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Cost of the War in Iraq
The Mendocino Coast
Democratic Club is proud of the fact that our North Coast Congress
Member, Mike Thompson, voted against giving President Bush
the authority to go to war against Iraq. As the ticker
shown above demonstrates, President Bush is spending our tax dollars
at an alarming rate on this war of choice.
As of October 1, President
Bush has spent more than $48 million taxpayer dollars from Mendocino
County residents. Just imagine what $48 million could have funded
right here in Mendocino County!
And the costs keep going
see our fatalities in Iraq,
click here for the Wasthington Post's
Faces of the Fallen.
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Bragg Mill Site
& Parks Map
Fourth District Supervisor
Hammerstrom has won a seat on the Fort Bragg City Council.
Hammerstrom, a Democrat, was the only Fort Bragg council candidate
to receive the Democratic party's endorsement. In Willits two
council candidates won the endorsement -- and both candidates
won their elections. In Ukiah, three council candidates won the
endorsement, but only one of the Ukiah candidates won a council
seat. The endorsements resulted from a review of the candidates'
written statements and participation in face-to-face interviews
with the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, a body
of Mendocino County Democrats. To see more, go to their web site,
endorsed candidates are permitted to have their material distributed
at party headquarters.
to Doug Hammerstrom and everyone who supported his candidacy.
- Our Heritage,
Coast Democratic Club
entry in Paul Bunyan Parade
Mill Site planning,etc
Top Ten List
Top Ten George
W. Bush Complaints About "Fahrenheit 9/11":
That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing.
9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election.
Too many of them fancy college-boy words.
If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included
the part where I get him deported.
Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes
and gives people the finger.
Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true.
Not sure -- I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in
Where the hell was Spider-man?
Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth.
I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball.
read more, go to MichaelMoore.com
votes to scale back powers of John Ashcroft
Republicans block limits
Member Mike Thompson joined 219 of his House collegues in voting
to limit the powers of Attorney General John Ashcroft and of the
federal government from searching library and bookstore records.
But intense pressure from President Bush and Republican leaders
"persuaded" 10 Republicans who initially supported the
amendment to switch their votes, causing the measure to fail on
a tie vote.
All but two of California's Democratic members of the House joined
Thompson in voting to repeal these invasive record-searching powers.
All of California's Republican members of the House sided with
President Bush and supported the authority of John Ashcroft to
require libraries, booksellers and others to release information
about the reading habits of people under government investigation
using a lesser standard of probable cause than is required under
a normal criminal investigation.
a majority of House members voted in favor of the measure, Republican
leaders in the House extended the time allowed to vote by an additional
20 minutes beyond the 15 minutes traditionally alloted for a roll-call
the end, 10 Republicans switched their votes from "yes"
and the amendment failed to pass on a vote of 210 to 210.
July 9, 2004
Longtime local attorney David Nelson has been appointed to Mendocino
County's Superior Court. As one of seven county judges, many are
pointing to Nelson's appointment as one of the most significant
Mendocino County actions by Gray Davis during his tenure as governor
is well-liked and highly respected. Even the Press Democrat has
noted Nelson's "quiet and gracious demeanor." Nelson
has been a true friend to virtually every active Democrat in Mendocino
County, where he has served as a member of the Mendocino County
Democratic Central Committee from 1978 until 2003.
Mendocino Coast Democratic Club says "Congratulations, David!"
This represents a refreshing new day for all of us in Mendocino
investiture as Mendocino County Superior Court Judge was held
on November 6, 2003.
Time for Energy Independence
Now is a good time to think about ways of maintaining our independence
as Americans. The founding fathers sought independence from foreign
rule. Today we have different needs and conditions. The United
States is the most powerful nation in the world, and yet we are
dangerously dependent on foreign oil.
is more and more news and research emerging lately that confirms
that there may be only a few decades of oil supplies remaining.
