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, location tbd. Bring a food item to share; beverages provided. If you are interested in attending, please email:, so we know how large a space we will need for this engaging and interesting event.

Jan 10


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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

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

As yet we have no organizer for Oakland. Please email 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: our-party/adem/assembly- district-meetings/ad-22

Sep 26

BE INFORMED! – Learn About Your Local Candidates

The Coastside Democratic Club sent questionnaires to all Democratic candidates in contested races. Their responses are shown below, in the order in which the races are listed on the County website.

Be informedFollow this link to read the Candidate’s responses:

SMC Democrat Candidate’s Questionnaires 

Sep 26



Candidates explained their priorities at the Coastside Dems Candidate Kickoff event. From left: Harvey Rarback (Half Moon Bay City Council), Barbra Mathewson (Midcoast Community Council), Scott Boyd (Montara Water), Sabrina Brennan (Harbor District), Ed Larenas (Harbor District), Sophia Layne (Cabrillo USD), Tom Mattush (Harbor District), Carol Joyce (Half Moon Bay City Council), Kathryn Slater-Carter (Montara Water District), Amelia Metier (representing Vicki Veenker for Assembly), and Adam Eisen (Half Moon Bay City Council).


Sep 22

Presidential Debate Watch Party Sept 26 @ 5:30 pm

The Kleins and Coastside Democrats will be hosting a 2016 Presidential Debate Watch Party on September 26th, from 5:30 – 8 pm, at the Klein ‘s home, 771 San Carlos Ave., El Granada. The first presidential debate will be moderated by Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News and should be stimulating.
There is a lot riding on this election hillaryso we hope it will get people active in this year’s campaign.
Please RSVP to Kathy:
See you there.

Sep 22

SMC Dem’s Phone Banking for Hillary

Many are being held in SNC Dem HQ in Redwood City.

Here is the complete list of phone banks for Hillary throughout the county.

There are less than 2 months to go. The time to participate is NOW! On 11/9, the day after the election, you won’t want to wish you had done more.
Please pick some dates and come regularly. Bring your cell phone and laptop and LETS DO THIS! (We have paper lists too).

Here is our phone bank schedule this week. These REPEAT WEEKLY:
RCity, Women to Women Wednesday, 9/14, 5-8pm

Daly City, Women to Women Wednesday, 9/14, 5:30-8:30pm

RCity, Thursday, 9/15, 5:00-8:00pm
RSVP:…/view/IU3FP27YFRRVCTBD/RCity, Saturday, 9/17, 1-5pm

San Mateo, Monday, 9/19, 5-9pm
Inline image 9 RCity, Tuesday, 9/20, 12:30-2:30pm (DAYTIME)

RCity, Tuesday, 9/20, 4-8pm

San Mateo, Tuesday, 9/20, 5-9pm

New Volunteer Training on Sunday, 9/18, 1-5pm in RCity

First Presidential Debate Watch Parties on Monday, 9/26

Two choices in SMC. Lets fill both locations!
Redwood City 5pm SMC Dem Hdq (Host: SMC Dems)
RSVP: SAVE THE DATE! Coming soon.
Belmont 5pm Marvin Gardens (Host: SMCFH)
RSVP: SAVE THE DATE! Coming soon.
Join our Facebook page: San Mateo County for Hillary to be kept up to date on new events and information.
#strongertogether #CAforHillary #Hillary2016 #Imwithher

Sep 22

2016 Election Candidate Forums

Local Candidates will discuss the issues here on the Coast

City Election

The Half Moon Bay City Council Form sponsored by HMB & Coastside Chamber.

Sept 29 (Thur) 6:30 PM Colony Club – 3 Miramontes Rd – On the grounds of the Ritz Carlton

HMB City Council
4-year seat – Vote for 2
Adam Eisen*^, Business Executive
Harvey Rarback*^, Director, Coastside Fire Protection District
Carol Joyce, Attorney/Legal Consultant

Coastside Elections

The following Candidate Forums for local office are sponsored by Midcoast Community Council (MCC) and moderated by League of Women Voters (LWV). Video recordings by PCT will be available on YouTube. We wish to thank the MCC & LWV for these valuble Forums to inform the Coastside Voters. Flyer – Roster of Candidates – Easy Voter Guide – Voters Edge

Sept 28 (Wed), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada 
San Mateo County Harbor Commission 
2-year seat – Vote for 1
Brian Rogers, Tech Business Owner
Ed Larenas*, Biologist / Coastal Advocate
4-year seat – Vote for 3
Sabrina Brennan*, Harbor Commissioner
Tom Mattusch*, Harbor Commissioner
Virginia Chang Kiraly, Appointed Incumbent
Shawn Mooney, Property Tax Auditor
Oct 4 (Tues) – 7:30 PM Seton Medical Center, Marine Bl, MB
Park in upper events lot – first left near top of hill

7:30: Montara Water & Sanitary District Directors – Vote for 2
Scott Boyd*, Incumbent
Kathryn Slater-Carter*, Incumbent
Thomas “Gus” Peterson, Registered Water Engineer
8:30: Midcoast Community Council 2-year seat – Vote for 1
Barbra A. Mathewson*, Community Volunteer
Brandon Kwan, Coastside Advocate / Ecologist
Oct 18 (Tues), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
Cabrillo School Board – Vote for 2

Sophia Layne*^ – Parent / Biotech Director
Kate Livingston – Incumbent
Kimberly K. Hines – Parent / Engineer

* Endorsed by Coastside Democrats
^ Endorsed by San Mateo County Democrats

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