Mar 08

REPORT ON THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

San Diego, February 23-25

BY

Brigid O’Farrell, SMCDCC Delegate, District 3

San Mateo County’s delegates joined over 2,800 fellow Democrats in San Diego to discuss issues, listen to candidates, approve the platform, plan to flip red Congressional Districts blue, and endorse candidates–or not. Endorsements were the heart of convention activities with some surprises.  Democratic ideals, experience, inclusion, and winning were all under discussion. The SMCDCC lunch was also great fun! Coastsiders included Brigid O’Farrell, TJ Glauthier, Brent Turner, and Sabrina Brennan.

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR speaks to the convention

While no candidate was endorsed for Governor Gavin Newsom was top vote getter (39%), followed by John Chiang (30%) and Delaine Easton (20%).  The surprise was Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles who is only slightly behind Newsom in the latest state-wide poll, received only 9% of the delegate vote.

In the race for US Senate, not only did long-term incumbent Diane Feinstein not receive the endorsement, but President Pro-Tem of the State Senate Kevin de Leon received more votes, 54% to 37%. In state-wide polls, however, Feinstein leads de Leon by 30% and has far more campaign contributions.  Both candidates were actively seeking votes at caucuses and in the hallways.

For Lt. Governor again no endorsement.  State Senator Ed Hernandez received 42% of the vote while Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis made a strong challenge with 41%.  Ambassador Jeff Bleich had just 9%. For a complete list of endorsements see:

https://www.cadem.org/vote/body/CDP-Endorsements-Statewide-Results-18-02-25.pdf

The over-all theme of the convention honored African American political leaders in Cal

Delores Huerta, UFCW, Working People’s Day of Action

ifornia at the general sessions and in the caucuses, where I learn the most. The Labor Caucus honored the 50th anniversary of the sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis where the Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated. We heard more about the Janus v. AFSCME case which was argued before the US Supreme Court the following Monday. A “right-to-work” ruling for public sector unions across the country will further weaken unions in our democracy. On Saturday, many on the convention floor were encouraged to follow Delores Huerta, iconic labor leader from the United Farm Workers, to the Working People’s Day of Action held just outside the convention.

The Women’s Caucus had a slide presentation of African American women political leaders and both Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee spoke to the convention.  There were updates on the NARAL Pro-Choice CA activities and the “We Said Enough” campaign against sexual harassment in Sacramento:  https://www.wesaidenough.com/home.

The convention was live-streamed and Chair Eric Bauman and his team are continuing to make changes to have the convention and CA Democrats working more effectively in the 21st century.

SMCDCC members gather for lunch

Mar 04

Join your friends to watch this inspiring movie!

Feb 20

An Announcement from the Board

The Board of the Coastside Democratic Club has accepted Bill Kehoe’s resignation as president of the Club. We very much appreciate all the hard work and dedication he has shown through the years to making the Club a success. We wish him the best for the future.

Feb 04

Fun with friends at Dems Happy Hour

Jan 30

Rally if Mueller is Fired!

Code word: MUELLER
Mueller firing Rapid Response
*Text “Mueller” to 50409 to find the nearest rally to you.
*If you do it now, you can RSVP & you will be alerted when it happens.
*If Mueller is fired before 2 pm. (PT), rallies begin @ 5 pm (PT).
*If Mueller is fired after 2 pm (PT), rallies will begin @ noon (PT) the following day.
(Note: The closest rally to me is on El Camino, San Mateo, by Hillsdale. That’s where I’ll be.)
*Please share this.
RESIST/ITMFA

Jan 28

Campaign 101 for Women: Learn the Basics of Running a First-Time Campaign for Elected Office

Campaign 101 for Women: Learn the Basics of Running a First-Time Campaign for Elected Office

Join Supervisor Carole Groom, the Women’s Community Leadership Network and Commission on the Status of Women on Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Foster City for a workshop for women on the basics of running a campaign for elected office. Whether you are considering a future run for city, school board, county or special districts, or are planning to work on a local campaign, this workshop is an introduction to what it’s like and what to consider. Advanced registration is required at https://2018Campaign.bpt.me. $20 to attend. Limited seating. Light breakfast and lunch included. Learn from local elected officials and experts on topics such as: – Developing a campaign message – Filing papers – Establishing a campaign committee – Fundraising – Working with the media – Voter-targeting – Getting endorsements Women’s Community Leadership Network is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to create informed, active and fully engaged women leaders in our community. 501(c)(3) Tax ID #46-4292082

Jan 25

The Women’s March in Pacifica 2018

              

Jan 25

The Women’s March San Francisco 2018

         

Jan 15

Meet local candidates and area Democrats!

Jan 07

ASSEMBLYMAN MARC BERMAN SPEAKS TO THE COASTSIDE DEMOCRATS

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