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This website is a work in progress, but we certainly hope you will like and enjoy our efforts. In particular, please Website-Construction1-300x169[1]see who we are, where we are and what we do.

We really hope you come to one of our monthly meetings – no obligation whatsoever.

If you’re interested in what we do, we hope you’ll help the club by paying dues – our annual dues (for a calendar year) are only $20.00.

Our goals include having a lot of fun while educating and informing the citizens of Windsor, California, and the surrounding area. So no, you do not have to live within the Town of Windsor to attend a meeting, or even to become a member.

October 24th Meeting – Helping the Community and Reacting to Emergencies

On October 24, the first night after the Kincade Fire began at the Geysers, the Windsor Democratic Club met to hear from several speakers on the topics of  citizen engagement for fighting climate change, and how to prevent, prepare and react to emergencies.

Cathy Taylor and John Stayton of  SoPEAS (Sonoma Public Education and Advocacy Salon) described their group’s efforts. The group started as a dozen or so friends dedicated to studying and understanding the ballot propositions for the Fall 2016 election. Each week they met at a home of one of the group’s members, heard presentations, and discussed two ballot propositions.

The election results hit the group hard. They decided to take direct action, after doing some strategic planning. They set their purpose as working with friends and neighbors for the short and long-term wellbeing of the Windsor community.

Their first project, in September 2017, was called Butts on Bikes, to get more children biking to the High School, reducing the use of carbon-emitting vehicles. Unfortunately, the teacher who was going to lead the program lost his home in the wildfires of October 2017, and left the area.

So in 2018 they picked the goal of Zero Waste, focusing on the summer concerts on the Town Green, measuring the amount of trash diverted from going to the landfill. Because of SoPEAS monitoring and information, plus an additional bin for recycling, diverted waste went from zero per cent at the beginning of the summer to 60% at the end. (In 2019, the Town supported the project, renamed Wasteless Windsor; the diversion rate increased to 75%.)

The group’s next project is supporting the Windsor Climate Emergency Task, which advises the Town regarding actions to take to combat climate change. SoPEAS is focusing on five actions related to the Town’s climate emergency resolution: 100% electric in private buildings and facilities, the Windsor READI plan (Windsor Resiliency for Emergencies and Disasters Initiative) to address climate change adaptation, clean vehicles, the updating of the bike and pedestrian master plan to encourage walking and bicycling, and an employee commute survey.

Rosa Reynoza, Treasurer of the Windsor Democratic Club and co-chair of the Windsor Wellness Partnership (WWP), announced that the next meeting of the WWP would be on November 7 at 5 pm, at the Bluebird Center. (WWP is one of seven chapters of the Health Action network in the county.)

Rosa made two recommendations for emergencies: Decide on two routes for evacuating, and watch out for false information. She then introduced Dan Widger, of the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management. He discussed preparing for emergencies, and passed out three important flyers: a list of how to sign up for alerts and notifications from PG&E, Nixle, and SoCo Alert; an emergency supply kit checklist for a week-long emergency, including power shutoffs; a a list of items for a personal go bag. For those who had to evacuate from Windsor on Saturday, that last list was particularly helpful.

Local activists to speak on October 24th

On Thursday, October 24th, from 7 to 9 pm, the Windsor Democratic Club will hear two presentations on improving Windsor’s community life.

John Stayton and Cathy Taylor, of Sonoma Political Education and Action Salon (PEAS), will speak on their group’s experiences with Zero Waste stations at the town concerts. They’ll also discuss their transition to help set up a citizens’ advisory group for the climate emergency resolution that the Town Council recently passed, especially with respect to local actions.

Rosa Reynoza will speak on emergency preparedness and resiliency, with special emphasis on recent and future power outages. Rosa is a Windsor volunteer who attends Town Council and other meetings to gather information to share with the rest of the community. She is co-chair of the Windsor Wellness Partnership, whose goals include helping both the mental and physical health of Windsor residents. Stressing over potential emergencies is normal; preparation helps. Rosa will be asking those at the meeting about whether they felt prepared for the most recent electrical outage.

The Windsor Democratic Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month, from January through October, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windsor Round Table Restaurant. Meetings are free and open to the public; pizza is served.

