Once all the hard work is done (for this cycle, at least!) and the votes are counted, let’s get together and go over the results. It will be our last meeting at the DVC.
On hand, we’ll have two experts speaking:
Melinda Jackson, Chair of the SJSU Dept of Political Science. Dr. Jackson’s interests center on public opinion and political participation in American politics with a special focus on political psychology and political identity.
Otto Lee, California member of the DNC. Otto will rehash the big races across the country, and provide the viewpoint of the national party.
Monday, Nov 12
Democratic Volunteer Center
960 San Antonio Rd #100, Palo Alto, CA 94303
6:30pm potluck, 7pm program start
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.
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.
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.
At our working meeting on January 22, 2018, the Dean Club will set our Annual Goals for the coming year. Members will discuss the results of the December brainstorming session, categorized the goals, and prioritized the categories and their top goals.
Categorized Goals are available at:
Results of the brainstorming are available at:
• Implement a comprehensive science-based water plan that includes managing each watershed (including groundwater) as a unified whole and upgrading the Delta levee system;
• Fully protect all water sources from contamination and guarantee sufficient water for the basic human needs of drinking and sanitation;
• Motivate efficient, sustainable, safe use of water and hold all users accountable for their consumption; implement and enforce regulations regarding groundwater use including full usage documentation; and,
• Ensure allocation and management of water to sustain ecosystems, fisheries, recreation, and endangered species.
Our club was involved in writing the text, negotiating with the platform committee, and soliciting support. The club passed a resolution in favor of the platform change submission.
featuring Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw
Saturday, May 2
The Dean Club had two tables at the annual Santa Clara County Democratic Party JJ Dinner. State Senator Jim Beall and his wife, Pat, joined us at one table and State Assembly Member Kansen Chu and his wife, Daisy, sat at the other Dean Club table. The speaker, John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, was funny and informative. The issue of water came up. As did fracking.
The JJ Dinner was on April 25, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel.
At the Dean Club Working Meeting on April 27, 2015, the Club voted on an important bylaws amendment. This amendment brought the Club into compliance with new requirements of the California Democratic Party regarding pre-endorsing conferences to be held in 2016.
The meeting was held at:
751 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
DFALink Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015
Program: Sally Lieber spoke on Human Trafficking.
The wildflower walk was a great success. Attendees saw dozens of species, all cataloged by the guides, and experienced a pleasant day in our County Parks. The event raised more than $500 for the Club. As a bonus, the Club gained several new members. Now, that’s an event!
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.
Space is limited, RSVP is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10 AM sharp at:
531 Alger Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306
We’ll leave for the preserve promptly at 10:15 AM.
Expect about an hour and a half of easy walking.
This event is a BENEFIT for the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.
$20 for Members, $25 for non-Members
Heavy rain cancels; wear walking/hiking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat; binoculars if you like; bring water
Thank you to all the candidates who participated in our endorsement process. We appreciate the time and effort you have expended.
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In January, members voted to set our goals and form task forces for the year. Task forces will further prioritize what they’ll work on. Sign up for a task force at any of our meetings!
- Good government (41 votes) pass DISCLOSE Act, anti-corruption act; remove safe harbor, overturn top-two primary, more
- Economic justice (35 votes) reduce college tuition, get student loan refinance bill, more
- Environment (34 votes) county anti-fracking measure, keep out oil trains, hold firm on Palo Alto composting, work against climate change, protect Clean Air & Water Act
- Criminal justice (17 votes) Homeless Bill of Rights; work to eliminate criminal Grand Jury system; invite LaDoris Cordell to speak, more
- Club building (13 votes) raise $7500, increase paid membership by 50; Facebook to 500+, use MeetUp to reach younger activists
- Candidates/Campaigns (12 votes) work with Renteria & Eggman campaigns for 2016; DFA club & voter reg in Eggman’s district, recruit progressive women to run, more
- Outreach (10 votes) increase relationship with Working Partnerships, invite Derecka Mehrens to speak, consider meeting days so we don’t conflict with other clubs
What do you want to get involved in?
CONGRATULATIONS to our members who won seats on
the California Democratic Party Central Committee!
AD24 Winners: Elspeth Farmer (top female vote-getter), Margaret Okuzumi, *Lorri Holtzberg, Jackie Wheeler; Jim Griffith (top vote-getter), *Lucas Ramirez, *Andrew Heaton, Otto Lee
AD24 executive board rep: *Steve Chessin
AD28 Winner: John Comiskey
(* non-primary Dean Club members)
Note that at least 4 other members (Marcene van Dierendonck, Emilie Gatfield, Jill Chesler, and Swanee Edwards) are going as county central committee reps, appointed delegates, etc.
The turnout was tremendous, and the discussion lively and informative, at the DFA Summit in Redwood City. More than 100 DFA followers gathered from all over Northern California to discuss priorities and propose actions for 2015 and 2016. Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers who made this DFA Summit work!
Latinos for America
Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
San Mateo County Democracy for America
San Francisco for Democracy
For the DFA Bay Area Summit on Economic Justice
When: Saturday, April 11, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Woodside Road United Methodist Church, Watters Hall
2000 Woodside Rd. Redwood City, CA 94061
There is a suggested donation of $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. Please, preregister at: