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DFA Link meeting with Steve Chessin of Californians for Electoral Reform

The DFA Link meeting on July 9, 2018, will feature a presentation by Steve Chessin of Californians for Electoral Reform.

Proportional Representation: What is it, why do we need it, what does the rest of the world know that we don’t?

Steve Chessin, President of Californians for Electoral Reform, will discuss methods for choosing representatives that are different from the ones commonly in use in the United States today, methods used by most of the established democracies and most of the emerging democracies around the world today, and that have been used, at one time or another, in the United States as well.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about Californians for Electoral Reform at:

https://www.cfer.org

 

DFA Link meeting with R L Miller of Climate Hawks

The DFA Link meeting on June 11, 2018, will feature a presentation by R L Miller of Climate Hawks.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about R L Miller at:

http://climatehawksvote.com/about/

 

Annual Picnic and Election of Officers

Join us for a fun day in the park!

Our annual potluck picnic and election of officers will be held on June 30, 2018 at Ponderosa Park, Area 2, in Sunnyvale, at 11:00 AM.

Last year we had 19 candidates, elected officials, or their representatives speak. It’s always a fun and informative event.

Election of officers will occur at 12:15 PM, and our honored guests will be invited to speak beginning at 12:30 PM.

Don Mayall Memorial Fund

This special fund to support the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley was established in September 2017, three months after Don’s passing (June 28,2017).

You can contribute to the fund at: secure.actblue.com/donate/deanclub-mayall

Don was a charter member of our club, having been, along with his wife Carolyn Curtis, an enthusiastic supporter of Howard Dean’s candidacy for president, from March 2003. When we tabled at the Palo Alto farmers market, campaigning for Howard and registering voters, he’d tell Carolyn he didn’t want to engage (words to that effect), but soon would be deep in amiable conversation, usually with a gent his age.

Don was always available to staff the sign-in table at club events. The quintessential morning person, he’d lit-drop and doorhanger on predawn election mornings, until voting by mail put an end to that folk rite. Don was the club’s fourth treasurer; a statistician (labor market analysis) by trade, he was meticulous and dedicated, establishing a two-year budget and seeing to it in meetings that we kept to it. He trained club members in how to lobby legislators, having lobbied for conservation issues (including in Washington), and regularly went to Sacramento with us for healthcare and campaign finance reform. He always presented at our ballot initiative information sessions, with cogent and witty PowerPoints. Don and Carolyn were on Jerry McNerney’s election committee 2004-6, and present at Jerry’s headquarters that victorious election night in 2006. Don also represented the club on the county Democratic Party endorsement committee. In all meetings, he always got right to the point, but was never dismissive, small-minded, or inconsiderate of what others were saying. When he spoke, people shut up and listened.

Besides the club, Don’s other main focus was conservation, serving on the local and state level of the California Native Plant Society, specifically the botany and preservation of nearby serpentine areas. He and Carolyn first grew close working to preserve Edgewood in the early nineties (since 1993, Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve), and Don went on to lead the efforts to keep Coyote Ridge, a major serpentine area south of San Jose, free of development. On Don’s office wall is a photo of him and Jerry McNerney in a wildflower meadow on Coyote Ridge, at that time in Jerry’s district. He and Carolyn enjoyed many trips to wildflower areas and transformed Don’s yard in Palo Alto into a native plant phantasmagoria.

More about Don at www.donaldmayallmemorial.com/gallery-1.

We miss him.

2017 Accomplishments

 

The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley did it again.  We are so proud of our 2017 accomplishments!  We are proud of all we’ve done and continue to do. The Dean Democratic Club continues to be one of the most active, involved Democratic clubs in Santa Clara County.

DFA Link meeting with Bob Marshalla of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

 

The DFA Link meeting on May 14, 2018, will feature a presentation by Bob Marshalla of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby at: https://citizensclimatelobby.org

Slides from the presentation are available HERE.

DFA Link meeting with Michael Eggman

The DFA Link meeting on April 9, 2018, will feature Michael Eggman, a candidate for US Congress in CD 10.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about Michael Eggman at: https://michaeleggman.com

DFA Link meeting with Sue Zwahlen – speaker change

Ms. Zwahlen will be unable to attend on April 9, 2018. The speaker will be Michael Eggman. You may view event details at:

http://ddcsv.info/dfa-link-meeting-with-michael-eggman

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The DFA Link meeting on April 9, 2018, will feature Sue Zwahlen, a candidate for US Congress in CD 10.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about Sue Zwahlen at: https://www.suezwahlen.com

DFA Link meeting with Virginia Madueño

The DFA Link meeting on March 12, 2018, will feature Virginia Madueño, a candidate for US Congress in CD 10.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Learn more about Virginia Madueño at: http://www.virginiaforcongress.com

DFA Link meeting with Dotty Nygard

The DFA Link meeting on February 12, 2018, will feature Dotty Nygard, a candidate for US Congress in CD 10.

Members and guests gather for potluck at 6:30 PM, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at:

Calabazas Branch Library
1230 S Blaney Ave. San José, CA 95129

Learn more about Dotty Nygard at: https://www.dottynygardforcongress.com