Election of members of the Central Committee of the Sonoma County Democratic Party

It’s not well known, but the members of the Central Committee of the Sonoma County Democratic Party  are elected by County voters – or, to be more specific, by those who get the Democratic Party ballot in the primary election. The 4th District, which encompasses Windsor, elects four of the 23 members of the Central Committee.

Anyone interested in running for those four positions in the upcoming primary – March 3, 2020 – must file between now and Friday, December 6. Filing is done by submitting documents to the Office of the Sonoma County Registrar.  Forms for filing, and for other campaign-related aspects of candidacy, can be found at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Registrar-of-Voters/Forms/ .

Mayor Foppoli discusses Windsor – August 2019

At the August 22, 2019, meeting of the Windsor Democratic Club, Mayor Dominic Foppoli spoke on his life in Windsor, his role as a Town council member and Mayor, and the Town’s accomplishments and challenges.

Foppoli grew up in Windsor. When it incorporated in 1992, he decided he wanted to become mayor. Now he’s looking forward to door-to-door campaigning in 2020 for the first town-wide election for mayor – he really enjoys talking to residents.

Fiscally, Windsor is in good shape, with the highest-rated roads in the county and the lowest crime rate. But very little housing has been built in the past ten years, affordable or otherwise. More than 1,000 units have been approved but not yet built because of rising construction costs.

The Town Council is working on affordable housing, using in lieu monies as leverage for government grants. Town money helped fund the new Veterans Village in Windsor (60 units), and the 16 units being built by Habitat for Humanity. The Town is now considering the Bluebird Center (old location of the Newsong Church), as well as other Town-owned sites, for affordable housing.

Windsor is also taking the lead in environmental issues. The largest floating solar field on West Coast is being built in Windsor. When completed, it will provide clean electrical power to all of the Town’s operations, particularly its wastewater facility, saving money, without any Town investment. And at the last council meeting, the Town became the first city to require that all future residential buildings, both single and multi-unit, be all-electric.

Foppoli said that there were a lot of amazing things that the Town could do, all costing money. He mentioned an aquatic complex ($15 million), a bike/pedestrian overpass for Route 101 (12 million), and a splash pad on the Town Green ($500,000 or more). But it’s not enough to just build these – for example, the aquatic complex would cost the town $500,000 annually to operate. Windsor has the lowest sales tax rate in the county; it’s up to residents to decide if they want to fund Town improvements with higher taxes.

Foppoli defended the plan for a deluxe hotel on the Town Green. He said that the lease of the Town-owned land, plus the transient occupancy tax ($60 per night per occupied room, if rooms go for $500 per night) could fund a new, larger library building, a new multi-jurisdiction administration building, a new location for the police department (with a secured vehicle lot), and a new recreation building in Keiser Park better suited for preschool care.

Foppoli said that being on Council was close to a full-time job. That the Council stipend is only a few hundred dollars per month means that it is rare for someone who works full-time to be on the Council. Foppoli said that if he didn’t have an income stream from his business, he wouldn’t be able to spend the needed time.

Foppoli concluded by saying that Windsor is greatest town in America, and that he wants to raise his (future) kids here.

Supervisor James Gore to speak at Town Hall in Windsor

On Monday night, September 23rd, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, Supervisor James Gore will hold a town hall at the Windsor Grange #410, sponsored by the Windsor Democratic Club. Supervisor Gore will speak on several topics of major interest to Windsor and 4th District residents, including Sonoma County roads and wineries and wine events. Known for his passion and interesting stories about the issues he has dealt with in Sonoma County, Supervisor Gore will explain the problems that we all face and solutions that we must all involve ourselves in.

First elected in November 2014, Supervisor Gore is in his second term. He has been a moving force in dealing with the consequences of the fires which swept through our county in 2017. He organized neighborhoods in his district impacted by the fires into groups led by team captains, who have met to represent the victims and help them navigate their recovery. He has also been a strong proponent of much more housing being built in the county.

The Windsor Grange #410 is located at 9161 Starr Rd in Windsor. The event is free and open to the public. This town hall is in place of the regular (fourth Thursday) meeting of the Windsor Democratic Club.

Mayor Dominic Foppoli to speak to Windsor Dems on the “State of the Town”

On Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windsor Round Table Pizza restaurant, the Windsor Democratic Club will hear from Mayor Dominic Foppoli on the state of the Town of Windsor.

Foppoli was first elected to the town council in November 2014. His current Council term ends in 2022, but he has announced that he will run for mayor (a new, town-wide elected position) in November 2020.

