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SCDP Resolution Opposing the Proposed Rohnert Park Wal-Mart Supercenter

WHEREAS, Wal-Mart has resubmitted an Environmental Impact Report to expand its current store in Rohnert Park by 35,256 square feet (totaling 166,788 square feet) to become a supercenter, which sells both nontaxable groceries and general merchandise, and the impact upon small locally-owned independent businesses, local grocers and unionized national grocery stores that pay decent wages and benefits has been shown to be such that for every supercenter that opens in a county, two local grocery stores will go out of business; and

WHEREAS, Wal-Mart has not only encouraged the off-shoring of manufacturing by relentlessly forcing suppliers to lower costs, and particularly labor costs, by moving production to low-wage, underdeveloped countries such as China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Mexico, but is also one of the worst anti-union employers in America with the result that not one Wal-Mart store has been unionized, and those Wal-Mart workers who attempt to organize experience unlawful surveillance and interrogation and are routinely harassed, threatened, and fired; and   

WHEREAS, it is estimated that Wal-Mart will employ approximately 300 workers at the supercenter paying an average wage of $8.81 an hour, less than half of a living, or self- sufficiency, wage for Sonoma County of $20.51 an hour, and less than 50 percent of those employees will receive health care benefits, and that Wal-Mart employee compensation policies place such a substantial burden on the public sector by their workers having to seek government assistance such as Food Stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers, Medicaid and other state-subsidized health care services in order to make ends meet, that a supercenter with 300 employees will cost the taxpayers nearly $1 million annually.   

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party strongly opposes the proposed expansion of the Rohnert Park Wal-Mart to become a supercenter, and Wal-Martʼs assault on the public sector, local business, labor rights and labor standards; and   BE IT 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to all members of the Rohnert Park Planning Commission and City Council, and to all members of the California State Legislature representing Sonoma County urging them to take appropriate action to safeguard our local workforce and economy, and deny the proposed expansion.     

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on March 11, 2014
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Resolution Urging the United States Congress to Enact a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

WHEREAS, nearly all scientific experts agree on the basics of climate change: that the Earth is warming, humans are causing it, and it’s already harming us and other species; and continuing to burn fossil fuels at recent rates poses far more dangerous and significant risks for our children and grandchildren and will increase the social and economic costs of climate change borne by the citizens of California and the world; and

WHEREAS, a U.S. federal carbon tax would incentivize substantial private investment in clean energy and energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel development, allowing the market to determine which alternative technologies are most effective and reducing global warming emissions and future climate change, while improving public health and increasing prosperity and economic sustainability; and

WHEREAS, such a tax can be implemented relatively quickly and can be designed to allow for efficient collection and a smooth economic transition, to mitigate the economic impact on most Americans, and to maintain the competitiveness of U.S. businesses in international trade, while encouraging other nations to establish their own carbon taxes and rising rapidly enough to reduce emissions as quickly as scientists say is needed to avoid the worst impacts of global warming; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party urges the United States Congress to enact without delay a tax on the CO2 potential of fossil fuels, collected as far upstream in the economy as practical, starting low but rising steadily and predictably, to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. CO2 emissions to 10% of 1990 levels by 2050; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all tax revenue should be returned to households to protect poor and middle income Americans from the impact of rising prices due to the tax, and that the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses should be protected by using border tariffs and tax refunds.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 10, 2014  
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SCDP Resolution Opposing AB 2145 (Bradford)

WHEREAS, the two existing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs in the State (Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power) offer cleaner power at lower rates, and CCA enhances consumer choice, promotes local decision-making, helps achieve environmental goals and greenhouse gas reduction targets, and can bring local economic benefits, and AB 2145 severely limits the prospects for the launch of any future Community Choice programs in the State of California; and

WHEREAS, on April 17, 2014, David Rabbitt, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, wrote a letter on behalf of the Board of Supervisors to Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee expressing the Board’s firm opposition to AB 2145; and

WHEREAS, AB 2145 is pro-monopoly and protects the status quo by returning market power to shareholder-controlled utilities, and is another attempt by utilities after the 2010 defeat of Propositon 16 (despite $46 million spent by utilities) to seriously weaken the feasibility of CCA; now   

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party calls upon the California State Senate to vote no on AB 2145, that we sign on as a central committee to NO on 2145 and that we shall seek the support of central committees throughout the state to defeat this bill; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party submit a California Democratic Party Legislation Submission Form to the Legislation Committee requesting the California Democratic Party to oppose AB 2145, and that we send supporting materials to the committee and that we also send representatives to testify at the Legislation Committee meeting at the Executive Board Meeting, July 11-13, 2014 in Oakland CA.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 10, 2014  
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SCDP Statement on Efren Carrillo

Issued by the Executive Committee of the
Sonoma County Democratic Party, May 1, 2014

Last August, the Sonoma County Democratic Party approved a public statement that said that if the details of the case against Supervisor Efren Carrillo had been portrayed accurately in the press, we believed that his behavior would fail to meet the standard of conduct we expect from our elected officials.

