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It's urgently important that AS INDIVIDUALS we also make volunteer and make contributions to our endorsed candidates.  Links to their websites are provided below... We encourage every member to go to each of these sites, sign up to support the candidate, and make whatever contribution you can afford to make. 

Santa Cruz City Council:   

...and Santa Cruz City Board of Education:  Alisun Thompson and Jeremy Shonick
  • 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…
Learn how to present the basic facts about the new law to undocumented customers, co-workers, or members of your church, union or community group.  The Immigration Action Group is offering Speakers Training, including copies of materials and power point presentations in Spanish and English. 

English language training is offered Wednesday Sept 17 at 6 pm in the Pajaro Valley High School library.  Spanish language training is offered Wednesday Sept 24 at 6 pm at the Day Worker Center, 2261 7th Ave in Live Oak.  Spanish and English language materials will be available at both events.

To get involved with the PDC's work for immigrant rights, come to one of these events. Or contact immigrationactiongroup@gmail.com.    

Over 60 PDC members voted last night to endorse Alisun Thompson (Area 2- at large) and Jeremy Shonick (Area 1- inside the city) for the Santa Cruz City School Board.

At a forum sponsored by the PDC and the GLBT Alliance of Santa Cruz County, and attended by approximately 100 interested people, the five candidates answered questions for over an hour. The panel was moderated Sandra Nichols, Santa Cruz County Schools Trustee, with questions written by the sponsoring groups and from the audience. 

Members of the GLBT Alliance will vote on their endorsements at their September meeting: 6:30pm Thursday September 11 at the Santa Cruz Democratic Party headquarters in the Gallleria  (groundfloor, Suite #165) - 740 Front Street, Santa Cruz.


Hosted by the People's D…

The People's Democratic Club is proud to announce endorsements for seats on the Santa Cruz City Council:

  • Bruce Van Allen                                                         
  • Leonie Sherman
  • Cynthia Chase

Members of the PDC (People's Democratic Club) voted their endorsement Monday night after hearing from seven of the eight candidates for Santa Cruz City Council at a forum sponsored by the PDC, the GLBT Alliance, DeSal Alternatives, the Glass Ballot, and the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers.   The forum attracted a …

Dear Clean Money and California DISCLOSE Act supporters,     

We have disappointing news, though with an encouraging development for the future.

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…

California Democratic Party recommends:

Yes on Proposition 1 

WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) --Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.

Yes on Proposition 2 

STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT -- Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment …

 Prop 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014

The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 is a voter initiative for the November 2014 California ballot that will change sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors and direct financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services. This reform maintains the current law for registered sex offenders and anyone with prior convictions for rape, murder or child molestation.

The proponents of our reform proposal are retired San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. In addition to law enforcement leaders, crime victims, teachers, rehabilitation experts, business leaders an…

Another SRO meeting - 28 people attending.


1.      Treasurer's report: $4200 in checking account after expected expenses from the 8/18 Candidates Forum

2.      Review of the priorities set at the July Retreat: (First priority for next here months is getting our three City Council candidates elected.)

·         Water Issues: Randa Solick and Mathilde Rand will act as liaisons with Desal Alternatives and Earth Democracy (WILPF).

·         Campaign Finance Reform:  the PDC support Micah Posner's proposal for public financing of city council races, support the Disclose Act and movements to reverse Citizens United. Point Person Nancy Abbey

·  &n…

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bruno's BBQ,  230 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley


Why Mike Honda?

Congressman Honda is facing a tough race and we need him in Congress to continue the role he has played in progressive politics.  Mike Honda has dedicated his life to public service and particularly to education, civil rights, immigration, and the environment. Most recently, he has led his House colleagues in demanding the release of Millennium Challenge funds* to El Salvador as a rational, humane and effective response to the crisis of refugees  from Central America who are being held on our border.


Your hosts:  Les Gardner, Nancy Abbey, James Panetta and Hon. Mark Stone.

RSVP:  RSVP@MikeHonda.com  or 408 641 1717

To learn more about Co…

Enjoy the Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 1st - 12 noon to 4pm

Enjoy the Barbecue and the Music
Rousing Speeches by our favorite and union friendly public officials

DeLaVeaga Park, Santa Cruz
Park entrance:850 Branciforte Drive

Contribution: $15 per person -
under 6 free when accompanied by paying adult

Reduce - Reuse-Recycle: Bring your own plate, cup, utensils and get a free raffle ticket!

