May 2016 Chairs Letter

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter
MAY 2016

 

San Mateo County Democrats say LET'S GET DEMS ELECTED! 

The California Primary is just a little over a month away! June 7th is IMPORTANT! The VOTE BY MAIL ballots go out on May 9th. 

In this month's newsletter, I'm asking...what are you doing to get DEMS elected?

Attending rallies? Making Calls? Walking precincts? Donating money or time? Telling your friends? Using Social Media? Or ALL OF THOSE? We must be aggressive in the coming months. 

The pundits are predicting a record turnout for the GOP here. We can't let them take hold again in our state. Their dysfunction has no place here in California. 

And, across the United States there are several races that could be won by Dems with support from us! Be prepared to create a BLUE TIDALWAVE! 

 

OUR FIRST 2016 FUNDRAISING EVENT was a HUGE success!!! 
The Vinyl Room in Burlingame was an amazing host.

We had TWENTY FOUR co-sponsor candidates and activists who helped to make it such a great event! 
Thanks to all who turned out and participated! 

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SMC DEM NEWS:
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The Republicans State Convention was last month and lots of excitement there with all 3 of the GOP presidential frontrunners making an appearance. Protestors in front of the hotel made the Donald walk over a wall and up an embankment to get into the venue through the back door. 
Although there was SOME violent behavior by some out of county visitors, the Burlingame Police Dept and associate law enforcement did and amazing job controlling the crowd. They should be commended for their professionalism and restraint.


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On May 1st, all over California in 53 Congressional districts with approximately 4,600 candidates, the DNC caucuses were held for Hillary and Bernie delegates interested in going to the National Convention in Philly.  Only 317 will actually serve as delegates, their next step will be waiting for the Primary results on June 7th. The percentages for each candidate ill be tabulated and delegates assigned according to the voter turnout for each candidate. 



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The opening of THE IRA RUSKIN SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS will be in July somewhere mid-peninsula. If anyone has a lead on 2000+ sq ft of space on a transit corridor (preferably El Camino Real) please let me know! 

We will be having many events in the coming months, so stayed tuned for details as they come. We will be starting a regular SPEAKERS SERIES every meeting with current events, issues and candidates being presented to the attendees. I had many wonderful diverse conversations at convention with speakers to bring to you all soon! 


 

DEMOCRATIC CLUB EVENTS AND NEWS:

If you are in a Democratic Club or are a leader in those clubs, encourage your members to become alternates or associate members of the Central Commitee. It's a great way to get more involved. As one of the levels of memberships, you can attend state conventions as a proxy OR join one of our great committees! 


***NEW CLUB FORMING!!!  A new club is in the works specifically for East Palo Alto, East Redwood City, East Menlo Park...our SouthEast part of the County!  Please contact peninsuladem@gmail.com if interested in helping and/or joining! With the help of EPA Councilman Larry Moody and EPA Mayor  Lisa Yarbough Gauthier we are collecting interested parties!


Coastside Democrats
Contact: Bill Kehoe  coastdembill@gmail.com
Events:  Tom Steyer, philanthropist and environmentalist, will be the featured guest at ​our Annual Meeting ​Tuesday, ​May 17th ​from 7 pm - 9 pm ​at a ​venue to be determined.  ​If interested, please RSVP: info@coastsidedems.org

​​

Contact: Erlinda Galeon e.galeon41@aol.com

Hillsborough Democratic Club
Contact: Sandy Narayan-Franchi - sdnara@comcast.net

 
North Peninsula Democratic Club
Contact: Marge Colapietro  Marge4Millbrae@att.net 
Events

Pacifica/Daly City Democrats
Contact: Judy Heldberg - judyece@aol.com
Events: 

Peninsula Stonewall Democrats:
Contact:  Jason Galisatus, Alan Yan
Event:  We would like to invite you to our fundraiser for Palo Alto City Councilmember Marc Berman on May 24th from 7 to 9 PM at John Bentley's Restaurant at 2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City. We early endorsed Councilmember Berman for his bid for Assembly because he has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community, and he has the policy experience to strengthen the Peninsula. Don't just take our word for it. Come meet him yourself by coming to our event. We hope to see you there!"




Peninsula Young Democrats 
Contact: Noveed Safipour  peninsulayoungdemocrats@gmail.com

San Mateo County Democracy for America
Contact: Ashleigh Evans - asevans2002@aol.com
Events:    local community, children are healthier and better prepared school, and the cost to public assistance programs drops.    

