How Catharine Baker won California’s 16th Assembly District race

Catharine Baker California 16th Assembly District representative

In the highly contested 16th Assembly District race between Democrat and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, and political newcomer Republican Catharine Baker, it was expected to be a close election to be decided by a handful of votes. When all precincts reported, Baker trounced her opponent in Contra Costa County by a startling 42,599 to 36,589, while  gaining almost 54% […]

Women in California Politics

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club presents Women in California Politics: What is the Status? With Assembly Member Joan Buchanan discussing the Leadership California Institute’s first-of-its-kind analysis of the status of women in elected office in the state. Information: 925-946-0469 or

Contra Costa Democratic Party faces tough choices


Harmesh Kumar, Brent Trueblood, and Adam Foster have a few things in common. All are active in the Contra Costa Democratic Party and pass the litmus test as liberal “progressives”. More importantly, they are candidates for the three open City Council seats in Concord this November. It is no secret that each of these men feels […]

16th Assembly race is pivotal for California GOP, local Democrats

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At their far from elegant “no host cocktail” inspired election night soiree held at the San Ramon Country Club, Contra Costa Republican Chairwomen Becky Koleberg had reason to be ecstatic.  For the first time in several years, the local GOP actually had something to celebrate. Republican candidate Catharine Baker won a plurality in the highly contested […]

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan on California water issues

Welcome to the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club Posted on October 3, 2011 by srv_admin Assemblymember Joan Buchanan California and Its Water Issues Assemblymember Joan Buchanan Thursday, April 24, 2014   6:15 pm Social Get Together 6:45 pm Dinner 7:15 pm Program Assemblymember Joan Buchanan has researched the background and the current issues affecting water in the state […]

AD 16 Democrat Candidate Forum report

Assembly District 16 Democratic candidate forum

On January 30, 2014 the Lamorinda Democratic Club in conjunction with the Young Democrat Club, hosted the three Democrats vying for the Assmebly seat that will be open because Joan Buchanan is termed out. The following is a summary as I saw it. AD 16 Democrat Candidate Forum Report Steve Glazier 1. Wants transit workers […]

Political musical chairs follows Rep Miller’s retirement

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Nothing less than a grand game of political musical chairs has ensued since Rep.George Miller’s (CA-11) retirement announcement. There is intense speculation and horse trading around who will move up the Democratic Party food chain to obtain higher office. So far in this game of political musical chairs, the tune is still playing. Unfortunately for […]

Miller retirement announcement brings potential successors


No sooner than the George Miller retirement announcement today after 40 years in Congress (CA-11) that potential candidates for Miller’s safe Democratic seat began raising their hands. According to numerous reports, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Concord-CA) has thrown his hat in the ring saying he had always’ planned to run for the seat once Miller […]