Sometime soon, in our lifetime or in those of our children or
grandchildren, we will run out of fossil fuel sources. We know
this is a finite resource, and yet as a nation we have not confronted
the consequences of continuing in this direction. Our economy,
even food supplies, would grind to a halt without the oil that
powers nearly everything we do. The clock is ticking, and we have
no plan for the energy infrastructure transition that surely must
take place, maybe sooner than we think. Will it be expensive to
make this shift? Perhaps, but ultimately it will cost much more
if we do nothing.
we can see the harmful effects of this petroleum dependence: air
pollution, global warming and climate change, erosion of our national
security. We are at war in Iraq, which at a fundamental level
is related to our need to protect the flow of oil to our country,
while as a matter of national policy we are neglecting to change
our habits of guzzling the stuff. How far are we willing to go
in this oil addiction? If we are to change, first we have to face
and acknowledge our predicament.
the Bush Administration and Republican-led Congress have refused
to join the vast majority of world scientific opinion on the impacts
of greenhouse gas emissions on global warming and climate change,
refusing to sign on to the Kyoto agreements that would address
this problem. Instead, their energy policy is to build many more
coal-fired power plants, to add more incentives for the nuclear
power industry, and to continue on the path of oil dependence.
Clearly these approaches are a step backward.
good news is that we have the tools to lessen our dependence and
the damaging impacts of an oil economy. Starting with energy conservation
and efficiency, and continuing with clean, renewable sources of
energy such as solar (a technology developed by the U.S. space
program), wind, and hydropower, we can effectively generate more
domestic energy supplies while reducing use of petroleum. The
technology exists, and over the past 30 years or so American scientists
and manufacturers have continued to improve these technologies
and make them more cost effective. By shifting public incentives
and private investments away from fossil fuels and into efficiency
and renewables, this emerging industry can grow and we all can
reap the benefits.
is needed to transform public policy and set an example for all
Americans. The Democratic party has provided leadership on this
front. President Carter installed solar panels on The White House
and signed solar energy tax credits into law (both removed by
President Reagan). The Clinton Administration reinsituted the
credits, participated in drafting the Kyoto accords, and promoted
sustainable technologies of all kinds. The positions and platforms
of the California Democratic Party, its Environmental Caucus,
and the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee have long
emphasized the energy solutions discussed here. John Kerry has
long held a “20-20” energy policy—20 percent renewables
by the year 2020 while creating the new jobs to get it done.
country is great in so many ways, yet imperfect and vulnerable.
We can and must do better. We have a great tradition of American
ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to help us. One way we can
love our country and preserve our liberty is to support the transition
to clean, renewable, domestic sources of energy. On November 2,
we have an opportunity to choose this path.
Orth is a member of the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee,
from the Third Supervisorial District. A lifelong Democrat, Janet
has worked in the renewable energy and transportation planning
fields for the past ten years, while living in an energy-efficient,
passive solar home for over 20 years.
Swing State Campaign
Democrats enjoyed positive experiences in Nevada, a swing state
targeted by the Mendocino Coast Democratic Club. Club members
Roslyn and Bruce Moore campaigned in Reno, where they helped to
register 86 voters between August 19 and August 21. To see their
full story, click
For the first time in a generation there are now more Democrats
than Republicans registered in Nevada.
In addition to registering voters, Mendocino Coast Democrats phoned
Nevada voters in support of John Kerry and John Edwards.
out the web site of the
"www.CoastDemos.org" to a friend!
November 8, 2005
Join us calling local Democrats
Coast Democratic Club is joining forces with teachers, nurses
and others in the labor movement to call local Democrats to help
defeat the initiatives on Governor Schwarzennegger's special election.
information on the propositions, and an explanation of our procedures
will be provided. Join us to inform people of the importance of
defeating these harmful propositions.
banks start at 5:30 and run to 8:30pm. Dinner is included. We
need volunteers on October 4, 5, 17, 18 and 26th. To help, call
Ann Menna at 964-5352 or Pat Karch at 937-0334.
Defeat the Special Interests:
Prop 73 could force young women to choose dangerous, back-alley
Prop 74 makes it difficult to find and retain good teachers because
it limits job security.
Prop 75 silences the voices of workers like teachers, nurses &
big corporations with all the political power.
Prop 76 allows the governor to break his promises twice in one
year - once when he line-item vetos classroom budgets, and again
in the middle of the school year.
Prop 77 is a grab for power, plain and simple. Heartless corporations
want Republican Judges to create additional Republican seats in
Congress & the State Legislature.
Prop 78 is written by the Drug Companies to confuse voters - all
part of the campaign by
Drug Companies to defeat Prop 79.
Prop 79, written by consumers, will provide steep drug discounts
for seniors, families and small business. Why should Californian's
pay more than Canadians for the same drugs?
