Feb 22

A Conversation about America with Congresswoman Jackie Speier

A Conversation about America with Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Cabrillo Unified School District Event Center (Cunha Intermediate School)

530 Kelly Avenue

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Please RSVP here. Register each attendee!



Due to very high demand for this town hall, Cabrillo Unified School District kindly provided me with a larger venue that will accommodate more people. The town hall will be held at the Cabrillo Unified School District Event Center (the gym) on the Cunha Intermediate School campus. Please make this change to your calendar.

The event is free, but you are required to register each attendee.

Dec 15


Not sure what to do now after the election? Do you want to hold the new Administration accountable? The Coastside Democratic Club invites you to hear an outstanding speaker on Accountability and the Presidency.

Local residents Linda Galindo has been speaking about, educating, and coaching CEOs and leadership teams about accountability for 20 years. From the International Aviation Women’s Organization to the Institute for Management Studies, her keynote speeches are enthusiastically received. She has published three books, most recently The 85% Solution – How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success. One reviewer commented, “Linda Galindo’s compelling accountability model is accessible to everyone through her engaging book.”

Linda has shared with her friends her frustrations with the results of the last election, but she also turned her unique specialty into a tool for understanding what happened. She asks, “What did 60 plus million people vote FOR and what happens if he is not accountable for what he promised?” She has gone through his proposed activities for Day One of his Presidency, and proposed accountability measures for each. She will go over these with the Club in her entertaining and insightful manner.

Join fellow Club members on Sunday February 5, from 3-5 pm, lat 771 San Carlos in El Granada. Bring a food item to share; beverages provided. If you are interested in attending, please email: coastdembill@gmail.com, so we know how large a space we will need for this engaging and interesting event.

Apr 22

The March for Science in Pacifica

Apr 12


Sunday, May 21,2017 4-6 PM (Note Time Change)

Plans are set for our Annual Membership Meeting at Senior Coastsiders, 925 Main St., HMB on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4 PM – 6 PM.

We will have attorney and author Joe Cotchett as our guest speaker. Recently he was a guest on KQED Forum and he was both knowledgeable and entertaining and extremely articulate on the causes of political back sliding happening in this country.

Joseph W. Cotchett is known to be one of the foremost trial lawyers in the country. He is “considered one of the best trial strategists in the state” who built a career out of representing the underdog against powerful interests. In recent years, Cotchett has taken on major corporate entities and Wall Street and has been generous in his time with extensive pro bono work, including support for Surfrider Foundation and the Martin’s Beach access.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “The People vs Greed” which we hope to have him speak about at our meeting. It is especially poignant in this time of GOP control of our national affairs.

Mr. Cotchett’s no holds barred prose reveals the systemic greed, corruption and theft that affect our daily lives, from our “bought” electorate to our tainted food supply. He covers a wide range of subjects like health care fraud, Wall Street thuggery, the misappropriation of our tax dollars, climate change/denial, Big Pharma, Big Oil, defense spending waste, the erosion of our privacy, and the lawyers who make all of the above possible. Reading his book will inspire you to take action NOW!

Apr 12

Coastside Democrats Board Elections

Deadline for Board Nominees is Friday, April 14, 2017

We will have the election for our 2017-2018 Board at our Annual Membership meeting on May 21, 2017. The Nominating Committee of Fran Pollard, Cid Young and Harvey Rarback have volunteered to help with the process. Any member of the Coastside Democrats in good standing (ie. Registered Democrat and membership dues current) can apply with three(3) Club member’s support per the Club Bylaws.

Nominations must be received by 12 Noon on Friday, April 14, 2017. Nominees need to email the following information:

Nominee’s name as they are registered to vote
Name and contact information of Club Member #1 Nominating them.
Name and contact information of Club Member #2 Nominating them.
Name and contact information of Club Member #3 Nominating them.

You may add an optional 4th person for your nomination. Also optional are a candidate statement, background information on why you are running, committees you would like to chair (MEMBERSHIP, PROGRAM, LEGISLATIVE, PUBLICITY or FINANCE), etc.

You may also request a nomination form by contacting the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Fran Pollard (LPFP@Comcast.net).

Apr 12

Annual Membership Dues are now due.

