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  • Wednesday, February 09, 2011

    California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

    New Citizens Voter Registration in Alameda County:

    Alameda County Democrats will be conducting voter registration for new citizens outside of the Paramount Theater February 23rd, March 9th, March 23rd, April 13th and April 26th.

    Shifts are from 7:30am-9am or from 10am-noon. Please contact Sharon Ball to RSVP or for more information: sball45050@sbcglobal.net

    Location:
    Paramount Theater
    2025 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 94612


    Some recurring events in the 11th District

    MONDAYS
    Santa Clara County Democratic Club
    Third Monday of each month (except one summer month and December) at a local restaurant. Watch our home page for details and locations. Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Club meetings feature interesting guest speakers informing us on issues and candidates. For more info: e-mail: president@DemocraticClub-SCC.org


    TUESDAYS
    Lunch Series with MGO
    First Tuesday of every month, 12:30 PM
    Ly Luck Restaurant (3537 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

    All interested Democrats in the East Bay are invited to participate in an informal lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. This is a chance for Alameda County Democrats to share the latest gossip, introduce innovative proposals, and discuss politics in an informal setting.

    Come and meet your fellow democrats!

    For more information call Robert Warwick, 339-0348, or email rhwarwick@yahoo.com

    Democrats of Greater Stockton
    Meetings at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at UJ’s Restaurant, 7628 Pacific Ave., Stockton

    Contact: Richard Blackston
    Club Phone: (866) 752-3367
    E-mail: webmaster@stocktondogs.com


    WEDNESDAYS
    Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee
    Meets the first Wednesday of every month (except during election months) at the San Leandro Library, (Dave Karp Room), 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Meetings begin at 7pm.

    Democratic Club of Greater Tracy
    Meetings are held at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of the month on the third floor of the Platinum Conference Center (in the Old Opera House) located at 902 N. Central Avenue, , Tracy, CA 95376.

    Contact: Marvin Rothschild
    E-Mail: marvinrothschild@yahoo.com


    THURSDAYS
    Mix It Up East Bay
    Second Thursday of each month, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Casual cocktails, serious organizers. Mix It Up is a monthly happy hour for young progressive activists, leaders, and professionals in the East Bay. Each month a few young representatives of local organizations speak briefly about their work, with a different theme each month. The short program is usually around 7:15pm. The rest of the time is just mixing it up with friends, meeting new people, maybe having a drink or a bite to eat.

    Shashamane Bar and Grill (with great Ethiopian food)
    2507 Broadway at 25th St. in Uptown Oakland

    Democratic Alliance for Action in Santa Clarita is a local grassroots organization fighting to keep California blue. They meet the fourth Thursday of each month at Vincenzo's Pizza - 24504 1/2 Lyons Avenue, Newhall
    Please Order Food and Schmooze before 7 pm (doors open 5:45 pm).
    Make sure to sign in at the check-in table.

    For more info:

    661-309-4DAA (4322), Michael Kulka, president
    Democratic Alliance for Action PO BOX 802481, Santa Clarita CA 91380-2481


    FRIDAYS
    Drinking Liberally Stockton
    Third Friday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Iguanna Wanna
    7555 Pacific Ave Front of Bar
    Stockton, CA, 95207

    Contact: Joel Carignan
    (209) 351-3397


    San Joaquin Valley Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Institute (SJVCLYLI)
    The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc. (CLYLP) was organized in 1982 with the primary purpose of preparing students to participate in California’s economic, social and political development. CLYLP is guided by the overall theme "California’s Future Leaders," and the leadership training emphasizes the importance of culture, community, college and careers. To date more than 3,400 students have participated in CLYLP programs.

    The San Joaquín Valley Institute (SJVI) was established in 1999 by a CLYLP board member to serve high school seniors and juniors in the Central Valley. In 2005, the SJVI became an official program of the CLYLP and was extended from a one-day to a three-day institute. The three day conference is held at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California.