San Mateo County Democratic Families Club
Contact: Ray Mueller

San Mateo County Latina/o Democratic Club
Contact: Mitchell Oster - coachoster@gmail.com

 




REMEMBER...ANY DEMOCRATS IN SAN MATEO COUNTY WHO REGISTERS AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER CAN SERVE ON A COMMITTEE AND CAN BE ELEGIBLE TO BE ASSIGNED A PROXY VOTER AT CONVENTIONS!          JOIN NOW!

 


Getting and Staying Involved

Interaction and building of all our current Democratic Clubs is a priority. Regular reports, inviting club membership to our monthly meetings, and encouraging them to join a committee or become an alternate/associate member is important for all of us. The more, the merrier! With our newly chartered  Latina/o Club and a newer club being introduced at our next meeting, we are growing stronger! Keep it up! 

Another great way to support the party on a state level is to join DEM2016. *** DONATE EVERY MONTH... A one time contribution or monthly is a simple, easy great way to help keep the party strong all over California! 


I want to remind everyone that as elected members of the Central Committee, it is our responsibility to be representatives of Democratic values to the people of our County--helping to educate and guide them and finding and promoting Democratic candidates at all levels of service to our community. This year’s board or associate members could become the next city council person, supervisor, assemblymember, or senator.

There are many ways to get involved with the San Mateo County Democratic Party and we invite all local Democrats to support their Party by volunteering. Please take a look at our Web page, Facebook, or Twitter to keep abreast of events or issues that may be of interest. Make sure when you’re participating in a Democratic event that you use social media to get the word out. Make everyone want to be where you are!

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Help me in inviting all local Democrats to join us in keeping San Mateo County BLUE!
Democratically Yours,

 

Jeffrey Adair

Chair, SMCDEMS

 

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April 2016 Chairs Letter

CHAIR'S APRIL 2016 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

 



Although it's April Fools Day..this Election 2016 is no joke! This is THE ELECTION OF OUR GENERATION!

In this month's newsletter, I'm asking...what are you doing to get DEMS elected?

Attending rallies? Making Calls? Walking precincts? Donating money or time? Telling your friends? Using Social Media? Or ALL OF THOSE? We must be aggressive in the coming months. 

The pundits are predicting a record turnout for the GOP here. We can't let them take hold again in our state. Their dysfunction has no place here in California. 

And, across the United States there are several races that could be won by Dems with support from us! Be prepared to create a BLUE TIDALWAVE! 




OUR NEXT GENERAL MEETING IS APRIL 21ST AT 7:30PM




 Our San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMC DCC ) elections always coincide with the Presidential Primary election every four years.  The ELECTION is June 7th, 2016. 

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME...WE HAVE CONTESTED RACES IN AL FIVE DISTRICTS! 

 We are elected by County Supervisor District.  Our DCC makeup for 2016-2020 will be: 

District 1 - 4 members...5 CANDIDATES
District 2 - 5 members...8 CANDIDATES
District 3 - 6 members...8 CANDIDATES
District 4 - 4 members...5 CANDIDATES
District 5 - 3 members...5 CANDIDATES    

to learn more about the Central Committee candidates go to: SHAPE THE FUTURE


 

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Jeffrey --

California's harsh criminal sentencing punishes communities, not just offenders. That's why California Democrats support the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act to stop the revolving door of incarceration.

CA Public Safety + Rehabilitation

Will you join Governor Brown by helping to collect signatures to qualify the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act for the November ballot?

Governor Brown will be in Oakland with faith and community leaders on Sunday, April 3, for a volunteer signature-gathering drive.

"California's penal code has become utterly counterproductive and a far cry from a fair and effective system of criminal justice," said Governor Brown.

Can you join Governor Brown and Oakland faith and community leaders on Sunday, April 3, at 1 P.M.?

Acts Full Gospel
1034 66th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94621

Turn in signed petitions, pick up petitions to take with you to gather signatures, and hear from the governor.

RSVP by email at info@safetyandrehabilitation.com

Can't join us on Sunday?

You can still help by clicking here to request petitions to get the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act on the November ballot.

Thanks,

CADEM Action Team

 


 


SMC DEM EBOARD NEWS:


The opening of THE IRA RUSKIN SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS will be in July somewhere mid-peninsula. If anyone has a lead on 2000+ sq ft of space on a transit corridor (preferably El Camino Real) please let me know! 

