Aug 08

Meet at the Wine Room, Moss Beach Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 5-7 pm.

Meet at the Wine Room, Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 5-7 pm.


Join us for a no host get together.

We will be holding another Coastside Dem’s meet & greet at the Wine Room, 2305 Carlos Street (next door to the Post Office), Moss Beach, CA, Wednesday, August 9, 2018, from 5-7 pm. Please stop by and enjoy the company of your fellow club members in an informal atmosphere with a great selection of fine wines.

Date: Wednesday, August 9th
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: The Wine Room, 2305 Carlos Street in Moss Beach

Aug 08

“Sizzling Summer of Resistance Bar-B-Que!” August 12, Noon to 4 PM.

Join the San Mateo County Democratic Party for our annual BBQ event, our “Sizzling Summer of Resistance Bar-B-Que!”

Getting out the vote in CA doesn’t start in 2018. It starts right now. Republicans across the country are on the ballot in 2017 and 2018. We’re ready to organize, mobilize, and vote them out of office. Join us this summer as we get ready to hold Republicans accountable in every community in CA.

Click here to buy your tickets to our Sizzling Summer of Resistance Bar-B-Q today!

Come out to Belmont’s Twin Pines Park to get together with other San Mateo County Democrats as we get ready to resist the Republican-controlled House, Senate, and White House.

We’ll be grilling at Twin Pines Park on Saturday, August 12th from 12 Noon to 4 pm.

$25 for individuals if purchased in advance. The price goes up to $30 at the door.
$10 for children under 12.
$60 for families up to 5 members.

Click here to buy your tickets today!

Event sponsorships available. Please contact our Chair, Cecily Harris, to discuss. Email her here.

Also please head over to Facebook to RSVP, Like, and Share the event.

We need volunteers to help before, during and after the event. If you’d like to volunteer, email the event committee at

Aug 01

Please Pay Your Annual Membership Dues!

Reminder for members to renew before August 1st.

If you have not already done so, it is time to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 year. May 1st is the start of our new year so please renew now. The 90 day grace period ends on August 1, 2017, or your membership will lapse. Visit our website for instructions on joining or renewing your membership at Us. Or contact

Jul 26


Jul 17

San Mateo County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting July 20th

Join the San Mateo County Democratic Party for our Monthly General Meeting this Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 19:30–21:30. And don’t forget to come early at 7:00 pm for our Social Hour Half Hour! Meetings are held at Transport Workers Union 505, 1521 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, California 94010.

Our July Monthly General Meeting will introduce the San Mateo County Democratic Party’s new Speakers Series. At the beginning of our regular meetings, we are inviting Democratic activists and community leaders to talk about their programs and discuss working together. We’re kicking-off this new series with:

Labor Challenges featuring a discussion with Melinda Dart, President, SMC Central Labor Council and James Ruigomez, Business Manager, SMC Building & Construction Trade Council

Informal conversation and refreshments, 7:00pm–7:30pm
Program with discussion, 7:30pm-8:00pm

“Brothers and Sisters in the labor movement are facing major challenges in 2018, from proposed legislation to further weaken organizing and collective bargaining to struggles for health care, safe working conditions, and better wages in both public and private sectors. Join the conversation on ways we can work together for candidates, policies, and programs that keep working for California families strong.”


May 22


More than 60 people attended the annual meeting of the Coastside Democratic Club. They enjoyed hearing speaker Joe Cotchett talk about local and national issues.

Retiring Board members Cid Young, Harvey Rarback, and Fran Pollard were thanked for their service to the Club.

The Board and leadership for the year ahead were elected. They are: Pam Fisher (at-large), Meg Fried (Treasurer), Bill Kehoe (President), Kathy Klein (at-large), Doreen Gerrity (Vice President), Barbara Dye (Secretary). Not able to attend Kathryn Slater-Carter (at large).

The Club thanks April Vargas for moderating the meeting.

