- WHEREAS, current regulations for Medicare Part B state that if you choose not to enroll when you are first eligible at the age of 65, you may permanently increase costs if you decide to enroll later with Part B premiums increasing by 10 percent for each 12 month period you delay enrollment in Part B, andWHEREAS, the regulations regarding enrollment in Medicare Part B are very confusing and there are circumstances when one does not need to sign up immediately upon reaching 65 if for instance that person is working and receives health insurance from his/her employer but these rules depend on the size of the company and are difficult to comprehend leading to many people believing sincerely they do not need to sign up for Medicare Part B and being totally unaware of the stiff financial penalties if they do not, andWHEREAS, many seniors are unaware of these complex rules and make mistaken choices out of ignorance rather than intent and some classes of citizens are even more burdened such as those who have been incarcerated as different complex rules apply to them often leaving them without access to Medicare when they are released and it was clearly the intent of the authors of Medicare to make it available to all seniors in need, andTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party requests that adequate information be provided to all Americans reaching the age of 65 about Medicare Part B and that they be told clearly that they may suffer huge lifelong financial penalties if they do not enroll at the proper time and that the administration provide assistance for understanding such as requiring a written form showing that eligible enrollees have been informed of and understand the consequences of their choices, andBE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that special and adequate relief be available to those citizens who through honest mistakes have missed signing up for Medicare Part B in a timely manner and that these lifetime late penalties be removed from those seniors who are desperately in need of adequate and affordable health care in their sunset years and that notice of this resolution be sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and members of Congress who serve on the committees that oversee the administration of Medicare.
The California Democratic Party passed a series of important resolutions at the CDP Convention on Sunday, May 17.
- Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Make California Work Better for Working Women
- Repealing California's Personal Belief Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations
- Resolution on Fighting Inequality by Expanding Economic Opportunity
- Rebuild California by Making the Commercial Property Tax Code Fair
- Calling for the Republican Party to Stop Blocking Student Loan Debt Relief
- Resolution in Support of Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies
- "I Can't Breathe" - Medical Aid and Transparency in Police Encounters
- California's Senior Bill of Rights
- Calling Upon the Republican Party to Address Climate Change Now
- Resolution in Opposition to Arctic Oil Drilling Permit
Read the resolutions here.
WHEREAS, women make up 50% of the population in Santa Clara County but face significant economic disparities, with an average pay difference that is larger than the national wage gap of $.72 for a man’s dollar, with women holding advanced degrees earning roughly $40,000 less than their male counterparts, and 11% of the County’s female population living in poverty and approximately 33% of the homeless population being women and girls , and
WHEREAS, Santa Clara County was at one point known as the Feminist Capital of the World, with Janet Gray Hayes serving as the first woman elected Mayor of a major US city as part of a San Jose City Council with seven women, (including a female vice-mayor) at the same time as the San Jose Chamber of Commerce was led by a woman; as of August, only two women serve on the eleven member San Jose City Council and only one woman serves on the five member County Board of Supervisors; and
WHEREAS, the percentage of women elected to office at the state level in California has steadily declined, with women holding just two of eight statewide Constitutional offices, 30% of the State Senate seats, and 25% of the State Assembly seats, and no woman has ever served as Governor; and
WHEREAS, women hold only 20% of Congressional seats in the US and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research estimates that it will take 107 years at the current rate of growth for Congress to have an elected representation that matches the gender demographics of our Nation; and
WHEREAS, research shows that women are substantially less likely to self-select or be recruited for elective office, this gender gap in political ambition persists across generations and over time and that qualified female candidates who are equally or more qualified than men are often seen as less qualified or less viable than male candidates; and WHEREAS, research confirms that the presence of more women in a governing body leads to greater transparency and a focus on progressive policies such as closing the funding and achievement gaps in education, closing gaps or loopholes in contraception coverage and affordable health care, closing the wage gap, and removing obstacles that contribute to poverty of women & children; and
WHEREAS, women more fully can represent the needs, experience and perspective of women and can apply a gender lens to policy areas where women and poverty issues have been underrepresented, such as healthcare, transportation, education and the economy, now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee is committed to doubling the number of Democratic women in local elected and appointed office in Santa Clara County by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, through the creation of a Director position on the Executive Board dedicated to working with clubs, Directors and any other interested parties to implement this commitment and to be appointed by the Party Chair, and that this appointment will be made in collaboration with DAWN; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the new Director will also report quarterly on the current status of women both in Santa Clara County public jurisdictions and within the Santa Clara County Democratic Party and lead the compilation and publication of an annual report of the current number and percentage of women in elected office in Santa Clara County and post the report on the Party website and in an electronic communication to all members; and that the new Director will lead this effort by recruiting, training and supporting democratic women seeking public leadership positions in collaboration with the Director of Endorsements and Candidate Recruitment, the Director of Issues, the Director of Political Engagement and DAWN as well as any other interested Party Directors and clubs.
WHEREAS, on October 18, 2011, Santa Clara County instituted a policy not to submit to any detainer requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), effectively separating local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement. This policy promotes equal treatment of everyone in the justice system and prevents a two-tiered system where criminal cases involving immigrants are treated more harshly and denied constitutional protections, giving rise to the notion that immigrants are inherently more dangerous than U.S. citizens;
and WHEREAS, detaining individuals and subjecting them to ICE detention in denial of their constitutional rights and access to rehabilitative programs will not further promote public safety as safeguards already exist in our criminal justice system. The district attorney and judge have ample opportunities to protect public safety by considering charges to be made, bail decisions and sentencing in each case;
and WHEREAS, the Trust Act which is the current state legislation on the issue is only a baseline for policies that could be enacted in other jurisdictions in the state. Santa Clara County already has a more progressive policy that is better tailored to its heavily immigrant population and is in keeping with the county’s previous actions to affirm the separation of county resources from the enforcement of federal civil immigration law;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party supports retaining the current Santa Clara County Detainer Policy that promotes public safety, preserves county resources, and protects the constitutional rights of everyone living in the County of Santa Clara.
