National Council of Jewish Women   

Contra Costa Section 

Meets Monthly at Rossmoor Event Center in Walnut Creek 

A Faith in the Future                                 A Belief in Action.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016
9:30am Coffee
10:00am Business Meeting 

10:30am Program
Donner Room, Event Center

Program:  Alan Jacobson, Author

ALAN JACOBSON is the National Bestselling Author of several critically acclaimed thrillers. His 20 years of research and training with the FBI’s profiling unit, DEA, US Marshals Service, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the US military bring unparalleled realism to his stories and characters—prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to say that “Alan Jacobson researches his books like a good newspaper reporter and then pushes the envelope into reality more thoroughly than the typical crime novel could ever allow

Alan Jacobson will talk about his book "The Lost Codex".

In this novel Jeffery Deaver has called “brilliant,” two ancient biblical documents reveal long-buried secrets that could change the world as we know it.


Wednesday, October 26 , 2016
9:30am Coffee
10:00am Business Meeting, 10:30am Program
Donner Room, Event Center

The Presenter:

League of Women Voters

  Topic:  Pros and Cons of the Propositions on the November Ballot

Here’s a look at the initiatives on the ballot:


Would overturn a 2014 state law banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores. Backed by the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an industry group. The statewide ban has been on hold during the challenge.


Would require that money collected by grocers for selling multi-use carryout bags is used for environmental projects. The measure is related to the effort by the plastic bag industry to overturn a 2014 state law banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores.


Would require voter approval for any project that raises more than $2 billion in revenue bonds, or debt that is repaid with user fees. The measure, buoyed by $4 million from Stockton farmer Dean Cortopassi, may affect high-speed rail and giant water tunnels.


Would require actors in pornographic films to use condoms during sexual intercourse. Backed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.


Would impose controls on state purchases of prescription drugs, establishing that prices can be no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays. Backed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.


Would prohibit the Legislature from diverting fees on hospitals that are intended to make the state eligible for federal funds under the Medicaid program for low-income patients, Medi-Cal. Backed by the California Hospital Association.


Would authorize the sale of $9 billion in school construction bonds, mostly to build and upgrade K–12 facilities. Backed by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and California Building Industry Association.


Would do away with the nation’s largest death row and substitute life sentences with no chance of parole for nearly 750 condemned inmates. Backed by actor and activist Mike Farrell among others. A competing measure to speed up executions is also on the ballot.


Would accelerate appeals by inmates on death row to speed up executions. Backed by many law enforcement officials and former NFL defensive back Kermit Alexander, whose mother, sister and two nephews were killed in 1984. A competing measure to repeal the death penalty is also on the ballot.


Would tighten California’s already tough gun control laws by requiring background checks to buy ammunition, outlaw possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and streamline a program that allows authorities to seize firearms from owners who are no longer allowed to own them. Backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018.


Would prohibit Legislature from passing bills unless they are published for 72 hours. Backed by investor Charles Munger and former GOP lawmaker Sam Blakeslee.


Would allow adults 21 and over to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and also to grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use. Backed by Facebook co-founder Sean Parker and Newsom.


Would increase sentencing credits for adult inmates, allow earlier parole for non-violent felons and let judges decide which juvenile offenders are tried as adults. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown as part of his plan to reduce the state prison population.

Placed on the ballot by the state Legislature:


Would repeal prohibitions on multilingual instruction in public schools included in a previous “English only” initiative voters approved in 1998. Proposition 227 largely banned bilingual education and required that non-English speakers be taught in English.


Asks voters if California elected officials should push to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United that lifted many restrictions on corporate election spending.


Would raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack to $2.87, making it ninth-highest in the nation from its current ranking of 36th. Backed by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, health care groups and organized labor.


Would extend by 12 years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 for single filers (over $500,000 for joint filers), with 89 percent of the money going to K–12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges.

Pending approval by the state Legislature:

Would use $3 billion in bonds to improve state and local parks across California, with $600 million for projects that address the effects of climate change. Democratic proponents could pull strings to get it on the November ballot after Thursday.


Regular Scheduled Monthly meetings

Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00am in Multi-Purpose Room 3.

Regular Monthly Meeting for all Members is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:30am to 12 noon at the Donner Room in the Event Center. The meeting includes:

        o 9:30am to 10:00am Nosh and Socialize

        o 10:00am to 10:30am Regular Business Meeting

        o 10:30am to …… Program

Book Club – “Wine, Women and Words” meet the last Monday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Bunker Room, Creekside.

Public Affairs Group meets the 1st Wednesday  of each month in Multi-Purpose Room 3 at 1:00pm.


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