Money and Politics: The Dilemma and What To Do About It With Prop 49 and Other Steps!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:45 Dinner (Optional)
Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville, CA
For the past 19 years, Derek Cressman has been a national leader in the fight for fair elections, expanded democracy, and more transparent government. Until June of 2013, Derek Cressman served as Vice President of State Operations for Common Cause, a non-partisan government watchdog organization. He previously held the positions of Western States Regional Director and Assistant Director for Election Reform.
Cressman has worked professionally as a good government advocate since 1995 when he directed the Democracy Program for the Public Interest Research Groups. He has worked to pass and implement California’s Independent Redistricting Commission, enact California’s on-line voter registration system, and filed a successful complaint at the Fair Political Practices Commission that led to an investigation of $11 million that was secretly spent on our elections in 2012. Two organizations linked to the Koch Brothers network received a record fine as a result of Derek’s work.
He has testified before the U.S. Senate, California Assembly and Senate, served as an expert in federal litigation, and authored numerous reports as well as the book, The Recall’s Broken Promise—How Big Money Still Runs California Politics.
In 2001, he served as an international observer for elections in northern Somalia. In 2008, he observed elections in Miami, Florida with the Election Protection network.
Cressman began his career as a community organizer working with students at UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley around environmental issues. He graduated with honors from Williams College with a degree in political science in 1990.
Danville resident Jerome C. Pandell is running in the November 2014 general election to become one of the five elected trustees on the Board of Education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District — home of Jerome’s elementary, middle, and high schools. Jerome currently serves on the University of California Hastings College of the Law Board of Governors as well as a member-at-large of the board of directors of his residential community, the Landmark Oak Homeowners Association. LOCAL SPEAKER
Born in Walnut Creek and raised in Danville, Jerome is a proud product of the San Ramon Valley’s outstanding public schools, from Rancho Romero Elementary School to Stone Valley Middle School to his graduation with high honors from San Ramon Valley High School in 2001. Jerome went on to graduate from Northwestern University in 2005 with honors in political science before returning to California. From 2001 through 2005, Jerome served as an instructor and director of the Stanford University National Forensic Institute, teaching dozens of high school student speech and debate. After graduating from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2008, Jerome began practicing construction law at Pandell Law Firm, Inc., in Walnut Creek.
Time: 6:15 Networking
6:45 Dinner (Optional)
Where: Crow Canon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA
Even if you opt to attend just the meeting, please join us at 6:15 pm to talk about the latest political news or to just socialize and have fun.
Members & Invited Guests: $25
Non-members: $30 ($25 for dinner and $5 requested donation to help offset program costs)
Presentation only: Free ($5 requested donation)
Please email Jim Donnelly that you are coming by Monday, August 25 (we need a ‘head count’ for the dinner). Thank you for your help.
RSVP: To make certain you have a dinner, please RSVP.
Please make checks payable to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526
Or call him at (925) 570-9289