We will be having many events in the coming months, so stayed tuned for details as they come. We will be starting a regular SPEAKERS SERIES every meeting with current events, issues and candidates being presented to the attendees. I had many wonderful diverse conversations at convention with speakers to bring to you all soon! 


 

DEMOCRATIC CLUB EVENTS AND NEWS:

If you are in a Democratic Club or are a leader in those clubs, encourage your members to become alternates or associate members of the Central Commitee. It's a great way to get more involved. As one of the levels of memberships, you can attend state conventions as a proxy OR join one of our great committees! 


***NEW CLUB FORMING!!!  A new club is in the works specifically for East Palo Alto, East Redwood City, East Menlo Park...our SouthEast part of the County!  Please contact peninsuladem@gmail.com if interested in helping and/or joining! With the help of EPA Councilman Larry Moody and EPA Mayor  Lisa Yarbough Gauthier we are collecting interested parties!


Coastside Democrats
Contact: Bill Kehoe  coastdembill@gmail.com
Events:  Tom Steyer, philanthropist and environmentalist, will be the featured guest at ​our Annual Meeting ​Tuesday, ​May 17th ​from 7 pm - 9 pm ​at a ​venue to be determined.  ​If interested, please RSVP: info@coastsidedems.org

​​

Contact: Erlinda Galeon e.galeon41@aol.com

Hillsborough Democratic Club
Contact: Sandy Narayan-Franchi - sdnara@comcast.net

 
North Peninsula Democratic Club
Contact: Marge Colapietro  Marge4Millbrae@att.net 
Events/News: We are very pleased to have endorsed both the Peninsula Young Democrats' Housing Resolution and the June ballot Measure AA : Clean and Healthy Bay at our March meeting.  Thank you to Noveed Safipour and Mitchell Oster for their presentations.  Additionally, members voted to have an Informational Candidates Forum for the June Primary.

Our next General Meeting will be on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9am-10:30am, Peter's Cafe, 10 El Camino Real (NE corner of Millbrae Ave. and El Camino Real. Everyone invited to attend.  Sign-in begins 8:45am.  No-host breakfast will be offered.
Guest Speaker will be San Mateo County Coordinator for Human  Trafficking - Mike Brosnan.  He will also address this worldwide issue, it's
it's relativity to Cities and Town in SMC and successes.  Free admission.

Pacifica/Daly City Democrats
Contact: Judy Heldberg - judyece@aol.com
Events:  State Senator Jerry Hill will be the speaker at the upcoming monthly meeting of the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club on Saturday, April 16, at 9:30 AM in the rear banquet room of the Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant in Pacifica. Doors will open at 9 AM.  Because of the popularity of Senator Hill, a large crowd is expected.  It is recommended that you arrive early, as parking, as well as seating, may be limited.

Breakfast is available at $12, or continental at $6 or just coffee at $3.  However, no purchase is necessary, and the meeting is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Judy Heldberg, judyece@aol.com or 650-359-6874.

Peninsula Stonewall Democrats:
Contact:  Jason Galisatus

Peninsula Young Democrats 
Contact: Noveed Safipour  peninsulayoungdemocrats@gmail.com

San Mateo County Democracy for America
Contact: Ashleigh Evans - asevans2002@aol.com
Events:   April 6   7pm  at  Woodside Road United Methodist Church 
Speaker: "The High Cost of Low Wages" Bradley Cleveland from the San Mateo County Union Community Alliance,  Raising the minimum wage in local communities has a ripple effect that extends beyond the individual low-wage worker:  working families spend more in the local community, children are healthier and better prepared for school, and the cost to public assistance programs drops.

  • Club Officer elections
  • SMCDFA Task Force reports
  • Endorsement votes for Ami Bera and Michael Eggmanpple effect that extends beyond the individual low-wage worker:  working families spend more in the local community, children are healthier and better prepared school, and the cost to public assistance programs drops.    

San Mateo County Democratic Families Club
Contact: Ray Mueller

San Mateo County Latina/o Democratic Club
Contact: Mitchell Oster - coachoster@gmail.com

 


ALL OUR STANDING COMMITTEES ARE WORKING HARD!  
     

MANY THANKS to our new CHAIR OF MEMBERSHIP CECILY HARRIS! She will be promoting new members everywhere she goes! 

REMEMBER...ANY DEMOCRATS IN SAN MATEO COUNTY WHO REGISTERS AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER CAN SERVE ON A COMMITTEE AND CAN BE ELEGIBLE TO BE ASSIGNED A PROXY VOTER AT CONVENTIONS!          JOIN NOW!

