May 21


The results from the 39 ballots cast at the Coastside Democrats Annual Meeting were:

Sabrina Brennan received the endorsement for the County Democratic Central Committee.

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Kathryn Slater-Carter was also endorsed for the County Democratic Central Commitee.


Carol Dorshkind, Cecily Harris, Pam Salvatierra, and Brigid O’Farrell spoke on behalf of the group running for County Democratic Central Committee as a slate.

Democratic Central Committee Member, District 3









Result: Only Sabrina Brennan (69.2%) and Kathryn Slater-Carter (66.6%) received over 60% for endorsement.

Coastside Democrats Board Officers and At Large Member

37 – President Bill Kehoe

35 – Vice President Doreen Gerrity

34 – Treasurer Kathryn Slater-Carter

36 – Secretary Barbara Dye

34 – Past President Harvey Rarback

33 – Sabrina Brennan

34 – Meg Fried

35 – Dan Haggerty

36 – Kathy Klein

35 – Fran Pollard

33 – Cid Young

Result: The new board was returned with an overwhelming majority.
State Assembly, 24th District 
0 – SEA REDDY, Retired Program Manager
0 – BARRY CHANG, Mayor Cupertino
25 – VICKI VEENKER, Technology Attorney / Mediator
0 – MIKE KASPERZAK, Council Member, City of Mountain View
8 – MARC BERMAN, Councilmember / Education Advocate
Result: Only Vicki Veenker (75.7%) received over 60% for endorsement. Only 33 ballots were marked for this race.

Straw Poll vote (not an endorsement)

HMB Measure F, the “Taxpayer Protection Act”

20 – Endorse

19 Don’t Endorse

Result: Straw Poll only

We would like to thank Ric & Barb Lohman and Frank Gerrity for serving on the Tellers Committee to count the votes and all the candidates who took time to attend the Annual Meeting and speak with our membership.

May 18


Almost 100 people gathered at the Coastsider Senior Center on Tuesday the 17th to hear noted environmentalist Tom Steyer speak about the work he is doing on DSCF4191environmental and government issues. Steyer is the founder of the group Nextgen Climate, a San Francisco-based environmental advocacy organization.” Its mission is to “act politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.”

Steyer spoke for about 30 minutes and then took a number of questions on important issues, including education, the need for community engagement, and affordable housing. He noted that Donald Trump had just stated that he would renegotiate the Paris Climate Accords. Steyer said “Trump’s denunciation of the Paris climate accord is not only short sighted, but would be terribly costly for America and our ability to lead the world. We cannot go backwards on this important step towards a clean energy economy that benefits all our families.”

crowdClub president Bill Kehoe thanked Steyer for coming to speak to the Coastside Dems, adding “We appreciate the opportunity to hear from someone who really is working to make a difference in the world.”

To learn more about Steyer’s work, visit

May 18


At its annual meeting on May 17, Coastside Democratic Club unanimously elected its board of directors for the coming year Club Officers are: Bill Kehoe returning as President, Dorren Gerrity as Vice President, Kathryn Slater-Carter as Treasurer, and Barbara Dye as Secretary. At Large Board Members are: Harvey Rareback, Fran Pollard, Dan Haggerty, Kathy Klein, Sabrina Brennan, Meg Fried, and Cyd Young.


The Democratic Club board for 2016-17: Doreen Gerrity, Harvey Rareback, Fran Pollard, Dan Haggerty, Kathy Klein, Barbara Dye, Tom Steyer, Bill Kehoe, Sabrina Brennan, Meg Fried, Cyd Young, and Kathryn Slater-Carter

Club members also heard presentations for candidates for local office. Frank Gerrity spoke on behalf of Vicki Veenker, candidate for Assembly District 24, sharing with Club members her background as a patent attorney and mediator. He pointed out that she is the only candidate to have scheduled a house party sponsored by the Club on the Coastside. No other candidates attended or were represented at the meeting. The Club voted to endorse her as a candidate for Assembly District 24.

For the position of County Democratic Central Committee delegate, the Club voted to endorse Sabrina Brennan and Kathryn Slater-Carter.

On Proposition F, for the city of Half Moon Bay, the Club did not take an official position, but unofficially voted to support the measure.

DSCF4218Board members presented president Bill Kehoe with an orchid to thank him for his hard work during the past year and for his willingness to continue leading the organization.

May 18

Vicki Veenker Visits the Coastside

Assembly candidate Vicki Veenker spoke to a group of friends and neighbors at the Dye home on Sunday the 15th. She is running for the 24th District, which includes El Granada and Half Moon Bay. She was introduced by Senator Liz Figueroa. The crowd was very appreciative of her efforts to meet people on the Coastside and impressed with her positions and background. To date she is the only candidate for the seat who has held a house party on the Coastside. For more information, see her website:

May 11


Community members are invited to meet Assembly candidate Vicki VenkeeVickir at the home of Barbara and John Dye, 1076 Columbus Street, in El Granada, on Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 2-3:30 pm. Hosted by Senator Liz Figueroa, the Dyes, and the Coastside Democratic Club, this will be an opportunity for Coastside residents to hear from and ask questions of one of the candidates running in the June primary election in an informal setting. Light refreshments and drinks will be available.

Because it is so important for Coastside residents to hear from candidates, the Club is happy to cosponsor outreach events by Democratic candidates in the area. Please contact to discuss.



May 09


San Mateo County Democrats

San Mateo County Democrats

On the June 7th ballot Democratic voters will vote to elect delegates to the San Mateo County Democratic Party Central Committee. According to the California Democratic Party website, County Committees “drive the front-line efforts of the California Democratic Party: registering and educating voters, protecting the right to vote, and working to elect candidates who will fight for our values. From local elections to Congressional races, our 58 County Committees are working hard to help Democrats win and engage more voters.”

Because many local voters and club members are not aware of the importance of the Committee and may not know who is running, the club asked each of the candidates to respond to the following two questions:

  • How would your membership on the Democratic Central Committee be of value to Democrats on the Coastside?

  • In what ways could you work with the DCC to help Democratic Clubs increase their membership and be more effective at mobilizing Democrats to play an active role in local politics?



Three candidates provided individual responses:


How would your membership on the Democratic Central Committee be of value to Democrats on the Coastside?

I am a committed lifelong Democrat and I live in Moss Beach. I’m passionate about our environment, equality, and social justice.Sabrina

I bring strong leadership and a Coastside perspective to the San Mateo County Democratic Party. Through outreach, education and research, I support good waterfront planning, restoration and public access.

In what ways could you work with the DCC to help Democratic Clubs increase their membership and be more effective at mobilizing Democrats to play an active role in local politics?

I regularly volunteer at Coastside voter registration events, attend the Coastside Dem board meetings, and promote Democratic events on social media. I attend California Democratic Conventions and state Executive Board meetings. I campaign for Coastside candidates. This includes designing campaign websites, writing campaign literature, designing mailers, writing op-eds, writing letter to the editor, precinct walking, phone banking and educating local volunteers about civic tech tools.

I was endorsed by the Coastside Dems in 2010 and 2012.



How would your membership on the Democratic Central Committee be of value to Democrats on the Coastside? 

I have been involved with Central committee for several years and have always been supportive of any and all measures concerning the coastside.  I have always endeavored to make sure all members of the Centrl Committee are involved and supportive of each other and their constituents.

In what ways could you work with the DCC to help Democratic Clubs increase their membership and be more effective at mobilizing Democrats to play an active role in local politics?   

I have always been  big supporter and worker for folks running for local offices from City Councils, school boards and Supervisors  because I believe those are training jobs for running for bigger and more crucial positions.  I belong to many organizations in the community and at every opportunity I promote political activism and the suggestion to be involved, not only at election time but in the intervening time when the building of the Party takes place


How would your membership on the Democratic Central Committee be of value to Democrats on the Coastside?

As a member of the SMC DCC, I would strive to make the Central Committee more aware of the issues and concerns of Coastsiders and to base endorsements on local knowledge and experience. It is important for the representatives of each of their districts to represent the majority of their districts, and we should all work together. As an elected member and past officer of the Montara Water and Sanitary District for many years and a past two term member of the MidCoast Community Council, I have a record of understanding and resolving local problems. MWSD encourages citizen involvement and discussions with regional leaders.  We have always followed both the letter and the spirit of the Brown Act for open and transparent governance. As a member of the SMC DCC, I pledge to advocate for this same kind of outreach and process.

In what ways could you work with the DCC to help Democratic Clubs increase their membership and be more effective at mobilizing Democrats to play an active role in local politics?

The Central Committee should make services available to the Clubs to promote increased membership in those Clubs, encourage formation of new clubs, as well as making services available to local clubs to recruit Democrats to run for local offices. For instance, services like translation of local flyers and ads into various languages for outreach the communities are needed. Also the DCC needs to assist each Club by sponsoring events in the various local areas and promoting social events for local clubs by helping recruit Democrats running for statewide offices to their events. I would encourage the Democratic clubs to work together to share other ideas on building memberships. As a member of the SMC DCC, I would work with all the Clubs to promote issues of both local, state and national importance among the communities to help drive membership into those local clubs.

The Central Committee should be driven by the clubs and their membership, in the Democrat Party tradition. The Central Committee meetings should be held in various places around the County to motivate clubs to encourage local members to get to know Central Committee members. The Central Committee should work to make its committees follow an open and transparent process that is well understood by all the membership. The Central Committee should work to ensure that each club can meet the changing requirements for the State. The DCC bylaws must be clarified for better understanding by the general membership and to ensure that local clubs through their boards have a say on endorsements that affect the local club’s area.



These candidates are running as a slate. They did not respond to the questions, but submitted the following statement:

The Strong Dems Slate for District 3 San Mateo County Democratic Central CommitteeSlate2

Carole Dorshkind, Redwood City                 Gregory Loew, Atherton

Cecily Harris, San Carlos                                Brigid O’Farrell, Moss Beach

Jon Levinson, San Carlos                               Pam Salvatierra, Menlo Park

The “Strong Dems Slate” represents all Democratic voters in District 3 of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC). Our slate ensures continued local representation for the coastside as well as for the entire District 3 population, approximately 80% of which is located “over the hill” from the coast.

The mission of the SMCDCC is to develop and maintain ongoing support for Democratic candidates and issues by working with elected officials, clubs, coalition partners, and advocates. Each slate member is actively involved with endorsements, resolutions, phone banking, voter registration, precinct walking, fundraising, and California State Democratic Party business.

We know that coastside Democrats are concerned with a wide range of issues including health care, education, housing, jobs, traffic, parks, and the environment. These issues, and others, have consistently been raised to the SMCDCC by the incumbent coastside member, Brigid O’Farrell, through club reports, topical speakers, the endorsement process, conversations at SMCDCC events, and coastside events. Individually, and as a group, we welcome meetings with club members to talk about recruitment, club membership expansion and ways to build more SMCDCC involvement on our issues. We recognize that there can be disparate views on the coast and will work with you to build consensus and strengthen support for Democratic values.

We work collaboratively with elected officials and our slate has been endorsed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, and Supervisor Don Horsley. Summary information on each of our backgrounds is included as a separate attachment. Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information:,,,,,

May 05


The California Democratic Party held selection caucuses around


winning HIllary Delegates

the state for delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. After the primary, the final slate of delegates will be assembled based on the percentage of the vote received by each presidential candidate in each Congressional District 14.


Coastside Democratic Club members Sabrina Brennan and April Vargas with Shaan Franchi.

The Hillary Clinton caucus for Congressional District 14 (Jackie Speier) was held in Burlingame at the Plumbers’ Union Hall, and was attended by approximately 450 people. More than 60 candidates were running to be delegates, and almost half of them attended the meeting and spoke in favor of their candidacy. The range of participants was great, with many diverse, experienced, enthusiastic options. The winning delegates were the three endorsed and supported by Congresswoman Speier, and the three youngest candidates, who are all college students. The winners were Lilli Rey, Melissa Cairo, Shikha Hamilton, Alexis Lewis (alt.), Ray Buenaventura, John Beaumont, Shaan Franchi, and Matthew Goldberg (top right).

The Bernie Sanders caucus for the same district was held in an Union Hall in South San Francisco. Approximately 150 people attended, including many from the Coastside. The winners were: Bobbi Ratley (Half Moon Bay), Bruce Jones (Half Moon Bay), Alex Hagan (Montara), Gus Peterson (Moss Beach), Elsa Schafer Ravel (Belmont), and Holly Cordiero (SSF).


Bruce Jones, Bobbi Ratley, and Thomas Peterson, winning Delegates


Apr 26

California billionaire Tom Steyer launches $25-million push to register millennial voters

California billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer is launching a $25-million effort to register young voters.

Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate Action, announced Monday that it plans to deploy organizers to hundreds of college campuses in seven states ahead of the November election.

“They have the most at stake,” Steyer said of young voters. “We’re determined that they will be a difference-maker.”

Steyer, who has been said to be considering a run for California governor, has spent tens of millions of dollars in previous elections backing candidates who support boosting renewable energy and other efforts aimed at combating climate change.

He spent $74 millioSteyern in 2014 alone, leading some to describe him as the Democratic equivalent of the Koch brothers.

His group’s latest effort aims to shape politics by changing the makeup of the electorate. Polls show that younger voters are more likely than their older counterparts to believe that global warming is an important issue that must be addressed.

The new registration drive will target college students in Ohio, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire, several of which are swing states in presidential elections.

Apr 09

Time to Renew Your Membership.

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Its that time again to renew your Coastside Democrats membership for FY 2016-2017. Our Club’s fiscal year runs from May 1 through April 30. If your dues are current for FY 2015-2016 then you will be eligible to vote at our General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 7pm-9pm. However if your membership has lapsed during the year, then you need to renew 30 days prior to any vote according to the Club’s Bylaws. If you are unsure just renew now.

Apr 09

Last Call for Coastside Dem’s Board Nominations

Deadline April 14, 2016 at 5 PM.nominate

The Coastside Democratic Club will be electing its Board of Directors for FY 2016 – 2017 at its Annual Meeting on May 17, 2016. Anyone wishing to be on the ballot, according to our Bylaws Article VII: Elections needs to:

Section 3. Nominations may be made by any three members and submitted to the Nominating committee.
Section 4. Nominations may be made from the floor, with two seconds, at the Annual Meeting.
Section 5. Nominees must agree to serve.
Section 6. All members must be present to vote and must have been a member for at least 30 days prior to the election.

The Nominating Committee shall report their nominations for all Board positions to the membership no later than 30 days prior to the election. Multiple nominations for any position are allowed. Please mail nominations no later then April 14, 2016 5 PM to

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