Danville Town Hall Location Change

August 5, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Due to the overwhelming interest in our Danville Town Hall, we have moved locations. The town hall will now be held at the Charlotte Wood Middle School on Thursday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for an update on what is happening in Washington and a discussion on news of the day, including this week’s mass shootings.

Danville Town Hall
Thursday, August 8th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Location: Charlotte Wood Middle School
Multi-Purpose Room
600 El Capitan Drive
Danville, CA 94526


This weekend, the country experienced two mass shootings that brought us to our knees. At least 30 people lost their lives, dozens more were injured, and families have been irreparably changed forever. On top of our thoughts and prayers, these families and communities deserve our actions.

Since taking control of the House this year, Democrats have passed a package of bills to expand background checks to private gun sales, ensuring that no matter where a gun is purchased, the owner gets a thorough background check. The package also extends the length of time that the FBI has to complete the background check. The Senate has not acted at all.

To honor the victims of this weekend’s mass shootings and the dozens of people who lose their lives each day due to senseless gun violence, I call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately bring the Senate back into session to pass the commonsense background check legislation that the House voted on in the first 100 days of session. Burying their heads in the sand will only lead to more of the same heartbreak and injustice.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


In this week's Digest, you will find information on Congressman DeSaulnier's:

  • Press event on saving local journalism;
  • Bill to support children with disabilities; and
  • Actions on gun violence prevention.


Congressman DeSaulnier Talks with News Industry Leaders About Efforts to Save Local Journalism

This year alone, over 3,000 journalists have lost their jobs across the United States. Local papers are a vital source of information for communities, but are disappearing at a rapid rate. Last week, Mark joined CalMatters CEO Neil Chase, Executive Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle Audrey Cooper, and other news industry experts to discuss how the tech industry is negatively impacting news and how we can save local journalism, which so many Americans rely on.

Mark Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect and Support Children with Disabilities

Last week, Mark joined with Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to introduce the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act (H.R. 4107), a bill to restore full funding for education and services for children with disabilities. This bill would restore funding and ensure that every child, regardless of disability status, has an equal opportunity to obtain high quality early childhood services. These programs deserve increased federal funds to prove that Congress is dedicated to promoting inclusive, appropriate, and quality education for infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and supporting the schools that do this important work.


Mark has spent much of his career in public office working to reduce gun violence in America. He has authored legislation to require gun owners to immediately report when their firearms are lost or stolen, enact commonsense safety standards for safe storage of federal law enforcement weapons, and to make guns themselves safer by using biometric technology so they cannot be used if they fall into the wrong hands. Now, he is working on a bill to create a Gun Safety Board to assess proposals to reduce gun violence based on how effective they will be – not how much money the NRA is spending against them. Finally, Mark is proud holder of an F rating from the NRA.


Mark shared his thoughts on our nation’s struggle with gun violence in the wake of two tragic mass shootings with KTVU’s Elissa Harrington. (Click to watch)



At Cal State East Bay in Concord, Mark joined President Leroy Morishita and Dr. Bette Felton for a discussion on the importance of higher education, public health, public lands, and the intersection of all three in Contra Costa County

Mark helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Concord Jazz Festival