More information: laborcouncil@mbclc.org
excerpted from Politico - by David Rogers   7/1/14

 The $277 million aid package moves closer to completion.

Washington and El Salvador moved closer to agreement on a $277 million U.S. aid package Tuesday after the Obama administration took steps to defuse a contentious trade dispute over a modest Salvadoran program to buy seeds for poor farmers.

Liberal Democrats in Congress* had complained to Secretary of State John Kerry that trade and foreign aid officials were being too heavy-handed in their approach to the issue. And the controversy risked hurting the administration since it distracted attention from Washington's bigger priority: anti-money-laundering legislation now pending before El Salvador's legislative assembly.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a quasi-indepe…

Evening Reception: Betty Yee for State Controller

Monday, September 15
5:30 to 7:30

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
   Host:  $1,000
   Patron:  $500
   Friend:  $250
   Guest:  $100-$50

RSVP to Coco: info@cruzdemocrats.org  

Thirty PDC members attended the retreat on Sunday July 21.  Lots of food, conversation, camaraderie,  thoughtful discussion, and some very hard work.

After a very intense 3 hour process analyzing our weaknesses, identifying criteria for prioritizing our work, and considering a dozen proposals for action, the participants set the following priorities for the PDC agenda in the coming year.

Please consider  where you will commit your time and energy as a PDC member.

Committees were formed around four top priorities and co-chairs recruited.  The committees will develop plans for the action, organize participation in the action, and monitor the progress and outcomes.  Committee chairs will actively seek to expand their committee from among PDC members and commun…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. The TPP is already being negotiated between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries.  

Here are examples of what corporations want from the TPP:

  • Cheaper Labor Costs.  The TPP would grant corporations easier access to labor markets in countries such as Vietnam, where the average minimum wage is just a third of what it is in China.  
  • Special Powers to Attack Environmental Laws.  TPP would enable corporations to challenge virtually any new law, regulation or even court decision that adversely affects their expected or potential profits as an "indirect expropriation" through international tribunals that

Meeting was opened at 6:45 by V.P. Ron Pomerantz with a quorum present.     

                            Agenda Items

  1. Nominations by the Nominating Committee for 2014-2015 club officers as presented by Paul Elerick:
President - Nancy Abbey                                                                
Vice President - Tom Batley         &n…

By Allison Guevara

Santa Cruz Sentinel: 10/05/2013

With more than 100 women in attendance, the Breaking the Glass Ballot event on Sept. 28 showed there is no shortage of talented and caring women who want to serve our community. The scene, however, clashed with what we see in the California Legislature and on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, which are 26 percent and 0 percent female respectively. Clearly, the political gender gap is not due to a lack of interest or motivation in women, but reflects structural barriers we must remove.

Besides the obvious fact that women are half the population and deserve an equal voice, Mary Hughes, founder of Closing the Gap California, described how having more women in leadership roles benefits society as a whole. Female…

Draft Proposal for Campaign Finance Reform in the City of Santa Cruz

Prepared by Micah Posner on 5/20/2012.   Do not copy

 Goal: To allow the city to better serve its primary purpose as a democratic, public institution by:

  •  Insuring that the pool of City Council Candidates is not limited to those with fund raising experience and/or access to money.
  • Significantly increasing the quality of the debate during elections by allowing candidates to focus more on issues and conversations with constituents and less on fundraising.
  • Saving between $60,000 and $200,000 annually in money that would have been spent by the community in donations to campaign funds (depending on what would have been spent on those campaigns).
  • Preventing the potential for corruption, or …

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…

Resolution 13-07.11

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;



This morning 20 picketers were arrested at UCSC - for story: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_25476456/twenty-arrested-at-ucsc-during-teaching-assistant-strike?source=rss 

 Join UCSC Graduates on the picket line!

The statewide union for Graduate Student Workers, UAW Local 2865, has voted for a two-day strike to call for an end to UC intimidation of members and refusal to bargain over class size.

On day one of the strike, UCSC and several other UC campuses will be striking over unfair labor practices that particularly impact their members. On day two of the strike, members will join together from all campuses, calling for a statewide strike to protest numerous Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs).

UCSC will strike for 2 days - April 2-3.

Pickets are pla…

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…

Jane Weed on Women in Politicsthoughts 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 …

Action Item

"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.



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…

        Twenty two in attendance (18 members in good standing)
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…

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