We have heard his side of the story and we have heard testimony from the victim in the case.

By his own admission, Mr. Carrillo went to a woman's residence in the middle of the night, uninvited and in his underwear, in anticipation of having sexual relations with a woman he barely knew. Through the trial, we learned that not one woman, but three, at the residence felt so threatened by his conduct that they armed themselves with knives and summoned police for help.

The facts presented in the press at the time of the incident were factually correct as they were revealed through testimony at trial.

Mr. Carrillo's testimony toward the facts in the case has served to further undermine his credibility as a public official and his credibility as an effective representative of the residents of the Fifth Supervisorial District.

Therefore, the  Sonoma County Democratic Party reaffirms its resolution of August 14, 2013 and calls upon Mr. Carrillo to resign immediately.

To read the August 14, 2013 statement, click here.
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SCDP Resolution Supporting Establishment of a Citizen Review Board

In a resolution approved overwhelmingly on April 8, the Sonoma County Democratic Party’s Central Committee voiced its backing for establishment of a citizen review panel that would have authority to conduct independent investigations of incidents in which the public has complaints about actions of law enforcement officers.
Members of the Democratic Party’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Oversight delivered the text of the resolution on Monday evening to the Community and Law Enforcement Task Force. The 21-member task force, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, is considering ways to improve community confidence in law enforcement, including whether to create an independent process for reviewing complaints about law enforcement.
The Sonoma County Democratic Party has been on record since 2000 as supporting recommendations of the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which called for creation of citizen review boards. Full text of the resolution follows:
Sonoma County Democratic Party Resolution Supporting Establishment of a Citizen Review Board

Whereas, the Sonoma County Democratic Party has historically advocated for the creation of a Citizen Review Board of Sonoma County law enforcement agencies, dating to the recommendations of the May, 2000 fact finding report of the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, which included the establishment of a citizen review board that has never, to date, been established; and

Whereas, the Sonoma County Democratic Party supports the work of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force chartered by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on December 10, 2013, in an effort to begin rebuilding public confidence in local law enforcement, following the fatal shooting, on October 22, 2013, by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy of thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez in unincorporated Sonoma County; 

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party reaffirms that a citizen review board should be established in Sonoma County that would have two functions: the independent review of complaints about, and the monitoring of, law enforcement, and which would include the following elements:
Constitution, administration and staffing
  1. Volunteers should be appointed by elected officials with the makeup of the board reflecting the racial and ethnic diversity of Sonoma County.
  2. Board volunteers should be properly trained with instruction, including a minimum three-hour ride-along with an officer, diversity training, and attendance at a training created by county law enforcement to familiarize board members with law enforcement procedures.
  3. The Board should have a paid staff, which should include, at a minimum, a trained investigator, an administrator, and an administrative support staffer.
  4. The budget and size of the staff should be adequate to support the work of the Board and to keep the workload of volunteer members at a level at which all members of the community may serve, regardless of constraints of full time work, childcare, or study.
  5. Board meetings should be open to the public.
  6. All Board recommendations should be directed to the elected body that created the board. 
Review of complaints
  1. The Board should have the power to conduct independent investigations with subpoena power, the right to interview witness, and access to all investigative materials, including, but not limited to, reports of the coroner and reports by officers on the scenes.
  2. The Board should review all complaints directed to it by the public.
  3. The Board should automatically investigate any officer-involved fatality or firearm discharge.
  4. The Board should automatically investigate any deaths in custody.
  5. The office of the review Board should be in a location separate from any law enforcement agency.
Monitoring of law enforcement
  1. The Board should have the power to review and recommend changes to police policy and procedures, including, but not limited to, community policing, the use of officer activated cameras, the use of tasers, the content and frequency of officer training, appropriate use of force, risk management, and community relations.
  2. The Board should implement the creation of an Early Intervention System (EIS) to track complaints against officers.
  3. The Board should audit the quality of complaint investigations with regard to intake, screening, recording, reporting, investigative effort, and disposition.

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on April 8, 2014  
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