RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE GRANTING OF FAST-TRACK AUTHORITY ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE AGREEMENT
Whereas, past trade agreements have led to immense profits accruing to the top 1% of the nation but seven million lost jobs, the closure of 60,000 factories in the heartland, the destruction of one third of America’s industrial base, enormous deficits on the nation’s Current Account, the sale of one seventh of American-owned assets to foreign owners, and recently a massive trade imbalance of $51.4 billion as reported on May 6, 2015 in the “Ventura County Star” newspaper;
Whereas, the Republican push to grant fast-track authority to President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is opposed by the California Democratic Party (as of 5/17/2015) along with many Democratic Senators, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congress members Nancy Pelosi and Alan Grayson, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Nobel prizewinning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, labor representatives and environmental groups;
Whereas, the granting of fast-track authority would allow the TPP to be negotiated in complete secrecy, with input from corporate lobbyists but not labor or environmental groups, to the detriment of 99% of the nation and would allow foreign entities to challenge environmental and labor laws in international courts which would threaten the sovereignty of the United States;
Therefore, be it resolved that:-
1. The Ventura County Democratic Party shall call on our members of Congress to reject the granting of fast-track authority for the TPP to reflect the legitimate concerns of the California Democratic Party, Democrats, environmentalists, unions, Progressives and constituents who worked so tirelessly to elect them;
2. The Party shall send a copy of this resolution to all members of Congress representing any portion of Ventura County.
Resolution in Opposition to the Current Timeline for Consideration of District Lines for the Oxnard Elementary School Board
WHEREAS the Oxnard Elementary School Board of Trustees has set a timeline for the consideration of district election lines that calls for approval of the map by 06/03/15;
WHEREAS, only 3 opportunities will exist for public comment and no opportunity exists for maps to be submitted by the public;
WHEREAS, the next election for the Oxnard Elementary School Board of Trustees will not take place until November 2016;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ventura County Democratic Party calls on the Oxnard Elementary School Board of Trustees to delay approval of the final Trustee Area map until adequate time has been allowed for concerned groups and individuals to draw and submit their own proposed Trustee Area maps for consideration.
WHEREAS, modern cultivation of the strawberry favors applications of a number of hazardous fumigant pesticides including, but not limited to, 1,3-dichloropropene (brand name Telone), methyl bromide, chloropicrin (originally a World War I chemical weapon) and metam-sodium in massive quantities of 25 times or more the amount of pesticides used on other crops; and pesticides used on strawberries pose serious health risks for workers and people adjacent to strawberry fields, including but not limited to cancer (Telone and chloropicrin), breathing problems, deterioration of the ozone layer (methyl bromide); reproductive and developmental problems (methyl bromide and metam-sodium);
WHEREAS hazardous pesticides affect both workers in the strawberry fields, and students and teachers in Ventura County schools surrounded by strawberry fields, and hazardous fumigant pesticides linger in Ventura County schools even if they are sprayed when schools are not in session; and
WHEREAS, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation routinely grants exemptions from pesticide limits to strawberry growers and approves loopholes in regulations meant to protect the public,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Ventura County Democratic Party calls upon the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to adopt an ordinance phasing out, over five years, hazardous fumigant pesticides from use on strawberry fields located within Ventura County, with due consideration for workers, employers, schoolchildren, and teachers; and that this resolution be communicated to the Board of Supervisors;
THEREFORE, be it also resolved that the Ventura County Democratic Party calls upon the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner to promote alternatives to hazardous pesticides that ensure the welfare of the public and the environment so as to achieve a phaseout, within five years, of hazardous fumigant pesticides.
Reference: Dark Side of the Strawberry
Sponsor: RL Miller