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     6:30pm Thursday  April 16 

     Democratic Hea
     in the Galleria at 740 Front Street

 Agenda to be announced; for more information:

PDC meeting rocked!

Twenty Members present; Sheriff Jim Hart and Kieran Kelly, Field Representative for Asm. Mark Stone

Sheriff Hart reported on the proposed Sobering Center and asked the PDC to submit a letter to the Board of Supervisors in support of the center as its implementation has been designed, and of its placement on Water Street in front of the County Jail .  A description of the Sobering Center concept can be found in Sheriff's press release in article below.

Decision: Members agreed by consensus to have the corresponding secretary write the letter to be submitted before the April14 Supervisors meeting

Kieran Kelly, Field Representative for Asm. Mark Stone, described the "Financial Aid Equity for DREAM Act Students" that Assemblymember Stone has authored a…


on political ads.

Citizens United unleashed unlimited, anonymous corporate spending on campaigns nationwide and allowed corporations, unions, and individuals to hide behind ambiguous and misleading committee names.

With AB700, groups funding political ads for ballot measures could no longer hide behind committee names like "Committee for Greater Democracy".  Billionaires like Charlie Mundger couldn't hide behind "The Small Business Action Committee" as he did in the 2012 elections.

AB700 would:

- Let voters know who really pays for political ads on the ads themselves.

- Clearly & prominently list their 3 largest funders on ballot measure ads.

- Use "follow-the-money" disclosure to stop deceiving voters about who pays.

- Apply to television ads, radio ads, roboc…

SACRAMENTO -Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) have introduced legislation to help eligible undocumented students at California public universities graduate with less loan debt and more job opportunities. AB 206 establishes the California DREAM Work-Study program to provide need-based work-study grants to undocumented students who would be eligible for the program under standards set for other UC and CSU students. The measure provides 100% of funds for work-study grants for students employed by a UC, CSU or public school district, and 50% of funds for job placements with other private and non-profit employers.

"An important part of a university education is networking and gaining skills that will h…

Public Information Release

After decades of dealing with public drunkenness, we're proud to announce a new way of helping our community with a Recovery Center. The 2.1 million dollar grant over the course of three years will support a recovery center where medical professionals and counselors will work with people who are unable to care for themselves due to their intoxication level.

Each year more than 4-thousand people are booked into our jail for public intoxication. It takes our officers two hours to handle one of these cases from beginning to end. By opening a Recovery Center, officers will be back on the streets quicker, it will reduce jail bookings, and it will offer people necessary services to sober up.

We recognize that this is a health problem in our community …


The Honorable Sam Farr
United States  House of Representatives

701 Ocean Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Re: The Santa Cruz City BearCat and the TPP

Dear Congressman Farr:

The People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County acknowledges your March 10, 2015 letter in which you clarified your earlier participation in the BearCat issue, and your current thinking.  Thank you.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to suffer from the same syndrome (BearCat) of limited public participation in developing a trade agreement that could have significant consequences for many people both here in the U.S. and abroad.
  1. The secrecy, even from congress, manifested by the Administration in their international negotiations, creates a void in the collective consciousness that disables all but the …

IN BRIEF                                                                            

While the President's new deportation relief initiatives represent a key step forward, at least half of California's undocumented immigrant community members are excluded from protection. These Californians are at heightened risk of deportation. Of particular concern are a host of troubling tactics at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including a new program that will draft…


This bill would provide pre-plea diversion, instead of post-plea deferred entry of judgment, for minor drug offenses.


California law provides for deferred entry of judgment for minor nonviolent drug offenses, most involving possession or use of drugs. A defendant is required to plead guilty, waive his or her right to a speedy trial, and complete a drug treatment program. If the program is completed, the criminal case is dismissed. Defendants are often led to believe that once the case is dismissed they will not be denied any benefit and the arrest will be deemed never to have occurred.

However, this dismissal does not protect a defendant from federal consequences, including deportation for non-citizen residents. Even for US citizens that complete the te…

SUMMARY:   This bill will, in certain circumstances, expunge the record of an individual who has completed deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) requirements

Background:  California has long had special rehabilitative statues for persons charged with a minor drug offense, such as possession of paraphernalia or a small amount of a drug for personal use.  On January 1, 1997 the state changed from having a pre-trial diversion statute to the current DEJ statue, which requires a guilty plea.  Penal Code Section 1000.4(1) essentially states that the entire event never occurred if the person successfully completes DEJ requirements, allowing the accused to state, legally, that they had never been arrested or convicted of the crime for which they completed DEJ requirements…

Sign-on letter in solidarity with the Salvadoran struggle for food and water rights!

A broad representation of environmental, campesino/a, religious and labor organizations in El Salvador have joined together to promote a Constitutional Amendment (Article 69) that that would define both water and food as human rights to be protected in El Salvador.

The Environmental Alliance has issued an urgent call for international pressure on the El Salvador's Legislative Assembly to pass this amendment. Please add your organization's endorsement to the attached letter by April 1, 2015.

This landmark reform would serve as a critical safeguard against privatization and corporate control and help to address the severe inequality that exists in El Salvador today in access …


        Treasurer Gail Jack reported we have $376 in the treasury with our rent for the meeting room paid through March.

Ron Pomerantz reported on Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization (SCRAM) and the resistance against the purchase of the Bearcat by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

§  Our members are encouraged to protest at every City Council meeting.  However, there is some question about whether to protest this Tuesday since there will be a memorial for police officers Sgt. Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler killed on February 26, 2013. SCRAM will make a decision this weekend whether to protest at that meeting and will get the word out on SCPEL.

§  There was discussion about what "returning the Bearcat" means since it hasn'…

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…

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.



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