News and Meetings

SV Dems March 25 Virtual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our March meeting and help welcome Supervisor- Elect Rebecca Hermosillo, the first Latina to be elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Norman Gilroy of Mobilize Sonoma also gave updates on the storage of oil tankers in Schellville and plans for Sonoma Developmental Center. Minutes from the meeting can be found here: SVD March 25 2024 Minutes. Our next event will be our Spring Social on Sunday, April 28, 3-5 pm at the Springs Grange Hall. Watch for more details soon!

 

FEB 26 SV Dems CASH MOB for Will Rollins

Many thanks to our speakers and attendees at our February virtual General Meeting. At the meeting, Dr. Mary McDevitt presented  “Medicare: Level the Playing Field” and the majority of members present voted to support the letter to President Biden found at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G9v26sbG9fSTVOMJMgdG_LX9jcZK1wrB8o93pCgeQ9U/viewform?edit_requested=true.

The special guest speaker was Will Rollins, Congressional Candidate for CA-41, one of the most competitive races in the country. Rollins lost the district by only 4.6 points in the 2022 midterm election. His opponent, Republican Ken Calvert, has opposed abortion under any circumstances and has supported anti-LGBTQI legislation. Some of Will’s priorities are infrastructure and the environment. 

The Sonoma Valley Democrats have identified CA 41 as one of the races we want to especially support. Please help us CASH MOB for the Will Rollins campaign by donating to the link posted during the meeting. Taking back the House is a crucial goal for the 2024 elections and CA-41 is a very flippable district! You can donate at:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/willrollins_website_2024?refcode=is-main-link

 

The Healthcare Update for January 2024 by Dr. Mary McDevitt can be read here: Healthcare Update Jan 2024

 

SV Dems January 23 Virtual General Meeting

Thank you to the 41 local voters and candidates who attended the Sonoma Valley Democrats Virtual General Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The featured speakers were the District 1 candidates for the Sonoma County Democratic Party Central Committee. The minutes can be read here: SVD Jan. 23 2024 Minutes

 

The Sonoma Valley Democrats Holiday Party: More than 70 local voters attended the 2023 Sonoma Valley Democrats Holiday Party. Thanks to our volunteers for all their work, the fun ukele band who entertained us, and everyone who was able to bring a donation for our “Happiness is Warm Underwear” Drive to benefit HOMELESS ACTION SONOMA, H.A.S and SONOMA OVERNIGHT SUPPORT, S.O.S.    

 

Nov 27 SV Dems Host Congressional Candidate Will Rollins

There will be crucial Congressional races in California this coming year. At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual General Meeting on Mon., Nov. 27, 6:30 PM to 8 PM we heard from Coby Eiss, Campaign Manager for Will Rollins, the Democratic candidate for California Congressional District 41. Including most of the Palm Springs area, redistricting has made CA-41 one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country.

Speakers also included Dr. Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor Public Health Institute on youth-related cannabis protections, Dr. Mary McDevitt on California’s Single-Payer Bill Launch, and Annie Falandes with an update on Homeless Action Sonoma (H.A.S.)

 

Oct 23 –  Sonoma Developmental Center Panel Discussion

Thank you to our speakers and the more than 70 local voters who were able to attend the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual General Meeting on Mon., Oct. 23. The meeting featured a panel discussion moderated by Teri Shore, Consultant at Environmental Policy and Communications, and Former Advocacy Director at Greenbelt Alliance. The panelists included  Janis Watkins on the SDC EIR lawsuit, Norm Gilroy on the SDC 100 Year Plan, Angela Morgan on the Historic Status, and Teri Shore on SDC Open Space and Grassroots Updates.  The minutes can be read here: SVD Gen Mtg 102323.

 

Sept 25 virtual General Meeting – Our Kids Our Future

At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual Sept. 2023 General Meeting we heard presentations from local environmental activist Teri Shore giving a brief update on Sonoma Developmental Center, and Cynthia King on the proposed ballot initiative for Sonoma County: “Our Kids Our Future,” which will establish a local revenue stream dedicated to supporting our youngest residents https://www.ourkidssonoma.org.  A motion was made and seconded to endorse “Our Kids, Our Future” and the majority of members present voted YES. The full minutes of the Sept. 2023 General Meeting can be read here: SVD Sept 25 2023 Minutes

 

SD-3 Candidates Address July General Meeting

At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual July 2023 General Meeting on Monday, July 24th at 6:30pm, there was an opportunity to meet the Democratic candidates for State Senate District 3 (which includes the City of Sonoma) and ask questions. The candidates at the meeting were: Jackie Elward, Rohnert Park City Councilmember, and Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Vallejo Vice Mayor, and Christopher Cabaldon, Former Mayor of West Sacramento City. The full minutes of the July General Meeting can be read here: SV Dems 072423 MIN

A Safe Firearm Storage Ordinance supported for Sonoma

At our May General meeting, a motion was made to approach Mayor Sandra Lowe and the Sonoma City Council to consider a Safe Firearm Storage Ordinance. The full minutes of the May 22 General Meeting can be read here: SVDems General May 22, 2023

 

SV Dems Support Campaign to Unionize at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual April 2023 General Meeting we heard a presentation about the campaign to unionize at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn from UNITE HERE staff and workers at the Fairmont. Our club members present unanimously voted in favor of a motion to support the efforts to unionize. Click here to read the letter that was sent to Edward Roe, Manager of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, with copies to our elected officials: SVD Fairmont res.

 

Spring Social and Scholarship Fundraiser

More than 50 local voters attended the Sonoma Valley Democrats Spring Social and Scholarship Fundraiser on April 15, 2023. More than $900 was contributed to support our annual Gerald Hill Memorial Scholarships, awarded to two graduating Sonoma Valley High School Seniors. Tremendous thanks to all who were able to attend and to our volunteers organized the event!

 

Assm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Addresses SV Dems March 27th

At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual General Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023, the special speaker was Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, helping to celebrate Women’s History Month. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry represents most of Sonoma Valley in Sacramento.

 

SV Dems Virtual Feb. Meeting with Veronica Napoles

At the Sonoma Valley Democrats virtual General Meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 the special speaker was Veronica Napoles from “wakeUP Sonoma” (https://www.wakeupsonoma.com/) .

 

Facts about Medicare Advantage plans you never saw in the TV ads

Mary McDevitt, M.D., CHAIR, SONOMA/NAPA CHAPTER, PHYSICIANS FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM and also our Club Secretary had her important article about Medicare Advantage published in the Sonoma County Gazette. She also gives regular updates on Healthcare for All and healthcare issues at our General Meetings on the 4th Monday of each month. You can read the article here: https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/medicare-dis-advantage/

 

 SV Dems January Virtual Meeting with Sen. McGuire

Tremendous thanks to the more than 30 people who attended our virtual General Meeting on Jan. 23 and to our State Senator Mike McGuire for speaking, answering our many questions, and fighting for the causes we care so much about! The minutes from the meeting can be found here: SVD Jan 23, 2023 Minutes

 

 

The Sonoma Valley Democrats have voted unanimously to join Healthy California Now. Healthy California Now is a statewide, non-partisan coalition of community, consumer, labor, health, disability, LGBTQ, business, and political organizations committed to building and broadening the movement to guarantee health care for all Californians. There is more information about Healthy CA Now at: https://healthyca.org/