The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club’s Thursday, October 24, meeting will feature Justice Mark Simons discussing “How Much Justice Can We Afford?” Justice Mark Simons of the California Court of Appeal will discuss the implications of how the California Court system has been significantly impacted by the economic crisis that began in 2008.
Directly, the court system has seen its funding substantially reduced, requiring the elimination of numerous staff positions and services offered to the public. Indirectly, the judicial system has been affected by the state’s need to dramatically reduce the state prison population.
About Justice Mark Simons
Justice Mark Simons has been an Associate Justice on the First District Court of Appeal (San Francisco) since January 2001, following his appointment by Governor Gray Davis. Prior to that Justice Mark Simons had served on the trial court in Contra Costa County for approximately 20 years. Before his appointment to the trial court in 1980, Justice Mark Simons had served as an attorney with Cooley, Godward in San Francisco and as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa. Justice Simons graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1970 and the University of Michigan in 1967.
State Senator Ellen Corbett
Our second speaker is Ellen Corbett the Senate majority leader who is serving her second term in the State Senate and was elected Senate Majority Leader by her fellow Democrats in 2010. Throughout her career, she has focused on strengthening California’s economy, standing up for consumers and protecting our natural resources while encouraging the growth of our green economy. Among the landmark legislation she has passed are laws to provide students with more information regarding student loan options and risks, give car buyers additional safeguards and protecting homeowners that have suffered during California’s housing crisis.
The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25. The presentation is free. Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk to socialize and have fun.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 21 to Jim Donnelly as the club needs a head count for the dinner. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club’s web site.