    If you need more information, please contact the CLYLP by:
    (1) Via e-mail at sjvi@clylp.org
    (2) Forwarding letters of inquiry to the following address:
    Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc.
    P.O. Box 161566
    Sacramento, CA 95816


    NAACP SILICON VALLEY:
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

    Here are some local NAACP branches:

    San Jose NAACP
    304 N.6TH STREET
    San Jose, CA 95112
    408-295-3394

    Fremont-Union City-Newark NAACP
    Union City, CA 94587
    510-471-4109

    South San Mateo Co NAACP
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    415-322-4089

    Stanford University College NAACP Chapter
    418 SANTA TERESA STREET
    Stanford, CA 94305


    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Silicon Valley Chapter

    We come from all 50 states and a wide variety of religious, political and philosophical backgrounds. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

    2310 Homestead Road, Suite 523 Los Altos, California 94024


    Santa Clara County Democratic Club is a progressive organization dedicated to informing voters, encouraging citizen involvement in the political process, and promoting Democratic Party values.

    General Meetings are held every third Monday of each month (except one summer month and December) at a local restaurant. Watch our home page for details and locations. Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Club meetings feature interesting guest speakers informing us on issues and candidates. For more info: e-mail: president@DemocraticClub-SCC.org

    Alameda County Democratic Party: coordinates the party's activities throughout the county, making endorsements, organizing events and directing resources to support local, state and national candidates. Its governing body, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, is charged under state law with overseeing the Party's local activities and campaigns, under the general direction of the California Democratic Party. The Central Committee consists of members elected from each of the county's State Assembly Districts, as well as the Democratic nominees for Congress, State Senate, Assembly, and State Constitutional office.

    The Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month (except during election months) at the San Leandro Library, (Dave Karp Room), 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Meetings begin at 7pm.

    Check out their entire calendar here.

    For more information, Email: info@acdems.org, Phone: 510.537.6390

    Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County:

    The Democratic Party is the party of equal opportunity and access.
    * Democrats believe in providing quality education for everyone who seeks it, ensuring healthcare for all who need it, and protecting services for seniors who deserve it.
    * Democrats advocate for a fair and balanced immigration policy.
    * Democrats want to build and support small businesses and promote diversity in the awarding of government contracts.
    * Democrats believe in fighting for and upholding civil rights.

    In short, the Democratic Party shares the beliefs and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans. For more information, email us at membership@apacaucus.org.
    or call 510-522-7797

    For upcoming events, go here.

    Democratic Club of Greater Tracy:
    As Democrats, we value human dignity, social and environmental justice, equal opportunity and fairness. Working together, we can elect candidates who will embrace those values and make our community a better place for all.

    We hope you will join with us. Here at our website, you’ll discover how you can connect with other Democrats, gather information, and find many different ways to get involved in shaping our future.

    Meetings are held at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of the month on the third floor of the Platinum Conference Center (in the Old Opera House) located at 902 N. Central Avenue, , Tracy, CA 95376.

    Contact: Marvin Rothschild
    E-Mail: marvinrothschild@yahoo.com

    Latina Democrats of San Joaquin County
    Contact: Carmen Fernandez
    (209) 944-0118

    Democrats of Greater Stockton: Meetings at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at UJ’s Restaurant, 7628 Pacific Ave., Stockton

    Contact: Richard Blackston
    Club Phone: (866) 752-3367
    E-mail: webmaster@stocktondogs.com

    Drinking Liberally Stockton
    Third Friday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Iguanna Wanna
    7555 Pacific Ave Front of Bar
    Stockton, CA, 95207

    Contact: Joel Carignan
    (209) 351-3397

    Manteca Democratic Club
    Contact: Bill Perkins
    (209) 239-7650 or perkinsbill@comcast.net

    Greater Lodi Area Democrats:
    Contact: Marcia or Dean Savage
    (209) 368-6493 or marsav@yahoo.com

    Eden Area United Democratic Club
    15069 E. 14th St. Suite B, San Leandro, 94578
    Serves: San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Castro Valley and other unincorporated areas in this region
    Contact: Edith Looney
    edenareaudc@hotmail.com
    www.EdenAreaUDC.com

    Oakland United Democratic Club
    1931 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94106
    Serves: City of Oakland
    Co-chairs: Abel Guillen & Rodney Brooks
    Staff contacts: Carla Woodworth and Alex Boskovich
    carla@tennypress.com
    510-893-3842