 


Getting and Staying Involved

Interaction and building of all our current Democratic Clubs is a priority. Regular reports, inviting club membership to our monthly meetings, and encouraging them to join a committee or become an alternate/associate member is important for all of us. The more, the merrier! With our newly chartered  Latina/o Club and a newer club being introduced at our next meeting, we are growing stronger! Keep it up! 

Another great way to support the party on a state level is to join DEM2016. *** DONATE EVERY MONTH... A one time contribution or monthly is a simple, easy great way to help keep the party strong all over California! 


I want to remind everyone that as elected members of the Central Committee, it is our responsibility to be representatives of Democratic values to the people of our County--helping to educate and guide them and finding and promoting Democratic candidates at all levels of service to our community. This year’s board or associate members could become the next city council person, supervisor, assemblymember, or senator.

There are many ways to get involved with the San Mateo County Democratic Party and we invite all local Democrats to support their Party by volunteering. Please take a look at our Web page, Facebook, or Twitter to keep abreast of events or issues that may be of interest. Make sure when you’re participating in a Democratic event that you use social media to get the word out. Make everyone want to be where you are!

                                         smc dem sqfacebooktwitter

Help me in inviting all local Democrats to join us in keeping San Mateo County BLUE!
Democratically Yours,

 

Jeffrey Adair

Chair, SMCDEMS


 


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Chair's Letter - JULY 2015

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter

JULY 2015

 

Happy JULY 2015 San Mateo County Democrats! 

 


Friends and Democrats;

JUNE 2015 will go down in history for the reinforcement of DEMOCRATIC VALUES by our nation AND our state! 

First, with the decision by SCOTUS on June 25th in KING V. BURWELL by 6-3 to forever put to rest the debate on the Affordable Care Act. It is and will forever be the law of the land despite some Republican's promises to still try and derail it, calling it an "illegal action". 

Health Care for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE. 

Second, on the 26th, they ruled by a 5-4 margin in favor of Marriage Equality in OBERGEFELL V. HODGES. Same Sex Marriage is now legal in the remaining 13 states of our country. The United States now becomes the 21 nation in the world to have full marriage equality for all it's citizens. As I write this letter, they are now issuing licenses to same sex couples in Kentucky! A truly landmark day, especially in the South and Midwest.

Our own Democratic Party Chairman John Burton had this to say

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to overturn state laws banning same-sex couples from marrying is a victory for the American ideal of equality. The recognition of loving families that started in California and Massachusetts has now swept the nation. 

When I introduced Assembly Bill 167 in 1991 to change California law to permit same-sex marriage, a conservative commentator called it the “battle of the century.” This battle is now over, but it won’t end Republican-led attacks on gay Americans, and California Democrats won’t stop fighting discrimination against gay and lesbian families and students. 

Marriage Equality for ALL is a DEMOCRATIC VALUE. 


Our State Representatives continue to lead the way in forward thinking legislation. Our own State Leaders, Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon are making us proud every day in Sacramento.

The fight for our DEMOCRATIC VALUES  has only just begun. There are many fronts for us to consider now as we look to 2016 and the candidates that will represent our party.

  • Women's Rights and Equality and complete access to reproductive services and health care
  • Safety for our Children in the education system, be it bullying or vaccinations
  • A fully inclusive Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) to include Transgender Rights
  • Compassion in the End Of Life for all
  • Immigration Reform 
  • Strengthening of Gun Regulations
  • Environment and Renewable Energy
  • and finally, federal  VOTING RIGHTS reform

These ALL are DEMOCRATIC VALUES! 

We must use 2015 to build momentum for the coming 2016 election cycle, by building  our base of voluteers and participants in all things Democratic in San Mateo County. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family about the SAN MATEO COUNTY DEMOCRATS. Get them to a meeting or event or even have them join one of our Democratic Clubs. 

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Chair's Letter - February 2015

 
Hello Democrats and welcome to my first monthly Chair’s Newsletter to you all!
 
JANUARY MEETING NEWS:
 
At our January 15, 2015 meeting, Officer Elections were held. The results are:
 
Jeffrey Adair, Chair
Cecily Harris, So. Vice Chair
Nick Akers, No. Vice Chair
Cliff Robbins, Corresponding Secretary
Mitchell Oster, Recording Secretary
Nancy Yarbrough, Controller
David Burruto, Immediate Past Chair
  
I am honored to have been elected the new Chair in a unanimous vote of confidence. I have very large shoes to fill after 6 years of fine leadership by David Burruto. David will continue to advise and guide with his expertise and knowledge. I know that you all join me in sending him a very big THANK YOU for his service.
 
