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December 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004         December 27, 2017

 AADC Presents:  
 “Topics of Community Interest”

The Auburn Area Democratic Club is an organization dedicated to informing the public on issues of common concern and advanc-ing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring speaker presentations on our “Topics of Community Interest.”
AADC has members from the City of Auburn and its surrounding area, including Colfax, Weimar, Meadow Vista, North Auburn and Newcastle.   Membership is $25 per year.  Democrats can learn more about the Club, subscribe to our AADC monthly newsletter and join by going to our website

Jan. 4th, 2018 meeting, 6:30 pm

General Gomez Arts and Events Center

 “We are the Blue Wave – Election 2018!”
Come and hear
California Gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin  and
California Attorney General candidate andcurrent  CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
Jackie Smith, running against Republican Kevin Kiley in AD6 and
Lex Bufford, running for AD5 against Republican Frank Bigelow.
Refreshments will be served after talks and the business meeting will follow.


See complete listing and details of each event at AADC website Events 
Thurs. Jan 4, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, AADC meeting, “We are the Blue Wave – Election 2018!” General Gomez Arts & Events Center
Sat. Jan 6, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, AADC Voter Registration & Outreach team meeting, Depoe Bay Coffee
Sat. Jan 13, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Launch event – Jackie Smith for CA Assembly at home of Matt and Marina McCauley
Sun. Jan 14, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Auburn House Party for CD1 candidate Marty Walters at the home of Merrill Powers & Dennis Szuszka
Jan 15, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Auburn, General Gomez Arts & Events Center
Sat. Jan 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Women’s MarchSacramento, California State Capital

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
“Pass the Torch”
January 15, 2018 

    a multicultural and multigenerational program of music, poetry and

community voices.
Join us at 9:30 am for coffee and bagels.
  10:00 am- 12:00 pm,   General Gomez Arts and Events Center
808 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Presented by the Auburn Hip Hop Congress and Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee

 Jessica Morse and supporters at
Placer Christmas Food Drive
Hundreds turned out on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8290 Industrial Avenue in Roseville to join Jessica Morse in assembling boxes of food and delivering them to families in need for Christmas.
Jess said, “I felt so proud to spend today with my amazing team of volunteers at Placer Food Bank to deliver food to local families in need. And what a sight to see the extraordinary turnout from #CA04. We showed up because food insecurity remains a challenge across the nation, even in our own communities. We can and must do more as a country. ” #TeamJess
For photos see Jessica’s Face Book page.

We are energized and full of hope after the recent Democratic wins! Our strong Democratic candidate, Marty Walters, is challenging Doug La Malfa, the Republican congressional representative in District 1.
Please come share our excitement by meeting Marty at our house party on Sunday, January 14, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  She will impress you with her down-to-earth solutions that embrace progressive values, while she connects to district locals by speaking their language.
Please join us at 642 Oakhaven Rd, Auburn 95603, for information, fun, snacks and drinks.
Sunday, January 14, 2:00-4:00. 

Thank you very much to my fellow patriot and Congressional candidate, Dennis Duncan, for your endorsement and confidence in our campaign.
I know from personal experience the level of sacrifice involved in running for Congress in our district, and I am delighted and honored to have run alongside you all these months. I look forward to working with you to defeat LaMalfa.
Jessica Holcombe is continuing to travel the vast 1st Congressional district bringing a message of hope. If voters turn out and talk to their friends and neighbors about the all important June 5 primary election we can produce a record voter turnout and attract attention and create excitement about sending a new Representative to Washington DC from the north state
We have good news about our Congressional campaign: we have raised over $70,000!  And, we are looking for volunteers on the campaign: whether you have 1 hour or 30 hours, we have a job for you ranging from research to calling to recruit more volunteers.
Thank you!
Jessica Holcombe

Note:  No candidate endorsements will be made until after the January pre-endorsement caucus.
All candidates are invited to send notices of their events until that time.
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Petitions on web page
Check frequently for current petitions to be signed, both California and national, at our   AADC Petitions web page .

Petitions on Indivisible Auburn web site
Read analyses and take action on pending legislation on Scott Johnson’s Indivisible Auburn Facebook page blog.
Your input makes a difference!
If you hear of any legislation on the local, state or federal level that you would like to have shared with the Indivisible Auburn CA alert subscribers, please forward the information to Scott Johnson, Inclusion  in your email of any bill number and author of the legislation or any links to articles about the legislation would be helpful.
Scott Johnson

 Indivisible Auburn CA will resume its activities on Jan.2, 2018 (see Calendar below)

 Join our Local Advocates team!web site
Want to make a difference in local environmental issues and local politics?
Leslie Warren, Local Advocates Chair


 If you haven’t joined yet or haven’t paid your dues for this fiscal year, now is the time to do so!

