Action Alert: Call Governor to Stop Westlands’ Water Grab

Our Chair, Lynne Standard-Nightengale, received an email with the following article from Restore The Delta. We believe it is important to get the word out, so we are sharing it here:

It is clear from recent media stories that Westlands Water District is aggressively pushing the Newsom Administration to not litigate against the Bernhardt/Trump Water Plan that will significantly increase pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Westlands is now threatening to walk away from the “voluntary agreements” to set flow standards for the Delta.

The problem is the voluntary agreements, from what we understand, will be worse than the Bay-Delta plan approved at the end of 2018. Little water is being allocated for Delta flows during the summer and fall months when Delta waterways are in peril from proliferating Harmful Algal Blooms

Not surprisingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein, as is customary, is working to help Westlands by putting her own pressure on Governor Newsom. It is sort of amazing to see Senator Feinstein collaborating with Secretary Bernhardt of the Department of Interior, with DOI investigations pending, to increase pumping from the estuary.

Here’s what we need to remind Governor Newsom. 

  1. Westlands does not run California water policy, the Newsom Administration does.
  2. Westlands is seeking permanent delivery contracts and extreme pumping from the Delta to continue farming drainage impaired, polluted lands until they can begin selling water transfers – all at the expense of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.
  3. With algal blooms increasing during warm weather every year now, water policies that reduce flows in the Delta are a public health threat to the people who live near the Delta. Cyanobacteria from algal blooms is dangerous for wildlife, pets, small children, drinking water supplies, irrigation for farming, and becomes airborne. Stockton, the Delta’s largest environmental justice community, is already suffering from dangerous surface water problems six months of the year and bad air quality.

Both the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times agreed that Governor Newsom has to decide whether he’s working for all of California or siding with Westlands.

Now it’s time for you to ask the Governor, who is he going to side with?  Big corporate farms from Westlands, all tied to corruption in the Department of Interior and the Trump Administration?  Or with the people he promised to protect with his new and  improved social contract for California – disadvantaged communities, and everyday middleclass people who are the backbone of the state?

And remember, every time the Federal or State government guts another water/species protection law, they make it that much easier to fill a big new Delta tunnel with lots of water.

Here is how you can reach Governor Newsom.  
As always, be polite and respectful.  Represent the Delta well.
By email:
By phone: (916) 445-2841

Thank you for your help.  

Yours in service,

Restore the Delta


Take A Bus To The Women’s March With Us!

It’s that time of year again!  The Sacramento Women’s March is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020 and once again we will have a bus leaving from the Transit Center at Sutter Hill. This year the cost for a ticket will be $30.00/person.

Delta Bus Charter will be the carrier again this year. Please contact Sally Trestrail if you want to go or have any questions –

It may be possible to acquire a second bus if there is enough interest, but for now
there is just one bus with 54 seats. She has the list from last year, but not all the email addresses. If you made arrangements for someone else last year, please forward this information to them.

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Amador Democrat’s County Fair Straw Poll Results

Elizabeth Warren Leads in Amador County

During the July 2019 Amador County Fair, the Amador Democrats ran a straw poll among interested Amadorians to discover their Presidential preferences in the 2020 national election. The question asked was “who do you like today?” The idea was to have people vote their values rather than vote strategically.

Out of 261 votes, Warren received 27% or 71 votes. Kamala Harris was second with 20% or 52 votes. Joe Biden received 41 votes, a 16% share. Pete Buttigieg had 29 votes, an 11% share. Bernie Sanders received 17 votes or 6%. Those with 10 or less votes were Amy Klobuchar (10), Cory Booker (7), Marianne Williamson (6), and Andrew Yang (5). With 3 or less votes were Bill Bennet, Steve Bullock, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, John Hickenlooper, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee, Beto O’Rourke, and Tim Ryan.

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth and took the time to cast a vote and to chat about all things progressive. Also, a sincere thank you to all the Central Committee volunteers and our Motherlode Democratic Club volunteers who manned the booth!

McClintoch Votes Against Disaster Aid for Our District

House Bill H.R. 2157 provides $19.1 billion in emergency relief to help areas impacted by natural disasters in 2018-19 and was passed by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
Tom McClintock, our Congressional District 4 (CD-04) House Representative, stayed consistent with voting no on a bill that would potentially help millions of people. For more information regarding McClintock’s voting history, please visit:
McClintock has a history of voting further to the right of President Trump and a majority of his colleagues. Based on his history, these are just a few questions we would like you to consider:
1. How does McClintock’s voting affect our district?
2. Does he vote according to CD-04’s needs or does he vote according to his ideological views?
3. Considering a large swath of CD-04 includes the Sierra Nevada Mountains/Foothills, how does McClintock represent and support his constituents who live in high risk fire zones?
When it comes to voting for our next House Representative, we should consider candidates who put our community before party and who will support and defend our specific needs, concerns and values.
Congressional District 4 has two declared Democratic candidates, Brynne Kennedy and Sean Frame. Both candidates have visited our county, and more specifically, our Motherlode Democrats Club.
Brynne Kennedy is scheduled to attend our monthly committee meeting on July 1st at 7:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome!

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“Welcome to Foothills Rising, the group formerly known as the Motherlode Organizing Group! We reside in the Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne County region of California’s Motherlode region. We are here to build democracy in a rural conservative region. Presently, in Amador and Calaveras counties, we are in the minority position within a majority rules system, which leads many people to think there is nothing they can do. And, often times, they’re right.”

Check out the link to see what you can do!


Health Care: We believe that health care is a human right.

“It’s clear every Republican prediction about Obamacare was wrong. Just ask the millions of Americans who now have access to health care.”
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

California Democrats believe that health care is a human right not a privilege, yet for too long families have had to make the decision between medicine and food. California Democrats supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has enabled millions of Californians to have quality, affordable care for the first time. And we are fighting Republican efforts to take away health care from Americans.

  • We are holding health insurers and providers accountable for the quality of care and for protecting the privacy of Californians’ health records.
  • We are working to reduce barriers to small business to offer health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, to improve employee health and fuel our economy.
  • California Democrats expanded access to safe family planning options for women in underserved rural areas. We promote health care for women and girls including pre-natal, peri-natal, well-baby care and comprehensive immunization services and full reproductive health services that respects a woman’s right to choose.
  • California Democrats are expanding health coverage for children regardless of their immigration status – because children shouldn’t be a casualty of our nation’s broken immigration system.

Dems Lead: More than 1.4 million previously uninsured Californians obtained health care in 2014 and 2015 through Covered California, created by the Affordable Care Act.