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Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley


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Looking for an activist club? Since 2004 we have walked hundreds if not thousands of precincts for our endorsed candidates, raised in 6 figures, phoned tens of thousands, registered thousands to vote, held informational forums, lobbied in Sacramento for fair elections and for healthcare, gotten into the Democratic party structure. Among Santa Clara County Democratic clubs we're known as the club that walks the walk; our endorsement is sought after. See our full list of our accomplishments for 2013 & previous years.
Drop by a meeting & get to know us! You'll find us lively, well-informed, nonideological, practical, and good to be working alongside for a brighter future. To join, click Membership on the left.

Check our calendar & notices below for meeting information. All are welcome!

  • Second Wednesday of the month (as of April 2014), 7-9pm, Santa Clara county Democratic HQ in San Jose, or members' homes in Santa Clara county; see notes below
  • Working (business) meeting 12 days later (2nd Monday after the 2nd Wednesday, except none in June or December), 6:30-8:45pm. Hobee's, in The Oaks shopping center, off Stevens Creek near Hwy 85, across from De Anza College
  • Annual picnic/election of officers in June
  • Other occasions, e.g. watch parties, forums, candidate events
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:50

Next Meetings

DFALink meeting Wednesday Oct 8
4284 Los Palos Circle, Palo Alto, 94306
Come at 6:30 for snacks and conversation, program starts at 7PM.

Politics and California's Revenue:
How much do you know about the
State Board of Equalization?

Hear Chris Parker, Candidate for Board of Equalization District 1, tell us how the 2014 election could have significant impacts on the politics behind California's revenue system. Come learn about the relationship between the Controller's Office, the Board of Equalization, and the Franchise Tax Board.


Working Meeting Monday October 20 6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)
If you're not a member drop in & see what we're all about! Lots going on!


Join us ringing doorbells for Michael Eggman in Tracy and
Ami Bera
in Carmichael ({near Sacramento)
This is a very important and effective way of helping these two wonderful Congressional candidates.

Michael Eggman: Sat October 18

Ami Bera: Sat September 27, Sat October 11, Sat October 25

Carpools leave from the Democratic Volunteer Center, 380A Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto, and from other locations depending on signups.

Contact  Mary Gill ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Carolyn Curtis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

DFALink meeting Wed November 12, place & topic TBD (probably the results of the November 4 election!)
Working Meeting Monday November  24, 6:30 - 8:45pm
The Oaks shopping center, Stevens Creek near Hwy 85)
If you're not a member drop in & see what we're all about!

Celebrating ten years of stellar activism!

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 21:20

2014 Endorsements and Goals

Our endorsements so far--please see websites to volunteer and/or donate:

  • State Senate District 10: Bob Wieckowski www.bobwieckowski.com
  • Assembly District 24: Rich Gordon www.richgordon2014.com
  • San Jose City Council District 1: Paul Fong www.paulfongforcouncil.com/
  • San Jose City Council District 7: Maya Esparza www.mayaesparza.com
  • Superior Court Judge 24: Matt Harris  www.matthewharrisforjudge.com
  • Ballot measures:
    44: State reserve policy (“Rainy Day Fund”). Oppose.

    45: Health-care insurance rate changes. Support
    46: Drug and alcohol testing of doctors; medical negligence lawsuits.  Oppose.
    47: Criminal sentences; misdemeanor penalties. Support
    48: Referendum to overturn Indian gaming compacts. Neutral.

WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER, be sure to say you’re a member of the Dean Democratic Club!

2014 Goals as ranked at our January 13 meeting

Task forces for each goal category determine focus of our efforts for the year. You  can sign up for a task force at any of our meetings. Task forces will be prioritizing their specific goals; a temporary sampling is below.

Candidates (40 votes)
Elect Michael Eggman to Congress (CD10), re-elect McNerney, Honda, Bera
Recruit more women to run for office in CA
Phonebank to help turn Congress blue
Return Ruiz, Capp, Brownley, Peters to CongressRecruit and support progressive candidates for all offices from the bottom up
more . . .

Social Justice (34 votes)
Support low-cost housing for seniors
Support single-payer healthcare
Help provide info on the Affordable Care Act . . .
Support raising the minimum wage
Support immigration reform
Oppose the death penalty & work on alternatives
Support food stamps & aid for the homeless
Stop human trafficking on the state level

Environment (28 votes)
Current: Stop fracking in CA; monitor & support Palo Alto anaerobic digester;
monitor the situation with the Lehigh cement plant; use this year's campaigns to raise awareness re environmental issues
Perennial: Learn about & monitor CA water issues; energy issues, including anything related to climate change; wildlands, wilderness, and agricuture issues; monitor accountability of local officials on environmental issues

Goverment Accountability (7 votes)
Further campaign finance reform, including passing the DISCLOSE Act (SB52)
Strengthen our relationships with legislators & do more advocacy
Lobby city councils & county boards for our legislative goals
Support divestment of local citie from gun manufacturing investments/'Decrease military spending & support greater oversight of the NSA
more . .. .

Club Support (6 votes)
Fundraise & increase membership
Hold a speaker series to support our club
Work on messaging & public relations

State Issues (1 vote)
Support gun safety laws
Support raising the minimum wage
Oppose the open primary in CA
Build support for an oil severance tax
Restore state funding to CSU & state education systems
more . . .

Research (1 vote)
Analyze strength of the districts in local cities re progressive/conservative orientation
Research & study specific issues that require complex analysis


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 21:18