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October 2017 AADC Newsletter

Auburn Area Democratic Club E-News

Serving Democrats of the Auburn area since 2004              October 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 advance-ing democratic ideals. AADC holds open public meetings on the 1st Thursday evening of each month featuring our “Topics of Community Interest” presentations.
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 the website

Nov. 2nd AADC meeting, 7:00 pm


McClintock Be Gone!
Speaker: Les Francis, Vice Chair and Campaign Manager, Sierra Forward
For more information, contact: Suzanne Eckes-Wahl, Sierra Forward: (916) 316-5407;     Jan Bell, Auburn Area Democratic Club: (530) 305-7226


Sierra Forward is an expression of the renewed spirit to transform and move our Foothill communities forward with the renewed spirit of activism an engagement evident in California’s 4th Congressional District.  From the suburbs of Sacramento, to the small Gold Rush-era towns of the foothills and rural communi-ties in the High Sierra, voters are looking to the critical election of 2018 as an opportunity – to get involved, to register to vote, to listen and learn, to engage, and ultimately to vote for change.
“Many people look at the 4th district and look at previous election results and conclude that it is an impossible dream for Democrats to consider winning,” explains Francis.  He adds, “But – that’s not true.  A recent survey conducted by Sierra Forward shows that there is a viable path to victory over Representative Tom McClintock in the 4th congressional district.”

Francis brings a wealth of political and policy experience to his role as Vice Chair and Campaign Manager of Sierra Forward. He has been a Congressional chief of staff, a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House, Chief of Staff (Carter), and Executive Director of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He has managed and or consulted on campaigns for every office from City Hall to the White House, and literally dozens of ballot measure campaigns in every region of the country.


See complete listing and details of each event at AADC website Events
Thurs. Nov. 2, 7:00 pm, AADC meeting, with speaker Les  Francis, Sierra Forward, discussing the game plan for replacing McClintock in CD04.
Sat.  Nov. 4, 9:00-10:30am, Voter Registration and Outreach Committee meeting, Depoe Bay back room.
Thurs. Dec. 7, 6:45-9:00pm, AADC Holiday Pot Luck dinner. Join us for good food and good companionship!
Wed. Dec. 13, 6:30-9:00pm, Placer County Democrats Holiday Soiree  fundraiser– Randy Peters Event Center, Roseville  Tickets
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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
Dear Reader,  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 me, Scott Johnson Inclusion in your email any bill number and author of the legislation or any links to articles about the legislation;  would be helpful.
See Scott’s blog on the Indivisible AuburnCA FB page.

Resist Trump- LaMalfa Tuesdays:  Beginning Tuesday Sept. 26 we will meet from 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. Read More.
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
Join us on Friday at Bell and Highway 80to put up our banner and wave at the passersby!  If you wish to become involved, please send your contact information; name, phone number and e-mail to Al at:; or text the info to 530-305-8258.

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.

When: November 8th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm 

Place: 11005 Blue Wing Place, South Auburn

Hosts: Stuart Clancy & Mary Helen Fein
      RSVP if possible (OK to leave message): 


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

If you attended our Annual Fundraiser on Oct. 7th or our “Be the Change” Youth Talent Show on Sept 23rd, you know these events were very successful.  Our Fundraiser was enlightening, fun and raised a record amount, and our Youth Talent Show had standing room only and outstanding performances.  AADC plans to do these events again in 2018, but for now, we are shifting our focus to Election 2018 with a full war chest to take on the Republicans!

At our November 2nd meeting Les Francis of Sierra Forward will advise us what Sierra Forward’s survey taught them about how Democrats can win in CD4 against McClintock (McClintock Be Gone!).  We are planning a series of House Parties for the CD1 and CD4 candidates so you will have the opportunity to get to know the candidates in smaller groups with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.  The first of these will be on Nov. 8th for Jessica Holcombe (see announcement by Mary Helen Fein).  Marty Walters House Party is being scheduled and we’re reaching out to Dennis Duncan, also running in CD1, so look for more details in AADC Alerts.  Please attend as many of these House Parties as you can so you can meet each candidate personally.  Next we’ll schedule House Parties for all four CD4 candidates over the next months.  If you are willing to host a House Party in your home for a Congressional candidate, send me an e-mail at
With the holidays nearly upon us, we’re also looking forward to our December 7th Holiday Pot Luck at our new meeting place – the General Gomez Arts & Events Center.  It’s great to have a larger venue for our increased membership and attendance.  Put Dec. 7th on your calendar now so you can be sure to join us for an evening of great food, great wine and lively discussions with your fellow progressives!
See you at our meeting on November 2nd!
Jan Bell, AADC President 2017-2018 and AD5 Delegate to CDP (530) 887-1083

Editor’s Corner

Join our Activism Agenda!
In addition to our usual activities in bringing speakers of common interest to our club, voter registration and outreach and encouraging and supporting Dem candidates, AADC is becoming involved in a growing number of progressive activities on several fronts. One which looms large on our horizon involves the environment at the local level. Our new AADC Local Advocacy Committee, led by AADC member Leslie Warren, joins our years-long efforts by our Jack Sanchez with SARSAS in environmental activism at the local level.  If you are interested in participating in these local environmental efforts, contact Leslie or Jack.
At the state level we are beginning the process leading to electing a new governor, and environ-ment should play a large role in our selection. For an analysis of the issue by the Sierra Club of California, see the article by Kathryn Phillips below.
Watch this space for other activism efforts on other fronts as they develop.  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

