California Broadband Council (CBC)

The California Broadband Council (CBC) was established by SB 1462 (Chapter 338, Statutes of 2010) to promote broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas of the state as defined by the Public Utilities Commission, and broadband adoption throughout the state.

The Council identifies state resources, encourages public and private partnerships, and recommends strategic policy to establish effective structures for providing world class high speed Internet access throughout California. The 12-member CBC is run by the California Department of Technology’s Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy which provides support by managing the statewide ecosystem of individuals and organizations dedicated to closing the digital divide.

California Citizens Redistricting Commission

Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts, so that the districts correctly reflect the state’s population.

California voters authorized the creation of the Commission when they passed the VOTERS FIRST Act (Act) in 2008. It authorized the Commission to draw the new district lines. In 2010, the Congressional Voters FIRST Act added the responsibility of drawing Congressional districts to the Commission.

The 14-member Commission is made up of five Republicans, five Democrats, and 4 not affiliated with either of those two parties. The Commission must draw the district lines in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians.

California Democratic Council (CDC)

An organization which supports Chartered Democratic Organizations in California with Training Seminars and free websites. The CDP Rural Caucus thanks CDC for hosting our website.

California Democratic Party (CDP)

Democrats are breaking new ground on the environment, education, a fair economy and other issues that matter to Californians. CDP Code of Conduct

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

CDFA Mission Statement: To serve the citizens of California by promoting and protecting a safe, healthy food supply, and enhancing local and global agricultural trade, through efficient management, innovation and sound science, with a commitment to environmental stewardship.

California Department of Public Health

CDPH works to protect the public’s health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department’s programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Resources for COVID-19 in California

California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

The California Department of Water Resources is part of the California Natural Resources Agency and is responsible for the management and regulation of the State of California’s water usage.

Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter

The Center for Rural Affairs’ newsletter surveys national events affecting Rural America. Special sections include an in-depth feature article, a section of Corporate Farming Notes, and many short, newsy pieces of general interest.

Democracy for America (DFA)

National Grassroots Network! Inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard Dean, Democracy for America (DFA) is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government.

Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Our party, led by President Obama, is focused on building an economy that lifts up all Americans, not just those at the top.

Guide: Indigenous land acknowledgment

Laypersons Guide to Legislative Advocacy

Map: CA Native Land Acknowledgment

National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC)

Free, in-depth training for Democrats who want to run, work, or volunteer on campaigns.

Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)

The RCRC is a thirty-seven member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties.

The term “rural” may be defined in various ways: population density, population size, demographics or economic data. However you define it, rural counties face unique challenges when putting federal and state policies into effect. The greater distances, lower population densities, and geographic diversity of RCRC’s thirty-seven member counties create obstacles not faced by their more urban or suburban counterparts. For those reasons, “one-size-fits-all” policies don’t work, especially when the “size” typically is a more metropolitan model.

Founded in 1972, RCRC works with its membership to advocate on behalf of rural issues at the state and federal levels. RCRC provides the rural county perspective on a myriad of issues during the legislative and regulatory process, including land use, water and natural resources, housing, transportation, wildfire protection policies, and health and human services. The core of RCRC’s mission is to improve the ability of small, rural California county government to provide services by reducing the burden of state and federal mandates, and promoting a greater understanding among policy makers about the unique challenges that face California’s small population counties.

Statistics: California Counties

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (RONR)