- After several years of political action, Santa Cruz County sheriff's office has finally agreed to stop using our jail to detain immigrants for deportation unless there is a federal warrant and conviction for a serious crime. We are working collaboratively with Sheriff-elect Jim Hart to monitor the implementation of this new and improved policy.
- The border refugee crisis has dramatized the conditions that drive children and families to flee parts of Mexico and Central America afflicted by violence and economic crisis. In response, the PDC is working with the Immigration Action Group (IAG) to send aid to the border region, to support and help to resettle refugees as they arrive in our community, and to promote change in US policy that helps to c…
We have disappointing news, though with an encouraging development for the
Senators Leno and Hill and the California Clean Money Campaign will not be pursuing an Assembly floor vote this year on SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act (Leno-Hill). Opposition from California organized labor leaders made passage of the DISCLOSE Act this session with a 2/3 vote extremely unlikely and even called into question its ability to get a vote at all.
While we worked ambitiously and diligently with organized labor for over a year to address their concerns, those efforts were not successful in persuading them. You can see our response to the labor opposition here, and an article about th…
Monday, September 15
Home of the Honorable Fred Keeley
Santa Cruz (Address provided upon RSVP)
Join the Honorable Fiona Ma, Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, Crosson North County Democrats, Democratic Women's Club, Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club and People's Democratic Club to support Betty Yee's campaign for California State Controller.
Contribute to Betty's campaign: to contribute on-line, visit www.BettYee.com
Sisters and Brothers, Friends:
Last night the members of Local 39 ratified a deal with Dignity Corporation that will soon have them back to work serving patients and other hospital staff. The deal includes the complete defense of the guaranteed 40 hour workweek, an issue totally central to the workers bargaining struggle and one that is important to our community at large. We believe there are other wage issues involved in the settlement but do not have those details now.
Thank you all for being on the picket line. For those of you who came to the line at a moment's notice last night, a special thank you for responding to my call and that of the union.
Regardless of the lack of press coverage about this important strike (two and a half…
special to the Sentinel, POSTED: 12/28/2013 03:37:57 PM PST
In Bronnie Ware's "Top Five Regrets of the Dying," dying patients lament not being present with their children and loved ones when it mattered. Heeding these insights in the New Year, many of us will resolve to spend more time with our families. Yet, for many in the United States, this will take more than personal resolve.
Countless people in the country work hard every day, but are one accident, diagnosis or new child away from financial hardship or devastation because they have no paid family and medical leave.
As a Californian, I am proud and grateful to say it is different here. I was able to take several months off work when both my children were born thanks to State Disability Insurance and C…
WHEREAS, the trade agreement known as Trans Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and opponents in the labor and environmental communities argue that it would give new enforceable monopolistic rights and privileges to multi-national corporations, and establish limits on sovereign governments' ability to regulate corporations' actions, including but not limited to the areas of intellectual and copyright provisions, prices, labor practices, environmental impacts, disclosure requirements, and safety issues and
WHEREAS, according to public documents from the US Trade Representative, this agreement would allow multi-national corporations to sue governments through international tribunals, staffed by private sector attorneys, which could force governments to pay comp…
WHEREAS, the members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 have been on strike at Dignity Health's St. Francis, St. Mary's, Sequoia and Dominican facilities to protest substandard wages and benefits since October 1, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Dignity Health has shown poor faith in this dispute, attempting to curtail Local 39's picketing, filing a Complaint in the San Mateo County Superior Court and charges with the National Labor Relations Board, attempting to remove Chief Engineers of Local 39 from the bargaining unit, and other anti-worker actions; and
WHERAS, Dignity's continued intransigence on this labor dispute is putting their patients' health at risk, as many patients and other professionals will not cross the picket line;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that th…
If you're uninsured, Covered California will provide access to affordable healthcare for you!