California Democratic Party 

Pre-endorsement process:
AADC to have Eight Delegates to the California Democratic Party’s Pre-Endorsement Conference in January
The California Democratic Party provides a path for Democratic Clubs around the state to have input into the 2018 candidate endorsement process.  For every 20 members in good standing in an Assembly District, a Democratic Club can have one delegate to the Pre-Endorsement Conference in January.  Given AADC’s roster of members in good standing and our geography (we have members in 3 Assembly Districts), we will have seven CDP Delegates to this Conference as follows:
Assembly District 1: Three Delegates
    – Leslie Warren, AADC Local Advocates Committee Chair
    – Scott Johnson, AADC Member and activist
    – Daniella Zimmerman, AADC Member and activist
Assembly District 5: Three Delegates
    – Dave Deckman, AADC Vice President
    – Laura Newby, AADC Secretary
    – Stu Clancy, AADC Treasurer
Assembly District 6: One Delegate, to be determined
    – Sunny Carraway, ex officio, AADC club rep to PCDP
Currently we’re taking a vote on the Bylaw changes which provide for this Delegate selection and to obtain initial feedback for these Delegates on the CD1 and CD4 candidates, at this point in time, our members feel are the strongest to win against Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock.
If you are a current AADC member, you should have received an e-mail Alert Sunday with a link to vote on the Bylaws and provide input on the candidates.  If you didn’t receive this Alert, your membership dues may not be current.  Contact Roke Whitson, AADC Membership Chair, at to clarify your membership status.
Jan Bell, Auburn Area Democratic Club President & AD5 Delegate to CDP


Our major events for the fall, our voter outreach efforts at local fairs, our brand-new “Be the Change”  youth talent show and our annual fundraiser gala, “How Cali-fornia Can Lead the Nation,” are tucked away, and we are looking at future events.


The next event will be our AADC Holiday Pot Luck dinner, which we hold at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center.  No formal business, just good food and good fellowship!  To sign up and volunteer to bring a dish, please check out our Perfect Potluck website.


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 event, we would be pleased to consider it, especially if you would like to head it up.


We always need help with our various events.  Join us on the Events Committee!

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

The Voter Registration Committee will meet on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 am at Depoe Bay Coffee Company Back Room.  We will discuss ongoing and projected  activities:
*  Sierra College Voter Registration and class room presentations for the Spring 2018 semester.
*  Planning a training session for participants in the Progressive Neighborhood Project.
*  Planning a combined Latino-Parent and Youth Out-reach event on Saturday, March 11.  On that date the 17th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference and Celebration at U.C. Davis.  The tentative plan is to notify Latino Parents and Youth in the Auburn area about the event and to help get them enrolled and offer free transportation to the event. We are studying transportation mechanisms, including club volunteers. A free breakfast and lunch are provided at the conference, which is free.
*  Discussion of any other topics that committee members wish to raise.
Paul W. Comiskey, Voter Outreach Committee Chair, , 916-577-0696

More than 100 people attended the AADC’s 14th Annual Fall Fundraiser Gala on Sunday, October 7, at the General Gomez Arts and Event Center. The event was a financial success, raising over $5000.00. it was also a plain old good time. The Gomez Center is an ideal venue, comfortably accommodating the large crowd, a bar stocked with beer and wine from our own local Pescatore Winery, and an amazing selection of dishes catered by Auburn’s Joe Caribe Caribbean Bistro and Café. Equinox Jazz Ensemble played very cool jazz throughout the afternoon.
We had two well-known speakers, Christine Pelosi, Women’s Caucus Chair of the CA Democratic Party, and Derek Cressman, political reform advocate and author. Derek is an amazingly clear speaker and everyone present learned a lot from his talk. Christine spoke passionately about the issues. Both were very inspiring.
In addition, local candidates took the stage, including Jessica Holcombe and Marty Waters, both District 1 Democratic Candidates for Congress who want to unseat Doug LaMalfa. In addition, Tomas Evangelista, who is a Dreamer, spoke eloquently about the situation of all those young people falling under the cloud of an uncertain future due to DACA.
The AADC’s silent auction is famous for its fabulous prizes in jewelry, artwork, gift certificates and many other items, such as an Apple Gift Card, a Shark Vacuum Cleaner and many generous gifts from local businesses. Over sixty items were donated, and every last thing was sold! This was the source of most of our profits. A big thank you to everyone who donated.
Sincere thanks to all those members and friends who helped with the months of organization and planning. Many more pitched in to help with the work of setting everything up. We appreciate the contributions from Dave and Coco Burns, owners of the Gomez Center, who have been so supportive of AADC’s events. All these contributions of time and energy are deeply appreciated. And finally, a big thank you to everyone who bought a ticket. Your support means that strong Democratic candidates who share our values are going to be elected! 

 Mary Helen Fein, Fundraising Committee chair


Sierra Club:  Gubernatorial Candidate Essentials
Read this astute analysis of characteristics we should be seeking in our gubernatorial candidates.
“…The governor runs the state government of one of the largest economies in the world. It’s a big deal job.
At Sierra Club California, our volunteer leaders and staff have been thinking a lot about what we want to see in the next governor. This is a conversation we started more than a year ago and that has culminated in a short document you can find on our website that outlines the five key characteristics we believe the next governor must possess.
In developing this document, we reflected on the current governor and some of the things we like about him and want to see carried on. But we have also reflected on the things about his approach that we think have impeded success in protecting the environment and public health and the best interests of Californians..”
Kathryn Phillips,Sierra Club California