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.

Feb 11


“Please heed this guidance from a high-level staffer for a Senator: You should NOT be bothering with online petitions or emailing. Online contact basically gets immediately ignored, and letters pretty much get thrown in the trash unless you have a particularly strong emotional story – but even then it’s not worth the time it took you to craft that letter.
There are 2 things that all Democrats should be doing all the time right now, and they’re by far the most important things:
1. The best thing you can do to be heard and get your congressperson to pay attention is to have face-to-face time – if they have townhalls, go to them. Go to their local offices. If you’re in DC, try to find a way to go to an event of theirs. Go to the “mobile offices” that their staff hold periodically (all these times are located on each congressperson’s website). When you go, ask questions. A lot of them. And push for answers. The louder and more vocal and present you can be at those the better.
2. But, those in-person events don’t happen every day. So, the absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling.
***You should make 6 calls a day (yup. SIX)***:
2 each (DC office and your local office) to your 2 Senators & your 1 Representative.
Calls are what all the congresspeople pay attention to. Every single day, the Senior Staff and the Senator get a report of the 3 most-called-about topics for that day at each of their offices (in DC and local offices), and exactly how many people said what about each of those topics.
They’re also sorted by zip code and area code. And this is IMPORTANT: She said Republican callers generally outnumber Democrat callers 4-1, and when it’s a particular issue that single-issue-voters pay attention to (like gun control, or planned parenthood funding, etc…), it’s often closer to 11-1, and that has recently pushed Republican congressfolks on the fence to vote with the Republicans. In the last 8 years, Republicans have called, and Democrats have not.
A) When calling the DC office, ask for the Staff member in charge of whatever you’re calling about (“Hi, I’d like to speak with the staffer in charge of Healthcare, please”). Local offices won’t always have specific ones, but they might. If you get transferred to that person, awesome. If you don’t, that’s ok – ask for their name, and then just keep talking to whoever answered the phone. Don’t leave a message (unless the office doesn’t pick up at all – then you can…but it’s better to talk to the staffer who first answered than leave a message for the specific staffer in charge of your topic).
B) Give them your zip code. They won’t always ask for it, but make sure you give it to them, so they can mark it down. Extra points if you live in a zip code that traditionally votes for them, since they’ll want to make sure they get/keep your vote.
C) If you can make it personal, make it personal. “I voted for you in the last election and I’m worried/happy/whatever” or “I’m a teacher, and I am appalled by Betsy DeVos,” or “as a single mother” or “as a white, middle class woman,” or whatever.
D) Pick 1-2 specific things per day to focus on. Don’t go down a whole list – they’re figuring out what 1-2 topics to mark you down for on their lists, so, focus on 1-2 per day. Ideally something that will be voted on/taken up in the next few days, but it doesn’t really matter…even if there’s not a vote coming up in the next week, call anyway. It’s important that they just keep getting calls.
E) Be clear on what you want – “I’m disappointed that the Senator…” or “I want to thank the Senator for their vote on…” or “I want the Senator to know that voting in _____ way is the wrong decision for our state because…” Don’t leave any ambiguity.
F) They may get to know your voice/get sick of you – it doesn’t matter. The people answering the phones generally turn over every 6 weeks anyway, so even if they’re really sick of you, they’ll be gone in 6 weeks. From experience since the election: If you hate being on the phone & feel awkward, don’t worry…there are a bunch of scripts (Indivisible has some). After a few days of calling, it starts to feel a lot more natural. Put the 6 numbers in your phone all under Politician, which makes it really easy to tap down the list each day!
Now go get ’em!”

Feb 08


The Coastside Democrats held a well-attended meeting on Sunday in spite of competition from the Super Bowl. Linda Galindo, a nationally-known speaker on accountability, brought her insights about successful management to Accountability and the Presidency..

(left) Board members Fran Pollard and Harvey Rarback with Club President Bill Kehoe during the reception before the talk. (right) Hosts Rich and Kathy Klein welcomed guests to their beautiful home.

