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November 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004         November 28, 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

Dec. 7th AADC Holiday Pot Luck meeting, 6:30 pm

General Gomez Arts and Events Center


See complete listing and details of each event at AADC website Events
Sat. Dec. 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Sierra Forwarddinner and fundraiser,  El Dorado Hills (see article below).

Thurs. Dec. 7, 6:30 – 9:00pm, AADCHoliday Pot Luck dinner. Join us for good food and good companionship!

Wed. Dec. 13, 6:30-9:00pm, Placer County Democrats Holiday Soiree  fundraiserRandy Peters Event Center, Roseville  Tickets

Placer County Democratic Party 

Placer County Democratic Party Holiday Soirée
Wednesday December 13, 2017, 6:30 pm
Randy Peters Event Center
105 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678
Featured Speakers:
Treasurer John Chiang, Candidate for Governor and
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Individual Tickets – $40.00

Hors D’oeuvres & No Host Bar 


The rush of the holiday season is upon us, which means that 2018 is almost here.  Will that be the year we finally bring real change to CA CD4?

We are energized and organized, and excited! In adding Tom McClintock to their list of targeted seats, the DCCC confirmed what our recent survey showed: Tom McClintock can be unseated.  

Please contribute to the effort by joining us at our Holiday Fundraiser, or consider becoming a sustaining member, below.
Sat. Dec. 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Sierra Forward’s Festive Fundraiser. At the home of Matt and Marina McCauley, 100 Rock Lane, El Dorado Hills. $50.00 per person,  Tickets
Hope to see you on December 2nd in El Dorado Hills! 
Your Sierra Forward Team

Several candidate events and fundraisers are being held during the coming month.  For a complete and ongoing update with details visit our AADC web site calendar.
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Holiday Party – Friends of Regina Bateson @ Event Barn at the Flower Farm Tickets
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Dinner Fundraiser for Jessica Morse, CD4 candidate @ The Club at Westpark Clubhouse – in the Cafe  Tickets

Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, CD1 Candidate Marty Walters HOUSE PARTY @ The home of Tom & Jan Bell More info here

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

Resist Trump- LaMalfa Tuesdays
11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Bring issues-related signs.
Meet at the corner of Bell and 49 (park in Target parking lot). Bring your signs that advocate for the causes we want. Signs should be large and easy to read for the cars passing by. Also, bring flags to show that we are also patriots and love our country.  Bring water and wear a hat, if necessary. Do not engage negat-ively with anti-demonstrators. Stay safe and out of the street. Check to see if there is a letter that you can sign that will be given to your MoC on a current piece of legislation. We will have extra signs if you need one.
RATT Pack Resistance Action          Tuesdays and Thursdays
meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2200 Douglas Blvd. in front of Tom McClintock’s Roseville office. NOON to 1pm rain or shine, heat or hurricane!  Join us!!
We are a peaceful group of concerned constituents who inform the passers-by about the illegitimate regime holding our country hostage.  We carry appropriate signs and flags and we hand deliver  letters  to McClintock’s office at least once a week.
For more information email Barb Brass at
 Banners Take a Winter Break
The banners-over-I-80 group is taking a winter break from now until the new year But we ‘ll sleep with one eye open, ready to spring back into action if a political crisis occurs (like the firing of the special prosecutor).
Our plan is to hold a meeting in January to assess the past year, discuss suggestions for the upcoming year, and schedule our return.

If you would like to be part of those discussions, and you are not sure that you are on our e-mail list, please e-mail Al at:

So many people contributed to this effort.  We should give a special shout out to Scott Johnson and Ellen who graciously shared the use of their shop and patio.  Marianne Barisonek and Shirley Ballinger led the group at crucial times.  And there were stalwarts like Tom Faciana, Gary and Carol Bellamy, and Alan Downey who just kept showing up both on Thursdays and Fridays.  Roke Whitson, Pat Ferguson and Sunny Carraway distributed our alerts and posted photos.  But to everyone who stood on over-passes on Fridays, shared ideas, kicked in supplies; THANK YOU!  What better time to find a band of like-minded civilized rabble rousers, right?!

