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Dean Club on Social Media

Click here for the Dean Club Facebook group
Click here for the Dean Club Yahoo group
Visit the Dean Club’s Facebook and Yahoo groups.  If you like what you see there, join the groups.  They’re a great way to stay connected with Dean Club activities.

Tom Orozco advances to runoff in San Jose District 4

OrozcoIn a Special Election held 4/7/15, the Dean Club’s endorsed candidate, Tim Orozco, has placed first among nine candidates, advancing to the runoff on 6/23/15.  The race for second place, between Manh Nguyen and Lan Diep, remains too close to call.

Tim has expressed his thanks to the Dean Club for our support of his candidacy.  Now that he has advanced to the runoff, he will be needing even more activists to support his effort.

Help bring one more Progressive voice San Jose’s City Council.

Visit Tim’s Facebook page.

May 11 DFA Link Meeting Movie


Twelve people enjoyed the movie CITIZENFOUR,  Edward Snowdon’s journey as a whistle blower. The highly rated CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving unprecedented access to Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.  It was free and informative!

Garden Tour Saturday, May 2, 2015

Garden Tour 

featuring Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw

Saturday, May 2

We saw a lovely sustainable garden featuring fruits, vegetables, flowers, and a koi pond; we learned about irrigation, worm and hot composting, and raising chickens (these produce beautiful colored eggs!)  After the tour, we had a Q&A session and refreshments (with a Cinco de mayo theme).
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Dean Club Table at the JJ Dinner

donkeyThe 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.


Bylaws amendment, April 27, 2015

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:
Marie Callender’s
751 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

View the amended bylaws HERE.  A document highlighting the changes can be downloaded HERE.

Sally Lieber spoke on Human Trafficking

DFALink Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015

Program: Sally Lieber spoke on Human Trafficking.



Wildflower Walk Fundraiser a big success

IMG_2534The 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:

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

San Jose City Council District 4 endorsement

OrozcoAt our business meeting of 2/23/15, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley voted to give a sole endorsement to Tim Orozco for San Jose City Council District 4.

Thank you to all the candidates who participated in our endorsement process. We appreciate the time and effort you have expended.

Visit Tim’s Facebook page.

Dean Club Goals and Task Forces for 2015

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!

  1. Good government (41 votes) pass DISCLOSE Act, anti-corruption act; remove safe harbor, overturn top-two primary, more
  2. Economic justice (35 votes) reduce college tuition, get student loan refinance bill, more
  3. 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
  4. Criminal justice (17 votes) Homeless Bill of Rights; work to eliminate criminal Grand Jury system; invite LaDoris Cordell to speak, more
  5. Club building (13 votes) raise $7500, increase paid membership by 50; Facebook to 500+, use MeetUp to reach younger activists
  6. 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
  7. 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?