Prop 80 will prevent energy companies from defrauding and gouging
consumers the way they did in 2000 and 2001.
Coast Democratic Club
120 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg CA
Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Meeting, 6:30 - 7 pm
State Senator Wes Chesbro, 7pm
For more info, email MCDC@mcn.org
or call 937-5925.
slashes environmental funding
and President Bush both offer the same failed policies. Both demand
drastic sacrifices from working families and students - while
zealously protecting millionaires and special interests. Both
choose to cut education and health care ...instead of closing
corporate tax loopholes.
time for a new direction. Go to:
up for California
A web site launched
by Treasurer Phil Angelides.
check out Angelides.com
Mendocino County Returns
Humboldt County Returns
how Republican pollster Frank Luntz
sees the 2004 election results,
and how he advises Republicans
to frame issues. Click
read how Luntz advises Republican politicians
to market the Republican party's
environtmental policies, go
Democratic Voter Registration
Drive Increases Local Majority
voter registration drive was a huge success. Not only did we register
hundreds of new voters, but we have boosted the Democratic majority
here on the coast to an all-time high.
Fifth District: In November 2000, we Democrats made
up 48.6% of voters in the Fifth Supervisorial District. In November
2004, we are 49.3%, an increase of .7 percent. In November
2000, Republicans made up 24.3% of Fifth District voters. In November
2004, Republicans are just 20.6%, a decrease of 3.7%.
Fourth District: In November
2000, we Democrats made up 50.7% of voters in the Fourth Supervisorial
District. In November 2004, we are 50.9%, an increase of .2%.
In November 2000, Republicans made up 23.7 percent of Fourth District
voters. In November 2004, Republicans are just 21.7%, a decrease
Bragg: In November 2000, we Democrats made up 50.9%
of voters in Fort Bragg city limits. In November 2004, we are
51.4% of Fort Bragg voters, an increase of .5%. In November
2000, Republicans made up 22.6% of Fort Bragg voters. In November
2004, Republicans are just 21.6%, a decrease of 1%.
Berg secure funding
to repair the Pudding Creek Trestle is now secured and repairs
to the historic bridge is slated to begin in August of 2005. State
Senator Wes Chesbro and State Assembly Member Patty Berg both
worked to secure the funds from Chesbro's voter-approved 2002
Pudding Creek Trestle is literally a bridge connecting Fort Bragg
and McKerricher State Park," said Fort Bragg Councilmember
Dan Gjerde. When the trestle is reopened to bicyclists and pedestrians,
Gjerde added, "McKerricher's coastline will become accessible
from Glass Beach, the former Mill Site and the rest of Fort Bragg
- opening up access to a coast which was largely innaccessible
from our town."
Senator Chesbro, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, announced
the state budget includes $1.94 million for the trestle's restoration.
State Parks has already hired a contractor and expects to have
a ground-breaking ceremony to initiate repairs to the trestle
in October of 2005.
Simply a Strategy
years ago, the people of our community, in Mendocino, responded
to a call from Reagan's Department of the Interior for final hearings
before offshore oil leases, from San Franciso north to the Oregon
border, would be sold. Our congressional district, ONE THIRD OF
THE CALIFORNIA COAST, was up for grabs! In Mendocino, we signed
up over 1,400 people to testify, were successful in stalling the
sale, made it a major campaign issue in that and the following
presidential elections and got temporary congressional and presidential
A second term of G.W. Bush is frightening for many reasons --
but for me, one of the most disturbing is what he will do to our
environment and our ocean in particular -- with no political consequences
to concern him. After all, Bush can't run for office again.
I have watched with increasing alarm the confluence of many circumstances
which point towards DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS OFF OUR COAST. This
time, it won’t matter how many hearings we go attend, or
how we kick and scream and protest. This time it will be rammed
down our throats. Don't forget, if they don't like the potential
outcome of public input -- they just change the rules, by executive
order, so there is no public input!
Consider these facts:
1. War and the occupation of Iraq -- its cost in blood -- over
1000 of our people killed and many thousands of Iraqis killed
and money spent. ($200 billion)
2. The increasing price of gasoline in California and throughout
the country. I've noticed that in some places in our district,
the price per gallon of regular gas is around $2.36. The price
of a barrel of
oil is now over $50.