Reminder for new and lapsed members for voting eligibility

It is time to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 year. May 1st is the start of our new year. Members whose dues are now current will be eligible to vote. If you wish to become a new member or your membership has lapsed during the 2016 – 2017 membership year, we need to remind you that you must join by April 20, 2017 to meet the 30 day requirement to be eligible to vote.

Visit our website for instructions on joining or renewing your membership at www.coastsidedemocrats.org/Join Us.


Apr 12

Coastside Democrats Bylaw Change

Modify the size and make-up of the Board

We are asking our membership to support a Bylaws change to reduce the size of the Board from 11 Board members down to 7.

The Board approved the following proposed change to the Bylaw’s Article V Section 2. The change is to help the Board conduct the Club’s business in a better, more efficient and manageable environment.

Most of the other chartered Democratic Clubs in San Mateo County have smaller Boards of 5 officers so, in reducing the size, we hope to make the Board more nimble, responsive and business like and ensure we can get a quorum for the Board meetings which are open to all club members.

Current applicable section wording:
Article V: Officers
Section 1. The elected officers of the Club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Any member of the Club may run for office.

Section 2. The Executive Board, herein after called the “Board”, consists of the elected officers, 6 elected At Large members, and the past president (ex officio).

Section 3. All elected positions shall be for a term of one year.

Section 4. The duties of the Board shall be to determine the programs and activities of the Club and to distribute a newsletter to all members.

The Board recommends the following change to only replace Section 2’s wording (the rest remains the same):

Section 2. The Executive Board, herein after called the “Board”, consists of the elected officers, and 3 elected At Large members.

Apr 12

A Message from “Democracy Action SF”

April 15: GOTV Phonebanks for Jon Ossoff for Congress Special Election on April 18.
Civic Center 10am-1pm
Dogpatch 10am-5pm
the Richmond 1pm-5pm
We’re phone banking to get out the vote for Jon Ossoff in GA-06. Early voting has already started, and this is the final push before election day on April 18th. Every seat we flip now increases the odds that we win a US congressional majority in 2018!

Keep checking DemAction.us for updates and new events. More events added every week.

Mar 29


April 6th, 6-8 PM: Steve Early, author of Refinery Town

In Refinery Town, Steve Early chronicles the fifteen years of successful community organizing that raised the local minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, challenged home foreclosures and evictions, and sought fair taxation of Big Oil in Richmond, Calif. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.

Mar 26

San Mateo County Democrats Strategic Planning Workshop

Mar 23


Still asking yourself what you can do in the wake of Donald Trump’s election?

Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Sunday, April 2nd and help TAKE BACK AMERICA! The event will feature remarks from Congresswoman Speier and a resource fair. This is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with the organizations and grassroots groups who are fighting against the Trump agenda, working to flip the House of Representatives in 2018, and defending vulnerable communities.

Resource Fair Begins at 12:00 p.m.
Speaking Program Begins at Approximatly 1:00 p.m.
Event Ends at 3:00 p.m.
Space is limited and you must RSVP to secure your space (Register here). Parking is free.

Are you part of a group that would like a table in the resource fair? Email SpeierEvents@gmail.com for more information.

Can’t attend the event but want to support Congresswoman’s Speier’s efforts to flip the House in 2018? Click here to make a donation. Jackie’s Vision for America PAC helps Jackie Speier support candidates and colleagues who believe in preventing government waste, investing in research and education, preventing gun violence, and fighting for women and families. You can help Jackie bring California leadership, ideas, and innovation to Washington!

Mar 12



Sunday, May 21, late afternoon

time and location tbd

Join fellow Coastside Democrats to hear Joe Cotchett, the author of The People vs Greed: Stealing America: Main Street vs Wall Street: The Continued Erosion of Ethics in Our Professions, Business and Government.

Burlingame attorney Joe Cotchett has made a career of taking on all sorts of big-name entities on behalf of the average citizen. He sued PG&E after the explosion in San Bruno, Wells Fargo for opening fraudulent accounts, and was the lead trial lawyer for 23,000 plaintiffs in the Lincoln Savings & Loan Association/American Continental Corp. case. Cotchett is considered one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America—and has been on several shortlists to be named as California’s Attorney General.

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