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Greens selected as mayor and vice mayor of Fairfax, California

goddardGreen Party member Renée Goddard has been selected to serve as mayor of Fairfax, California.

Goddard, a member of the Fairfax Town Council since 2013, was appointed by the other members of the council. Fellow Green councilmember John Reed, who served as mayor previously, was selected to be vice mayor.

When she became a councilmember two years ago, Goddard said, “If government is a disgrace which makes you feel ashamed before your children, then it’s time for a change. The Green Party stands for what I stand for, and is willing to look at the larger collage of people’s needs and human rights and drive the necessary steps to accomplish the job.”

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‘Greens in Government’ panel to accompany California Green Party general assembly

p gayle mclaughlinFrom Napa Valley Patch:

Green Party officeholders will appear on a “Greens in Government” discussion panel on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Slack Collective Studios, 964 Pearl St. suite B, in Napa, California.

There are over 130 Green Party officeholders in local government across the country, including 40 in California. Panelists will include Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond – the highest elected Green in California, as well as   Bruce Delgado, Mayor of Marina, Renée Goddard, Fairfax Town Council, and Jesse Townley, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner.

The “Greens in Government” panel is being organized as a part of the Green Party of California General Assembly, which will also take place in Napa on June 22nd and 23rd. The General Assembly consists of Green Party delegates from counties throughout California and is the highest decision-making body within the Green Party of California. Continue Reading

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Marin paper endorses 2 Greens for town council in Fairfax, CA

The Marin Independent Journal has endorsed California Green Party members Larry Bragman and Ryan O’Neil for town council in Fairfax, CA. Fairfax is currently the only town in the US with a Green majority in local government. From the article:

O’Neil grew up in Marin and moved to Fairfax eight years ago to raise his children in the “pleasant peace” he finds in Fairfax. He also is a member of the Green Party. He has served on the town’s Open Space Committee and recently was named to the Planning Commission. Continue Reading

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Cities with multiple Green candidates in 2011 elections

In 2009, Green candidates won 35% of municipal elections that they entered. Given this figure, it’s not hard to see that with more Greens running in more local elections around the country, the Green Party could become America’s third major party in the course of a few election cycles. Here’s a shout-out to cities where Greens are leading the way by running more than one candidate in 2011 elections, roughly arranged by population. Will your town be next?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheri Honkala, Philadelphia Sheriff

Brian Rudnick, Philadelphia City Council District 8

Baltimore, Maryland

Bill Barry, Baltimore City Council District 3

Douglas Armstrong, Baltimore City Council District 14

Tucson, Arizona

Mary DeCamp, Tucson Mayor Continue Reading

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Laura Wells, CA Green for Governor, denied entry to “eco-friendly” debate, plans demonstration

Marnie Glickman of the California Green Party published a note on facebook calling on CA Greens to rally around gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells, who is being denied entry to an Oct. 12th “eco-friendly” debate in San Rafael:

On October 12th, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are invited to participate in an “eco-friendly” debate in San Rafael. Laura Wells, Green candidate for Governor of California, has been excluded.

Democracy requires open debates.  Here’s how you can help.

1) View, download and distribute the 10/12 Open Debates Protest with Laura Wells flyer at http://maringreens.org/2010/10/volunteer-share-the-1012-open-debates-protest-flyer/.

2) Pick up your telephone.  Invite a friend or more to join you at the events in Marin on 10/9 and 10/12.

3) Write a letter to the editor supporting open debates and Laura Wells. http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1488/letter/?letter_KEY=688

4) RSVP and invite people to our Facebook page for the 10/9 Open Debates Brunch with Laura Wells in Fairfax. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152835714744767&ref=ts

5) RSVP and invite people to our Facebook page for the 10/12 Open Debates Protest with Laura Wells in San Rafael.  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116834535041877&ref=mf

6)  Make a donation to the Laura Wells for Governor campaign. www.laurawells.org

7) Check for event updates at our new Marin Greens website. http://www.maringreens.org/

8) Send information about the events to your friends and family by email.

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California Mayor explains plastic bag ban

Larry Bragman, Mayor of Fairfax, CA, worked with fellow Green Party city council representative Lew Tremaine to pass a city ordinance banning the use of plastic carrying bags. In the front page video, Bragman explains what role San Francisco taking this first step had in emboldening the city to protect the environment, and how pointing out the cost to rubbish haulers for carrying these non-biodegradable to the landfill brought the trash haulers to support the ban. Polidoc Productions is responsible for this and many other fine Green Party oriented videos.

To watch a video of Larry Bragman and Lew Tremaine at a Green Party of California press conference, click the article headline.

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