Mar 29


April 6th, 6-8 PM: Steve Early, author of Refinery Town

In Refinery Town, Steve Early chronicles the fifteen years of successful community organizing that raised the local minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, challenged home foreclosures and evictions, and sought fair taxation of Big Oil in Richmond, Calif. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.

Mar 26

San Mateo County Democrats Strategic Planning Workshop

Mar 23


Still asking yourself what you can do in the wake of Donald Trump’s election?

Join Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Sunday, April 2nd and help TAKE BACK AMERICA! The event will feature remarks from Congresswoman Speier and a resource fair. This is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with the organizations and grassroots groups who are fighting against the Trump agenda, working to flip the House of Representatives in 2018, and defending vulnerable communities.

Resource Fair Begins at 12:00 p.m.
Speaking Program Begins at Approximatly 1:00 p.m.
Event Ends at 3:00 p.m.
Space is limited and you must RSVP to secure your space (Register here). Parking is free.

Are you part of a group that would like a table in the resource fair? Email for more information.

Can’t attend the event but want to support Congresswoman’s Speier’s efforts to flip the House in 2018? Click here to make a donation. Jackie’s Vision for America PAC helps Jackie Speier support candidates and colleagues who believe in preventing government waste, investing in research and education, preventing gun violence, and fighting for women and families. You can help Jackie bring California leadership, ideas, and innovation to Washington!

Mar 12



Sunday, May 21, late afternoon

time and location tbd

Join fellow Coastside Democrats to hear Joe Cotchett, the author of The People vs Greed: Stealing America: Main Street vs Wall Street: The Continued Erosion of Ethics in Our Professions, Business and Government.

Burlingame attorney Joe Cotchett has made a career of taking on all sorts of big-name entities on behalf of the average citizen. He sued PG&E after the explosion in San Bruno, Wells Fargo for opening fraudulent accounts, and was the lead trial lawyer for 23,000 plaintiffs in the Lincoln Savings & Loan Association/American Continental Corp. case. Cotchett is considered one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America—and has been on several shortlists to be named as California’s Attorney General.

Mar 05

San Mateo County Democratic Party Newsletter

MARCH 2017

Dear Democrats —

Democrats, let’s March ahead!  There are so many ways to get more active with the San Mateo County Democratic Party, with Chartered Democratic Clubs and with local progressive community organizations.

I hope that every one of you commits to at least one event or activity this month.  Everyone’s help is needed to turn the Republican tide in the United States and keep California Democratically strong.

As always, the County Democratic Party holds its Monthly Meeting every third Thursday at the Transport Workers Union Local 505 Meeting Hall at 1521 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

March 16, 2017 – Social from 7:00 to 7:30 pm and Meeting from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

Please come to learn what is happening, to learn about volunteer opportunities and meet some great Democrats.

Other Upcoming Events include:

Mobilize San Mateo County – Learn more about Democratic Party committees, activities and events.  Event details TBA but watch the website and Facebook for more details.

On Saturday April 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, we’re holding a Strategic Planning Workshop.  The Workshop will be held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union (IBEW) 617 at 1701 Leslie Street in San Mateo. A $10 donation is requested to cover lunch.

We’ll brainstorm ways to set and achieve goals for the County Democratic Party including getting more Democrats elected, increasing the numbers of active volunteers, registered voters and informed community members.  Join us for an important planning event.  Your input and ideas are welcome and needed.

Watch the SMCDems website and social media for more information about both these April events.

Here’s some Convention News:

Annual California Democratic Party Statewide Convention is May 19-21, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center

For elected San Mateo County Democratic Central members, State and Assembly delegates, you should be receiving communications from the California Democratic Party.  Check for more information.

Hotel registration is online and is filling fast.  Convention registration goes live during the week of March 6.

Volunteers are needed. Positions are available for a wide range of interests and abilities. The volunteer credential allows you access to all open events after you’ve served at least one open shift. Sign up now at:

But even more importantly, we will once again hold the San Mateo County Luncheon in Sacramento on the Saturday of the Convention.  Watch the website and your email box for more details.

Here’s some Club News:

Coastside Democrats

The Coastside Democratic Club is seeking help with the various activities for the coming year. If you would like to participate please contact them at:

Northern Peninsula Democratic Club

General Breakfast and No-Host Meeting with Guest Speaker Jessica Stanfill-Mullin on the topic of “Closing the Jobs Housing Gaps. “Registration at 8:45 am and Meeting at 9:00 am.

Location: Peter’s Cafe #10 ECR, Millbrae. All Welcome.

Peninsula Democratic Coalition

Environmental Panel Discussion about the State of California – Green and Clean in 2017!

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 04:00 pm at Michaels at Shoreline in Mountain View.

Michaels at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA.

San Mateo County Democracy for America

“Campaign for a Healthy California.” Speaker Dr. Paul Song will report on SB 562, the brand new Medicare for All bill, and tell us what we can do to help.

Monthly Meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City. For more information:


Cecily Harris

Mar 05


Use your personal accountability to:

Watch your media diet.

I decided to leave journalism when I was told doing negative stories about our station owner or any advertiser on our station was not allowed.


Understand that a victim mentality is a lose-lose. Avoid going there.

I believe the dread that people feel about this administration can be cured with personal accountability because the opposite of personal accountability is “victim” and what is happening now needs victims in order to survive and thrive.


Identify and own what you are FOR. Being expert on what you don’t want doesn’t help.

This administration is expert on where it wants to go. To be effective, Dems have to be expert on where they want to go. We have become experts on what we don’t want. Avoid a steady diet of the echo chamber that enrages you as it makes fun of DT and points out the hideous things taking place.  This click bait can suck you in for hours. It’s funny and weirdly satisfying but it reinforces the helpless feeling.


State clearly where you want to go and what you are for. Pick 3 issues and go there. You are one person that can BE a big difference.

Look for avenues of “like mind” and where you can resist. There is strength in numbers. For example my passion is Voter Fraud. We don’t want voter fraud. Let’s root voter fraud out as Trump wants. He claims millions of illegal votes. Let’s face that, fact find, support an Executive Order to investigate this. It is certain to help in 2018. How certain? The Administration has dropped it as an issue. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and outright lying will all be exposed. ALL citizens want no voter fraud.

Know what the Trump 100 day contract is and says.

It’s possible to head a lot of the unproductive Executive Ordering off at the pass. As one participant said “California is getting a lot of things right with good outcomes.” We Dems are in the majority in the California legislature. When I am going to make a contract with someone I want to trust that they will fulfill it. When they don’t, I look elsewhere. We have to be that “elsewhere” when the time comes. Otherwise we just wasted our time being right not effective.

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.

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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