2016 Democratic Dinner

2016 JJ Dinner EMAIL INVITATIONJoin the Santa Clara County Democratic Party for its

25th Annual Democratic Party Dinner

Friday, May 6, 2016

Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Kamala Harris,
California Attorney General

San Jose Fairmont Hotel – Imperial Ballroom


70 South Market Street, San Jose

General No-Host Reception – 5:30-7:00 pm
Dinner and Program – 7:00-9:00 pm

$150 per person/$1,500 per table of 10/$2,000 VIP table

Buy your tickets HERE.

(After you pay, you will be asked to provide specific instructions, including your table preference.)

Can’t come? Please donate to the Go 2016! fund

  • For questions on the dinner, call Hope Cahan at 650-270-9596.
  • All funds will go to the Silicon Valley Leadership Fund, Go 2016!. Go 2016 provides support for Santa Clara County Democratic candidates and activities.

Clean Money Grassroots Summit in Palo Alto

Join the Clean Money Grassroots Summit on May 7
— Make history by passing the most powerful anti-Dark Money bill in the nation!

Earlier this year, Clean Money activists like you and our allies helped AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, achieve a landmark bipartisan 60-15 victory in the Assembly, with a record 9 Republicans joining every Democratic Assemblymember in voting Yes.

California Clean Money Campaign grassroots leaders and activists throughout Northern California will be coming to a full-day summit on May 7th in Palo Alto.

Join us to learn how to talk about AB 700 and the other new Clean Money bills — and to plan the full-scale grassroots campaign to get the strongest bill disclosing secret money on political ads in the nation through the Senate and into law!

WHAT:     Clean Money Grassroots Summit
WHEN:    Saturday, May 7th from 9:00am-4:30pm  (Light breakfast at 9:00am.  Lunch will also be served.)
WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA (in a handicapped-accessible building)
COST:     Free (but co-sponsorship or donations appreciated)

CARPOOLS will be coming from all over, so contact us if you need a ride or can offer one.

This is a full-day summit; however, you can come for just the morning or afternoon sessions if you can’t make the whole day.  The morning is a detailed training and update on the new AB 700 and other new bills, and the afternoon session is about implementing the campaign plan.

Can’t make it?  Please chip in to help us have a successful summit and campaign!

For questions about transportation or lodging, email info@CAclean.org or call Nancy at 650-339-9540.  We’d all love to see you there and have you join in planning and working for our winning campaign!

See www.YesFairElections.org/about for more information on the California Disclose Act.

2015 Accomplishments

ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2015.finalThe Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley did it again.  We are so proud of our 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.

Michael Eggman Fundraiser

Michael Eggman Event Invite copyJoin us for an event in support of Michael Engman, candidate for California’s 10th Congressional District.

We are so fortunate that Michael made the decision to run again, this time in a Presidential election year. The Democratic votes are there in CD 10, and this is a district that should go red to blue. (43% Dem, 28% Rep, 24% DTS) If Trump is the Republican nominee, it should be much easier to turn out the Latino vote (the district is 41% Latino).

Jeff Denham, the Republican incumbent, voted for the TPA, against the Iran nuclear accord, for a stronger screening process for refugees from Syria and Iraq, for the government shutdown in 2013, for the resolution to sue President Obama, and basically against pretty much every issue we care about. Here is some rating information:

League of Conservation Voters: 10%
ACLU: 11%
US Chamber of Commerce: 92%

For the following right-wing groups, Denham gets 100%: Competitive Enterprise Institute, Center for Security Policy, National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council.

Please come on the 17th and find out how we can help the campaign! No one will be turned away for lack of funds; volunteers will be needed to walk precincts or do other tasks. Michael will be a breath of fresh air and truly represent the people of CD 10.


We Endorse YES on Measure AA for a Clean & Healthy Bay


We endorse Measure AA, Bay wetlands: People for a Clean and Healthy Bay are fighting to protect the San Francisco Bay from sea-level rise, severe storms, and pollution. Jeff Cardenas outlined Measure AA, which would restore 30,000 acres of Bay Area wetlands and wildlife habitat, reduce trash and toxins, and increase shoreline and public access. The measure will be on the June 7 ballot; it would affect all 9 counties around the bay. BayontheBrink

DFA Link Meeting

 Derecka Mehrens
Our April 11 LINK MEETING  will feature as speaker Derecka Behrens, Executive Director of Working Partnerships (www.wpusa.org).  Meeting is at Alice’s home at 4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto.  Come at 6:30 for refreshments (bring something to share if you can) and conversation, program starts at 7:00.
Working Partnerships USA is a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and vibrant democracy.  See more at Working Partnerships.

California DISCLOSE Act Booth at Garden Show

2015-03-09-summitsHello Clean Money Supporters,

Now that we’ve had a stunning victory in the Assembly, we’re busy gathering as many signatures as possible for the California DISCLOSE Act, AB 700, before it comes up for its first hearing in the Senate.

We have a great opportunity to do that at the upcoming Garden Show by sharing a booth with the Democratic Party:

Santa Clara Fairgrounds on Tully Rd
April 8,9,10

Please sign up for the time slots that work best for you at:

Doodle sign ups

Craig​ Dunkerley
California Clean Money Campaign
South Bay Coordinator​

Check out the Home and Garden Show at Home & Garden Show

Wildflower Walk



Delight in and learn a bit about our beautiful native spring wildflowers (and more!) at a local wildflower preserve on a walk led by experienced docents 11:00 am sharp, sign up below for address.  We’ll leave for the preserve promptly at 11:15 am

Easy walking; duration about an hour and a half. Wear walking/hiking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat; binoculars if you like; bring water.

BENEFIT for the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley

$20 Dean Club members, $25 nonmembers

Make your reservation at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wfw

Heavy rain cancels. We will reschedule, if necessary..

March 8 Gross Receipts Tax San Jose City Council Meeting

Dean Club Logo brightWe endorsed this effort, now they need our help.

Can the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley folks be at City Council on March 8th to support this campaign? On March 8th, probably at 2:30 pm or 3 pm (it starts at 1:30 pm and there are many items before ours), the City Council will discuss the following:

3.4 Preliminary Analysis and Discussion of Citizen-Initiated and Update Options for the Current Business Tax.

Also, see the SJ Mercury News article on the City’s study of the gross receipts tax, that shows that the GRT will generate $52 million, with 88% of SJ businesses paying the same or less, with only 12% paying more, and these are the businesses with 501 or more employees. http://www.mercurynews.com/…/new-study-voter-poll…

Recommendation: Consider the preliminary analysis of the citizen-initiated Gross Receipts Tax Ballot Measure and preliminary review and discussion of the City options for updating the current Business Tax. http://sanjose.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php…

Our campaign needs as many allies as possible to come to this discussion and speak in favor of the gross receipts tax in light of the recent independent study, which showed that the GRT would generate $52 million, not effect 88% of SJ businesses, but with a focus on businesses over 501 employees.

February 22, 2016 Endorsement Meeting

EveryVoteCountsThe February 22, 2016 Dean Club working meeting will be an endorsement meeting. The Endorsement Committee will make recommendations regarding US President and US Senate races in CA, IL, NV, NH, and WI.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Members in good standing for not less than three months are eligible to vote.  A two thirds majority of members present and voting is required for endorsement.

Any candidate for these offices, or their representative, who attends will be given an opportunity to address the membership.  Other offices will be considered at subsequent meetings.

The meeting is at Marie Callender’s, 751 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.  Arrive at 6:30 PM to place your dinner order and be ready for the meeting at 7:00 PM.

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