Advocacy Education

The Coalition will provide a structure for members and individuals to be able to advocate on areas of interests and/or issues of concern.   The Coalition and Committees will work in partnership to provide the outreach and education on topics that might be of concern to the membership.  We will be focused on following the rules and regulations of nonprofits engagement in advocacy and in no event, shall a substantial part of the advocacy activities consist of the carrying on of propaganda, publication or dissemination of materials with the purpose of attempting to influence legislation or ballot measure, except as permitted by Section 501(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.  In addition, the Committee and its members shall not, on behalf of the Coalition, participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.  The Coalition will create space and encourage individual members and Coalition Committees to advocate on areas that meet the mission statements of their organization or Committee on which they sit.

To better assist in advocacy efforts, the contact information for our elected officials at the federal, state and local levels are:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501
Link to online submission form: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Kamala Harris
United States Senate
40B Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone (202) 224-3553
Fax (202) 224-2200
Link to online submission form: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Congressman Mike Thompson
Unites States House of Representatives
231 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone (202) 225-3311
Fax (202) 225-4335
Link to online submission form: https://mikethompsonforms.house.gov/contact/

Our local point of contact is:
Maira Ayala
Field Staff for Congressman Mike Thompson
Office Phone (707) 226-9898
Email: Maira.Ayala@mail.house.gov
 
Here is the contact information for State elected officials:

Senator Bill Dodd
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 5114
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4003
Fax: (916) 651-4903
Link to online submission form: http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/contact

Our local point of contact is:
Alex Pader
Field Staff for Senator Bill Dodd
Office Phone: (707) 224-1992
Email: Alex.Pader@sen.ca.gov

Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
California State Assembly
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Tel: (916) 319-2004
Fax: (916) 319-2104
Link to online submission form: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD04

Our local point of contact is:
Tracy Krumpen
Field Staff for Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
Office Phone: (707) 552-4405
Email: Tracy.Krumpen@asm.ca.gov

Here is the contact information for our County elected officials:

County of Napa Board of Supervisors phone: (707) 253-4386

Supervisor Diane Dillon
Email: Diane.Dillon@CountyofNapa.org

Supervisor Brad Wagonknecht
Email: Brad.Wagonknecht@CountyofNapa.org

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza
Email: Alfredo.Pedroza@CountyofNapa.org

Supervisor Belia Ramos
Email: Belia.Ramos@CountyofNapa.org

Supervisor Ryan Gregory
Email: Ryan.Gregory@CountyofNapa.org

Here is the contact info for the Mayors:

Mayor Leon Garcia
City of American Canyon
Office Phone: (707) 647-4369
Email: lgarcia@cityofamericancanyon.org

Mayor Jill Techel
City of Napa
Office Phone: (707) 258-7876
Email: Jill.Techel@cityofnapa.org

Mayor John Dunbar
Town of Yountville
Office Phone: (707) 948-2637
Email: JDunbar@yville.com

Mayor Alan Galbraith
City of St. Helena
Office Phone: (707) 968-2742
Email: AGalbraith@cityofsthelena.org

Mayor Chris Canning
City of Calistoga
Office Phone: (707) 942-2807
Email: ccanning@ci.calistoga.ca.us

How to communicate with your elected representative

When communicating with your elected representative there are a few pieces of advice that will help get your message across in a more effective manner.  This was culled from former Congressional Staffers.

1. Give your name, city, and zip code, and say "I don't need a response." That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent, and that they can tally you down without having to take the time to craft a response to you.  If you want a response, let them know.
2. Please contact your own representative.  Your opinion will not be taken into consideration if you are outside the District.
3. Please be nice! The people responding to constituents on Capitol Hill have the lowest paid and hardest job in DC. Thank them for their hard work, because without them our elected officials could not represent us.

Specific for phone calls:

When calling, your caller ID, shows up on the phone.  Many staff members know the area codes in their district so that’s their first indication if you are a constituent.  
State the issue and state your position. "I am opposed to X." "I am in favor of Y." Keep it clear and concise. It doesn't matter why you hold that opinion. The more people calling, the less detail they write down. Help them out by being simple and direct.
What does this sound like?
"Hi, my name is Mark, I'm a constituent from Napa, zip code 9455*, I don't need a response. I am opposed to X. Thanks for your hard work answering the phones!"

Letters:

Try and keep your letter to one page.  When I worked for Congressman Mike Thompson, we would average 100 letters and postcards a day. That’s a lot of letters to get through if they are long.  Congressman Thompson takes his constituent mail very seriously and spends a lot of time reviewing the letters and crafting responses.  Keep your message direct and to the point.  Be clear what you are asking for and let them know if you want or don’t want a response.  Here’s a sample of a letter I recently sent to Senator Dianne Feinstein:

February 5, 2017
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate

Dear Senator Feinstein,

Please vote no on X.  Thank you for your work in opposing X.

I do not need a response to this email.

Thank you,
Anne Steinhauer
Napa, CA 94558

Here are some additional resources for your advocacy efforts:

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