Sep 232012
 
Friends,
The Democratic Club needs stamps.  We are planning to send out letters to 2,875 Decline-to-State voters in Amador County urging them to vote for Jack Uppal for
Congress, President Obama and Senator Feinstein.  If 29 people donated 100 stamps we would have enough to get this mailing to our desired target voters.
The envelopes have already been hand addressed.  We want to have them stamped, stuffed and mailed at about the same time as the Absentee Ballots are sent out on Tuesday, October 9th.  To carry out this goal we need stamps and volunteer envelop stuffers.
We would like you to either drop off your contribution of stamps at our county headquarters at 829 Hwy 49/88, Jackson during our scheduled business hours M-W-Th-Sa from 12-4 or send them to Amador Democrats, PO Box 924, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.  This needs to be done by October 1st.
We are planning on having envelop stuffing parties at our headquarters the first week in October.  If you are willing to spend a couple of hours that week at our headquarters stuffing envelopes, please let me know.  If you have any questions, please call.  More information to follow.
In Unity,
Steve Christensen
 Posted by at 5:10 pm
Jun 292012
 

Jack Uppal
Congressional Candidate for District 4
Visiting Amador County,

July 10th and 11th

Come to one or more of the events we have scheduled to meet and speak with Jack about your concerns and hopes for his candidacy and his role as a congressman for our district! visit his web site at www.jackuppal.com

Tuesday, July 10
2:00-4:00 Meet and Greet at Karmere Winery, 11970 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth
6:30 – 8:30 Town Hall Meeting at Jackson City Hall
Wednesday, July 11
10:30 – 12:00 Coffee at the Amador Democratic Office, 829 Hwy. 49/88 (257-1397)
3:00 – 5:00 Meet and Greet at Pine Grove Community Park, Hwy. 88 in Pine Grove
5:30 – 7:30 Chamber of Commerce Mixer, behind the Pine Grove Community Park ($10)
 Posted by at 1:46 pm
Jun 252012
 

Celebrate the 4th of July with Amador Democrats!!

THIS LAND IS A GOOD LAND, despite the challenges we currently face, so come together with friends to share the good in our country on Independence Day.

Where: Sally Trestrail’s home, 14441 Sutter Highlands Drive, Sutter Creek (see directions below)

When:  12:00 – 3:00, July 4th (when else?)

What: Bring  a dish to share and something to barbecue (if you want).  Iced tea will be available; if you want something else to drink, please bring it.

Please RSVP to Caryl (graycall@volcano.net or 295-2151) by Monday, July 2.

Directions to The Trestrail Home – 14441 Sutter Highlands Drive, Sutter Creek
First, get to Sutter Creek. At the north end of Main Street where 49 turns left (by Thomi’s) you will turn right onto Gopher Flat Road. The SC post office will be on your left. Continue through two stop signs, one in town and one at Sutter Crest, where the road name changes to Shake Ridge. Continue to a third stop sign. Turn left toward Daffodil Hill. Almost immediately, turn right onto Oneto Road. Soon there will be a bank of post office boxes, rural mail boxes and Bee boxes on your left. On the right is a paved road going up the hill. From this point you are nearly a mile from our house. At the top of the hill the road becomes dirt and gravel. Drive carefully, 15 mph is about right. Do not turn off the road to the right or the left but follow the telephone poles. At a sign that says 14236, veer to the left. You are almost there. Our home is the next home on the left. There is plenty of parking just a short distance past our driveway. Note: if you use Google, it will get you here, but it shows us to be beyond where we actually are. There will be signs.