3. Oil company and infrastructure company ads on TV are showing
"environmentalists" touting the advances made in science
say will make it possible for mineral, gas & oil extraction
without negative environmental consequenses. (Halliburton, Kerr-McGee,
Chevron, Exxon, British Petroleum, Conoco/Phillips, etc.)
4.Cheney's private energy plan, written in secret with the oil
and gas industry, and no environmentalists input, calls for the
development of more domestic oil including opening up drilling
in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other places in this
5. The Republican Platform says they, “can explore and develop
oil resources here at home with minimal environmental impact...support
energy development in the coastal plain of the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge," which they claim, “has enough to replace
oil imports from Saudi Arabia for nearly 20 years." (questionable,
at best) “strongly support removing unnecessary barriers
to domestic natural gas production .... in new areas, such as
Alaska and the Rocky Mountains; Increasing supply, including the
construction of a new natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the
lower 48.” Bush and their party "strongly oppose the
Kyoto Protocol and similar mandatory carbon emissions controls
that (they say) harm economic growth and destroy American jobs."
These are not threats. These are a promise.
The current strategy towards softening up the people of California
America to domestic development of oil where-ever it may exist
on or off shore remains the probability, if Bush/Cheney are to
have another term.
With a Kerry/Edwards win, we will have an entirely different energy
policy. One of independence in which we conserve energy, create
new jobs by developing products and non-polluting renewable energy.
This is what the world needs. Kerry has been endorsed by the League
of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. He supports the Kyoto
Protocol and is a leader in the national and international effort
to reduce the threat of global warming. He wants to prevent drilling
for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and pledged to
Kerry wants to protect open space and the marine ecosystems, and
has written and co-sponsored legislation banning the dumping of
plastics and other waste off our coasts; fought efforts to drill
in Georges Bank off Massachusetts and off the Florida and California
coasts and sponsored legislation protecting dolphins, porpoises,
seals and other marine mammals.
It is hard for me to believe that ANYONE would vote for George
And yet, the horserace goes back and forth. Somedays, Kerry is
Somedays, Bush is ahead. So when you go to the polls on November
2nd, you must know that you have done EVERYTHING in your power
to get John Kerry elected as our President.
Binah is a Little River resident, a member of Mendocino
County Democratic Central Committee, the California Democratic
Party's Executive Committee, and the Democratic National Committee.
always say they want to have a values debate but lying and spreading
hate were not the values I learned growing up in a small town
in North Carolina where the Bible was the most important book
in my home.
George Bush and Dick Cheney should be appalled by these despicable
commenting on reports that the Republican National Committee sent
campaign mail into West Virginia claiming that the Bible will
be banned if Democrats are elected in November.
for small schools and counties close to passage
Assembly Member Patty
Berg's bills to help small schools and
counties has passed the both houses of the state legislature and
now goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
for his veto or signature.
One bill, AB
1881, allows counties the opportunity to integrate
a number of different state-funded health and human services. Originally
a pilot program in Mendocino, Humboldt and Alameda Counties, Berg's
bill would extend the program expiration from 2004 until 2010 and
allow participation by all 58 California Counties.
The other measure, AB
2706, deals with the state's funding for computers
in the classrooms and sets aside some of the funding for small schools.
Currently, small schools compete with larger schools for grants.
This bill is supported by the Small School Districts Association
and is opposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
more info about Assembly Member Patty Berg and her legislative agenda,
go to her web
seeks regime change, here
Waging a self-funded
campaign, American philanthropist George Soros is attempting to
pursuade voters in 12 swing states to fire President Bush in November's
election. In summary, Soros says:
• President Bush inadvertently played right into the
hands of bin Laden.
war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States.
Bush admits no doubt and does not base his decisions on a careful
weighing of reality.
is a widespread belief that President Bush is making us safe. The
opposite is true.
are many other policies for which the Bush administration can be
criticized but none are as important as Iraq. There is a lot more
to be said on the subject
is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC. He was born in Budapest
in 1930. He survived the Nazi occupation and fled communist Hungary
in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of
Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he accumulated
a large fortune through an international investment fund he founded
and managed. Mr. Soros has been active as a philanthropist since
1979, when he began providing funds to help black students attend
Capetown University in apartheid South Africa. He has established
a network of philanthropic organizations active in more than 50
countries around the world. These organizations are dedicated to
promoting the values of democracy and open society. The foundation
network spends about $450 million annually to promote these goals.
