Nov 16

Meet the Woman Who Can Flip CA 04 from Red to Blue!

Hello Fellow Activists:

Two of the rare bright spots in the past year have been the intensity of local activism and the emergence of motivated progressive candidates. My friends Mike and Cathy Aydelott would like to introduce you to one of these candidates, Jessica Morse ( Jess is running for CA 04, the Congressional seat long held by Tom McClintock in a sprawling district that includes Yosemite and much of the Gold Country. We think it’s essential to get to know our progressive candidates as we move into the primary and general elections. After the successes we saw in VA earlier this month, we know that Democrats can win in traditionally red areas when we organize, mobilize and remain united.

I hope you will join us to meet Jess and learn about her qualifications and candidacy on Tuesday evening, November 28th, from 7:00-8:00pm at the Aydelott’s home at 67 Pine Ave. in San Carlos. While there is no donation required to attend this event, contributions will be appreciated after the program…donor’s choice. Attached is the event invitation and an LA Times article about Jess.

Please RSVP to Mike at and feel free to spread the word!

It’s time to start drafting a winning game plan for 2018.

We can do it,


April Vargas


Sep 15

Help Register Voters!

The Coastside Dems invite you to help register voters – of any party.


Sep 05

Sweeping Changes Coming To San Mateo County Elections

San Mateo County is one of 14 counties invited to take part in the 2018 pilot program for a new election system that will be available to all of California in 2020.

The scrapping of precinct polling places in favor of large voting centers and ballot drop boxes, mail-in ballots sent to every voter, and offering same-day registration are some of the changes in the works.

How secure will the new system be? What difficulties will it present for the disabled and for non-English speakers?

Susie Raye will explain it all for us and give us information about the upcoming public hearings where we can participate in the planning of the system, making our voices heard.

And SMC DFA’s busy task forces will update us on their latest meetings and activities.

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:00 pm

Where:  Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061


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

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.

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

Apr 22

The March for Science in Pacifica

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 (

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 Us.


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