Have a great holiday season;  see you in 2018!
Al Franklin


New members can join at any time, just 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 all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are planning to attend our AADC Holiday Pot Luck on Thursday, December 7th at our new start time of 6:30 pm.  Remember to sign up on our Perfect Potluck web site to bring a dish to share.  AADC will bring Pescatore wine, so bring other beverages if you prefer something different.  This is a fun, festive event when we can all get to know each other better.
We’ve invited Sierra College’s Puente Students and the newly formed Sierra Foothills Young Democrats to join us at our Pot Luck, so come and meet these young motivated progressives!
We have a number of Candidate House Parties and Fundraisers planned in late November and December.  Check the AADC Calendar of Events and plan to attend as many of these House Parties as you can to get to know CD1 and CD4 candidates up close and personal.  We must flip these Districts and send LaMalfa back to his rice fields and McClintock back to Elk Grove!
Jan Bell, AADC President 2017-2018 and AD5 Delegate to CDP (530) 887-1083

Editor’s Corner

Even though our usual activities are winding down for the year, we’re just getting revved up on newer efforts.  A major focus is assisting our local candidates in their quest to unseat the Tea Partiers in CD01 and CD04. A number of house parties are being scheduled in December.  These are excellent opportunities to meet and evaluate our excellent candidates, so check our AADC web site calendar for an updated listing of these events.

Our new Local Advocacy Committee has completed its initial training program and is gearing up to seek qualified candidates to run for several local offices. If you have an interest in protecting our local environment for the next five decades, join our group to make a difference.  See Leslie Warren’s report below and contact her about joining.

It’s time for our  Annual AADC Holiday Pot Luck, which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7th at 6:30 pm at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center.  This is a lovely opportunity to enjoy good food and good fellowship and to socialize and strategize!  This year we are hosting two progressive youth groups, Sierra College Puente group and Sierra Hills Young Democrats.  To sign up and volunteer to bring a dish, please check out our Perfect Potluck website.

With the new year a major focus will be continuing and ramping up our efforts to elect Democrats for our congressional and local offices. Stay tuned for our progress and join us by following the AADC web site  and our Indivisible Face Book page.
If you have an idea you’d like to try to develop into a collaborative project, throw it into the pot.  We can do a lot TOGETHER!
Sunny Carraway, Newsletter Editor


The Events Committee is overworked

and needs help!

The Events Committee is involved in several different types of activities throughout the year. We always need help with our various events. Our activities include the following activities:
1) coordinating setting up Dem  booths for both AADC and PCDP at local fairs and festivals for voter registration and outreach activities.  We recruit Dems to join us in manning the booths. and coordinate meet -the-voters appearances by our local candidates at these events. This year we have had a presence at the Gold Country Fair, the Fall Auburn Home Show and the Mountain Mandarin Festival,
2)  coordinating decorating our “float” entry in the Auburn July 4th parade and arranging for our candidatesand like-minded groups to parade with us.
3) participating (those of us who like to cook) in the annual Auburn Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Celebrity Chefs fundraising event in March.
This year we also partnered with the Voter Registration and Outreach Committee in originating a new endeavor, reaching out to young people.  This event took the form of a youth talent show, with two age groups, 13-18 years and 19-25 years.  Each group vied for first, second and third prizes in the event entitled “Be the Change.
In the past we have participated in the “Auburn Festival of Lights” at Christmas, a dazzling event becoming more technologically sophisticated with time. We would love to be able to put together a competitive float, if we can identify appropriately motivated people to do the design. There should be plenty of help with execution. Give it some thought and e-mail Sunny Carraway ( if you would like to head up this project. It could be really fun!
Our next scheduled event doesn’t occur until March, when we participate in the Auburn Kiwanis “Celebrity Chefs” event. This is a great opportunity to show off your culinary skills as well as meet people in the community.
If you would like to suggest an additional winter or spring  event, we would be pleased to consider it, especially if you would like to head it up.
  Join us on the Events Committee!
Sunny Carraway,   and       Rosie Wohlfromm,,   Events
       Committee co-chairs         