May 18


Bill Kehoe
1) President (nominated to continue)
2) Past Treasurer
3) Editor and Publisher of Coastside Democrats Newsletter.
4) Member of the Programming, Finance, Membership & Endorsement Committees.
5) Responsible for Chairing Board Meetings and setting the Agendas.
6) Organizing local election campaign ground work for Endorsed Candidates.
7) Assisting all the Active Board members with their Club work.
8) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Doreen Gerrity
1) Vice President (nominated to continue)
2) Co-Program Chair
3) Member of Endorsement Committee
4) Assisted with Coastside Dem events
a. Arranged for locations for Club meetings/events
b. Helped organize food, seating, etc. for meetings
c. Played major role in setup and cleanup of meetings
5) Assisted in editing Coastside Dem newsletter
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Barbara Dye
1) Secretary (nominated to continue)
2) Took board meeting minutes
3) Publicity/Communications
a. Regularly updated Facebook page and website with Club events and other information;
b. Created flyers and placed notices on Nextdoor for Club events
c. Took photos at club events for use in publicity
4) Helped with planning, set up, and cleanup for Club events, hosted meetings
5) Tabled for Presidential campaign, organized Coastside group for Women’s March, held event/fundraiser for Club-endorsed Assembly candidate, managed 2016 endorsement documentation.
9) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings.
10) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Meg Fried
1) Treasurer (nominated to continue)
2) Finance & Membership Committee Chair
3) Responsible for Coastside Democrats Bank Account and Membership List
4) Organized a Fundraiser for local Coastside Candidates in 2016
5) Organized Club Happy Hour Events
6) Assisted with Coastside Democrats Events
7) Worked Pumpkin Festival and Saturday Farmers Market registering voters
8) Checked mailbox and monitored incoming Coastside Dems mail
9) Active, on-time, participant at Board meetings
10) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Kathryn Slater-Carter
1) At-Large Member
2) Past Treasurer, and Chair of Finance and Membership Committees
3) Back-up Secretary for Board minutes
4) Participated in local election campaign ground work for Endorsed Candidates and for national and state Democratic candidates
5) Staffed Coastside Dems booth at other functions
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Kathy Klein
1) Planning Committee Co-Chair (will continue in this position)
(speakers, locations, set up/take down, food/drink)
2) Voter registration and Democratic tabling at Farmers Market and Pillar Point
3) Worked the Coastside Dem Pumpkin Festival booth
4) Coastside Democrats Christmas Party and numerous other meetings and events held at her home
5) Contributed financially to local campaigns
6) Active, on-time, contributing participant at board meetings.
7) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Pam Fisher
1) Former Coastside Dem Board Member
2) Assisted with the program committee and helped organize multiple Coastside Dem events
a. Helped organize food, seating, etc. for meetings
b. Helped with setup and cleanup for meetings
3) Campaigned on multiple local and national elections, walking precincts, making phone calls, addressing envelopes, etc.
4) Supported multiple local and national candidates
5) Resident of Half Moon Bay, bringing geographical distribution to the Board
6) Supported by the 9 members of the Active Board.

Dan Haggerty
Position- member at large- voter reg lead

I believe our club members share progressive values. Ever since and before joining the board in 2011, I had “boots on ground” advocated for many issues, including health insurance reform which gave us the ACA, campaigned and erected signs for Democratic candidates, and led voter registration events. At this time on the board, plenty more of my activism is desperately needed. I will continue to be a key leader with this.

Please give me your vote so i can continue to be the “boots on ground” progressive activist for our club.

Brent Turner
No statement received.

May 07

Coastside Democrats Board Elections

Nominating Committee Report from Friday, April 14, 2017

We have received the report from the Nominating Committee for our 2017-2018 Board elections at our Annual Membership meeting on May 21, 2017. We wish to thank the Committee of Fran Pollard, Cid Young and Harvey Rarback for all their hard work and due diligence in keeping the process fair and equal for all according to the rules agreed up by the Board and published in our last newsletter. Below are the results from Nominating Committee Minutes:


Nota bene: Article VII: Elections Section 4. Nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting. So the final ballot may change.

In addition, if the second set of proposed bylaws changes are approved, the election will have to be managed in a different manner as yet to be determined.

Apr 29


This is a nationwide movement honoring and celebrating solidarity with our immigrant population and protesting Trump’s unconstitutional attacks on them.
This Saturday, April 29, at 2:30-4:30 pm, join Immigration Action Group (IAG), Indivisible Coastside, Indivisible La Honda, and Coastside citizens in protest. We’ll be at the northeast corner Hwy 92 and Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay.
Please join us and Bring signs! (ideas on Google)
bill mciver
111 fifth street
montara, ca 94037

Apr 27

A Message from San Mateo County Democracy for America

SMCDFA members and friends,
The election of Donald Trump was a wake-up call for the Democratic Party to become truly relevant again…and to get back to the basics that win elections.
Our meeting program speaker, Kimberly Ellis, candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party, will make her case for a bold new path, as we near the officer elections at the CDP convention in May.

Next SMCDFA Meeting
May 3 – “A New Vision for the California Democratic Party”

Kimberly Ellis, dynamic candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party, proposes a 7-point plan to make the Democratic Pary relevant again and win back Congress. For the last seven years, Kimberly was the highly succesful executive director of Emerge California, the organization that trains Democratic women for elected office. The CDP officer elections will be held at the convention in Sacramento the weekend of May 19. We’ll also be getting updates from our SMCDFA task forces.

Bring your friends, and don’t be late — we always start with dessert.

When: Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 pm
Where: Woodside Road United Methodist Church, corner of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
Contact: Carole Dorshkind at

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