DFALink Meeting – State Senator Jim Beall

JimBeallOn November 9, 2015, State Senator Jim Beall will speak on State and local issues at the home of Barbara and John Comiskey, 4810 Kingdale Dr, San Jose, CA 95124. Arrive for Potluck at 6:30 PM. The program begins at 7:00 PM.

State Senator Jim Beall served on the San Jose San Jose City Council, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly, before taking his current position as a California State Senator.

A proven winner, Senator Beall has prevailed in 18 consecutive elections. Moreover, he is the conscience of California’s State Government, looking out for foster care children, low income families, and people with disabilities.

California Clean Money & DISCLOSE Act with Pete McCloskey

PeteMcCloskeyCalifornia Clean Money, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, and others invite you to join us as Former Congressman Pete McCloskey speaks on the importance of Clean Money in politics and the California DISCLOSE Act.

The event is Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.  The location, in Portola Valley, will be provided upon RSVP at YesFairElections.org/pete or by calling Nancy Neff at 650-858-2436.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Donation levels range from $100 to $1000.

Russ Feingold for Wisconsin

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Approximately 70 people attended this event, and more than $10,000 was raised for Russ Feingold’s Senate campaign.  Final numbers will be posted when available.  Many thanks to Stephanie, Emy, Jim, and the many hard working family members and activists who made this event such a success.


October 4 – Stephanie Grossman and Emy & Jim Thurber are hosting a fund raiser for Russ Feingold, who is running for Senate in Wisconsin.  Co-Hosts are Jay Jackman, Otto Lee, Gregory Loew, Steve Preminger, Diane & Joe Rolfe and the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.

He is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016, and previously served as a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2011.

He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain–Feingold Act), a major piece of campaign finance reform legislation.

He was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation.

Website:  http://www.russfeingold.com/gtafternoon


DFA Link Meeting – Letter Writing with Sally Lieber

Sally LieberSeptember 14 – Human Trafficking/Delta Tunnels.  

Former Assembly member and Speaker Pro Tempore Sally Lieber was on hand to help with a letter-writing campaign against human trafficking.


Over 100 letters were written to Santa Clara County city councils.


DFA Link Meeting – State Senator Jerry Hill

Jerry-Hill-1MB-versionMonday October 12 Link Meeting speaker will be State Senator Jerry Hill.  Gerald A. “Jerry” Hill (born April 18, 1947) is a Democratic member of the California State Senate representing the 13th district. Over a period of 20 years in public service he has been on the San Mateo City Council, where he served one term as Mayor, and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Snacks and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00.


Dean Club Legislative Endorsements

Legislative Endorsements

With important legislative deadlines approaching in Sacramento, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley endorsed positions on several pieces of pending legislation at our Working Meeting on August 24, 2105.

Senator Bob Wieckowski’s Economic Equity and Financial Stability Initiative

This initiative consists of three bills introduced by Senator Bob Wieckowski, aimed at easing the burden of bankruptcy on people with low incomes. After a presentation of the bills by Wieckowski Staffer, Tim Orozco, the Club voted to endorse all three bills.

SB 308 Debtor exemptions

SB 501 Wage garnishment restrictions

SB 641 Debt Buyers: Setting Aside Default Judgments Improperly Obtained

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has voiced his support:


CDP Progressive Caucus’ Climate Change Initiative

Vincent Casalaina, Northern Vice Chair of the CDP Progressive Caucus, made a presentation of three bills supported by the Caucus. After the presentation, the Club voted to endorse all three bills.

SB 32 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

SB 185 Public retirement systems: public divestiture of thermal coal companies

SB 350 Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015

Mr. Casalaina is visiting clubs and organizations throughout California, asking that they endorse these bills.

Environmental Task Force Recommendation

The Dean Club Environmental Task Force made a recommendation to endorse SB 788, which would prohibit future drilling for oil off the California coast. Acting on the recommendation, the Club voted to endorse this bill.

SB 788 California Coastal Protection Act of 2015

Club members and others are encouraged to contact your State Legislators regarding these bills. You can find your representatives at:


National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley

Womens Equality DayRally and March

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8:00AM – 11:30AM

San Jose City Hall

It’s 2015, and high time to rally together to ignite the movement for equal rights and representation for women! This year is the 95th Anniversary of a women’s right to vote! While women have come a long way towards gender equality since 1920, we’re still not there. Women and girls still live under constant threat of violence, poverty, inequity, misogyny and sexism. We hope to educate, organize and activate Silicon Valley in efforts to bring greater attention to these inequalities and what we can collectively do about it.

Everyone is welcome! Friends, family, significant others, kids, dogs, EVERYONE IS INVITED! BECAUSE… As you know, WOMEN’S EQUALITY IS NOT JUST A WOMAN’S ISSUE! :) 

People are welcome to dress up as their favorite SHE-Hero’s, make signs, etc.! :)  It is going to be lots of fun!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and hope to hear from you! SCCDAWN.Media@gmail.com We hope you all want to be involved! :)
Men are particularly encouraged to attend, allies!!!
The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley is a co-sponsor of this event.
If you have any questions… call Colleen Haley at 530-902-3932.
Colleen Haley :) “National Women’s Equality Day – Silicon Valley” Rally & March – Event Committee Member

DFA Link Meeting – Joe Simitian on housing


Save the Date!

Former State Senator and current Supervisor for Santa Clara County District 5 Joe Simitian will be our speaker for the Dean Democratic Club Link Meeting Monday August 10.  He will talk about low income housing and other issues before the Board of Supervisors.

As usual, our meeting starts with snacks and conversation at 6:30 (bring a munchie to share if you can) and at 7 PM the meeting itself begins.

We will meet at the home of Alice Smith, 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto 94306.

Annual All Clubs Picnic

Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren joined our friends, family, and other elected officials at Rainbow Park
for a day of fun and friendship. Food and drinks were provided.

Hosted by the Democratic Party and Sponsored by The Silicon Valley Democratic Club
Date of Event: Saturday, July 18, 2015





DFA Link Meeting – Book Club

DFA logoJuly’s meeting was very stimulating with discussion of an important book on saving the middle class and at the same time curbing environmental exploitation, With Liberty and Dividends for All by Peter Barnes. If you want to read it you might be able to borrow it from one of us. We found it to be provocative and original and hopeful.

The subject is very much at the nexus of environment, economics and social justice.  We used a book charting process which facilitated participation, whether you read the book or not.

Thanks to all that participated.


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