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No PDC meeting in December - we're off for the holidays. 

Next general meeting: 6:30pm Thursday January 15 at the Democratic Headquarters in the Galleria - 740 Front Street on the ground floor.

November 14, 2104

First of all, I want to acknowledge both Bruce and Leonie for running as smart, honest, and caring candidates. Furthermore, I want to express how much I respect all of us who enthusiastically supported and contributed to their noble campaigns.

To my mind it is now of great importance to agree that the lessons of this election couldn't be clearer, no matter how we might try to spin it otherwise, for example:

1.    Sweeping the election with nearly 60% of the vote last Tuesday, the busine$$-as-usual conservative city council majority (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/Opinion/ci_26704232/Editorial-Oct-12-2014:-Chase-Noroyan-and-Terrazas-for-Santa-Cruz-City-Council) remains firmly in charge.

This trend would seem to raise serious questions about the state …

Dear Constituents,

 Enough of the votes have been counted for us to know that the City Council will soon have two new members: Cynthia Chase and Richelle Noroyan and that David Terrazas will be returning for a 2nd term of 4 years. Jeremy Shonick will replace Ken Wagman on the School Board while the School Board race between Alisun Thompson and Cynthia Hawthorne is still too close to call.

 I have to be honest that this isn't the result I worked hard for. I was hoping to elect Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen to the City Council, in addition to Cynthia Chase. If one of them won, we would have a majority endorsed by organizations representing labor and the environment. Sherman and Van Allen ran great community based campaigns.  Sherman fell 1% short …

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…

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.

1.&…


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 …

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…

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-hoffa/congress-shouldnt-outsour_b_3618561.html

http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/trade-policies/…

        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.

Decisions:

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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