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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

Join us ringing doorbells for
Ami Bera
in Carmichael or Elk Grove (near Sacramento)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 8am (or earlier)
Carpools leave from the Democratic Volunteer Center, 380A Cambridge Avenue,
Palo Alto
(off El Camino), and from other locations depending on signups.
This is a very important and effective way of helping this great incumbent Democratic Congressman.

NOTE: We're also going to Ami's district to get out the vote Sat Nov 1, Sun Nov 2 and Tues Nov 4, Election Day!

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 5 (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Come at 6:30 for socializing and munchies;
bring a nibble and/or beverage to share if convenient
Meeting starts 7pm
Good Democrats, convivial spirits! share your stories from the campaign trail!
North county
Democratic Volunteer Center,
380A Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto,94306
(off El Camino)
Working Meeting Monday November  17 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), 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!

Annual Holiday Potluck and goal brainstorming for 2015
Wednesday December 10, 6;30pm - 9pm
Home of Ralph & Jackie Wheeler, 3956 Nelson Court, Palo Alto 94306
Celebrating ten years of stellar activism!

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 20:23

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 mayor: Dave Cortese
  • Santa Clara mayor: Deborah Bress
  • 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
  • County Bd of Ed: Darcie Green
  • San Jose Unified Sch.District #2: Susan Ellenberg #2
  • Santa Clara Unified Sch.District #2: Jodi Muirhead #2
  • 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
more . . .

Social Justice (34 votes)
Support low-cost housing for seniors
Support single-payer healthcare
more . . .

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
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)

Research (1 vote)


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 15:23