    Ohlone United Democratic Club
    4949 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
    Serves: Fremont, Newark and Union City
    Contact: Ryan Belden
    ryanbelden85@gmail.com, 510-938-6079
    www.OhloneAreaUDC.com

    Tri-Valley United Democratic Club
    6777 Dublin Blvd. Dublin, 94568
    Serves: Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton
    Contact: Dean Wallace
    info@tvudc.org, dean.c.wallace@gmail.com
    www.tvudc.org


    BIODIESEL IN THE 11TH DISTRICT:

    I also want to highlight where you can get biodiesel in and around the 11th District.

    BioFuel Oasis Cooperative
    www.biofueloasis.com
    Offers ASTM quality biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from vegetable oil. A woman/worker owned cooperative. "May you never go to a gas station again."
    Phone: (510)665-5509
    1441 Ashby Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    Rotten Robbie, 1304 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA, 95132, 408-259-5535, Offers B20 (good in ANY diesel engine), CASH, CREDIT/ 6AM-11PM

    Western States Oil Company, 1790 S 10th St, San Jose, CA, 95112, 408-292-1041, Offers B99, 7AM-5PM M-F; SIGN PAPERS FIRST

    Rotten Robbie 310 N Whisman Rd, Mountain View, CA, 94043, 650-965-2609, Offers B20 (good in ANY diesel engine), CASH, CREDIT CARDS/ 6AM-10PM

    The Green Station, 136 Gilman Ave, Campbell, CA, 95008, 831-425-9100, Offers B99, TUES, THURS, FRI 4-7 CASH/CHECK


    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Sun Light and Power Co.
    www.sunlightandpower.com
    "The S.F. Bay’s solar experts since 1976." Specializes in the design, installation, and repair of solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar thermal systems.
    Phone: (510)845-2997
    Fax: (510)845-1133
    1035 Folger Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94710-2819

    Back To Earth Organic Catering
    www.organiccatering.com
    "Our delicious cuisine is carefully prepared to compliment the atmosphere of your event using only the highest quality organic, seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients."
    Phone: (510)652-2000
    Fax: (510)217-9707
    P.O. Box 10104
    Berkeley, CA 94709

    Living Tree Community Foods
    www.livingtreecommunity.com
    Freedom Butter--alive, organic almond butter made from California almonds grown by family farmers. Also alive olive oil--unheated, unfiltered, unpressed.
    Phone: (800)260-5534
    Fax: (510)526-9516
    P.O. Box 10082
    Berkeley, CA 94709-5082

    Compassionate Cooks
    www.compassionatecooks.com
    Compassionate Cooks' Vegetarian Cooking DVD entertains and informs with six tantalizing, easy-to-make dishes, packing each segment full of cooking lore, nutrition facts, and shopping tips.
    Phone: (510)531-2665
    P.O. Box 18512
    Oakland, CA 94619

    Numi Tea
    www.numitea.com
    Produces full-leaf, premium quality organic teas and fresh herbs, free of added flavorings.
    Phone: (888)404-NUMI
    Fax: (510)536-6864
    P.O. Box 20420
    Oakland, CA 94620-0420

    Knoll Farms
    www.knollorganics.com
    10-acre family farm committed to sustainability via ecological and biodynamic farming practices, fair treatment of employees, and use of markets within 150 miles of farm.
    Phone: (925)634-5959
    12510 Byron Hwy.
    Brentwood, CA 94513-4233

    Under the Nile
    www.underthenile.com
    A collection of children’s apparel and clothing, diapers, bedding, blankets, toys, and floor mats made from 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Also has gift baskets.
    Phone: (800) 710-1264
    Fax: (408) 935-8572
    1503 N Milpitas Blvd
    Milpitas, CA 95035

    David Dobkin, CFP, AIF, First Affirmative Financial Network
    A "general practitioner" financial planner. Background in cohousing development has contributed to understanding of real estate issues. Especially interested in retirement planning and community investing. Treasurer of Bay Area Social Investment Forum. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (510)549-8275
    Fax: (510)649-1622
    1510E Walnut St.
    Berkeley, CA 94709-1565

