
State Senate, District 3
Mariko Yamada

County Offices
Solano County Supervisor, 2nd Supervisorial District
Dual endorsement: Monica Brown and Mike Ioakimedes

Local Races and Measures
City of Benicia
Mayor
Elizabeth Patterson
City Council
Steve Young

City of Fairfield
Measure P – City of Fairfield Extending Transactions and Use Tax – No

City of Vacaville
City Council
Alfonso Almendariz

City of Vallejo
Mayor
Bob Sampayan

City Council
Robert H. McConnell
Guillermina “Mina” Diaz
Liat F. Meitzenheimer

Vallejo Unified School Board
Marianne Kearney-Brown
Ruscal Cayangyang

State Propositions

(for analysis by the Green Party of Alameda County, see their voter guide PDF)

51 – School Bonds, K-12 and Community College; Limits Developer Fees — No
52 – State Fees on Hospitals, Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds — Yes, with reservations
53 – Revenue Bonds Requiring Statewide Voter Approval — No
54 – Legislature and Legislation, Allows Time to Read Bills — Yes, with reservations
55 – Tax Extension on the Rich, for Education and Healthcare — Yes
56 – Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research — Yes
57 – Sentencing for Non-violent Crimes and Juvenile Criminal Proceedings — Yes
58 – Allows Bilingual Education — Yes
59 – Campaign Finance, Repeal ‘Citizens United’– Yes
60 – Adult Films, Condoms — No position
61 – State Prescription Drug Purchases, Pricing Standards — Yes
62 – End the Death Penalty – Yes, Yes, Yes!
63 – Firearms, Ammunition Sales – No position
64 – Marijuana Legalization — Yes
65 – Carry-Out Bags Measure from the Plastics Industry — No
66 – Speed Up the Death Penalty – No, No, No!
67 – Uphold the Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags — Yes