Though his family’s roots run deep in the mountains of Italy and Nicaragua, Foppoli has dedicated his life to building his family’s legacy in Sonoma County. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and government from Dominican University, and an MBA in wine business from Sonoma State University.

Foppoli is co-founder and owner of Foppoli Wines, Benevolo Wines, and Windsor’s own Old Redwood Brewing Company. He is also co-owner of Christopher Creek Winery. Foppoli has been passionately involved in the Active 20-30 Club, a service organization benefiting local children and youth, for more than a decade. He is proud to serve as the youngest councilmember and mayor in the history of Windsor.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

As usual, the meeting is free and open to the public, and pizza will be served.

July 2019 meeting – cancelled

The club’s regular July meeting, scheduled for this coming Thursday, the 25th, is cancelled. Here are some alternatives:

* The Santa Rosa Democratic Club will hold its July meeting on Wednesday, the 24th. Details are here: http://democlub.org/sites/default/files/newsletter/2019-07%20July%20Donkey%20Tale.pdf

* The second set of Democratic presidential debates is on July 30th and 31st. More information is here: https://ballotpedia.org/Democratic_presidential_primary_debate_(July_30-31,_2019)

* The Sonoma County Fair runs from August 1st through the 11th. If you’re going to the fair, consider dropping by the Sonoma County Democratic Party booth, in Grace Pavilion, and saying hello to the volunteers who staff it. You can also take a selfie with (the full-size cutout of) Michelle Obama, or try the (free) game.

WDC at the 2019 County Fair

Every year, the Sonoma County Democratic Party (SCDP) has a booth at the Sonoma County Fair. The booth is staffed by volunteers, and the Windsor Democratic Club has committed to finding volunteers for the first day of the fair, August 1st.

Three volunteers are needed for each of three shifts: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The SCDP handles setup and take-down, so shift volunteers can focus on interacting with voters (or potential voters; volunteering includes voter registration). 

This is a great chance to talk to lots of people who want to see big political changes in 2020. Also, volunteers get a free pass to the fair for the day; that’s an opportunity to check out the rest of the fair, before and/or after a shift.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Rick Massell at rickm@sonic.net , or (707) 838-7107. And feel free to bring a friend as a volunteer, too.

Go Dems!

 

Assembly District 2 Pre-Endorsement Conference

The Windsor Democratic Club is entitled to send five representatives to the Assembly District 2 Pre-Endorsement Conference, to be held the weekend of October 5-6. This conference, and similar conferences in other Assembly districts, is the first step in the California Democratic Party’s endorsement process for 2020 election contests.  (The California state primary is on March 3, 2020.)

Candidates who receive at least 70% of valid votes cast during a Pre-Endorsing Conference will automatically be endorsed by the California Democratic Party, unless challenged. (Challenges require a fair number of signatures from party representatives.)

Representatives for Pre-Endorsement Conferences can vote by mail as well as in person.

(California Assembly District 2 runs for Santa Rosa [parts of] north to the Oregon border.)

The representatives from the Windsor Democratic Club  were  selected at the club’s meeting on Thursday, June 27th, following a call for nominations. The selection was uncontested – no one who wanted to be a delegate was turned away. The five that were voted to be representatives are John Broughton, Julia Donoho, Albert Handelman, Rick Massell, and Rosa Reynoza.

Debate-watching party, June 27th

On Thursday, June 27th, the Windsor Democratic Club will host a debate watch party for the second night of the first set of debates among Democratic presidential candidates. Among the ten candidates participating on the 27th will be Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. (The other six are Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.)

The event will be at the Windsor Round Table Pizza restaurant, as usual, but will start at 6 p.m., when the debate begins. It’s free and open to everyone, and pizza and drinks will be served.

Part of our debate-watching party will be a panel of local political folks, who will participate in an after-debate discussion.  That discussion will begin around 8 p.m., and end around 9 p.m. The panel consists of (alphabetically):

* Esther Lemus, Councilmember, Town of Windsor, and a former member of the Board of the Windsor Unified School District
* Jason Liles, a former chief of staff for State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as a former Healdsburg City Council member
* Alan Ramey, President, Wine Country Young Democrats, and chair of the Fundraising committee of the Sonoma County Democratic Party

The format for the panel involves answering (written) questions from the audience, as well as general thoughts and comments that panel members want to share.