    S. Katharine Campbell, North Berkeley Investment Partners
    www.northberkeleyinvestment.com
    Provides comprehensive personal and business financial planning, which provides a context for comprehensive investment management via mutual funds. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (510)528-5820
    900 Colusa Ave.
    #201
    Berkeley, CA 94707

    Linda Jacobs, AIF, RIA, CSA, Cambridge Investment Research
    Financial planning and SRI management. Customized screening and allocation to reflect clients' life, financial, and social goals. Full spectrum of investments and insurance products (life, disability, long-term care). Accredited investment fiduciary. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (510)549-8777
    Fax: (510)649-1622
    1510 Walnut St., Ste. E
    Berkeley, CA 94709-1565

    Haas SRI Fund
    responsiblebusiness.haas.berkeley.edu/HaasSRI...
    The Haas SRI Fund is administered by the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business for the educational benefit and experiential use of its student fund principals.
    Phone: (510)643-7668
    C/O Center for Responsible Business
    545 Student Services Building, #1900
    Berkeley, CA 94720

    Marjorie Bennett, CFA, Aegis Capital Management, Inc.
    www.aegiscapital.com
    Aegis Capital Management, Inc. provides comprehensive financial management for high net worth individuals so you never outlive your wealth. As a NAPFA registered, fee-only manager, we partner with you to implement strategies that lead to long-term financial security.
    Phone: (888)412-3447
    Fax: (510)655-5453

    Blue Sky Shipping
    www.blueskyshipping.com
    Blue Sky Shipping serves the bay area of San Francisco with hauling, freight, and delivery services on trucks powered by 100% Biodiesel. "For every gallon of fuel that we use to ship your product we reduce green house gas emissions by 16 lbs. Call or e-mail us today for a quote!"
    Phone: (415)485-6767
    Fax: (415)485-9282
    P.O. Box 70717
    Point Richmond, CA 94807

    Earth Island Journal
    www.earthisland.org
    "Award-winning reporting from the front lines of environmental journalism." Local news from around the world. Links global survival strategies with the struggle for social justice. $25/year (4 issues).
    Phone: (510)859-9100
    2150 Allston Way
    Ste.460
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    Christine Sculati Grant Writing and Consulting
    www.christinesculati.com
    Supporting nonprofits with integrated and cost-effective tools and communications to help organizations innovate, improve visibility, increase revenue and achieve their goals.
    Fax: (415)358-5726
    P.O. Box 7153
    Berkeley, CA 94707

    Ecology Center Berkeley
    www.ecologycenter.org
    Environmental books and sustainable living products. Promotes education and awareness about environmental issues and low-impact lifestyles. $40 per year membership with discounts.
    Phone: (510)548-2220 x223
    Fax: (510)548-2240
    2530 San Pablo Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94702-2000

    Ecohome Improvement
    www.ecohomeimprovement.com
    Provides materials and advice for ecological and healthy home building and remodeling projects. Carries paints, flooring, kitchen cabinetry, countertops, and more.
    Phone: (510)644-3500
    2619 San Pablo Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    Flooring Alternatives
    www.flooringalternatives.com
    Bamboo, cork, hardwoods (FSC certified), natural linoleum. Nationwide sales and expert product consultation for 8+ years.
    Phone: (877)639-1345
    Fax: (510)528-7960
    764 Gilman St.
    Berkeley, CA 94710

    BioFuel Oasis Cooperative
    www.biofueloasis.com
    Offers ASTM quality biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from vegetable oil. A woman/worker owned cooperative. "May you never go to a gas station again."
    Phone: (510)665-5509
    1441 Ashby Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    GreenerPrinter.com
    www.greenerprinter.com
    High-quality, full color eco-printing on maximum recycled New Leaf papers: gloss, matte, uncoated. Certified Green Business. Vegetable inks, AQ, climate neutral shipping. Clients large and small include: ClifBar, Working Assets, Annie's, Air America, Equal Exchange, Mother Jones. Realtime online pricing at www.greenerprinter.com.
    Phone: (866)978-8547
    Fax: (510)898-0011
    2800 7th St.
    Berkeley, CA 94710


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