The Voter Registration and Outreach Committee will meet on Saturday, December 2nd at 9 a.m. at Depoe Bay Coffee House. We will plan our activities from now until the Primary Election of June 5, 2018.  We will focus on the following activities:
Sierra College: We will do voter registration, candidate promotions and get out the vote activities starting on Tuesday, January 23 until the close of instruction in May. We will also do classroom presentations. We will be on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 
Progressive Neighborhood Project :  We had a very successful training on Sat., Nov. 11, and we will continue to do trainings every second Saturday at 1:30 pm.  The next training is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 9, 1:30 pm, Depoe Bay.
Latino Youth Outreach Project: We will assist a pilot program of ten youth to attend the Cesar Chavez Leadership Program on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Leslie Moonshine is producing a bi-lingual flyer.  The Cesar Chavez program is held on the U.C. Davis campus and is open to all youth from the 6th grade through community college. It introduces them to the many exciting possibilities of diverse careers they can pursue through higher education.
Please come to this important meeting to plan and to be involved.
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Registration and Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696

 Join our Local Advocates team!web site
Want to make a difference in local environmental issues and local politics?  Consider joining our Local Advocates team by e-mailing our Local Advocates Chair, Leslie Warren, at  Leslie will get you involved!  See AADC web site Local Advocates for who we are and what we do.
Highest priority: We need an Advocacy Committee member to monitor postings for Board, Commission, Committee and Council seats throughout the County and to help up publicize these service opportunities among AADC and other Democratic Clubs.  We need candidates and volunteers to take these seats.
Consider donating to our AADC Local Advocates Fund to provide the dollars we need to hire consultants and lawyers to fight to protect our rural environment here in the foothills.  Click here to become a Local Advocates DONOR.
See complete November update on the AADC web site, Local Advocates.
Leslie Warren, Local Advocates Chair

Sierra Forward is doing something that has never been done before. What makes us so unique? We have created a coalition of activists, community leaders and residents (like you!) from across all of the 10 counties that makeup CA CD4. Together, we are working to ensure that the next Representative we elect cares about the needs of the people who live here – unlike Tom McClintock, who does not.
Please join us at our Holiday Fundraising Party this Saturday to hear more about our plans to unseat Tom “McGridlock.” His resounding “Yes” on the Republican budget plan eased the way for the current “Shift and Shaft” tax scam – which “shifts” the tax burden to the middle class, giving them the “shaft.” .

Meeting the Candidates: 
an impressive  experience 
I am a long-time progressive, but a new activist following the 2016 election. I wasn’t even politically active during the Vietnam protests since I was busy raising seven children. Trump’s election and his subsequent appointments, however, were frightening enough to propel me out of my lethargy.
I am now a proud member of AADC and at their recent meeting where the program was presented by Sierra Forward, I signed up to attend a house party hosted by Peter Kolster and his wife, Kathy. I attended this house party on Saturday, November 18th and it was fantastic. The party was to introduce candidates for both CD1 and CD4, Jessica Holcomb and Jessica Morse.
Both candidates were extremely articulate and left me with the conviction that we have a real chance to “flip” both these districts. I was particularly impressed that they favored a collaborative approach focused on the needs of their districts rather than a blind allegiance to a particular party. Both candidates demonstrated a clear and thorough understanding of the problems facing their districts.

I was so impressed that I not only made a donation, I signed up to volunteer for Jessica Morse’s campaign – a first for me. My thanks to Peter and Kathy for hosting this house party – they made a real difference.

Jill Harper