MGO Informational and Endorsement Meetings for the June 2018 Election

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Many thanks to all MGO members, community members, and panelists who attended our January meeting that examined OUSD finances and our February/March meeting that examined the issue of homelessness in Oakland. The MGO Executive Board hopes that these meetings were informative and not only provided in-person access to some of the most relevant people working on these topics, but also spoke to the reasons why you joined MGO in the first place – for in-depth discussion of pressing Oakland issues.

The June election is fast approaching, which means it’s already that time of year for MGO endorsement meetings. Because of the sheer number of candidates and measures that will be on the ballot in June, MGO will hold two meetings.

As of April 5th, candidates for races that have not already been mentioned in the listings for April 7th below are being scheduled into the April 21st meeting. There remain limited slots in the April 7th meeting for candidates in the races listed for that meeting below.

Saturday, April 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Informational Meeting #1

  • Short, one-by-one Q&As with candidates or representatives from the following races:
    • California Governor
    • California Lieutenant Governor
    • California Attorney General
    • California Secretary of State
    • Alameda County Board of Education, District 1
    • Oakland Measure D
    • Regional Measure 3
    • Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Seat 11
    • Alameda County Assessor
    • Alameda County Auditor
  • Informational meeting only – no endorsement vote takes place on this date

Saturday, April 21, 1:30-5:00pm (note revised, earlier start time to accommodate more candidates)
Informational Meeting #2 and Endorsement Vote

  • Short, one-by-one Q&As with candidates or representatives from the following races:
    • California Treasurer
    • California Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • California Lieutenant Governor
    • California Board of Equalization, District 2
    • U.S. Senate
    • Alameda County Measure A
    • California State Assembly, District 15
    • Alameda County District Attorney
  • Full endorsement vote for all offices and measures takes place on this date

All meetings will take place at:
Montclair Presbyterian Church
Family Room
5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94611

If you have not renewed your paid MGO membership in the last two years – or if you would like to become a new MGO member – and would like to vote at the endorsement meeting on Saturday, April 21st, MGO bylaws state that you must be a paid member 20 days before the meeting. This date was Sunday, April 1st.

If you have been a paid MGO member within the last two years, you may renew your membership right until the endorsement meeting. Thanks to all of our existing and new members who have already confirmed their memberships!

The MGO member dues schedule is:

  • $30 – one-year dues for one individual
  • $45 – one-year dues for two individuals living at the same address
  • $50 – two-year dues for one individual
  • $75 – two-year dues for two individuals living at same address
  • $20 – two-year dues for students, seniors, or individuals with limited income

Please make your check payable to MGO Democratic Club and forward your dues to:

Steve Statler, Treasurer
MGO Democratic Club
P.O. Box 11622
Oakland, CA 94611

You may also renew online here at our website (, but please note that the dues quoted here are for two-year memberships.

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MGO Holiday Party December 13

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Next MGO General Membership Meeting

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Next MGO General Membership Meeting will take place on September 21st.

If you have questions, contact MGO President Annie Flores,


[ MGO May 18th ] Assemblymember Rob Bonta

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Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Assemblymember Rob Bonta (AD-18) address the future of CA health and other critical programs to our state and county.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Temple Sinai

2808 Summit, Oakland, CA





[ March 16, 2017 ] Navigating the State Senate

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MGO Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 16th, 7pm

Navigating the State Senate – Guest Speaker Nancy Skinner

Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland



CA vs WDC: Keeping the National Executive Branch Under Control

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California vs Washington: Keeping the National Executive Branch Under Control
Thursday, Feb 16th 


HELEN GRIECO |  Northern California Organizer, California Common Cause

Helen Grieco

Helen Grieco joined California Common Cause as an organizer in northern California in 2010.

She works to educate Common Cause activists on issues, advocacy and organizing tactics, recruits new members and organizes Common Cause campus and community groups and young professionals. She also teaches organizing and activism, and runs educational outreach events to address campaign finance reform, government accountability, voting rights/reform, redistricting, media reform, fair elections campaigns, legislation and initiatives.

Helen has two decades of experience as an advocate and spokesperson for social, political and economic justice. She has trained community activists and leaders and is an author and producer of educational media. She was the founder of Our Media Voice, BRAVE People, Defending Ourselves Self-Defense School and SHE Academy. She also is a former executive director of the California National Organization for Women. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University.

December – “The Trump Era Begins: Holding the Line

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Thursday, December 15th
Temple Sinai – Stern Hall
2808 Summit Street – Oakland
“The Trump Era Begins: Holding the Line
with special guest speaker:  PAUL PIERSON, John Gross Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
5:30pm      Doors open
6:00pm     Social hour
7:30pm     Program Begins
8:30pm     Q&A

Professor Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. His most recent books are Off-Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (Yale University Press 2005), co-authored by Jacob Hacker,  Politics in Time: History, Institutions and Social Analysis (Princeton University Press 2004), and  The Transformation of American Politics: Activist Government and the Rise of Conservatism(Princeton University Press 2007), which was co-edited with Theda Skocpol, and Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (Simon and Schuster 2010), also co-authored by Jacob Hacker. Pierson is an active commentator on public affairs, whose writings have recently appeared in such outlets as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
…. more to come