Many thanks for keeping AADC strong!
Roke Whitson, Membership Committee Chair

 Time to renew your Club Membership

Don’t forget to keep up your membership. Your annual dues are due each year on JULY 1st, so please fill out the form attached and mail your $25 dues (checks made payable to AADC) to: AADC, P.O. Box 6851, Auburn, CA 95604
or pay on-line at AADC membership.
Your dues support the Club’s advocacy activities  and never obligate you to get more involved than you want to be, although participation is always, welcome! Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at our monthly AADC meetings. For more information, email 

 President’s Message

I hope you and your family are enjoying this holiday season and are ready to celebrate the New Year.  I think we’ll all be glad to put 2017 behind us.
We have wonderful news for our January 4th AADC meeting. California Gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin and CA Insurance Commissioner and CA Attorney General candidate Dave Jones will be joining us to talk about ELECTION 2018!  While the mid-term elections will impact who our US Congress Representatives are – we’ll also be electing new leadership for the State of California.  With big issues pending, like Single Payer for California, we need to make sure We Are the Big Blue Wave!!!  Mark your calendars for January 4th, as we’ll also hear from several Democratic CA Assembly District candidates –   This meeting is free and open to the public, so invite your family and friends.  Click HERE for more details.
Given the potential that Trump may fire Special Counsel Mueller, we need to be prepared to protest.  Here’s the plan: Rallies are planned at both the Sacramento State Capitol (main entrance) and the Auburn Courthouse (main steps).  Rallies will begin hours after the news breaks:
    – If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 pm local time, meet at 5 pm local time that same day at one of these Rally locations; or
  – If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 pm local time, meet at noon the NEXT day at one of these Rally locations.
Prepare protest signs and have a “Go Bag” ready in case you are gone for hours.  Dress warm, it’s California, but it is still winter!
To make our voices heard even more in 2018, register and go to this year’s Women’s March in Sacramento. This March isn’t just for women, it’s for everyone to really show that we will be the BIG BLUE WAVE in June’s Primary election and November’s Mid-term Elections. Date is January 20th, 10 am to 3 pm.  I’ll have a few “Pussy Hats” as free giveaways at our upcoming January meeting.  Click HERE to register for the March.  Free and open to the public – registration is just for planning purposes.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone after this disastrous year, we have much to be thankful for.  I am very thankful for all of you – from the AADC members who were part of the original 2004 launch of AADC to the newest members who joined in December – we WILL make a difference in 2018 because of you.  And I’m very thankful we all live in this beautiful state, that isn’t only majestic for its geography, but also for our citizens who are leading the way for a better California for our kids and grandkids.
Keep resisting.  
Jan Bell, AADC President 2017-2018 and AD5 Delegate to CDP

Editor’s Corner

Much activity at this year’s end,
leading into our critical 2018 election midterm election yearLest something important be lost in our expanding newsletter, I’ll highlight some major activities to keep an eye on now and going forward- read further in this issue for some specifics.
  *  candidate events and activities
  *  upcoming voter registration plans and activities
  *  expansion of our community outreach efforts, in
       several key areas:  voter outreach/GOTV, youth and
       Latino outreach, local environment efforts, growing
       our membership and member involvement
  *  Interfacing with our parent Placer County Democratic
      Club, the umbrella club of our burgeoning Placer
      Dem clubs (presently at 11!)
  *  interacting with our sister clubs and seeking joint
      efforts which help to grow our clout as a county
  *  growing our list of ongoing resistance, lobbying
       and other activism and educational efforts with our
       partner Auburn Indivisibles as well as other “blue”
Look for mentions of these activities in this and every AADC newsletter going forward, as well as special alerts. An active club is a healthy club and a major asset to our community, state and nation!  WE CAN AND WILL MAKE THEM BETTER!
Enjoy the holidays to the fullest, relax and come back invigorated in the new year to continue with renewed energy our ongoing fight!
Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor


The next scheduled event for AADC is the Auburn Chamber of Commerce “Celebrity Chefs” dinner on March 1.  AADC traditionally offers the services of two entrants, who coordinate, cook and serve the club’s entry in the annual C.C. fundraiser.  For all of you chefs out there:  sign up for “Celebrity Chefs.”  It’s a great opportunity to display your culinary talent and meet people in the community, while contributing to a worthy cause.


In the near future we will begin regular meetings of the Events Committee to plan our usual events as well as to consider instituting some new ones.  Our entre into youth events this year with our “Be the Change” youth talent show was so successful that we would like to add it to our regular routine.  If you are interested in participating in this exciting new project, come to the Jan. 4 meeting of the Voter Registration and Outreach Committee, under whose auspices our 2017 event was conceived and initiated.  Leslye Janusz and Barb Withers are this year’s co-chairs of the “Be the Change” event, and Leslye will be at the meeting to initiate discussion about our 2018 talent contest.  Join us to learn about this new and exciting youth event, which we hope will lead to further youth and Latino outreach efforts.


