Government / Politics

Aromas Progressive Action League plans panel discussion

Feb. 10 event to focus on local impact of November midterm election.
Flyer provided by Wayne Norton.
Flyer provided by Wayne Norton.

This article was contributed by community member Wayne Norton.

The November midterms were great for state and national Democrats, but what will the results mean for Monterey Bay area progressives? That will be the topic of an all-star panel discussion featuring four leaders of the local progressive movement.

The event, organized by the Aromas Progressive Action League (APAL), is Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Aromas Community Grange. The Grange is located at the corner of Carpenteria and Rose Avenues in Aromas.

Panelists will be:

  • John Laird, former Secretary of California Natural Resources, former State Assemblymember, candidate for California State Senate.
  • Mark Stone, Assemblymember representing portions of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
  • Dominic Dursa, member Executive Board California Democratic Party and CDP Chicano-Latino Caucus.
  • Bruce Van Allen, trustee, Santa Cruz County Board of Education, former mayor, Santa Cruz.

APAL is a community organization formed after the 2016 presidential election and is dedicated to developing leaders and supporting actions that preserve and enhance progressive mainstream values embodied in our Constitution that promises “the blessings of liberty” for all.

It is organized into several working groups that advocate action on climate change and preserving the environment, healthcare for all, improving access to quality public education and a study group that discusses threats to our democracy.


Wayne Norton

Recognized by the State Assembly in 2019 for protecting the environment, Wayne Norton is a two-term elected Aromas Water District director and candidate for San Benito County Supervisor in District 2. A Vietnam veteran and former political reporter, Wayne was the managing editor of the daily Hollister Free Lance. He is an active advocate for quality public education and was a founding staff member of Anzar High School, a California Distinguished School. As a former Ombudsman, Wayne protected the rights of residents in nursing homes and investigated elder abuse. He currently serves as a director on the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, and has consistently led and volunteered for a variety of public commissions and community organizations since moving to the area in 1985. Wayne can be contacted at (831) 227-3530,, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.