Covered California's mission is to improve health care in our state by increasing the number of Californians with health insurance, improving the quality of health care for all of us, reducing health care costs and ensuring that California's diverse population has fair and equal access to quality health care.Beginning in October 2013, legal residents of California will be able to get health coverage through a new, easy-to-use marketplace call Covered California. (www.coveredca.com) It will offer health insurance plans, , which cannot be canceled or denied, at an affordable price. Californians can shop for the plans online, see if they are elegible for Medi-Cal, or …
An enthusiastic gathering of 200 women met Saturday, September 28 to address the dearth of women in political office in United States. While women make up 51% of the voting population in our country, only 18% of Congress and 25% of California legislators are women. While we fare better in the make-up of city councils in Santa Cruz County, none of our five County Supervisors are women.
A panel of women office holders gave the following advice to other women wanting to enter a race for public office.
- Talk about running for office early - don't wait until you decide.
- Campaign hard: campaign to win!
- Attend meetings for the council, commission, board you aspire to; learn about the broad range of issues they deal with; be a generalist, not single issue person.
- Seats …
Next Meeting: 7:00 pm Thursday, March 20
Guest: Watsonville Mayor Karina Cervantez
1. Mayor Cervantez talked about the Watsonville City Council issues and the next election.
2. She also affirmed the importance of a close association between the PVCCDC and PDC and thanked our liaisons for attending the PVCCDC meetings.
3. When asked about her priorities and what PDC could do to support her, she said that immigration issues were her primary concern and she suggested we lobby for city and county policy to not impound the vehicles of non-documented drivers cited for driving without a license, but to allow them to have someone with a California driver's license to pick up the car.
For those of you who missed the Chili Dinner Fundraiser, here's a rundown on what took place at PDC's Dinner Party/Fundraiser. It was, attended by about 80 enthusiastic progressive people, at the home of Nancy Elliot and Paul Johnston.
Thanks to the work of many PDC members before and during the event, the event raised $2500. It will be money well spent on our 2014 camapign efforts: phonebanking, voter outreach and education, campaign technology.
PDC President Nancy Abbey got the evening program going by introducing MC John Laird, a former PDC president and currently California's Secretary for Natural Resources. John introduced special guests County Supervisor John Leopold and Santa Cruz City Councilmember Micah Posner, and other elected officials and candidat…
Weed on Women in Politics: thoughts offered at Breaking the Glass Ballot
Question: How can we break
through and get to gender parity on committees? as electeds? as appointees?
Having attended the fifty-seventh session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women , I have to say that the courage, determination and resiliency of women globally is inspiring.
· For some it is because they have been denied equity and respect for so long it is a revolutionary action to demand to be a part of civic life.
· For others it is about safety and will not to have their daughters live through their hell.
· For others it is …
by Steve Schnaar 11.26.13
The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tues, 12/3 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics. Come to City Hall on 12/3 to let the Council know this report does not represent a community consensus.
The Santa Cruz City Council created the Public Safety Task Force in response to a public perception of rising violent crime, including the shocking murde…
"The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called "free trade" agreement in the world. And you've probably never heard about it!!!
TPP negotiations are being held in secret. Right now. Behind closed doors. Even the U.S. Congress, which is granted sole authority under the Constitution to debate and approve trade deals, has been cut out. But big business has a giant seat at the negotiating table." James Hoffa - Huffington Post - July 18, 2013.
Check out the following websites for more information and then let Feinstein, Boxer, Farr and Eshoo to ask them not to let this get fast-tracked through Congress.
Next Meeting: 7:00pm Thursday February 20, Democratic Headquarters, 740 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Treasurer's Report: $750 in our account including donations to sponsor fundraiser.
Bylaw revisions: the bylaws as edited and revised by Mathilde Rand and Sandra Nichols and reviewed by the Executive Committee were approved by the members present.
Campaign Technology: Paul Johnston demonstrated the "walk list generator" - new technology PDC will use that can pinpoint registered voters in any given area and generate a list that will identify party affiliation with the capacity to provide other characteristics such as gender, age, last voting, etc.
We will use the walk list g…