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SCDP Resolution in Support of USPS Non-Bank Financial Services


WHEREAS, Wall Street-backed predatory payday lenders and related money-card scams are financially devastating millions of low-income working families and retirees, taking from them an average of a full month's hard earned, desperately needed wages each year to pay exorbitant fees and usurious interest; and

WHEREAS, banks and other financial institutions have been abandoning low-income neighborhoods, thereby creating "bank deserts", while failing to offer low-cost financial products that fit the needs of low-income people; and

WHEREAS, the Inspector General of the US Postal Service (USPS) has proposed a plan to stabilize USPS finances by providing the first-ever consistent nationwide alternative to payday lenders at America's 30,000+ post offices and online and, similarly, provide other low-cost basic financial services to empower low-income people who are disproportionately women, minorities, veterans, immigrants, retirees and/or disabled; now, therefore,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sonoma County Democratic Party hereby joins Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other bold leaders, and urges Federal, State and Local Elected Officials and the California Democratic Party to join in support of the Inspector General's proposal that will return over $1 Trillion in excessive fees and interest to low-income people and communities over the next decade while preventing otherwise necessary postal rate hikes, layoffs, service cuts and post office closures as well as potential privatization; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Sonoma County Democratic Party warns against, and urges Federal, State and Local Elected Officials and the California Democratic Party to oppose potential "backdoor privatization" by rejecting partnerships between the USPS and Wall Street banks and related businesses, and rather urges and supports collaboration between the USPS and independent community banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions to benefit low-income people, independent community institutions, and the USPS itself, respectively.     

Resolution adopted by the Sonoma County Democratic Party on June 10, 2014  
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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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