WHEREAS, Palo Alto and Mountain View have the second and third highest ridership stations on the Caltrain corridor and currently account for 57% of the average weekday boardings in Santa Clara County; and
WHEREAS, these and other northern Santa Clara County cities, including Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, currently lack representation on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB), which owns and operates Caltrain; and
WHEREAS, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) appoints all three of the PCJPB representatives from Santa Clara County;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party will support permanent representation on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board for the “North County” group of cities, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party will encourage members of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to appoint a representative to the PCJPB from one of these “North County” cities.
WHEREAS, U.S. trade negotiators have crafted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) according to the outdated architecture of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) using a secretive and deeply flawed negotiation process; and
WHEREAS, agreements built according to NAFTA/WTO architecture have caused millions of US. job losses, substantially contributed to dismal growth in real wages, and allow foreign corporations to challenge domestic public interest laws in extra-national tribunals; and
WHEREAS, negotiations for the TPP have given multinational firms undue influence in crafting the agreement while virtually looking out organized labor, human rights advocates, environmental and public health groups, and dangerously ignoring the need for prudent financial regulation; now,
RESOLVED, that the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as currently written, because it dangerously undermines democracy and national sovereignty by expanding the ability of foreign and multinational for-profit corporations to challenge prudent public interest laws of the United States, California, and local governments, including environmental, labor, and financial regulations, through extra-national tribunals;
and, be it further RESOLVED, that the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee publically opposes Trade Promotion Authority (Fast-Track), and encourages the creation of a transparent and inclusive trade negotiation procedure that encourages the creation of alternative policies that will move us toward balanced and responsible “fair trade."
- Affirm Continuing Support of CEQA
- Supporting Fair, Accountable, and Representative University Governance
- Support of Hospitable Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Charter Cities Should Pay Prevailing Wage
- Resolution Supporting Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
- Do Not Repeal the Voting Rights Act
- Condemning Republican Efforts to Promote and Pass Voter ID Laws
- Support of the US Postal Service
- Minimum Wage Workers' Rights
- Close the Corporate Loophole
- Calling of Overturning of Proposition 8 by Supreme Court
- Supporting California's Public Schools and Dispelling the Corporate "Reform" Agenda
- Moratorium on Hydraulc Fracturing
- Support Immigration Reform and Provide Path to Citizenship for New Americans
- Resolution to End Unlawful Drone Strikes, Extrajudicial Executions, and Restrict Domestic Drone Surveillance
- Urging President Obama to Reject the Tar Sands Pipeline
- Resolution to Save Social Security
WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking," is a drilling technique that injects water, sand, and toxic chemicals at high pressure deep into the ground, often traveling horizontally, to extract oil or gas from shale or other dense rock;
WHEREAS, fracking uses large amounts of water, thus reducing its availability for agriculture and other public use; uses chemicals that can contaminate the water supply and can cause cancer; creates wastewater that can bring deep earth contaminants to the surface; releases methane gas that exacerbates climate change and pollutes the air with asthma-causing smog; can induce earthquakes; and continues our dependence on fossil fuels;
WHEREAS, fracking is currently exempt from regulation under the Safe Water Drinking Act and is not yet regulated in California, and as a result the chemicals are treated as trade secrets and locations of fracked wells is not made public;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party supports an immediate moratorium on fracking with such a moratorium to remain in place until (a) legislation, ordinances, and regulations are put in place that guarantee public health and safety, and address the impacts of climate change; (b) immediate testing and disclosure of all sites currently being fracked or that have been fracked in the past; and (c) substitution of renewable energy wherever possible;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Clara County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of California, United States Senators representing California, members of Congress representing any part of Santa Clara County, members of the State Senate and State Assembly representing any part of Santa Clara County, and all members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, asking them to take action.
WHEREAS President Barack Obama has decisively won re-election with the aid of thousands of volunteers nationwide who supported his plan to end the massive tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans enacted under President George W. Bush, while preserving the current tax rates for those earning less than $250,000, and preserving Medicare, Medicaide, and Social Security benefits, and
WHEREAS over 2/3 of voters polled, including over 1/2 of Republicans (most of whom didn't vote for him), support the president's plan, and
WHEREAS "negotiations" are currently underway to avoid the so-called "Fiscal Cliff," which will occur on January 1, 2013 when all tax rates are scheduled to go up for all Americans,
THEREFORE be it now resolved the Santa Clara Democratic Party urges President Obama and the Democratic representatives in Congress who are currently engaged in these negotiations to adhere to the president's original plan and strongly resist any attempts to change or weaken it, or otherwise prevent the wealthiest among us from paying their fair share of taxes, and
THEREFORE be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution shall be delivered to all members of the California Congressional delegation and California's 2 United States Senators.
Adopted by SCCDCC, December 6, 2012
- Resolution of Support for Yosemite Nat’l Park Administrative and Visitor Services Plans
- Resolution Supporting Funding for the University of California Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine
- Stop Outsourcing Government Work
- Buy American
- Religious Tolerance
- Filibuster Reform
- Department of Defense Clean Energy Initiatives
- Rectify Veteran/Military Discharge
- Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates
- Voting Suppression