Get in on the ground floor in originating and planning forays into this new area of interest for the club, which we envision will become a major focus of our efforts.

Sunny Carraway,   and       Rosie Wohlfromm,,   Events
       Committee co-chairs         


The Voter Registration and Outreach Committee will meet on Saturday, January 6, 9:00 am at Depoe Bay Coffee Co.  We will talk discuss:
1. Sierra College Voter Engagement: we plan to be there every Tuesday and Wednesday during the spring semester and  will be involved in classrooms and will be promoting candidates.  This needs discussion and participation.
2. Cesar Chavez Latino Leadership Program event at U.C. Davis: We will have flyers ready by the first of January and need to hit the ground running to make this project a success.
3. Progressive Neighborhood Project (see description of this new program below.) We are off to a good start with a very successful project and need to nurture it and grow it.  Please come to the meeting. The next training for the Progressive Neighborhood Project will be on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Depoe Bay Coffee Company.
4. “Be the Change 2018” youth talent show. Leslye Janusz and Barb Withers are our co-chairs for this year’s follow-up to our very successful 2017 inaugural event. Leslye will join us at our Jan. 6th meeting to recruit committee members and begin planning discussions.  If you participated last year and would like to do so again, or if you are interested in joining us this year, don’t miss this opportunity to sign on!
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Registration and Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696
IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Paul Comiskey, our long-time fearless leader of the Voter Registration and Outreach Committee, has decided to step down as chair on June 1, 2018, because of conflicting commitments. 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED AND COMMITTED CANDIDATES to step up to chair (or co-chair) this busy committee!  This is an important  focus for our club.
Progressive  Neighborhood  Project

Interested in connecting with your neighbors who are Democrats?   The effort we have started, a joint project of AADC and Indivisible Auburn, is called the “Progressive Neighborhood Project.”  Paul Comiskey, AADC voter services chairperson, is leading the project. There are monthly meetings the second Saturday at 1:30 at Depoe Bay Coffee in downtown Auburn. 
Volunteers receive lists of households with Democrats and No Party Preference voters in their neighborhoods, and are then asked to contact as many neighbors as they feel comfortable with.  On the initial contact, volunteers introduce themselves and explain that they are neigh-bors who are interested in getting people engaged in the 2018 election, and ask for a commitment to vote in both the June primary and the general election.  Scott Johnson has written a suggested script to use for these initial contacts, which he can send you. 
Does this sound like something you would like to get started with?  If so, please send me the names of streets in your neighborhood which you would like to cover.  You don’t need to do a lot to begin with; it’s always possible to expand your effort later.  I can send you a voter list, and Scott can send you the script.  Please consider coming to the next meeting on January 13th, 1:30 PM, at Depoe Bay.
Roke Whitson,


As you know by now, DREAMers are facing some serious deadlines in the coming weeks and months.  In the weeks to come, California Dreamers will be hosting some phone banks on January 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th from 2pm-6pm.(These are tentative dates and times). They hope to make a big push 2 weeks before the spending bill deadline on the 19th in an effort to make sure that an updated DREAM Act / DACA is passed. We are still working out some details (need to confirm location (HQ?) , and we will need some assistance from some experienced phone bankers).
These young people who have enrolled in the DACA program are tremendous assets to our community. They’ve taken pro-active steps to become fully integrated members of our community. Here is a short clip of the types of work they do to help our community.
Other events like this are in the planning stages. Please let your club members know that we will be asking for volunteers to make some calls in January. Stay tuned for more details.
Yours in solidarity,
Tomas Vera, Chair, Placer County Latino Democratic Club
Dreamers Co-Founder Tomas Evangelista issued the following statement after passage of the continuing resolution:



Wow! How about Alabama? And what does that mean for CD4?
Many factors made Doug Jones’ election possible, but the contribution of concerned citizens stretching from New York to CA CD4 was critical.  People like us, who donated time, money, and enthusiasm to assist Alabamians who were determined that this election would signal the promise of the future; not echo the problems of the past.
That is EXACTLY what Sierra Forward is working towards.  Our single purpose is to unseat Tom McClintock, and make him part of our past. We are working with like-minded individuals and organizations – labor unions, conservation groups, moderates, Indivisibles, progressives and Democrats – creating a united coalition to support (and elect!) the next Democratic nominee for CD4.   Can you contribute so that we can maximize our efforts?
Want some more great news? With the DCCC now recognizing McClintock as vulnerable, people outside our district are signing on to help us knock doors, make phone calls, and ultimately Flip the Fourth!
After five terms in Congress, Tom McClintock is part of the problem, and needs to be a part of the past.
Your Sierra Forward Team