An overflow crowd listened to speaker Linda Galindo.

Feb 08


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Jan 03


Are you interested in participating in one of the Women’s Marches that are being organized in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose? The Coastside Democratic Club is organizing carpools and groups to attend the marches.


The San Francisco march will rally with speakers, arts and music from 4 – 6PM at Civic Center in San Francisco. At 6PM it will begin a reverent, festive candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. To coordinate with a group from the Coastside, contact Barbara Dye blkdye@gmail.com.

The San Jose march is scheduled from 10AM -3PM, starting at City Hall and Ending at Cesar Chavez Plaza. To coordinate with a group from the Coastside, contact Harvey Rarback at harveyhmb@gmail.com.

As yet we have no organizer for Oakland. Please email blkdye@gmail.com if you are interested in organizing a group for that march.

The march organizers describe the marches as follows: ‘In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

Jan 02

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION from the Washington Post

By Editorial Board January 1 at 6:58 PM
“WHY DON’T you give up?”

That was one reader’s suggestion after voters ignored our advice and elected Donald Trump president.

Other readers proffered contrary counsel for the Trump era. We should oppose him at every turn, some say. Others, citing Mr. Trump’s hunger for approval, think we should jolly him along, ignore his more objectionable tweets and give plenty of positive reinforcement when he does something commendable.

None of those strategies strike us as quite right. But what should be the approach toward the coming Trump administration for those who saw his candidacy as not just unsupportable but dangerous?

Our argument that Mr. Trump was unfit to be president was based less on differences with his political views, as far as they could be discerned, than with the threat we feared he posed to democratic norms and civility: his celebration of violence at rallies, his scapegoating of entire religions and nationalities, his trading in lies and personal insults. We saw those — and continue to see them — as a challenge to a democratic system that has held the country together since the Civil War.

We understood his appeal to people frustrated with gridlock in Washington or convinced that a well-fed establishment is oblivious to their struggles. But channeling the pain of the left-behinds in Scranton, Pa., is not enough. It matters whether the remedies put forward will help or hurt. Voters may like to believe that Washington can improve their lives by slapping a tariff on foreign goods; that they can pay less in taxes and still keep all their government benefits; or that a corrupt elite is the source of all their problems. But wishing does not make it so.

That a plurality of voters were not sufficiently tempted by Mr. Trump’s nostrums offers some comfort, but only some; Mr. Trump won the vote that counts, for the electoral college. Therefore, the job is to evaluate him going forward.

In practice, that means monitoring to what extent Mr. Trump fulfills his promise to help those who have been bypassed by economic recovery. It means continuing to advocate policies that are essential to keep America safe and to promote peace and liberty overseas. Above all, the task for those who opposed Mr. Trump will be to stand up for the democratic norms that he seemed to threaten during his campaign.

The early returns on that score are mixed. Reassuringly, Mr. Trump promised on election night to be a uniter, and since then he has met with people who did not support him during the campaign. Less encouragingly, he continues to conceal his tax returns and other business information; he has not held a news conference since July; he has proposed no plan to disentangle his government responsibilities from his family business.

He threatened to take citizenship away from anyone who burned an American flag, a constitutionally protected act of protest. His frequent insults to the media, the Clintons, the casts of “Hamilton” and “Saturday Night Live,” Vanity Fair and so on seem beneath the dignity of the office he will soon inherit. For weeks he seemed mostly unperturbed by a rise in hate crimes since his election. And then there is his disturbing belittling of possible Russian interference in the election.

Those who opposed Mr. Trump should continue to call attention to these things — not to claim vindication, but to press for a different approach. The goal should be accountability, not automatic opposition. We do not root for Mr. Trump to fail; we root for the nation to succeed and prosper.

Dec 31


Please help at the upcoming ADEM elections for the 22nd Assembly District on Sunday, January 8th.

This is one of the most important things we do every two yearS.

For more information, click here: http://www.cadem.org/ our-party/adem/assembly- district-meetings/ad-22

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