I’m also very excited to have Nick, Cliff and Mitchell continue in their roles. Cecily is taking on my Vice Chair role with lots of great ideas and energy and Nancy takes on her Controller seat with years of experience running a business and volunteerism for the SMC DEMS!
 
One of my first tasks at the January meeting was to handle the election of our representative to the California Democratic Party Executive Board. Cecily Harris will continue in that role as the female EBoard Rep--alongside me, as the male rep. Our next Eboard meeting will be in Burlingame on August 14th-16th. I will be calling for volunteers for this to make sure we welcome everyone properly to our County!
 
 
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Chair's Letter - January 2015

Happy New Year Democrats!

Both the election and holidays seasons are now behind us and we must again turn our attention to the many challenges and opportunities ahead in 2015.

This will include an as-of-yet to be identified social event to compensate for our holiday party that was unfortunately cancelled due to the severe storms in December. Democrats will have the opportunity to meet in a social atmosphere in another venue and continue to build relationships with one another. Be on the lookout soon.

In addition, a number of efforts will be underway to help the San Mateo County Democratic Party build the necessary resources in anticipation of very competitive Presidential Primary and General Elections.

The January 15, 2015 General Meeting will also feature the Democratic Central Committee biannual reorganization at which members will elect committee officers.
 
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Chair's Letter - December 2014

It's the Holiday Season and time to celebrate a year of victories and hard work.
 
To mark the occasion the San Mateo County Democratic Party will be hosting our annual Holiday Party on December 11 in lieu of our regular meeting.

The Holiday Party will begin at 7 pm and be held at our usual venue, the neighborhood clubhouse located at 1117 Lord Ivelson Lane in Foster City. MAP

Everyone is invited and asked to bring a potluck dish to share. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

In addition, we will be collecting unwrapped toys for the Bayshore Child Care Services Center in Daly City. Toys or cash donations are most welcome.

For more information and to RSVP please follow the link here.


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Chair's Letter - November 2014

With Election Day nearly upon us, we are planning the final push for our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) weekend, November 1-4 at our HQT at 1328 El Camino Real in Belmont. We want you to be part of it.

Thanks to all of you who have been phoning voters and walking precincts over the past six weeks, we have identified voters who support our candidates and ballot measures and now we have to make sure they mail their absentee ballots in on time or know where there polling place is located if they will vote in person on election day.

We need your help to reach these voters. We will be calling all weekend and through Election Day, up until the polls close. We will open early on election day to reach county voters as they are heading off to work and call supporters of Democratic candidates in tight US Senate races throughout the country. 

All you need is your cell phone, charger and an unwavering commitment to Keep California and the Senate Blue! We will train you and provide food and beverages each day. We have a limited number of loaner phones so if you don't have a cell phone you are still welcome to join us. 

If you prefer to hand out literature we can set you up with endorsement cards containing the Democratic Party's recommendations for all local and state candidates and ballot measures.  You can pass them out at BART and Caltrain stations or give them to friends, family and neighbors. These are available now and you're welcome to come get them right away.
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Chair's Letter - October 2014

The San Mateo County Democratic Party, State Senator Jerry Hill and State Assemblymembers Rich Gordon and Kevin Mullin invite you to a special event with Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo at a beautiful private residence in Hillsborough.

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Chair's Letter - September 2014

It's Election time and the San Mateo County Democratic Party is hosting our Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening Event on Sept. 4!

Join us on September 4th at 6pm for the Grand Opening of our 2014 Campaign Headquarters located at 1328 El Camino Real in Belmont. We'll be joining with local elected Democratic Party officials, our San Mateo County Party members, and Democratic volunteers from all over the county for a Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party. Join us as we cheer on Governor Jerry Brown as he debates Neil Kashkari in the one and only debate in this election for governor. Find out all the details and RSVP information here and check out other great events on our Upcoming Events page. 

Hope to see you there on Thursday!

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Chair's Letter - August 2014

The November General Election is on the horizon and the San Mateo County Democratic Party is preparing to open a campaign headquarters in September and we will need our friends and supporters for the work ahead in support of candidates running for local, state and federal offices.

There are numerous items on the ballot this year. For an overview of the elections in each San Mateo County community please visit the San Mateo County Elections Office Web site here.

For those interested in volunteering link here and let us know and our coordinator will contact you.

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