 

 Posted by at 8:21 pm
Apr 252012
 

Marc Boyd working to emerge in race for District 5

By Scott Thomas Anderson
Make no mistake: Marc Boyd wants the people of Amador County to know that there is a Democrat in the race for the 5th Assembly District.
In light of recent appearances by Madera County rancher and supervisor Frank Bigelow, and former state senator Rico Oller, who is running a campaign out of San Andreas, Boyd knows the conversation around District 5’s future has thus-far been dominated by Republicans. However, Boyd thinks he has a message that can resonate.
Boyd is a substitute schoolteacher with a degree in political science and background in working on health care issues in Santa Clara County. From Boyd’s perspective, one of his biggest accomplishments was working with Santa Clara politician Jim Beall, Jr. to address the closing of a hospital in downtown San Jose.
“The hospital was closed by a large corporation,” Boyd remembered. “It sparked a lot of concern and controversy.”
Boyd was a key player in creating the Downtown San Jose Health Care Feasibility Study, which paved the way for the community to keep a medical facility at the location via a parcel tax.
“My findings were on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News,” Boyd said. “We raised $840 million through this parcel tax. Now the community has an acute-care clinic at the site. It showed me what one person can do when they are passionate about something.”
Boyd says that, if elected to the 5th Assembly District, his top priorities would be economic development, education, public safety and environmental protection.
“This district’s economy has been devastated by the downturn,” Boyd observed. “Especially where I live, in Arnold. So many businesses have closed. It seems all our communities are experiencing an economic crisis.”
Boyd says his top priority would be organizing an economic summit for the cities, towns, leaders and chambers of commerce for the entire district, one that would devise a comprehensive strategy for the entire region. Among Boyd’s ideas are “creating a collective web presence” used by the overall district for tourism and commerce.
“It would be a state-of-the-art strategy for the millions of tourist who come up here,” Boyd remarked, adding that he advocates bringing high speed internet to the foothills through the same Digital 395 Plan currently used by Mono County.
As a man who works in classrooms, Boyd is placing a major emphasis on taking a stand in the assembly against any further cuts to education, emphasizing that community colleges are now rationing classes, and may find themselves insolvent if Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative does not pass muster with voters.
“We’re not providing a clear path for our high school graduates to have an affordable education,” Boyd said. “That’s a California I don’t recognize. There was a bill in 2011, ABX 140, that could have raised a billion dollars for education, by closing tax loopholes for out-of-state corporations, and District 5’s current assemblywoman, Kristin Olsen, refused to vote one way or the other on it. I called her office, wanting to know why she didn’t vote on the bill, and the best answer I could get was, she and her staff didn’t have time to read it. That’s when I decided to run.”
Boyd tells potential voters that California’s failures with education tie directly to one of his other stances: public safety. He asserts that the state currently spends $50,000 a year on each inmate it incarcerates, while spending only $8,500 on each student it educates. Therefore, Boyd supports working to find ways to make California’s new AB 109, or criminal realignment, successful. Though AB 109 has become increasingly controversial among law enforcement agencies and victims’ rights organizations, Boyd believes proper funding to the impacted counties could result in lower recidivism rates, and therefore less spending on prisons in the long run.
Asked about the conventional wisdom that a Democrat cannot win in the newly redrawn District 5, Boyd says that his priorities will speak to voters in general.
“Seven out of nine counties in this district voted to keep the environmental protections and regulations that my opponents are always criticizing,” Boyd charged. “The people have already spoken on that, so I don’t think my stance of wanting to protect the environment will hurt me, like some seem to think. The voters of this district want the same things: they want a robust economy, good schools, safe neighborhoods and the environment protected. I also tell people, don’t underestimate me when my heart and soul’s in the fight.”
 Posted by at 7:05 am
Mar 292012
 

Announcement!

The Amador County Democratic Central Committee and Club
have moved into our new office

829 Hwy 49/88
Jackson, CA

Come by Mon, Wed, Sat noon- 6

Register To Vote
Pick up campaign material
Offer yourself for volunteering for the 2012 Election Year
GET INVOLVED!

 Posted by at 1:39 pm
Feb 132012
 
It is time to get ready for the upcoming campaigns.  The Democratic Club of Amador County and the Amador County Democratic Central Committee will be conducting a training session on Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 AM till noon at the Senior Center in Jackson.
Any active Democrat interested in being involved in the upcoming campaign is encourage to attend.
Our Feb. 18 volunteer training will include information on setting timelines and goals, targeting “swing” precincts, recruiting and keeping volunteers, and tips on phoning and walking.

See you there,
Steve Christensen
President, Democratic Club of Amador County
 Posted by at 8:50 pm