Mr. Soros is the author of eight books including, most recently,
Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War In Iraq.
moves to resolve conflicts over Jackson Demonstration State Forest
to end the conflict between environmental and community advocates
and the State, Senator Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) has introduced
legislation that will address sustainable timber production in Jackson
State Forest. On June 20, the reform legislation passed the Assembly
Natural Resources Committee (7-3), with Fort Bragg Mayor Jere Melo
speaking in opposition to the bill. The legislation has later passed
both houses of the legislature, but on September 16 it was vetoed
by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Humboldt County community where I live and served on the City
Council, is the site of a unique publicly-owned resource called
the Arcata Community Forest. Since 1979, as the result of a local
voter-approved initiative, the city has managed this second growth
forest in a way that balances sustainable production with forest
practices that protect wildlife and environmental resources and
encourage public recreational use.
decades, forestry issues on the North Coast have deeply divided
our communities along stark lines: good vs. bad, new vs. old, logger
vs. environmentalist. But the experience of the Arcata Community
Forest demonstrates that there is another way: people working together
to find sensible solutions. Publicly owned forests provide a unique
opportunity to demonstrate that a new type of forest management
Demonstration State Forest is the largest of California's eight
forests and is also the largest publicly owned forest in the redwood
region between the Bay Area and Humboldt County. When the forest
was created as a public demonstration forest, the management direction
was to achieve maximum sustained production of high quality forest
products. However, after more than 50 years of maximum production,
we need to revisit how the forest is managed in order to minimize
the negative impacts on our fisheries, wildlife and recreational
effort to update the 1947-era management mandate for Jackson forest
is a story about people trying to settle long-standing differences
over how to manage a unique public asset. My bill, SB 1648, is the
vehicle for a compromise between the community, environmentalists
and the timber industry. Not everyone will be pleased with every
provision. However, major concerns have been considered and addressed.
SB 1648 creates a framework for moving forward cooperatively.
I introduced SB 1648, I knew the process would be difficult. However,
my goal has been to make SB 1648 the vehicle for compromise. After
four years of no logging because of lawsuits, we need a balanced
approach for sustainable production that creates jobs and helps
the local economy. In addition, we want forest practices that protect
wildlife and environmental resources and encourage public recreational
use. I believe SB 1648 accomplishes both goals.
the bill does the following:
Implements the 1998 recommendations of the Department of Forestry's
Citizens Advisory Committee.
Continues the important role of research, expanding the current
focus on studying the impacts of harvesting techniques to also include
research on fisheries, watershed restoration and wildlife protection.
Establishes a permanent broadly based advisory committee to facilitate
communication between the public and the California Board of Forestry,
which has overall management decision-making authority and the California
Department of Forestry, which runs the forest on a day to day basis.
Permanently protects the old growth forest remaining at Jackson.
In addition, management must demonstrate how to balance sustained
production of high quality timber products with maintaining and
restoring high quality habitat in a way that provides ample opportunities
for research, recreation, education and public enjoyment.
for specific research purposes, the entire timber program will implement
uneven-aged management, eliminating clear-cutting.
about forest management bring out strong opinions on the North Coast,
and people have not been shy in telling me how Jackson should be
managed. Those views have been central in putting together a new
management mandate that makes sense for the 21st Century. For more
information on the bill please go to SB
Chesbro is the State Senator for the
2nd District - representing all of Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and
Napa Counties as well as a majority of Sonoma County and the Cities
of Vallejo and Benecia.
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You can help your cause or your candidate by writing a letter to
a coast newspaper. To e-mail your letter to the Fort Bragg Advocate-News,
here, to e-mail your letter to the Mendocino Beacon,
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& Gualala Rivers
named Wild and Scenic
Coast Assembly Member Patty Berg (D-Eureka) has secured extra protections
for the Albion and Gualala Rivers. With the passage of AB 1168,
these rivers are now designated by the State of California as "Wild
into law by Gov. Gray Davis in July 2003, AB 1168 was introduced
after an international corporation with ties to Republican office
holders proposed to extract water from the Albion and Gualala rivers
and sell it to the highest bidder.
closely with Berg to protect these rivers was Assembly Member Pat
Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) and Senator Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata).
To view this and other legislation authored by Assembly Member Berg,
just click here.
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